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April 5, 2020 Well the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the NBA Basketball Playoffs, NHL Playoffs, Golf Tournaments and just about everything else, (wait, not “just about anything,” EVERYTHING has been cancelled or... more »»

What’s a sports junkie to do???

March 22, 2020 News Flash! News Bulletin! All Live Sports Cancelled Till Further Notice!!! No Big 10, Big 12, Little 10, or even Small 6 tournaments? No NCAA Basketball Tournament Office Pools? People migh... more »»

“Who’s afraid of Mr. Horn?”

March 21, 2020 Growing up on a farm, my school bus driver, Mr. Horn, scared me! He looked mean and had, very strict rules. He made us sit in our seats, not move about and watched us like a hawk. more »»

Let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!!

March 12, 2020 This Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day. A day or night or both to guzzle down some “green beer. more »»


March 8, 2020 This past week Deb and I returned to Tama-Toledo for the funeral of my cousin. The last time we ventured back here was last summer for my (gulp) 50th class reunio. more »»

“Don’t Does!”

March 7, 2020 Growing up in the 50’s & 60’s with a family of five kids, life was a series of “Don’t do’s…” My folks had unreasonable family rules, like don’t wear blue jeans to school, don’t watch cartoons on... more »»

The Fork In The Road

March 1, 2020 Yogi Berra is famous for his “Yogisms,” his ways of stating or misstating things throughout his life. I guess he once said that when in life you come to a “fork in the road, you should take it. more »»

John’s “Twilight Zone” Life!

February 23, 2020 Let me ask you a very personal yet important question about your life. more »»

Tama County Jail Bookings & Arrests

February 14, 2020 Note: Arrest or citation for a crime is not a determination of guilt. Guilt or innocence is always established in a court of law. Jan. 21 2:27 p.m. more »»

The art of being a sesquipedalian

February 13, 2020 I’ve never been convicted of being the brightest light bulb in the Sheda family, but I think of myself as having a certain acumen when it comes to winter banality and jejune times. more »»

Take A Mulligan, (Litertally)

February 9, 2020 As you are well aware, this column is called “Take A Mulligan.” For the few that never heard this phrase, it comes to us from the world of golf. more »»

My “Kind-Of, Sort-Of, Bucket List”

February 2, 2020 Ever since that movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman a few years back, a lot of people began formulating their own “bucket list.” Have you? Nah, me either. more »»

What's Happening at the Wieting?

January 30, 2020 The four ladies in the photo last week in front of the concession stand left to right are Pam Kacer as the duck (she also made her costume), Judy Chamberlin as a black cat. more »»

What I’ve learned so far about life

January 26, 2020 Do you ever get those times where there is nothing, absolutely nothing coming our of your head? You don’t? Hmmmm............I get those days quite frequently. more »»

The Higher Order!

January 25, 2020 Jumping in the car, I noticed how messy it had become! I cleaned and vacuumed the car, washing and waxing it three weeks ag. more »»

Winter storm warning for Tama County, portions of Iowa

January 23, 2020 Do you know these former guild members? They are dressed for Halloween movies in 1986. The answer will be here next week. more »»

Christmas Vacation

January 19, 2020 Several years ago the Sheda clan decided to do away with presents for Christmas. more »»

Record breaking normal!

January 18, 2020 When our children were growing up, we played a car game of oxymorons…like “widely scattered darkness” and “heated ice. more »»

What's Happening at the Wieting?

January 16, 2020 It’s a new year and things to be done so let’s get to it. Carol Matta and I are having a fundraiser for Phase II of the Wieting Theatre’s renovation. It is set for Saturday, June 20, 2020, at 7 p.m. more »»

The Good Old Days !!

January 12, 2020 Let’s jump in the in the time machine and head backwards to a more peaceful and serene place. more »»

What's Happening at the Wieting?

January 2, 2020 It is time to reflect on the happenings this past year at the Wieting. more »»



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