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Laura Stebbins

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To co-fans of adrenaline-pumping “24,” I have to believe at some point in that series you’ve yelled at the TV screen, “Listen to Jack!” For gosh sakes, he’s trying to save the world in 24 hours. Stop explaining your...
Mom loved the Iowa State Fair. It got Dad and me out of her way for a day. She no doubt spent that quiet day cleaning, ironing and doing other tasks on her list -- but with no interruptions...
That one hurt the most. The tree planted over 20 years ago near my dad’s grave. The one on which I tie a ribbon to match the season. The one my brother cares for. The one planted after the...
My first interaction with an outside consultant was as a manager for a large corporation. A co-worker and I reviewed a report, written by a highly paid consultant, that was riddled with errors. The obvious errors in the data...
I believe there are moments in our lives when we may naturally become more empathetic—our daughter falls from the swing set and breaks her arm, our teen son breaks up with his girlfriend, our spouse is fighting cancer. We’re actively...
Members of Chapter OK in Perry, part of the Philanthropic Educational Organization PEO, awarded Erin Finn of Perry a $3,000 grant to use toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mercy College of Health...
If you’ve lost someone to suicide, I know you’ve been asked multiple times, “Do you know why?” I’ve settled on, “I don’t think we’ll ever know,” or “He’s the only one who knows and if we could talk with him,...
Am I racist? There are people in the news whom I wouldn’t hesitate to toss in that category. I haven’t done what they’ve done, and I don’t have a white robe and pointy hood in my closet, so I’m...
To the editor: If you’re weary of the political ads and looking beyond Nov. 6 -- start planning your creative entry for the Carnegie Library Museum’s Festival of Trees! If you like decorating trees or wreaths or making any type of...
Imagine your child or teen sharing a concern with you. You discuss the issue and encourage your daughter or son to speak up about it at school. When s/he arrives home the next day, you ask, “How did it...