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Laura Stebbins

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“The only person who could answer that question is not here. And even if he were, I’m not sure he’d be able to tell you.” I’m preempting your question. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and I want to...
I’m confident that everyone who has joined the sorrowful club of having lost someone close to you has thought, “What would (loved one’s name) have thought of 2020-2021?” For me, “What would mom (1927-2006) have thought of 2021?” She’d love “Murdock...
There are certain stories that have historically drawn Iowans’ interest. We've all seen the headlines about neighbors who come together to ensure crops are harvested after a farmer’s premature death. The numerous GoFundMe donations helping strangers pay for needed healthcare. Schools holding...
The Carnegie Library Museum is missing the beauty and twinkling lights of festive trees along with the welcome chatter and laughter of families completing a scavenger hunt or debating which entry is their favorite. As much as Katie Schott and...
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...