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Laura Stebbins

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I’m not in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics, watching Michael Phelps and other U.S. Olympians compete, but I feel a bit as if I’m there since I was in Omaha, Neb., when Phelps and others made the U.S....
When was the moment that customer service became non-existent in America? Was it when shareholder returns became more important than actual customers? Was it when computers took over jobs humans used to do? During my annual review of my credit...
One of my friends sent me a Nerf gun several years ago so when I watch political conventions or debates, I can shoot Nerf balls at the people on TV who are saying stupid things. Perfect. I just need a...
I enjoy the thrill of a deal as much as the next person. Don’t you just love finding the bargain, getting something for nothing at Younkers when you find something for $10 and then use a $10-off coupon or finding...
“They are having a celebration there tomorrow, so they have to be okay,” said the woman who answered the phone at the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department. Hmmm. My first reaction was to laugh at her, but I decided to...
“You’re asking me if I miss my children?” said landscape painter Gary Bowling. "No." Bowling was answering an audience question about selling his paintings -- his "children." By the time I’ve finished a painting, he said, “I’ve nailed it down. I’ve...
“We have to slow down and listen. We have to slow down, or we miss too much,” said George Minot as he began the discussion at the Hotel Pattee Tuesday night of the 2016 All Iowa Reads book, “Lila,”...
It seems to me that the entire point of trends is to get us to spend more money. I don’t know what happened in Milan, Paris, London or New York City this season, but Younkers at the Valley West...
One of my favorite things to do — and I do this less than you might suppose — is to plan to attend an event and then spontaneously go off on a small adventure. When this happens with friends,...
We shall never achieve harmony with land, any more than we shall achieve absolute justice or liberty for people. In these higher aspirations, the important thing is not to achieve but to strive. --Aldo Leopold The woman next to me cried...