Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The Lure of the Storage, Salvage, Pawn, and Picker Shows

I confess to a certain fascination with the reality shows where individuals head out to find or cash in on treasures from the past. Do I think these shows are completely unscripted? Well, no, but for viewers, a certain suspense builds as to what treasures the hunters will find and what the treasures will be worth. I place these shows several rungs above reality shows like Duck Dynasty, the appeal of which totally escapes me. I do admit to never having watched an episode of this show so perhaps I shouldn't offer a valid reaction (oh, please).

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Blowin' in the Wind
Eldon: Driving around southeast Iowa in the midst of tornadic winds may not be the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon, but my friend Jane and I did that this past Sunday. After a movie in Ottumwa (Heaven Is for Real, moving and worthwhile), we headed south east into Eldon. We were scouting great spots for MUM's upcoming Japanese visitors to see to get know Iowa. We began in this small town, less than a half hour from Fairfield, at the delightful American Gothic house, made famous by painter Grant Wood. Even in the pouring rain, the lovely little house is a special place to visit. The information center offers many additional opportunities to learn about this American iconic symbol. They also offer costumes for visitors to pose in, assuming the traditional couple's pose with the pitchfork in front of the house. In summer the Pitchfork Pie lady, who lives in this small beautiful home owned by the historical society, also offers pie for sale in the front yard. 
Posted by on 4/30/2014 11:06:00 AMComments 0
Being Friends by Dara Llewellyn

friendship is about connection

seemingly happenstance

a pulling together

despite the odds

despite our oddities 





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