Category Archives: Nature


Technically, they are a weed.  But before they go to seed, they are a sign of spring with their bright yellow buds against the backdrop of green foliage. As a child, we used to think a dandelion that reflected yellow … Continue reading

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Not My Family Tree …

I definitely lack the “green thumb” gene and cannot identify this tree with the red berries.  Can anyone help? The red berries are especially striking as most of the green foliage has died for the season. I wonder if there … Continue reading

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Iowa Summer Sunset

The summer sun sets over Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Renee Kiel.) Research indicates my ancestors came from small villages and rural settings in Europe. Once they arrived in Iowa, I wonder if they experienced a sunset like this.  Beautiful. Inspiring. … Continue reading

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