Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Minority Impact Statements: History and Continuing Efforts

The Iowa quarter, printed in the latter part of 2004, is based upon a Grant Wood painting depicting a group of students and their teacher planting a tree outside of a county school.  The statement on the coin says, “Foundation … Continue reading

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Sweet, Sweet Summertime

We ate our first garden-raised tomato ten days ago.  I’m not kidding.  It came from Stephanie’s garden.  We also ate our first strawberries of the year, also from Stephanie’s garden.  Radishes are the only thing we’ve eaten so far from … Continue reading

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This link will bring you to an article written originally for the Prairie Progressive, Iowa’s oldest progressive newsletter.

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Memorial Day 2020

This year, on Memorial Day, I reminisced about Memorial Days past.  It used to be a huge day of drinking for me and my American Legion comrades of the 1970s and 1980s.  I don’t miss them – the days of … Continue reading

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Are you the type of person who writes little notes to yourself so that you can write a letter, a blog, or an article later?  I want to say that I’m that person, but I’m not.  It’s not from a … Continue reading

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Order Up

In the Army, written formal orders from above can be good; they can be bad.  When you’re not expecting orders, they can be like getting a notice from the Internal Revenue Service, it will make your stomach feel uneasy.  Upon … Continue reading

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