Author Archives: Marty Ryan

Censorship Sucks!

When I first heard about a possible censorship of Dr. Seuss books, like so many others, I said: “What?”  My eighteen years of working at the American Civil Liberties Union gave me experience to ask, “who is the censor?”  Not … Continue reading

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Wishing you enough

We celebrated Stephanie’s birthday last August in quaint, humble style.  I bought her a cake, but instead of the usual “Happy Birthday” greeting, the top of the cake was decorated with “Wishing you enough.” We’ll be married for 16 years … Continue reading

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42 Capons

During my packing plant career in the 1970s and 80s, I would spend Friday afternoons or evenings in a Vail, Iowa, bar. Whether it was Lucky’s, Homer’s, the Longbranch, or the American Legion Club, I could be found in one … Continue reading

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Hey, Joe! Where you going with that gun in your hand?

WARNING!  Do not read this while eating! After writing about one of my favorite watering holes when I was younger, I had a few people ask me to write to about Homer’s brother, Joe.  I blogged about Joe’s brother, Homer, … Continue reading

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Clay Spear Amendments

Clay Spear was a legislator from Wever, Iowa, when I began my lobbing career in 1992.  Rep. Spear, a former postmaster in southeastern Iowa, died while in office, on January 27, 1993.  I recall coming into the Capitol on a … Continue reading

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Wintertime Fun in Vail

We’re getting more snow.  The previous blast of snow and cold air a few weeks ago, left branches covered with wet, heavy snow, and very slick streets.  Once again, this month, I am reminded of living as an adolescent in … Continue reading

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