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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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Homer’s

There is a bar in Vail, Iowa, called “Homer’s.”  The bar has been there since I was a kid.  The owners have changed, the name hasn’t. Francis Devaney was an old bachelor that owned the original Homer’s.  His nickname was … Continue reading

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Big Yellow Taxi

When I was a child, our home had a row of American elm trees separating our property from our neighbor to the south.  I climbed one of those trees so often that I could get to a branch 20 feet … Continue reading

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John Patrick Ryan 1953-2020

Our brother, John Ryan, died sometime during the weekend of August 28-30, although the official date of his death is September 1, we were notified on the 31st, a day earlier.  Some things just don’t make sense. John was a … Continue reading

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