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Our Non-Traditional, Traditional Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving was one of the most unique Thanksgivings that Ben and I have experienced together. It was the first time in either of our lives that we spent Thanksgiving Day outside of our families' homes to attend a Dallas Cowboys football game. My mind was never more conflicted. On the one side, the tradition of a Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game started back in 1966, to follow in step with the Thanksgiving tradition the Detroit Lions created in 1934. Before the inception of the NFL, college football games were a must-attend event on Thanksgiving Day, starting back in the late 1800s. So honestly, football on Thanksgiving Day is just about as strong of an American tradition as the Pi

To The Veterans We Love

This past week marked two significant celebrations for myself and my husband, Ben. The first was that November 11 is what we consider our 'official' dating anniversary. The second is that November 11 is Veterans Day. What Ben and I have come to realize over the years of dating turned marriage, is that we wouldn't even be on this planet had it not been for two very special veterans in our lives - our grandfathers. Ben's grandfather, Ken Bryan, served in the Army and spent his time of service transferring from one station to another. It even included a stay in Alaska before it was even considered a state. He returned to civil work after his time of service, and spent the rest of his years as c

Shattering Glass Ceilings

Election Day 2018 brought a lot of changes, surprises, and an overall rollercoaster effect on Iowans. There were a few races that my party of choice expected to lose and won, and then of course, the sad stories of candidates expecting to win and losing. However, one of the greatest changes that happened in this state is the increase of female candidates and winners all across the state, both Republicans and Democrats. The glass ceiling has been shattered, once and for all! Governor Kim Reynolds is now the first elected female governor that Iowa has ever had. There are now 45 women elected to serve in the Iowa Legislature for the upcoming 2019 session. There are two female U.S. Representative

The Forgotten Month of November

“It was November--the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Halloween has passed, and most people are now switching gears toward the Christmas holiday. There are multiple homes in my Des Moines suburb brimming with outdoor Christmas lights already, while my orange-turning tree is just starting to drop its leaves. It's quite easy to go straight from October to December, all the while forgetting November. We are surrounded by retail and the pressures of others




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