Archive for History

  • Max’s Musings Max’s Musings

    By Max Molleston Some of you readers are fond of the poems of Robert Frost, and you have paid up to get his publications. I paid some forty dollars for a comprehensive volume at a bookstore, and two or three dollars for the same book at an annual sale at the Coralville Library. The late Dick Mackin...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones Spring Fever strikes again… Ah finally, well at least maybe, Spring is here. While it’s mighty hard to gage your take on the past few month’s weather, your pal and cool correspondent, QC Jones, is pretty happy to see the change. My guess is the winter of 2018-19 will be the o...

  • April – A Month for Diamonds April – A Month for Diamonds

    By Eloise Graham Diamonds are a girl’s best friend - or so the saying goes. The diamond is the birthstone for April. Chemically speaking, it is merely carbon whose atoms are arranged in a crystal structure called a diamond cubic. A big chunk of black coal is also chemically carbon but with a dif...

  • PUBLISHER'S CORNER PUBLISHER’S CORNER

    By Eloise Graham National Library Week - April 7 - 13 I recently saw a quote by David McCullough that said, “I think the public library system is one of the most amazing American institutions. Free for everybody. If you ever get the blues about the status of American culture there are still mo...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones Happiness is a Warm Gun, to Shoot... Like nearly every red-blooded American youth of my vintage, I spent many hours of my young years “glued to the TV” watching westerns. Not the namby-pamby stuff of today, but real live shoot’em up shows where the good guy didn’t hesitate t...

  • March 2019 March 2019

    By Eloise Graham This year, March is host to Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday. The date is March 5th. Mardi Gras colors are green, gold and purple. The Mardi Gras parade king is called Rex. In 1872, Rex chose the colors of purple, green and gold to be the official Mardi Gra...

  • Max’s Musings Max’s Musings

    By Max Molleston I rambled around my poetry collection for this month’s poem and comments. It is February, and in 14-15 years of this effort, I may have exhausted the sweet stuff for St Valentine’s day. Digging deeper I recovered a 1900 printing (that’s right, some 119 years in the past,) of ...

  • Just Saying... Just Saying…

    By Q.C. Jones Now That was Cold and Cruel Custom has Saint Valentine as the patron of love, romance and all things warm and fuzzy. February and its notorious holiday brings, at least for most, lots of warm-hearted memories of love and tenderness. But I believe this to be nothing more than a crue...