Daily Archives: March 4, 2011


Earlier in the week, I found myself leafing through the 1892 Hawkeye yearbook in an attempt to answer a question for a caller to Alumni Records. The slim blue volume is bookended by advertisements for local businesses that made the era come alive for me. They include Frank & Tanner’s promotion of buggies, carriages, surreys, and phaetons for sale; a Boerners’…

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Public Service Announcement

This time of year is rough for our family. It’s the time of year when we get hammered by every imaginable germ that winter’s last gasp can throw at us.

Our oldest child is in kindergarten, nature’s perfect petri dish for brewing a cup of nastiness. And for the past several weeks, we’ve waged a war against strep throat—the official Plague…

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