Thoughts for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’m sitting here still getting used to phased retirement. It’s a bit awkward, especially now that the Martin Luther King Jr Day is coming up here at The University of Iowa on Monday, January 15, 2018. That’s because part of the theme, which comes from a MLK quote is “Where do we go from here?” […]

What Do Chocolate Chips and Compeer of Johnson County Have In Common?

Yesterday morning I was standing around in the hall waiting to get into the Employee Health Clinic when Margalea Warner passed by, said hello and had just about moved on when she turned to me and asked if I ever listened to Iowa Public Radio. I said I did, and she told me she was […]

Let’s Talk About Continuous Loops and Broken Links

Like many of you I heard about the Surgeon General’s report on addiction, “Facing Addiction in America,” this week. My post today is going to contain as few links as possible, in view of the many broken links out there on the internet. I’ll get to Dr. Vivek Murthy’s report later. First, I’d like to […]

Remember Dr. Jenny Lind Porter…Go Have Another Adventure

Sena and I were talking about my former teacher. Dr. Jenny Lind Porter and the situation about her Casa Magni, the home she lived in for decades and now is the center of a controversy over whether to tear it down or restore it. Jenny Lind Porter home wins stay of demolition – Austin Monitor […]

The Little Chair Belongs In The Great House

It turns out there is a recorded video (look for item 3C-4) of the Austin Historic Landmarks Commission (AHLC) meeting on July 25, 2016 which includes the public discussion of Dr. Jenny Lind Porter’s Casa Magni, her house slated for demolition. Hereafter I’ll refer to the house as Casa Magni because that’s what she called […]