Stone Memorial: The Life of P.J. Maher

Have you ever seen a memorial or a monument to someone and wonder who that person was? I'm willing to say that we all have. Here is an unusual memorial in an unexpected place from my hometown of DeWitt, Iowa. After you read the article, please share some of the memorials that you've seen from your neck of the woods. I'd love to hear about it!

John Bloom: The Regionalist and Me

   The mural was old. The colors were still vibrant through, the lines still clear and sharp. It was simple – a farmer in his field, harvesting corn while his dog runs nearby. It was painted in a stylized design that is deceptively primitive. If you’re only glancing at it, it seems to lack any... Continue Reading →

Cautionary Tales of the Midwest’s Roadways

               Writing is my passion. I enjoy sharing the stories that I collect along my way with whoever cares to listen, and more than a few that don’t sometimes!                 However, like many people out there, I work a day job. Like musicians and writers before, I haven’t yet broken into that mystical land where... Continue Reading →

Cold Anger: The Malone, Iowa Murders of 1929

   The town of Malone was originally a train depot founded in the mid-1860’s. It soon developed a general store, stockyards, and a post office. Like many rural areas, it was quiet and peaceful. Who would have thought that an event would take place there would forever mar that peaceful landscape?    Edward Crampton was... Continue Reading →

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