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“Slow down, you’re doing fine. You can’t be everything you want to be before your time.”

The first time I was ever inside of a church was on the day of my 21st birthday. Most people celebrate this milestone at a bar with their friends, drinking until they puke. I…

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The first feature story I picked up as a syndicated freelancer with Gannett was on a man who was retiring after 56 years of employment with the same manufacturer. Making metal milk crates by hand, Gary started working there two weeks before his 18th birthday in 1963.

He was the…

The family farm, founded in 1846, Dayton Township, Iowa County, Iowa. Photo credited to the author

Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain. — State of Iowa

Across the pond, through the study window, I see an American Flag at half staff rustling in the wind. It’s been at half staff since November 7, 2020, the day the U. S. declared President Biden…


It wasn’t too long ago that I lived in a place where death notices printed by the public library were pinned to bulletin boards in the market, gas station and farm supply store. Operations shut down by noon on Saturday in anticipation of the evening death knell. …

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Remember when Medium was a social media blogging platform? This logo represents when I started a Medium account. Old school techniques to build a following where word of mouth, clicking on tags and submitting your work to publications. If you enjoyed reading a piece, you’d tap the little green heart…


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If you haven’t heard, the Iowa GOP wants you to believe that illegal immigrants are crossing the border with backpacks full of drugs and unloading them in Iowa. This misinformation has spread like the plague.

I do not know why someone would risk their life to get to the border…

Erika Storms

I blog to stay sane.

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