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Posted May 06, 2020in Joe's Extra

How I spent my virtual Dutch vacation

Lockdown. It used to be a term that I’d hear back when I was a criminal prosecutor and trying to talk to a witness. “Sorry, sir, you can’t see the prisoner because he’s in lockdown.” Of course, he’s in lockdown. He’s a bad guy. All my witnesses are bad guys.

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Posted April 30, 2020in Joe's Extra

2020 Drake Relays — a slight variation

“Drake University has postponed the 2020 Drake Relays.”  The sporting world goes quiet. The blue oval is an empty, wind-swept desert. A hotdog in a steamed bun is a distant dream. Except at our house. “He’s rounding the corner, ladies and gentlemen. Come on, let’s give him a big Drake

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Posted April 10, 2020in Joe's Extra

Yes, Juliette, there is a Santa Claus

No matter your problems and worries, nature is like a cool cloth against your warm forehead. Yes, Juliette, there is a Santa Claus. Sure, it’s scary times — pestilence, politics and the end of the world as we know it. Not to mention your dad and mom suddenly being at

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Posted March 09, 2020in Joe's Extra

Tromping around with a dog

Dogs just aren’t my thing. Sorry all you dog lovers. It’s just the way it is.               Sure, I’ve had more than my share of the mangy critters. Why? Because my wife and kids keep bringing them home — over my loud objections. And it’s always the same. I feed the newest

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Posted December 24, 2019in Joe's Extra

Fish, speed dating, and Dutch

The tall, strong-looking Dutch woman began her story by telling me about fish. The story suddenly took a right turn into speed dating. And then the darn thing ended up about Dutch character. Her character. People are never a straight line. Sort of like the story of fish. I’m from

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Posted December 18, 2019in Joe's Extra

Raining in Dutch

Rain in the Netherlands has a certain texture that doesn’t exist back home in Iowa. Here in the Netherlands the rain rarely rages with such thunder and lightning that you decide maybe it would be a good idea to crawl under the table with the dog. Sure, it rains nearly every

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Posted December 11, 2019in Joe's Extra

An Iowa boy in the Mauritshuis

She’s definitely looking at me. Of course, it’s just a trick of the eye. A common phenomenon. We’ve all experienced it. But still. After all the adulation, the paparazzi, the gazillion of hours devoted to her in articles and on TV shows and even in a movie, you might .

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