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A Letter to our New College Student

A Letter to our New College Student

Last year at this time, I was preparing for senior photos and finalizing details about selecting a college and absorbing the reality of Madison’s last first day of high school. Before I knew it, we were planning a graduation party. La ...
Tips for Planning a Graduation Party

Tips for Planning a Graduation Party

This past weekend marked a milestone for us as we celebrated Madison’s graduation from high school. Maybe it was the fact that we were juggling life in a pandemic or perhaps a serious medical crisis, but the time seemed to really fly ...

My Return to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite

Way, way back in the Spring of 1993, Nicole and I decided to save a little money on wedding programs and print them ourselves. Both of us had less than three years out of college and money was very tight. Fancy printed wedding programs was ...
Revolution of 1828 2-Player Game Overview

Revolution of 1828 2-Player Game Overview

I’ve made quite an effort to keep from being political on this site. Instead, I’ve maintained that people should set aside any differences and simply sit down and play board games. But tomorrow is a monumental election day that ...
Watergate 2-Player Game Overview

Watergate 2-Player Game Overview

Seems like every time I turn around there is another political issue making the news. Sometimes it’s one political side embroiled in scandal and the next minute it’s the other. Social media and opinionated media outlets have tur ...
No Man’s Sky Video Game Overview

No Man’s Sky Video Game Overview

As someone who left the traditional workspace to raise kids, the stay at home mandates haven’t been too different for my indoor life. The better part of my days are spend in front of the computer working on this website, doing househo ...
Dr. Livingston’s Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle Overview

Dr. Livingston’s Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle Overview

If you follow along with our Thrift Treasure series every Sunday, you already know that we’ve spent a few hours putting together puzzles lately. Last Sunday’s article shared some history of jigsaw puzzles as Scott told about a h ...
Senstroke Drum Sensor Kit Overview

Senstroke Drum Sensor Kit Overview

I started playing my first musical instrument when I joined the school orchestra in fourth grade, which was seven years ago. I picked cello, only because the person demoing it was playing the Star Wars theme. In sixth grade, I picked u ...
Thrift Treasure: Molecular Visions Model Kit

Thrift Treasure: Molecular Visions Model Kit

The third and final thing we purchased on our trip to a Cedar Rapids Goodwill wasn’t a game at all, even though it was shelved in the same section as Apple Pop and Circulo. Our oldest daughter, Madison, is taking Chemistry this year i ...
Preparing to Attend A College Fair

Preparing to Attend A College Fair

It seems like just yesterday that I was waving as Madison boarded the bus for preschool. But it was far from yesterday… it was August 2007. So much of what we did back then was a first. I tried to start making a list of those early &# ...