Iowa Rice Paddy

Missouri River Flooding - 2019 In mid-March, over two months ago, the Missouri River got out of its banks from Sioux City, NE down to Hamburg, IA, flooding towns and cropland. Hundreds of people lost their homes, thousands of acres of prime farmland was destroyed, and I-29 was closed for six weeks. This picture was … Continue reading Iowa Rice Paddy


Sometimes it takes awhile to notice something or get to like something, like acquiring a taste for a certain food or drink.  For example, they say scotch is an acquired taste.  Acquired taste?  What does that mean?!   How do you acquire a taste for something that triggers the gag reflex everytime it touches your mouth?  Do … Continue reading Rathaus

Hamburg, Germany

Rebecca Hain came into our life in August, 1994.  She was 17 and left her home near Frankfurt, Germany to live a year with us as part of a student exchange program.  We met her parents, Klaus and Irene (pronounced "ear - reen' - a") in July, 1995 when they came to visit America and … Continue reading Hamburg, Germany