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By Robert H. Peck
Jan 5, 2018

Cabin fever is a problem this time of year. Bitter cold, holidays done, not much in the world to look forward to until spring for many of us, but we still ...

By Robert H. Peck
Dec 29, 2017

How many socks have you lost in your life? For me, that number must be in the thousands. Maybe the millions. I have scarcely owned a sock that I haven't ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jul 14, 2017

I'm away from Wyoming for the whole summer for the first time in my life. There are some good things about that. It means I'm gainfully employed and liking ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jun 23, 2017

I've written about birds in this space a lot, and that's because I really like birds and want them to have as much attention as possible. Fortunately, they ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 16, 2017

Fireflies are beetles. I always thought they were, well, flies, or something fly-like. No, they have shell-looking backs when perched on something, and their ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 9, 2017

I have developed an unlikely obsession with the Colorado Rockies. It's unlikely because I am a nerd with little athletic ability or interest. I played baseball ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jun 2, 2017

I lack a green thumb, but I do not lack plants. Mittens the beefsteak begonia has been covered extensively in these pages before, and Vera the aloe also ...

By Robert H. Peck
May 26, 2017

Regular readers know that I'm a bird enthusiast. But I stop short of calling myself a birder, someone who goes out and finds and identifies birds, because I ...

By Robert H. Peck
May 5, 2017

I once transported an In-n-Out Burger from Berkeley, California, to New Haven, Connecticut, in a checked airline suitcase, all because my college roommate ...


By Robert H. Peck
Apr 28, 2017

Is there a greater disappointment than the arrival of cold, wintry weather weeks after the warmth of spring has set in--or so you thought--for good? The leaves ...

By Robert H. Peck
Apr 21, 2017

I have a large begonia sitting on a table in my living room. His name is Mittens. He is a beefsteak begonia, meaning that his large, rounded leaves are ...

By Robert H. Peck
Apr 14, 2017

Others might refer to it as something else, of course In Iowa, as in the Rockies, it's been a long, cold winter of dreariness and regret. Spring has ...


By Robert H. Peck
Apr 7, 2017

This week marks the centennial of America's entrance into the Great War, as it's still usually called in many parts of the world. The First World War has ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 17, 2017

Probably not shout near the birds, for one thing I've done a lot of walking and running in Hickory Hill Park since I became a student in Iowa City, ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 10, 2017

I had decided to familiarize myself with the names of birds I could find in Hickory Hill Park in Iowa City, and some distinguishing characteristics that might ...


By Robert H. Peck
Mar 3, 2017

q First tip from the experts: they're 'bins,' not 'binoculars.' One weekend in mid-February I downloaded the Audubon Society's iPhone app. It has several ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 24, 2017

I don't know a whole lot about birds, but I like them -- and they seem to like me back. When I was a little kid, the Audubon Society began coming to ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 10, 2017

There's another guy here, and it makes e-mail complicated Anybody who has worked in education, or government, or really any field that employs a ...


By Robert H. Peck
Feb 3, 2017

If you're a toucan, your bill is pretty darned important. As I applied Chapstick to my nose in an elevator last Monday I remembered a video I'd seen ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jan 27, 2017

I'm thinking of 'sweatphones,' $2.50 cups of ice and the effect of holiday food on the gluteus maximi. I returned to Iowa, last week, and began my ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jan 20, 2017

Not all of it, anyway, which is my happy new discovery For much of my life, I was convinced that rice was brown, mostly dry, and a poor substitute ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jan 13, 2017

My begonia withstands both cats and a sometimes careless owner. A classmate of mine once suggested that the best solution if one fails to find ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jan 6, 2017

Just 3 percent follow through -- but that's 10 million people According to Forbes, 40 percent of Americans make some kind of New Year's resolution. ...

By Robert H. Peck
Dec 16, 2016

How do you build a snowman? It's pretty straightforward, if chilly: Roll up big balls of snow on the ground and stack them up, then find sticks and rocks and ...


By Robert H. Peck
Dec 9, 2016

But at least you're not on the moon, or worse - Pluto Weather has been cooling off from the unseasonable nicety I predicted in this column last week, ...

By Robert H. Peck
Dec 2, 2016

Take advantage of the show on tap for this month We're had especially warm nights this fall so far--relatively, anyway--and that means it's possible ...

By Robert H. Peck
Nov 25, 2016

I'm trying to stop food waste this season, even if it means eating more pie At this moment, I am unashamedly eating leftover Thanksgiving pie ...


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