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By Robert H. Peck
Apr 13, 2018

I've always heard that there's a specific subset of vegetarians who enjoy watching other people at meat. I wondered why that was. Jealousy? Nostalgia? Could ...

By Robert H. Peck
Apr 6, 2018

My dad had, and probably still has, a clipping hanging in his office that looks to be from an old column he wrote for The Ranger. It's a photograph of a 1979 ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 30, 2018

The highlight of my birding career came Wednesday, when I saw three bald eagles sitting right next to each other. They were perched over a river in Iowa, ...


By Robert H. Peck
Mar 16, 2018

There comes a time in every young man's life when he must face his fears and take action, move courageously to defend his better nature for the good of both ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 9, 2018

This week I taught a class for visiting Californians. They came to Iowa in the dead of a springtime winter, when the weather was in the 30s and the ground ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 2, 2018

Guacamole is a major part of my life. That looks a little weird in print, but it's true. I've sold mu guacamole at farmers markets. I've made it for many ...


By Robert H. Peck
Feb 23, 2018

It's late February. I know it's unseasonably cold in Wyoming. Sorry. I had nothing to do with. Here in Iowa, the ice is thawing, fields are drying out, and ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 16, 2018

Yesterday and today are some of the best days for fans of American grocery store overindulgence. The holidays are a mixed bag for grocery stores. It's a ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 9, 2018

Things you learn when you car is unexpectedly buried in snow on a Chicago street: You learn that every vehicle looks almost identical to every other vehicle ...


By Robert H. Peck
Feb 2, 2018

In the television show "Mad Men," Don Draper and the other rich ad executives seem to walk around carrying thousands of dollars in cash on them at any given ...

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 ...


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