Showing posts from February, 2018

My 2017 Graduation

After 49 years of living on or near the family farm, I have finally graduated!!!   (I do want to admit, I did spend 4 years of the 49 at NMSU in Kirksville, Missouri and 3 years in Rockford, Illinois after graduation.)   In 2017, I graduated from being the farm errand girl, transportation specialist (equipment/people mover), and official gate opener. If you have grown up on a farm, you know you have to rise in the ranks to be able to run the expensive, heavy equipment.   I was always much smaller and not as strong as my younger brother, so I have always been the person that did the little jobs.   Granted, they were jobs that needed to be done for the farm to flourish, but little jobs nonetheless.   In 1993, my husband and I moved back to Iowa and bought our own farm (it’s always hard for me to say “bought the farm” without chuckling). In the late 90’s - early 2000, we had our first child, leaving me to work part-time at my job and raise our daughter.   Five years later, our son wa

Clues from Cash

  Kevin Mitnick’s 10 Rules for Stronger Passwords Always use strong passwords on the internet. A strong password is one that is hard for someone else to guess. 1. Don’t tell your passwords to anyone, even tech support people who may ask you for them. Nobody should ask for your password, and you should never give your password to anyone. 2. Don’t use simple dictionary words or pets’ or people’s names for your password. And avoid things like your zip code or key dates like a birthday or an anniversary. 3. Use passwords that are at least 12 characters long; however, those are still easy to crack if an attacker gets into your network. If you want to be super safe, use 20 characters. And don’t write them down where they can be easily found. 4. It’s actually easier and more secure to create a passphrase instead of a password. A passphrase is a few nonsense words like $3 for the pirate hat or Betty was smoking tires and playing tuna fish . 5. Use a different

Cozumel 2018

My husband and I recently took a trip to Cozumel.    We have been to Cozumel a few times, but never stayed there.   Our friends have stayed at the Melia in Cozumel a few times and invited us to tag along this year.   We ended up with a group of fifteen, six of whom we had never met before.   We met at the airport in Cedar Rapids, checked our bags and boarded the plane to Atlanta.   Our flights to Atlanta and Cozumel were smooth and right on time.   A few of us got searched in Customs just as a standard check and off to the resort we went. We got checked in to our beautiful ocean view suite and hit the beach by 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon.   It was 70 degrees, partly cloudy and a little windy but better than Iowa.   We grabbed a drink and strolled the beach.   There’s just something about sand under your feet and the sound of waves that makes everything great.   The only thing better is if the sun were shining bright.   I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will give yo


            Have you ever had a conversation with someone who was truly passionate about the topic at hand? Could you feel the emotion they were expressing? One of my favorite things is to talk with someone who is truly passionate about the topic, whatever it may be. Passion is something that you don’t see from everyone. Many people get up, go to work, go home, make dinner & go to bed only to get up and do it again until what…the weekend? Time to retire? Passion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. It can be found in serious matters, such as politics and religion. Or in exciting matters, like a new business idea or your favorite sports team. A passion for baseball and the CHICAGO CUBS fills my house all throughout the season, but October 2016 was an especially exciting time! For the first time in 108 years they won the World Series!! We were absolutely thrilled! I thought I might get to see that passion again this coming weekend, as my husband has been a Vi