Blog Archive

Only 21 Days Till Christmas

Indeed it seems that Christmas is more rapidly approaching this year. Believe it or not, I haven't even thought about getting my Christmas cards sent out, not to mention what few gifts I purchase for Christmas. I prefer to give people gifts during the year when the opportunity arrives. Whenever these urges come upon me to give outside the Christmas … continue reading

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed

Heart-felt memories abound with me of people who have “stepped out” of their lives to freely give of their time and talents to others in need. I was reminded of this wonderful feature of many of the people who live amongst us when I received a call last week from a dear older client who is helping an elderly man living in a nursing home. He has … continue reading

Moving towards the Center

With these past two month's recent sales for the office, I am coming to the conclusion that more of the buyers who have in the past been shying away from homes that need cosmetic work, are now finally realizing that purchasing homes that are at the top of their price ranges and likely picture perfect and fully tweaked to entice them, are now starti … continue reading

More Right than Wrong

In today's age of information, we find ourselves being bombarded with nearly non-stop information. I consider some days at a near overload of information. What has become quite the standard is that most of the news that is filtering into our brains is far too negative. We seem to become obsessed with the negative side of people, places, and events. … continue reading

Reaching Out

This is most of all the time of year that we must continue in Mason City and North Iowa to reach out to others. As more and more people are living alone, along with new members of our community, I can assure you that their sense of loneliness is more heightened. I have this past year worked with a handful of people moving here from out of State and … continue reading

Good Years and Bad

Some writings have mentioned that we all in our lives go thru decades of things seemingly going well and others filled with above normal struggles. It has also been said that we endure nearly all of the life's sorrows either in our youth, our middle years, or in our end years. Having worked with so many families over these long years of being a Rea … continue reading

On a Clear Day

We all here in North Iowa should consider ourselves terribly lucky in not having to fight with treacherous weather while traveling to loved ones for Thanksgiving celebrations. Yes, it is cold and windy but at least the sun is shining. Our family has, and likely always will attend a church service on Thanksgiving. While at the church early this morn … continue reading

Giving Thanks

I do hope everyone here in Mason City and North Iowa make time tomorrow to take a moment during their get togethers with family and friends and reflect on all the things that we have to be thankful for in our lives. Mason City is on the threshold of moving to the next level of progress in our downtown area as well as the community as a whole. I hav … continue reading

A Family Death

Today was a sad day for me. I attended a memorial service for the son of a previous employer. I spent more than a decade working for that company and became very well acquainted with the owner. We experienced many great highs and deep lows in that close working relationship. Most people never really understand how much we become inter-twined in fam … continue reading

Second hand Rose

I used to love to listen to some of the old Vaudeville style pieces of music that at times seemed a bit schmaltzy yet uplifting. When our family was all together living on the farm, we spent Sunday afternoons either listening to music or making music. I will never forget one of my older brothers being so angry at me for playing over and over again … continue reading

Winter’s Chill

Don't we all wish our blood would thicken overnight and we are automatically used to these cold days? We seem to hold our coats tighter and walk a little faster to escape the evil winds blowing thru our community. As I have mentioned in a past article, the one thorn of living in our most endearing North Iowa is when Winter arrives. I have a client … continue reading

Grease Bombs

I had an opportunity to view a home today that was quite the sight. After so often the times I have viewed living quarters like these, I think to myself, “Are these people really blind to their surroundings.” The general living area was not in the best of states, but the kitchen was what really gave me a bit of a jaw drop. The sink appeared as … continue reading