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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Mirrors

by Dave Markwell I had the unfortunate experience of passing a mirror the other day. I did not look as good as I felt and it made me mad. I felt like the mirror was tricking me, because in my head, I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Serf’s up!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Serf’s up!!

by Dave Markwell “Dad, you need to make my sandwich”, my twelve year old son, Aden, informed me this morning. And so began our daily dance. Every single day, we both don’t want to make the sandwich,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Walking the Aisle

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Walking the Aisle

by Dave Markwell After a 14 hour travel day, I am too brain-fried to trust the column I have written. I can’t tell if it’s good or if it sucks. When this happens I will pull something from my quiver... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Resolutions

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Resolutions

by Dave Markwell Sitting aboard Delta Airlines flight 822 heading east for a plane change in Detroit while traveling on a holiday “vacation” to Rochester, NY to visit my wife’s family, I glanced... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Christmas Card

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Christmas Card

by Dave Markwell I love going to the mailbox this time of year. Normally, I am shamelessly indifferent about receiving mail. Bills and junk mail have lost their allure for me. In fact, I usually outsource... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Clap Hard!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Clap Hard!!

by Dave Markwell Through the various trips and travels of my forty-two years, I have learned many things. Some of these things have come through very deliberate efforts, but probably the majority of the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Christmas Omelet

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Christmas Omelet

by Dave Markwell This morning I made my wife an omelet. This act alone is not super noteworthy. I make her breakfast fairly often. The unusual ingredient in this morning’s meal was the extra time and... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Paradise…FOUND!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Paradise…FOUND!!

by Dave Markwell Every year my Rotary Club donates dictionaries to all of the third graders in our city. Distributing the books to the students is always a neat event. It is fun seeing all of the young... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Thanks and Giving

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Thanks and Giving

by Dave Markwell I am not a big fan of parades. To be clear, I don’t really like parades on TV. I like them in person. This is an interesting fact only because I am actually enjoying watching the Macy’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Green Blankets

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Green Blankets

by Dave Markwell Sunday mornings are mine. I get up early, make a cup of coffee and watch my favorite show on television, CBS Sunday Morning. This is a news type program without the bad news. Imagine... [Read more]

Welcome Back Dave Markwell’s ‘FEEL GOOD FRIDAY’! Today: Empty Plate

Welcome Back Dave Markwell’s ‘FEEL GOOD FRIDAY’! Today: Empty Plate

[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re happy to welcome back to The Waterland Blog regular Columnist Dave Markwell, who unsuccessfully ran for Des Moines City Council. This is his first ‘Feel Good Friday’... [Read more]

FILL-IN FRIDAY: Meet Our New Columnist, ‘Missed Congeniality’

FILL-IN FRIDAY: Meet Our New Columnist, ‘Missed Congeniality’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Since Dave Markwell has thrown his hat into the ring to run for Des Moines City Council, “Feel Good Friday,” his regular weekly column, has been put on hiatus. In its... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lawnmower Manifesto

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lawnmower Manifesto

by Dave Markwell My day began as it normally does: kind of lousy. In a well-intentioned, but poorly executed attempt to get a head start on my schedule, I tried to focus on some work that needed to be... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: One Fine Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: One Fine Day

by Dave Markwell After having been trapped in the cold, drizzly prison of another winter season in the Northwest, today was a true gift; a long-awaited and much-needed conjugal visit from Mother Nature.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Manscaper

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Manscaper

by Dave Markwell While standing a little closer to the mirror than I am generally comfortable with this morning, I noticed a couple of stray eyebrow hairs sticking straight out like cockroach antennae.... [Read more]