The Iowa State Fair! Have you been to visit the famous butter cow? How about the Bridges of Madison County, the Field of Dreams, Effigy Mounds National Monument or the Amana Colonies?
I have the same birth state as Johnny Carson, Donna Reed, John Wayne, Bess Streeter Aldrich, Meredith Wilson, Glenn Miller, William Buffalo Bill Cody, Cloris Leachman, Andy Williams, our 31st President, Herbert Hoover, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Iowa is also the birth state of Quaker Oats, Winnebago RV’s, Casey’s General Stores and the Iowa caucuses. Each election year, there have been multiple treks made to Iowa by a number of highly heavy-duty politicians with the intent of kissing some babies, pressing some flesh and swaying some votes. That would include Pat Paulsen, of the classic Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in 1968!
My Iowa farmer dad, following his mother’s lead, served on local election and school boards, was always politically savvy and maintained an astounding currency with worldwide news. My Iowa school teachers believed in the power of knowledge, the written word and good citizenship. I became an Iowa Girls’ Stater and later, a teacher, with a love of literature, writing and history, following the example of my mother and several aunts. I grew up loving the Iowa state flag because it had the same colors as our national flag. In the black and white photo, you can see an almost six-year-old me on a patriotic float with my grandmother behind me.
My current book, 5-Star Citizen: Raising the Civic-Minded Child—A Framework for the Public-Spirited Engagement of Tomorrow’s Leaders, is a reflection of my time spent with the good people of Iowa. My upcoming book, Story Time @ Home: How to Start a Story Time Club, will be the second title in the Proceed for Others Series, an ongoing series of self-help books which assist in raising funds for notable charities.
Ah, the rolling, black-soil “fields of opportunities” and the practically perfect porkers of Iowa! No, it’s not Heaven, but it is probably as close as you can get.
Please visit my website, www.ProceedforOthers.com, and leave your contact information on my contact page. I will put your name in a drawing for one of three free copies of my book.