Opinion Section

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

by Dave Markwell I’ve heard it said that the hardest thing to write is a simple, true sentence. I believe this. It is much easier to add words and use literary magic tricks to convey a thought than... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

by Dave Markwell I have been reviewing old columns for another compilation project. I believe that this was my very first column. I still like it. I hope you do, too… This day belongs to the dogs. They... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

by Dave Markwell Well, the kids are back at school. This event seems to be lacking some of the significance of years past. I’m not sure why. I don’t feel jaded or like I’m becoming unsentimental... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

by Dave Markwell This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

by Dave Markwell Last night I took my first “actual” shower in seven days. My son and I spent a few days traveling around the state, fishing, eating beef jerky and bathing in the lakes and rivers... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Disappointed in incompetence and laziness … by Des Moines PD’

LETTER: ‘Disappointed in incompetence and laziness … by Des Moines PD’

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Good Afternoon, I am writing to share with... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

by Dave Markwell With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

by Dave Markwell Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

by Dave Markwell Tonight is a quiet time in my house. The dogs and I don’t make a lot of noise. My wife and daughter are gone for a week. My wife is at a “retreat” with a bunch of women. I’m not... [Read more]

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan upset with Comcast customer service

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan upset with Comcast customer service

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was published on Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan's Facebook page; we have received permission to post it here. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

by Dave Markwell I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with a batty old lady the other day. As the calendar pages turn on my life, I have come to appreciate and enjoy “bats” more than I have previously.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

by Dave Markwell My son mowed the lawn after being asked one, single time. I did not have to cajole, bribe, beg or threaten. This is a new development. It felt like a parallel universe, one in which my... [Read more]

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: Dads’ Day…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dads’ Day…

by Dave Markwell Approaching another Father’s Day, I look forward to a thoughtfully handmade card and a shirt I probably won’t wear. I am happy to receive both. Each year, my wife and daughter hopefully... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Birds and Songs.

by Dave Markwell “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou Unlike human beings, the song bird is unconcerned with having an answer. As human... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Loud.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Loud.

by Dave Markwell My house is loud. My kids make a lot of noise. My dogs scratch and moan and bark. My father-in-law is visiting and he is perhaps the loudest one of all. No one seems to enjoy silence,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Nicks

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Nicks

by Dave Markwell My son is embarking on a weekend long sailboat race with my old neighbor, Nick. He’s excited. Nick’s excited. And I’m excited. As a legitimate crew member, my son is learning about... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Moms are mean.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Moms are mean.

by Dave Markwell Moms are mean. That’s right. I said it. Moms do the majority of the yelling, spanking and band aid ripping-off. As a small child, my dad never made me lay on my back with my pants down... [Read more]