Tagged with 'dave markwell'

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sin and Waffles.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sin and Waffles.

by Dave Markwell About 1 pm on a Tuesday afternoon, I walked by my son’s bedroom and instead of being annoyed by the fact that he was still asleep, (which did not surprise me since when I woke up at... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Wholly Moses!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Wholly Moses!

by Dave Markwell While drinking my morning coffee the other day, my phone chimed, signaling an incoming text message. It was pretty early so my interest was piqued. As I checked the screen, the words... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: First Days

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: First Days

by Dave Markwell ‘Tis the season for first days. First days of school shake our kids loose from their cozy summer schedules and liberate parents from the hand and heart-wringing task of trying to mitigate... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Fine Reward…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Fine Reward…

by Dave Markwell Each morning I get up, start a pot of coffee, let my dogs outside and think about my day. When my dogs are finished with their business, I head back inside my house and pour my first... [Read more]

The Waterland Arcade and Sand Bar is NOW OPEN in Des Moines!

The Waterland Arcade and Sand Bar is NOW OPEN in Des Moines!

Feel Good Friday Columnist Dave Markwell wants all our Readers to know about his latest business venture: Summer Greetings, South-enders!!! The Waterland Arcade and Sand Bar is NOW OPEN in Des Moines! Our... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Deep Waters.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Deep Waters.

by Dave Markwell My daughter doesn’t like to write. She’s not super-fond of reading either. In fact, the entire scope of language arts is only grudgingly accepted as a necessary evil. As an avid reader... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD WEEKEND: Moms are mean…

FEEL GOOD WEEKEND: 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]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

by Dave Markwell A few weeks ago my son was in the kitchen pilfering through the cabinets searching for the largest container he could find. It happened to be “Bring Your Own Cup” day at 7-11 for... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying dinner the other evening with my family, I began questioning my 17 year old son on his dating prospects. My queries were fairly innocent and well-intentioned…for the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Vacuum.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Vacuum.

by Dave Markwell Around 11 o’clock last night I was awakened by a high-pitched wail shattering any appropriate peace in the neighborhood. I was thinking it might be some weird car or house alarm. The... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Not a tree…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Not a tree…

by Dave Markwell Last fall, my son told me he was thinking about joining his high school swim team. For the previous couple of years, he wrestled. I liked wrestling and was a little disappointed that... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

by Dave Markwell Every day, in every room, hands are raised. These hands climb from the uncertain pockets or desk tops to do the difficult, but important things. While many secure their sweaty palms firmly... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

by Dave Markwell Last night, after a longer than normal day of work and meetings and just “stuff”, I opened my front door to let my dogs outside. Being uncomfortably familiar with my old dog, Diego’s,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

by Dave Markwell Today, as the morning fog drifted delicately above the saltwater and the mountains above the sea shone red and orange from the sunrise, life felt pretty good. I looked out my living room... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of hands and hearts…

by Dave Markwell The other day I helped a buddy pour some concrete. After we were finished, I looked at my hands. They were nicked and dusty and sore. I saw new wounds and old scars. I’m not sure I’ve... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

by Dave Markwell The day after Thanksgiving is a good day. Glorious leftovers create opportunities for many different sandwich combinations: ham and stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes with a deviled... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

by Dave Markwell While hanging out at my buddy’s house many years ago, I stumbled into helping his mom with some yard work. I recall trimming back various trees and shrubs, all done very delicately.... [Read more]