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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

by Dave Markwell During my lifetime, I have sat at many tables. I have enjoyed dinner tables and picnic tables and high-top bar tables. I have rested my elbows on various shapes and sizes and textures... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

by Dave Markwell I walked into my house and sensed disaster…again. Opening the front door, I was met with shredded napkins and a trail of rice leading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, my old... [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: Shotgun Riders.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shotgun Riders.

by Dave Markwell Halloween each year marks an anniversary of the day my little brother died. He was 16 years old. I was 19. Though many years have passed since this event, it remains likely the single-most... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Night Dive.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Night Dive.

by Dave Markwell Several lifetimes ago, I drove to Costa Rica with a couple of buddies. We slept in my 1986 Vanagon with each other’s feet in our faces. We ate cheap street tacos and drank cheap beer.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finish Lines.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finish Lines.

by Dave Markwell Each morning I wake up and go for a walk. I contemplate my day as I take my little two-mile stroll from my house around the Marina. My little morning jaunt is more meditative than a part... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Broken bits.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Broken bits.

by Dave Markwell I don’t work on Tuesdays. By “don’t work”, I don’t mean that I lie on the couch eating delicious grilled sandwiches all day. (Though, this, frankly, sounds like a pretty damn... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finding words.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Finding words.

by Dave Markwell The other morning I woke up with an ominous sense that something was just not right. My household is one of rituals. My morning always begins with my old dog, Diego, doing his pee-pee... [Read more]

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]