“Where are the adults?”

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Even straight-A teenagers accepted to Harvard are considered unworthy by many adults. After all, teenagers are teenagers; they have a lot to learn.

Those teenagers heading to college are often the ones who become political and famous at their young age when trying to fix wrongs in the world created by, guess who? Many adults. And we have learned of late because of more and more activism by these youngsters that they take as much heat as any old teenage drugger, plagiarist lay-about. Continue reading “Where are the adults?”

Loudmouthed, bullying whiners

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Speaking of loudmouths, bullies and whiners – I’m not at this moment connected to the media – radio, Facebook, TV – but I figure someone is either speaking about them or being loudmouth, whining bullies themselves. The country hears a lot of loudmouth, bullying whining going on a lot of the time these days – it seems to be news – so it’s likely that someone is engaging in one or all of these as I write. Continue reading Loudmouthed, bullying whiners

Letter to the editor – Jamie Daubendiek

Dear editor,

We would just like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who were involved in helping Jefferson Matters: Main Street put on Main Street Iowa’s annual Fall Workshop last week.

This is an annual event where 94 attendees from more than 50 different Main Street Iowa communities come to learn and network with each other on how to make their communities a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Letter to the editor – Jamie Daubendiek

Pick a dream or take your chances

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Daydreaming is part of our lives. Thank goodness.

A daydream often kicks in when you’re bored. Think of: TV, teacher, talkative person, dull person, politician, your boss, parent, sibling…. You get the idea.

You needn’t feel guilty about the subject of the daydream or the act of daydreaming itself. It is one of the brain’s default activities. There’s a place in the brain (According to Live Science, National Geographic and various Harvard researchers, it’s a combination of places.) just waiting to help you when you’re trapped by circumstances and thinking you might expire if you have to listen to one more word. That’s what I like, full partition of my brain parts – little did I dream (ha ha) this ever happening up there while I was dawdling, doodling and gazing out the window. Continue reading Pick a dream or take your chances

A movie I never intended to see

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

A discussion of the movie “Joker” came along at my dinner table the other night, and up to that point, I had to intention of seeing it. “Downton Abbey” is more up my alley.

But the cogent argument of a political friend altered my viewpoint.

“It is the movie of our time,” J said.

I know my whole face revealed my doubt.

He explained: “It is important to watch because it is metaphor for the present times.”
J is a movie buff. He’s seen all of the Joker movies. Continue reading A movie I never intended to see

Trade dispute has done ‘irreparable harm” to farmers

Aaron Putze of the Iowa Soybean Association

The U.S. and China are scheduled to resume trade talks later this week in Washington, DC, but according to Iowa soybean producers, regardless of the eventual outcome of the trade dispute with China, the damage done since the trade dispute began 16 months ago will take decades to repair.

That’s the message Aaron Putze, director of communications and external relations for the Iowa Soybean Association, gave the Rotary Club of Jefferson at its meeting Monday. Putze provided the program for the meeting. Continue reading Trade dispute has done ‘irreparable harm” to farmers

Spied upon

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

The prescience of George Orwell in his novel 1984 is eerie in 2019. Seventy years after its 1949 publication in England, we live with cameras that watch us at stoplights and in stores; cyberspace technology that checks our emails; phones that track our whereabouts from within our houses and autos into the world of roads and stores and skies we frequent. It is all too similar to the secret surveillance in Orwell’s dystopian story. Continue reading Spied upon

“You gotta give the world credit for beauty.”

Quote from Thomas McNulty, narrator in Sebastian Barry’s novel Days Without End

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

That is a truth: the world is beautiful. Sometimes the very beauty before me, alongside me, across the street – it makes my heart burst, brings tears to my eyes even as it lightens whatever my burden of the day is. And sometimes I don’t even see it, so preoccupied with other things that I walk through it like a blind person. Continue reading “You gotta give the world credit for beauty.”

Looking for a one-night stand?

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

I’m always on the lookout for a compelling book that I can devour in one night. It hardly ever happens anymore. I used to be able to pick up a murder mystery and toss it off before 4 am. Then I became tired of murders, what with cats solving them and A to Z series, all with the same plot.

So, rather than genre books, I went for non-category books – books designed for the general public, distinguished from a limited edition book, a textbook, a mass-market paperback. Continue reading Looking for a one-night stand?

Idle moments

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

In a moment of boredom, I decided to find something interesting to read on the internet. My advice to you is: Don’t go there.

A few examples:

“Stunning photos reveal what life was like 50 years ago.”
This must be for those who weren’t alive then. We who were would not find the pictures “stunning” – Woodstock, astronauts, the Brady Bunch…. Continue reading Idle moments


~a column by Colleen O’Brien

Last week as Hurricane Dorian crept west from the mid-Atlantic toward the U.S. southeast coast, gaining power by the mile to menace whatever would be in its path, my friend JD took to her bed. Continue reading PTSD

Have a newspaper day

~a column by Colleen O’Brien

This column is going to start off sounding political but read on. It will swerve to something more palatable: breakfast.

To know what‘s really going on, I listen to or read online all the news sources – MSNBC and FOX, The Beast and The Guardian, Epoch News and the NYTimes, National Review and The New Republic, NPR and Rush Limbaugh and of course GreeneCountyNewsOnline. Continue reading Have a newspaper day