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  •  Hi, Melanie! (10+ / 0-)

    Thanks for this lovely post.

    I voted "I live there" in your poll but that was only because there was no choice for "I have lived there."  I am an Iowan born and raised but left for the bright lights of Chicago in 1966 and have been here since, but for a 3 year stint caring for an elderly and infirm aunt in Oskaloosa (oy, talk about your regressives and republicans!) and then for a year closer to my hometown of Winthrop in Dubuque. I always loved the geology of that place -- right on the banks of the Mighty Mississipp! I've spent many wonderful hours at Pike's Peak State Park and driving up the Iowa side and down the Wisconsin side of the river. Dubuque is known for its eagle sightings in Jan-Feb.

    Stone City, Iowa is one of my favorite Grant Woods paintings. But this one called Arbor Day is very dear to me, as well.  My first political memories are of going with my Granddad to vote in a little township schoolhouse just like this one. There weren't many teams still being used back around 1952 or so but it is still so wonderfully evocative of my earliest and most cherished memories. Thanks so much for stirring them up.

    arborday

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Sat Aug 27, 2011 at 10:06:55 AM PDT

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