Posts By: dukeslee

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Friday 1st August 2008

Praying for a movement

I’ve prayed for movements before. This prayer has equal fervency. Anna, my 4-year-old, swallowed a marble that has lodged itself in the maze of tubes between her stomach and, um, you know … Anyway, I’m praying for a movement. Will you join me?

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Friday 1st August 2008

Faith Journeys, Burning Hearts

My all-time favorite Scriptural walk of faith is the bookend to the Gospel of Luke. In this story, two people — faces downcast, feet shuffling — are headed to a village called Emmaus. They’ve just heard the news: Jesus of Nazareth has been crucified. A stranger joins them on the walk up the ...

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Wednesday 30th July 2008

Frassy Goodness

A definition is in order. Here at my blog, and in my real walkin’-talkin’ life, I often use the word “frassy.” As in, “I want to squeeze the cheeks of my frassy girls.” Or, “I woke up feelin’ all frassy and decided to have ice cream for ...

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Tuesday 29th July 2008

OTHER STUFF I WROTE

OTHER STUFF I WROTE

I have always loved to tell the story. Over the years, those stories have landed here and there … Below, you will find a selection of stories I have written during my career as a newspaper journalist.

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Monday 28th July 2008

Elin’s Story

This was part of a Des Moines Register series entitled “Bleak and Broken.” Tens of thousands of Iowans were living in substandard conditions in parts of the state where housing codes either don’t exist or fail to work. Hardest hit were rural areas. This is Elin’s story. ...

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Sunday 27th July 2008

Elin’s Story, Part II

April 21, 2003Section: Main News Page: 1AIowa mom’s story ends mysteriouslyBy JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER CORRESPONDENT Storm Lake, Ia. – Elin Stewart didn’t want a million-dollar life -just a happy ending. She didn’t get either. Last October, Stewart’s living ...

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Saturday 26th July 2008

Back Home to Rural Iowa (an essay)

July 17, 2005 Section: Sunday Opinion, Des Moines Register (reprinted here with permission) Back home to rural Iowa By JENNIFER DUKES LEE The chance of a rural rebirth was all but dead, I once wrote. “Thousands of Iowans, like me . . . will never again live in their rural hometown,” ...

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Friday 25th July 2008

The last execution: Quick, quiet, grim

April 22, 2001Section: Metro Iowa; Page 1The last execution: Quick, quiet, grimTo gallows at dawn, to graveyard by noonBy JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Fort Madison, Ia. – Victor Feguer moved from Cell Block 97 to cemetery block F on a March morning in 1963. Hardly anyone ...

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Thursday 24th July 2008

McVeigh faces last day

June 11, 2001Des Moines RegisterSection: Main News; Page 1 McVeigh faces last day By JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Terre Haute, Ind. -They sold 25-cent lemonade, set up concession stands and hawked T-shirts. They carried it live and shared it with a worldwide audience. This is how ...

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Wednesday 23rd July 2008

Steely McVeigh breathes his last

June 12, 2001Des Moines RegisterSection: Main News; Page 7 Steely McVeigh breathes his last By JENNIFER DUKES LEEREGISTER STAFF WRITER Terre Haute, Ind. – Bill McCarthy stared into the eyes of his brother’s killer and saw another human being. The Des Moines man stared through the tinted ...

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