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Stories written by: By Robert H. Peck

By Robert H. Peck
Aug 31, 2018

I only saw a tornado once in my life growing up. I was driving back from Shoshoni to Riverton with my mom. We looked out the left window of the car, over to ...

By Robert H. Peck
Aug 17, 2018

Part 2 I'd programmed an online robot, and it was up and running well. But it had taken over nearly every moment of my free time. When I woke up, I'd begin ...

By Robert H. Peck
Aug 3, 2018

Part 2 I got my javascript bot slowly rebuilt in a new, better way over a period of days. At first it still couldn't do more than ping / pong, but with ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jul 27, 2018

Having a free week or two before my teaching semester begins anew at the University of Iowa, I decided to take on learning a new language. No, not Spanish or ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jul 20, 2018

Driving through midwestern cornfields at 8:30 in the evening is among the more beautiful experiences the continent has to offer. The sky is soupy, different ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 29, 2018

I hadn't spent a lot of time in Wyoming in a car in the last few years. But recently, I have, and I've identified something called the WY Speed Limit. The WY ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jun 22, 2018

I woke up this morning and there was a miller moth next to me on my pillow. I admit I reacted somewhat violently to this, lurching back away and swatting at ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 15, 2018

How well do you know your friends? Try this: ask them which starchy food they'd eliminate from existence if they had to pick one of the following: - ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 1, 2018

I'm sorry to say that vegetarianism has driven me to start eating stupid things. Wake up. Go for a run. What's breakfast? Well, you want some protein, but ...


By Robert H. Peck
May 25, 2018

I remember being given a huge amount of advice when I graduated high school. Some was good, some terrible, some just totally off base, but all of it was ...

By Robert H. Peck
May 18, 2018

Our DVR recorder here at home routinely just stops working. This is about a larger issue, but I'll start here. The DVR, which was new in August, will be ...

By Robert H. Peck
Apr 27, 2018

What's the best fruit? Now, I know what you're thinking. "He's just going to do the same thing he always does in these columns, where he picks some ...


By Robert H. Peck
Apr 13, 2018

I've always heard that there's a specific subset of vegetarians who enjoy watching other people at meat. I wondered why that was. Jealousy? Nostalgia? Could ...

By Robert H. Peck
Apr 6, 2018

My dad had, and probably still has, a clipping hanging in his office that looks to be from an old column he wrote for The Ranger. It's a photograph of a 1979 ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 30, 2018

The highlight of my birding career came Wednesday, when I saw three bald eagles sitting right next to each other. They were perched over a river in Iowa, ...


By Robert H. Peck
Mar 16, 2018

There comes a time in every young man's life when he must face his fears and take action, move courageously to defend his better nature for the good of both ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 9, 2018

This week I taught a class for visiting Californians. They came to Iowa in the dead of a springtime winter, when the weather was in the 30s and the ground ...

By Robert H. Peck
Mar 2, 2018

Guacamole is a major part of my life. That looks a little weird in print, but it's true. I've sold mu guacamole at farmers markets. I've made it for many ...


By Robert H. Peck
Feb 23, 2018

It's late February. I know it's unseasonably cold in Wyoming. Sorry. I had nothing to do with. Here in Iowa, the ice is thawing, fields are drying out, and ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 16, 2018

Yesterday and today are some of the best days for fans of American grocery store overindulgence. The holidays are a mixed bag for grocery stores. It's a ...

By Robert H. Peck
Feb 9, 2018

Things you learn when you car is unexpectedly buried in snow on a Chicago street: You learn that every vehicle looks almost identical to every other vehicle ...


By Robert H. Peck
Feb 2, 2018

In the television show "Mad Men," Don Draper and the other rich ad executives seem to walk around carrying thousands of dollars in cash on them at any given ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jan 5, 2018

Cabin fever is a problem this time of year. Bitter cold, holidays done, not much in the world to look forward to until spring for many of us, but we still ...

By Robert H. Peck
Dec 29, 2017

How many socks have you lost in your life? For me, that number must be in the thousands. Maybe the millions. I have scarcely owned a sock that I haven't ...


By Robert H. Peck
Jul 14, 2017

I'm away from Wyoming for the whole summer for the first time in my life. There are some good things about that. It means I'm gainfully employed and liking ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 23, 2017

I've written about birds in this space a lot, and that's because I really like birds and want them to have as much attention as possible. Fortunately, they ...

By Robert H. Peck
Jun 16, 2017

Fireflies are beetles. I always thought they were, well, flies, or something fly-like. No, they have shell-looking backs when perched on something, and their ...


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