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Stories written by: Robert H. Peck

Robert H. Peck
Aug 2, 2019

A question for your consideration: Which sort of business has the greatest variety of names, where the name is composed of a location or type of physical ...

Robert H. Peck
Jul 26, 2019

The Midwest ends, and the West -- Wyoming country, the highest plains, mountains and dry air and sagebrush oceans -- begins at mile marker 120 on Interstate 80 ...

Robert H. Peck
Jul 10, 2019

Hear me, dear reader, as I lay before you a piteous and preposterous presumption that so many of us hold. I write of the the dastardly lie of a tale we tell ...


Robert H. Peck
Jul 5, 2019

On this flag-waving weekend, I ask: What is the USA's signature food? There isn't a lot of debate here. It's apple pie. Maybe some will argue for the hot ...

Robert H. Peck
Jun 7, 2019

I resolved this week that I would walk 15 kilometers every day (for the pedometerists among us, that's roughly 17,000 steps). It's lovely here in suburban ...

Robert H. Peck
May 3, 2019

I really like birds. If you read my column regularly, you know this. As a bird guy, I try to feed birds on the porch of my apartment. This, however, has ...


Robert H. Peck
Apr 12, 2019

Again and again I've heard the phrase "you don't want to know how the sausage is made" or some variation of that. It has a metaphorical meaning, of course: ...

Robert H. Peck
Mar 29, 2019

I've spent parts of the last few days defending baseball to various people who accost me for liking it. Well, not accost, necessarily. Admittedly I'm the one ...

Robert H. Peck
Mar 22, 2019

I was on the way to my first academic conference as a professor, and I'd forgotten my shoes. There was no way around it. We were already cruising in the ...


Robert H. Peck
Mar 15, 2019

Part 1 It was the eve of my first big academic conference as a university faculty member, and I was packing. I'd travel from Iowa City to Pittsburgh, ...

Robert H. Peck
Mar 1, 2019

When I was a little kid, I would rig rooms in tape and string, running them across the space wall to wall, imagining a complex machine or elaborate fort. The ...

Robert H. Peck
Feb 15, 2019

I have lived almost all my life either in tiny student housing or with family members who knew more about maintaining homes than I did. And now in my first ...


Robert H. Peck
Dec 14, 2018

I put seed out on my porch because I want to attract the good birds. No offense, sparrows and wrens. You're rare sometimes. and you can sing, and your flocks ...

Robert H. Peck
Dec 7, 2018

One of the best games to play driving at night on the highway is to try and identify vehicles by their headlights. We all do this, I think, whether conscious ...

Robert H. Peck
Nov 30, 2018

You hear a lot about "sweater weather" in the fall. How it gets colder, but in some ways that's OK, because it means we can start wearing our favorite ...


Robert H. Peck
Nov 23, 2018

I'm a bird fan, and after moving into a new apartment with a deck, I decided that the outdoor space was not for me, but for them. I got two feeders: a ...

Robert H. Peck
Nov 9, 2018

Birders have what we call a life list. On it are the birds that we'd be happy to see even one time in our entire lives. Often they are birds we've been ...

Robert H. Peck
Oct 25, 2018

If you ask any Colorado Rockies fan what their most hated baseball team is, their answer had darn well better come from California. Within those ...


Robert H. Peck
May 19, 2017

It's a misunderstood (by me) procedure employed by big trucks on Interstate highways. I just drove 3,000 miles in two weeks, most of it spent along ...

Robert H. Peck
Feb 17, 2017

Undercutting the state university system might appear economical in the short term, but it will be costly in other ways. This week in Iowa: fear and ...

Robert H. Peck
Oct 28, 2016

A recent kid's simple rules for keeping your trick-or-treaters happy Being 23 means I'm old enough that I can imagine buying candy for ...


Robert H. Peck
Apr 1, 2014

It's cheaper to fly from New York to Islamabad and from Denver to Riverton As an out-of-state college student, I've been affected several times by ...

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