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Santa Came Too Soon

Here is a Christmas song I wrote.

There are many Christmas songs that worry about Santa arriving late for Christmas or missing Christmas altogether, but there seemed to be no songs about the problems that might arise if Santa arrived too early. This song addresses that.

More about the song here, including the fact that it debuted on the national Dr. Demento radio show on Nov. 3 and the "studio recording" of the song will be available for download or streaming from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other services on Nov. 15.

See the Santa Came Too Soon website to download your copy.

Other website highlights:

Are you now or have you ever been a columnist? (Well, yes, I was ... but it was a long time ago)

A poem on farm market reports, thoughts on the use of profanity as a productivity tool, pondering generational labels, and trying to figure out why birds were trying to kill me. These were a few topics of a weekly column I wrote for just over five years. Though I wrote upwards of 250 of them, I mercifully only share (or inflict upon you) 20 of the columns here and reflect back—way back—to the days when I wrote them.

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Column highlights:

• An ode to farm market reports

• Is it apropos to make English official?

• Lessons learned from birds that tried to kill me

• Too young to be a baby boomer, too old to be a Gen-Xer

• Wavering over flag burning law

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Compiling songs about Iowa — not ‘Ioway’

A collection of songs by and about the people (not the folks) of Iowa (not Ioway).





 My Ode to Dad Upon Selling the Shop

A poem for my dad, Chuck Plank, who sold his farm implement business after nearly 50 years in business.