I’m an Associate Professor of Communication at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids Iowa and a summer gardener. Despite the “gardenjoe” title, this blog is just a random collection of my thoughts on any topic. I’m married, I have six children and five grandchildren. And one more grandchild on the way in 2011. As noted on my home page, this blog is strictly personal opinion and does not reflect the opinions of MMU, its administration, faculty, staff or students. Just me.