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Julie Gammack's Potluck

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Stories about people from a life well-lived.
Created 28 Jan 2021
  • Roxanne
    08 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 14 8
    Welcome new subscribers! Is there a story within you? Check out the Okoboji Writers’ Retreat. Roxanne Roxanne. If you are from Iowa, odds are you know I am writing about Roxanne Conlin. Roxanne Conlin...
  • Iowa Round-Up
    02 Apr 2021 • 3 min read • 10 6
    Introducing a new feature for our Potluck column: the Iowa Round-Up. This first one features news about Lake Okoboji real estate, the marriage of a former Iowa Attorney General, and a round-up of link...
  • Men Yell at Lyz Lenz
    31 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 6 4
    Lyz Lens, Cedar Rapids-based columnist and author Lyz Lenz, author of the newsletter column, 'Men Yell at Me," was a college freshman when she got her first taste of what it feels like to have readers...
  • Memo from a loser
    26 Mar 2021 • 2 min read • 12 8
    Renowned author Judy Blume almost quit midway through her very successful writing career. Author Judy Blume I watched her MasterClass the other day, and she shared this bit of news. Why did she come s...
  • Gordon Gammack on gun control
    23 Mar 2021 • 1 min read • 23 12
    There's not much new to be said about common-sense gun laws. How about something old? On July 22, 1968, my father, Gordon Gammack, wrote the following in his Des Moines Tribune column: Hollywood perso...
  • Walmart or Walden?
    21 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 10 6
    How are you feeling about re-emerging into the real world after receiving the second vaccination? I have mixed emotions and would like to start a conversation with you about this. Do we want to go bac...
  • And the debate goes on...
    15 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 9 8
    Richard Gilbert AND THE DEBATE GOES ON...... I write this still feeling sleep-deprived from having had to set the clock ahead an hour Saturday night, thus missing an hour of shuteye I fear I’ll not ge...
  • All Aboard!
    14 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 11 11
    Something incredible is bubbling up on Twitter. If you rely on cable news, you might be under the impression that the biggest story of the day is that of the British Royal family split. Or Dr. Seuss, ...
  • The world was watching...
    11 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 9 1
    To: Substack Readers From: Julie Gammack Re: Guest Column by Rekha Basu Today I am reprinting a column by Rekha Basu with her permission (click here for the previous column about our friendship). We h...
  • Friends for life...
    08 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 23 16
    Rekha Basu and Julie Gammack, Sanibel Islan, Florida, 3/4/2021 In November of 1991, Rekha Basu's life, and mine, took a sharp turn. We found one another. I introduced her to Dahl's new deli, and she i...
  • Political Advice I Remember
    06 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 18 13
    Richard Gilbert It saddens me when I hear people say, “all politicians are alike…and you can’t trust any of them!’ Saddens me in two ways. One, more and more folks are mostly accurate in that assessme...
  • The Iowa Connection...
    02 Mar 2021 • 4 min read • 7 5
    We've got mail! I am amazed to learn how many folks played John Denver’s song, 'Follow Me,' at their weddings. Subscribe now Last Sunday, The Des Moines Sunday Register ran my column about spending ti...
  • An Idea and a Story
    28 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 17 10
    Here’s an invitation and a story. First the invitation. Join us. I’m planning a Retreat for Writers (and Writers in Waiting) at Okoboji this coming September. It’s been decades since I’ve done one. No...
  • Stuck?
    25 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 16 7
    Share I received a surprise phone call last week. A member of my former Chicago Vistage business group called. He's an enthusiastic guy by nature, but at that moment, he was excited because he believe...
  • Calm After the Storm
    20 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 26 12
    Subscribe now Last night, I wore earrings for the first time in just shy of a year. Our second Pfizer vaccine shot was 12 days ago, so we gingerly agreed to meet up with visiting friends. They, too, h...
  • Richard’s Take On Rush
    18 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 15 9
    Richard Gilbert, crew of the Potluck column I used to make a living running media companies. These businesses were a collection of radio and television stations and daily and weekly newspapers scatter...
  • Onboarding...
    17 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 25 17
    Welcome, newcomers to this Potluck. My column home. My recent piece about the time I spent with John Denver caused my metric numbers to skyrocket like a hockey stick. If you joined because of it, welc...
  • John Denver...
    15 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 17 50
    We have become those people who flee the Midwest for Florida when the leaves fall. Last night was a magnifier of this cliche. We rolled up to an outdoor concert-on-the-lawn in our golf cart, and settl...
  • Impeachment Trial Reaction...
    13 Feb 2021 • 2 min read • 20 11
    They are on record—the 43 U.S.Senators who voted to acquit will have this vote as a part of their obituary going forward. Historians will shame them. And it will be the scholars who shape the legacy o...
  • Victory is...HIS
    11 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 14 10
    "Victory is mine," said Richard when I told him the click count on his guest column. I now have personal experience with the temptation to use celebrity, sex, and humor to grab eyeballs. Jeesh. "More ...
  • What's at stake...
    10 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 13 6
    If you missed the video which opened yet another impeachment hearing for the former president yesterday, here it is: House impeachment managers via NBC. Share Richard and I were glued to the TV back o...
  • Richard Gets Guest Column
    08 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 25 15
    Richard Gilbert makes great pizza Sh*t Richard says will be an ongoing feature of your Potluck subscription. Reader Mike Pitchford suggested Richard’s views would be a welcome respite from my intense ...
  • Story of a Ring...
    08 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 15 9
    Years ago, I had a feeling I would someday turn a corner to find a guy I knew in college pointing a gun at me. Decades later, we reunited under the one streetlight in a southern Iowa town. I had never...
  • For Your To Do List...
    07 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 5 14
    I've started and stopped this column a dozen times. I desperately want you to watch something now showing on Hulu, but I can't find the words to say why Derek Delgaudio’s ‘In & Of Itself’ is so compel...
  • Recap and Sh*t Richard Says...
    05 Feb 2021 • 1 min read • 5 16
    Today marks week one of Julie Gammack’s Potluck, a Substack column. As various benchmarks are reached, an algorithm kicks in and cheers me on. Readership is growing at an above-average rate, retention...