Sharon Falduto is a Central Iowa native who came to University of Iowa in 1991 and essentially never left the area. She is involved in local community theater, notably as one of the co-founders of Iowa City's Dreamwell Theatre. She has also directed children's plays with the Young Footliters group. Sharon works in with English Language Learners in a support position at Kirkwood Community College.. She lives in Coralville with her husband, Matt, and three daughters Rachel, Samantha, and Piper.

Batteries and Bunnies: Parenting Big Kids in Quarantine

I’m going to let you in on a secret: The Iowa City Moms Contributers talk to each other. Each month, before a deadline, our editor asks what we’re going to write about. Topics are...

Wait, Younger Women! Read This About Menopause

I want to tell you this now, so that you can file it away in the back part of your brain and access it later when you need it. “Oh yeah,” you’ll think. “I...

The Abrupt End of Freshman Year Due to COVID-19

Last year, right around this time, I posted a photo on Facebook and wrote, "That's the last spring break for us." My daughter Rachel planned to go to school at Northwest Missouri State University,...
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OK, Boombox: Let’s Talk About Pop Music

Recently, I listened to a remastered Casey Kasem Top 40 countdown from 1986. The music that Casey played reconnected me to my youth, and put a smile on my face. You might not recognize...

Mom Dates: Getting Together Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

I let my Costco membership lapse. I don’t know about you, but my children seem to suffer from the Costco problem–they tell me they like something, so I go buy a lot of that...

Iowa City Area Live Theaters

The play's the thing... and Iowa City and its surrounding area has a number of local venues for you to watch–or get involved with–live theater. Whether it's your preference to be on the stage...

Sight Reading Since 7:18 AM: An Inside Look at the Z102.9 Marching Band

Playing music is the first thing I remember being good at. I started playing at the end of 4th grade, and in 6th grade, I was first chair clarinet. I should probably worry that...

Contradictory Words of Advice As I Send My First Kid to College

School School is not just about classes. It’s a chance to try new things. To meet new people. To expand your horizons.  But your scholarships are dependent on good grades, so please study a lot. Or...

A Memorable High School Graduation: The Tornado of 2019

Graduation ceremonies tend to have a certain sameness to them. The caps, the gowns, the "Pomp and Circumstance." In fact, I was sort of discouraging grandparents from coming to my daughter Rachel's grad ceremony,...

A Year of Endings, a Year of Beginnings

Allegedly, the year begins in January and ends in December. That's what our calendars tell us. But to me, the more accurate representation is that the year begins in August and ends in May,...