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.
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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,...

Gluten-Free Garlic Bread for the Terminally Lazy

Don't you hate it when all you want is a recipe, and you have to hear the author's life story before they just get to the point? Well, back in aught-four, when I was diagnosed...

Reading Harry Potter with Your Kids

 "Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything...

I Can’t Believe We’re Still Fighting About This, 2019 Edition (+Infographic)

I have raised one child to actual adulthood. She can vote and buy her own Zyrtec. I've been at this Mom thing for a while, and let me tell you, my give-a-care has given...