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.

Stan, Shipping, and a Milkshake Duck: Internet Lingo

It sure is handy to have teenage kids sometimes, so they can tell you what the latest internet lingo is all about. I sent one of my kids a text just today asking her...

Life During A Pandemic: Reflecting One Year Later

Well, here we go. It’s been a year since the world started to shut down. Did we imagine that all of this — the social distancing, the wariness — would still be ongoing a...
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My Favorite TV Couples

February features Valentine's Day, making it the month of love, right? A good time to reflect on some of my favorite TV couples. It's not like I've been doing much besides watching TV for the...

Hey, You Kids! You’re All Right

Recently on a local page, a commenter said something like, "kids these days have no respect. If I'd have done that, I would have been beaten!" This was said as a badge of honor. Inspired, if...

My Celiac Disease Diagnosis Journey

The year was 2004. George W. Bush was still president, and heading for re-election. 24 was popular on television. In January of that year, on the date that OutKast’s “Hey Ya” topped the charts,...

Confessions of a Non-Crafty Mom

I do not craft. This is difficult to admit, as a parent, or at least as a mother. Because mothers are supposed to be crafty. We are supposed to sit down with our kids, making...

A Q&A with my Two Daughters: Checking in On Online School

My daughters attend Iowa City schools. We chose online school for at least the first trimester.  Samantha is in eleventh grade at West High, and Piper is in eighth grade at Northwest Junior High. Or they...

Pandemic Humor: Meet the 2020 Historical American Girl Doll

You’ve met the American Girls of history — Kit Kittredge, who weathered hard times with grit and gratitude during the Great Depression. Melody Ellison, who lifted her voice for fairness and freedom in 1963....
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How To Make Quarantine Chex Mix

Lots of people are using their newly found down time to bake bread, for some reason. I guess people were really wanting to make bread, and now they suddenly have time? Our family is not....

Our Derecho 2020 Story

I’m going to acknowledge that my family and I, in north Coralville, are really, really lucky. Our power was only out for 15 hours—from about 12:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon to 3:45 a.m. on...