Susie is a mom of two, student affairs professional, book-lover and frequent challah baker. Originally from Skokie, Illinois, Susie first came to Iowa City for college and grad school. The following decade was full of adventure and moving boxes as she and her husband followed jobs to New York, Illinois and Texas. They were thrilled to relocate “home” to Iowa City in 2016. In addition to working at the UI Pomerantz Career Center, Susie is a PTA volunteer and sorority advisor. She loves date nights in the Ped Mall, catching a show at Hancher or the Englert, and most of all, cuddling her kids on the couch.

Purim and a Pandemic: a Year of COVID in Our Traditions

We are approaching the anniversaries of when the coronavirus pandemic first began to touch our lives. Some anniversaries will be preserved in history books: "The first U.S. case was confirmed on January 21, 2020."...

What if we Added 2020 to Our Resumes?

We've been managing our families' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year, and I, for one, would like my participation trophy. Humor me for a moment. In a period of the quickest and most...
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Celebrate Hanukkah With this Festive Playlist!

2020 has been difficult enough — let's not subject ourselves to another year of Adam Sandler. I'm joking (mostly). Not only do I understand the appeal of Adam Sandler's Hanukkah song, I play it every...

Shopping Small on Etsy: Our Favorite Buys

When I was in college, I briefly worked in an engraving and embroidery shop. It was incredibly satisfying — the work was precise and challenging enough to keep things interesting.  It was rewarding to...

Guide to Iowa City Area Parent-Teacher Groups

We are one month into the school year, and the learning curve is still like a roller coaster. For every moment when I get the hang of things, there is a moment of weakness where...

You’ll Want The New Iowa Children’s Museum Play Pack!

I think it's safe to say that all kids love The Iowa Children's Museum. As a parent I'm so excited for a new way to enjoy the museum from home during these unique times....

Goodbye To Our Lost Summer

This year was, in all likelihood, the only summer I will ever spend at home with my kids.  I wish I had been able to fully enjoy it. I hope, in hazy memories, my kids...

Summer 2020 Iowa City Area Farmers Markets

This summer may look different, but there are still opportunities to support our area farmers and get fresh produce and meat on your table. Just as in every area of our lives right now,...

Stock up and Make-Ahead Lasagna

Oh, how I love Ina Garten. This is not news to anyone into whose home I have brought a potluck item. Her cookbooks are in heavy rotation in my kitchen; their grease-splattered pages lovingly...

Disney Did the Right Thing By Closing: But I’m Still Sad

As you may have heard, Disney announced Thursday it would be closing Disneyland and Walt Disney World for the rest of March. The announcement joined a growing list of cancellations ranging from South by...