September 15, 2020, marks the beginning of what I call Latino Heritage Month, but also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month. As I reflect,  I feel like this year I’ve finally come into my own in embracing what it means...
I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful that I have been extra-diligent about our budget this year. This derecho storm was not in our plans — but really when is an emergency planned? But we had actually been...
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Millas En Mis Zapatos

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"Our family has been here for centuries. And yet they treat us as if we just swam across the Rio Grande." — Selena I’m out on my weekly long run with my husband. Eight miles. As we run we...
What a year! When I was journaling over winter break at the end of 2019, I wrote down some goals and dreams for myself and my family. I had plans and ideas. Three months into the year and all...
I used to volunteer for an organization that worked with women who were survivors of sexual assault. One of my roles was to be with women while they were having their rape kit completed in the emergency room. The...
Iowa City and its surrounding communities are home to several nonprofits and organizations working to provide services that improve equity and justice. These include — but are not limited to — providing resources, housing assistance, and other essential services. For...
Whenever my friend Noel (we went to graduate school together at Iowa) and her husband, Hawekeye legend Ronnie Harmon come to town, they make a point to stop in and see my 87-year-old mother-in-law. Joyce is an Iowa native...
June 19th is Juneteenth, known as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Texas to deliver news that the Civil War had ended and that...
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, children and families from all over Johnson County are invited to participate in a day of action to learn about racial justice and participate in a peaceful protest. Community leaders, librarians, and parents have...
It starts at home. As parents, we've all seen this phrase and know it to be true. We know the earlier and more often we talk to our children about racism the better. This includes offering resources — like...

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Guide to Iowa City Area Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches

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Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide to find your...