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...
Friends, we are living in some unreal times. As if the events of this past week were not hard enough to face as a community, we are doing it in the middle of a pandemic. Tensions and anxiety are...
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Where do you stand? If you find yourself in relative comfort...
March is Women's History Month, an annual recognition of the contributions of women to American History. But anytime is a good time to introduce your children to some groundbreaking ladies throughout history. Equality begins at home when we're raising...
Please stop sharing social media posts about stranger abduction for sex trafficking from public places. These posts are not true. They are urban legends designed to stir up fear while at the same time lull us into believing that...
The other day, I picked up my two youngest children from school, and on the way home, my daughter proceeded to tell me that she learned about a preacher’s son named Martin. When she did not completely say the name,...
Iowans: we are in the home stretch! The final days of the Iowa caucus season are upon us. While I’m sure many of you will be grateful that the endless ads, door knocking, and phone calls are about to...

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Many of us are still being cautious about venturing out during this strange time of COVID-19. While I find myself missing movies, sitting in...