“I’m here to pick up a prescription.” Standing in line at the pharmacy, I reflect back six months. Back to March 2020 — a time of uncertainty following spring break, premier of Tiger King, initial shelter in place orders, and...
Just recently, I was at Costco for my weekly grocery run. After unloading my groceries into my van, I noticed a woman in the parking lot struggling to get an awkward shaped, heavy box out of her cart into...
September 15 - October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month, also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, a period to formally recognize the contributions and influence of Latinx peoples to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. But these...
On a Tuesday early this summer I got the call from daycare that no parent ever wants. “Mrs. Bengtson, your son is in the office, he has a fever.” My heart stopped and my mouth went dry. Then my heart started...
With so many events and plans canceled, even those of us continuing to work outside the home likely have extra time on our hands. At the same moment, it may prove difficult to focus in the face of so...
  As I write this it is my 36th birthday.  Like every birthday I can remember, I first think of my grandparents. You see, their wedding anniversary was the same day as my birthday.  I loved calling them and wishing...
You know you're wrong. Your mouth goes dry and you get that sick feeling in your stomach. You feel the back of your neck heat up and your face flush. Your brain goes white for a moment and then suddenly...
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...
  We’re five months into the COVID-19 pandemic and there are no signs of it going away any time soon. (Related: wear your masks, please! It’s a simple, scientifically supported solution for slowing the spread). One of the things that has...
Like many, I wasn’t expecting the storm that hit Iowa on Monday, August 10, 2020, to be so severe. My family had taken off the week before to relax in a cabin, and I was planning to spend Monday...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...