Today, it seems that most people are reluctant to share their opinions on any subject matter involving race in fear of being unfairly labeled a racist or accused of “pulling the race card”. So how do we talk about the...
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My oldest son graduated from high school and I don’t know how to feel. Since he’s my first, I’ve had a lot of people asking about my feelings. The initial congratulations on his graduation are followed up with the question,...
A few years ago I shared some of my favorite podcasts by moms. Since then, I've added several to my regular downloads and they have become the soundtrack to my week. I listen to them when I'm packing lunches...
If you're an adult biological female, chances are you vividly remember getting your period for the first time. I was twelve years old when it happened–I hid it, deeply embarrassed, for a couple days before I screwed up my...
Allegedly, the year begins in January and ends in December. That's what our calendars tell us. But to me, the more accurate representation is that the year begins in August and ends in May, coinciding with the school calendars...
It’s that time of the year. The weather is turning nice. Everything is in bloom. The school year is winding down, and summer is coming. As a mom, that may excite you or cause you some anxiety. But as...

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Where to Watch Fireworks in the Iowa City Area

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with spectacular fireworks in the Iowa City area and surrounding communities. Grab a blanket and some chairs, pack up...