“If you eat your vegetables, you can have ice cream for dessert.” ”You have to take five more bites before you’re allowed to leave the table.” “You just finished an entire meal! How can you possibly be hungry?” “I’m so proud of you for...
When we think of routine surgeries we often shrug off the list of side effects and complications. We often say to ourselves, “What could go wrong with an outpatient surgery that takes less than 30 minutes? Piece of cake.”  My...
I remember when I was about six months pregnant, one of my husbands co-workers said to him: “There will come a time when your child will throw up and you will willingly catch it. It’s just a reflex! And it’s...
After a recent Emergency Room trip with one of my kids, I felt a common fear among parents: how much is this going to cost? I know I made the right decision to go in, but it got me...
You’ve probably taken your kids for their back-to-school physicals. Maybe they’ve been to the dentist. But what about the eye doctor? Have you taken your kids to get their eyes examined? If you have worn glasses yourself since childhood, you...
Of all the battles that occur on playgrounds around the nation, few can be more contentious than this age old question: "Is it okay for kids to climb up the slide the "wrong way"? It seems like this is one of...
Remember back when you made those New Year's resolutions or goals? How are you coming with those? Have they fizzled out? Are you going strong and still feeling good about them? I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions, goals,...
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...
The word "homesteading" might bring to mind adventurous settlers rushing to stake their claim on lands out west in the 1800s. You may think of homesteaders as Little House on the Prairie-types who reject modern technology and conveniences in favor...
I have worn makeup for the last twenty-two years. I started at age fourteen with a whole array of products–foundation, concealer, pressed powder, eyeshadow, blush, an eyelash curler, mascara. Beauty "tips and tricks" from magazines and books were consulted...

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MLK Learning and Service Opportunities in the Iowa City Area

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We may not be able to come together as a community for an in-person day of service and learning this year, but there are...