We've been managing our families' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for nearly a year, and I, for one, would like my participation trophy. Humor me for a moment. In a period of the quickest and most significant skill development of our...
Ah, the art of dancing where one can express themselves in however way they choose. If you were to ask me what has been one of my more memorable experiences this year; I would have to say dancing. I may...
I do not craft. This is difficult to admit, as a parent, or at least as a mother. Because mothers are supposed to be crafty. We are supposed to sit down with our kids, making masterpieces out of colorful pipe...
You’ve met the American Girls of history — Kit Kittredge, who weathered hard times with grit and gratitude during the Great Depression. Melody Ellison, who lifted her voice for fairness and freedom in 1963. Kaya, the Native America, who...
Let's do a little catching up with this pandemic edition of Currently! Currently I am . . . Reading: You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain. Doing: Yoga online with Muddy Feet Yoga. Driving: to Ely at...
2020 was going to be epic. I had decided now that my kids are older, I was going to introduce them to a long lost love of mine — travel. I was even calling 2020 the year of travel! I had...
I share this poem in memory of all of the plants we have lost after they were forgotten at work when we abandoned our posts during social distancing/quarantine. Ode to a Tiny Cactus A gift from a colleague So little and green You...
Many of us are working from home while our kids are being educated at home, all doing the best we can to make it work. My school-age kids can mostly fend for themselves throughout the day. But, it's much...
COVID-19 brings a myriad of disruptions to our lives, many of which are hard to cope with. Not to mention all the feelings associated with the current situation. So, what better way to express those feelings than with a...
Before my daughter was born, I never deceived myself into thinking that I would be a perfect model of a parent. I figured the television would babysit on occasion and fast food would be a quick solution to a...

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Juneteenth Events in the Iowa City Area

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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...