It was a late spring day. My then two-year-old son, newborn, and I were at a local gym for their tot-lot with friends. We had a great time playing with ride-on toys, going down slides, and bouncing balls. Soon,...
If you ask a new parent their fears about parenthood, most will talk about disruptions in routine, feeding issues, sleep issues, and general questions about doing the right thing.  I would bet my socks that most new parents wouldn't...
Southern fried cabbage/asparagus is a simple, delicious, and addictive side dish! As a mama of three littles, it's difficult to find foods we can all agree on, but this is one of those dishes that even my pickiest eater...
From the minute all of us mamas announce our pregnancy, the advice begins! I think it is part of being initiated into the mom tribe and most of the advice I really appreciated, but it hit me the other night,...
What Is a KiwiCo Subscription Box? KiwiCo is S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) monthly subscription boxes for kids of all ages. Crates & Ages Panda Crate (Explore & Discovery): 0-24 months Koala Crate (Play & Learn): 2-4 years...
The contractions started around 6 a.m. and my son was born at 8:08 a.m. My ten pound baby boy burst into the world without giving my body time to adjust. And that is how he has lived every day...
Recently on a local page, a commenter said something like, "kids these days have no respect. If I'd have done that, I would have been beaten!" This was said as a badge of honor. Inspired, if that's the right word, by...
The riots inside of our nation's capitol this week left me feeling a variety of emotions. Among those that I am currently able to identify include fear, anger, confusion, frustration, and grief. I have learned that while no emotion is...
The year was 2004. George W. Bush was still president, and heading for re-election. 24 was popular on television. In January of that year, on the date that OutKast’s “Hey Ya” topped the charts, I gave birth to my...
While working in the Emergency Department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of unintentional and non-accidental firearm injuries. Seeing patients who have sustained a firearm-related injury is difficult. Patients often...

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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...