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...
There is something special about summer in Iowa City.  Throw your lawn chairs in the trunk, grab the sunblock, and enjoy a jam-packed season of festivals, farmers’ markets, and food.  There are just too many events to include them all, but...
The ants go marching one by one... I hate insects. I really do. I can be ever-so-slightly dramatic when I spot them inside my home. So when everyone begins to bask in the glow of sunshine and warm temperatures, I...
You deserve better. I haven’t always been kind to you. I’ve assumed your worst intentions. Doubted your intelligence. And ridiculed your appearance. I've been judging you: and this is why.  Discovering the worst version of myself   I’ve spent a lot of time as they...
I think we can all agree that we just came out of an extraordinarily long winter. For many with depression, anxiety, seasonal affective disorder, or any number of other mental or physical disorders, it has likely felt like an...
I looked up and realized the little girl in the red shirt I had been watching was not MY little girl. Another toddler with a red shirt, dark hair, and of similar height had taken the place where Gwen...
The Scene Spring break; a six-year-old, three-year-old, and two parents; and a 19-hour car ride (as projected by Google Maps, without stops). ROAD TRIP! The Task Come up with things to keep both kids happy and quiet in a small space for a...
Eight months ago, I finally opened a box that had been sitting my bathroom for years.  I couldn't remember exactly when I bought the box of Women's Rogaine, but I had a rough idea.  I counted the years in...
My husband went on a work trip recently. He went to Florida. He stayed in a massive suite. Facing the ocean. Without me.  That is neither here nor there. This post isn’t about how he left me for eight days...
“So we’ll do that, and I also need to tell when she gets tested, to be as, to be stupid, not to be as smart as she is. The goal is to be slow, to be not as...

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Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches in the Iowa City Corridor

Nothing says fall like a walk through a sunny orchard with your family to select the perfect pumpkin or fill your basket with ripe...