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Thomas Dean

Hygge
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UR Here: Home is where the hygge is

Hygge (roughly pronounced hö-geh, though with a little more “oo” on that umlauted o) is a Danish word that defies English translation. Its closest Anglo analogue is probably cozy, but...

Eble Music
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UR Here: There’s something a little bit extra about Eble Music

Last week at Eble Music, I picked up the next piece my daughter, Sylvia, will be working on for her saxophone lessons, Alfred Desenclos’s “Prélude, cadence, et finale.” As I...

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UR Here: Valuing the Faraway

I like to think of this time of year as “in deep.” As I write in late January, no snow is on the ground, and we have had our share...

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UR Here: Objects of my Admiration

I went to Wisconsin, and all I brought back were a bunch of bark shavings from a red pine tree. This fall, I attended a “Land Ethic Leader” workshop at the...

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UR Here: Open Spaces

These three bison have remained hidden for decades. In the days when prairies stretched from river to river across the expanse of what we now call Iowa, bison disturbance was...

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UR Here: Phasebook Update

I’m kind of an almanac-y guy. I like a day’s statistics—what the high and low temperatures were, the average temperatures, the precipitation. I like to note where a day is...

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UR Here: Summer of Fire

Fire came early this year. Before the summer solstice brought its long light to North America, Colorado was ablaze. This spring, I wrote about multiple 90-degree days in Iowa in...

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UR Here: Is There a Place for Quiet in Iowa City?

When I was in junior high and high school in the ‘70s (ulp!), there was kind of a dippy prose poem from the 1920s by Max Ehrmann called “Desiderata” making...

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Lost in Transition

When you read this, presumably sometime in May, who knows what the weather will be like? You might be covering your plants for tonight’s frost, or you might be heading...

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Spelling T-R-A-D-I-T-I-O-N

This spring marks the end of an era in Iowa City. Iowa City Spells, the annual adult spelling bee sponsored by the Iowa City Public Library Friends Foundation as a...

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UR Here: Death by 1,000 Razings

For the last month or so, the talk of the town has moved on from Stephen Bloom to Washington Street. By the time you read this, the houses in the...

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UR Here: Aunt Millie Knows

Last month’s Stephen Bloom Atlantic essay about Iowa set off a firestorm, to say the least. This is not a column about Stephen Bloom’s essay. But it bounces off of...

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UR Here: What’s a Three-Legged Dog Got to Do With It?

Last month’s visit to Iowa City by Jay Walljasper, author of All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, was by all accounts--including, admittedly, my own--a great success....

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UR Here: The Community, the Crises and the Commons

A lot of people think something is really wrong with our country--indeed our whole world. Last winter and spring, mass protests throughout the Middle East swept long-standing regimes out of...