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Meet the Market: James Spring, woodcarver extraordinaire

James Spring's Wood bowls

James Spring has lived in the woods for 35 years. He grew up in nature, and now lives with his wife Jane in the timber near Burlington. Spring’s connection to nature is evident in his work: He creates intricate illustrations of birds and plant life and is known internationally for his carvings of birds. […]

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UR Here: Community and all that Jazz

Jazz Fest!

Recently, I wrote about how organizing and attending our local festivals builds social capital. But another dimension of community is the personal bond we form with our place. The stronger our emotional connections, the more we live well in a place. Deep community is affective as much as it’s social, a relationship on par with […]

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Savage Love: Unicorn hunters

Unicorn Hunters

I am a single woman, 31, in LA, and on OkCupid. (We all are.) I’ve gotten a number of unicorn requests. (Maybe because I mention being a subscriber to the Savage Lovecast magnum version in my profile?) I’ve never responded—until the other day. One unicorn request stood out. I wrote back. They seem like cool, […]

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Savage Love: Old Times

I’m a bit out of your usual demographic, age-wise (I’m 70), but I am still an avid reader. (This is true, not a Penthouse letter.) My cousin and I have flirted and joked about getting it on together for about 50 years or more. Now she’s divorced and having the time of her life. The […]

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ACLU report criticizes ‘excessive’ militarization of U.S. police

American police are usually using their tactical weapons and armor for drug raids, rather than hostage or active shooter situations, according to a new study. There are thousands of SWAT teams — “special weapons and tactics,” known locally as special response teams — across the country, including in Johnson County. The new report from the American Civil Liberties Union harshly criticizes their widespread use and calls for increased restrictions. […]

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Poll: Clinton takes narrow lead in Iowa

Hilary Clinton

A slim majority of Iowans view Hillary Clinton favorably, despite the former First Lady making herself sparse here over the last six years. Polling data released this week by Quinnipiac University shows Clinton’s support in Iowa leads that of a handful of possible Republican presidential candidates. Clinton has a 52-percent approval rating here, according to […]

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Savage Love: Not all menz

Illustration by Joe Newton

I’m a fairly boring person by your column’s standards in that I’ve always identified as a straight male into typical relationships. I’ve realized, after multiple long-term relationships that were unsatisfying, that monogamy isn’t for me. I would like to have a main, fulfilling, and committed relationship without limiting myself sexually or emotionally. I’ve struggled to […]

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