Astrology Forecast for January 2011

FOR EVERYONE ~ Starting line. January brings us to the end of the beginning. It is time to actually do some things. New possibilities are definitely coming into view. It won’t be easy, though. It will be something of a scramble as people work to get their ducks in a row. However, events, some of them quite unexpected, will take unrealistic options off the table, simplifying our choices. The planets will provide a hearty, extra dose of good luck and a generous serving of helpful coincidences, also. One thing everyone needs to realize, too: these new times require higher personal, professional and ethical standards and a strong service ethic to go along with the work ethic and the profit motive. Genuine cooperation is required. Our dog-eat-dog, anything goes, devil take the hindmost, winner-takes-all days are fast running out. […]

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Don't I Know You From Some Place?

Remember in college when you’d go to a house party in your friend’s dank basement, prop yourself up for that keg stand, take a good look around at the upside-down graffiti-covered walls and think, “Gee, this would make a great nursery?”

Yeah, me neither. But for those few among you who have had visions of domestic bliss for the unlikeliest of houses, you’re in luck.

Iowa City officials, with support from the University of Iowa and a few local banks, have started fixing up run-down rental houses to sell as single-family homes near the UI campus. Called UniverCity, this initiative provides $50,000 of renovations for low to middle-income buyers. […]

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Townie Hawk: Bears Beat

After a season that began with high hopes and ended with stories of high players, people are looking elsewhere for their football fix as we enter the time of year where games have real meaning. Sure, the Hawks were invited to the Insight Bowl (motto: “Arizona is warmer than wherever the hell you’re from this […]

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Your Town Now: The Month that was December 2010

Porter Agonistes The City Council decided to “defer indefinitely” a motion to decide on renewal of The Summit’s liquor license after Police Chief Sam Hargadine submitted a newly expanded chronicle of Porter’s deepening financial troubles. We’re not saying that the writing’s on the bathroom wall for the man who profited so handsomely during the go-go […]

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Despair vs. The Most Efficient Machine Ever Created

Do you get frustrated with traffic congestion and scarcity of parking in town? Does owning and maintaining a car rank high on your list of expenses? Do the constant news reports warning of mass-scale environmental degradation, pollution and economic recession seem depressing? Do you prefer to not even think about health problems such as heart […]

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Art Show Photos: Jesse Albrecht, UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) Art Show, PS1 – 11/19

I presently catching up on my blogging — there are lots of shows from November that I hope to share with all of you in the next few days (if all goes as planned) so they’re likely to be brief and loaded with photos. Those of you who have read the December Issue of the […]

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Rant: Who Did Iowa Just Elect Governor?

Before Chet “The Big Lug” Culver, there was Tom “I never, ever look as though I’m enjoying myself” Vilsack. And before that, Terry “The Caretaker” Branstad. Before I go on, let me say that I speak only for myself, not Little Village Magazines, it’s overlords, minions, or lackeys. Terry Brandstad was Lieutenant Governor during the […]

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