It’s a Tuesday, two days before Christmas, and I’m standing in front of the bookshelves at the Goodwill store on Highway 6. In my pocket is the $15 I received after returning several months’ worth of empty cans to the Hy-Vee next door. I wanted a new frying pan but they don’t have anything I […]
Of the 50 states in our wee union, just 13 lack limits placed on state election contributions–Iowa is one of them.
Adam Mason, Policy Organizing Director for the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), says “The fact that you or I could write a $50,000 check [to a candidate] scares me.” […]
If there is such a thing as California dreaming, what can be said for those that pack up their Los Angeles digs and head east toward a new home in Iowa City? How do those people find Iowa City in the first place? […]
Sporting name tags and hearty appetites, members of Slow Food Iowa City (SFIC) joined together for their 9th annual Harvest Dinner at Iowa City’s La Reyna restaurant Sunday. The event was attended by enough Iowa City restaurateurs, including David Burt of Red Avocado and Kurt Friese of Devotay, to make any local foodie blush. […]
FOR EVERYONE ~ Promise. November brings three contradictory things. One is a barrage of virtually insurmountable hurdles, obstacles that we must often work hard to overcome. It also brings tremendous inspiration and hope for the future. […]
We wait. Every year we wait. We wait with bated breath, face paint purchased, coolers full of ice, grills freshly cleaned, coals and meat at the ready, beers lined up in formation, newly purchased giant foam fingers proclaiming us to be “#1” waiting to be donned for the first time after last year’s fingers were […]
In their new documentary, producer Kembrew McLeod and director Benjamin Franzen—both University of Iowa professors—attempt to shed light on the costly and complex world of the simple sample.
– Reactions to last weekend’s screening and Q & A, hosted by the Bijou
– Movie trailer for PBS’s Independent Lens […]
The serial radio drama was once the king of living room entertainment. Whether listening to Little Orphan Annie or CBS Radio Mystery Theater, audiences sat captivated in front of their radios each night to receive their spoken entertainment. For Iowa City resident Chris Burns, the golden age of radio never died. Unfazed by the jaded […]
When considering the alcoholic beverage of choice for the evening here in Iowa City, only the hardcore eco-warriors factor in environmental sustainability. The hardcore are not surprised that wine shipped to the Midwest creates a smaller carbon footprint when it comes from Napa Valley than when it comes from Bordeaux. Nor are they surprised that […]
On the lookout for real monsters this Halloween? Lace up your boots and join the search for Iowa’s cryptozoological legends. Phantom Kangaroos Vagrant kangaroos are nothing new, having been spotted in a good portion of the eastern United States and pockets of California for over a century. But in the late 1990s there was an […]
If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on […]
In my last column, I presented some statistics demonstrating that the majority of Iowans are “urban” by U.S. Census standards and have been since 1950. With fewer farmers, the raison d’être of most small communities in Iowa—servicing the region’s agricultural economy—has disappeared. If the economic foundation of a town disappears, what’s the big deal? Close […]