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UR Here: Hope Localized

January 20 is approaching. The “hope-mongers,” as Barack Obama jokingly called himself at a Northwest Junior High campaign rally in December 2007, cling to visions of revolutionary social transformation. The hardcore liberals are shaking their heads at the President-Elect’s centrist and hawkish Cabinet appointments. To tell you the truth, I’m a little bit of both: […]

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Health: Get Moving

Little Village is making a New Year’s Resolution to get fit. You can too. A lot of New Year’s resolutions start out as good intensions, but by the time February rolls around they are forgotten and the “I’m going to lose weight this year” turns into a “I need to start working out,” which always […]

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The Eagles of Iowa City

When I relocated to Iowa City, one of my major fears was missing out on the outdoors activities that make the winters bearable (and the make the spring, summer falls even more enjoyable). There’s no downhill skiing, not much ice skating, and the snowcover is usually in a perpetual cycle of melting and freezing, not […]

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God Bless This Porch

On October 14, 2008, seven men slept on a porch huddled under blankets in Iowa City in the cold and rain. Father Ken has lived in the parish house for 12 years, and the porch had doubled as a shelter for the homeless even before he started at the parish. The porch, located between St. […]

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Health: The Home Stretch

Amidst the family, friends and festivities that the holidays bring, an unwelcome aspect of the season always seems to creep up. In a season that is supposed to bring good tidings to you and your kin, why does it also bring stress? You need to relax. You can choose from countless methods of relaxation out […]

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Barack the Table

I have read a seemingly unending stream of open letters to the President-Elect, each doling out copious amounts of advice and admonition for the new administration. While I realize that President-Elect Obama has a lot on his plate, I hope he’ll consider the metaphor a bit more literally. Many of the issues we face can […]

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Freedom Through the Press

Palestinian women speak out with their art. “There are hands that give love and affection while there are hands that steal the soul and take away life. What is so startling to us is that one hand is capable of both.” — Hani Zo’roub, artist, born in Rafah, Gaza in 1976 “The role of art […]

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December Astrology Forecast

Astrology Forecast for December 2008 For Everyone ~ Many doors will close; many windows will open. If you have been hoping, or fearing, that some situation in your life would come to an end, the wait is over. It won’t be a single thing that ends it. Obstacles will arise across the board. The end […]

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Aluminum Gold

With Aluminum Gold, Little Village is launching a three-part series on what homelessness in Iowa City and Eastern Iowa looks like. We can’t pledge to satisfy or break every stereotype, but we can pledge to give you stories you haven’t heard before. We’re beginning this series in October because its already damn cold outside, and […]

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November Astrology Forecast

For Everyone—It’s almost time to get on board. Ever so slowly, the chaos is subsiding and new possibilities are coming within reach. It will soon be time to actually do something. Between now and then, though, people have to get their minds around the situation and talk each other into cooperating on the right course […]

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3 Wishes For Our Next President

Like the rest of the media elite, we here at Little Village are in the can for Obama. The reasons are myriad, but we’ll spare you the details because you could find similar endorsements on the pages of most newspapers in America­—an astounding 75 percent of them favor Obama as we go to press. Still, […]

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Inked Up

It’s always a pleasure to revel in your children’s success. Such is the joy here at Little Village that two of our regular writers have penned well-received books in the last two months. But, of course, while the feeling of pride is apt, to call them our children would be a gross disservice. They’ve been […]

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