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Vines of the Times

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 […]

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Sightings: Iowa

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 […]

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As the Leaves Fall

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 […]

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UR Here: Small Towns, Big Loss

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 […]

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Do it for your head: de-stress

Stress is rough. Between home and work, there are countless things to be responsible for doing, knowing and staying on top of. Outside of that are demands from family, friends and other relationships. All those stresses are enough to make one’s head spin. Sometimes stress is a symptom, and it’s important to learn to deal […]

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Astrology Forecast: October 2009

FOR EVERYONE ~ A Cloud of Possibilities. Nowadays, we are mostly mindful of the difficulties we’ve experienced in the recent past and the challenges we still face. Fatigue and worry are peaking. We will soon begin to focus on the expanding number of possibilities opening up before us. Many of them are quite exciting. However, […] […]

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Welp, honey, the cat circus is coming to town.

Okay, Melody. Breathe. CAT CIRCUS!! (Breathe.) COMING TO IOWA CITY!!!!!! (Breathe.) I will be counting down till October 4 (1 week & 4 days from today!) when the RockCats and Amazing AcroCats visit Iowa City and perform at the Unitarian Universalist church on 10 S. Gilbert Street. From her YouTube channel: Also known as the […]

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What a Wanderful World

As Summer is just heating up, it is also speeding towards its conclusion. There are just under three months until fall returns, and with it, the school year, cold, and responsibility. If you have a yen for a summer adventure without the long drive and hefty expense of a big city visit, perhaps it would […]

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UR Here: Place in Time

For the past few years, July has been a special month for me. Since 2005, I have taught a one-week workshop in the Iowa Summer Writing Festival focused on writing about place and writing about nature. Since 2007, I have followed that up with a several-week course at the Iowa City Senior Center focused on […]

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Astrology Forecast for July 2009

Astrology Forecast for July 2009 FOR EVERYONE ~ Take it one step at a time. This is another month when psychological changes outweigh and complicate concrete changes. The planets are breaking up old personal patterns and releasing new potentials, leaving us a little dazed and confused in the process. These processes will conflict with our […]

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