Thursday, May 14, 2015
Conversation key to reducing mental health’s stigma

Rosemary Ziskovsky, clinical director at Horizons, A Family Service Alliance, wants to eliminate the stigma that surrounds mental health.

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State reports decline in new HIV diagnoses
DES MOINES — New diagnoses of HIV among Iowans dropped 19 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to a report released Monday by the Iowa Depa ... »
Union of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City agencies expected to save money before state switch to managed care
Two of Eastern Iowa’s largest mental health agencies plan to merge to save money in preparation for the state’s switch to managed care. ... »
100-gallon club: Robins man donates blood 800th time
Pete Bischoff put his blood, sweat and tears into reaching a major milestone on Monday. Well, at least his blood. The 68-year-old Robins resident don ... »
Few care centers have policies about sex among residents
Did Henry Rayhons, a 78-year-old former state legislator, have sexual intercourse with his wife after staff at her Garner nursing home told him Alzhei ... »
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Raddicchio’s bitter flavor balanced by creamy eggs in frittata

Our taste buds — numbering near 10,0000 — act as guard dogs for our mouths. They let us know the instant something hits our tongues w ... »

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Dance finds audience embrace in Iowa City, tougher sell in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dance has had a toehold in Iowa City for more than four decades, thanks to a groundbreaking Hancher/Joffrey Ballet pas de deux ... »

Traer took more than a grain of salt for tourism
TRAER — At an economic-development conference in Des Moines a few years ago, Ellen Young was told Traer should focus on what it has and bring t ... »
Pants-Free Parenting: Don’t diminish daughters for their emotions
People like to warn me about my daughter and her feelings.“Girls are so hormonal,” they will say, as she sits there making up songs on h ... »
TIES Program offers parents techniques to reduce stress
About a year ago, Molly Chambers stopped sending her now four-year-old son, Cal, to playdates. “My son was hitting other children and I was tha ... »
Hoover: The Great Humanitarian
Twenty million tiny beads fill giant plexiglass panels in a new exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library in West Branch. Each be ... »
Sunday, May 17, 2015
‘The Rainy Season’: Journalist details South Africans’ struggles

When American journalist Maggie Messitt was 24 years old, she bought a one-way ticket to South Africa. This was in 2003, less than a decade after ... »

‘Fatal Games’: Police procedural proves dark, yet poorly written
“Fatal Games” has some flaws, but none of them are fatal. Mari Hannah’s fourth mystery featuring Kate Daniels (the first I have r ... »
‘Troika’: Romance novel defies stereotypes
“Troika” by Adam Pelzeman is not the type of book I typically read. But, after reading some of the reviews — “brilliant, a ... »
‘Church of Marvels’: Leslie Parry’s debut novel is a marvel to read
“Church of Marvels” is a book of secrets and surprises. Author Leslie Parry, an alum of the Writers’ Workshop, illuminates each e ... »
‘Church of Marvels’ is first novel from creative writing workshop graduate
Leslie Parry has a long-standing love of books that draw the read in and won’t let go — detective stories, gothic tales, and the like. S ... »
Saturday, May 16, 2015
At Home: Ready to relax

Ready to relax outside this summer? You’ll likely have plenty of friends to join you.

“Patio furniture is probably one of the h ... »

From The Ground Up: Tips for caring for spring-flowering bulbs
Q: When can I remove the flowers and leaves on bulbs that have faded?A: You can remove the flower heads as soon as the flowers fade. Removing the flow ... »
At Home: Patio season
Patio season is in full swing. To create your perfect outdoor space, consider shade, screening, ambience and flow, says Lucy Hershberger, owner of Nor ... »
From the Ground Up: Hollyhocks reign tall in the garden
I’d like to honor my mother and grandmother today by sharing their favorite flower with you: the Alcea rosea or Hollyhocks. These stately plant ... »
Right plant, pot, spot
Nicholas Staddon is a plant expert by trade, a charmer by nature. Says the native of Britain in a telephone interview: “Life is so much of other ... »