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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 24, 2015
Retired without the RV

A comforting campfire glowed as a rising full moon bathed distant rocky outcroppings in soft light. While we savored the evening's peace a wo ... »

True grit: Winterset’s new museum celebrates an American icon
In a career that spanned five decades, John Wayne appeared in more than 175 movies and won a host of honors that included both an Academy Award and th ... »
Pants-Free Parenting: Forget lectures, turn to ‘silent parenting’ instead
My 4-year-old fell asleep coming home from the park one day. She never does this. So, I brought my toddler in the house first and then, carried her in ... »
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 th ... »
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 ... »
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Iowa City celebrates Weber Days in May

Each May. the Iowa City Public Library celebrates National Historic Preservation Month with Weber Days.

Irving B. Weber, who lived from 1900 ... »

Summer program dares readers
The Cedar Rapids Public Library dares you to attend the 2015 Summer Dare reading programs kickoff party at the downtown library from 10 a.m. to noon S ... »
‘Early Warning’: Second in Smiley trilogy a worthy sequel
Back in September, I gave Jane Smiley’s “Some Luck” — the first novel in a trilogy that follows an Iowa family 100 years f ... »
‘Three Kinds of Motion’: Hanick needs to let beautiful writing enjoy the ride
One of the most trying things about a road trip is having a driver who stops too often. Just when you are getting into the rhythm of the trip the driv ... »
‘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 the ... »
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Urban orchards taking root

In a few years, visitors to Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, Lowe Park in Marion and Wetherby Park in Iowa City will be able to pick an apple or a p ... »

Honeybees aren’t the only pollinators on the block
After being taken for granted for decades, pollinators are in the spotlight due in large part because of dramatic declines in honeybees and monarch bu ... »
From the Ground Up: Enjoy beauty of garden flowers inside
We all love fresh bouquets of flowers, and they're even better when they come from your own gardens. Fresh cut flowers need a little tender loving car ... »
How does your garden grow?
It doesn't get any fresher than making a meal with vegetables picked in your backyard. As you plant your vegetable patch, here are some tips to get th ... »
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 hottest thi ... »