By Cindy Hadish/for Lure magazine Call them potting sheds, garden houses or “she sheds” – the female equivalent of a man cave – these outdoor sanctuaries are growing in popularity for homeowners, not only for practical purposes, but for entertaining and aesthetic appeal, as well. Take a look at several of these backyard beauties in […]
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Photos: Proud mama lets her butterfly ch...
Like any proud new mom, I took lots of photos, but time with my “baby” was fleeting. See the black swallowtail in chrysalis stage. I was told that butterflies generally emerge from their chrysalis in the morning, so once I had found a swallowtail caterpillar and brought it, in chrysalis stage, onto my back porch, […]
Photos: American Sokol XXIV National Sle...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Hundreds of people gathered Sunday, June 25, for the closing ceremonies of a national gymnastics competition and festival in Cedar Rapids. The American Sokol XXIV National Slet and Festival, held June 22-25, culminated in the on-field gala at Kingston Stadium, with choreographed calisthenics, races, a tug-of-war and Czech folk dances that reflected […]
Iowa Caucus night snapshot in Cedar Rapi...
CEDAR RAPIDS – One small snapshot of Iowa’s statewide caucus night on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, showed a surge of attendees. “We thought there would be 125 here tonight,” Anthony Brown, caucus chair for Precinct 16 said at Arthur Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. “And we had 292, so thank you for blowing that number […]
Photo gallery: 2016 Caucus finish line i...
CEDAR RAPIDS – Candidates for president made their final push this weekend, in front of Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses that will take place Monday, Feb. 1. Republican Marco Rubio and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders drew large crowds in Cedar Rapids, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley rallied his troops as he met with supporters […]
Photo gallery: Bernie Sanders at Cornell...
MOUNT VERNON – Crowds braved a steady rain standing in line as they waited to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders speak in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. An estimated 1,125 people packed into the sports center at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, on Dec. 13, 2015, as the Vermont senator addressed climate change, […]
Edible forest movement grows in Iowa: Qu...
By Cindy Hadish/for Radish Magazine Rhonda Dunn is interested in growing food, but not the way her mother gardened. “She’d till every spring and hoe it and weed it,” said Dunn, an Iowa City nurse practitioner. “That was the way she knew and it worked for her, but I don’t want to be out hoeing […]
Grandma’s miracle flower
Our challenges in saving the family farm continue and it looks like, despite all of our efforts, it probably won’t remain intact. I found one message of hope, however, in all of the despair that surrounds losing something you love. A little background: our uncle was living on the family farm in rural Chelsea, Iowa, […]
Homegrown Holidays: scenes of the season
No holiday can be picture-perfect, but even with Iowa’s bone-chilling weather, we can find reasons to be grateful. From the last few weeks, here are scenes of the season that make me appreciate being a homegrown Iowan. During the holidays and into the New Year, may you find joy in all of the little things […]
Photo gallery: Last gasp of autumn
I feel somewhat cheated. After enduring an especially hot Iowa summer, it seems we’ve jumped straight into winter. It’s rare that we would get a full three months of fall, as the calendar dictates, but it would have been nice to have more than a week or two, (or was it just a day or […]