Iowa Writers' Collaborative Roundup
...your Sunday morning read
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Some in our group paused to give thanks for their lot in life during this holiday week, including Art Cullen, who stated:
My moral character was informed by the Rolling Stones, and they just released a new album. If they can keep up depravity at their age, then so can I.
Larry Stone celebrated the holiday week by spotting swans during an outdoor trek. Through his writing, he takes us with him.
Columnist and novelist Nicole Baart lives in Sioux Center, having returned to the town where she grew up. Her column gives readers a layer of understanding of living in a small town.
Beth Hoffman discovered a rather sad sight in a local grocery store: A cookie kit. A fun read.
Cheryl Tevis introduces readers to the Piano Man of Boone, who is on a mission to make his hometown the outdoor piano capital of the world. Tevis is a master storyteller, and this piece is an example of just that.
Ah, the stories they could tell, eh? Imagine being a barber in Waterloo for 50 years. Pat Kinney profiles a couple of local icons who are retiring from the business.
And Kurt Meyer shows up with a delightful essay on the tensions (mostly positive, he states) of changing traditions around an annual holiday.
Dave Price is back in the television interviewing saddle and includes links to interviews with Ron De Santis and Bob Vander Plaats. Who will get the biggest piece of ‘the caucus pie, ponders Price.
Robert Leonard caught up with Presidential candidate and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgam in Oskaloosa on Tuesday for a town hall meeting and to meet with reporters from KCCI-TV.
Douglas Burns features a rising star in the Iowa Democratic Party, State Representative Josh Turek, Council Bluffs. Find out why this compelling profile shows him as a real leader.
What in the world is going on with the Davenport City Council? Ed Tibbetts writes: officials should explain the city administrator’s departure.
Rob Gray: Looking at current ISU quarterback Rocco Becht, and former record-setter Brock Purdy, who joined an elite club in having a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating on Sunday. Check out his podcast.
Thanks to Kyle Munson for introducing us to the new executive director (chief curiosity officer) of Mainframe Studios, Julia Franklin.
Letters From Iowans
Josiah Wearin has contributed to the Letters from Iowan’s column this week. He laments another downside of consolidated farming: a loss of the farmer’s memory of the land. Jeff Morrison is taking over the editing job of keeping this offering fresh. If you would like to submit something, find the form in the Letters column.
On the Road
Where in the world are John Naughton and Chuck Offenburger this week?
On this holiday week depicted at its most stereotypical by Norman Rockwell, Naughton visits the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he gazes upon what Rockwell called his Four Freedoms paintings.
And the Richeburgers, also known as Mary Riche and Chuck Offenburger, hit the road for what our columnist calls ‘One of the finest half-miles in America in Bentonville, Arkansas.’
They both love to snap photos, so be sure to check out the report from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The week when Thanksgiving didn’t happen
Barry Piatt had a profoundly personal column about a national loss 60 years ago when President John F. Kennedy was shot. Where were you that day? Barry tells what it was like for him and his family in Van Meter, Iowa, and when ‘Thanksgiving didn’t happen.’
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We are pleased by this significant accomplishment awarded to our own Suzanna de Baca:
We, the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative members, are having a party on December 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to thank our paid subscribers. Please come and meet the following:
Laura Belin, Doug Burns, Dave Busiek, Suzanna de Baca, Julie Gammack, Jody Gifford, Richard Gilbert, Beth Hoffman, Pat Kinney, Robert Leonard, Wini Moranville, Jeff Morrison, Kyle Munson, Jane Nguyen, John Naughton, Chuck Offenburger (the Richeburgers), Dave Price, Cheryl Tevis, Ed Tibbetts, and Kali White VanBaale.
You’ll be greeted by a glass of champagne or sparking cider, a smorgasbord of appetizers brought by our members, and the man who took over ownership and stewardship of the historic mansion, John Beard. One of our collaborative members will be stationed in each room to introduce themselves and welcome you.
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Nicole Baart: This Stays Here, Sioux Center
Ray Young Bear: From Red Earth Drive, Meskwaki Settlement
Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Iowa Writers’ Collaborative, Roundup
Steph Copley: It Was Never a Dress, Johnston
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca: Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Arnold Garson: Second Thoughts, Okoboji and Sioux Falls
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Rob Gray: Rob Gray’s Area, Ankeny
Nik Heftman: The Seven Times, Los Angeles and Iowa
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilia
Chris Jones, Chris’s Substack, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Letters from Iowans, Iowa
Darcy Maulsby: Keepin’ It Rural, Calhoun County
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Alison McGaughey, The Inquisitive Quad Citizen, Quad Cities
Kurt Meyer: Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Wini Moranville: Wini’s Food Stories, Des Moines
Jeff Morrison: Between Two Rivers, Cedar Rapids
Kyle Munson: Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen: The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics Behind the Curtain, Washington, D.C.
Dave Price: Dave Price’s Perspective, Des Moines
Macey Shofroth: The Midwest Creative, Norwalk
Larry Stone: Listening to the Land, Elkader
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices, Kalona
Cheryl Tevis: Unfinished Business, Boone County
Ed Tibbetts: Along the Mississippi, Davenport
Kali White VanBaale, 988: Mental Healthcare in Iowa, Bondurant
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines
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