Your Sunday Roundup
...gloves, birds, eminent domain, anti-woke moves, a sports story, and remembering an Eagle Scout
Compiling the Sunday Roundup for the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative is what my mother would call a labor of love.
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Each columnist makes a significant contribution to all of us here in Iowa. Some raise issues in unique ways, making us think. Others make us laugh. And some are such damn fine writers they can make us fall in love with a lost glove or understand why the words ‘thank you’ don’t exist in the culture of some of our Iowa neighbors.
Stories can bring awareness and understanding of others we would not comprehend without them.
Your stories, our stories, and their stories connect us in powerful ways.
We have exemplary reporters in our ranks, covering the shenanigans of the Iowa Legislature and Congress in important ways. Come to think of it, ‘shenanigan’ is too kind a word. Feel free to fill in the blank.
Savor each of the pieces below, and while you’re at it, understand they are doing this out of a commitment to provide commentary in what is becoming an opinion desert in some parts of the state. If you can, please support these writers individually by becoming paid subscribers. And share their columns. Together, we are making a difference by connecting readers and writers directly. This content comes to you now, without advertising, and results from folks taking the time to write for you.
Cheryl Tevis, for example, schools us on the hazards of the past, current, and potential transportation of toxins through Iowa. Her column is a must-read. Heck, all of the columns listed today are important reads.
Mary Swander takes us into the otherwise secret world of neighbors who live among us yet don’t share the majority culture.
Do facts even matter to Fox viewers?
There is a difference between birding and birdwatching. Our columnist from St Ansgar writes a delightful piece about his wife’s path to becoming a bird watcher.
The oh-so-talented Robert Leonard takes us on a walk in the woods, discovering a lost object. He weaves the tale in with personal reflections and leaves us thinking.
Macey reviews the performance and mission offered through the Des Moines Community Playhouse by the Pyramid Theatre Company.
…I felt that if I were to walk on the stage, I would walk straight back in time. Macey Spensley
What’s the opposite of the word ‘progress’? Our columnist in the Quad Cities discusses two area legislators working toward turning back the clock on same-sex marriage.
Our Waterloo-based columnist writes about a granddaughter’s quest to honor her Eagle Scout ancestor:
There were 32 all-Black Boy Scout troops nationally, and seven were from Iowa, including two troops in Waterloo which eventually consolidated. Others were formed within the Boy Scout councils based in Burlington, Davenport, Clinton and Des Moines.
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Here’s our illustrious group of Iowa Writers’ Collaborative members in alphabetical order:
Iowa Writers’ Collaborative Columnists
Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Nik Heftman, The Seven Times, Los Angeles and Iowa
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer, Showing Up, St. Ansgar
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 Curtains, Washington, D.C.
Macey Spensley, The Midwest Creative, Davenport and Des Moines
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
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines
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