The Iowa Source

What To Do in July

CALENDAR: Suzy Bogguss, Moravian Jazz, and Dave Zolo

Hear evocative vocalist Suzy Bogguss at CSPS in Cedar Rapids on July 26 • Dave Zolo performs at Parlor City Pub in Cedar Rapids on July 26 • Get up to speed on Moravian jazz at the Czech-Slovak Museum on Friday night • Attend a curator's tour of the Czech-Slovak museum's Celebration exhibition on Saturday, July 26  ... read more


Support the Thanksgiving in July Benefit for the Lord's Cupboard on Friday, July 25th • All Souls on Deck - live in concert at Cafe Paradiso on July 26 ... read more

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The Real Thing: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It's buyer beware when it comes to olive oil, as some companies may be adding inferior oils. Learn where to buy genuine EVOO in Eastern Iowa ... read more

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Movie Review

Life Crumbles for a Modern Young Woman in Obvious Child

Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate, is a warm, intimate film that enters new territory for a romantic comedy ... read more

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A Story of Community

Loop Trail Magic: A Breath of Fresh Air

Walk to work, walk for fun, walk for exercise: Who doesn't love a walking trail? Here's the story behind Fairfield's 16-mile walking/biking pathway.... read more


Social History

America's First Ladies Revealed

Through social upheaval and sweeping drama, First Ladies have mirrored the times. An new exhibition at the Hoover Library gives a glimpse into the lives of Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and more ... read more

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Banking on the Sun

Iowa State Bank Installs Solar Panels

For Iowa State Bank in Fairfield, sustainability and good financial sense go hand in hand ... read more

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On the Wapsipinicon

Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Cedar Rock

Beginning May 21, you can tour the home, see the original furnishings that Wright chose himself, and visit the Wright-designed boathouse on the Wapsipinicon River ... read more

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Luminous Artworks

Marvin Cone: Grant Wood's Less Famous Friend

Although he never achieved the fame of his longtime friend Grant Wood, Marvin Cone was clearly a skilled American painter. Many of his works are collected in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art ... read more

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Blogs from Source Writers

Musings, anecdotes, and stuff that didn’t fit in print

  • Summer Vacation 
    1968, the year of the assassins, We have come to the lake Where speedboats crush the waves. As the sun sets, the water-traffic Dwindles until it ceases all together, And the wavelets become calmer And quiet with each passing hour Until we fall asleep in our shore-side Cottages, and the lake ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • VERMONT, MAY 12, 2013 
    All of Believe, as if Believe were a city, County, or parish where we live, Although you might say, “That is impossible, Or ungrammatical,” then you might be warned You are either testing or breaking the spell, And who would want to do that? I am resting in a hotel in Vermont, and ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • It's a Gosh-Darned Interesting Thing to Say 
    Peacocks and turkeys.  They both fan Out their tail feathers.  I once Knew a woman who was chased by a turkey As she (the woman) walked through the woods. Have you ever been bullied by a peacock? The gooseberry wands droop Full of gooseberries.  The Mayapples Shyly hide their f ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Snow 
      It was snowing and the landscape was beginning to glow eerily with the blanket of whiteness.  * A winter sunset tinted the snow-covered plains lavender and filled one’s soul with a strange calm.   * In the haze the snowfall created, my father saw a figure cross ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Two Scenes in Late Winter 
     i. Feverish & QuakingI awoke this morning, and, having slippedFrom unconsciousness, feared returningTo a different kind of sleep From which there would be no waking.  My body radiated heat.  I trembled.  I took my medicine.I pulled back the curtain to watchThe morning light. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Dreaming My Animal Selves 
    Helene Cardona is the daughter of the Spanish poet Jose Manuel Cardona, whose work she has translated and published in various literary magazines.   She is multilingual and a citizen of the U. S., France, and Spain.  Since birth she has been groomed to write poetry in several diff ... by rustin READ MORE