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CALENDAR: Arts & Holiday Events

Browse a winter wonderland of holiday displays at the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees in Davenport • You can still catch The Nutcracker in Des Moines Dec. 8-11 and in Iowa City Dec. 9-11 • Bring a little Southern warmth to your holiday with Asleep at the Wheel's show Merry Texas Christmas Y'all! on Dec. 9 ... read more


David Seagall plays the Depot Brewery on Dec. 9 • Feist Club Burlesque presents their year-end showcase & fundraiser for Standing Rock on Dec. 10 • Don't miss Jonas Magram's 22nd Children's Benefit Concert Dec. 9 & 10 ...  read more
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Future Leaders

Girls Who Code: The Tech Sisterhood

Young women are often subtly discouraged from pursuing careers in math, science, and computers. Fairfield's Girls Who Code club is changing that—while creating camaraderie and community .... read more

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Undersea Enchantment

Sayuri's World: The Mind Travelers' Aquarium

Artist Sayuri Sasaki Hemann has transformed the Fountain Lobby at UIHC ... with jellyfish. Her dreamlike installation is an oasis of peace and wonder in a high-stress environment .... read more

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The Art of Songwriting

Richard Shindell: Songs Carefully Made

The singer-songwriter appears at CSPS this month with his new collection of songs, Careless ... read more

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A World of Difference

Love in a Bowl: Soup for Syria

What happens when a cookbook author teams up with top chefs around the world for a new cookbook that benefits refugee food-relief efforts? ... read more

barbara massaad

What Smells?

Take an Olefactory Odyssey ...

Ever think about the air quality in your home? Learn how to improve your home sweet(-smelling) home ... read more

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Comfort & Compassion

The Bird House: Iowa City's First Hospice Home

The Bird family organized Iowa's first hospice home in Iowa City after State Trooper Gary Bird had to spend his final days far from home ... read more


Inspired Patterns

Charlotte Cain Retrospective at ICON

Artist Charlotte Cain was a beloved teacher in Fairfield who inspired many. A stunning retrospective of her work will shown at ICON Gallery through October ... read more

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Style & Transformation

Creative Edge Film Fest Showcases Innovation

The artfully decorated Orpheum Theatre in Fairfield is the perfect venue for a weekend of inspiring and transformational films ... read more


Fairfield's Hidden History

For the Love of a Town

What happens when a local businessman is struck by inspiration and the love of his hometown? Dick DeAngelis and his film crew are diving deep into the stories of Fairfield, Iowa ... read more

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Agricultural Shift

A New Breed of Farmers Embraces the Organic Paradigm

Young Fairfield farmers are embracing a new set of priorities—from nutrition-rich food to land stewardship .... read more


cory klehm

Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 2: Pizza buffet 
    In first grade my hands would sweat pools of liquid onto the fake blond woodgrain of my desk. Math classes made me tense. They warped my spine and made my neck hurt. Lift up the curtain of stars and show me the King's magic exit. They served chili in styrofoam cups and offered tiny half-pint b ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade 
    Schloop: a novel. Chapter 1: What went down in first grade I. John John Robert Jupiter appeared in Mrs. Greene's first grade in the fall of 1966. He and his family had lived in Iran while the Shah was in power. “It was great!” he said. “We had everything. ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Blues in the Waiting Room 
    I spell out the word crocodile. I see the movie about the dolphin. Time for a walk. He speaks to us. It's that Martian kid again. A large map behind him (in Sanskrit), “Earth.” I reach a point where I think I've said enough. Captain Protocol enters the room. Monet became more i ... by rustin READ MORE 
      American robins, no picnic; a woman knocks, a door-to-door missionary, and asks and I don’t know, I think of the leg of lamb. What do I think: the difference, the branches, the purpose of life. They preen, gesture so-so. Possible answers; think of the branches jus ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Children 
    CHILDREN 1957  Cousins, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy-girl, boy, lined up on the couch and kicking their Keds for Kool-Aid. The wallpaper of the living room: Asian peonies on a background of pink. A Punjabi family-- four boys in turbans somber before the camera, their mother in headscarf behind them, ... by rustin READ MORE 
      The little boy upon leaving the library said, “I only said thank you because my mom told me to.” The little review said to me, “We are surprised that someone with your publishing history would send anything to us.  Therefore we are rejecting your work.” ... by rustin READ MORE