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CALENDAR: Bicycles & Canoes

Athletes from around the world tackle the Snake Alley Criterium in Burlington on May 27 • Paddle into the past and hear stories of early settlers at Forgotten Towns of the Des Moines River on May 27 •  Don't miss the Bentonsport Flea Market on May 28 ... read more


• Beatles tribute In My Life comes to the Sondheim on May 25 • The Outer Dimension Film Series returns to the Orpheum Theatre on May 28 • Skunk River Medicine Show (aka George Forster and Tom Morgan) bring their vintage acoustic blues to Cafe Paradiso on May 28 • The Library Book Sale starts June 3! ... read more
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Exercise Party

You Should Be Dancing

Laugh your way to longevity at Lisa Santiago's low-impact Zumba-inspired class in West Burlington ... read more

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Free Trees for Kids!

Neighborhood Forest

Neighborhood Forest lets kids and trees grow up together! Since 2010, they've helped schoolchildren plant over 10,000 trees ... read more

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"Things Still Left Unsaid"

Dennis James & Lauryn Shapter's New Sound

The former Truckstop Souvenir duo has reformed under the name Society of Broken Souls, with a new melancholy sound ... read more

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The Mysteries of Aging

Forever Young—Tips for Living Longer

What is aging, anyway? Is it programmed or random? Can we really lengthen our life span? ... read more


Gettin' Thrifty

Vintage Treasures & Secondhand Finds

Need to spruce up your home? Take this advice from the queen of finding sparkling gems in a junk pile—or a secondhand shop  ... read more


Need More Protein?

Power Up with Vegetarian Protein

If you're a vegetarian and you think you need more protein, try these tasty recipes for sweet potato hummus, mini frittatas, and a chocolate smoothie ... read more


Smartphone Fun

Live Streaming: Be Anywhere in the World

The Periscope app lets you visit all corners of the planet! Where will you go? ... read more


GPS for Pets

Finding Fifi: Pet Trackers & More

Grab a GPS pet tracker—it's a small price to pay for peace of mind ... read more

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Standout Shows

Country Music Smashes the Mold at SWSX

Country music has historically erupted into new sounds during times of national turmoil. At SXSW 2016, country music artists came up with all sorts of ways to push the envelope .... read more

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Shelter from Nature

A Work of Art: Bringing the Outdoors In

Taking inspiration from ancient traditions and the beauty of nature, two Iowa artists have built an enchanting, one-of-a-kind house .... read more



Saving Our Butterflies

How You Can Help Preserve Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are in serious decline due to pesticide use and habitat loss. You can help them by creating habitat and breeding grounds .... read more


Blogs from Source Writers

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

  • Space Travel 
    Pit bull charges at me only to be yanked back by its chain. These, our neighbors—one horrible kennel of vicious dogs after another—it doesn't matter who or when. NASA is looking for people to die on Mars; I hear they already have several volunteers. In reality our solar system is a ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • The Lords of Life and Death 
    Black dog this morning, growling, hackles erect. I whispered to it as it pounded its fence, “Hassan! Hassan!” which means “Handsome” or “Beautiful.” I held my black umbrella like the vulture it was. The dog wanted to attack despite my compliments, despite the sil ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Cub Scouts of the Infinite 
    It's five o'clock on a Monday at the end of March. A girl with a streak of rainbow in her hair wants “The Darjeeling Limited.” Doctor Trang squints at the air to detect soul parasites. Trang has Paul McCartney's memoir in his hand. It is a generally beautiful day and I d ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Uncle Trog's Terrible Confession 
    It is getting dark and in the north are woods where I used to take my children on walks when I was a professor who unscrewed carefully ancient cedar boxes and showed the interiors to students and cursed them forever with dark magic. In the center of the woods of course is the house of a witch who wa ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION'S 71st Annual Contest 
    THE IOWA POETRY ASSOCIATION'S71st Annual ContestGeneral Rules For All DivisionsNote: FAILURE TO OBSERVE RULES MAY DISQUALIFY ENTRIES.Contests are open to all persons with Iowa residence. (See College exception) No entry fee. No membership or book purchase requirement.Poems must be original and u ... by rustin READ MORE 
  • Glass Lyre Press announces the release of "The Philosopher Savant " by Rustin Larson! 
    Glass Lyre Press announces the release of "The Philosopher Savant " by Rustin Larson!Glass Lyre offers FREE shipping until January 9th.Readers and fans may order directly from GLASS LYRE PRESS in 2 EASY STEPS!1. Email your NAME, ADDRESS and desired BOOK TITLE to GlassLyreOrders@gmail.com2. ... by rustin READ MORE