25
MAR
2015
downtown tree sweater

Let’s hug trees with more than sweaters!

One of my favorite trees in Iowa City was taken down this week. It had become dangerously hollow, creating a threat to the sidewalk below some of its large branches. The tree had a good life. A redbud, it had lived much longer than the expected lifespan of a flowering tree, b... Read More →
24
MAR
2014
The 1105 Project

A Chapter Closed

Today I closed a significant chapter in my life and liquidated my Bailey for Iowa City campaign account. I kept this open longer than I expected—the last time I ran for office was seven years ago and I’ve been out of office for two years—but I had to be absolutely certain that I... Read More →
24
SEP
2013

O Hancher, my Hancher

O Hancher, my Hancher, the fateful flood is done. Together we have weathered storms and recovery has begun. But my sad, broken heart, Aches as I mourn On the banks where my Hancher falls, Dismantled and torn. Read More →
01
JUL
2013

R.I.P. Hancher

I had really planned on attending the wake for Hancher. The reminder postcard was on my refrigerator, the event was on my calendar, and I was dressed and ready to head over there but in the end, I just couldn’t go.  I wasn’t ready to share my sense of loss with a... Read More →
14
FEB
2013

Nice Work if You Can Get It

I’m reading Stephen Cope’s The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling. Long story short, it’s about finding one’s dharma. If the word ‘dharma’ is too eastern mystic woo-woo for you, try the word ‘passion’ or ‘calling.’ Whatever you call it, it’s the... Read More →
09
FEB
2013

I Heart IC

Iowa City is one of my deepest passions. I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it, but it’s complicated.  Like most mature relationships between complex individuals, it’s complicated, but it’s never boring. IC takes my breath away—from all its angles in any season. It’s not... Read More →