Tips for raising a transgender child

Tips for raising a transgender child

“When I grow up, I want to be a girl.” Genevieve Carter (not her real name) is, in many ways, a typical nine-year-old  third-grader. She loves gymnastics and math, and is the embodiment of childhood enthusiasm. Her thick brown hair falls below her shoulders, and her...
Crystal healing therapy, in person

Crystal healing therapy, in person

If you’re looking to “let go” or have a feeling of meditative serenity, the crystal healing bed I experienced this month is not the way to go. Cheryl Weatherford     But if you’re seeking to bridge gaps of mind, body and soul, I strongly recommend the crystal healing...
Communication, honesty are key to healthy polyamory

Communication, honesty are key to healthy polyamory

Polyamory, open relationships, and non-monogamy are popular fads — and terrifying concepts. Not many people want their partner to interact romantically, intimately, or sexually with another person. Ox Fotheringham     In fact, the thought of that might generate...
The many sides of furries

The many sides of furries

Remember the 2016 Disney movie “Zootopia”?  Those cute anthropomorphic characters captured our hearts and taught us valuable lessons of tolerance and determination. Abby Schwartz     For many, this was also an introduction to Furries.     Furries are everywhere, and...
Fields of Yogis expands offerings for August fest

Fields of Yogis expands offerings for August fest

Fields of Yogis is aiming to reach some key goals this coming year — all focused on making yoga more accessible to all of Iowa.     “We want to have an accepting, diverse, all-encompassing festival,” says founder Ally Thompson.     The Cedar Rapids yoga...
How to empower kids to say ‘no’

How to empower kids to say ‘no’

Parenthood has some obvious lessons we need to impart to our children: walking, reading, riding a bike. Physical consent is different. I have two daughters and a son, ages 3 to 9. My big fear is how to keep them safe from sexual abuse. How do you teach your child...