A treasure trove of arts/crafts upcycling

A treasure trove of arts/crafts upcycling

With just a quick glance, “my late grandmother’s disorganized attic” or “a great episode of Pickers” might be your first impression of The Create Exchange. But a closer look at this Cedar Rapids store shows a masterful system built to save money, save resources,...
When volunteering hurts so bad

When volunteering hurts so bad

  This is a really painful column to write.     Painful, and difficult, as well as potentially embarrassing and highly vulnerable to misinterpretation. It’s also one of those things that will likely make things better, but not before it makes things worse.  In...
The activist behind Iowa’s only MCC pulpit

The activist behind Iowa’s only MCC pulpit

QUAD CITIES – Rich Hendricks got his first job working as a clerk at Gruber’s Gladiola’s in the big building at 3019 N. Harrison St. in Davenport. Today, decades later, he is the pastor of a church in the same building. And not just any church: Hendricks leads...
Help the fight against puppy mills, animal cruelty

Help the fight against puppy mills, animal cruelty

Bills to better protect animals from cruelty, and to ensure dog breeders are licensed and regulated, need the vocal support of voters to their elected officials, says a group devoted to protecting companion animals. Iowa Voters for Companion Animals seeks to end...