How I found paganism

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As we leave the Pagan season of Imbolc and approach Ostara coming March 20th, it’s a good time to share how I came to follow Pagan spirituality. As we leave the Pagan season of Imbolc and approach Ostara coming March 20th, it’s a good time to share how I came to follow Pagan spirituality. Shortly after being baptised and confirmed in the Methodist faith at age 14, I fell into a deep depression. I never felt quite sure as a child what was going on in the home and was…

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Sugar detox: a necessary struggle

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It’s pure. It’s white. It’s deadly. No, I’m not talking about Iowa’s recent polar vortex — or cocaine. I’m talking about a product that has become a pervasive household good, stocked in nearly every kitchen in the US, causing obesity, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, acne, infertility and impotence.      I’m talking about sugar.     Most of us consume way too much sugar: 57 pounds of added sugar per year, according to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). That’s almost 17 teaspoons, or more…

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Wanted: women’s rugby players, volunteers, fans

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One of the things Rachael Dunahoo loves the most about rugby is a phrase you’ll often hear players saying to each other as they work their way down the field. “I got you.” It’s a phrase that embodies the team camaraderie and focus on a united goal that makes rugby so appealing to Dunahoo and others starting a new women’s rugby club. Dunahoo, along with Jenna Adams, is leading the new Iowa City Women’s Rugby Club. Their goal is to revive rugby throughout the Corridor for adult female players. The…

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To cis white women: “Who, exactly, is ‘us?’ “

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 “We know that our movement is empowered when all of us lift each other up,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said to the group gathered for the Des Moines Women’s March, inside the Iowa State Capitol.     In light of the burst of anti-trans activism among some leading lesbians, and the controversial racist rhetoric coming from some organizers of the Women’s March, my question for Gillibrand and other white, cisgender women is, “Who, exactly, is ‘us?’ “     Those damn pink “pussy” hats stimulated my internal conversation, along with other…

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Help the fight against puppy mills, animal cruelty

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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 Iowa’s “puppy mill problem” and will hold a Lobby Day Feb. 20 to inspire support. Today is the last day to register for Humane Lobby Day Feb. 20, coordinated by Iowa Voters for Companion Animals. Cost is $20. Register here. “(Our current representatives) not only have the power,…

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Spoken word is exploding

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Iowa’s spoken word community is a snowball rolling down a hill, picking up participants and supporters at a self-propelling  pace. From major poetry slams in Des Moines, Iowa City, Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, and Ames, to other spoken word showcases popping up throughout the state, poetry’s presence is becoming impossible to ignore.  You may find yourself interested in joining this movement but feel bogged down by questions like, “What do I expect from a spoken word event? Am I the right type of person to show up? Am I even…

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Pride Con for youth coming to IC Feb. 23; parents welcome

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For the 5th year in a row, United Action for Youth is hosting PRIDE CON, a youth summit for LGTBTQ+ youth and their parents/caregivers Feb. 23. This summit provides a space where young people can connect with peers, learn about new topics, and receive support.  Last year, this event drew 55 youth from around the Corridor. They were bursting with excitement about the opportunity to have a welcoming space to be themselves and to be part of an inclusive community.  Topics for breakout sessions this year include  bystander intervention, mental…

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