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Former teacher discovers artist inside

Former teacher discovers artist inside

CEDAR FALLS -- For more than 30 years, Lisa Breithaupt poured herself into teaching kids and teens about living healthy and working as a team. But when she retired from teaching physical education in nearby Dunkerton, another part of her emerged: an artist who...

“The Prophets Never Saw It Coming”

“The Prophets Never Saw It Coming”

Max Brash stood in a bubble on the moon, ready to launch the most epic gender reveal party in the history of the human race. In front of him were nearly a hundred transparent monitors linked to his mission control – which was really just one person, his buddy Dave....

Jay Wallerich: “I’m Empty Reality”

Jay Wallerich: “I’m Empty Reality”

Jay Wallerich, of Elizabeth Tate High School in Iowa City, earned third-place in the IC Speak's Page Poets competition. Enjoy their composition, "I'm Empty Reality." "I'm Empty Reality" by Jay Wallerich My mind leaks empty reality; Onto these pages it spills Freely,...

“I Can’t Imagine” — But I Must Try

“I Can’t Imagine” — But I Must Try

By KENT MICK I can’t imagine how exhausted people of color are when it comes to America. I can’t imagine how exhausted my gay friends are when it comes to America. I can’t imagine how disgusted my Native American friends are when it comes to America. I can’t imagine...

Affirmation of the Unknown: “I Am”

Affirmation of the Unknown: “I Am”

"The thought of everything society expects from the 'American Dream' hit me. There are all these expectations that our generation almost can't meet -- or that we don't want to meet because we see that there could be a better way to live, a different way. So I examined...

Fairfield artist strives to honor all creative efforts

Fairfield artist strives to honor all creative efforts

FAIRFIELD, IA -- "Art is the first brush stroke on a blank canvas." This all-encompassing nod to the value of all creativity is a key theme for Mia Story, a professional artist based in Fairfield whose work includes painting, poetry, graphic design and sculpture. With...

Poetry: Mount Pleasant activist ponders true meaning of respect

Poetry: Mount Pleasant activist ponders true meaning of respect

  "Often, people try to control discussion through a single word. It sounds logical, until we take a deeper look." Bob Mueller wrote his poem, "Respect," to challenge a word oft-repeated, and sometimes exploited. Bob helped found the new Mount Pleasant PFLAG...

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