Category Archives: Review

No Surrender by Jack Hatch

If interested in Iowa Democratic politics, read No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by former state senator Jack Hatch. Read it now. There are few long, contemporary narratives about the state of the Iowa … Continue reading

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I Call Bullshit by David Shorr

I was predisposed to like David Shorr’s latest book. Shorr and I met in 2009 when I persuaded him to write an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register advocating for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Give Us the Ballot

The word “progressive” got bandied about more this year than it has in a while. Who is a progressive? Who is a “real” progressive? Who will continue a progressive legacy after the 2016 election? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Sugar Creek Chronicle

In A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland Connie Mutel produced an engaging narrative of her efforts to cope with change while living on a parcel of Oak – Hickory forest in Northern Johnson County, Iowa. … Continue reading

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Reading Naomi Klein

Unlike the climate crisis story spoon fed to us in decreasing numbers of corporate media stories, in social media memes, and in fleeting conversations at community gatherings, in This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, author Naomi Klein said there … Continue reading

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Book Review – The Home Place

Why do we read fiction? To find books like The Home Place by Carrie La Seur. For most of us the exigencies of an engaged life leave us drained of energy, with diminished capacity to cope with complexities. Working multiple … Continue reading

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Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery

SOLON— Frida Kahlo Mexican Restaurant and Lucy’s Bakery is open and the tres leches cake is delicious. A friend and I stopped for afternoon coffee, and if the interior was reminiscent of previous restaurants in the space, the food was … Continue reading

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