Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

My Broader 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

My Broader 7 Things I Love About Des Moines

Aug 18, 2015

When I started thinking about seven things I love about Des Moines, I had a broader sense of all the great things about this city: the food, the scenery, the opportunities to get involved, the arts. I could go on about the great growth and changes we have seen over the years and how thankful I am for the opportunities we now have. But to save you from reading...

Week Long Drake Relays Fun

Week Long Drake Relays Fun

Apr 21, 2015

I first heard of the Drake Relays as a sophomore at Ankeny High School. I knew there was some track and field event occurring in Des Moines that allowed some of my classmates to miss one or two days of school in April. I neither participated in the relays nor attended as a spectator. To me, the relays were just an event for high school track students and their...

Fall Favorites: Running

Fall Favorites: Running

Sep 23, 2014

I hated running. In elementary school and junior high, I dreaded running the mile with the other students. I would pray I would be sick that day. It felt like torture, my inability to breathe without wheezing being put on display in front of my peers. Without fail, I would be one of the last kids to finish in about 15 minutes. I pretty much walked the entire...

Welcome to Iowa: The Iowa International Center

Welcome to Iowa: The Iowa International Center

Mar 10, 2014

One of the things I love about Des Moines is its diversity. People from all walks of life, cultures and values are welcomed here. I recently learned about a great organization, the Iowa International Center (IIC), which offers personal and professional opportunities linking Iowans with people from around the world. For more than 75 years, the organization has...

Warming Up with Some Hot Teams!

Warming Up with Some Hot Teams!

Jan 14, 2014

Last week I promised to devote the next several blogs to providing ideas on ways to stay warm and distract ourselves from the bone chilling cold that has consumed Des Moines lately.  While the forecast this week doesn’t look as bad, it is still winter and you will not find me outside “enjoying” the weather for at least another 20 degrees. Last week I...