Proving Des Moines is NOT boring

Eat Local, Eat More Corn!

Eat Local, Eat More Corn!

Aug 1, 2014

Collectively, a lot of effort goes into overriding any stereotypes that this is a corn state.  Those can come from anyone who’s driven through Iowa down I-80 or 35, or by simply pointing to the fact that it’s a top revenue producer for Iowa.  It was only 2011 when corn revenues were over $14 billion. I got a lot of comments when I was getting...

Clive City Code 5-5-1: Making it Hard on 515

Clive City Code 5-5-1: Making it Hard on 515

Jun 24, 2014

In my opinion, the Des Moines Arts Festival coming up this weekend is successful because it is the perfect blend of family friendly and easy on adults.  For the kids there are art projects to create, a water feature to splash in, and plenty of sweet and savory treats to tempt the taste buds.  For the adults, there is art in all forms and available for...

ISU Has Company: It’s a Win for College Basketball

ISU Has Company: It’s a Win for College Basketball

Mar 28, 2014

The build up to tonight’s college basketball Sweet 16 match-up in NYC has been a good one.  The celebrations and the drama of last weekend had pretty much taken everyone over, including some Hawkeye fans and those of us who may not have cared much for basketball in previous years. While occasionally tuning in to Syracuse or St. Bonaventure during their...

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...

What makes me happy: Farms Uncorked at Living History Farms

What makes me happy: Farms Uncorked at Living History Farms

Dec 23, 2013

If you’re a native of central Iowa there is a good chance you took a class field trip to Living History Farms (LHF).  My class did in fifth grade.  I remember touring the Ioway Farm and the Pioneer Farm and the Horse-Powered Farm.  I especially remember the Town of Walnut Hill because that is where we bought Sarsaparilla and rock candy in the General...