Bamford’s Lady Dynamite is Good,Clean Fun

These days binge watching is a common event.  While it has its critics, if you’re low on free time during the week it can be a relaxing weekend activity for one. While there is a surplus of season’s long shows to choose from, the “woke” viewer may have to dig a bit deeper to ensure …

Art Route Des Moines Leads the Way

When you think of Des Moines, Iowa; you think: art. At least the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation wants that response.  This month the Art Route Des Moines was completed; green dots and pink chevrons line the sidewalks and guide visitors to public art. The route incorporates a total of 87 murals, sculpture and …

How to Be Home for the Holidays

As Christmas approaches and the country gears up to be joyful and merry it is important to remember those that are not able to “turn on” their happy feelings due to the date. The winter months are filled with joyous occasions but the gloomy skies and cold weather can trigger feelings of depression and anxiety. …

Mental Illness On Our Screens and in Our Lives

A quick Google search for “tv shows and movies with mentally ill character” brings up over 2,200,000 results.  Articles with titles like 2015: The Year Mental Illness Finally Got Some Respect on TV discuss the slow shift in the depiction and impact of mental health on television. An IMDb list asks “Which of these television …

Talking Trauma in Hollywood and Homes

According to Google Trends Americans have been more interested in trauma than ever before this year. Kanye West’s recent hospitalization reignited the conversation on mental illness and trauma in Hollywood and is shedding light on the ways that we define and treat trauma in both children and adults.Though West has been released from the hospital …

Holiday Cheer and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first employed in Germany in 1916. The practice of  “springing forward” one hour in the summer and “falling back” again in fall, is said to capitalize on natural daylight and save energy. However, some studies show that DST might be harmful to the population’s health and safety. In 2008, a …

The Reemergence of the Independent Bookstore

If you’re reading this, you are NOT one of the 14% of U.S adults who read below a basic level. Varying facts and figures assert that a large portion of the adults in America are not equipped with the skills to be considered functionally literate with some studies claiming up to 50% of adults score …

Hartwell Facing Possible Jail Time In Divorce From Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keshia Knight Pulliam and Ed Hartwell’s whirlwind romance and secret wedding culminated in a hasty divorce filing by Hartwell. The drama continued as details were revealed including accusations of infidelity and rumors of dishonesty. Hartwell, who filed the motion in Fulton County, Ga. without Pulliam’s knowledge, asserted that the couple “probably messed up”  and decided …

Printober: Steamroller Printmaking in Des Moines

Saturday October 22nd   Printober commandeered the parking lot at 215 East 3rd Street in Des Moines. From 1pm-4pm artists arrived with intricately carved wood blocks prepared to watch a one-ton steamroller drive over the work. Organizers Catherine Dreiss and Mary Jones were inspired to put on the event after Dreiss attended a similar affair …