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It’s A Johns And Davids World

April 22nd, 2019

It’s an odd trend in entertainment and pop culture, but strangely, there are a lot of creative, imaginative and cool creators named John and David. Think about it. Think of all the popular and/or pop culturally influential Johns. John Lennon. John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten). John Belushi. John Cusack. Johnny Depp. John Steinbeck. John Hiatt. John Waters. Johnny Carson. John Mayer. John Grisham. John Fogerty. John Legend. John Mellencamp. Etc. Etc. And then there are the many Davids: David Letterman. Dave Chappelle. Dave Barry. David Mamet. David Lynch. David Fincher. David Byrne. David Sedaris. David... Read More

Freethinkers Celebrate Ideas And Imagination In Muscatine

April 20th, 2019

One of the most valuable treasures of humanity, free thought, is priceless. And that golden commodity of the intellect is what is most prized by a local group, the Muscatine Society of Freethinkers. The loosely formed organization, begun by Travis Glynn two years ago, has offered a number of get-togethers, seminars, events and discussions since its inception. “We started a facebook group four years ago, then started having meetings after that and now we’re up to about 55 people,” Glynn said. “It started with an idea of mine about three years ago to get people together who were like minded... Read More

Betty Collins Exudes Joy In Her Love Of Learning And Life

April 15th, 2019

You walk into the Musser Public Library in the middle of the day, the stark sun of noon cutting shadows through the brisk winds of new spring, and immediately in this typical bastion of quiet reading and contemplation, you hear a giggle. Then you hear it again. You follow it to a desk near the back of the library where a man and a woman are scrunched together sharing a small blue swivel chair. Both are laughing. Both are wearing red construction paper hearts taped to their foreheads. Both are joking and smiling for pictures being taken by a woman in a loud, jovial sweater vest and glasses and a... Read More

It’s National Siblings Day!

April 10th, 2019

Ah… National Siblings Day. The day that comes once a year when brothers and sisters all over put aside their differences and acknowledge each other through thoughts, words and pictures. Mothers and Fathers have had their days of recognition for a long time. So why not round out the appreciation holidays by including those individuals who shared so many childhood memories with you? National Siblings Day was founded by native New Yorker Claudia Evart in 1995, to honor and celebrate siblings.  After losing her two siblings early in life in separate accidents, she knew how important siblings could... Read More

“The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley” on HBO Reveals $9 Billion-Dollar Start-Up That Didn’t

April 7th, 2019

The documentary about Theranos, directed by Alex Gidney, showed March 8th, 10th and 13th at SXSW and is now streaming on HBO. It focuses on a $9 billion-dollar start-up in Silicon Valley headed by a 19-year-old Stanford drop-out, Elizabeth Holmes. Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney was responsible for “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Beliefs.” “Fortune” magazine did a June, 2014, cover story on Holmes and Theranos.  Much of the talking about Holmes onscreen is done by Roger Parloff, who wrote the “Fortune” piece. The  lying by Theranos... Read More

An Epoch Ending for GPS This Saturday

April 5th, 2019

Are you ready to party like it’s 1999?! Reminiscent of the Y2K scare almost 20 years ago, the U.S. global position system (GPS) satellites will be encountering a ‘week number rollover’ this Saturday Apr 6. This rollover will set back the current GPS systems to 1999, which could be cause for some interesting issues. When we think of GPS, the handy little cell phone application that helps us get wherever we need to go, might be the first thing that comes to mind. However, GPS signals play a much larger part in our everyday lives that we don’t even notice.  GPS signals are utilized in almost... Read More

Detox From Winter Excess With Namaste Yoga

April 3rd, 2019

If you’re looking for a way to recover from the excesses of winter, you’ll want to head over to the Deep Detox and Hot Yoga Workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Namaste Gardens, 1870 Buckboard Lane, Muscatine. After a heavy, fatty meal and the stresses of the holiday, workshop leader Christina Kelly said, this is the perfect time to clean your body from all the toxins and food we are exposed to during the Holiday season. Namaste will do a whole body inside and out detox and then calm patrons’ minds and spirits with meditation and sound vibration. “You will feel like a brand new person... Read More

Moody A Multi-Faceted And Fascinating Muscatine Resident

April 3rd, 2019

“I officiated two weddings right there,” Matt Moody says, pointing to the expansive veranda outside Elly’s in downtown Muscatine, overlooking the riverfront of the city he’s known since birth. “Both couples are still married, too, so, I guess it’s good luck.”   It’s one of many significant and resonant events Moody has shepherded through his 50 years as a fourth-generation Muscatine resident. It also demonstrates one of many facets of his life, which has encompassed everything from live performance to political activism to local business to the aforementioned role as an officiant... Read More

Strum Up Your Ukulele In Muscatine!

April 1st, 2019

Former Beatle George Harrison once said that the ukulele was the only “real, true instrument,” and the Muscatine Area Ukulele Group is doing their best to make that Traveling Wilbury proud. Founded in 2015 by musician Chris Sample, the organization of amore for the guitar’s wee little brother is a fusion of people in and around the Muscatine and Illinois City area who want to learn about and enjoy the ukulele. They meet at the Musser Public Library, 304 Iowa Ave., Muscatine, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and as fate and chronology would have it, their... Read More

How Far Is Too Far In Comics?

April 1st, 2019

While I was working on my list of comics to order from Previews last month I noticed a surprising change to two Marvel series I was ordering. I was looking over the Marvel catalog section of Previews when I noticed that two of the series I was ordering from Marvel had made a change to the pricing of their War of the Realms mini series and the Avengers tie in issue to the same event. The average comic book is thirty two pages long and averages four dollars per page. For some reason Marvel listed War of the Realms issues three and four where listed in Previews for thirty two pages for five dollars. Normally... Read More