Turning from trauma to advocacy: After suffering a traumatic birth, Jade O’Connell becomes a voice for maternal health

DURANGO, Iowa — Jade O’Connell knew from an early age that she wanted to be a mom. Even when her son, Finnian, arrived 16 days ahead of schedule on Sept. 1, 2019, the 26-year-old Durango native could not have been more elated. “I already had names picked out when I was in high school,” O’Connell […]

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Galena Center of the Arts to honor Women’s History Month with virtual offerings

GALENA, Ill. — In honor of Women’s History Month, the Galena Center for the Arts will host its fourth annual Broad Ideas, with virtual events scheduled throughout March. Zoom links for all events are available by visiting www.broadideas.org. Schedule March 1-31: Broad Intentions Weather-grams. The activity will be done at home to decorate trees throughout […]

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6 books featuring transformative female friendships

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art … It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” Life without a friend would indeed be life but such a sad one that it would barely count as life at all. Of course, some friendships are […]

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Year of the wedding: Many who postponed in 2020 are booking ahead

Despite all of the challenges that 2020 brought, Ally O’Rourke will always a have a reason to be happy when she reflects on 2020. The Dubuque resident got engaged to her fiancé, Adam Goerdt, in July, and the couple is now planning a wedding for November 2021. The occasion will serve as more than just […]

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Reframing the big day: Microweddings

Last year, Makayla Bellis got engaged to her best friend. It was an exciting moment for the 25-year-old Dubuque resident and her partner, Matthew, 26. “We got engaged at the end of February, right before all the lockdowns started,” Bellis said. As the couple began planning their wedding, they realized that it would be a […]

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The good, the bad & the ugly: How to register for the right wedding gifts

For many couples, there’s nothing more exciting than creating wedding wish lists. Almost half (45%) of U.S. adults who are or ever have been married or engaged have had a bridal registry, according to a Moen survey conducted online by Harris Poll. Registries can help you avoid receiving disappointing gifts. Respondents to the Moen survey […]

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For many parents, a pacifier is an essential product for soothing baby. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consider giving a child a pacifier at night and for naps during the first year. But how can you be sure you are choosing the right type of pacifier? With so many options...
My calendar says that spring is just around the corner. I had a nice winter’s nap, and now, I’m expected to change gears in March and start mowing the grass. Oh, no. The lawn mower. I put a liquid in with the fuel last autumn. The mower was to start easily this spring. Well, that’s...
There are great women all around us at all times. And, when you take a look back through history, it becomes apparent very quickly that that always has been the case. But, unfortunately, too many of those trailblazers have gone too long without the recognition that is their due. Here is a list of a...
There are great women all around us at all times. And, when you take a look back through history, it becomes apparent very quickly that that always has been the case. But, unfortunately, too many of those trailblazers have gone too long without the recognition that is their due. Here is a list of a...
People often don’t realize that there are distinct stages of caregiving. Caregivers ask me early on in the process how we can best prepare to begin caregiving. In many ways, this is the most important step. As with anything in life, you have to ready yourself for that role. And these decisions are not straightforward...
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