The fat kid

Remember the fat kid in elementary school? The one who may at times have wanted to be invisible, but whose girth made him/her anything but? I use the term in the singular, because in my fifth-grade class – when we 20 or so farm kids were combined with 70+ kids from the bigger town down […]

— Barb Boose

Friday recipe: seaweed salad

Last week I used my son’s birthday as an excuse to enjoy one of my and his favorite foods, sushi. We relished the fine offerings of Happi Sushi, a nifty little place in downtown Des Moines. Great food, friendly service and affordable prices. We’ll definitely go back! The tasty “Happi Meals” we ordered – the […]

— Barb Boose

Movies under the stars

If you can’t make it out to the drive in, check out one of these parks showing outdoor movies this summer. Des Moines Art Center’s Free Flix: Summer-time’s Free Flix at the Des Moines Art Center is back! Free films will be shown on the Art Center lawn the first Thursday of July, August, and September […]

— Nicole Branstad

Free physicals at DMU for students

Middle school and high school students from Des Moines and surrounding areas can receive a free school or sports physical on July 30 at Des Moines University. Des Moines University (DMU) has offered free sports physicals to local children for years. This year the school will provide free physicals on Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

What’s on your mind?

“We humans have a complicated and ambivalent relationship to pleasure, which we spend an enormous amount of time and re­sources pursuing. A key motivator of our lives, pleasure is central to learning, for we must find things like food, water, and sex re­warding in order to survive and pass our genetic material to the next […]

— Barb Boose

Anatomy word of the month: gallbladder

Gall is an Anglo-Saxon word for bile.  The gallbladder stores bile from the liver.  Bile is released into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine, when triggered by a fatty meal.  Bile is from the Latin word for the secretion which also means “anger”.  Chole is the Greek word for bile (and wrath) found in medical […]

— Bill Dyche

Friday recipe: chicken and Spanish rice

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges, medical schools, hospitals and more, so no surprise that the magazine recently crunched through some of the nation’s most popular diets to find the best one. The winner is DASH, the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. According to the U.S. N&WR website, the diet – which was […]

— Barb Boose