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Iowa one of 16 states friendly to homeschooled athletes

Becca Hurley grew up in a town of about 200, attending an elementary school that is now closed.
She moved to the big city, became a top basketball player and earned a college scholarship.
To call it an “Only in Iowa” story isn’t much of an overstatement.
Hurley, a senior at Des Moines East, is home-schooled, and would not have been able to play high school sports in 34 states. Read more…


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Holistic Parenting

For a while after Dawn and Brad Crist moved to Cedar Rapids in 2005, she wondered if they were the only parents in a 30-mile radius to use cloth diapers, grind their own baby food, co-sleep and tote their baby around in a sling.
“It took a long time … but once you found one or two (families), you all of a sudden find many more,” said Dawn Crist, 31, a mother of two. “Then you realize you’re not alone.” Read more…