Colorful History

Can we learn more from our past by colorizing black-and-white photographs or are they best left untouched?  –    These color photographs are the work of archivist Dana Keller. Gone are the old days of colorizing black-and-white photos – images in which the alteration was obvious. This is a new digital age of colorization. Work…

Training for the Job Hunt

It is an exciting moment when we send our children off for their first day of school. We watch with pride as they skip away with little backpacks to the world where they will to learn to read, write and analyze. They will become critical and independent thinkers. They will participate in the arts and sports in preparation for becoming good members of society.…

Still Victorious

    DUBUQUE, Iowa – American flags lined the pristine houses along Matthew John Drive. The Stars and Stripes were all uniform height on their slender metal poles, and the street curved gently to end at the drive to a retirement home complex. It was a humid-but-sunny Memorial Day, and a small group of residents…

In classrooms from Afghanistan to Iowa

Photographs: Kurt Ullrich. MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Shaela Bresnan was looking for a new challenge when she first enlisted in the Army Reserves. “I thought it would be nice to have a physical challenge. Something new and exciting and different and hard,” she said. The war in Iraq had not been going on long, and Bresnan’s…

A Facebook Fast

  I gave up sweets for Lent this year, as I do most years. And like most years, I did a mediocre job making this sacrifice. So-and-so was visiting and brought cupcakes and it would be rude to turn them down; the frozen yogurt in the freezer would go bad if someone didn’t eat it…