“Saving five cows out of the cow industry of Iowa is nothing. It’s not even close to a drop in the bucket, but the impact that these five cows can make is huge. To have a place that people can come out and see the animals, and meet the animals, and pet them, and see how they interact, that’s how we plant the seeds of helping them get to where they can be more mindful of the choices they’re making.”
Tyler James is a writer, musician, yoga instructor, and soon-to-be-English-teacher. He also dabbles in screen writing and video. The man has no lack of creative…
“For the most part, my youth was wonderful and idyllic – until it wasn’t. I used to pray I wouldn’t look Asian. I didn’t want to be different. I didn’t want anything to do with Asian culture. I wanted to look American and I wanted all things American.”
Eric Gutschmidt has seen the sunrise from the top of a temple in Myanmar. The sun blossoming pink and dewy in the sky, the silhouettes of ancient temples on the horizon. He’s been to more than forty countries, seen more of the world in the last five years than most people experience in a lifetime. Eric has also seen the inside of a prison cell. There he felt the weight of a system designed to crush a person. He decided this couldn’t be his life.
Meet Nick and Brian from Frances Luke Accord. While visiting from Chicago, they captured our attention, and we thought we would share them with you.
Every day we go to work at Vault Co-working Space, we are greeted by the friendly smile of Saddah Hadish. Only recently did we learn she had a lovely singing voice, so we convinced her to sing for us and share it with you. Enjoy, and happy holidays from all of us at Flow Media! Click “Read More” to watch the video.
People won’t get a cancer screening because of how they think they’ll feel if they get a bad result. People act in corrupt ways to get a promotion because they think it will drastically improve their lives. But people are flawed in predicting what they want and need in their life because of the focalism effect.
Iowa friends say goodbye and best wishes to Sultana before she heads to Arizona for college. Sultana gives the peace sign from behind the table.…
Sultana arrived last Wednesday Early that morning, after waiting and carefully watching Door B of international arrivals for more than an hour, suddenly–during a moment…
On Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, Flow Media hosted a “knee to knee” gathering of thirty-some community members from different backgrounds to hear personal stories and have a conversation about race. This is the first reflective piece produced from that gathering, written by our summer intern, Aren Buresh. The conversation was extraordinary, and full of love. We hope this is just the beginning.
We received this message from Emily Roberts last night and had to share with you. THE EMAIL WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! (Drum roll please…)…
“I think that fiction, especially novels, can help us to think about those issues of recovery and remedy in ways that perhaps the international court system cannot,”
“I know this sounds a little corny, but I’ve really liked Iowa; I’ve really liked Cedar Rapids in particular,” said Mario. “I think it’s a much better place to live. It’s a much better corner of the world than people who live here even imagine. I don’t think they can fathom how nice this place is when compared to the world at large.”
Dramatic Changes in the Last Few Days. Sultana’s friends in the U.S. have been busy trying to create conditions more favorable for her next student…
We call her “Susan the Hatmaker” with all the affection the title can carry. This woman was willing to send her address to a stranger (who texts with improper grammar, no less), to make him a hat, to respond with an open heart. Who is she?
“From our country, the greeting is literally, ‘Have you eaten today?'”
We can help change Sultana’s Story, and we want you to be involved. On Tuesday, June 14th from 9:00am to noon, Central Standard Time, we’re asking hundreds of thousands of people to blitz Twitter and other social media with the hashtag #LetSultanaLearn.
She has been cooking for 40 years and still her eyes light up with passion when she talks about it. “I’ve got to go to work today and make the best salads I can for these kids,” she says. “Feeding people is important. People have to eat every single day, it keeps your brain and your body going.”
“I do great business during white elephant gift-giving season. A lot of people buy them as gag gifts, but many others have told me that I’ve saved their lives.”
“I wake up early before anyone else in my family. For 30 minutes I bike and listen to music. And then I make tea for myself and drink it and read a book. Most of the time I read philosophy in the morning. And then I do some calculus problems.
“I believe forming relationships is key to being a good police officer.”
What are you looking forward to most about coming to the United States?
“I’m most excited to see the sky without walls.”
“On weekends we’d go to parties from house to house with their friends and neighbors. My grandparents and their friends would play cards and dance. It was an honor if I got to step in for my grandmother. It fueled my love of Irish dancing.”
My friend, Sultana, is an Afghan Muslim student hoping to come to Iowa to attend the University. She’s overcome some amazing barriers to pursue education and her dream of becoming a physicist, including threats of kidnapping, rape, and acid burning.
The problem is, she’s not normal. She’s outstanding. She’s strong and intelligent and caring and has overcome experiences in her life that most of her peers–thankfully–will never have to face. Her history, her abilities, and her grit have shaped her into a person that others will always treat as special, because she is, well…special.
I always try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt so that I can make a fair assessment of them. And I think that if you can’t get to that point as an adult, you will be seriously handicapped in whatever you’re trying to accomplish, because good people come in all shapes, forms, and sizes, but so do bad people. And sometimes you just gotta do the hard work and sit down and get to know a person before you can find out who’s who in this world.
Please watch and share this video if you believe it represents Eastern Iowa the way you think it should be. Click read more below to read a message from us about why we created “From Iowa With Love”.
Everywhere I go with Jean Brenneman, she can find someone she knows. She loves to make friends. She’s a very outgoing person, but even when she’s not trying to strike up a friendship, people seem drawn to her.
A new video from Corridor Characters, produced by Flow Media. Take a walk with us through Cedar Rapids’ “ghetto” and see what life is really…
Like many places in the Philippines, powerful storms and flooding were a frequent problem. “I remember the lights would go off,” Elwie explains, “and we used to make shapes out of our hands with the candle light, and we would make our own little canoes and we’d canoe through the neighborhood. The water was only like a foot deep, but we were kids, so it seemed so high to us. So we would canoe through our village and get everyone smiling, waving at people and flinging the water. We made the best out of what we had.”
(Click below to read Elwie’s full story.)