OCT 6, 2015

AN EVENING OF ART: As part Valley Junction's Gallery Night this Friday, Oct. 9, Olson-Larsen Galleries will open a new exhibit featuring works by Thomas Jewell-Vitale, John Beckelman and Kim Hutchison. Olson-Larsen and the area's other galleries will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Pictured: Thomas Jewell-Vitale, "English Turkish Prayer Rug," oil/wax/canvas, 36 by 48 inches.
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Every day, those of us on the dsm team interact with all the great things and people that make Des Moines such a dynamic place to live. And then we experience the excitement of sharing our discoveries with our active, engaged readers. Indeed, working for dsm is more than a job; it's a passion.
And right now, we're looking for an experienced journalist to share that passion and join us at The Depot on Fourth Street. How do you know if the job is for you? You must possess:
  • Strong editing skills. You will generate ideas, assign and edit stories, manage copy flow, collaborate with freelance contributors and work closely with the dsm editor and creative staff. Oh, and meet deadlines, which come fast and furiously (yes, even at a bimonthly magazine).
  • Strong reporting and writing skills, whether you're compiling a 100-word blurb for dsmWeekly or covering an in-depth, multipart story for the magazine.
  • Strong social media and other digital skills. Basic multimedia skills are a plus.
  • The ability to interact and network with the community, both in person and via social media.
  • A keen curiosity about the people, places and things in Des Moines.
  • A minimum of five years' solid journalism experience.
Interested? If so, please send a resume, cover letter, three to five clips of published work and the names of three references to dsm editor Christine Riccelli at dsmeditor@bpcdm.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Iowa writers will share their poetry, novels, children's books and more at the Author Fair.

By Larry Erickson

Meet Iowa writers at the first-ever Author Fair at Des Moines' Central Library Oct. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will bring readers together with 21 Iowa authors and poets.
"We're really excited about this," says librarian Kathy Leonard. "It'll be a lot of fun, like an open house." Books will be available to buy, and the authors are looking forward to networking and discussing their work, she says.
The event will include snacks and door prizes in addition to conversation. Among the authors expected are Greater Des Moines writers Lois Beh, Maeve Callen, Nate Granzow, Victoria Smith, Brooke Williams and Michelle Eastman. More information on these and the other authors and their work is available on 
the library's website.
Find PG Tips at World Market in West Des Moines. The English tea both calms and recharges our writer. Maybe it will do the same for you.

By Wini Moranville

"So, you'll never guess who I saw at Dahl's. ...."
Yes. I still say it. Even though Dahl's is no more, I just can't get used to saying "Price Chopper." Indeed, it's taking me some time to get used to the new chain, and I was especially bereft when they discontinued stocking my favorite tea in the world, PG Tips.
I first discovered this tea when I was living and working in England. Each day, the tea lady would push her cart through the office at teatime and offer everyone a "cuppa." I immediately noticed that the tea she served was more robust and revitalizing than any tea I'd ever had. She introduced me to her brand. Turns out, her PG Tips was and still is Great Britain's top-selling brand; it gets its name because it's made exclusively from the best part of the tea plant, the bud and top two leaves (the "tips").  
Twenty-five years after leaving England, I still partake a daily cuppa in the late afternoon. And it has to be PG Tips. It's not just about the flavor: Just as different spirits can result in a different kind of buzz, PG Tips is the only tea that both calms me down and recharges me at the same time.
And so, I was scrambling for a replacement after the store formerly known as Dahl's stopped carrying it. Thank heavens, however, that I've found
PG Tips at
World Market--and for a good price too: $7.99 for 80 bags. (World Market is at 4100 University Ave. in West Des Moines, Suite 210; 267-8666.)
The delight of drifting off and the joy of awakening are wondrous discoveries worth repeating for this little guy.

Larry Erickson is contributing editor for dsm and ia magazines.

Wini Moranville is a food, wine and travel writer who covers the food and dining scene for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food - DSM Wini Moranville.



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