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Good Friday morning to you!

“Find a penny, pick it up; all day long you will have good luck.”

Admit it. You have done this. You have picked up a penny, hoping for good luck. And why not? We could all use some of that stuff. But where did this penny phrase come from?

Some say the origins of the superstition stem from ancient times when metals were believed to offer protection from evil and harmful spirits, according to psychiclibrary.com. When coins began to be used for currency, those who had a lot of them were considered wealthy or “lucky.” Thus, the accumulation of money translated into good fortune.

But does it matter if the penny is found heads up or tails up? According to the same website, if you see a penny on the ground with heads up, you should pick it up to experience good luck. But if the penny faces tails up, you could pick it up and turn it over for the next person, but you should not take it with you, as you will be bringing bad luck to yourself.

I was inspired to research this superstition after receiving a note from my friend Pat Pithan, who was shopping for groceries recently at the Urbandale Fareway. When checking out, Pat accidentally dropped a quarter and a penny on the floor. He was able to pick up the quarter but struggled to get a fingernail under the penny to do the same. To prevent holding up the line, Pat gave up on the penny and left it on the floor.

Meanwhile, as is customary at Fareway, an employee of the store proceeded to wheel Pat’s groceries out to his car and place them in his trunk. Pat said this seemed to take a bit longer than normal, but he didn't think much about it. When he reached home and unloaded his groceries, he found a penny in the bottom of one of the bags. Pat was so impressed with this gesture that he drove back to the store to tell the young man thank you and to inform the manager about this deed. The young man, whose name is Kaleb, said, " I noticed you dropped your penny, sir, and I happened to have an extra one in my pocket."

It made sense for Kaleb to do this, and it made a cent for Pat, too. For the rest of us, it is a reassuring reminder that good people do still exist. Kaleb’s parents, and his employer, should be proud.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will diminish past midday today, and the rest of the 7-day forecast looks gorgeous. I hope you have a great holiday weekend!

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

Things To Do

Friday, Sept. 3 (all weekend)
⇛Steam Themed Labor Day Weekend
At: SCI, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in Des Moines
Info: Science Center of Iowa kicks off its "steam-themed" Labor Day weekend. www.sciowa.org/programs-and-events/special-events.

Water Works Pops
Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Lauridsen Amphitheater at Water Works Park
The Des Moines Symphony presents free, outdoor concerts. Sept. 4 features Broadway Diva Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw, who will light up the Lauridsen Amphitheater with “Aretha: A Tribute,” a glittering celebration of Aretha Franklin. Sept. 5 celebrates iconic film composer John Williams. From Star Wars to Harry Potter and more, Joseph Giunta will lead the Orchestra in a celebration of movie magic under the stars. For more information, visit dmsymphony.org.

Norwalk Music Fest
Sunday, Sept. 5, noon to 10:30 p.m.
City Park, 907 North Ave.
Bring your lawn chair to City Park and enjoy this family-friendly celebration for a freewill donation. The lineup includes: Trilk Rock School Bands at noon, Teri Underhill at 1 p.m., Jeff Arrandale at 1:30 p.m., Sara Routh at 2:30 p.m., Matt Woods at 3:30 p.m., Anthony Koester Band at 4:30 p.m., Dick Danger at 5:30 p.m. 5 Below at 6:30 p.m., Cold Saint at 7:30 p.m., Round A Bout at 8:30 p.m. and Awakening Force at 9:30 p.m.

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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

2200 blk SW 9th
1000 blk Scott
600 blk E University

Officers from the West Des Moines Police Department in collaboration with the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau will be conducting a special traffic safety operation (September 3rd-6th) over Labor Day weekend. During this project, there will be an increase in officer presence and enforcement throughout the city. Officers will be focusing on all traffic violations, with an emphasis on seatbelt usage and impaired driving.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa State expects 60,000 fans during UNI game Saturday

AMES, Iowa — In less than 48 hours, Iowa State will welcome Cyclones fans to Jack Trice Stadium to watch ISU face off against Northern Iowa. Welcoming fans back at full capacity has been a long time coming for the organization.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Drought conditions improving across Iowa after a week of needed rain

IOWA — For the first time in months, no portion of Iowa is in “extreme drought” and the overall drought picture is improving for all regions..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Addiction' to election conspiracies sends Doug Jensen, Capitol riot suspect, back to jail

A federal judge ruled that Douglas Jensen, of Iowa, violated the terms of his release by watching Mike Lindell's election fraud "cyber symposium."..... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (43-62) allowed 12 hits and fell 6-2 to the Indianapolis Indians (50-54), Thursday at Victory Field. ...READ MORE
MLB: Cubs 6 Pirates 5, Indians 4 Royals 2 ...READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Nonprofit
1. Animal Rescue League of Iowa
2. ChildServe;
3. Downtown Disciples


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Commitment to community: Readinger stays active in Urbandale

By Lindsey Giardino

For Kay Readinger, in addition to planting her roots in the Urbandale community, she’s made a commitment to being involved and meeting new people.

Readinger and her late husband, Dale, were both raised in Atlantic and moved to Urbandale in the early 1960s after residing in Dearborn, Michigan, for a few years. They didn’t want to raise their family in the busy Detroit metro, so they packed up and headed to Urbandale — a town of 5,000 people at the time — where they knew no one.

The Readingers’ first house was on the east side of town. Back then, it sat on a dirt road with no sidewalks, and they had a cornfield behind them. Their first neighbors became the couple’s “best friends forever,” but they desired to meet even more people, so Kay and Dale started looking for ways to get involved in the community — the beginning of a lifelong trend.


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This frog has been a nightly visitor to one of the Pitts family's windows for the last week.  The bug, well, it may not have had a chance for future visits. Photo by Jeff Pitts
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Johnston Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The September issue cover story, "Home Run," is about home improvement projects that "hit the ball out of the park." Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the July issue here.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Salma Hayek, Keanu Reeves, Mark Harmon, Katt Williams, Lennox Lewis,Terry Bradshaw, Markieff Morris, Brandon Ingram, Christa McAuliffe, Eric Dickerson

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Poll of the Week

Would you wear a seat belt in your vehicle if the law didn’t require it?



Results of last week's poll:

How many postage stamps do you use per month?
1-5 - 60%
6-10 - 18%
11-15 - 9%
16 or more - 4%
None of the above - 9%

Morning Chuckle
WHY ARE THE SECURITY GUARDS AT BIG BEN ALWAYS SO EXHAUSTED? Aaron Burns, CITYVIEW's master riddle guesser, got it again, as did Judy Anderson: THEY WORK AROUND THE CLOCK! Rex Post suggests, "Big Ben quarterly hours chimes keep them awake."
How do you move a piece of furniture at the weather station?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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