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Good Monday morning to you!

I spent some time with a good friend of mine from North Carolina recently, and his comments reminded me of why I consider him such a great pal.

“Life is pretty simple,” he said. “Just do what you say you are going to do.”

How true. Just imagine if we lived in a world where we could count on people to do just that. Not having to follow up on bids you are waiting for. Reports you were promised. Projects that were to be completed. People to show up to work — and on time. If everyone really did what they said they would do, there wouldn’t be a need for managers. Of course, if you said you were going to cheat and steal, and you did cheat and steal, that’s still a problem. But at least we would know that you were going to cheat and steal, and the rest of us could plan accordingly.

My Carolina friend followed up his comment with, “And if you can’t do what you said you were going to do, at least fess up, ask for forgiveness and explain what you can do to make the situation right.”

He was correct again. And if everyone did that, we may not need bill collectors. Or lawyers. Or (as many) police officers.

I realize this is all a fantasy and that we need to learn how to properly deal with liars and cheaters and thieves, but could we do better? Could we all take some self-responsibility and focus on doing what we say we are going to do, holding ourselves accountable and not blaming others for our mistakes?

It seems like it’s worth a try. What do we have to lose?

Have a magnificent Monday, 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

More hot weather will be with us today into Wednesday. Our next rain chance kicks in Wednesday night, and cooler temperatures move in following that.

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

Things To Do

Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
⇛Free Trivia! With the Brewers
At: Kinship Brewing Company in Waukee, 255 N.W. Sunrise Drive
Info:  Brewers Kyle and Jess will host trivia in the taproom starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be 6 rounds of general trivia and up to three teams taking home a prize (depending on the number of teams).
The trivia is free. kinshipbeer.com/events


Featured Home For Sale
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A major traffic switch will take place in a busy area of West Des Moines on Monday, September 27. Construction crews will open Grand Avenue from 1st Street to the previous Wendy’s site and close Grand Avenue between the previous Wendy’s site to just east of 5th Street. The work on this phase of the project is scheduled to last through late November.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: 'A couple of people behind us just dropped': Knotfest attendees describe hours-long lines for water

WARREN COUNTY, Iowa — Knotfest 2021, a music festival celebrating one of Iowa's most famous bands, brought more than 30,000 people to a field outside Indianola Saturday, but multiple attendees described hours-long lines for water that led to some concertgoers fainting due to dehydration. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 2 injured in Des Moines shooting Sunday night

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two people were shot on Des Moines’ north side Sunday night, according to police. The shooting happened in the 900 block of Douglas Avenue around 9 p.m. Both people injured are expected to survive, police said.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa State falls out of AP Top 25, Iowa remains at No. 5

Baylor is ranked for the first time since the final 2019 poll after upsetting Iowa State. .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs:The Iowa Cubs (51-74) ended their 2021 road set with a loss, falling to the St. Paul Saints (65-60) by a final score of 11-1 on Sunday afternoon at CHS Field. ... READ MORE
MLB: Royals 2 Tigers 1, White Sox 5 Indians 2, Cardinals 4 Cubs 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 Swim School
1. Natavi
2. Goldfish Swim School
3. Aqua-Tots Swim School


Read more

Meet Eddye Vanderkwaak : As facilitator of family outreach, she coordinates with many others.

By TK West

Born and raised in the Des Moines area, Eddye Vanderkwaak graduated from Carroll High School before returning to Des Moines to attend DMACC and Drake University. She has since gained more than a decade of experience working with issues of social justice, racial and ethnic equity, positive youth development, organizing and community engagement.

Today, Vanderkwaak works with the Urbandale Community School District as a facilitator of family outreach for Valerius Elementary School and Karen Acres Elementary School. She says that one of the things she likes best about working with the district is serving the students and their families.

“My job and connection to the schools and district creates meaningful opportunities for my team and I to partner with students and their families to ensure they have everything they need to be successful, happy and whole in our schools and Urbandale Community,” Vanderkwaak says.


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The sun bringing the buildings to life in downtown Des Moines. The city was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. The 2020 census shows that Des Moines has a population of 214, 133. — Photo by Paul Houston
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Digital Editions
Altoona 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 September issue  here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Avril Lavigne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lil Wayne, Anna Camp, Wilford Brimley, Steve Kerr, Marc Maron, Dion Lewis, Chris Herren

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Not sure


Results of last week's poll:

How many sick days did you take from work this past year?

None - 68%
1-2 - 12%
3-4 - 6%
5-6 - 6%
7 or more - 8%

Morning Chuckle
What happened when the woman sued a hotel for losing her luggage?
SHE LOST HER CASE! Lori Bluml was on the right track with "It was a suitcase suit case."
Why did the judge allow the penguin to roam freely outside of the courtroom?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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