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Good Friday morning to you!

Communication. It’s a simple word with a simple meaning. So how did it get so complicated?

For the most part, our society existed for a long time with two very basic forms of communication: verbal and written.

If people wanted other people to know something, they told them. Or if they weren’t able to communicate something verbally, they wrote it down where others could see it or mail it. Done.

The invention of the telephone seemingly improved this, allowing for faster communication. The fax machine then provided an electronic transfer of the written word. Even more time was saved. Email simplified the process more, especially with business communication.

Then along came cell phones. And although those who used them excessively were annoying at first, we got used to being accessible all the time. But did communication improve? Hmmm.

We started texting. It was a bit clunky at first, but we could avoid those potentially lengthy phone calls and communicate quickly with a group of people. Surely, this helped us communicate better, right?

Not well enough, apparently. We evidently needed a way to broadcast our breakfast selections and cat photos to the masses, so social media came along.

But these forms of verbal and written communication were not enough. We needed video to better communicate. Skype, FaceTime and Zoom calls surely made our communication streams better, right?

Through all these “improvements,” we seem to have more trouble communicating effectively today than we ever have. Some say it’s because we have too much going on in our lives now and can’t juggle it all. Others say our attention spans have diminished. And many of us claim that we just can’t cut through the “noise.”

Well, the solution may be right in front of us. Maybe it’s time to get back to some good, old-fashioned, face-to-face communication. It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

Have a fantastic Friday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

Congratulations to metro winners of Iowa Restaurant Association awards -
Restaurateur of the Year– Adrie Groeneweg, Pizza Ranch
American Dream Award– Bob Mulvihill, Kitchen Spaces
Faces of Diversity Award- Salah Salah, Gursha Ethiopian Grill
Industry Champion– Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority
Restaurant Neighbor Philanthropy Award- Emily Jones, Chuck’s

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A warm up begins today with dry 80’s for highs into Saturday. We’ve got a tiny rain chance Sunday afternoon with mild temps, but a change comes next week. Good rain chances Monday through a breezy Wednesday with temperatures that feel a bit more like fall are expected.

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

Things To Do

Documentary Storm Lake returns to Varsity Virtual
Storm Lake, the new documentary about Art Cullen and the Storm Lake Times, will return to the Varsity Cinema screen this Friday. Film lovers in Des Moines and beyond can screen the film in the Varsity Virtual Cinema at varsitydesmoines.com.

The film tells the story of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Art Cullen and his family as they fight to unite and inform their rural Iowan farming community through their biweekly newspaper, The Storm Lake Times—come hell or pandemic.

The Varsity Virtual Cinema presents new release art house films which can be streamed at home on any device. A ticket for Storm Lake is $12 and viewers have up to 48 hours to watch the film.

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

4200 Blk South Union St
900 Blk SW 3rd St
900 Blk MLK, Jr Pkwy

Thornton Drive from Wakonda Court to Fleur Drive will be closed beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 7, 2021, through 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2021. This street closure is necessary for roadway reconstruction as part of the Fleur Drive Reconstruction project.

2nd Avenue from Court Avenue to Walnut Street will be reduced to one lane between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Burnham Avenue from SW 14th Street to SW 17th Street will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Road reopens: University Avenue construction to be complete Friday

DES MOINES, Iowa — Construction is finishing up on University Avenue in Windsor Heights. The project has been underway since April 2020. The construction interrupted traffic between 63rd Street and 69th Street. The roadway is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Broken elevator has disabled apartment resident sleeping in the lobby

FORT DODGE, Iowa — At Heartland Senior Housing some residents are having a hard time getting to their apartments, or getting out of their apartments. A broken elevator means some who are in wheel chairs or have difficulty walking have had to sleep in the lobby. Others are stuck in their apartments and one person even spent $600 to stay in a motel for a week because there was no access to her apartment.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police identifies officer and woman in Tuesday night downtown shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department (DMPD) has identified the officer who shot a woman wielding a knife Tuesday night in downtown Des Moines.
Senior Police Officer Ryan Chareunsab, 34, has worked for the department since 2013. A DMPD release says 35-year-old Katherine Margaret Louise Mehle was shot Tuesday night...

The Score

Iowa Wild (0-1-0-0) fell 3-0 Thursday night at the hands of the Rockford IceHogs (1-0-0-0) to open the 2021 AHL Preseason schedule.

MLB: Astros 6 White Sox 1, Rays 5 Red Sox 0


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 Senior Living Community

1. Edencrest
2. Scottish Rite Park
3. Wesley Acres


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Jeff Chelesvig at Royal Mile

By Jim duncan

Des Moines Performing Arts president and CEO shares thoughts about his personal background, travel, and COVID impacts to the industry.

Jeff Chelesvig is the president and CEO of Des Moines Performing Arts and last year celebrated his 25th anniversary at the Civic Center. He is Iowa’s only Tony Awards’ voter, president of the Independent Presenter’s Network, served on the Broadway League Board of Governors, and received the Broadway League’s Samuel J. L’Hommedieu Award in New York for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management in 2005. With the performing arts emerging from 19 months in COVID-19 withdrawal, we asked him to lunch recently.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Matt Damon, Bella Thorne, Bruno Mars, Nick Cannon, Sigourney Weaver, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan, R. L. Stine, Molly Quinn, Kristanna Loken, Emily Procter, Monty Williams, Grayson Allen

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Poll of the Week

Should religious exemptions be allowed for COVID-19 mask requirements?

Not sure


Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Yes - 67%
No - 29%
Not sure - 4%

Morning Chuckle
Why can chess Bishops only more diagonally?
Because North, South, East and West are CARDINAL directions!
What sounds like a sneeze and is made out of leather?

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