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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Early in 1971, at a time when our country had endured much pain, John Lennon wrote the words to the best-selling single of his solo career, “Imagine.” The lyrics he penned encouraged listeners to imagine a world without many things, including religion. I can’t imagine.

I know I need to do a lot better in many aspects of my life, and my faith helps me to realize this and pray for improvement — and I need to improve. Praying to God helps me recognize this. I realize this isn’t the solution for everyone, and that’s why freedom of religion is an integral part of the First Amendment to our Constitution. None of us can be certain what each of the founding fathers had in mind when creating this language, but I am glad they did.

Some scoff at the amount of time and money that people spend worshiping any god or partaking in any religion. They are correct in that it is a lot of time and money. But if that time and money make me feel like a better person by trying to do things to improve relations with my friends, in my family and for my community, then isn’t it worth it? And if it turns out that there is no God, then what am I really out? But, if I am right — and God and heaven and hell do all exist — then I truly sympathize for those who opt to not believe. In the end, it’s a choice we all have to make. And, as with all decisions, there will be consequences.

Meanwhile, I have known people who claimed to not believe in God or join in any religion change their tune when death knocked at their door. Better late than never.

John Lennon was correct that religion is a problem when it is the basis for unnecessary war, death, famine or suffering. But if you believe in judgment day, as I do, then you have faith that our maker’s ultimate decisions will be swift and just for those responsible.

Imagine that.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

The ongoing showers and thunderstorms will last until mid to late morning, then another may form in the early afternoon. We’ve got a windy day ahead as well. It’ll be cooler Thursday and Friday, with early morning showers possible Friday along with breezy conditions. Cool fall weather follows into Monday.

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

Allergy forecast

For the next week, the risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE

RAGWEED pollen is the offender this week.

TRIVIA: Each ragweed plant can produce over a billion grains of pollen which can travel up to 400 miles in the air!

Things To Do

Wednesday, Oct. 13 - Varying dates until the end of October — check websites for details
At: Around the metro (see below)
Info: Are you feeling creeped out? Does unexplained whispering give you the heeby jeebies? Don’t be a chicken-fraidy cat. Jump into October, straighten your spine, quit your quivering and visit the following local fright shows — listed in no particular order. Whoo-hahahaha...
Slaughterhouse: 500 Locust St. in downtown Des Moines
Sleepy Hollow Haunted Scream Park: 4051 Dean Ave. in Des Moines
Haunted Barn: 3215 S.E. Corporate Woods Drive in Ankeny
ScareDSM: 97 Indiana Ave. in Des Moines
Linn’s Supermarket: 3805 Sixth Ave. in Des Moines
Haunted Bone Cemetery: 1901 27th St. in Des Moines

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

200 block E. Peyton Avenue
1000 block Herold Street
2000 block S.W. Ninth Street

Des Moines: Burnham Avenue from S.W. 14th Street to S.W. 17th Street will be closed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Des Moines: 27th Street from Clark Street to Forest Avenue will be closed beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 14, 2021, through 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021. This street closure is necessary for MidAmerican Energy to replace a utility pole.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines faces affordable housing shortage amid Afghan evacuees arrival

ES MOINES, Iowa — "They would go straight from the airport to their apartment, and they would be ready to go. These past couple of arrivals we weren't able to do that," shared Kerri True-Funk with the U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Arkansas man charged with murder of Hardin County man

HARDIN COUNTY, IOWA — An Arkansas man is charged with First Degree Murder for allegedly killing a 74-year-old man last night at the victim’s home in Union, Iowa.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa sports betting has brought in $8 million of state tax revenue since legalization

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — During nearly every televised sporting event in Iowa, viewers are bombarded with commercials for sports betting. The recently-legalized industry is taking off in the state, bringing in millions of dollars. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB:  Astros 10 White Sox 1 (Houston leads series 3-1); Braves 5 Brewers 4 (Atlanta leads 3-1); Dodgers 7 Giants 2 (series tied 2-2)




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 Electrician
1. Baker Electric
2. H & G Electric
3. Kline Electric


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Kings of the rim: Hooping it up in the Kupresanin’s drive

By Darren Tromblay

Not surprisingly, as a youth growing up in Serbia, Vladimir Kupresanin’s No. 1 sport was soccer, as it is for millions of kids around the globe.

But Kupresanin had a secret other love as well — a love that was a little more “American.” Hoops.

“Back home, we didn’t have team sports like basketball,” he says. “It was soccer. But we played basketball outside all the time. Every evening, there would be 3-on-3 games.”

Twenty-two years later, Kupresanin and his son, Aleksandar, along with neighbor,
Corran Becker, are here in the U.S. and continuing that tradition with a “friendly game” of hoops in front of the family garage.


Read more

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LPN ...







Fall harvest is underway. What do you think my farmer neighbor is looking at on his phone? a. Checking bean prices? b. Checking to see if the elevator is still open? c. Relaxin’ for a minute by surfin’? — Photo by Diane Ferguson
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
EXPLORE DES MOINES Fall 2021 edition has been published. This guide provides a look at fall and upcoming winter activities. Featured this issue are Date-Night Options, Eat Brunch! and When the Weather Outside is Frightful ... So What? Enjoy the many options for getting out of the house and enjoying yourself!
View the digital edition here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sacha Baron Cohen, Margaret Thatcher, Kelly Preston, Kate Walsh, Ashanti, Paul Simon, Tisha Campbell, Jerry Jones, Sammy Hagar, Nancy Kerrigan, Paul Pierce, Marie Osmond, Jerry Rice, Doc Rivers, Melinda Dillon

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

Poll of the Week

How often do you exercise?

3-4 times per week
A few times per month


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

Yes - 25%
No -  70%
Not sure - 5%

Morning Chuckle
What happened when the wheel was invented?
A REVOLUTION! Got it, William Snyder! A popular guess involved the world or other things going around and came from Gail Tomlinson, Patty Miller

What did the man who was always late put in his shoes?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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