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Good Thursday morning to you!

I am not a good hugger, but I am working on it.

I didn’t realize that I was a lousy hugger until my friend Terri told me, “You are a lousy hugger.” I was slightly insulted. Wouldn’t you be? So I asked her, “What makes a good hug?” She replied, “Well, you could start by skipping that little pat on the back. And use both hands when you give a hug.”

Some of you are likely thinking the same thing that I was when my friend told me this. A few generations of us have been taught to respect the space of others and to avoid anything that could be construed as an unwanted sexual advance — and for good reason.

Quite frankly, I didn’t grow up in a family that hugged or kissed or said, “I love you,” so I didn't’ know that those things were right or wrong. They just didn’t happen. Then my parents divorced, and that changed my father — and his view on hugs.

Dad told me that after the divorce, he had to decide if he was going to be angry the rest of his life or do everything he could to love his family. He opted for the latter, and part of that approach was a lot of heart-warming hugs for me every time I saw him.

I remember being on a visit home from college when my friend Mike and I had dinner with my father. When we were ready to leave, Dad walked over and gave me the customary hug. And then he quickly marched over to my friend Mike and gave him a big hug, too. I was embarrassed, but I ignored it and proceeded out the door to my vehicle. When Mike got in the car, I noticed that he had a big smile on his face. He then looked at me and exclaimed, “Your dad is a peach!” He explained to me how his father never hugged him. I then realized how lucky I was, and how impactful a well-meaning and caring hug can be.

With all this in mind, I try to hug my family members every time I see them. I am sure I embarrass my kids sometimes, but that’s OK. Someday they may truly appreciate this. In the meantime, I am also being a bit selfish. Because as novelist Diana Rowland has said, “The good thing about hugs is that when you give one, you get one.”

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

We’ve got a great, non-windy day ahead with cooler but nice conditions. Friday will be cooler and breezy with a chance for a shower in the morning. On Saturday and Sunday expect great fall weather with sunshine and highs in the 60’s. While the graphic doesn’t show it, I’m watching for the possibility of breezy conditions and some showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

TRIVIA: Some people with ragweed allergy develop a type of food allergy which causes mouth itching with fresh banana, melons, sunflower seeds, honey and some other fruits and vegetables. ...READ MORE

AIR QUALITY: 37 - Good. Primary pollutant is Ozone.

Things To Do

Thursday, Oct. 14
Night Eyes
At: Blank Park Zoo, 7401 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines
Info: Trick-or-treaters roam through enchanted lighting displays and a merry-not-scary treat safari. Night Eyes runs Oct. 14-17; 21-24. www.blankparkzoo.com.

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

3300 block Cornell Street
1800 block Euclid Avenue
1400 block E. 9th Street

Beaver Avenue from Urbandale Avenue to Sheridan Avenue will be closed between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. each night beginning Wednesday, Oct. 13 through Wednesday, Oct. 20.

30th Street in Des Moines from Payne Road to Arnold Road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. 

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: KCCI Investigates: Iowa breeder fined after dog deaths, neglect, 120 violations

SEYMOUR, Iowa — A Southern Iowa dog breeder is under investigation, after the federal Department of Agriculture found more than a hundred violations at his Seymour, Iowa facility. Since March, USDA records show investigators found 120 violations of the Animal Welfare Act at Daniel Gingrich's dog breeding facility. Over a six-month period, but only shut down the facility in early September by suspending Gingrich's license for 21 days. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Court documents reveal suspect admitted to driving 105 mph in deadly road rage incident

POLK COUNTY, Iowa – An Indianola man is charged with vehicular homicide for the death of a man in an August crash that officials say was caused by road rage. Lt. Ryan Evans with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirms 32-year-old Steven Clark is charged with homicide by vehicle — reckless driving and homicide by vehicle – drag racing. Clark was booked into the Polk County Jail Tuesday night and bonded out shortly after.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Project connecting High Trestle, Raccoon River Valley trails gets $220,000 from state program

WOODWARD, Iowa — The Iowa Transportation Commission approved nearly $1.5 million for four State Recreational Trails Program projects on Tuesday. Of that, $220,080 will go to a connector between the High Trestle and Raccoon River Valley trails. The nine-mile bike trail between Perry and Woodward will eventually complete a 118-mile loop of central Iowa trails. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

WNBA FINALS: Sky 86 Mercury 91. Series tied 1-1.

FIFA World Cup Qualifying: USA 2 Costa Rica 1


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 Hangover Food
1. Mullets
2. Waveland Cafe
3. B-Bop’s


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Meet Brianna Dompke: Sees the growth of students from year to year

By TK West

After growing up just minutes away from the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Brianna Dompke relocated to the Des Moines area to attend Drake University. She knew that, after receiving her bachelor’s degree in vocal music education, she wanted to stay and teach in Iowa. She chose Southeast Polk Community School District, where she currently teaches general music for Four Mile Elementary School.

For Dompke, one of the biggest rewards of being a general music educator is getting to know every student in the building. Although she is only in her second year teaching, she says it has been rewarding to see the growth students made from one year to the next. She says she is looking forward to when the kindergarten class she started with is in the fifth grade, making it a full circle moment for her.


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Hogback Bridge in Madison County. — Photo by Jackie Wilson
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Jordan Creek Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Moving Forward" is about the forces that have impacted economic development in the community and what the future may have in store. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Curt Thornberry!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Usher, Roger Moore, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Stephen A. Smith, Rowan Blanchard, Mia Wasikowska, Jared Goff, Cliff Richard, Lori Petty, Max Thieriot, Steve Coogan, E. E. Cummings, John Wooden, Natalie Maines, Ralph Lauren  

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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 did the man who was always late put in his shoes? Gail Tomlinson got it: HE PUT HERBS IN HIS SHOES SO HE WOULD ALWAYS BE ON THYME.


Why did Santa Claus's shoes break?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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