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Good Friday morning to you!

I was recently with a group of people from around the country. I knew some of them very well, and some were newer acquaintances. As such, conversations can be awkward. Not this time. We had a great discussion about concerts we attended. Try these questions out next time you are in a group.

What was the first concert you ever saw? It is amazing how quickly people can answer this one. Mine was The Grass Roots at Adventureland Park sometime in the late 1970s. This was music from my older sister that I heard around the house growing up, and I loved it.

What was the last concert you saw? The answer proved to be tougher for nearly everyone, except for those who attended a show in recent months. The pandemic certainly slowed this down for most of us. Aside from local bands at community festivals, the last concert I saw was probably Jackson Browne at the Civic Center. He was amazing.

What was the worst concert you have ever seen? People don’t seem to hesitate when answering this one, as the answer is usually related to the performers being under the influence of something. Mine was a different story. Jolene and I saw the band Kansas perform after an Iowa Cubs game sometime in the 1990s. We attended with another couple, and we tried to name Kansas songs on our drive to the stadium. “Dust in the Wind.” “Point of Know Return.” “Carry on Wayward Son.” And… it became difficult after those three. Even so, we were looking forward to hearing those songs. What we didn’t expect — and what made it my worst concert ever — were the 20-minute instrumentals in each and every song. Painful.

What was the best concert you have ever seen? This was another easy answer for the people in the group I was with, and the responses offered insight into each person’s interests. I took my mother to see Alan Jackson play at Wells Fargo Arena a decade or so ago. We were seated on the floor in the first 10 rows, and we felt like we were in the Jackson living room. He is an incredible performer, yet humble and sincere. I wasn’t a big country music fan, but I was entertained for an evening by a series of songs that I recognized by one of the industry’s greatest.

A close second for me was Barry Manilow. Yes, Barry Manilow. My friend Clint Dudley and I bought group tickets for a Wells Fargo Arena suite for this show at a fundraising auction. The trick proved to be in finding anyone else to go with us. But we did, and the concert was truly amazing with another series of sing-along songs from a true entertainer.

So give these questions a try next time you are in a group setting and struggling for some interesting conversation. You will find common ground and learn new things from people you think you hardly knew — and you might learn a little something about yourself, too.

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

A cooler and breezy day is ahead with light rain chances, mainly in the morning. Saturday will be breezy as well, but warmer. Nice weather is expected for Sunday and Monday. Slight rain chances and a cooling trend Tuesday into Wednesday. It does appear that we might see a bigger cooldown next weekend... will keep an eye on that.

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:Common ragweed was used as a source of food for Native Americans prior to the use of maize. They would also use the stalks to manufacture rope!...READ MORE

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

Things To Do

Friday, Oct. 15
“Whitney Cummings - Touch Me Tour”
At: Hoyt Sherman Place, 1501 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
Info: “There’s something so great about smelling that Axe body spray again,” jokes Whitney Cummings, comedian, while explaining how she has been hugging fans more frequently and enthusiastically after finally returning to the stage after an unwelcome pandemic-induced layoff. Missing human interaction and relishing its odorous return is the inspiration of her “Touch Me Tour.” The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.hoytsherman.org.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 16-17
At: Racing through Des Moines
“The Finish Line is Just the Beginning” at the IMT Des Moines Marathon. 26.2 miles? You can do it! For more information, visit www.desmoinesmarathon.com.

Featured Home For Sale
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Find Out More!

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

4200 block South Union Street
900 block SW 3rd Street
900 block MLK, Jr. Parkway

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. 

48th Street from Hickman Road to Beaver Crest Drive will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18  through 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Forest Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr Parkway to 21st Street will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18  through 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.  8.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: WATCH: Iowa DNR confirms mountain lion video taken in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources on Thursday confirmed a video shared with KCCI is a mountain lion. Nancy Wagner Dowart shared the Ring Security video with KCCI. She said the big cat was spotted early Sunday morning on the north side of Des Moines. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: How to limit natural gas usage and prepare for higher heating bills this winter

DES MOINES, Iowa – As the temperatures cool down, expect your heating bills to go up. MidAmerican Energy announced Tuesday its natural gas customers should expect their bills to jump 46 to 96 percent this winter. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Encouraging recovery through nature: Youth addiction center opening in rural central Iowa

CAMBRIDGE, Iowa — YSS, an addiction recovery organization catering to children and families, will soon break ground on a center in Cambridge. The nonprofit's CEO Andrew Allen said the new facility will be in a rural, wooded area. It will be their seventh location in Iowa. "We want to connect kids to nature in a way that fuels them and encourages them into a life of recovery," Allen said.... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB :  Dodgers 2 Giants 1. Dodgers win series


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 Roofing Company
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Affordable Exteriors
3. Bakeris Roofing


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The secret to life: Cory grows her own food in Waukee

By Darren Tromblay

Inside Chris Cory’s small shed adjacent to her Waukee home are the tools that keep her alive.
Gardening tools, that is.

The 83-year-old Cory has been gardening all of her married life, she says. She does a lot of canning of the vegetables she grows. It gives her a great pastime; it gives her life.

A walk next to the garden reveals tomato plants, sweet potato plants, asparagus, kale, peppers, kohlrabi, a strawberry bed and more. Lining the garden is a beautiful row of multi-colored zinnia flowers.


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For some reason, Kris felt the need to take this photo of a bee that joined the Big Green Umbrella Media monthly lunch. It flew away after enjoying our company for awhile. — Photo by Kristine McDonald
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Indianola 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.
View the digital edition here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Celebrating birthdays this weekend are Andrea Hodapp Oct. 16 and Jill Nelson Oct. 17!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Friedrich Nietzsche, Emeril Lagasse, Bailee Madison, Keyshia Cole, Vanessa Marcil, Tanya Roberts, Billy Unger, Ginuwine, Richard Carpenter, Fred Hoiberg

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

Why did Santa Claus's shoes break? Gail Tomlin suggests, "Because he fla la la fall." Brent Antisdel says because of his CLAWS (CLAUSE) or it may be because of his MISSILE TOES. I have been banned from any Christmas-related humor until Christmas, but this riddle was actually chosen because it was SHOE-related.


What do birds give out on Halloween

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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