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Good Friday morning to you!

Interruptions. We all have plenty of them.

Phone calls. Social media alerts. Text messages. Emails. People who just can’t stop talking. This newsletter may even be an interruption to your day.

Some interruptions can be good and even welcomed, but most simply do one thing: interrupt.

It is difficult now to imagine when we were not accessible at all times. For the younger readers of this newsletter, you never experienced those simpler days when you could truly unplug. For the rest of us, it really wasn’t that long ago.

Do you remember when you could start a project and actually finish it without any rings, beeps, dings or alerts? Sounds soothing, huh?

I was driving my truck the other day and this all came to mind, remembering when being in my vehicle was a time of solace to get away from the hustle and bustle of the home or the office. It was a time when others didn't know where I was or what I was doing, and that was OK. All those seemingly urgent things could wait.

Somewhere along the line, something changed. We now suddenly feel the need to be accessible 24/7 and to share with others those seemingly important things like what we had for breakfast, a couple hundred selfies, and where we “checked in” at. And, of course, we have to learn what others had for breakfast, look at their couple hundred selfies, and see where they “checked in” at.

It’s an addiction, one that some would argue was perpetrated by Big Tech for corporate gain. And, like any addiction, it can be difficult to kick. Meanwhile, until Congress reins in the data stealers, we need to try even harder to find time without interruptions, the solace that is required to keep our sanity.

Have a focused Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

Parlor Pizza Joint, Jason Simon's latest project (Alba, Eatery A, Harbinger, Motley School Tavern), has opened in the old Saint's in Beaverdale at 4041 Urbandale Ave.

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A warming trend is in progress as Indian Summer (a period of above-average temperatures after a hard freeze) is upon us. The relative warmth will last into Tuesday, but I have little confidence in the forecast after that. It does appear that things will get wetter and windier in Iowa Wednesday through Friday, with rain likely and snow for at least a bit of the state not out of the question.

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

Things To Do

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7
At: Iowa Events Center in Des Moines at 730 Third St.
Info: An estimated 20,000 shoppers are expected to join in the festivities as the Des Moines Holiday Boutique returns for a three-day shopping extravaganza. Offerings from more than 150 vendors include jewelry, gifts, children’s items, gourmet foods for the holiday season and other festive fun.
Show hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit DesMoinesHolidayBoutique.com.

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The Score
NFL: Colts 45 Jets 30

FROM KCCI: Reynolds signs redistricting bill; New maps to go into effect in 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed the redistricting bill into law. Last week, Iowa legislators approved new political boundaries for U.S. Congress districts, and state Senate and House districts.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: First children’s COVID-19 vaccines being administered in Polk County

DES MOINES, IOWA — Yesterday the Polk County Department of Health received Pfizer vaccine doses to give to kids in the 5-11 age group. Today they started rolling them out in the drive through clinic..  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2 teens accused of killing Fairfield teacher in park, covering body in tarp

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Two teenagers are charged in the death of a Fairfield High School teacher. Jefferson County authorities say Willard Noble Chaiden Miller and Jeremy Everett Goodale are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Home Improvement Company
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Lowe’s
3. Lotus Homes


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Black beauty: Pauleys are the proud owners of a 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook

By Darren Tromblay

Brian Pauley and his wife, Audrey Pauley, of Ankeny know what they like in their cars.
Whether it’s the 1944 Dodge Power Wagon rat rod they previously owned or the 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook with the top chopped that now sits in their garage, their tastes are of the finer variety.

Such is the case with the Cranbrook, which Brian had been in the market for for more than a year. Naturally, Facebook Marketplace was one of his first spots to look. After some searching, finally, one popped up in Missouri. A couple of months later, in April of this year, it was his.


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William Snyder enjoys this view from his window. The fall colors are brightened by the sun's rays.
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Ankeny 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. Read the latest issue HERE...
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Odell Beckham Jr., Kris Jenner, Tilda Swinton, Famke Janssen, Bryan Adams, Luke Hemsworth, Kevin Jonas

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

Poll of the Week

Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?




Which Halloween candy is your favorite?

Kit Kat - 4%
M&M’s - 13%
Milky Way - 5%
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - 52%
Snickers - 17%
Twix - 9%

Morning Chuckle

Who helps the small pumpkins cross the street at school?

THE CROSSING GOURDS! Lots of answers sent in for this one! Aaron Burns, Lori Bluml, Rex Post, Frank Adams, Peri Van Tassel, Robin Hrubetz, Gail Tomlinson, Sandee Cook


Where did the sheep get a haircut?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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