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Good Wednesday morning to you!

Snap. Crackle. Pop. That’s not your cereal talking to you. That’s the sound of my 85-year-old mother’s leg breaking vertically from her hip to her knee. It was a gruesome injury from a simple fall that Iowa Ortho surgeon Chinedu Nwosa said he had never seen before. But after maneuvering her hip ball back in place and using something that looked like an Erector Set to piece her leg back together, she is recovering incredibly, thanks also to the wonderful folks in skilled nursing rehab at Bishop Drumm.

In dealing with the surgeon follow-ups and other doctor visits, I can’t help but notice how the table has turned. As I check my mother in to her appointments and sit with her and the physicians, I recall when she did the same for me. As a child, I didn’t know what to expect. I was uncomfortable with the process. I was scared. My mother feels the same way now.

I attended a conference several years ago where the keynote speaker detailed a similar table-turning experience that he was dealing with. He asked who in the room were parents, and then he inquired if their children ever have “just one more thing” to say to them each night when they are attempting to walk out their bedroom doors. He then compared that to the often-lengthy phone call conversations he had with his mother when he was trying to hang up the phone but she had “just one more thing.” He pointed out how the kids and his mother both wanted something so simple: his time. Somewhere in between these stages of life, we often miss the significance of this.

As Mom continues to heal and contemplates what’s next for her in the years she has remaining, time is truly of the essence. She becomes frustrated when I can’t spend as much time with her as she wants me to. And I become frustrated trying to juggle the other aspects of my life and care for her, too. It’s not easy.

A few decades back, attorney David Belin gave me some advice when I wanted to buy a smaller newspaper that I thought would fit well in our company. He told me that I have plenty of ideas and energy, and he and his partners can supply plenty of funding, but that time is the greatest commodity and must be used wisely. We only have so much of it, he said, and something has to give.

He was right, and it is a reminder to me, and to all of us, that we need to continually evaluate how we use our time to best serve our own needs and the needs of those around us.

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

Rain will continue to move across the state today and continue into the very early morning hours on Thursday. Then cold and windy conditions move in Thursday and Friday. Friday could see a mix of rain and very light snow in Iowa. Same scenario Sunday morning along with breezy conditions during the day.

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

Things To Do

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
The Des Moines Big Band plays at Noce, 1326 Walnut St., Des Moines.

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The Score

Drake men began Tuesday night by unfurling last year's NCAA Tournament banner in the Knapp Center rafters. They ended it by celebrating their 87-61 win over Coe to start the season. READ MORE...


FROM KCCI: Sale of grain elevator signifies changes for expanding Bondurant

BONDURANT, Iowa — As Bondurant continues to grow, things are changing. The grain elevator that has served as Bondurant's skyline for over 60 years is now for sale. Landus Cooperative owns the grain elevator in Bondurant and the one in Altoona.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Fairfield honors Nohema Graber’s legacy of positivity at memorial service

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Nohema Graber’s enthusiasm and positive attitude left an impact in the town of Fairfield. It lives on not just through her students, but through her church community and everyone who has a story to share about her. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Mobile Food Bank working to combat veteran food insecurity

DES MOINES, Iowa — This year the Food Bank of Iowa is giving back to veterans in a special way.  It's bringing its food pantry on the road with a Mobile Food Bank. The Food Bank officials said they started doing this because food insecurity is high among veterans.. ... 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 Motorcycle Shop
1. Big Barn Harley-Davidson
2. Baumer’s Cycle
3. Struthers Brothers


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Tony Lemmo at Breakfast Club

Restauranteur talks about COVID, family, creative geniuses and a dream house.

By Jim Duncan

Tony Lemmo owns Aposto at Café di Scala and is a partner in Gusto, Juniper Moon, El Guapo, Breakfast Club and Anna Dolce. We asked him to lunch recently, and he chose Breakfast Club in East Village. Fifty years ago, downtown was home to a number of small diners that served breakfast and lunch but not dinner. Breakfast Club would be bringing that back, except that they are not a small diner. They are a big restaurant with a happy theme of orange and turquoise colors, throw-back furniture and large wall murals. One of those is of Des Moines as a waffle.

“I helped Van Holmgren on that. It’s my favorite,” Lemmo said.


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The Tree of Life in Johnston's Terra Park, and its memorial bricks. — Photo by Darren Tromblay
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Aaron Burns!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Brittany Murphy, Ellen Pompeo, Zoey Deutch, Miranda Lambert, Mackenzie Foy, Teddy Bridgewater, Kiernan Shipka, Josh Peck, Michael Jai White, Eve, Tracy Morgan, Walton Goggins, Mackenzie Phillips, Sinbad, Mike McCarthy

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Poll of the Week

How long have you had the pillow you sleep with?

Less than 3 months
4-12 months
1-2 years
3-5 years
6 years or more 


Which of these mealtimes are you most likely to skip?

Breakfast - 56%
Lunch - 19%
Dinner - 10%
None - 15%

Morning Chuckle

Why wasn't the horse very good at dancing?

HE HAS TWO LEFT FEET, OR FOUR LEFT FEET, which makes sense to Brent Antisdel. Lots of guesses! Thanks: Gail Tomlinson, Jeff Lorenz, William Snyder, Wayne Payeur, Frank Adams, Lori Bluml


Why wouldn’t they let the butterfly into the dance?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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