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Good Tuesday morning to you!

In the living room of my childhood home during much of the 1960s and 1970s was a console stereo complete with an AM/FM tuner and a turntable. The country music (or “country western” music, as Mom called it) of Buck Owens, Charlie Rich, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, The Statler Brothers, Charley Pride and others flowed from the booming speakers of that 5-foot by 2-foot stereo with the lift-top lid. I can still hear the crackling sound of the needle hitting those spinning 33 LP vinyls — scratches, skips and all.

As a pre-teen, with the help of my friends at the local Radio Shack, I learned how to use a patch cable to connect my boom box to Mom’s console stereo so that I could crank my cassettes as loud as possible. The sounds of Charlie Rich, George Jones and Conway Twitty were replaced with KISS, Queen and Thin Lizzy, at least when Mom wasn’t home. That console stereo was sold in a garage sale sometime in the 1980s, but I still have the memories.

In recent years, I got caught up in this nostalgia and purchased an inexpensive used turntable for my aging home stereo. And, as such, I also began the search for classic records. Jolene thought it was a waste of time and money, but she played along, at least until my DIY repair work on the used record player failed to do the trick. Her solution was to throw it away. Mine was to buy another turntable and keep this one for parts.

I won this debate, and in an uncommon twist, it actually worked out. What turned out to be my third turntable is now working wonderfully, and my album collection is growing — and varied. Elvis Presley. B.J. Thomas. Waylon Jennings. Elton John. AC/DC. And even some Buck Owens and Conway Twitty — scratches, skips and all.

With Christmas just around the corner, I am looking forward to breaking out the Frank Sinatra holiday albums as well. How about you? Do you spin some classic albums, or have some to unload? Shoot me a note and share your experiences.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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 warm and breezy November day ahead with a Des Moines metro high expected to be near 67 degrees. Colder air moves back in Wednesday through Friday, with highs in the 40’s. Back to near 50 Saturday and Sunday. Uncertainty enters the forecast beyond that, as a system will pass to our east on Monday and Tuesday, possibly causing travel troubles for the northeastern part of the country at the beginning of the holiday week.

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

Things To Do

Tuesday, Nov. 16 (through Jan. 23)
Exhibit: “Here Comes the Sun”
At: Iowa Quilt Museum, 68 E. Court Ave., Winterset
Info: The exhibit “Here Comes the Sun” honors the sun with a study of the color orange in both historic and contemporary quilts. Iowa Quilt Museum welcomes quilters, quilt lovers, history buffs and appreciators of American art and culture. www.iowaquiltmuseum.org

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The Score
NFL: 49ers 31 Rams 10

FROM KCCI: 'Put the guns down': DMPD urges end to string of gun violence that injured a 2-year-old

DES MOINES, Iowa —"It scares me because I have an 18-year-old, I have a 7-year-old and I have a 2-year-old. And they all play in the backyard. If that was during the day, especially on a Sunday, the kids could have been outside," said Deseree Jones following a shooting that took place right outside her home on Sunday near Southeast McKinley Avenue. A 2-year-old was shot in the leg as more than a dozen bullets tore through their home. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Mason City School Board votes to change ‘Mohawk’ mascot and name; other districts called to do the same

MASON CITY, Iowa — There’s been an ongoing effort to remove Native American symbols from Iowa school mascots, and a lot of districts are considering a name change to eliminate stereotypes. On Monday, the Mason City School Board decided to retire its ‘Mohawk’ mascot and name. While it’s been used for decades, one mother with indigenous children in the district is grateful that it’s changing.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Semi carrying 100 pigs tips over along Highway 65 in Story County

STORY COUNTY, Iowa — New gravel applied to the shoulder of Highway 65 in Story County causes a semi-trailer loaded with hogs to tip over Monday morning, according to the Story County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office posted a picture to Facebook of some of the pigs on a gravel road near the accident, calling the incident "a pig deal." ... 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 Seafood
1. Waterfront Seafood Market
2. Splash Seafood Bar & Grill
3. The Seafood Trap


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Meet Kylie McDonald: Enjoys “eager, cheerful and brave” first graders

By TK West

Kylie McDonald, who grew up in Winterset, studied elementary education and literacy education at the University of Northern Iowa.

With two parents who also received education degrees from UNI, she says that education runs in her family. She joined the staff of Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community School District where she currently teaches first grade at Adel Elementary School.

“I student taught at Adel Elementary in the fall of 2020 and knew it was where I wanted to be from the moment I stepped into the building. The atmosphere is positive, and the staff is so welcoming and supportive. I can't imagine teaching anywhere else,” McDonald says.

She also says that teaching first grade is a joy because her students are eager, cheerful and brave. She enjoys watching them grow into themselves and become more confident every day. She says one of the most rewarding aspects of being an educator is seeing her students excited to learn and their willingness to try new things.


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Buz Brenton’s passion for trees was ignited when his older sister, Jane Brenton Eddy, gave him "The Book of Trees" by William Carey Grimm. Over time, Buz’s wife, Sue, and the entire Brenton family’s interest and enthusiasm grew into the dream of creating an arboretum where others could enjoy trees and the natural world. The dream became reality in the spring of 1997 when the first trees were planted at the 140-acre non-profit arboretum. The land is part of the original homestead acquired by Dr. James Brenton and his son, William Henry, soon after they arrived in Iowa from Indiana in 1853 by covered wagon. Fall colors at Brenton Arboretum, 25141 260th Street, Dallas Center.  —Photo by Paul Houston.
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Fall Colors and Textures. Photo by Sharon Vickery

A majestic oak.
Photo by Jake Levich

A spectrum of color. Photo by Ellie Schwetz

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Read the November issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Martha Kester!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Pete Davidson, Lisa Bonet, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brandi Glanville, Missi Pyle, Marg Helgenberger, Martha Plimpton, Noah Gray-Cabey, Shigeru Miyamoto, Dean McDermott, Denzel Valentine, Sean Lowe

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

Poll of the Week

Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?



How long have you had the pillow you sleep with?

Less than 3 months - 6%
4-12 months - 11%
1-2 years - 26%
3-5 years - 26%
6 years or more - 31%

Morning Chuckle

Why did the man object when his roommate put twigs in the skillet?

IT WAS A NON STICK PAN! Didn't stump Beckham Miller, Lori Bluml. And a nice guess by Gail Pecht.


Why doesn't McDonald's serve escargot?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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