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Good Thursday morning to you!

Pains or injuries? There is a distinction between the two, but many people use the words as the same.

I remember being in my thirties and telling a customer who was in his fifties that my body started hurting more once I turned 30. He laughed at me and said, “You just wait!” I passed it off as just another old guy complaining about his aches and pains, and then I realized that I was the one who started the conversation about these aches and pains.

Several years ago, I listened to a former NFL player who spoke at a conference I was attending. As one of his humorous quips, he shared that he goes to bed feeling fine and he wakes up injured. Can you relate? How does this happen?

Yes, our bodies do hurt more as we age. Although some pains deal with things that are passed along in our genes, I am convinced that our lifestyle choices are the most significant factor. Yes, what we eat, how we choose to exercise (or not exercise), and how well we sleep are critical factors in how much we ache.

I am also convinced that we are a softer generation, and how we are dealing with the latest pandemic isn’t helping matters. My grandfather could name the times he went to the doctor in his lifetime on one hand. My immediate family members had a total of 17 COVID tests in the past two years. (None were positive, thankfully.) We jam a finger today, and we feel like we need to have an MRI done. Emergency rooms are full of people who don’t seem to understand what an emergency really is.

I am part of the problem, too. The aches and pains keep piling up, and popping a handful of ibuprofen does make me feel better. Of course, I could stop eating the foods that are causing me inflammation and have a regular exercise plan with plenty of stretching, but that’s a lot of work.

So, like many of you, I deal with the aches. I complain about the pains. I try to avoid the injuries. And I am probably getting tested for COVID too often. But, as the saying goes, better safe than sorry.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Milder weather moves in for Thursday. Rain will change to snow late Friday with, it appears as I write this, a dusting to 2 inches is likely for the Des Moines metro area. The snow looks to melt quickly as highs will be above freezing for the weekend. It warms up again next week, especially next Wednesday!

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

Things To Do

Thursday, Dec. 9
At: Wells Fargo Arena, 730 Third St., Des Moines
King & Country has broken their own industry record with their sixth consecutive No. 1 single, the multi-chart smash hit “Amen.” This duo, consisting of Joel and Luke Smallbone, will perform its Top 10 album “A Drummer Boy Christmas,” live and in concert for the first time, as well as selections from their six consecutive No. 1 hits. Wells Fargo Arena is located in downtown Des Moines at 730 Third St. For more information, visit iowaeventscenter.com.

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The Score

Iowa Wild (9-8-1-1; 20 pts.) fell to the Rockford IceHogs (9-8-1-1; 20 pts.) in a shootout, 4-3.

NCAA: ISU women, 77,  Iowa, 70


FROM KCCI: Federal report: Iowa violates rights of disabled people

DES MOINES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday issued a strong condemnation of the way Iowa treats people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, telling the state it must find ways to care for people in community settings and not in institutions. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa contracting 100 healthcare workers to relieve pressure as state hits record high hospitalizations

DES MOINES, Iowa — With many holiday gatherings around the corner the number of Iowa covid patients requiring hospitalization is growing while people needed to care for them is shrinking. As of Wednesday the state’s positivity rate hit twelve percent.

Iowa reached a grim record for the year Wednesday of 777 hospitalizations and there is an urgent need for help in the intensive care unit as the number of patients in the ICU sits at 185. Of those patients, 84% are unvaccinated. It has required the Iowa Department of Public Health to make a nationwide call for 100 health professionals.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Top woman officer sues Iowa for gender bias, retaliation

DES MOINES, Iowa — A top-ranking female Iowa law enforcement officer is suing the state police department, saying she's faced years of retaliation after reporting misspending and gender discrimination.
Charis Paulson alleges that she's the only director with the Iowa Department of Public Safety to work in a cubicle and not a private office, to not have an assigned parking spot, to be excluded from director meetings, and to report to someone with a lower rank. ...

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 Vietnamese Food
1. Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
2. A Dong
3. Vietnam Cafe


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60-hour project: Mohan spends hours preparing her display of 150-plus nativity sets. 

By Jeff Pitts

If it’s mid-November, then it’s time for Merrilyn Mohan to pack away the large teddy bear collection in her Ankeny basement and clear a spot for baby Jesus.

“They may have run out of room in the inn in Bethlehem, but there’s some space at Merrilyn’s house.” That’s the consensus of Mohan’s friends.

In fact, Mohan not only has room for one baby Jesus, but she annually displays more than 150 of them.

“It’s a 60-hour project,” she estimates of set-up time for her holiday display of nativity sets. “The tiny lights take a lot of time to position right to illuminate them well.”


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Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Judi Dench, John Malkovich, McKayla Maroney, Simon Helberg, Jesse Metcalfe, Felicity Huffman, Donny Osmond

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Poll of the Week

How do you prefer your eggnog?

Right out of the carton
I don’t like eggnog


Which type of can opener do you have?

Electric - 18%
Manual -82%
None - 0%

Morning Chuckle

What kind of poultry is always going to the bathroom?

Several answers sent for this one: CHICK PEA, PEE HEN, and one we best not spell out. Thanks for the answers: Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Aaron Koch,


What do you call a snowman with a six-pack?

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