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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

I was setting our office wall clocks forward an hour this week, and I wanted to make sure I had the correct time. So I asked a handful of staff members, and they all responded at the same time… with the same time. You can thank cell phones for that accuracy.

It got me wondering when I last asked someone what time it was. Most people don’t ask; they just look at their phones. Studies show that 97% of Americans now have some sort of cell phone with 85 percent owning a smart phone. In contrast, only about one-third of Americans wear wrist watches today.

When I was in college, a large clock was hung on the wall in the main dining room area. I would wait for people to be directly under it and then ask them if they knew what time it was. They would offer it… with a puzzled look on their faces as they walked away, looking up at the giant clock. I was clearly more amused than they were.

Asking for the time was once a commonplace request — even to complete strangers — and most on the question-receiving end were happy to share it. In response to a past column about phone operators, a reader reminded me how she used to call the operator to ask what time it was. And she wasn’t alone with that effort. Imagine asking an operator — or a complete stranger — for the time now.

I admit that I am in the minority on the whole time-telling thing. I don't always carry a cell phone with me, and my retro Timex doesn’t keep perfect time or automatically change with Daylight Saving Time. So, when necessary, I continue to ask people for the time. And they continue to oblige… with puzzled looks on their faces.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 chance for an afternoon shower will be with us on a cooler day today. Better rain chances come late tonight and Friday. Rain could mix at times with wet snowflakes. Saturday will be dry with a high near 58. A nice Sunday is ahead. Rain chances look to return next Monday and Tuesday.

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

Things To Do
St. Patrick’s Day parade 
Thursday, March 17, noon
Downtown Des Moines
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are staging their annual parade in downtown Des Moines, beginning at noon, starting at 15th Street and Grand Avenue, heading east to Eighth Street. New this year is a Block Party at 13th and Grand, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your $5 admission gets you access to watch the parade, food trucks, live music, a beer tent and more. More information is available at www.friendlysonsiowa.com.
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FROM CITYVIEW: The pipes are calling you: All about St. Patrick's Day! ...READ THIS STORY IN CITYVIEW

FROM KCCI: Reynolds says strict gun control is not the answer after drive-by shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds had a message Wednesday on the deadly drive-by shooting outside of East High School last week. At an event Wednesday, Reynolds called the shooting a heartbreaking tragedy but argued stricter gun laws are not the answer. "The tragedy is our educational system is letting these kids down. They should have been in school. We should be figuring out resources to help them stay there," Reynolds said. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Teen arrested in 7 Des Moines armed robberies

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines 18-year-old is in the Polk County Jail after police arrested him in connection with a string of robberies dating back to November of 2021. Korbyn Kain was booked into the jail early Wednesday morning on seven charges of first-degree robbery. Criminal complaints in the case claim Kain robbed five businesses, one of them three times, between November of 2021 and January of 2022.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 2 Iowans competing on 'American Idol' Season 20

Catch Winterset native Sam Moss and Cedar Rapids native Haley Slaton on "American Idol," Sunday at 7 p.m. on Local 5.  … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Plumber
1. H & H Plumbing
2. Holt Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
3. Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling


Meet Joslyn Hagener:
Enjoys seeing students excited about their creations

By TK West

Joslyn Hagener started her undergraduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa before transferring to the University of Iowa to pursue a minor in dance. During that time, Hagener had the opportunity to study in both Italy and India. Today, she teaches art for the Adel-De Soto-Minburn Community School District at Meadow View Elementary School and at De Soto Intermediate School.

“Kids are so creative. I love seeing how I can give the same project to all the students and their artwork is all unique to them and the way they see the world or express themselves. Art is imperative for healthy and balanced brain development and a great outlet for expression,” Hagener says.

Hagener’s students began the school year with one of her favorite projects. It taught students about forced perspective photography and how it is used in films such as Elf or by famous TikTokers today. Students worked together using themselves and props to take photos that created an illusion.


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"Iowa's Little Ireland," the town of Melrose, prepares parade vehicles for the return of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick parade in downtown Des Moines today at noon! Photo by Celeste Tilton
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kurt Russel, Alexander McQueen, Nicky Jam, Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise, Billy Corgan, Tamar Braxton, Olesya Rulin, Mia Hamm, Chris Davis

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Poll of the Week
Do/Did you wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Will you continue to wear a mask in public?
Yes - 37%
No - 55%
Not sure - 8%

Morning Chuckle
What kind of cars do eggs drive?
YOLKSVAGEN! Got it Jayde Vogeler, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Lori Bluml, John O, Joseph Jones, Rex Post, Dewayne Johnson
Nice guess with SCRAMBLER (Rambler) Pat Checketts!


What do you get when you combine a four-leaf-clover with poison ivy?

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