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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Hands in the air, fingers slightly shaking upwards, and with a smile on his face, my friend Dion Higgins would share the following words of confidence with me when I would ask him a chiropractic-related question: “It’s all in the hands.”

On the rare occasions in my life when I have been on a golf course, they were typically with him. And when I would smack my club on the ground with my pathetic swing, he would give my wrists a quick adjustment so I could line up and try again.

As a chiropractor, Dion truly loved his profession, and he was quite good at making people better. Unfortunately, he died tragically nearly nine years ago when a 21-year-old driver crossed the center line, and both their lives were taken. Sadly, no amount of medical care could change that outcome.

I think of Dion often, but especially when the subject of hands comes up. As I look down at my own hands on my keyboard, I can’t help but notice how they have changed. More wrinkles. Numerous scars. Misaligned knuckles. Arthritic joints. Dion could do a lot of magic, but he couldn't turn back the aging process.

I remember in my younger years when I would look at older people’s hands and wonder when and why they suddenly aged. I now look at my daughters’ hands and see how smooth and pure they are compared to mine. What happened?

I spend more of my time now with pull quotes rather than push mowers, but many of my younger years were occupied with pounding nails, pouring concrete and pitching manure. And I still spend my weekends doing whatever physical labor I can get myself into trouble with. Competing and coaching wrestling for decades took its toll on my body, too, and my fingers and wrists have not been spared.

Meanwhile, I am convinced you can tell a lot about a person by his or her hands. Just ask a palm reader. Your heart line. Your sun line. Your fate line. Your life line. Your head line. It’s all in the palm of your hand.

Palm reading, also known as palmistry, is “the art of analyzing the physical features of the hands to interpret personality characteristics and predict future happenings,” according to allure.com. The article says our hands are considered “portals that shed invaluable insight,” and it provides a beginner’s guide to reading palms. I don't know anything about palmistry, but I am going to give it a try, as I am convinced, now more than ever, that my friend Dion was right.

It’s all in the hands.

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 chances will be best in the afternoon on a breezy one today. Rain continues into the night and changes to light snow after midnight with only minor accumulations expected. Thursday and Friday will both be breezy… expect a high near 53 Friday. Rain chances move back in Saturday.

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

Things To Do
Music Bingo
Wednesday, March 30, 6-8 p.m.
Iowa Distilling Company, 4349 Cumming Ave., Cumming
Come on in to Iowa Distilling Company to play some music Bingo. While enjoying a cocktail, listen to songs and music clips to get a Bingo. Feel free to bring in your own food. https://iowadistilling.com/calendar/
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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!

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Meet Jason Tapps
Rewarded by seeing the progress students make

By TK West

After growing up in Van Meter, Jason Tapps received a degree in psychology and criminal justice from Iowa State University. However, after many years, he decided he needed a change and returned to school at the University of Northern Iowa, where he received his degree in elementary education.

Tapps has since joined the Norwalk Community School District as a second- and third-grade special education teacher. He says one of the things he likes best about teaching with the district is his coworkers.

"They have absolutely made me feel very welcomed and that I got hired at the right school for my first teaching job. It has been an extremely welcoming environment here, and I couldn’t be happier about it,” he says.

Tapps enjoys working in the field of education because the students make every day interesting. However, he says one of his biggest challenges as a new educator has been the constant wondering about whether or not he is doing the job right.


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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Robbie Coltrane, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Warren Beatty, MC Hammer, Katy Mixon, Mark Consuelos, Paul Reiser, Cassie Scerbo, Rupert Evans

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How many COVID booster shots are you willing to receive?

None - 21%
One - 5%
As many as recommended - 71%
Not yet sure - 3%

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