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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Rush. Hurry. Urgent. And a couple hundred other words to tell us to get moving. The dictionary is full of them, and so are each one of us. But why do we seem to be in such a hurry?

When I was a young man at my first out-of-college job at The Des Moines Register, I would debate whether to take I-235 or Grand Avenue to work each morning from my apartment in West Des Moines. That was like debating between a punch in the face or a kick in the face. Neither was appealing. And neither was predictable. But what was predicable was that I would wait till the last minute to leave for work and then drive in a panic to avoid being late. It wasn’t a nice way to start the day. I eventually learned, if I left for work 30 minutes earlier, I could avoid the traffic, get to work with a smile on my face, and actually get a head start on my tasks. What a concept.

I remember the same debate and stress on the way home from work, and cranking out a Red Hot Chili Peppers CD on my car stereo likely didn’t lessen my stress levels. As a young, single guy in an apartment in the early 1990s, what was I in a hurry for? To play a game of darts with my roommates? To get to 7 Flags for a workout? To join friends at Clive After Five?

Many years later, when I first became acquainted with now-CITYVIEW columnist Joe Weeg, we met at our office in Des Moines. I joined him in the conference room with my yellow pad and a pen. He immediately started laughing. “I remember rushing from one meeting to another, taking notes on those yellow pads,” he told me. The retired Polk County prosecutor then said, “Now all I rush for is another cup of coffee.”

Retirement certainly helps many people avoid being in a hurry — but not everyone. I am convinced that some people simply choose to be in hurry. Always.

A Georgian proverb says, “He who is in a hurry always arrives late.” The Sith are not the only ones who apparently deal in absolutes. Regardless, there is a simple truth in that Georgian message. There is also a simple solution.

Start earlier.

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 slight rain chances ahead during the day today with windy and warm conditions expected. Strong storms are possible later this evening. Behind them, cooler air will begin pouring into the state. Expect a slight rain chance on a breezy and cooler day Wednesday. It will be cool and windy Thursday and Friday as well.

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

Things To Do

Historic Sherman Hill, 1501 Woodland Avenue April 12, 8-11 p.m.

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FROM KCCI: Dallas County authorities say arson stemmed from roommate's argument

ADEL, Iowa — An attempted murder investigation is underway after a home caught fire in Adel on Sunday night with two people inside. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Metro school principals discuss Reynolds’ plan to fund private school scholarships

DES MOINES, Iowa — The end of the school year and legislative session draw near and a bill up at the statehouse could fund private school scholarships for students, if passed.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa fuel association's expectations for President Biden's visit

With President Joe Biden set to visit Menlo on Tuesday, Executive Director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Monty Shaw is wanting the president to save E15. … 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 Electrician
1. Lux Electric
2. Empire Power & Controls
3. Baker Electric


Meet Michele Simpson

Instructional coach provides support for teachers.

Michele Simpson has taught at Four Mile Elementary School for her entire career of 31 years and says it has been a rewarding experience.

After growing up in the Des Moines area, Simpson pursued a degree in elementary education with an endorsement in special education at Iowa State University in order to stay close to her family. She began her first teaching job in special education for six years before teaching fourth grade for a year and third grade for 18 years. While finishing her master’s degree from Drake University, the Southeast Polk Community School District was looking to add instructional coaches through the TLC Grant, and Simpson was hired in that role for Four Mile Elementary School.

“Southeast Polk has a great community feel and reputation. I believe they truly care about their staff and students. They provide opportunities for professional development and personal growth,” Simpson says.

From March Altoona Living magazine


A pair of geese decided to nest in the perfect spot to watch the construction traffic go by on South Ankeny Boulevard! Photo by J Frank

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Nick Noah!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn Decker, Claire Danes, Jennifer Morrison, Shannen Doherty, Matt McGorry, Andy Garcia, Ed O'Neill, David Letterman, Tom Clancy, Brendon Urie, Ilana Glazer, Nicholas Brendon, Christina Moore, Paul Rust

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

Morning Chuckle
Q. What did the blanket say while it was slipping off the bed?
OH SHEET! Got it Mike Chiston, Gail Tomlinson
William Snyder suggests: “The floor looks cold.”


What happens if you sleep on your smartphone?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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