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Monday, May 2, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Some things are difficult to open, and I am not simply referring to problems people with arthritis have to deal with. It seems like many products are challenging to use because of their packaging. Some have improved, like Band-Aids. Many of you remember the old system with the red string that you had to pull to open the package, which almost always yanked out. Other products could use improvements as well — like plastic gallon milk jugs. Sure, the cap is easy to screw off, but that seal with the tiny tab that rips off in my hand is more than irritating.

Garbage sacks are another challenge. It’s like those things are ironed together. I carefully attempt to open them, only to realize that I am working from the wrong end. You may have similar problems with the bags in the produce aisle at the grocery store. Uggh.

How about starting a new roll of cellophane or packing tape? Worse yet, when the roll rips off, and you try to restart it? I struggle to get under the tape, and when I do it inevitably tears off sideways to the edge, and I have to start all over again.

If you take any over-the-counter medications wrapped in foil packages, you likely know the effort it takes to get those tiny pills out. And if you are not careful, you get a foil cut on your fingertips. Ouch.

Hot dog packaging drives me crazy, too. I am not fond of hot dogs to begin with, but trying to open a package without a knife or scissors results in hot dogs on the floor, packaging water on my shirt, and an empty wrapper in my hands.

When our kids were young, they were fans of juice boxes. If I was fortunate enough to find a box with a straw attached to it, I then had the task of inserting the straw into the tiny hole without cracking it and making it unusable. I was glad when the kids learned to do this on their own.

I continue to struggle with anything that deals with plastic wrap used in the kitchen. I can’t seem to get it to stick to the bowl, but it most certainly sticks to my hands and to itself, leaving me with numerous rolled balls of plastic to dispose of.

And finally, Christmas time brings the challenge of unwrapping items sealed in hard plastic. Of course, a sturdy scissors is required, but one must then carefully avoid the newly created sharp plastic edges that are sure to draw blood — and require some of those handy Band-Aids.

How about you? What products have packages that leave you in fits? Please share.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

Clouds will be on the increase this morning, and rain looks to move into central Iowa by late morning, lasting into Tuesday morning. Temps will be in the 50s both days. Wednesday should be dry and mild, then more rain moves into the forecast for Thursday and Friday.

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

Things To Do
Youth Orchestras Spring Concert

Monday, May 2

Staplin Performing Arts Center
3650 Woodland Ave, West Des Moines

Youth Orchestras Spring Concert

Join the Des Moines Symphony for its Youth Orchestras Spring Concert. 

5:15pm - Youth Symphony
6:15pm - Youth Wind Ensemble
7:15pm - Preludio Strings, Youth Sinfonia & Youth Philharmonic.

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FROM KCCI: Iowa companies look to hire people with criminal backgrounds to help fill open positions

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — A job fair in Cedar Rapids on Saturday included employers willing to hire people with criminal backgrounds. ”They’re completely dehumanized there’s treated a second class citizens the second they are released from incarceration,” Mimi Daoud, an intern for Advocates of Social Justice, said. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed 14-year-old girl

DES MOINES, Iowa – Police made an arrest in the hit-and-run that killed an East High freshman Thursday afternoon.... Thirty-eight-year-old Terra Jean Flipping was arrested on Friday. The suspect is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Serious Injury or Death.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Here are the Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Panthers selected in the 2022 NFL Draft

Trevor Penning and Tyler Linderbaum were both first-rounders. And it took until the very last pick, but Brock Purdy found his NFL home. … 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 Shoe Store
1. Brown’s Shoe Fit Co.
2. Fit To Be Tied
3. Von Maur


Meet Nikki Kallal

Family consumer science teacher

By Jackie Wilson

Some readers might recall taking a ‘home ec’ class in high school, where you learned to set a dinner table, sew a pillowcase or cook a meal.
Today, that class has evolved and is now called Family Consumer Science. Nikki Kallal has taught the class at North Polk Middle School for the past three years. She also co-teaches at Ballard High School and is in her 19th year of teaching.

When Kallal was in high school, she took every consumer science class possible.

“I really liked the practical information, and I could always imagine myself teaching this subject,” she says.

From the April issue of Ankeny Living magazine.


After several weeks of frightful weather, we now have a gosling. I stayed in the car to get as close as I could to both minimize anxiety of the gander and make the goose think he was a bad a#* scaring off my car from the passenger side. — Photo by J. Frank

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Dwayne Johnson, David Beckham, Donatella Versace, Paul George, Christine Baranski, Pat McAfee, Ellie Kemper, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Engelbert Humperdinck, Kyle Busch, Thomas McDonell, Shaun T, Poppy Harlow, Connor Hutcherson

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

Morning Chuckle
What do you call a horse that has insomnia and keeps you awake?


What happens when you dream of someone shouting “On your mark...get set...”?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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