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Friday, May 6, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter.

“A good pair of scissors from the Cutco knife people became a staple in our kitchen and a second pair in my tool box for all the reasons you outlined (Tough to Open, May 2, 2022).” - Chuck

Good point, Chuck, except for the plastic wrap in the kitchen. I would simply end up with a scissors wrapped in plastic. - Shane

“Nice Lone Ranger outfit (Masks, April 28, 2022)! Do you have a wardrobe department? Or do you own all these outfits?” - Richard

It’s all about the accessories. - Shane

“I suffered from reference-envy at a young age (Encyclopedias, April 26, 2022). My more well-heeled classmate-neighbors did their research at home using their World Book or Britannica volumes. The less fortunate toiled along with Collier’s — the American Motors of the Big 3 encyclopedia publishers. So, at the age of 11, I took it upon myself to raise my family’s community standing and future prospects by entering into an agreement to purchase a set of World Books using my paper route profits. Receiving one volume each month meant that I had time between deliveries to read and absorb much of what was between the covers before the next delivery, preparing me for a life-long winning streak at Trivial Pursuit. I have never regretted parting with that $20 each month.” - Bruce

Who knew reference envy was a thing? Thanks, Bruce. - Shane

“After reading today’s BGU post (Encyclopedias, April 26, 2022), I would like to offer another option for encyclopedias. If you are the type of person who still enjoys having resources in paper form and close at hand, you can find some sets at used book stores. Yes, they are usually a little older and used, but they are available.” - Tracy

Older and used. Sounds more and more like me. Thanks, Tracy. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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

Light precipitation should come to an end this morning, eventually leaving us with a nice afternoon and evening. Saturday looks warm and dry, and, at this point, rain looks to fall during the middle of Mother's Day but not during the early and later parts of the day. Next week will be WARMER!

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

Things To Do

May 6-7, Temple Theater, 1011 Locust Street | Des Moines

Enjoy this a re-creation of the iconic 1983 reunion concert featuring award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers.


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FROM KCCI: Iowan returning to Earth from International Space Station

Earth — An Iowan is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station. Raja Chari is an Iowa native and an astronaut. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Madison County first responders honored two months after tornado

WINTERSET, Iowa — March’s deadly EF-4 tornado left a lasting emotional scar in Madison County. On Thursday, the county paid tribute to the people who helped heal right after the tornado touched down. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Redfield man is 1st US Capitol rioter to plead guilty in brutal attack on DC Police Officer Mike Fanone

Kyle Young, of Redfield, Iowa, told a judge he grabbed Fanone's wrist and wrenched his arm away from his body during the assault. … 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 Maternity Care or Birthing Center
1. MercyOne
2. Iowa Methodist Medical Center
3. Broadlawns


A welcoming home

By Lindsey Giardino

For many reasons, Denise Perez says she loves where she lives.

For one, the Grimes home where she and her daughter have lived since 2012 is close to Lions Park and ample outdoor space.

“The huge — to me — backyard was a big selling point,” Perez says. “I’ve had a veggie garden, above-ground pool, and now a bird-feeding area.”

Over the pandemic, Perez planted wildflowers along the side of her house, and the colors were beautiful. During late spring through fall, she and her daughter enjoy sitting on the back patio and watching the birds at the feeder and laughing at the squirrels trying to get into it.


From the April issue of Grimes Living magazine.

MLIB. May 5:  Cardinals 7  Giants 1; Orioles 5 Twins 3; Brewers 10 Reds 5 ... MORE
IOWA CUBS. May 5: St. Paul 6 Iowa Cubs 3
May 5: Stars 2 Flames 0; Avalanche 2 Predators 1; Panthers 5 Capitals 1; Rangers 5 Penguins 2.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy 61st Birthday Alan McNeese! One more year to retirement!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: George Clooney, Chris Paul, Tony Blair; Naomi Scott, Adrianne Palicki; Meek Mill; Emily Alyn Lind; Bob Seger; Gabourey Sidibe; Willie Mays; Jason Witten

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

Morning Chuckle
How do baseball players keep in touch?
THEY TOUCH BASE OFTEN: Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson
WITH LINE DRIVES: William Snyder
THEY BAT AROUND:  Sherrie Colbert and Marquette Harper


How do you get down from an elephant?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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