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Friday, May 13, 2022
Good Friday Morning to You!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag, where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Two ways to look at modern day packaging (Tough to Open, May 2, 2022). It keeps getting more complex to keep the product safe, which I am in favor of. But, like you, those seals after you get the lid off, OH MY! Solved that, so far, with a small pair of pliers expressly for the kitchen and discovered more uses for the pliers than just seals.” - Diane

A pliers dedicated to the kitchen? I am doing that when I get home! – Shane

“Dear Shane, I enjoy reading your articles. ‘Anyone  have a Band-aid’ speaks of situations that I have experienced. (Tough to Open, May 2, 2022). Thanks for being open and sharing your experiences. Keep writing.” – Bonnie

We all have more in common than some of us want to admit. Thanks, Bonnie. – Shane

“Shane, I enjoyed your article. (Patience, May 3, 2022). Getting angry and yelling at someone will not solve the problem. I have learned to reserve judgement until I have all of the facts ... and to be patient. I agree that social media has really torn at the civility of our society. People hiding behind their keyboard and using it as a bully pulpit need to realize that they are not making the situation better.” - Boyd

How true. Meanwhile, Internet Hercules isn’t going away anytime soon. – Shane

“Hey, Shane! Nice column today (Patience, May 3, 2022). It’s so easy to criticize and be rash, but a mentor told me long ago we have two choices in life: to contribute or criticize, and you get to choose what you want to be known for.” - Melissa 

You are right. “Loved to criticize” wouldn’t look good on a tombstone. – Shane

“I enjoy reading your musings. And I totally agree with you about the message forgiving student debt sends (Student loans, May 10, 2022). If ever we can begin to break a cultural cycle of entitlement, repayment of student debt is a great place to start.” - Carolyn

I don’t know about entitlements, but I do feel that we should all expect to repay our own debts. Period. Call me old fashioned. – 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

We'll see morning rain chances today, then the possibility of more late afternoon and evening... most of this looks to fall east of Des Moines. We'll see cooling today into the weekend. Saturday looks dry, then we have a chance for mainly morning rain on Sunday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Children's mental health is a growing concern

Children's mental health is being called a crisis and a national emergency. Now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is pushing to have all children aged 8 and older screened for anxiety. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Massive sports complex breaks ground in Norwalk

NORWALK, Iowa – A groundbreaking ceremony for the new multimillion-dollar city center in Norwalk is being held Thursday. The Norwalk Central development will be anchored by a more than 20-acre indoor/outdoor sports and recreation campus but also include retail and other recreational opportunities. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV


FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Fire departments across the metro stuck waiting for new trucks and ambulances

The Ankeny Fire Department said new ambulances would usually take about nine months to get delivered. Now, it's taking three times as long. … 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 Gift Shop
1. Bing’s
2. Tandem Brick Gallery
3. give.


Montana Tracy-Mitchell takes to the mat

SBy Marsha Fisher

Being the first to push the boundaries of expectations isn’t easy, but with determination and hard work, it is rewarding when you succeed. As a seventh-grade girl who signed up to wrestle with an all-boys team, Montana Tracy-Mitchell was striking out on her own that day last fall in ADM’s Middle School lunchroom.

“I saw the sign-up sheet, and I thought about it for about five minutes,” says Montana. “I decided I wanted to try it and make my dad proud.” Montana’s father, Brody Mitchell, was a state wrestler during his junior and senior year at ADM High School. “When I got home and told him, at first he didn’t believe me and then I convinced him. My mom, Tamara, was a little hesitant about it. They both warned me about what I was getting myself into, the hard work at practice, being a girl in a ‘boys’ sport, but nothing was going to stop me.”


From the May issue of Adel  Living magazine.

MLB, May 12: Orioles 3 Cardinals 2, Yankees 15 White Sox 7 ... MORE
IOWA CUBS, May 12: Iowa Cubs 5 Omaha 0
NHL, May 12: Oilers 4 Kings 2; Blues 5 Wild 1; Lightning 4 Maple Leafs 3; Bruins 5 Hurricanes 2
NBA: Mavericks 113 Suns 86; Heat 99 76ers 90.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Robert Pattinson, Stevie Wonder, Debby Ryan, Stephen Colbert, Candice King, Lena Dunham, Harvey Keitel

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

Morning Chuckle
Why did Elvis’ hound dog get moved down a grade?


What happened to the pet mouse named Elvis?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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