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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

In between the sweats and chills I am dealing with from COVID, I decided to stream “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” I was pleasantly surprised and impacted by this film.

The movie depicts Fred Rogers, but to my surprise, Mister Rogers isn’t the main character. Instead, this 2019 film is about Lloyd Vogel, an investigative journalist for Esquire magazine who is assigned to write a 400-word piece on Rogers. Vogel was insulted by the assignment but reluctantly did as he was told. The film prodded into the troubles of Vogel’s life through subtle questions from Rogers, resulting in lessons about relationships, love, forgiveness and death.

The story is based on the life of Tom Junod, who wrote for Esquire and other magazines. He wrote critical pieces on high-profile celebrities like R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and actor Kevin Spacey. These mean-spirited stories stalled Junod’s career, until the assignment on Fred Rogers, which ended up as a 10,000-word feature that changed his perspective on life.

Back to the movie, Lloyd Vogel was Hell-bent on destroying Fred Rogers, and Rogers was equally determined to help this troubled man. I was likely attracted to the movie because of my recent experiences with family issues, death and illness. The journalist angle also hit home.

The message in the movie reminded me of these comments from Michael Gartner: “When I was in college, the basketball coach had lost a job at a Big Ten university because a reporter had written something about him that he alleged wasn’t true. He used to walk across campus with me, and he’d say, ‘Just remember this. It’s OK to write bad things about people, but put it in your drawer and let it sit there overnight before you put it in your newspaper. If the next morning you still want to put it in your newspaper, go ahead and do it.’ I always thought that was pretty good advice. Whether it’s a cheap shot or an investigative piece, think about it for a day.”

In my early years with CITYVIEW, we published mean-spirited features and columns like our annual “Get Out Of Town” issue and our “Jackass of the Week.” Looking back, they were arrogant, condescending and immature. In recent years, I have found more satisfaction in building people up rather than tearing them down. We still call out criminals and hold people accountable for their actions, but we take Mr. Gartner’s advice and sleep on it first.

“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has or ever will have — something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” – Fred Rogers

Now, go watch the film, have a beautiful Thursday, and thank you for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be sunny and hot again today with a high near 90. Rain chances follow, mainly during the morning hours on both Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday look cooler with highs around 80.

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

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FROM KCCI: Polk County employee found in possession of almost 200 marijuana plants, court documents say

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Polk County Public Works employee is facing drug charges after police found her in possession of almost 200 marijuana plants.vGail Stevenson, 57, of Des Moines, is charged with three counts of controlled substance violation and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, according to court documents....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Hall of Pride closing at the end of June

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s showcase of local sports history will soon shut its doors for good and move online only. The Iowa Hall of Pride, which is located within the Iowa Events Center, is closing on June 30, the Iowa High School Athletics Association announced Wednesday. Instead, it will move elements of the museum such as interviews to a new website called “Achieve.” ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'Wave on Wave' no more: Kid Captains will now choose songs for Hawkeye Wave

Each week, Kid Captains with the Stead Family Children's Hospital will choose a new song to accompany the Hawkeye Wave...… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Computer Repair Shop
1. Little Dog Tech
2. Dymin Systems
3. iTech Gurus


The Tree Guy

Morse leads The Polk City Arbor League

By Darren Tromblay

Around Polk City, Ken Morse is known as “The Polk City Tree Guy.”

Morse, along with fellow residents Phil Jensen and a few other volunteers, have devoted years of service in coordinating the planting and maintaining of hundreds of trees within Polk City. So many, in fact, that Morse founded The Polk City Arbor League in 1988. Thanks to those efforts, the City has received the Tree City USA Award for 28 years.

Morse, who has lived in Polk City for 45 years, says The Mission Statement of The Polk City Arbor League is “to promote and enhance the tree canopy in Polk City by planting trees in city parks and taking care of their long-term maintenance, thereby providing beautification, wildlife habitat and shade to future generations of children that we will never meet.”


From the June issue of North Polk Living magazine.

MLB, June 22: Blue Jays 9  White Sox 5, Cubs 14 Pirates 5, Guardians 11 Twins 10, Cardinals 5 Brewers 4, Angels 5 Royals 0   ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs June 22: Iowa Cubs 5 Lousiville 4
NHL June 22: Avalanche 3 Lightning 2
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Clarence Thomas, Selma Blair, Melissa Rauch, Joel Edgerton, Frances McDormand, Randy Jackson, Jason Mraz, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Glenn Danzig, Corey Holcomb, LaDainian Tomlinson

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get if you cross a yellow phone with a dog?
A GOLDEN RECEIVER! Way to go Russ Cerniglia, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson, Mike Chiston, John Zeitler, Rex Post, William Snyder,


What’s the difference between a dog and a marine biologist?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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