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Friday, July 1, 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.

“I haven't carried coins in years (Pocket change, June 20, 2022). If I come home with coins, I throw them in a cup. When the cup is full, I donate them to a charity. I’m old enough to remember buying penny candy, taking it to junior high and selling it two or three for a nickel. In a few cases, I remember buying for a nickel and selling for a dime. Thanks for the memory!” – Chuck

Chuck, I have a feeling you were a master at “heads I win; tails you lose.” - Shane

“Hi, Shane. My parents had red shag carpet in their bedroom in the early 1970s with a white fur bedspread (Stories of Mom, June 21, 2022). It's a trauma I'm still trying to get past.” – Lee

I would guess that your silk shirt and bell bottoms of the day matched it quite well. Thanks for the vision, Lee. - Shane

“In the 1970s and early 1980s, we had red shag carpet in our family room, which for some reason was called the recreation or rec room (Stories of Mom, June 21, 2022). We also had a carpet rake to keep it looking fresh. LOL.” – Hoffman

You had to have something to rake that spilled fondue cheese up with. - Shane

“Your comment about SLICE reminded me about that drink (Sliced Bread, June 22, 2022). Then while taking my wife shopping for ‘treasures’ in Okoboji last week, I saw a Teem sign and thought about Slice. Made me hanker for an RC and a Grape Crush.” – Brad

All of those certainly tasted better than Tab. And, just remember, A&W Root Beer’s got that frosty mug taste. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your ‘perspective.’ Today's hit home as the Great Depression was a part of life for my parents and grandparents (Perspective, June 27, 2022). They did not waste anything. They saved to buy a big purchase and didn't abuse credit cards. They were experts at recycling before they knew it had a name. Perspective at its best is parking next to a brand new full-size truck with all the perks at the gas station on an absolutely beautiful day, in a country of freedoms, with well-paying jobs galore, having recently survived a devastating pandemic. And the topic of the day — you guessed it — high gas prices! How quickly we've forgotten the gratitude we felt when we started to emerge from the dark days of the last two years of incredible loss of life, illness, hardship, loss of jobs and businesses, and survival for the lucky. Keep those columns coming!” - Sue

We all need a dose of reality from time to time. Thank you for reminding us of that, Sue. – 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

Slight rain chances come our way early Friday and again Saturday afternoon. It appears we could see a better rain chance in the Des Moines metro area Sunday morning, and more widespread rain could come on Monday. Temperatures will be in the 80s through Sunday and warm to the 90s Monday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Here are all of Iowa’s new laws starting July 1

Iowa’s 2022 legislative session was packed full of alterations and expansions to state law. From bottle returns to gun legislation, we at KCCI have broken down some of the most important decisions made.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 1000 dead pigs found at Sac County hog confinement sites

SAC COUNTY, Iowa — An employee for two hog confinement sites was arrested for livestock neglect after law enforcement discovered over 1000 dead pigs between the sites on Thursday.,.READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Parades, concerts and fireworks: How and where to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Des Moines metro

Check out fireworks shows and other Independence Day events to make the most of your holiday weekend..… 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 Place for Non-Surgical Cosmetic Treatment
1. Coachlight Clinic & Spa
2. Heartland Plastic Surgery
3. Koch Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa


Julie Davidson sent this photo of her 4-year-old twin granddaughters, Afton Johnson on the left and Aspen Johnson on the right, selling lemonade on a hot day. Their parents are Abby and Jake Johnson.

Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


Meet Fran Beavers

Fran Beavers is an instructional coach at Maple Grove Elementary School in Waukee.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
“I didn't grow up wanting to be a teacher. As a kid growing up, I thought that I needed to have really good handwriting to be a teacher, and mine was never particularly neat (it still isn't). I spent a couple of years in college wondering what I might want to do, and I reflected back on some of my happiest memories — and some really important teachers who helped shape who I was — and I realized how much of an incredible difference amazing teachers can make on their students' lives.”

From the June issue of Waukee  Living magazine.

MLB, June 30: Cubs 15 Reds 7, Pirates 8 Brewers 7, Guardians 5 Twins 3 ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, June 30: Columbus 12 Iowa Cubs 6
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to JORDAN HUXFORD today and to VERNE HEITHOFF on July 2!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Pamela Anderson, Liv Tyler, Dan Aykroyd, Claire Forlani, Debbie Harry, Hilarie Burton, Missy Elliott, Hannah Murray, Raini Rodriguez, Carl Lewis

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How did the Archaeopteryx manage to get the most amount of worms for breakfast? 
THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM! Peri Van Tassel provides the information: Archaeopteryx , sometimes referred to by its German name, "Urvogel" (lit. 'original bird' or 'first bird'), is a genus of bird-like dinosaurs.  Getting the answer were: Judy Anderson, Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl, William Snyder, Mike Chiston, Peri Van Tassel.


Who are the two guys above a window?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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