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Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

I read a bumper sticker recently that said, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” I read it a few times while at a stoplight, and then I spent the rest of my drive to work thinking about it. It’s a tough question.

I remember the first time I rode a bicycle. The first time I swam in the 10-foot section of the pool. The first movie I went to. The first time I kissed a girl. The list goes on. But when was the last time I did something for the first time? Hmmm.

To help tackle this question, I decided to look at it another way, with another question. What things have I not done that I would like to do?

When I was more athletically inspired in my twenties, I had some physical goals like running a marathon, getting strong enough to bench press 300 pounds, earning a black belt in taekwondo, and riding the full RAGBRAI route. Most of those went by the wayside and are not too desirable today. The goals now are less measurable but are even more important: eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising consistently, relaxing, reducing stress, sleeping more, and telling the people who are important to me that I love them.

Meanwhile, there are some specific things I want to do, like traveling with my wife to Ireland… and Hawaii. Like learning how to play a guitar. Like seeing our kids, who now live in other states, more. Like riding my motorcycle more often. Like reading for fun.

And there are some things I would like to do less of, like watching TV. Like spending time on my cell phone. Like working excessive hours. Like eating less junk food.

How about you? When was the last time you did something for the first time? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances will diminish as we head into the day today. We’ll be in the 80’ this week, with the next precipitation chance coming Thursday night into Friday. We’ll see a lesser chance on Saturday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Iowa chef back home after feeding thousands of people in flood-ravaged Kentucky

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — Willie Ray Fairley, the owner of Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids, and his crew are back in town after spending six days in Kentucky providing meals to people recovering from historic flooding, KCRG reports. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Police: Dad drank 12 Twisted Teas before driving with 4-year-old daughter in car

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines father was arrested Sunday night after police said they found him at an intersection passed out at the wheel of a vehicle, with his four-year-old daughter sitting beside him. Jose Javier Flores, 32, is now charged with operating while intoxicated and child endangerment. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: How will the new CDC COVID-19 guidelines affect Iowa schools?

DES MOINES, Iowa — Around a week out from the first day of school for many central Iowa schools, parents and students alike might be wondering about COVID-19 guidelines in the classroom. ....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 Flower Shop
1. Boesen the Florist
2. Wildflower
3. Plaza Florist & Gifts


Meet Jason Lihs

Hobby farm becomes fodder for lessons.

By T.K. West

After graduating from the Waukee Community School District in 2000, Jason Lihs attended Central College where he majored in elementary education with an emphasis in special education. He then taught in Marshalltown before joining the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District as a fifth-grade educator at Anderson Elementary School. This upcoming school year, Lihs’ fifth-grade classroom will transition to the Bondurant Intermediate School.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenges, opportunities, and building a new culture and climate with the students, staff and administrators. I think we have a unique endeavor ahead of us as we build relationships and strive for excellence in the intermediate building,” Lihs says.

... Read More In the July issue of Bondurant Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Shane Goodman!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Madonna, Steve Carell, James Cameron, Cameron Monaghan, Angela Bassett, Cam Gigandet, Rumer Willis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Julie Newmar

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call two octopuses that look the same?
ITENTICAL! Rich Hoidahl, Beckham Miller, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson
OR PETE AND REPETE! William Snyder

Today's Riddle

What do aliens on the metric system say? 

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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