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Monday, Oct. 3, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

We are officially in the fall season, and you know what that means — flies! In fact, I am convinced that FALL stands for FLIES ARE LIVING LARGE.

Some people associate flies with summer, and I can deal with them during those months. It’s when the weather turns cold that these flying pests start seeking warmth, and that means my house, my office and my car. And by this time of year, they are linebacker-sized, too.

My dad would often state his feelings about flies. He took incredible satisfaction in squashing them. “He won’t do that again,” he would state after introducing each one to his flyswatter.

Dad also had a nice, yet roundabout, way of reminding us kids about his dislike for flies. “Close the door,” he would tell us. “You are letting all the flies out.”

I wish it actually worked that way, especially in my car. I have a family of 12 flies residing in there right now, and they seem to like to land on my face while I am driving. Despite my best efforts to shoo them out the windows, they just zig-zag around my windshield.

Clearly the brains of flies aren’t very large, but they must have an incredible sense of surrounding. Despite how much I try to swat them away with my hands, they keep coming back — until, of course, I have a flyswatter in my hand. Then they are nowhere to be found. I was baffled by this until I read that a fly can live for two days without its head.

If you actually like flies, you may want to skip this paragraph. When we were kids, my friend Ian showed me how he would catch flies and put them in the microwave. We would patiently watch what would happen as they would buzz around inside the humming appliance for 30 seconds. Needless to say, it didn’t end well for the fly. It also didn’t end well for Ian once his mother found out he was doing this. If there is any solace in this story, it is that the life span of a house fly is only four weeks. Ian was just speeding things along.

Have you tried one of those battery-operated, hand-held flyswatters? I love gadgets as much as anyone, but I have yet to buy one of these things. But, who knows, Christmas is just around the corner. Unfortunately — or fortunately — the flies will either be dead or be hibernating by then. Regardless, the flies are certainly slower right now, and, as such, they become easier prey.

At least for some people.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


MLB Oct. 2: Tigers 5 Twins 2, Guardians 7 Royals 5, Marlins 4 Brewers 3, Pirates 7 Cardinals 5, Cubs 8 Reds 1, White Sox 2 Padres 1 ... MORE SCORES

NFL: Chiefs 41 Buccaneers 31, Packers 27 Patriots 24, Cardinals 26, Panthers 16, Vikings 28 Saints 25   ... MORE SCORES


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our great weather continues today and tomorrow before a chance of rain arrives. We'll see a few Wednesday showers as a cold front begins to move across the state. Thursday will be breezy and cooler, and we could see patchy frost on Friday morning.

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

Jolene Goodman took this photo of a recent sunrise with an unobstructed countryside view.
Email your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com
From the Food Dude

Giorgia Meloni's upset win to become Italy's first female Prime Minister this week is being called a victory for local food. Meloni supports Ukraine and the self reliance on food and energy that will require in the near future. Yet the 45-year-old became Italy's first conservative leader in 100 years.

— Jim Duncan

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FROM KCCI: Two people transported to hospital after car crashes into house on Douglas Avenue

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police say two people have been transported to the hospital with serious injuries after two cars were involved in a crash. One of those cars crashed into a house on Douglas Avenue. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Man arrested after allegedly pulling gun out as police approached him on Court Avenue

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man police say pulled out a gun as they approached him on Court Avenue early Sunday morning has been arrested. Officers on foot patrol in the Court Avenue entertainment district were responding after hearing gunfire just after 2:00 a.m., said Sgt. Paul Parizek. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Deaf, hard of hearing individuals may face barriers at the polls

Prepared poll workers can help make voting a positive experience for deaf and hard of hearing voters, said an expert from the Harkin Institute. ...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 Annual Event
1. Iowa State Fair
2. Des Moines Arts Festival
3. World Food & Music Festival



Meet Lauren Baker

Providing much needed emotional support to students.

By Jackie Wilson

For Lauren Baker, no two work days are the same, which is one reason why she like her job.

Baker joined Valley Southwoods in 2009 as a behavior interventionist; she refers to herself as a “social worker.”

As an admitted “people person,” she was concerned with helping friends. She obtained a psychology degree so she could do a variety of jobs and not be “confined to a little box.”

Eventually, she realized working in a school setting was ideal.

“I love the schools. I’ve never left the school and I don’t think I ever will,” she reflects.
In her role, she helps in various capacities, providing support to students. Baker first identifies potential barriers to being a successful student, including barriers from home, the community or the school.

... Read More In the September issue of JORDAN CREEK Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jake Lewton!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Gwen Stefani, Tessa Thompson, Alicia Vikander, Lena Headey, A$AP Rocky, Neve Campbell, Seann William Scott, Clive Owen, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Aramis Knight, Al Sharpton, Shannyn Sossamon

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
How did the computer hackers get away from the scene of crime?
Sending answers were Ron German, Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl
Today's Riddle
Why do dragons sleep during the day?:'
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