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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Ever wonder if you are a good neighbor? Sure, you keep your lawn mowed. You don’t let your dog bark continually. And you paint your house as needed. Those things all help, but what do your neighbors truly think of you? If you really want to know, ask the neighbor kid. Think I am wrong? Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

Think back of your younger years and the time you spent outside. You were likely more conscious of the neighborhood surroundings than most adults. As such, you had a solid grasp on the temperament of the folks living near you. Which of those childhood neighbors did you really like? And which ones did you avoid? I am betting you didn’t have to think long before images of certain people came to mind.

I remember the neighbor who taught me how to fly a kite. And I remember the one who threw my bicycle in the street because I had it in his driveway when he came home from work.

I remember the neighbor who came across the street to help me down from a tree that I was too scared to jump down from. And I remember the neighbors who never answered their door on Beggars’ Night.

I remember the neighbor who taught me how to throw a perfect football spiral. And I remember the one who told us to shut up when my friends and I were playing kick the can in the early evenings.

I was reminded of all this today when I saw a neighbor boy while getting in my truck to go to work this morning. He made eye contact with me briefly and then looked away. I yelled out, “Good morning, neighbor!” He looked directly at me and then cracked something that was beginning to resemble a smile. I doubt that this brief conversation changed his day, but who knows? That small gesture may have been just what he needed. And even if it wasn’t, it made me smile.

Robert Frost once said that good fences make good neighbors. He may have been right, but I prefer this quote from Bruce Lee: “If every man would help his neighbor, no man would be without help.”

How will your neighborhood kids remember you?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Shower chances will be around on a cooler day today. Thursday will be breezy and cooler still. We'll be in the 50s Friday, with frost possible Saturday morning.

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

Food Dude

Lobster mania: Brooks Reynolds and Cory and Carey Hanson have announced the first annual Iowa Landlocked Lobster Festival. It will be Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at JR's South Pork Ranch on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. General admission will be $75 and includes seven courses of lobster dishes. VIP tickets are $125 and also include booze and a whole Maine lobster. All lobsters are flown fresh from Maine. Reynolds was the third guy to host a Bacon Festival in Iowa and the only person to make it successful, let alone wildly so. Landlocked Iowa is likely a new destination for lobster mania.  — Jim Duncan

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

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‘Meet Drew Fielder

Connecting with kids key to a good start to the school year

By T.K. West

After graduating from Webster City High School, Drew Fielder continued his education at DMACC where he also played on the golf team for the Bears. He then transferred to Iowa State University to study elementary education. Now, after working as a long-term sub for the Norwalk Community School District, Fielder joins Lakewood Elementary as a fourth grade math and science educator.

“I think what I have liked best about working in the Norwalk School District is how awesome the kids are as well as how helpful and inviting the staff was and continues to be. From my first day, the whole staff at Lakewood was extremely helpful with any questions I had. It really made me feel like I belonged at Lakewood and was a part of the Norwalk School District,” Fielder says.

... Read More In the September issue of NORWALK Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Bob Geldof, Jesse Eisenberg, Jacob Tremblay, Gerardo Ortiz, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Johnson, Karen Allen, Grant Hill, Sophie Favie

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why was the squirrel in trouble for chewing the furniture?
HE WAS BEING GNAWTY! Coming up with the GNAWTY angle: Shane Goodman, Gail Tomlinson
Other answers submitted by Diane Doro, William Snyder
Today's Riddle
Why do eagles go to church?
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