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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

The front porch is about as Americana as anything. It defines a more peaceful time when family gathered and friends joined in for conversation in an early evening or a Sunday afternoon. “The Waltons” may come to mind. (Follow the link, and you will smile… I promise.)

Lemonade was sipped, and apple pie was served. A game of checkers might have even been played. Not many of the world’s problems were solved on these porches, if they were even talked about at all.

Maybe those are days gone by. Maybe they never existed. Maybe they are visions from commercials I remember as a youth. Regardless, I miss the front porch. And, truth be told, I never lived in a home that had one. By the 1970s and 1980s, homeowners opted for more privacy and started building decks in their back yards. We had what kind of resembled a porch at our house in Nebraska, but it was more decorative than useful. I don’t think we ever sat there. So how do you miss something you never had?

Tracy Lawrence had a hit country song in 1995 called “If The World Had A Front Porch.” You don’t have to like country music or have grown up on a gravel road to appreciate this song and the memories it invokes. Part of the chorus includes: “If the world had a front porch, like we did back then. We’d still have our problems, but we’d all be friends.” 

He may be right. Everyone on the front porch in the TV commercials looked happy. I am fairly certain that every Country Time Lemonade commercial featured a home with a beautiful front porch as part of their nostalgic efforts to remember the “old fashioned” days.

When I was in college, my friend Mark and I repaired and painted a front porch on an old country home. When we first looked at it, we asked each other why anyone would put any money into this old dump. The we replaced some boards. Added some new railings. And painted it all. By the end, that old dump was a beautiful front porch that the family was able to use once again. Our repairs made the homeowner smile, and we did, too.

Do you have a front porch on your home? Or did you have one growing up? What memories do you have from those times? Send 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



Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It’ll be a breezy and cooler one today. Highs in the upper-50s to near 60 and dry conditions will stick with us into the weekend.

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

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FROM KCCI: Des Moines City Council votes to temporarily suspend bar’s liquor license after raunchy performance

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FROM WHO-TV: Hoover football takes high road amid alleged racism in western Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Hoover Huskies head football coach Theo Evans says a road game defeat to Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson High School quickly turned dangerous and divisive for his student-athletes during the handshake line. “It was a shock for me,” said Evans who graduated from Hoover in 2011. He added, “Kind of a punch in the face hearing it said to my guys.” ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Von Maur opening soon at Jordan Creek Town Center

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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!

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Meet Cody Nelson

Enjoys teaching hands-on skills.

By T.K. West

Born and raised in northeast Iowa, Cody Nelson attended North Butler High School where he took every shop class offered. This sparked his passion for industrial technology classes. After high school, he attended Upper Iowa University where he earned a teaching degree and competed for the Peacock wrestling team. He then taught a few years at West Central Valley in Stuart before joining the Winterset Community School District.

“I love teaching industrial tech classes because it shows students a different way of thinking and problem solving. I also love seeing the different projects students can come up with,” Nelson says.

... Read More In the October issue of Winterset  Living magazine.

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Happy Birthday Michael Gartner!

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the skeleton start a fight with another skeleton?
HE HAD A BONE TO PICK! Mike Chiston and several other of my co-workers, Rex Post, Peri Van Tassel, Rich Hoidahl, John Zeitler, Kris Laurson, Gail Tomlinson
Today's Riddle
What did one ghost say to the other ghost?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 
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