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Good Monday morning to you!

My friend Kirk and I were involved in a community rec sand volleyball league several years ago in Grimes. We were installing the nets one year in preparation for the season. Kirk was on a ladder, and I was pulling on the top string to give him the proper tension. Kirk yelled down to me, “Give me some pressure!” I instinctively replied, “Hurry up! Hurry up!” Kirk fell off the ladder laughing.
     I thought of this story recently, as it is a vivid reminder of two things we all need to do more of in life. The first is to minimize our exposure to things that give us undue pressure. Yes, a little pressure is good, and, no, we won’t be able to avoid it completely, but pressure creates stress, and stress is rarely good. Just ask any cardiologist.
     The second is to laugh more — not just a half-smile, but a good old belly laugh. People who laugh more feel less stress. And, again, that’s a good thing. So laugh more. Just don’t do it when you are on a ladder.
     Have a marvelous Monday, 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

Showers and thunderstorms into the afternoon Monday. Breezy and cool Tuesday. Sunny Wednesday. Then a slight rain chance on a cool Thursday.

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Traffic notes
Major changes start Monday for West First Street in Ankeny
ANKENY, Iowa — The city of Ankeny is working on storm sewer and utility improvements along West First St. During this phase of the project, which is expect to last through Fall of 2021, there will be just one lane of traffic in each direction between Ankeny Blvd. and SW Des Moines St. READ MORE FROM WOI 5...
The Score
Cardinals 3 Pirates 0
Reds 13 Cubs 12
Twins 13 Royals 4
Indians 5 White Sox 0
Iowa Wild (13-12-4-0; 30 pts.) bounced back to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Wolves (18-7-1-2; 39 pts.) Saturday night at Triphahn Center Ice Arena.
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Polk County Sheriff's Office investigates shooting at adult entertainment club

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — A man was hospitalized after he was shot in the stomach outside of a strip club Sunday morning. Lt. Ryan Evans of the Polk County Sheriff's Department's told KCCI it happened around 4:15 a.m. at Big Earl's Gold Mine on Northwest Second Street. The victim has been identified as Derrick Glenn Smith, 30, of Des Moines. Authorities said he's in critical condition. READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: ‘Iowans Love a Challenge’: Business Leader Says Iowa Needs to Overcome Slow Population Growth

Iowa’s population continues to grow but far less than the national average, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The slower growth hurts the development of the workforce, according to Iowa Business Council executive director Joe Murphy.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Between college friends and mother-to-daughter: stories of Iowans who gave life-saving kidney donations

DES MOINES, Iowa — For Katherine Drahos, it was her friend Leslie who she'd met at Iowa State. For Jeannette Haynie, it was her own mother. Both women diagnosed with kidney disease received the ultimate gift from women in their lives who stepped up during their time of need.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of

Best Local Bar Food
1. Francie’s Bar & Grill
2. El Bait Shop
3. Wellman’s


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Dreams of a lifetime:
Kubalsky publishes her first children’s book

By Darren Tromblay

Sherry Kubalsky is living proof that you can take the girl out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.
     The Ankeny resident grew up in the rural community of Greene among a myriad of gravel roads, pickup trucks and Holstein cattle.
     But Kubalsky, unlike her surroundings, was anything but typical. The now-retired hospice social worker with a master’s degree always had that “thing” about her. She’s an explorer.
“I thought that, when I retired some day, I’d like to write children’s books,” she says, "and take drum lessons. So now I’m doing both.”
At 68.


Things To Do

Monday, May 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (first Monday of the month)
Virtual Writer's Workshop
At: Zoom for the Des Moines Public Library
Info: Writers share writing samples and receive feedback from others in the group. If you would like to share your writing with the group, visit www.dmpl.org/events for details.
     *Note: This program has limited space and requires registration. After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link and password to the Zoom meeting.
     **In July and September the workshop will meet the second Monday of the month since the Library is closed on the first Monday for a holiday.



March 1933.  Iowa State Legislature.  "Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the Eastern Goldfinch, Spinus tristis tristis, is hereby designated and shall hereafter be officially known as the state bird of Iowa.” — Photo by Paul Houston of West Des Moines

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Eric Church, Christina Hendricks, Frankie Valli, Bobby Cannavale, Cheryl Burke, Greg Gumbel, Christopher Cross, Bing Crosby, Sugar Ray Robinson, James Brown

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Poll of the Week

What’s your guess? Will we need to get COVID-19 booster shots in the next year, too?


Have you ever played Pickleball?

Yes - 24 %
No - 76%

Morning Chuckle
What do both cakes and baseball teams need?
You got it Lori Bluml and Judy Anderson!

Judy Anderson sent this fun riddle!
What did Luke Skywalker say to the tree on Arbor Day?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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