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Good Monday morning to you!

It’s graduation season, and I look forward to the receptions and parties that are held in honor of those who are leaving the halls of their high schools and entering the “real world.” Most all of us received guidance as we graduated, and, more than likely, we don’t remember any of it. Even so, I am going to give it a shot and offer five pieces of advice for graduating seniors.
     1. Learn how to cook 10 things. I don’t like to use the word “hate,” but I really hate cooking. Anything. Just ask my wife or kids. I was spoiled as a child by a mother who had food on the table for every meal. That doesn’t happen in the real world. Learn how to cook.
     2. Create a habit of going to bed early. I was a night owl for much of my youth, and those habits were hard to break. I eventually learned how much more I can get done when I go to bed early and get up early. Set your alarm clock (or your phone) and get out of bed.
     3. Develop healthy hobbies. I like to work. Maybe too much. As such, I have not developed many hobbies. The things I like to do are tough on my body now (wrestling, weights, running). Work hard and then learn to step away from work and do things that make your body — and your mind — feel good.
     4. Start saving money now. It’s never too early to put away money for the future. Too many people spend every dollar in their pocket and have nothing to show for it. Don't fall into that trap. Have financial goals and start saving as much as you can right now.
     5. Tell the truth. You will meet plenty of liars and cheats in this world, and you will remember them as liars and cheats. You don’t want to be remembered as a liar or a cheat. Regardless of what you have done in the past, you can start telling the truth now. It’s easier than keeping a whole bunch of lies straight. Tell the truth.
     Well, that’s a good start. Feel free to pass this advice along to any graduate you may know and send me a note with any other words of wisdom you may have.
     Make it a marvelous Monday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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

The Scene

Harbinger reopened the day Joe Biden had his first press conference without a mask. Owner chef Joe Tripp is the only Iowan to be a James Beard Awards semifinalist in the last five years and he has been so three times in that period. Tripp is also closing in on a collaboration with Simon Goheen (Cityview readers' "best restaurant period" winner for Simon's) at 66th and University in Windsor Heights. Simon will serve breakfast and Joe will serve dinner. Dumpsters are gone from the site and openings are expected soon. — Jim Duncan, CITYVIEW's Food Dude

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances are ahead to at least some extent every day of the upcoming week. At this point, it appears there could be a break late Tuesday into early Wednesday. Beyond that, timing of the rain is difficult to pin down. Temperatures warm into the weekend.

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

The Score
Iowa Cubs: Eight-Run Ninth Inning Propels Iowa to Victory, Iowa 8 St. Paul 3.
MLB: Cubs 5 Tigers 1; White Sox 4 Royals 3; Padres 5 Cardinals 3. READ MORE
THE WILD: Iowa Wild (17-13-4-0, 38 pts.) fell to the Texas Stars (17-18-3-0, 37 pts.) in the season finale Saturday by a final score of 3-2 in front of a season-high 4,460 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. 
IOWA BARNSTORMERS: Barnstormers Prevail Over Storm in Season Opener Saturday, 56-36. READ MORE
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines School Board votes not to extend superintendent's current contract

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines School Board voted not to extend Superintendent Tom Ahart's contract past its scheduled end date. The current contract has two years left on it, ending in 2023. The Des Moines School Board voted in a closed session meeting on Thursday not to raise Ahart's pay in the upcoming school year. Ahart currently makes more than $306,000 per year. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Fiery Train Derailment Prompts Evacuation of Small Iowa Town

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Thick black smoke billowed into the air Sunday after a train derailed in northwest Iowa, prompting authorities to evacuate part of a small, nearby town. The fiery derailment happened around 2 p.m. Sunday on the southwest edge of Sibley, which is a town of about 3,000 people roughly 200 miles northwest of Des Moines. There were no immediate reports of injuries related to the derailment.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Everything you need to know in Mollie Tibbetts case ahead of Cristhian Bahena Rivera's trial

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Jury selection begins Monday in the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the man accused of murdering 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. Following two days of jury selection in Davenport, the trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday at the Scott County Courthouse. ... 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 Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Foundation Repair Company
1. Midwest Foundation Repair
2. B.A.M.! Basements & Masons
3. Anchored Walls


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Meet Susan Vernon: English teacher helps dissect media

By Jackie Wilson

In today’s world, people are bombarded with information on their phones, televisions and computers. With so much media swirling about, how do adults and students sort out what’s true or false — or somewhere in between?
     That’s where Susan Vernon, an English teacher at North Polk High School, comes in. It’s one of her jobs to help kids become literate.
     “My most important job is helping kids to be discerning consumers of media. We see images and information, then sift through that and creatively think, is it fact or fiction,” she says.


Things To Do
Monday, May 17
At: 3200 Adventureland Drive, just off I-80 (Exit 142A) in Altoona
Info: Scream your head off while riding The Monster, Tornado, Outlaw, or enjoy a more leisurely pace on the Galleon, Raging River, Lady Luck and other attractions. Central Iowa’s favorite thrill park, Adventureland, is open for the summer season. For more information, visit www.adventurelandresort.com.
NOTE: Adventure Bay (the water park at Adventureland) opens Friday, May 28 for season pass holders only, and Saturday, May 29 for the general public. The park’s new roller coaster, Dragon Slayer, is an S&S 4D free-spin steel coaster with side-mounted seats that freely rotate, and it is scheduled to begin running in June.

Sharing the view from Lake Darling last week.  — Photo by Pat Checketts

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Birthdays and Notables!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Don & Peggy Skinner celebrate their 51st wedding anniversary on today. Due to Covid, they celebrated their 50th anniversary via Zoom.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Traci Crabb celebrates today!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Nikki Reed, Bob Saget, Bill Paxton, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Tony Parker, Sugar Ray Leonard, Derek Hough, Matt Ryan, Jim Nantz, Matt Cassel.

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Poll of the Week

Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla
Mint Chocolate Chip
Cookies and Cream

Which payment method do you use the most?

Cash - 10%
Credit card - 49%
Debit card - 37%
Electronic transfer - 4%

Morning Chuckle
What happens when fog lifts in southern California?
UCLA! Right on Cory Holland! Chuck Golliher answers, residents become conservatives!

Why does the Norwegian navy have barcodes on their ships?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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