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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023
Good morning to you!

“I used to hurry a lot. I used to worry a lot.”

Those words are part of the lyrics of “The Long Run,” written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and released by the Eagles in November 1979. A lot of people can relate to those words.

I heard that song while switching between stations on my car radio, listening just prior to, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The latter song is derived from a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who, while overwhelmed by loss on Christmas Day in 1863, listened to the bells from a nearby church and expressed his grief in words. It’s a sad song, but he ended it on a note of triumph: “Then pealed the bells more loud and deep. God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Yes, peace. It’s something we most all say we want more of, yet we surprisingly do very little to truly experience it. Short of an end to all war, what gives you peace? Personal peace? Something you can do immediately? I thought about this and came up with a list.

Holding a newborn baby. I feel like a bull in a china shop every time I hold a baby. But when I do, it brings a certain sense of unmatched calm to me.

Visiting cemeteries does the same for me but from the other end of life’s cycle. A slow walk through a sea of tombstones puts things in perspective for me. It forces me to remember what I enjoyed about so many people who are no longer here and also reminds me to make the most of every moment I have remaining.

Mowing my lawn. Yes, it’s a simple and monotonous task, but it satisfies my need for order and gives my mind time to wander.

Watching light snow fall from the sky. I enjoy a good blizzard, but those certainly aren’t peaceful. Light snowflakes settling from the sky on a calm day? Now that makes me smile.

Warm slippers, a hot drink and a soft blanket. Wow. What’s not to like?

Hearing the story of the birth of Jesus. I have read it for more than 50 years, yet it continues to bring joyful tears to my eyes. The simpleness and majesty. The humility and the glory. Nothing defines peace more than this for me. And it sure beats hurrying a lot, and worrying a lot.

How about you? What brings you peace? 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
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Mild and dry weather continues into the upcoming weekend.

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The 5K Santa Run was held in the East Village in Des Moines on Saturday, Dec. 9.  Nearly 600 runners registered for the holiday event. Photo/Paul Houston

Burger King is debuting a "shroom n’ Swiss melt," which features two slices of toasted bread, layers with two Whopper Jr. patties, Swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and "Stacker Sauce."

Editors of Wall Street Journal made their choices for the best holiday gifts costing $45 or less but looking a lot more expensive. Bokksu’s Snack Box is a monthly subscription that sends edible goodies from across Japan. The first box you’ll receive is called “Seasons of Japan,” with a bounty of sweet and savory snacks including freeze-dried strawberries with white chocolate from Nagano, fried seaweed dusted with sudachi citrus from Hiroshima, sea urchin-flavored rice crackers from Osaka and more. $39.

Tuesday brings all night happy hour to Django (1420 Locust St., Des Moines). That includes half price shrimp and oysters plus bargains on charcuterie, cheese boards, duck frites and cocktails.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Boone County deputy charged with killing K-9 signs plea deal

BOONE COUNTY, Iowa — A former Boone County Sheriff's deputy accused of killing his K-9 has officially entered a guilty plea... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Grimes Library closes for big move to new facility

GRIMES, Iowa — The Grimes Public Library closed its doors to the public on Sunday to undertake an extensive relocation project. An assessment conducted in 2018 determined a new facility was needed to serve the growing population of Grimes because there just wasn’t enough space at the 200 North James Street building. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines firefighters working to secure better benefits for those who develop cancer

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From the Iowa Living magazines

Meet Jazmin Ramos
Connecting parents with school and community resources

By T.K. West

Born in California to Salvadorian parents, Jazmin Ramos was raised on the southside of Des Moines. She graduated from DMACC then Grand View University, as a first-generation graduate in her family. Today, Ramos works as a Title I Family Engagement and Learning Supports teacher for Crestview Elementary School. When a new position opened that allowed her the opportunity to help students and families stay connected, Ramos knew that Crestview Elementary was where she wanted to be.

“It has been such a great experience to connect with the community in ways that meet people where they are,” Ramos says. “I love seeing our students grow and improve their skills/knowledge throughout the year. It is always a good feeling to be able to connect parents with the school and community resources.”

Read the rest of the story in the Clive Living magazine!

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Kris Miler, Ken Andresen and Vicki Porter!

These celebrities were born on this date: Bill Nighy, Cathy Rigby, Dionne Warwick, Eric Schenkman, Jennifer Connelly, Lucas Hedges, Madchen Amick, Mayim Bialik, Regina Hall, Sheila E., Sky Katz, Tracy Austin

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What is the medical term for owning too many dogs? A ROVERDOSE!

Today's riddle

What do you call two people in an ambulance?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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