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Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023
Good morning to you!

Overworked and underpaid. Ask some Americans how they feel about their jobs, and you will often hear a phrase like this. I guess you might know someone from the opposite spectrum who is underworked and overpaid, but if that’s true, it usually doesn’t take long before the lack of performance catches up with a person.

So what actually defines “overworked?” Forty hours per week? Fifty hours? Sixty hours? Or is it more about the stress of the job than the hours worked?

I had a boss who would nail people who say they work 70 hours a week. He would ask, “So you are at work Monday through Friday at 6 a.m. and work till 9 p.m. every single night? Do the math, because you are not working 70 hours a week.”

“But I don’t take lunch every day.” “And I check my emails at night.” “And I think about my job even when I am not at work.” OK.

I knew a school teacher who would go home immediately after school with empty hands. No papers to grade. No tests to score. Nothing. Some of the other teachers would razz him because he did this. His response? “It’s not my fault you can’t get your work done during the day.” Ouch.

I used to work with a guy who would frequently say he wanted to make a six-figure income in an easy job. Who doesn’t? The reality is that those jobs simply don’t exist, at least not for long, as any manager worth his or her salt is going to expect performance for that kind of pay.

Speaking of pay, we certainly all want to earn as much as we can, but my father shared his perspective on this with me when I was young, and I have never forgotten it: “Find a job you love and don’t get too caught up in what it pays, because no matter how much money you make, you are always going to want more.” How true.

Even so, most of us have difficulty stomaching how one person can be paid millions of dollars, whether that be a company CEO or a professional athlete. Then we look at the inflated prices we often pay for products, services, tickets and merchandise, and it starts to make sense.

Overworked? Underpaid? Or simply happy to have a job you love and enough money to cover your debts and enjoy the simple aspects of life, too? It all seems to be a matter of perspective. And, as the old saying about money goes, you can’t take it with you.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Milder air moves in as we head into the rest of the week. We have slight rain chances Thursday afternoon into Friday and better rain chances Christmas Eve day into Christmas day.

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The Telegraph reported that a British food artist has created the world’s most expensive gingerbread house worth nearly $8 million. Debbie Wingham, 41, made the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired gingerbread creation from 15 kg of flour and 17 kg of sugar. The designer and food artist spent two weeks crafting the confectionery which features rice paper mannequins and clothes, edible wallpaper and four diamonds. The house was designed for a couple who used the diamonds, which will feature in their engagement ring, as their proposal. "The sweet confection displays a loose pink diamond, worth £3.1 million, and three individual pink diamonds worth £1 million each, which were placed between the Christmas lights on the exterior of the gingerbread store above the D&G sign."

Iowa Senator Adrian Dickey and Representative Brian Best have led a Minor Driver’s License Interim Study Committee to examine policy matters regarding statutory changes for licensed driving by persons between 14 and 18 years of age. The group issued a report with 10 recommendations including allowing 14 1/2 and 15 year olds who have met the qualifications for a minor school license to have the ability to have those driving privileges extended to a workplace. Iowa Restaurant Association was chief lobby for the bill.

Wednesday brings $6 meatloaf dinners to Price Chopper delis. They include two side dishes and a roll.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Pleasant Hill nursing home investigates rare case of Legionnaire's disease

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — A Pleasant Hill nursing home is investigating a rare case of Legionella (Legionnaires' disease). A spokesperson for Parkridge Nursing Home said the case of Legionnaires' disease was discovered last week at the facility. One resident has been infected, but they are being treated. The nursing home is working with the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding precautions and treatment and bottled water is being provided for residents.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: 18-year-old charged for bringing gun to Lincoln High School

DES MOINES, Iowa — An 18-year-old has been charged after a gun was allegedly found in his waistband at Lincoln High School on Tuesday. According to the Des Moines Police Department, the gun was found after a fight broke out between students. The school’s public safety team was able to safely secure the gun..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Otters, tigers and bats, oh my! Blank Park Zoo welcomes new animals

Bronevik, a 409-pound tiger coming from Omaha Zoo's Wildlife Safari Park, tops the list of the zoo's newest additions......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

From the Iowa Living magazines


A personal touch

By Chantel Boyd

Becky Thrap sends Christmas cards to dozens of people each Christmas and has been doing so for more than four decades.

"I make and send Christmas cards to about 45 people,” she says. “I love making them and feel it’s more personal.”

Though Becky has been sending cards for decades, it was only about a decade ago when she decided to start making the cards instead of buying them.

I’ve been sending cards for 42 years but have only made them for the last 10 years,” she says.

Though this thoughtful gesture of handmaking and writing Christmas cards takes much time and effort, Becky views it as manageable. It’s a festive part of the season for her.

Read more in the Norwalk Living magazine.

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jonah Hill, , Bob Morley, Bugzy Malone, Peter Criss, Dick Wolf, JoJo, David Cook, Nicole deBoer, Chris Robinson

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did the Greek man finally stop eating deli cheese? HE GOT FETA UP! - Brent Antisdel, Gail Tomlinson, Peri Van Tassel. OR, HE KEPT GETTING FETA AND FETA!- Judy Anderson. Or, He didn't want a Havarti Attack! - Rex Post.

Today's riddle

Which pet animal is small, furry, and smells like bacon?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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