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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024
Good morning to you!

People don’t talk anymore. Have you heard that? It’s often true, at least compared to what some of us are used to. The difference seems to be mostly generational. If an older person has something to say, look for it to be face to face. If a younger person does, expect a text message. A middle-aged person? Flip a coin, as you could get either one — or both.

When my father was alive, he would enjoy what he called “visiting.” On Sundays after church, we would walk down to the neighbors, and they would have coffee and talk. Nothing too serious. No politics or religion or gossip. Just visiting.

If a pancake breakfast was being held in town, we were there. Not so much for the food, but for the visiting.

On Sunday afternoons, we would go see his brothers or his sister or their family members, usually unannounced. Or we would stop by to see some longtime family friends. More visiting.

As a young boy, I didn’t especially enjoy those times, unless the folks we were visiting had kids my age. But I learned to respect these instances because they were important to Dad, and I could see that this “visiting” made everyone smile.

Dad was a small business owner, and his customers would sometimes invite him to their homes for supper. They were kind enough to invite me, too. Dad would eat most anything and was appreciative. I was like most kids and didn’t have much interest in a wide range of foods. One night when Dad told me oyster stew was to be served, he could see my apprehension. “Just be respectful and try it and tell them it was good,” he told me on the drive there. “And I will get you something to eat later.” I did the best I could, but I likely wasn’t very convincing.

Dad’s visiting led to lots of friendships — and lots of invitations to weddings and graduations and the like. He had a strong opinion that, if someone thought enough of him to invite him, then he should attend. And he did. Funerals, too. I often tagged along with him, and I learned a great deal from him in doing so. He wasn’t a man who delivered great speeches or wrote inspiring words. He did something much more important; he showed up. Visiting.

Sometime through the years, we lost the art of this. Now we “visit” by posting photos on social media or sending text messages from our phones. Most of us would agree it certainly isn’t the same. A younger generation doesn’t have anything to compare it to, though. Digital communication is all they know. One has to wonder if this will come full circle, or if face-to-face communication will continue to diminish. It’s a great discussion that seems to be worth a visit.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Breezy conditions today behind a boundary that moved through last night and more clouds. Right back to the 40s for the remainder of the forecast.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

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Consider your "I wonder what it’s like" question
By John Busbee

The term “volunteering” does not begin to cover the gamut of opportunities that await the cultural adventurer. Your time and enthusiasm are desired contributions for cultural organizations. Since you are reading this column, you have an interest in the performing arts scene. Perhaps 2024 can bring a new perspective on your interests. Most regional companies are deep in the rehearsal throes for their first 2024 shows. They also offer great ways that you can get special peeks behind the curtain of a production while being part of a production team. The rewards are many, both for the participant and the organization.


A Wall Street Journal story by Katherine Squires made a case for neighborhood restaurants as saviors of city hoods. Neighborhood bar & grills are becoming more popular after COVID shutdowns. Squires interviewed people who think that’s a reaction to limited social contact during the pandemic scare. She quotes hospitality consultant Kate Edwards: “People now want to eat out at a comfortable place with good food and interact with familiar people.”

Asia Insight, an excellent show on PBS' World network, reported that South Korea is in the midst of a youth-driven revival of traditional alcohol beverages such as makgeolli and soju. (Find them at C Fresh, 801 University, Des Moines) Traditional beverages must be made with local grains and adhere to historic methods. While total booze sales are down since COVID time in Korea, traditional booze is up 20%. Many top Korean chefs are becoming brewers and distillers. The boom is centered on Seoul's un-chic north bank of Han River - Saenamteo "the Brooklyn of Asia."

Popeyes' Big Box now includes a choice of either an 8-piece order of chicken nuggets or 2 pieces of fried chicken plus two regular sides, and a biscuit for $6.99 through Feb. 11...
Tuesdays bring all you can eat fried chicken dinners ($13.99) to Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Ave., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


Yellow- Bellied Sliders enjoying the afternoon sun on Fleming Island, Florida. — Photo/Paul Houston.


FROM KCCI: Human remains found in Iowa are those of man missing since 2013, cousin of convicted murder

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the human remains found in rural Delaware County in November have been confirmed to be of a man who had been missing since 2013,...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Multiple people hospitalized after crash in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Multiple people were hospitalized after a crash on the northeast side of Des Moines Monday night. At around 8:30 p.m. the Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of a crash near the intersection of East 14th Street and Arthur Avenue...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Webster County Sheriff's Office investigating after man allegedly shot 2 women, himself

WEBSTER COUNTY, Iowa — An Iowa man allegedly killed two women and then turned the gun on himself on Sunday evening, according to Webster County authorities.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Pete Gardner!

These celebrities were born on this date:  Abdullah II The King of Jordan, Ann Dowd, Carl Broemel, Christian Bale, Curtis Strange, Kylie Bunbury, Olivia Colman, Phil Collins, Vanessa Redgrave, Wilmer Valderrama, The King of Spain Felipe VI

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do they call the business head at Old MacDonald's Farm? CIEIO (or some similar combination of letters)! - Judy Anderson, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Shane Goodman, Carolyn Rogers, William Snyder, Lori Bluml, Peri Van Tassel

Today's riddle

What is the name of Darth Vader's corrupt brother?

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