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Monday, April 8, 2024
Good morning to you!

When our editor, Tammy Pearson, talked with me about writing a column on organ transplants for our Iowa Living magazines, I told her how I once moved a piano. She didn’t laugh but instead told me how this was a serious and important subject. She was right about that, and I was insensitive with my reply.

Like most of you reading this, I have not had to deal with organ failure or the need for organ transplants. I am quite thankful for that.

Like many of you reading this, I agreed to be an organ donor when I renewed my driver’s license several years ago. I had to pull my license out of my wallet and check it to be sure. You should do so right now, too.

I know people who have put great thought into how their organs can help others live longer lives. I know others who are also organ donors but have not thought about it much, having the attitude that they will be dead and don’t really care. Regardless of how you feel, those who benefit from your organ donations will be forever grateful, as will their family members and friends.

Mothers will be able to bear children. Fathers will be able to walk their daughters down the wedding aisle. Grandparents will be able to hug their grandkids. And young children can learn to smile, knowing their lives won’t likely end anytime soon.

In our 14 Iowa Living magazines, we cover a variety of subjects and themes in our cover stories. In the past few months alone, we have written about the benefits of hiring senior employees, dream vacations, ongoing educational opportunities, Christmas card traditions, early risers and more. Some topics have been light-hearted while others have had more serious tones.

Our April magazines feature the stories of local residents and the positive impact of organ donations, each titled “The Gift of a Future.” I got choked up while reading them, as I found the stories to be incredibly touching. I think you will, too. Three are posted so far (Adel Living, Johnston Living and Winterset Living), and others will be as the month continues.

If you are not an organ donor, my hope is that these stories may change your mind and have you consider doing so. We share details on how you can do so, along with the heart-warming stories of central Iowans who are deeply grateful for those who already have. Be sure to read the stories, but grab some tissues first.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

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

See Shane Goodman's previous columns here.


Clear Mortgage meteorology

Should be a decent day for eclipse watching in central Iowa with breaks in the cloud cover expected. The week looks dry and warm!

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

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From the April issue of Johnston Living magazine

The gift of a future
Residents share their stories of organ transplants.

By Ashley Rullestad

Gene Lesch was well known in the Johnston community in the 1980s. He served on the school board and was president when the town passed the bond to tear down the original middle school and build the new middle school (now Wallace Elementary). It was then he went on a ski trip to Colorado over Christmas and New Year in 1986.

“I couldn’t breathe at the high altitude, and we came back after three days,” Lesch says. “I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a bad heart — cardiomyopathy. My heart function at that time was in the 17% range.”

In the 1980s, transplants were uncommon, as rejection drugs had been discovered just a few years earlier.


"Waitress," a very good movie about friendship and pie with Keri Russell, was made into a very good Broadway musical with Sarah Bareilles. Now it's coming to the Des Moines Playhouse next season!

Hot dog water - it's not just for NYC sidewalks anymore. 7-Eleven, the world’s largest convenience retailer, announced a collection of new sparkling waters. The retailer teamed up with Miracle Seltzer to create an eye-catching lineup of flavors: lemon lime, green apple, sweet orange and hot dog, a twist on 7-Eleven’s popular Big Bite Hot Dog. (Scripps News)

Big Deals. Trader Joe's raised its price for bananas for the first time in 20 years - from $.19 to $.23. Since 2020, food-at-home prices have increased 42% while bananas have gone up a mere 6% according to the CPI... Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway., West Des Moines) is advertising a Monday special of a Maine lobster tail paired with shrimp scampi for $20... Centro's (1003 Locust St., Des Moines) coal oven pizza pies are half price on Mondays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com



Recap: South Carolina tops Iowa to end Caitlin Clark's magical Hawkeye career  Iowa couldn't pull off the upset in the title game, falling 87-75 vs. undefeated South Carolina....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: What to Know for Monday’s Eclipse

The day is finally at hand, and the great 2024 American eclipse will cross the country tomorrow. Viewing conditions will vary along the path, as is always the case. The path of totality is shown below...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police: Man in 'critical condition' after being rescued from fire

DES MOINES, Iowa — One person is hospitalized following an early morning fire at a Des Moines apartment building, police said in a press release.
Des Moines police and fire department personnel responded to reports of smoke in the halls of an apartment building on Creston Avenue at approximately 12:35 a.m. Sunday....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Randy Clarkson and Gary Ross!

These celebrities were born on this date: Dean Norris, Donita Sparks, Emma Caulfield, Ezra Koenig, John Madden, John Schneider, Julian Lennon, Skai Jackson, Matty Healy, Eliana Girard, Keira Walsh, Robin Wright

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What happened at the impromptu party at the Chinese zoo? PANDA-MONIUM! This one was funny enough it was worth repeating!

Today's riddle

How does a short cow in tall grass feel?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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