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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Good morning to you!

Two days. Two big news stories. Both deal with round objects. Coincidence? Maybe.

First, the Iowa Hawkeye women’s basketball team played in the NCAA championship on Sunday, falling to an incredibly talented and undefeated South Carolina team, 87-75.

Second, a solar eclipse occurred on Monday when the moon passed between the Earth and the sun, shielding the view of the sun from some areas on our planet.

The two are likely unrelated. Likely.

Some conspiracy theorists made claims that, during Monday’s solar eclipse, the United States was going to declare martial law, the government would imprison people in their homes, a portal would open to another dimension, aliens would land, and the world would come to an end.

Other conspiracy theorists claimed the Hawkeye women were the chosen ones by the NCAA and that the games leading up to the championship were rigged in favor of Iowa. The foul called on UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards’ screen against Gabbie Marshall gained the most attention.

Well, it appears most all of us survived once again — even Lisa Bluder, Caitlin Clark and the rest of the Hawkeye women. The only casualty seems to be Gabbie Marshall’s social media accounts, and she may be thankful for that in time.

Most of us somehow also lived through the armageddons associated with the Mayan Calendar (2012), the Y2K bug (2000), and the Harold Camping predictions (1994 and 2011). Whew.

Despite the Bible stating we won’t know when the end of the world will come until the day it happens, Christians and non-Christians alike continue to attempt to predict the date seemingly more often than they pick their March Madness brackets.

Although I am a Christian, I don’t dwell on the end of the world. And, as entertained as I was by the Hawkeye women’s team this year, I don’t obsess over basketball. Regardless of any prediction or result, I approach the next day mostly like I did the day prior. Not obsessively worrying about the Earth or the sun. Not overly consumed with how many points teenagers score on a basketball court. But still a tad bit concerned about some round objects.

Call it a circle of fate. Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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

Another nice day is ahead on Wednesday, with increasing cloud cover as the day progresses. Thursday will bring more clouds and breezy conditions, with a few showers possible, especially east of I-35. Friday will once again bring us sunny skies. A big warm up is ahead for the weekend, with highs in the 80s through Monday. We'll see showers and storms move in Monday night into Tuesday.

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

From the April issue of CITYVIEW

How baseball saved the arts

By Jim Duncan

The high arts are flirting with existential jeopardy. What are the “high arts?” Late Des Moines artist Don Dunagan explained:

“ ‘Titanic’ defined it. The music on the first class level was ‘high,’ and the music in steerage was ‘low.’ So were the clothes and food.”

High arts’ elitism has always been swallowed with a dose of suspicion at the grass root level. The word “haughty” derives from the French “haute,” as in “haute cuisine.” Cost/benefit analyses today discount the value of college degrees in many liberal arts. Electricians, plumbers, and carpenters scoff at job opportunities for art history, poetry and opera majors.

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines®
The results have been tallied and published in the February issue of CITYVIEW and online!


Best Local Boba Shop

1. Ocha Bubble Tea & Dessert Cafe

2. 8 Degrees Ice Cream & Boba

3. Zenko Tea

Read all the results now!

Featured home for sale
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From the April issue of Winterset Living magazine

Meet Josh Jeffs
Career change provides way to give back to his hometown.

By T.K. West

Josh Jeffs has lived in the Winterset community for the majority of his life. After graduating from Winterset High School in 1992, he attended Iowa State University but eventually left school to work full time for a local civil engineering company. Then, in 2019, Jeffs decided to return to college because it was important to him to finish what he had started many years ago. He enrolled at DMACC where he earned an associate’s degree and made the big decision to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education at Simpson College, where he graduated in 2022.

Now, Jeffs has returned to his alma mater where he teaches sixth grade for the Winterset Middle School. He had hoped to teach with the Winterset district because he has a lot of pride in his hometown and being a part of its education system is a way for him to give back to his community.


Is America prepared for a HoneyBun invasion? Hostess is partnering with Flowers Foods, owner of Kentucky’s iconic HoneyBuns. Those snacks have their own day in the Bluegrass Commonwealth and 10 million are made each week under the Tastykake label. Hostess will take them international as Donettes - soft, bite-size pastries made with the warm cinnamon and sweet vanilla flavors of HoneyBuns.

Daniel Boulud, whose restaurants won 4 Michelin stars last year, told Broken Palate, "I think what has changed the most in fine dining — and in all dining — is social media. Today, people control their marketing and message in a different way than in the past. Customers also have a voice in a different way than in the past, and businesses can project themselves differently. It’s been a huge impact on our industry. The digital world has put everyone in a crazy race."

Wednesday Deals. Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery (2301 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines) and Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) both have Wednesday specials on hot beef sandwiches. Lunch only at the latter... Kids eat free with every paying adult on Wednesdays at Chuck’s (3610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines)... Meat loaf dinners with two sides and a roll are $6 at Price Choppers on Wednesdays. .. Soft shell crabs are back, and Waterfront (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) has a Wednesday special on them.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

CITYVIEW Home Improvement Guide

Learn how area residents have transformed their homes and properties in the CITYVIEW Home Improvement Guide, inserted in the April CITYVIEW magazine and available online.


FROM KCCI: Iowa House passes bill that would regulate use of speed cameras

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa House passed a bill Tuesday that would impose new regulations on speed cameras. The vote was 85 to 12 on HF 2681. It now heads to the Senate for lawmakers there to debate it. If passed, it would head to Gov. Kim Reynolds' desk to sign. The 2024 legislative session is scheduled to end in one week...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Family of Anamosa corrections officer killed by inmates sues Iowa Department of Corrections

ANAMOSA, Iowa — The family of a corrections officer who was killed by inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in 2021 is suing the Iowa Department of Corrections, claiming negligence by prison staff and department leadership resulted in the officer’s death....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 1 arrested, 1 hospitalized after Tuesday morning shooting in Des Moines

Des Moines police arrested a juvenile and recovered a firearm on the scene.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Tara VanDerveer, NCAA's winningest basketball coach, retires ... READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Celtics Make Rare NBA History by Not Attempting a Single Free Throw vs. Bucks ... READ MORE
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dodgers' Glasnow ties career high with 14 Ks as Los Angeles beats the Minnesota Twins 6-3 ... READ MORE
1865: After surrendering to Union, General Lee gives final address to troops. READ MORE
1942: Bataan Death March begins. The day after the surrender of the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese, the 75,000 Filipino and American troops captured on the Bataan Peninsula begin a forced march to a prison camp near Cabanatuan. During this infamous trek, known as the “Bataan Death March,” the prisoners were forced to march 85 miles in six days, with only one meal of rice during the entire journey. By the end of the march, which was punctuated with atrocities committed by the Japanese guards, hundreds of Americans and many more Filipinos had died. READ MORE
1970:Paul McCartney announces his break from the Beatles.READ MORE
Movie review

“Arthur The King”… With Marc Wahlberg in one of those movies he seems to specialize in from time to time, “Arthur the King” tells the true story of a man struggling with life issues. On a competitive race with friends, he finds an injured dog he cannot refuse to help. This will seriously damage the team’s chances of winning and the loss of thousands of dollars. Since it is a true story, I will go along with it. This is another movie that gets dangerously close to sappy, but the strength of Wahlberg’s performance and a damn cute dog save this from the scrap heap. Grade: B

By Michael C. Woody. Woody has been reviewing movies on radio and television since 1986 and can be heard talking movies every Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. on KXn0 106.3 with Keith Murphy and Andy Fales. You can also follow him on Twitter @MrMovieDSM. 

Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: AJ Michalka, Barkhad Abdi, Chyler Leigh, Daisy Ridley, David Harbour, Haley Joel Osment, Harry Hadden, Sofia Carson, Shay Mitchell, Mandy Moore, Maren Morris, Roberto Carlos, Steven Seagal

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why was the guy slumped over his lawn mower and crying? HE HAD JUST GONE THROUGH A ROUGH PATCH! - Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson. Other answers from William Snyder, Rex Post, Carolyn Rogers.

Today's riddle

What is the extra charge for the side salad at the golf course clubhouse?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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