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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Good morning to you!

My eyes are green. Kind of. More like a hazel to some people, but I think hazel is considered green, right? Maybe not. Regardless, it turns out that green eyes are not really green at all but are rather a blend of three eye colors. Seriously.

This is according to a recent story in the Huffington Post about the subject. The source for this claim is Dr. Karan Rajan, who is apparently known for spreading his medical knowledge on TikTok. If I were a doctor, I’m not sure that is what I would want to be known for, but who am I to judge? Either way, keep that in mind.

Dr. Rajan explains in the story that eye color works like paint pigments, combining a mixture of different shades to create a uniform effect. Green eyes have yellow, brown and blue pigments. The combination of these layers creates a green effect, the doctor says.

The story claims 2% of people worldwide have green eyes, making it the rarest of eye colors. Even after reading the story, though, I am still not exactly sure what green actually is. The good doctor claims my hazel eyes are a combination of brown, gold and green — which is apparently yellow, brown and blue. So, apparently, my eye color is much like my heritage — a mixed bag.

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with green eyes. Maybe it's because, according to color-meanings.com, people with green eyes “are creative and passionate. They know what they want in life and they aren’t afraid to work for it. They may come across as stubborn, but they learn to adapt and get along with almost anyone. They can stay calm and practical when faced with stressful situations. They can be quick to make decisions, but they may not speak up unless necessary. They enjoy feeling unpredictable and free, but they will take commitments seriously. They can be mysterious. They have youthful energy regardless of age.”

On the other side of the color spectrum, people with hazel eyes “tend to value independence and crave adventure. They’re active, energetic and have lots of physical strength. They may be more sensitive and secretive. They tend to be deep thinkers, which causes others to consider them mysterious. They’re self-aware of their strengths and weaknesses, so they rarely act impulsively. They come up with out-of-the-box solutions before other people can. They sometimes come across as selfish. Many people with hazel eyes also have an appreciation for nature.”

I find this to be a bit like interpreting your horoscope, as some of the words always seem to fit. Either way, I am going with green eyes.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
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Clear Mortgage meteorology

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From the April issue of CITYVIEW

Now it all makes sense

By Kristian Day

I moved to Des Moines from Denver, Colorado, in 2007. If you asked the 22-year-old me why I did so, it may not have made a lot of sense. If you ask the 38-year-old me the same question, it would be a different answer but probably still wouldn’t make a lot of sense. My first apartment was at 2800 Fleur Drive at what is now Gray’s Lake Apartments. I lived there for two and a half years before I moved into the house that I still call home on Polk Boulevard.

Des Moines was new to me, and I didn’t know a single person in this city. The downtown sculpture park did not exist. I only frequented places that were within a 2- or 3-mile radius. This included Cup o’ Kryptonite for coffee and the occasional graphic novel rental. I also frequented Fleur Cinema because 2007 was one of the best years for movies with “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Juno” on the big screen.

Movie review

“Ghostbusters 2: The Frozen Empire”… The last Ghostbusters film, which featured a group of young kids related to an original Ghostbuster, was clever and a lot of fun. This sequel to a sequel is a bad misstep. Back in New York City, ghosts reappear to wreak havoc, and these kids and a handful of the original Ghostbusters take to the streets to save the city once again. I did not laugh once. The film is boring, not funny and a waste of time. Bill Murray arrives too late to save this “nail in the coffin” of the franchise. Grade: D-

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.

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From the April issue of Johnston Living magazine

Second graders to learn from produce garden
Project fits in with “WAllace Together” theme.

By Ashley Rullestad

The second-grade students at Wallace Elementary School will soon be able to participate in a produce garden that will support nonprofit organizations in the local community.

The idea for the produce garden came up when second-grade teacher Amy Thilges completed a project for a class. After taking the idea to the principal of her school, she reached out to a former student who had helped get a garden started at Summit Middle School for her expertise. She also reached out to the Johnston Partnership to see what types of produce were needed. Thilges says she enjoys helping with the produce garden because she likes working together towards a common goal.


Climate change has affected agriculture more than any other segment of economic life. The Sustainable Markets Initiative, a private-sector group, set up its Agribusiness Task Force to accelerate adoption of regenerative, sustainable agriculture. Wall Street Journal reports that it includes senior leaders from Mars, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Bayer, McCain and Mondelez. What do they have in common? All are involved in fast food products and all but Bayer are heavily involved in cola, chocolate and sugar products. "Chocolate agriculture" has been the food chain link most affected by climate change. Fast food is the most sensitive to inflation. 

Today is the grand opening of Waukee's first Noodles & Company (505 Hickman Road, Suite 100). The fast casual chain out of Colorado will have a drive-through window in Waukee. 

Wednesday deals. It's baby back ribs day at Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 West Ashland Ave., Indianola) and Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale)… Kwik Stars are having a Wednesday sale on their excellent fried chicken - eight pieces for $9.99...  Bianca's Grill & Vineyard (410 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny) has Wednesday night steak dinner specials, including Marsala steak and creamy Italian steak in a brandy cream sauce, for $14.99. They also have an African menu every day. .. This Wednesday's special at Waterfront Seafood Market (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) is Chilean sea bass.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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FROM KCCI: Iowa tornadoes: Check out these viewer photos, videos from Tuesday's storm

DES MOINES, Iowa — KCCI viewers have shared impressive photos and videos of tornado formations during the storms moving across Iowa on Tuesday, April 16, 2024...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Civics standards and literacy improvement bill passes through Iowa Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa — On the 100th day of the Iowa Legislative session, a lot of lawmakers would expect to be adjourned, but this year the statehouse is set to go into overtime. Iowa Senate Republicans passed through a graduation requirement bill that was amended to have similar language to the Iowa House Republican proposal to have civics standards for Iowa school districts..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DOJ to sue Live Nation, Ticketmaster over alleged monopoly on event tickets, reports say

The reports of an impending lawsuit aren't out of the blue. They come after years of investigation by federal regulators and a series of high-profile ticket snafus.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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ESPN: Lakers survive Pelicans' rally, advance to matchup vs. Nuggets.  ....READ MORE 
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1936: A single horsehair helps solve murder of Nancy Titterton: After a week of tracking down every conceivable lead, police finally find the evidence they need in order to break the case of Nancy Titterton’s rape-murder in New York City. Titterton, a novelist and the wife of NBC executive Lewis Titterton, was raped and strangled in her upscale home on Beekman Place on the morning of April 10, 1936. The only clues left behind were a foot-long piece of cord that had been used to tie Titterton’s hands and a single horsehair found on her bedspread.... READ MORE
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Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Adam McKay, Afrika Bambaataa, Boomer Esiason, Charlie Hofheimer, Clarke Peters, David Bradley, Jennifer Garner, Victoria Beckham, Olivia Hussey, Sean Bean

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How many birds does it take to change a light bulb? TOUCAN DO IT! - Mike Chiston, Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post. Or, "Tweety"-three (23). - Mark Arends. Or, I don’t know but the lightbulb really has to want to be changed. - William Snyder.

Today's riddle

What did the orthopedic doctor become after he retired and ran a vacation resort hotel?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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