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Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Good morning to you!

“Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”

Whether you are a religious person or not, those words from 1 John 3:18 likely hit home. Saying we are going to do things right is easy. Actually doing them right requires planning and effort and accountability, and that’s not easy.

“There are people who talk and people who do. Be very cautious of the first group.”

My former boss and continual mentor and friend, Michael Gartner, gave me that advice many years ago, and I continue to heed it on a daily basis. The smartest people I know tend to be the ones who talk very little yet get the most accomplished. When they do choose to speak, it is meaningful, and they avoid the big talkers like the plague.

“Do what I mean and not what I say.”

Bill Fjetland, one of my high school wrestling coaches, was an incredible instructor and motivator; the words just didn’t always come out of his mouth like he meant them to, and he would often offer a comment such as that as a follow-up. Those of us who wrestled for him didn’t have to ask for explanations. We absolutely knew what he meant.

Every generation seems to think that much has changed from the decades prior, and much has. Fortunately, many constants have carried on through the years, too — like love and words and speech and deed and truth.

For the most part, we know the difference between basic rights and basic wrongs; it’s the stuff in between that gets tricky. The gray area. These are, quite often, the things that divide us. We are so convinced that we are right and others are wrong, even though we never walked in each other’s shoes. Again, talk is cheap.

Today, though, it is about more than talk. It is about comments fired off on keyboards or phones and permanently posted on social media in a matter of seconds, often without much thought or consideration. Hatred. Arrogance. Disgust. Venom. My friend Darren Tromblay calls it “Internet Hercules,” noting how strong people can be when hiding behind a monitor.

Social media has changed the world — for the better and for the worse — but there’s no question it has attracted hatred in droves. You don’t have to make very many keystrokes to find it. Meanwhile, we should be mindful of our words and speech — and even more mindful in our deed and truth.

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

Breezy and warmer today with the possibility of strong storms late. Shower and thunderstorm chances continue Wednesday and Thursday, with lesser chances into the weekend.

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

Riffing on the 1980s

By Jim Duncan

Chris Vance’s annual show at Moberg Gallery cements his stature as Des Moines’ most popular painter. Some 32 of the paintings were sold before the exhibition even began. Vance consciously comments each year on what he finds most interesting about the contemporary world outside his studio. This year it’s AI and how it can regenerate old ideas and attitudes while synthesizing something new and original.

A visual voice for Gen Xers, Vance comments this year, among other things, on baseball and smoking in the 1980s. “Little League Dream” is nostalgia in cut paper. Gallery archivist Michaela Mullin calls it “dark and dusty as a softball field of activity, kicking up dirt. The black and white collaged pieces show up in a blur, figurative subjects in parts — legs and feet here, upper body there, a ball in midair somewhere between, etc. Subjects seem to be running bases, and the green swirls make grass at the forefront of the paper, while at the top, the stadium panels in perspective hold lights to shine on everything below.”

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From the April issue of Waukee Living magazine

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

By Jackie Wilson

Parents with children who have chronic disease will often make tremendous sacrifices to ensure their child’s survival and ease their pain.

For April Hansman of Waukee, that meant donating her kidney — but not to her daughter. Instead, she donated it to someone completely unknown to her in hopes of getting a kidney for her daughter if she needed one.
April’s daughter, Autumn, was born a “preemie” at 27 weeks and consequently suffered numerous medical challenges, including epilepsy and learning disabilities.
When Autumn was 11, she was diagnosed with stage 2 chronic kidney disease. April was told she might need a kidney at some point, but not yet.

“As a mom, you want to fix your kids. I couldn’t do that,” she recalls.


Wake-up call. London Robusta (coffee) futures are up by 15% in one month. Arabica (coffee) prices have surged 17% over the last month to its highest level since October 2022  when supply chains were in disarray. And yet, the percentage of Americans who drink coffee "several times a week or more" hit an all time high at more than 60%. (WSJ, Fox Business)

Meanwhile geneticists have discovered that the genome of  coffea arabica was a natural hybridization between two parent species – coffea canephora and coffea eugenioides. The canephora species is called robusta and is far higher in caffeine and commonly used in instant coffee. Arabica is considered to have a superior, less bitter flavor and is generally preferred in coffeehouses. The robusta species is also known to be quite resistant to main coffee pests and diseases.  (Reuters)

Wall Street Journal Buy Side’s Justin Pot raves about “moka pots,” stove top espresso makers he suggests elevate all coffee beans. His favorite is The Cuisinox Roma but the less expensive Bialetta line is also recommended.

Tuesday deals. Malo (900 Mulberry St., Des Moines) as we know it is having its final Taco Tuesday today. However, Malo sold, name included, and may well continue under new ownership. No confirmation yet whether that will include the marvelous, but labor intensive, homemade tortillas... Tuesday brings $4.95 gyros to Opa! (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines)... Kid’s meals are half priced all day Tuesday at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale).


— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

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FROM KCCI: Fueled by orange chicken, ADM 4x100 team sets Drake Relays record

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Saturday night at the Drake Relays, the ADM boys' 4x100 relay team of Aiden Flora, Tyler Gelhaar, Zach Lohmaan and Brevin Doll ran a 41.38. This blazing-fast time was a new Drake Relays record and the second-fastest time ever recorded in the state. This performance came after a three-hour weather delay and for two members of the team, it came after a dinner break at Panda Express....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Fort Dodge brothers charged with first-degree murder

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Two Fort Dodge brothers are charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found in a ditch in rural Webster County Friday. Online court records show 26-year-old Alec Jones and 21-year-old Nathan Jones are each charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Dennis R. Jones Jr.  .... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Drake University announces 3 programs cut following academic program review

The school started with a list of 13 majors, minors and graduate programs recommended to be cut, the University announced only three will be cut.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Source: Chiefs sign Travis Kelce to 2-year, $34.25M contract...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Celtics' Kristaps Porzingis Gets Encouraging Injury Update After Game 4 Exit... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Longtime Patriots coach Bill Belichick set to roast Tom Brady in new Netflix special.  ...READ MORE
1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his underground bunker... READ MORE
1803: United States and France conclude the Louisiana Purchase ... READ MORE
1927: The first federal prison for women opens in West Virginia: The Federal Industrial Institution for Women, the first women’s federal prison, opens in Alderson, West Virginia. All women serving federal sentences of more than a year were to be brought here. Run by Dr. Mary B. Harris, the prison’s buildings, each named after social reformers, sat atop 500 acres. One judge described the prison as a “fashionable boarding school.” In some respects the judge was correct: The overriding purpose of the prison was to reform the inmates, not punish them. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Adrian Pasdar, Brandon Lancaster, Clark Vogeler, Dianna Agron, Isiah Thomas, Kirsten Dunst, Lloyd Banks, Travis Scot, Mac DeMarco, Justin Vernon

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What’s a forklift? FOOD TO YOUR MOUTH! (Or any similar variants) - Mike Chiston, Aaron Burns, Lori Bluml, Carolyn Rogers, Mark Arends, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. Or, A"special ops" move by elite picnic- raiding ants. - James Taylor

Today's riddle

What is a donkey's favorite garden tool?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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