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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Good morning to you!

I was recently watching two people I did not know having a conversation from afar. I could not hear what they were saying, but I could see their physical actions. One was standing calmly, hands by her side, making eye contact while she spoke and while she listened. The other had her hands and arms flailing, heading moving side to side, feet fidgeting, eyes all over the place. Of all her actions, the hands and arms moving was the most noticeable, at least from a distance. It made me wonder, why do some folks “talk” with their hands while others don’t?

I did a bit of research, and the answer, maybe not surprisingly, seems to be based on who wrote the story and whether or not that person talks with his or her hands.

The first reference is from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute at Stanford University, and it shared information on electrodes, brain patterns, motor cortex and neurons. I got lost in the first paragraph, but some of you may find it interesting. I am guessing very few of the folks involved in the study do much talking with their hands.

The second was called “The Fascinating Science Behind ‘Talking’ With Your Hands,” and it said we all do it. This was clearly written by someone who does, which is noticeable by the renaming of the action to “gesturing.” It says gesturing helps you understand other people, acts as a “second language” and is a healthy part of child development. In short, it states that gestures help express thoughts more effectively, noting that the most popular TED Talks speakers used an average of 465 hand gestures, nearly twice as many as the least popular speakers. It also references research that found people who talk with their hands tend to be viewed as warm, agreeable and energetic, while those who are less animated are seen as logical, cold and analytical.

And finally, an article at littlethings.com brings it “right down to Earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand.” Their piece is entitled “What 'Talking With Your Hands' Really Says About You,” and it says hand gestures make you easier to understand, indicate strong leadership skills, make you more likable, are a sign of intelligence, and help you to learn.

Now, I am not agreeing or disagreeing with any of these interpretations, but I do have a much simpler view. These who talk with their hands tend to talk a lot anyway, and those who don’t talk with their hands tend to be quieter and more reserved. What do you think? Do you talk with your hands? What does it say about you? Send me a note and let me know.

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

Small rain chances will be with us today, but most we will stay dry. A chance of storms moves back in Wednesday, with a lesser chance Thursday.

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

From the May issue of CITYVIEW

Managing inventory

By Colson Thayer

“Inventory management is what can dictate some of your cash flow. And as we know, in business, cash is king,” said Lisa Shimkat, the state director of America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa (SBDC Iowa).

Business is all about maximizing profits and minimizing costs. Inventory management is the same way. Order too much, and inventory becomes obsolete; not ordering enough means missed sales. Optimizing levels of inventory for small businesses is a skill that takes years to master. It becomes even more difficult when that inventory is perishable, or worse, living. Read on for tips from SBDC Iowa on improving inventory management and hear how some Des Moines businesses handle inventory challenges.

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


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3. Prysm Jewelry & Piercing

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From the May issue of Winterset Living magazine

Year a highlight for Stamp
Coaching Hawkeye women’s basketball through a fantastic year

By Rachel Harrington

The Hawkeye women’s basketball season proved to be a fantastic one this year. No one knows that better than Abby Stamp. Abby has spent a 15-year career with Hawkeye basketball, first as director of operations, then as player development coach, and, for the last five years, as assistant coach. This year was a highlight of that career.

“We made it to the championship game last year, too. Coming off of that game, there was a collective sigh for a break,” says Abby. “It’s good but exhausting to finish a season and then spend another month of games and travel.”

When it was over, they turned their thoughts to the season they’d have this year.


A white Buffalo calf was born in late April outside Burnett, Texas. That's in the southeastern part of the Llano Estacado, made legendary in the Lonesome Dove saga. (It is also the epicenter of mesquite barbecue country.) The National Bison Association says the probability of a white calf is one in ten million. Comanches see the white buffalo as a sign of wonderment. The Kickapoo artist Pahponee became the most famous non-Navajo potter in America by creating a line of white buffalo pots. She originated that in Clarke County, Iowa, while she lived in a tee pee, raising buffalo, along with young children, without running water or electricity while mining clay for ceramics she fired with her buffaloes' dung. The hotel casino at Meskwaki features one of her white buffalo pots in its lobby. Barbara (her PTA name in Osceola) now lives in Ogallala, another legendary place from Lonesome Dove. She is making more bronzes than clay ceramics these days.

Oak Park (3901 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) introduced a spring pea dish with wow factor. It includes a pea panna cotta, fiddleheads, pickled strawberries, blueberries and pea puree.

Tuesday deals. This Tuesday will be the first Dog Day of the year for the I-Cubs. Hot dogs will cost just $1 and are made with Berkwood Farms' excellent wieners... KFC has begun a "$10 Tuesday" deal on an eight piece bucket of fried chicken... Today is the last day for: $.79 avocados and $9.99/lb. racks of lamb at Aldi stores... and for two for $1 honey mangoes and $.99 blueberries at Fresh Thyme (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines)... Tuesday brings taco specials to Taco John's, La Familia, Faustino's, Club 2000, Rita's Cantina, and Beaver Tap... Paula's (524 Elm St., Valley Junction) has $10.99 hot beef sandwiches on Tuesdays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Fighting the foul odor: City of Des Moines reviews data measuring odor levels

For decades, people in Des Moines have been talking about a mysterious odor wafting through the city. After six months of their latest odor monitoring program, the city says they're one step closer to sniffing out a solution.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Cleaning company fined nearly $650K for employing underage workers to work at Sioux City meat processing plant

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The cleaning company that used underage workers to clean dangerous meat processing facilities, including one in Sioux City, has agreed to pay more than $600,000 in penalties after U.S. officials investigated the company.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police arrest man for 'drag racing', causing motorcyclist's death in April

It was Des Moines' fourth traffic-related death this year, and the third involving a motorcycle.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Wolves stagger Nuggets again as Edwards, Towns spark Game 2 rout ..READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Kentucky Derby Runner-up Jockey Could Face Disciplinary Action After Video Review  ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Victor Wembanyama wins NBA Rookie of the Year via unanimous vote after delivering on unprecedented hype  ...READ MORE
1945: Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Allies at Reims. On May 7, 1945, the German High Command, in the person of General Alfred Jodl, signs the unconditional surrender of all German forces, East and West, at Reims, in northeastern France.  ... READ MORE
1915: German submarine sinks Lusitania. On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people drowned, including 128 Americans. The attack aroused considerable indignation in the United States, but Germany defended the action, noting that it had issued warnings of its intent to attack all ships, neutral or otherwise, that entered the war zone around Britain. .... READ MORE
1902: Mount Pelée begins to erupt, burying Caribbean city. On May 7, 1902, Martinique’s Mount Pelée begins the deadliest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The following day, the city of Saint Pierre, which some called the Paris of the Caribbean, was virtually wiped off the map.  ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Elijah Nelson, Tommy Fury, Devin Sola, Matt Helders, Alex Smith, Russell Dickerson, Cody Gakpo, Robbie Jarvis

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What do you call bragging chess players in the hotel lobby? CHESS NUTS BOASTING IN AN OPEN FOYER. - Rex Post. Guesses sent in by: William Snyder

Today's riddle

How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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