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Friday, May 10, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“I loved your column on why we talk with our hands (Talking with hands, May 7, 2024). I come from a whole family of hand-talkers, but my mom was the one you had to watch out for. She also really enjoyed a glass of wine, so the poor soul sitting next to her was under constant threat of being doused with wine any time a lively conversation caused her to get extra animated!” - Jeannie

There seems to be one in every family. Red wine, presumably? And did you sit next to her, or was that seat for the newcomers? - Shane

“I am an organ-transplant recipient, so your feature article in the April edition of Clive Living magazine was of special interest to me. I had vasculitis in 2012, which attacked my kidney. They were not able to save the kidney, so after five months on dialysis, my son gave me a second chance by donating a kidney on May 15, 2012, at Mercy Hospital. It was a very emotional experience for our family since two members of our family were involved. Our son and his family live in Cincinnati, Ohio; however, May 15 is a day of celebration for us whether we are together or apart being very thankful that we are both doing great. The story of the mother giving a kidney to her son touched my heart. Also, the story about the couple was of such value stressing the importance of being an organ donor. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful stories.” - Janet

I was also touched by the stories on this subject in Clive Living and the ones in our other Iowa Living magazines. I appreciate you sharing your story, Janet. - Shane

“I appreciated your column on seasonal allergies (Pass me a tissue, May 8, 2024). In fact, I'm trying to figure out how to evict my sinuses since they've become as difficult to clear as a clogged drain. My grandfather would inhale salt water through his nose to clear his sinuses, but I haven't tried that. Your comments reminded me of the man who thought he was built upside down because his feet smelled and his nose ran.” - Bob

Unfortunately, that makes a lot of sense. I bought one of those battery-powered nasal rinse devices that “flush out allergens, mucus, germs, and bacteria from your nose.” It's amazing. Just make sure you use distilled water. You will have that nasal drain unclogged in no time. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

A few spotty showers are possible late today, but most of the weekend otherwise looks great! Rain chances return late Sunday and into next week.

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

Tumea & Sons
is a veritable heirloom

By Jim Duncan

The meaning of “heirloom” has been extended this century in American vernacular. It’s not just for nouns anymore. I have seen it used to describe baseball fans, tomatoes, pigs, brand new wrist watches and stocks.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but here’s what Oxford now has to say: “heirloom: 1.) a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. 2.) denoting a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal which is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture.”

There’s nothing wrong with that, but here’s what Oxford now has to say: “heirloom: 1.) a valuable object that has belonged to a family for several generations. 2.) denoting a traditional variety of plant or breed of animal which is not associated with large-scale commercial agriculture.”


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


Best Local Hardware Store

1. Ace Hardware

2. True Value Hardware

3. Miller’s Hardware

Read all the results now!

Featured home for sale
Attention, Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

5702 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Delightful, well maintained and cared for home on two city lots. Beauty and quality of yesteryear retained with shake style siding, eight-panel doors, metal door knobs, red oak floors, and a wood burning fireplace with gas insert. Galley style kitchen with breakfast nook. Two full baths and carpet free. Backyard is fully fenced and private, storage shed and huge 28x24 foot detached garage with pull down stairs to storage and a one car/tuck under garage on University.

See the listing here.

See More Homes For Sale
SOLD: Featured commercial real estate transaction
SALE DATE: 2024-03-06
SALE PRICE: $165,000
ACRES: 0.056
From the May issue of Indianola Living magazine

Cruising through time
For Alexander, life’s too short to drive an ordinary car.

By Becky Kolosik

Cliff Alexander believes the heart and soul of any classic muscle car is not only what lies beneath the hood, but also the stories behind it.

“Modern muscle cars are cool, but they’re just not the same,” he says. “The kids in my generation… we worked hard saving up money to buy our first cars. We had more appreciation for them and what it took to keep them running.”



The dauntless dining diaries. You think you know someone who lives to eat? A crocodile has the most acidic digestive system on Earth. It can digest a zebra, hooves and bones included. While stalking dinner, it can hold its breath underwater for two hours, using oxygen more efficiently than any other creature. Its 66 teeth regenerate constantly, so they are always as sharp as an itamae's knife. A good meal can last six months. Males will eat their young, but not mamas. Mamas, however, must remain still to digest a good wildebeest or zebra, so their eggs are easily poached by baboons, lizards and birds. Irina’s Steak and Seafood (650 S. Prairie View Drive, Suite 100, West Des Moines) sometimes barbecues whole crocodiles. They taste like alligator.

More chocolate woes. Global cocoa consumption is expected to outpace production for the third consecutive year, with intense seasonal West African winds and plant diseases contributing to significant declines. Unlike its cousin the coffee bean, cocoa is so complex on the molecular level that it has been deemed impossible to synthesize. “There is no sugarcoating it — consumers will ultimately be faced with higher chocolate prices, products that contain less chocolate, and/or shrinking product sizes,” sums up Morningstar’s Magan and Steinbauer Report.

Friday deals. Chocolaterie Stam, with five venues in the metro, has "bespoke boxes," with six rows of three to five bon bons, from $17.95 this Mother's Day... Bianchi’s Hilltop (2829 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines) has a Friday lunch special on Chicago Italian beef sandwiches... Bianca’s Grill & Vineyard (410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny) has Friday specials on fish and chips, steak and shrimp plus shrimp scampi — all $13.99... Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) offers a Friday lunch special on BBQ beef or marinated roast beef sandwiches... Kwik Stars feature $1.99 fish sandwiches on Friday only.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Southeast Iowa fire chief disciplined for responding to incident scene hours after consuming beer

CENTERVILLE, Iowa — The city of Centerville's fire chief is facing disciplinary action after admitting to drinking alcohol before responding to a water rescue last week.. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Woman who vandalized law enforcement vehicles at Cy-Hawk game must pay full restitution, judge rules

STORY COUNTY, Iowa — The Des Moines woman who vandalized 15 law enforcement vehicles in Ames on the day of the Cy-Hawk football game last year will have to pay nearly $45,000 in restitution..... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Kim Reynolds issues disaster proclamation for 4 more Iowa counties

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued disaster proclamations for four more counties after the state's latest round of severe weather.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: 13K-plus watch Caitlin Clark win preseason home Fever debut ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Commanders Punter Graciously Gifts Jersey Number to QB Jayden Daniels... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: NBA playoffs: Cavaliers stun Celtics with dominant 118–94 win in Game 2 at Boston ...READ MORE
1869: Transcontinental railroad completed, unifying United States. On May 10, 1869, the presidents of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial last spike into a rail line that connects their railroads. This made transcontinental railroad travel possible for the first time in U.S. history. No longer would western-bound travelers need to take the long and dangerous journey by wagon train.  ... READ MORE
1877: Rutherford B. Hayes has first phone installed in White House.  ... READ MORE
1994: Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president, is inaugurated ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Saturday to William Brown and Mike Chiston!

These celebrities were born on this date: Chris Berman, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Dallas Roberts, Dave Mason, Dean Heller, Graham Gouldman, Helio Castroneves, Kenan Thompson, Bono, Halston Sage, Gia Gunn

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why did the ghost join a soccer team? IT WANTED TO BE A GHOULIE! - Brent Hoover, Carolyn Rogers and Gail Tomlinson 

Today's riddle

How did police catch the thief who robbed an Apple store?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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