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Monday, May 13, 2024
Good morning to you!

A wonderful woman passed away a few weeks ago. She was a regular reader of the Daily Umbrella, a free paper industry icon, and a good friend.

Her name was Gladys Van Drie. Some people pronounced her first name with the “s,” some without it. Gladys didn't correct people either way. She chose to use her words for matters she deemed more important. The “s” may have been silent, but Gladys wasn’t. She was considerate, yet confident. Soft-spoken, but strong-hearted. Political, but not pushy.

Gladys and her husband, Rudy, owned shopper publications in Story and Boone counties in Iowa. Many years later, after she sold them, I managed the Boone County publication. Her photo was on a wall in the building. I hope it still is. During the time when I was managing that publication, I never met her, but the staff who worked for Gladys frequently spoke fondly of her.

Years later, I met her at an industry national conference. We hit it off right away on a variety of subjects. Feeding my ego, Gladys even once told me I had “a cute butt” and then laughed. I didn't know how to respond, and she loved it. My wife, Jolene, was born and raised in Ames in the same neighborhood as the Van Dries. She and Gladys connected on another level as well.

Keep in mind that Gladys was no longer working in the industry, but she attended the national conferences each year, even taking sales training classes and earning her certificate while in her 80s. She was a continual learner.

Gladys told me the story of how she became the manager of the shoppers. Her husband, Rudy, died suddenly of a heart attack in 1976. Gladys was not actively involved in the business at the time. She said after Rudy died, she reached out to folks in the industry and received this advice: “You walk into that office tomorrow morning with confidence and act like you have all the answers. You will figure out.” And, with the help of her industry cohorts, daughters Karen and Karla, community friends and loyal customers, she did. In fact, she operated the Boone County Shopping News and the Ames Advertiser for 16 years before selling them in 1992.

At 87 years old, Gladys was still active and learning, continually asking questions to those around her. She was involved in her Estes Park community, Rotary, the local hospital board and the antiquarians. She would gather around the campfire with Jolene and her girlfriends who would go hiking each year in Colorado. She even met with our staff at Big Green Umbrella Media in Johnston a few years ago, at our request, and shared her inspiring stories.

Gladys called a few months ago to let us know she had terminal cancer with only weeks to live. Jolene took what may have been deemed by many to be a sad call. Gladys wouldn’t let that happen. Jolene hung up the phone smiling, and I am guessing Gladys did, too.

We were planning a trip to Colorado in March, and we were to stop in Estes Park to see Gladys one last time. With more than two feet of incoming snow on its way, we had to change our route and were not able to stop by. “No worries,” Gladys told us. “You can come see me at my Celebration of Life.” She meant that in an honest and kind way, proving once again that the “s” isn’t always silent. And as long as people keep telling the story of Gladys Van Drie, it never will be.

Have a memorable Monday, 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

Rain chances continue into this evening. Tuesday and Wednesday morning look dry before another round of rain moves in.

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

Atheists Caucus in the Heartland

By Kristian Day

The year was 2011, and I had been in Des Moines for four years. My first feature documentary, “Brent Houzenga: Hybrid Pioneer,” premiered at the Des Moines Social Club at its former location at 1408 Locust St. that previous November. It was now April, and the weather was finally breaking. I had read in the news early in the month that the National Atheist Convention was coming to Des Moines.

American Atheists was said to be a major advocacy group for nonbeliever civil rights and state-church separation. The convention was to feature speakers, panels, activism workshops and social events for nonreligious, as well as curious, people.


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This is K-9 Tabasco and his handler Officer Pacheco with the Urbandale Police Department. They were present at Fido on the Farm, an event hosted by Living History Farms in Urbandale where dog owners can bring their dogs to tour the 1876 town of Walnut Hill, hike the trails, visit the farm sites and meet vendors. Photo/Paul Houston.

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From the May issue of Indianola Living magazine

Meet Amanda Carnes
Pairing learning with laughter and play

By Becky Kolosik

Amanda Carnes has experienced the magic of teaching young learners for 15 years.
“Kindergarten is such a magical age,” she says. “There are so many things that are new and amazing to my students, and it’s fun to witness their excitement.”

Teaching is something Carnes knew she would do from an early age. She credits several teachers at Martensdale-St. Mary’s where she attended school for playing a significant part in molding her into the person she is today and for encouraging her to make a difference in the lives of children.



Wake-up and smell the garbanzos. As reported here several times this year, coffee beans are having a hard time dealing with global warming. So much so that there is a serious movement to manufacture synthetic coffee. Scientists have been thwarted for decades in efforts to create synthetic cacao, a cousin of coffee. But there is optimism that coffee will be easier. Such pseudo coffee is being made from a variety of ingredients, including chickpeas and “upcycled” agricultural waste like date pits. Other approaches use lab-grown cells from actual coffee plants. Companies like Voyage Foods, Minus Coffee, Atomo, Prefer, Stem and Northern Wonder have all either begun selling, or are working on, so-called beanless coffee alternatives. One of the world’s largest food companies, Cargill, recently became the exclusive business-to-business distributor of beanless-coffee maker Voyage Foods’ cocoa- and nut-free products. (WSJ, Reuters)

Wake up and buy your tickets. Opera season is selling out faster than ever. “The Barber of Seville” on July 14, “American Apollo” on July 13, and “Pelléas & Mélisande” on both July 12 and July 21 are all gone. Several others are nearly there. Dinners in the lobby will be hosted by Embassy Club, $75, for all non Sunday performances. Concessions will include Purveyor's fabulous charcuterie and cheese boards.

Delish, a reliable harbinger of food trends, named The Porn Star the “martini of 2024.” (Remember that Donald Trump met Stormy Daniels when she was making drinks for guests at a celebrity golf event.) It was created in London by a bartender who first experienced it in South Africa at a strip club. The Londoner renamed it because of all the passion fruit. It contains two ounces of vanilla vodka, one ounce of passion fruit liqueur (preferably Passoã), one ounce of passion fruit puree, one ounce of Prosecco, and half an ounce each of fresh lime juice and simple syrup, with passion fruit slices for garnish.

Deals today. Monday brings prime rib specials to both Chicago Speakeasy (1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines) and Christopher's (2816 Beaver Ave., Des Moines)… Today is lasagna day at Winn’s Pizza and Steakhouse (122 W Ashland Ave., Indianola)... RoCA (208 Court Ave., Des Moines) will have an Il Borro wine dinner, 6 p.m., May 15, for $155 per person. The four-course dinner includes side-by-side tastings of two vintages for each wine. ...Gateway Market (2002 Woodland Ave., Des Moines) is hosting a wine tasting extravaganza on Tuesday, 4-6 p.m., no cover.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Des Moines Renaissance fair food, fun and learning draws thousands

DES MOINES, Iowa — One Des Moines Renaissance fair is drawing crowds of thousands in the opening weekend of its spring festival. The Sleepy Hollow Ren Faire has been providing its visitors with entertainment for nearly 20 years. With entertainment stages and over 60 vendors, the fair brings plenty of fun to its guests. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Shots fired at vehicle Sunday morning in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that happened near a QuikTrip on the southside of the city. Just after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday morning near 849 Army Post Road with witnesses seeing a male shoot at a vehicle several times. After shooting at a vehicle the suspect took off northbound in his own vehicle.... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines funeral home putting unclaimed children to rest

Volunteers at Hamilton's Funeral Home are working to ensure the community can hear the names of 36 unclaimed children, some of which have never been spoken.....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Atlanta Hawks best improbable odds to win NBA's draft lottery ...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Matt Carpenter's Bat Bizarrely Broke Before He Made Contact With Ball... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: Bruins-Panthers animosity hits new level after Bennett hit on Marchand...READ MORE
1981: Pope John Paul II shot. Near the start of his weekly general audience in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded while passing through the square in an open car. The assailant, 23-year-old escaped Turkish murderer Mehmet Ali Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, narrowly missing vital organs, and another that hit the pope’s left hand.  ... READ MORE
1607: Jamestown settlers arrive. Some 100 English colonists arrive along the east bank of the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Dispatched from England by the London Company, the colonists had sailed across the Atlantic aboard the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.  ... READ MORE
1920: Socialist party nominates “Convict 2253” for president. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday Gina Chandler, Josh Eike, Kerry Jacobsen!

These celebrities were born on this date: John Kasich, Alan Ball, Dennis Rodman, Stephen Colbert, Tom Verica, Darius Rucker, Brian Geraghty, Tom Cotton, Mike Bibby, Morgan Wallen, Robert Pattinson, Debby Ryan, Stevie Wonder

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

How did police catch the thief who robbed an Apple store? THEY HAD AN  iWITNESS! - Gail Tomlinson. Other answers from Rex Post, Mark Arends

Today's riddle

Why is sausage bad for you?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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