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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Good morning to you!

This morning, we are going to find out how much skin you have in the game. That’s right. Skin. We talk a lot about this outer covering of our bodies and even sometimes unfairly judge others because of it, but why? Too blotchy. Too dark. Too freckled. Too tan. Too pimply. Too pale. All this over skin? Apparently so.

Yes, skin is our largest organ, accounting for up to 15% of our body weight and covering approximately 22 square feet. And, yes, it has up to seven layers of tissue that guard our muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. It’s important stuff, no doubt. It has also become part of our vernacular with a variety of somewhat awkward uses and meanings.

Those who are described as having “thick skin” may be called hardened, insensitive, implacable. Those who are called “thin-skinned” might be considered delicate, hypersensitive, emotional.

We have likely all met a deadline or goal by “the skin of our teeth,” meaning we barely accomplished something great or narrowly missed something disastrous.

Being “comfortable in our own skin” is said to be a good thing, as we are content, confident and happy with who we are and not feeling the need to pretend or be someone we are not.

In the 1970s, we used to say, “Give me some skin” and then extend a hand for a high-five. That was far out, man.

To “save someone’s skin” means to help someone get out of a dangerous or difficult situation. The phrase dates back to the 1500s when "skin," in this sense, referred to the body in the process of hanging or beheading.

To “get under someone’s skin” means to irritate or upset that person. All this stuff about skin may be getting under your skin right now.

We are often told that beauty is only skin deep, meaning what matters is a person's character and not his or her appearance. Meanwhile, American women alone spend an average of $3,756 per year on beauty products and services, and beauty companies spend an estimated $7.7 billion on advertising their products and services.

And finally, we all know there is more than one way to skin a cat, but why would we? Of course, this gruesome reference means various ways exist to accomplish the same task, but removing a cat’s skin? Apparently, a debate on cat-skinning once existed, addressing whether to boil the cat after it was killed or while it was still alive. And you thought you had skin in the game?

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

Rain chances linger in the southeast today, but the rest of the state looks dry. Another chance comes Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. Temperatures stay mild.

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

Two characters and a dog in Woodland Cemetery

By Joe Weeg

The graves sprawl over the bright green and faded brown grass like grazing cattle over the stubble of an Iowa corn field. Narrow blacktop roads meander here and there across the 65 acres. Pools of sunshine dance on the white granite tombstones and the half-buried markers of grey river rock. While the many trees with small leafing buds stand quietly in respect.

Woodland Cemetery on the cusp of spring.

Mike Rowley tells a story.


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


Best Local Flower Shop

1. Boesen the Florist

2. Wildflower

3. Carmen’s Flowers Uptown

Read all the results now!

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From the May issue of West Des Moines/Jordan Creek Living magazine

Competing for time
Residents share how relationships are the “win” in sporting together.

By Jackie Wilson

Like other families, Clint Gentry and his son, Simon, were looking for ways to social distance during the pandemic. So, in 2020, they started playing disc golf together.

Clint played occasionally as a student while attending Iowa State University. Yet, teaching and raising a family prevented him from playing. Simon, who was 11 at the time, was eager to learn.

They played at the Southwoods Park Disc Golf in West Des Moines. Simon says, “I wasn't very good to start. I've learned a lot since then, but I’ve lost a few discs.

“He’s picked it up naturally,” Clint adds.



Fast food update. Fighting to win back customers who have fled the arches and its stock, McDonald’s is: upgrading its sesame seed bun to a brioche; infusing caramelized onion flavor into burger patties; and introducing room temperature cheese slices to ensure even melting. The brand aims to open about 10,000 new stores, bringing their total to 50,000 worldwide. (Mashed)

"22 will take you through" update. Jason Gay of Wall Street Journal wrote a piece about Caitlyn Clark and the GOAT of soccer, Lionel Messi, concluding "Together Messi and Clark share rare turf: The single player as a solitary spectacle, a circus wherever they travel, a human fascination for the super fan, casual fan and even the never-fan. Their games aren’t mere sporting events, but cultural phenomena, and if you think that sounds overbaked, take a spin on the secondary market and have a gander at the eye-gouging prices.You thought you were done when you paid the price of a Hawaiian vacation to see Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour. Welcome to the summer of Cate & Leo." Cate's WNBA career begins tonight at 7 p.m., Iowa time not Des Moines Register time. ESPN2 will call it. Hawkeye best friend Kate Martin's first game follows on that network.

Tuesday deals. It's "Twosday" at the I-Cub game. $32 buys two tickets, two slices of pizza and two beers or soft drinks... Bianca’s Grill & Vineyard (410 South Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny) offers "family specials" on Tuesday with spaghetti, chicken Alfredo and Cajun Alfredo meals for $25, meatballs extra... Red Lobster (3838 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) has Tuesday specials of a pound of snow crab, fries and a side for $20... Kid’s meals are half priced all day Tuesdays at Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale) and all you can eat classic fried chicken is offered after 3 p.m.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird at Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York

NEW YORK — Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird was in a New York City courtroom Monday for Donald Trump's hush money trial. The former president is accused of falsifying internal business records to cover up hush money payments by logging them as legal expenses. He has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Smoke from Canadian wildfires bringing ‘unhealthy’ air to Iowa

(NEXSTAR) – Canadian wildfires are contributing to worsening air quality in dozens of U.S. cities and towns this week, officials say, with states along the northern border currently experiencing the brunt of the pollution. Parts of the upper Midwest and westward toward the Rockies, including Iowa are seeing the worst dips in air quality Monday morning, according to the EPA-affiliated U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI).... READ MORE FROM WHO

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Lawsuit alleges Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office improperly collects payments from inmates

The ACLU of Iowa and others filed the lawsuit on behalf of a single mother they say is still trying to pay off her jail debt to the county......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Sports headlines
ESPN: Iowa coach Lisa Bluder retires, assistant Jan Jensen to take over...READ MORE 
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: Jared Goff’s Extension Shows the Lions Finally Know What They’re Doing. ... READ MORE
YAHOO! Sports: NBA playoffs: Cavaliers All-Star Donovan Mitchell, Jarrett Allen to miss Game 4 vs. Celtics...READ MORE
1804: Lewis and Clark depart to explore the Northwest  ... READ MORE
1948: State of Israel proclaimed  ... READ MORE
1796: Early smallpox vaccine is tested.  Edward Jenner, an English country doctor from Gloucestershire, administers what will become known as the world’s first vaccination as a preventive treatment for smallpox, a disease that had killed millions of people over the centuries. While still a medical student, Jenner learned about rural English farm workers’ and physicians’ observations that people who had contracted a disease called cowpox, which caused blistering on cow’s udders, often did not catch smallpox. Unlike smallpox, which caused severe skin eruptions and dangerous fevers in humans, cowpox led to few ill symptoms in these women. ... READ MORE
Birthdays and notables

These celebrities were born on this date: Miranda Cosgrove, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Hughes, Rob Gronkowski, Olly Murs, Cate Blanchett, George Lucas, Sofia Coppola, Zach Edey, Dustin Lynch

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Why is sausage bad for you? BECAUSE IT IS THE WURST! - Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

What does a frog order at a restaurant?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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