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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Hate is an evil word, and, unfortunately, it consumes too many of us today.

On the extreme side, people have been killed in the name of hate, not only in wars but in family disputes, road rage and simple arguments. Hate also rears its ugly head in everyday conversations about politics, religion and even sports. Some blame members of the media, and rightfully so. Others say social media fans the flames, and it most certainly does. But at the end of the day, we all have the personal responsibility to decide how we want to respond to hate.

It’s not easy, but I try not to hate, and that starts with avoiding the use of the word. Words have energy that either build up or zap energy from others, and hate takes a great deal of energy that could be used for so many positive things.

When our daughters were young, they would tell me they hated certain foods, certain songs, certain TV shows — mostly things I liked, of course. I would ask them if they knew how negatively powerful of a word hate was, and I would point out how they could use other words to make their points. They likely hated it when I said this.

Sure, there are comments that offend me, people who annoy me, and opinions I disagree with. My lack of patience spurs much of it, but I am learning to be fascinated and entertained by those differing views rather than hating the people who have them. I enjoy the challenge of prodding people to see the other side, whether I agree with them or not. Sometimes it works; most of the time, it doesn’t. And, at times, I still feel the emotion of anger. That’s because we are all human and are subject to the feelings of hate. As comedian and TV host Bill Maher says, humans are not good people. Even so, we can try to do better. The Odyssey website shares some useful tips to implement when we feel the need to hate.

Take a deep breath. This is always the first and best step toward clearing your mind.

Remember that this person is human. Nobody is perfect, not this person and certainly not you. Your words will hurt.

Let it go. It may be easier said than done, but don’t let yourself dwell on the issue. That will only make you more upset.

Or, as I do, find the humor in the differences you share with others and be grateful we are not convinced to have the same opinions — as that could be even more dangerous.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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CITYVIEW's  Best Of Des Moines

CITYVIEW announced its 2023 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Jan. 31. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Ankeny Store

1. Real Deals Ankeny

2. Coachlight Clinic & Spa

3. Wrapped


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

One more windy day is ahead before things finally calm down Wednesday. We begin a warming trend tomorrow. Thursday and Friday rain chances are slim, but Sunday's looks more likely.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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Grimes' restaurant growth keeps climbing. Viet Thai III is stepping into the old Chopstix location (270 W 1st St.). Slim Chickens (2170 E. 1st St.) opened last week to huge crowds.

Zen Business reported the most and least profitable segments of the food business. Topping the list were honey producers, clearing a 30% profit margin. Coffee shops and popcorn producers also topped 20%. The least profitable were non organic grocery stores at 2%.

Today brings taco Tuesday, $2 Exile Forage beers and DJ Bingo to Cathy's East 14th Street Tavern (3418 E. 14th St., Des Moines).

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: 2 Des Moines bar owners sentenced in harassment case

DES MOINES, Iowa — Two Des Moines bar owners who admitted to using a hidden GPS device to track a woman received their sentences Monday. Steven McFadden, who owns the Grumpy Goat restaurants and Tipsy Crow Tavern, secretly put a GPS device in the woman's car, according to court records. Ankeny police said Edwin Allen also watched the same victim for McFadden while he was out of state. Allen owns Zora Rooftop Bar, which is now for sale. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Country group adds Des Moines show to national tour

DES MOINES, Iowa – Old Dominion is bringing its No Bad Vibes tour to Des Moines later this year. The popular country band will play Wells Fargo Arena on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 5 at 10:00 a.m. here. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: MercyOne describes 'miraculous' life-changing stroke treatment procedure

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Doctors and staff with MercyOne's Stroke Team want to raise awareness for the level of care Iowans can receive at their center. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 2 ...

1933: Loch Ness Monster. The modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news on May 2, 1933. The newspaper Inverness Courier relates an account of a local couple who claim to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.” The story of the “monster” (a moniker chosen by the Courier editor) becomes a media phenomenon, with London newspapers sending correspondents to Scotland and a circus offering a 20,000 pound sterling reward for capture of the beast.

1918: World War I. On May 2, 1918, in a conference of Allied military leaders at Abbeville, France, the U.S., Britain and France argue over the entrance of American troops into World War I.

2011: Osama bin Laden killed. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States, is killed by U.S. forces during a raid on his compound hideout in Pakistan. The notorious, 54-year-old leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist network of Islamic extremists, had been the target of a nearly decade-long international manhunt.

Read more at History.com.


Meet Kristina Bavas

First year teacher making family consumer sciences fun.

By Ashley Rullestad

Kristina Bavas graduated from Iowa State University in May 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Sciences Education and currently teaches that subject at DCG. This is her first year teaching, and she says she is fortunate her first teaching experience is at Oak View Middle School.

Bavas says she wanted to go into education after her own experiences in school. In fact, the photo of Bavas shows her holding a gift from her FCS teacher, Laura VanWaardhuizen, given to her during her sophomore year of high school.

“When I decided to go to Iowa State, she was my FCS program coordinator and professor. We have known each other for nearly a decade, and I cannot imagine what my adventure would have looked like without her.

She is creative, thoughtful and compassionate — all things a great FCS teacher should be. Now, I have this picture up in my own classroom to remind me of how far I have come and how I can be there for my students, the same way Laura was there for me.” 

... Read more in the April issue of Grimes Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Donatella Versace, Bianca Jagger, Christine Baranski, David Suchet, Larry Gatlin, Stephen Daldry, Dwayne Johnson, Mika Brzezinski, Paul George, Todd Sucherman, Gaius Charles

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a frightened cow? A COW-HERD! - Gail Tomlinson, Rex Post, Dennis Porter, Rich Hoidahl. OR "I don’t know. But, it gives whipped cream." - William Snyder. Or A "cow"ering "boo"vine! - Carolyn Rogers. Or, A milk shake! - Sharon Sorensen, Mike Chiston. A Boo Cow! - Cyote Williams.

Today's Riddle

Why don't cows play archery?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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