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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know I am a fan of music, particularly 1970s singers and songwriters. As such, I had a moment of sadness when I read that Gordon Lightfoot died on Monday. He was 84 and died of natural causes at a Toronto hospital.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the most distinct voices in the history of music. Many of you replied, but none of you mentioned Gordon Lightfoot. I didn’t either. We all erred.

Lightfoot’s unique voice carries through in classic songs like “Carefree Highway,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “If You Could Read My Mind” “Rainy Day People” and one of my favorites, “Sundown.”

I am reminded regularly that “Sundown” is one of my favorites, because when I ask Alexa to play my most-played songs, it pops up. And rightfully so.

Lightfoot was considered to be one of the legendary voices to come from Toronto's Yorkville folk club scene in the 1960s and recorded 20 studio albums while writing hundreds of songs.

According to CBS News, Bob Dylan called Lightfoot a “rare talent,” and dozens of artists covered his work, including Elvis Presley, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Cash, Anne Murray and even Jane's Addiction.

Lightfoot was a proud Canadian who wrote songs that connected with his personal experiences. His music was poetic and meaningful. His early roots of singing were in his church choir and, later, a barbershop quartet. Like all of us, his many experiences shaped what he became.

I never saw him in concert, and I regret that. His tours came through Des Moines several times, and each time I considered buying tickets.

I often joke about how I go to bed feeling fine, and I somehow wake up injured. Lightfoot had a different experience that he penned in “Sundown.”

“Sometimes I think it's a shame when I get feeling better when I'm feeling no pain.”

Rest in peace, Mr. Lightfoot.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


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 Local Frame Shop

1. Tandem Brick Gallery

2. The Great Frame Up

3. Terri’s Frame Shop & Art


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Winds have finally diminished, and we're left with warming weather for the rest of the week. While we do have a small rain chance late Friday, much better chances come Saturday evening into Sunday afternoon. Warm weather looks to linger beyond that, along with a rainier pattern.

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

Featured Home For Sale
Attention Realtors, post your listings here for $50. Contact jolene@iowalivingmagazines.com for details.

2060 226th Court, Winterset, IA 50273

Superior custom-built ICF home located at west edge of Winterset in the Kippy Ridge development. This comfortable brick accented 3BR 3BA ranch-style home with radiant in-floor heating sits on approx. 4.6A and includes a pond!

See More Homes For Sale

CNN reported ("Searching for Mexico") that women revived and basically took over the Mexican coffee industry. Coffee prices dipped so much in the 1990s that men abandoned the coffee fields and moved to America. The women left behind refused to let the industry die. They also discovered the glory of fried coffee blossoms.

Friday is Cinco de Mayo. Smash Park (6625 Coachlight, West Des Moines), from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., will offer $1 tacos and $2 margaritas to celebrate.

Wednesday is pork chop night at Triangle Tap (2506 Post. St., Des Moines) with $10 pork chop dinners and $3 local craft beers.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Southside native receives heart transplant two years after diagnosis

...The surgery started on Saturday, April 15. He woke up the next day, his 38th birthday, with the best gift he could have asked for: a new life... ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: DMPD: Weed, meth, crack, oxy & ecstasy found on man after chase

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man is facing multiple charges after police say he led them on a chase that ended with a crash into a yard in the Lower Beaver neighborhood. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Here's what free entertainment you can find at the Iowa State Fair this year

Free entertainment options are available throughout the fair and range from daytime family-friendly shows, to tribute bands, to up-and-coming stars. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Mainframe Studio’s First Friday presents a bounty of new experiences, along with familiar creative and culture gems. This monthly free open-studio event continues to build on its “Instant Classic” legacy as the place to be on the first Friday of every month. 900 Keo Way in Des Moines is the address, and its boldy painted façade beckons cultural adventurers for a free immersion in some of America’s best. https://www.mainframestudios.org/events/

Art Week Des Moines (June 16-22) invites artists to register to be part of this year’s programming. It’s easier to participate this year. Check out the opportunity this is to be part of a highly promoted network of activities. Register now: www.artweekdesmoines.com

Gateway Dance Theatre. Learn from local artists — the art of movement! Bollywood-Hip hop, Bhangra, African Fan dance, Indian semi-classical, and Bolly-Kathak, you name it and they have them all! May 6 - Bollywood - Hip Hop with Prachi Bhavsar; May 13 - African Fan Dance with Seygbai Kai; May 20 - Bhangra with Pooja Mayur; June 3 - Bolly-Kathak with Debina Nath; June 10 - Indian Semi-classical with Syd Furgerson. You can choose one class or choose to save by registering for multiple classes. https://gatewaydance.networkforgood.com/events/56642-gdt-presents-dance-workshops?utm_campaign=dms_email_blast_2541135

On May 3 ...

1954: Civil Rights. The Supreme Court issues a momentous ruling that clarified the way that the American legal system handled charges of discrimination. In Hernandez v. Texas, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment applied to all racial and ethnic groups facing discrimination, effectively broadening civil rights laws to include Hispanics and all other non-whites.

1810: Lord Byron Swim. George Gordon, Lord Byron, swims across the Hellespont, a tumultuous strait in Turkey now called the Dardanelles. Legendary Greek hero Leander supposedly swam the same four-mile stretch. Byron’s visits to Greece later made him a passionate supporter of Greek independence from Turkey.

1952: North Pole. A ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher of Oklahoma and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict of California becomes the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. A moment later, Fletcher climbed out of the plane and walked to the exact geographic North Pole, probably the first person in history to do so..

Read more at History.com.


Joy found in all corners of town

It’s all about community

By Lindsey Giardino

Sarah Hoodjer finds a lot to love about the Polk City community.

“It’s a great town with what one needs to make a town feel like home,” she says. “Great people, grocery store, post office, our own police and fire departments, breakfast place, watering holes, activities through Parks and Rec. Everyone you talk to who lives in Polk City seems to have come from some other small town in Iowa, all looking to give their kids what they grew up with — a safe, small town with good people. We have that.”

Hoodjer and her husband, Corey, moved to town 15 years ago and have since expanded their household to include a son, Jack, and three pets, a dog, a cat and a fish — “with many other pet requests denied,” she jokes.
They purchased their home during the market crash of 2008 and have put their own touches on it over the past few years, including finishing the basement and adding landscaping.

 ... Read more in the April issue of North Polk Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Frankie Valli, Bobby Cannavale, Dule Hill, Eric Church, Cheryl Burke, Greg Gumbel, Christopher Cross, Amy Ryan, Tanya Wright

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why don't cows play archery? THEY DON'T WANT TO HIT A BULL'S EYE! - Mike Chiston, Rex Post

 OR "They don't want to get "grazed" by an arrow." - Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

]What do you call cattle that tell jokes?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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