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Thursday, May 18, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Welcome to the mailbag, once again a day early. Below you will find some of the many comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity. Look for more tomorrow.

“As a senior, my routine is sock/knee brace/shoe, sock/knee brace/shoe (Socks, May 9, 2023)!” - Chuck

Better not mix those up. Could be trouble. - Shane

“Regarding sock-sock, shoe-shoe, or sock-shoe, sock-shoe, I don’t fit your either/or frame (Socks, May 9, 2023). Sometimes sock-shoe, sometimes sock-sock, shoe-shoe. It seems you’re trying to ‘fence in’ your readers on these issues, and some of us don’t fit. I say live a little! Tomorrow when you get dressed, try sock-shoe, sock-shoe. Your Friday might be brighter than usual! You can thank me later.” - Susan

It's nearly summer. I am going with sandals. - Shane

“Shane, remember the old adage ‘Good fences make good neighbors’ (No fences, May 10, 2023)? I have found this to be true in most instances I have encountered in farm life, city life and rural living. Always enjoy your morning thoughts. Keep up the good work.” - Jim

And we all know the importance of good neighbors. Good point, Jim. - Shane

“With credit to a fictitious, famously insane person (Hannibal Lector), ‘How do we begin to covet? We begin by coveting what we see every day’ (No fences, May 10, 2023). Fences help to control the crazies, be they wild and domestic beasts or human ones.” - Bruce

Or jail cells, at least for Hannibal. - Shane

“I wish I had a fence so I don't have to watch where I step in my own yard in order to avoid cleaning the neighbor's dog's ritual from the bottom on my shoes (No fences, May 10, 2023)!” - Brad

Best point yet. Thanks, Brad. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. I worked in a bank for 42 years and Post-it notes were used by me daily, mostly as quick reminders (Post-it Notes, May 11, 2023). Phone calls to return after a customer left, or notes placed in active files of things that needed to be done for that customer. I still use them in retirement. Although my wife now uses them to remind me of things to do or haven't done after repeated requests. Thanks for the memories.” - Dennis

Do it. Ditch it. Or delegate it. Then you don’t need Post-it notes. Just a thought. - Shane

“Shane, I believe there is a middle ground on sticky notes, and that’s where I live (Post-it Notes, May 11, 2023). I only use these for important daily reminders, and often stick one on my cell phone at night regarding something I MUST remember the next morning. I recently purchased a generic packet in four soft pastel colors — pink, green, blue, yellow — much less jarring to the eye and still does the trick.” - Susan

Too much of one thing — bad. Little bit of everything — good. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thank for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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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 Local Liquor Store

1. Ingersoll Wine & Spirits

2. Central City Liquors

3. Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More gorgeous weather is ahead today with a high in the low 80s expected. We'll see a chance for a few showers and thunderstorms this evening into the early morning hours on a breezy and cooler Friday. A gorgeous weekend is followed by a warmer start to next week.

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

Featured Home For Sale
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Rare find in this 2 story farmhouse with 162 acres. 80 acres tillable with 55 acres in CRP. Balance of land in timber No covenants. 54x40 outbuilding. Great location. Near Hogback Covered Bridge. Owner willing to divide.

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Iowa craft beer makers won three gold medals for best in their categories at the National Brewers World Cup. More than 10,000 beers were competing and represented 51 countries. Backpocket, of Coralville and Johnston, won a gold medal for its pumpkin ale. Confluence, Des Moines, won gold in Malbock for its ChewBOCKa and also won in wood and barrel aged strong beer for its Old Chungus.

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry wants to change agriculture so it emits less carbon. He claims that 33% of all carbon emissions are from agriculture. U.S. agriculture contributes only 10%. Making agriculture more eco-friendly would make food far more expensive. It's already so expensive that there are 750 million people who are starving or severely malnourished. Starvation of millions would definitely reduce the world's carbon footprint, but is that the way it should happen?

Thursday nights bring fried chicken specials to Chicago Speakeasy (1320 Euclid Ave., Des Moines). Thursday afternoons mean Ultimate Grinders at Manhattan Deli ( 3705 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines). Only made on Thursdays, these include homemade Italian sausage, pepperoni, capicola, mild fried peppers, mayo, provolone, Manhattan seasoning on a hoagie bun.


FROM KCCI: Hockey arena delayed at Merle Hay Mall

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hockey fans will have to wait a little longer to watch a game at Merle Hay Mall. KCCI has confirmed that no construction has actually occurred on the new Des Moines Buccaneers arena, since a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 18, 2022. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Bike safety in Iowa improving, but more needs to be done

DES MOINES, Iowa — Each year the Iowa DOT publishes crash information involving bicycles, and how many fatal accidents occurred. In recent years there were at least ten fatal accidents in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Last year there were only three fatalities, and so far in 2023, there have been no fatal accidents. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Polk County Health Department calls on Iowa to legalize fentanyl test strips

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill Tuesday that creates higher penalties for people who manufacture, deliver or possess controlled substances like fentanyl. The harsher stance on fentanyl comes as law enforcement and state agencies are sounding the alarm on the rise of its accidental use......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 18 in history ...

1982. Mount St. Helens erupts. At 8:32 a.m. PDT on May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens, a volcanic peak in southwestern Washington, suffers a massive eruption, killing 57 people and devastating some 210 square miles of wilderness.

1989: A million protesters. A crowd of protesters, estimated to number more than one million, marches through the streets of Beijing calling for a more democratic political system. Just a few weeks later, the Chinese government moved to crush the protests.

1917: Selective Service. Some six weeks after the United States formally entered the First World War, the U.S Congress passes the Selective Service Act on May 18, 1917, giving the U.S. president the power to draft soldiers.

Read more at History.com.


Meet Jessie Nelson

Fifth graders bring life to the classroom, says special education teacher.

By T.K. West

Originally from Albia, Jessie Nelson grew up in a family of educators. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa before earning a master’s degree in special education from Morningside University. Following her student teaching, Nelson taught in Waterloo, Minnesota, and then the Des Moines Public School District before relocating with her family to Bondurant in 2020.

“I had heard amazing things about the school district as a parent and an educator. Even though I loved my job in Des Moines Public Schools, I wanted to come be part of this strong, growing school district. I’m so glad I did,” Nelson says.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Ian Brandt!

These celebrities were born on this date: Allen Leech, Brooks Robinson, George Strait, Joe Bonsall, Mark Mothersbaugh, Reggie Jackson, Tina Fey, Violett Beane

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 horse that can’t lose a race? SHERBET! (SURE BET)! - Gail Tomlinson. Or "A shoe-in." -Josie Siefken. Or "Charley Horse!" - Dick Williams. Or "A whinny-er." - Lori Bluml. Or "Ka-Ching." - William Snyder

Today's Riddle

Why did the man keep doing the backstroke?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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