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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
Good morning to you!

Well, it’s almost that time of year again. Time for a family photo. Time to update our address lists. Time to summarize anything and everything that’s changed in our lives this year. Time to fool ourselves into thinking someone might actually read it.

Yes, you guessed it; it’s time to send out holiday greeting cards.

I remember when Jolene and I were first married. We couldn’t wait to send out Christmas cards with an update letter. The same was true after each of our three children were born. But after 20-plus years of doing this, it has become a chore.

This realization came about for me after visiting with our editor, Tammy Pearson, about a series of upcoming stories we have planned for our Iowa Living magazines about Christmas cards. We wondered if this holiday practice is as popular as it once was? If people are still typing up letters or hand-writing cards? And if they are still taking out a small loan to pay for the postage?

I used to look forward to this time-honored tradition, especially reading about what was new in the lives of friends or family members whom we don’t touch base with regularly. But, if I am being honest, I don’t think I looked through all the cards and letters in recent years. And if the letter took multiple pages, well, forget it.

Then, something changed. In the past few years, we haven’t received as many. In conversations with others, I learned that a growing number of folks are relying on social media sites for this purpose. Or they gave up in general. Or, maybe, they just took me off their list.

Admittedly, moving three times in three years put a wrench in the process. So if you sent me a card and it was returned, that’s why. No worries, though. If you really want to send me money, you can Venmo it.

Truth be told, we skipped the entire Christmas card tradition a few years back. We had a hectic few months leading up to the holidays, and we just didn’t get it done. Guess what? Life went on as normal. But, as you might guess, we returned to the task the following year.

So, here we are, less than six weeks from Christmas, and the pressure is on. We will gather a photo from a recent family get-together. We will update the list of addresses. We will summarize anything and everything that has changed in our lives in the last year. And we will fool ourselves into thinking someone might actually read it.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

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

View Shane Goodman's archived columns from past issues here.

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Great, warm weather through Thursday. Cooling into the weekend. Our next rain chance comes Monday.

For help with pre-approvals or refinancing, get in touch with Originating Branch Manager Carrie Hansen at carrie.mortgage.

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Congratulations to these five women who completed the 2023 Living History Farms Race. The race is held each year at Living History Farms, in Urbandale, and covers a 5-mile course which traverses hills and hollows, muddy slopes and creeks. Photo/Paul Houston.


FROM KCCI: Altoona police investigating after 3 American flags burned in neighborhood on same morning

ALTOONA, Iowa — Three American flags were burned in an Altoona neighborhood Monday morning. Now, police are asking for people's help in finding a suspect who is believed to be responsible for it. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Police release name of victim in morning stabbing

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police are releasing the name of the woman who was stabbed and killed Tuesday morning. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DART considering 40% reduction in bus services due to funding issues

DART has been struggling for months to find other new funding sources to address a $2.7 million shortfall, despite being Des Moines' only mode of public transit. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


The National Desk reports that a whale washed up dead on a North Carolina beach last week, only the fourth in state history. Autopsy showed it died from eating a balloon.

McDonald's has partnered with CROCS to create a new line of the shoes.

Wednesday's special at Waterfront (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) is king salmon this week.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Early risers

Residents share experiences working while most others sleep.

By Jackie Wilson

While most of us are catching our last few Zs before dragging ourselves out of bed, others have long been awake and busy, many of them making it possible for us to get our days off to a good start. After all, someone has to make the donuts, brew the coffee and deliver those energy drinks to the shelves. Others rise and shine to care for the early morning needs of patients in hospitals, residents of care centers and women in labor. The list of those working while we sleep goes on, and some of them share their experiences as early risers in this month’s cover story.

Early-morning aromas
The aroma of fresh baked breads, pastries, cakes and cookies permeate the bakery department at the Jordan Creek Hy-Vee in West Des Moines. Stopping by to grab treats for an early-morning office donut run wouldn't be possible without the bakers who are up before dawn. One of the bakers, Joe Peitzman, is just the man for the job.

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Sam Waterston, Virginie Ledoyen, Winston Duke, Shailene Woodley, Emma Dumont, Petula Clark, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, John Roberts, E-40, Jack Ingram, David Carr, Chad Kroeger, Jesse Sandoval, Sean Murray, B.o.B

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

Which kind of reptile runs the jumbotron at the ballpark? A MONITOR LIZARD! - Rex Post. Or, videoraptor. - William Snyder. Or A supersaurus! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

Which writing genre pays the most?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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