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Friday, March 1, 2024
Good morning to you!

Welcome to the Friday mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“I agree! Blend us all (The American language, Feb. 25, 2024). We started out all different and became one, and it is time again.” - Margaret

If you believe in the afterlife, I am fairly certain we will all be speaking the same language then. - Shane

“Good morning from Florida, where as they say ‘woke’ goes to die. It might be MAGA and despicable of me to refer to you of as woke, but why should any long-established community change significantly to accommodate those who wish to join it (The American language, Feb. 25, 2024)? The few times I've attended Catholic services, they've offered me a blessing and Communion. If you moved to a Latin American country, you'd best brush up on those three semesters of Spanish. How foolish would I be to move North Sentinel Island and expect them to not kill and maybe eat me? ‘Bienvenida a america ahora aprende ingle!’ Thanks for a thoughtful wake-up.” - John

I have been called a lot of things in my life, but “woke” has not been one of them. In the meantime, we should both brush up on the Cherokee language. - Shane

“Hi, Shane. I enjoyed your column this morning (The American language, Feb. 25, 2024). I remember my first trip to Canada and noticed that on the signs. French was on top followed by English. I have always been surprised that America does not reciprocate the gesture with Canada or Mexico. Check out this link on how Delta Air Line is trying to improve the travel experience for everyone.” - Matt

That’s because we Americans are still struggling with Napoleon, Marie Antoinette and Voltaire. But the French also gave us Andre The Giant, so there is hope. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, 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.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Breezy weather will be with us through the weekend. Expect an impressive warming trend to continue into Sunday. A storm chance Sunday evening, with lingering rain chances into Monday evening. Cooling after.

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

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


Best Local Brunch/Breakfast

1. Early Bird Brunch

2. The Breakfast Club

3. HomeGrown – Des Moines

Read all the results now!

Featured home for sale
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$425,000                                                              2567 Clark Tower Road, Winterset, IA 50273

Location, Location! 1.5 story sitting on beautiful 12.72 acres overlooking your own pond; this home is located right off the highway just a short distance from Winterset. This home boasts 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, with an open concept spacious main floor. The attached garage is huge.

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From Waukee Living magazine

Snyder recalls finding school crush after years
Now 101, he recalls a “blessed” life.

By Hannah Wright

More than a century ago, Richard Snyder, now 101, was born north of Dallas Center.

He was raised, as he describes, in a wonderful home. He grew up on a farm with six brothers and sisters, attending a one-room country school. By the time he was in high school, the family had moved, and he graduated from Van Meter High School in 1941. In school, he had a crush on someone who didn’t even know he existed — a “tall, thin girl with long, black, curly hair” named Lucy. On the farm, he worked hard, and attributed that work ethic to his father.

“Work long hours, tell the truth, and do what you're supposed to do,” he quips.


Campaign Grain Chain: India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is personally leading a new government push to grow and eat more millet, calling for Indians to have at least one meal a day featuring the hardy grain. Millet is used in breads and porridge much like wheat but is not threatened like wheat and rice crops by higher temperatures. (NHK World); Bee Wilson of Wall Street Journal thinks she has discovered a super rice. "I met the Italian producer of Acquerello, an incredibly expensive risotto rice, who told me that her rice was so creamy you hardly needed to add butter or Parmesan. I was skeptical, but she was right, as I discovered to my amazement when I took some of her rice home and cooked with it. Each grain was perfectly separate and yet velvety, as if the rice itself had been injected with cream. The sad part is it costs nearly $20 a pound." We found it for about half that price at both Walmart and Amazon on line and even less at supermarketitaly.com

From the Iowa Restaurant Association's 2024 report: Eighty percent of adults are interested in taking advantage of discounts on slower days of the week and off-peak times of day; 90% of consumers say that they go to restaurants to experience dishes and drinks they have never tried before.

Specials: Machine Shed (11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale) has an all you can eat fried fish special on Fridays... Fong's Pizza (223 4th St., Des Moines) serves slices until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights... Winn's Pizza & Steakhouse (122 W Ashland Ave., Indianola) serves chicken fried steak specials on Sundays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

Keep Iowa Beautiful photo contest winners

ABOVE: Iowa Cities: Honorable Mention: “Springtime at Kinnick,” by Jacob Hannon of Iowa City

Keep Iowa Beautiful has announced the winners of the 14th Annual Keep Iowa Beautiful Photography Contest, aimed at raising awareness of Iowa's natural and environmental beauty.  To see all the winning photos, visit Keep Iowa Beautiful.


FROM KCCI: Iowa girls state basketball: Tournament schedule, results and highlights from Wells Fargo Arena

DES MOINES, Iowa — Forty teams started the week at Wells Fargo Arena with title hopes but only five will leave with championships. Check the list below all week for results, highlight videos and a full schedule of games from the Iowa girls state basketball tournament....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Caitlin Clark announces plans to enter 2024 WNBA Draft

IOWA CITY, IOWA — Caitlin Clark has accomplished nearly everything an individual can do on a college basketball court, now she’s ready to move on to a bigger stage. On Thursday Clark removed all doubt about her intentions after her senior season with the Hawkeyes ends – she will enter the NBA Draft....READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: 'It's great for our people in need': Mental health units respond to nearly 6,000 police calls in 2023

Over 1,000 mental health calls didn't designate need for Des Moines police, because no threat was detected, meaning mental health units responded instead....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Weekly fuel report

The price of regular unleaded gasoline rose 5 cents, averaging $3.06 across Iowa according to AAA. Prices are down 9 cents from a year ago. The national average on Wednesday was $3.29, up 2 cents from last week’s price.

Retail diesel prices in Iowa fell 3 cents this week with a statewide average of $3.80. One year ago, diesel prices averaged $3.99 in Iowa. The current Iowa diesel price is 27 cents lower than the national average of $4.07.

Wholesale ethanol held steady and is currently priced at $2.16.

Propane prices averaged $1.59 per gallon statewide.

Home heating oil prices averaged $3.14 per gallon statewide.

Natural gas prices rose 10 cents at the Henry Hub reporting site and are currently priced at $1.86/MMbtu

Birthdays and notables

Happy Birthday on Saturday to Dave Jordan and Aaron Rector and, on Sunday, to Jake Highfill!

These celebrities were born on this date: Tim Daly, Paul Hollywood, Lupita Nyong'o, Kesha, Tyreek Hill, Justin Bieber, Ron Howard

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:

What did the heart surgeon buy at the roadside produce stand? BEETS or ARTICHOKE HEARTS or HEARTICHOKES. - William Snyder, S. Hill Watkins, Judy Anderson, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers

Today's riddle

Q. What kind of insect jumps over cups?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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Martha Munro
Account Executive
Office: 515-953-4822 ext. 314
Mobile: 515-321-5246

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