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Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023
Good morning!

Do you ever wonder what the age was when you stopped feeling young? Maybe it was so long ago that you can’t remember. Or maybe you haven’t reached it yet.

Local fitness guru LeMar Koethe, who launched 7 Flags Fitness Center in Clive in the early 1990s, told me frequently that age was only a number, and that how you take care of your body determines your real age. LeMar was right, at least partially. One also needs to take care of the mind and soul, at least from my perspective. And, even then, the aging process continues.

Veteran newsman Michael Gartner tells me he was invigorated by working with young people, and that connection is what he misses the most in his retirement. I agree with him as well, although I have learned that, as much as I enjoy working with younger people, I equally enjoy living by older people.

Clare Ansberry writes the Turning Points column for The Wall Street Journal. In her May 5 contribution, she addressed the “when you stop feeling young” subject, pointing out how Millennials are now starting to feel old. She shared how the average age when Americans stop feeling young, according to a study by Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research, is 43. She also shared findings from Found, a weight-management company, that say the ripe age of 42 is when the average American starts noticing physical signs of aging, including achy joints and gray hair.

As many of you may agree, whether you feel old or not primarily depends on the people you are around, kind of like how you may feel overweight or not depending on the size of those who surround you. I remember, not too long ago, frequently being the youngest person in the room. Not anymore.

As interesting as the question of what age Americans stop feeling young is, the equally interesting question is at what age Americans start feeling old. And, yes, the ages are different. According again to the Worldwide Independent Network of Market Research, the “feeling old” age is 52. Well, that age has slipped by, too, much like my vision and hearing. But my sense of smell still works great, which is evident by the prevailing scent of Bengay.

When my wife was asked through the years by other moms what the best stage of parenting was, she would often say, “The current stage.” That answer continues through adulthood, regardless of what any study might say. Happy aging, Millennials!

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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.

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 DJ

1. Richie Daggers

2. DJ Hollywood

3. DJ Air


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Dry conditions will persist all the way through Labor Day. We’ll see a big increase in heat as we head into the holiday weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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Bud Light, with sales off 27% from a year ago, launched their new comeback campaign. Wisely, the new ads have almost no dialogue. They just show NFL fans celebrating football. Bud Light now sponsors 27 NFL teams, up from a year ago. Transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney is no longer involved nor is the vice president who thought Mulvaney was a good idea. Corona Especial has replaced Bud Light as America's top selling beer.

Tuesday means hot beef sandwiches at Paula's (524 Elm St.) and half price nachos at The Dam Pub (2710 Beaver Ave.)

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: DNR trying to identify source of bacteria at Iowa lake

ELDORA, Iowa — A warning sign has greeted visitors all summer long at the beach at Pine Lake State Park near Eldora. Swimming is not recommended due to elevated levels of E. coli.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Two teens charged in West Des Moines Kohl’s fire

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Two teens have been charged in connection to a fire at the Kohl’s Department Store over the weekend. At around 2:04 p.m. Saturday firefighters with the West Des Moines Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at the Kohl’s in the 6500 block of Mills Civic Parkway. When firefighters arrived on scene they found a merchandise rack had caught fire, but was extinguished by the sprinkler system. No injuries were reported. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Experts share advice for keeping kids healthy as they return to school

As the school year begins, kids are exposed to a lot of new things — friends, concepts and even new sicknesses. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


From rock bottom to rising above

Harvest Academy is changing lives

By Becky Kolosik

When people make decisions that result in homelessness, drug addiction and/or time in prison, Taylor Smith, program director at Harvest Academy, says many will stay in this cycle unless there is whole-person change.

Harvest Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, allows men who find themselves in these situations the opportunity to change their lives free of charge. The 24-month program offers vocational training, peer mentorship/leadership, education and transitional services.

“It’s our mission to help our students rebuild themselves,” Smith says. “That’s what second chances are all about.”

Tim Krueger, CEO, brought his vision for Harvest Academy to Indianola in 2019 after being a program observer and then CFO/CEO of The Other Side Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was there he learned the therapeutic community method.

Read more in the August issue of Indianola Living magazine 

CORRECTION: The link to yesterday's story, "Homegrown History," was incorrect. Read the rest of the story. here.

Birthdays and notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Lea Michele, Carla Gugino, Elliott Gould, Liam Payne, Nicole Gale Anderson, Jennifer Lawrence, Charlotte Ritchie, Jennifer Landon, Lenny Henry, Emily Hampshire

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the farmer have his potato gun taken away? IT WAS DEEMED A WEAPON OF MASH DESTRUCTION! - Gail Tomlinson. Or He violated theSPUD NIX rule; too many eyes were seeing him do it. - Rex Post

Today's riddle

What happens when the skunk wrote a book?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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