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Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023
Good morning!

Welcome to an extra edition of the 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.

“Hi, Shane. This probably is too late to be of interest, but I don't do deadlines anymore, so there you go. Anyhow, many years ago, when the big brains were considering Iowa slogans and came up with the Fields of Opportunities thing (which was fine), I received several emails offering ideas (Iowa slogan, July 24, 2023). Most were lousy and are forgotten. My favorite, which sticks with me for obvious reasons, came from my sister-in-law, Rita. Her suggestion: ‘Welcome to Iowa. Turn Signal Optional.’ Nothing much has changed, eh?” - John

It works for me. The slogan. Not my turn signal. - Shane

“I just read your re-purposed card column (Repurposing cards, Aug. 16, 2023), and it reminded me of a friend I had, who has since passed, but one year for her anniversary she realized she hadn't bought a card for her husband. She found the one she had given him the year before and gave it to him again. He responded with, ‘That's a really nice card.’ So, with that, she realized he didn't remember it from the year before and wondered how long it would take him to realize she was giving him the same card. If I remember correctly, it was either year eight or nine when he finally commented and said, ‘Donna, I think you gave me this card one other year.’ Thanks for reminding me of this story and my friend Donna.” - Cheryl

I think I would have liked Donna. - Shane

“Shane, you hit the nail on the head with the notion that presidents we can name are influenced by what we were taught in the early years of schooling (Unmemorable presidents, Aug. 27, 2023). We have been to a lot of presidential libraries and museums, many more than just the 11 newer, larger ones for the presidents we grew up with. I learned interesting things at every one of them that weren’t taught in school, but the most amazing was when we finally visited the Hoover Library in West Branch. In my schooling, we heard a few things about President Hoover, not necessarily flattering. At the library, I learned the many good things about Hoover as the humanitarian public servant. One thing especially stuck with me. Hoover saw the depression coming and had no Federal jurisdiction at that time, so he sent a letter to New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt urging him to exercise state jurisdiction over Wall Street to take steps that might have positively altered the course of history. So said the exhibit, FDR evidently ignored the Hoover letter, and the results are the history we were taught.” - Chuck

Did you really expect a New Yorker to take advice from an Iowan? - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 Dog-Friendly Bar

1. Paws & Pints

2. Kinship Brewing Company

3. Mannings


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Warm weather turns into hot weather as we head into the weekend. Our next rain chance doesn’t look to come until the middle of next week.

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

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This bee was reflected by my clean car door. I'm glad I got it washed! Photo by Tammy Pearson. Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.

BBC writes that wine consumption has fallen across Europe—by 7% in Italy, 10% in Spain, 15% in France, 22% in Germany, and 34% in Portugal—for the year to June, according to European Commission data. Meanwhile, wine production across the EU rose 4%. Inflation is the main cause of all that. France is even spending $215 million to turn wine into ethanol for cleaning products.

Japan, with the lowest inflation in the First World, had the most increase in wine sales.

Christopher's (2816 Beaver Ave.) has half priced wine with dinner Wednesdays and Thursdays.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


Tallgrass Theatre Company. "Temporary Insanity." Opens Friday, Sept. 1. Des Moines playwright Karen Schaeffer's Iowa premiere of her newest comedy.

The Cloris Leachman Excellence in Theatre Awards were presented this past Sunday. “Kinky Boots” (Best Musical) and “Sweat” (Best Play) were two winners of the coveted Cloris Award. The complete list of nominees and winners is now posted here.

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


FROM KCCI: Iowa man charged after firing gun at woman, shooting himself in the face

OTTUMWA, Iowa — An Ottumwa man faces multiple charges after firing a gun at a woman and then shooting himself on Tuesday night, Ottumwa police say.... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa school district asking for parental consent for student nicknames

URBANDALE, Iowa — What’s in a name? For one district, a student going by a nickname other than what is on their birth certificate will need to be signed off by a parent.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPD: Woman 'on the run' after illegally obtaining $64,000 in COVID rental assistance

42-year-old Sherry Jacobs is one of two people charged in connection to "fraudulently obtaining COVID Emergency Rental Assistance funds," Des Moines police say.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Group offers hope for widows

Grief leads Fergesen to form support group.

By Jackie Wilson

When Nicole Fergesen’s husband, Marcus, suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and passed away, she says the grief and loss was all-consuming, and she felt alone. She was 29 years old and left to raise three kids under age of 5 alone.

Family and friends offered support and sympathy, yet it was challenging, as not everyone understood her loss, she says, adding she found it helpful to talk to others who were going through the same emotions as she was, which led her to form a widow’s group.

The group meets at the Valley Community Center and offers materials with the workbook series, “How to Widow Well.” Childcare is offered and moms can bring their children, who meet separately for their own grief program.

Read more in the August issue of  West Des Moines/Jordan Creek Livingmagazine 

Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Blair Overton and Lu Ann White!

These celebrities were born on this date: Chris Tucker, Deborah Gibson, Edwin Moses, Itzhak Perlman, Jeff Russo, Padraig Harrington, Richard Gere, Rudolf Schenker, Sara Ramirez, Zack Ward

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get when you mix an elephant with a rhino? ELEFINO (HE double hockey sticks IF I KNOW!) - Dick Williams, William Snyder, Lori Bluml

I received several answers to the "What happens when the skunk wrote a book?" that I missed sharing: It was a best smeller! - Chuck Golliher, Lori Bluml, Gail Tomlinson.  Reviewers said the book stunk! - Carolyn Rogers, who owned a skunk named Lord Byron while in college. It got a stinky review! - Judy Anderson, William Snyder

Today's riddle

What do you call it when a butterfly rules over a kingdom?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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