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Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
Good morning to you!

I wrote a column on March 8, 2022, about toenails. Yes, toenails. If you are daring, follow the link. It wasn’t a good column to read while eating oatmeal then, and it still isn’t now, but it did generate a lot of reader response.

Don't worry. This column is safe — or at least safer.

The gist of the 2022 column was that, as we age, our toenails do, too — and not for the better. The overwhelming response I received from readers was to have a pedicure. My wife told me the same thing, as did my daughters and even some of my male friends. Even so, I resisted — until last week.

The problem started a few years ago when my toenails invited their ugly cousin, the ingrown toenail, to the party. Despite my crafty trimming efforts, I could not get these dastardly daggers under control, and the foot pain was getting to be a bit much.

A few weeks ago, my youngest daughter, Abby, lined up a pedicure for the both of us. It was good for her because she thought I would buy. Then I bailed on the appointment. Chickened out, you might say. I simply couldn't “toe the line.”

Last week, my middle daughter, Samantha, went for another effort, suggesting that we go out for dinner together afterwards. That was more enticing, and the pain was worsening, so I agreed.

I had a pedicure once before, about 20 years ago in a small town in Nebraska by a teenage employee who I am fairly certain was on her maiden pedicuring voyage. It was not a positive experience. I set that memory aside and decided to give it another shot.

Soaking. Oiling. Massaging. Trimming. Buffing. It was heaven, especially after this professional pulled out an inch-long toenail sliver from the side of my toe. “That must have been growing in there for years,” she exclaimed.

Many of you know the story about Androcles and the lion, or some version of it. The tale goes that a man befriended a lion by pulling a thorn from its paw. I suddenly could relate. And from this point forward, I am a believer in — and will be a regular customer for — pedicures.

Live and learn.

Have a magnificent Monday, 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 musician

1. Damon Dotson

2. CeCe Stewart

3. James Biehn


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

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French supermarket chain Carrefour last week placed "Sizeflation" warnings on all products that have cut their portion sizes without cutting prices.

Subway has introduced a 3-inch sandwich, in Asia and Europe so far.

Sliders are featured now in specials at Arby's. Hardee's has nine biscuit sandwiches on their menu. Fox Business reported that more adults than ever are ordering from the Kid's Menu in fast food drive-thru lanes.

— Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com


FROM KCCI: Event in Des Moines helps people experiencing homelessness

DES MOINES, Iowa — A community event this weekend helped more than 1,200 local people in need. Organizers with the Des Moines Homeless Veterans Stand Down hope providing the little things such as free clothing, haircuts and meals can make a difference for people in need. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa DOT releases video of crash, reminds drivers to ‘move over’

DES MOINES — Iowa law requires drivers to “move over” for stopped vehicles with flashers displayed. The DOT is releasing a reminder of just how that should happen. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Criminal complaint alleges Waukee mother intentionally killed 1-year-old

Police took Waukee resident Yemissi N. Keto into custody on Friday and charged her with Murder in the First Degree and Child Endangerment Resulting in a Death. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Construction progresses on the Athene Pedestrian Bridge which will span the Raccoon River from Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines to Walnut Woods State Park. The project is expected to be complete by fall of 2024. Photo/Paul Houston

For Judy Russell, library means fun

Volunteers stumbles into opportunity she hadn’t considered.

By Rich Wicks

Sometimes, you don’t know what you’ve missed until you find at again. Judy Russell found that out after a 30-year career in education.

“I retired right in the middle of the pandemic, and I had all of these ideas of all these things I was going to do, and there was nothing to do,” she says. “So we moved to this nice 55+ community. And we do a lot of social stuff there. As part of that, Teri Nelson from the Clive Library comes and does a book club.”

Because the pandemic made many events happen only through remote technology, Judy was feeling disconnected. So, one day, she asked Teri about volunteer opportunities at the Clive Library, and Judy went through the application process to become a volunteer. In April of 2022, she began helping at the library.

Read the rest of the story in the August Waukee Living magazine.
Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday Jeromy Robb, who celebrated yesterday, and Steve Price today!

These celebrities were born on this date: Jada Pinkett Smith, James Marsden, Frankie Avalon, Jason Sudeikis, Aisha Tyler, Holly Robinson Peete, Ryne Sandberg, Tae Kerr, Sara Haines

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the baby cookie cry? ITS MOMMY WAS A WAFER TOO LONG! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson. Or, Because that's the way the cookie crumbles. - William Snyder

Today's riddle

What do you call an old person with really good hearing?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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