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Friday, Oct. 20, 2023
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 hit a deer with my car about 20 years ago (Oh, deer, Oct. 10, 2023). The road was a two-lane with almost no shoulder and 5-foot-tall grass on one side. The deer jumped out, and I left two perfectly straight skid marks in my lane. I followed the advice: ‘don't swerve.’ When I stopped, I saw a car in the other lane. I did not see that car until I was stopped. My complete focus was on the deer, and I would have either been rolled over in the ditch or hit the other car head-on if I had swerved. The other deer story was about a wise old buck that I saw on the shoulder of the road as I came around a sharp, wooded turn. The buck stood on the shoulder of the road and looked straight at me as I went past it at 50 mph. My wife and I both described the look in the buck's face as ‘I am waiting for you to get by before I cross.’ ” - George

With age comes wisdom. The Bambi I mowed down hadn’t gained that experience yet. - Shane

“This was really interesting, Shane. Scripture reveals time and again that human nature's ability to be satisfied with God's provision is prone to be exceeded by the human's desire to fulfill his desires (The culture of crime, Oct. 11, 2023). Society's shunning of even the basic tenets of not coveting, not lying and not stealing only leads to deeper trouble, and it can be summed in one term: selfishness.” - Brad

I can’t add anything to that. - Shane

“Wrong is wrong (The culture of crime, Oct. 11, 2023). Crime is wrong. Excuses are not valid reasons.” - George

You completely nailed my message — in 11 words. - Shane

Remember, when dealing with stuff on the interwebs, if the product (or service) is free to you, you (and your data) are the product (Paying to reach your own list, Oct. 16, 2023).” - Bill

That is true, until our elected officials have enough courage to turn away Big Tech’s contributions and pass laws that protect their constituents’ personal and private data. - Shane

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast

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FROM KCCI: ARL of Iowa says some dogs rescued from Carroll County hoarding case will not survive

CARROLL COUNTY, Iowa — The Animal Rescue League of Iowa on Thursday released new details about an animal hoarding case in Carroll County. The ARL of Iowa was on the scene just outside of Lanesboro, along with the Carroll County sheriff, Friday afternoon.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: How Urbandale is dealing with urban coyotes

URBANDALE, Iowa — Citing several attacks by coyotes on small pets over the past two years and a growing number of calls from concerned citizens, the City of Urbandale approved a new “master plan” this week. ... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: ACT scores are the lowest they've been in more than 30 years | Here's what experts are saying

"We see ACT scores as just one small measure of student learning," said Coy Marquardt with the Iowa State Education Association. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


I found this vine winding through my euonymus alatus, known variously as winged spindle, winged euonymus, or burning bush, and was surprised to see these large seed pods hanging from it. My go-to plant expert, Dan Juffer, informed me it was a climbing milkweed.

The pods contain many seeds that will be caught by the wind and spread far and wide, making it difficult to eradicate once it is established.
Send your fall photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.
Sports Notes
Yesterday's action from ESPN.com:
Phillies 1 Diamondbacks 2: NLCS - Game 3: ARI LEADS SERIES 2-1

Wall Street Journal reported that the cost of entertainment rose considerably more than fuel, food or housing in the last three years. It's called "funflation," and it's serious. In a WSJ poll, 26% of people said they no longer had any budget for entertainment, up 10% from three years ago. But those who did spent more than ever. Five touring acts — Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran all grossed $100 million in ticket sales on tour. Previously, more than two artists had never done that in the same year. Swift grossed $1 billion. That is just the legit ticket market. Swift ticket prices averaged far over $1,000 per ticket on the second hand market.

Jethro's opened their latest area store this week by the Iowa Events Center. They always have had a good nose for where the action was.

The relentless serial killer of restaurants, road construction, struck again. This time it took the life of Pad Thai Garden on Eighth Street in West Des Moines. That construction project is now threatening El Fogon, Dunkin' Donuts, Jimmy John's and Gilroy's. Help them if you can. It's inconvenient but you can get there.

- Jim Duncan, jd91446@aol.com

This Day In History
1947: Congress investigates Communists in Hollywood: On October 20, 1947, the notorious Red Scare kicks into high gear in Washington, as a Congressional committee begins investigating Communist influence in one of the world’s richest and most glamorous communities: Hollywood.
2011: Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi is killed
1973: Sydney Opera House opens
1977: Three members of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd die in a Mississippi plane crash: In the summer of 1977, members of the rock band Aerosmith inspected an airplane they were considering chartering for their upcoming tour—a Convair 240 operated out of Addison, Texas. Concerns over the flight crew led Aerosmith to look elsewhere—a decision that saved one band but doomed another. The aircraft in question was instead chartered by the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, who were just setting out that autumn on a national tour that promised to be their biggest to date.
Birthdays and notables!

Happy Birthday on Sunday to David Jordan.

These celebrities were born on this date: Viggo Mortensen, Snoop Dogg, William Zabka, John Krasinski, Jennifer Freeman, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Jon Natchez

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

Morning chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why wasn't Dr. Frankenstein ever lonely? HE EASILY MADE FRIENDS!- Mike Chiston, Irving Stone, Gail Tomlinson. His monster made friends because he greeted everyone with outstretched arms! - S. Hill Watkins

Today's riddle

What do you call a fast zombie?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com


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