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Monday, March 27, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

Are you chicken? Whenever my childhood friends and I wanted to talk our buddy Tommy into doing something, we would simply call him chicken. He would yell back, “I’m not chicken!” and would then proceed to do whatever it was we were trying to talk him into. I wish managing adults was that simple.

Meanwhile, we are all seemingly chicken, at least to some degree.
Musician Jim Stafford sang “I don’t like spiders and snakes” in 1974. Who does?

Green Day vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said he wrote the song “Basket Case” in 1994 to cope with his feelings of anxiety and panic.

And heavy metal rockers Metallica made us fear falling asleep with their 1991 hit, “Enter Sandman.”

But phobias aren’t just fodder for songs. Most all of us, if we are being honest, have something that makes us shiver in our boots.
As a child, I didn’t like going into old, unfinished basements by myself. I was especially fearful of my grandparents’ “root cellar.”

There was no way I was going down there alone, at least not until my brother discovered this fear and pushed me down the steps.

My aunt and uncle had a painting of a clown in their house that gave me the creeps. This was long before the movie “It” ever hit the screen. I still don’t like clowns, other than Bozo. He is alright.
I don’t mind spiders and snakes, but I could do without mice. The phrase “shivering in your boots” reminds me of working on farms as a teenager and having mice run up my legs when I put my rubber boots on.

Like many of you, I would get the jitters before a sporting competition. “Butterflies in your stomach,” they were often called. The more I competed, the less those butterflies fluttered, but they were always there. Still are.

To this day, I don’t especially like heights. It is not so much a fear as it is a stomach ache. Either way, it’s not pleasant. I love roller coasters, but a Ferris wheel ride makes me nauseous. I don’t get it.

In the April issues of our Iowa Living magazines, which will be posted online throughout the month, we share the stories of local residents, their fears and how they are dealing with them. Some may seem far-fetched while others might strike a chord with you.

Give them a read… unless you are chicken.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

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 French Fries

1. B-Bop’s

2. What The Fries DSM

3. Chicken Heat


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Sunshine and cool temperatures will be with us for the start of the week. Winds start to pick up Wednesday as a system passes near us. By Thursday, rain chances will increase and carry into Saturday. We might see snow accumulate again late Saturday, and I’ll keep an eye on that possibility.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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On March 27 ...

1912: March 27, 1912: In Washington, D.C., Helen Taft, wife of President William Taft, and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, plant two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial. The event was held in celebration of a gift, by the Japanese government, of 3,020 cherry trees to the U.S. government.

1964: The strongest earthquake in American history, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, slams southern Alaska, creating a deadly tsunami. Some 131 people were killed and thousands injured. The ensuing tsunami was higher than 100 feet at points.

1939: The University of Oregon defeats The Ohio State University 46–33 on March 27, 1939 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Read more at History.com.


Global 3000 reports that New Zealand scientists have been testing sheep for flatulence for 11 years and NZ farmers are now breeding mostly sheep that don't belch that much. (Livestock actually admits 90% of their methane and carbon through their mouths, not the other end.) The low-gas sheep produce 13% more meat, wool and milk than others. The nation is now experiencing heavy protests over a new "fart tax" that would levy all farmers who breed sheep.

Cheerios has introduced two new products. Cheerios Oat Crunch Berry is a sweetened multigrain cereal featuring whole grain oats flavored with raspberry, strawberry and blueberry fruit and other flavors. Lemon Frosted Cheerios is a trial product with 100% oats.

Terra Brazilian Cafe opened over the weekend in Clocktower Square (2800 University Ave., West Des Moines). It has standard menus, not the "all you eat" fare at Terra Grill next door.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: On to the Final Four! Hawkeyes, Clark make history in rout of Louisville

SEATTLE — For the first time in 30 years, the Hawkeyes are headed to the Final Four. Iowa led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter and blasted Louisville 97-83 in the Regional Final Sunday at Climate Pledge Arena....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Man arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend who was recovering from surgery

ANKENY, Iowa — A man was arrested Friday morning for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on multiple occasions while she was recovering from a surgery. According to court documents, between Feb. 16 and March 5 Corey Lynn Jackson, 45, was his girlfriend’s caretaker while she recovered from a medical procedure and was unable to care for herself. During this time, Jackson allegedly assaulted the victim on multiple occasions, court records state. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Local authors, readers wary of bills aimed at school reading materials

DES MOINES, Iowa — An annual Des Moines tradition is bringing together reading lovers and some of their favorite authors at a time when books are a hot topic at the statehouse. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Following in Their Footsteps

Worshiping together

Heather Parker Thomas grew up attending church regularly, watching her mother lead worship. Now, she is a worship leader at Urban Heights Church in Urbandale. Her skills were developed and honed through Sunday morning worship sessions and practice sessions to prepare for Sunday live worship.

When Heather was young, her mom, Rhonda, was a worship leader and played piano in church. Now, Heather leads her church's worship band on guitar. Rhonda still fills in when the worship band's keyboard player is out of town, and, sometimes, Heather's niece sings — making it three generations together leading worship.

... Read more in the March issue of Urbandale Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jack F.!

These celebrities were born on this date: Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Fergie, Brenda Song, Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Mitchell, Pauley Perrette, Holliday Grainger, Sophie Nélisse

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 cross a chicken with a cement mixer? A BRICK LAYER! - Jim Marshall, Gail Tomlinson, Rich Hoidahl, Rex Post (who points out bricks are not made of cement). SCRAMBLED EGGS! - Irving Stone. A GRINDER! - Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

The Pentagon was supposed to be an octagon. What happened?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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