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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

If someone punched you in the mouth, would you punch that person back? It’s an interesting question with a not-so-simple answer.

My friend Aaron Tecklenburg asked me that question years ago about the young men we were coaching on the wrestling team. He wanted to know how many of them I thought would actually punch back if they were punched. That’s a tough evaluation to make.

How about you? Would you punch back?

The most macho of us might say “absolutely,” but what if the person who punched us was Chuck Norris? Or how would we respond if that person had a weapon? Or 10 other tough friends nearby? Or what if you are a man, and the person who punched you was a woman? Or vice versa?

The least macho of us might say “violence is never the answer,” regardless of the situation. But what if your life were in danger? Or the lives of those you love? Or what if you suspected that the person punching you was going to continue to do it day after day to you or to others?

Like most things in life, the answer to this question isn’t so easy. But if you take the literal and physical aspects of the punch-in-the-mouth question out, the answer really comes down to how a person responds to setbacks. And regardless of who we are, or what our life experiences have been, we all have to deal with them.

My wife, Jolene, chooses a word every year to serve as a theme for the sales team she manages. This year, she chose the word “grit” to help guide them through their victories and challenges. People may define grit in various ways, but the underlying meaning usually ties to a firmness of character or an indomitable spirit.

My friend Forrest Ridgway uses a similar term to guide him with his response to life’s challenges — “tenacity.” Some of the formal definitions of tenacity are the act of holding together, being cohesive, not easily being pulled asunder, or, simply stated, toughness.

A few of my more arrogant acquaintances (who will not be named here) prefer the word “chutzpah,” which can mean shameless audacity or impudence. I have found these are the folks who most often get punched in the mouth.

Grit. Tenacity. Chutzpah. Call it what you want. But when life punches you in the mouth, how do you punch back? Shoot me a note and let me know.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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 Tacos

1. Tasty Tacos

2. Tacos La Familia



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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It will be a warmer and windy day today. Shower and thunderstorm chances move in starting late this afternoon and this evening, and they'll be with us into Friday night. Severe weather will be possible in central and eastern Iowa Friday. Rain will change to light snow late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Breezy conditions persist.

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

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On March 30 ...

1981: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by a drifter named John Hinckley Jr.

1867: U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s Folly,” “Seward’s icebox,” and President Andrew Johnson’s “polar bear garden.”

1870: Following its ratification by the requisite three-fourths of the states, the 15th Amendment, granting African American men the right to vote,

Read more at History.com.


Lekka Burger, a vegan burger spot backed by Amanda Cohen, owner of Michelin-starred Dirt Candy, closed yesterday after three years in New York. Vegan burger producer Impossible reported "horrific" losses last year. Dirt Burger closed in Des Moines. Maybe vegans don't want to pretend they are meat-eaters?

Burger King's 26 stores in metro Detroit all closed. The franchisee, the chain's largest, said he could no longer compete because of inflated prices and labor shortages. He filed for bankruptcy.

Thursday is fried chicken day in central Iowa. Chicago Speakeasy, 1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines, offers it (dinner only) with their ice-chilled salad bar, and Bianchi's Hilltop, 2820 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, has it with mashed potatoes.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: New park to open where the old Younkers building once stood in Downtown Des Moines

EMC Insurance tells KCCI when the park opens in late May or early June, Walnut Street will re-open with it.....READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Wells Fargo hangs for sale sign on 801 Walnut building

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wells Fargo said it’s staying put at 801 Walnut and 9th street despite putting up a for sale sign for the property. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to move a large number of downtown employees to the Jordan Creek office in West Des Moines. Now, a key Wells Fargo property is up for sale, with a price tag of over $40 million. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Teen to testify against co-defendant in Iowa teacher's death

One of two teenagers charged in the beating death of a Fairfield Spanish teacher will testify against the other.. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Following in Their Footsteps

Looking their best

Since she was a little girl, Breck Briley of Bondurant has been around beauty salons, even when she was at home. Breck’s mom, Sarah Brown-Briley, had a salon, Sculptures by Design, built into their home when Breck was 3.

Mornings at the Briley residence were typical of the average family — except for the hair styling.

"I would sit in my mom's chair that spun, and she would do my hair before school or an event. I thought this was a 'normal' routine for years until I was old enough to have friends over,” says Breck, who often heard how "cool it was to have this salon addition to the house."

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

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Celine Dion, Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Warren Beatty, MC Hammer, Thomas Rhett, Katy Mixon, Paul Reiser, Rupert Evan

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What bold-faced (bald-face would have been more correct, Rex Post pointed out)  lie do many of us repeat often? "I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions." We received a ton of other answers from Carolyn Rogers, Judy Anderson, Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Sharon Sorensen, Deb Taylor, Mike Chiston

Today's Riddle

What happened to the woman  who was addicted to line dancing?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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