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Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

Did you ever paint or dye or color an Easter egg? That’s our question of the week at www.dmcityview.com. I did, reluctantly. My mother and my sister thought it would be a fun thing for this young boy to do. It may have been a tradition for my older siblings. I’m not sure, but it wasn't very memorable for me. The process was lengthy. The colors were drab. And I really didn’t like eggs. Chocolate bunnies? Now, you’re talking. Loved them as a kid, and I love them now. Not those cheap hollow ones either. Sold milk chocolate. Yes.

Now, back to those eggs. Easter eggs are said to be rooted in medieval Europe, but, believe it or not, they may not be related to Christianity. Some say Easter eggs came from an Anglo-Saxon spring festival that celebrated the pagan goddess Eostre, who represents the dawn in spring. Eggs were buried and eaten during this festival. Why eggs? Well, eggs were believed to be a symbol of fertility and were signs of the rebirth of nature after winter.

Even so, there does seem to be a Christian connection. Christian missionaries are said to have adopted this pagan tradition to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.

Another theory says the use of eggs deals with fasting during Lent, when animal products were not to be eaten. Eggs were hard-boiled, stored and eaten at the end of Lent to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Additional reports say decorating eggs goes back to the 13th century when nobles exchanged them as gifts. Another story says English villagers gave decorated eggs to their churches on Good Friday. Also noted, early Christians in Mesopotamia dyed eggs red to honor Jesus’ blood from his crucifixion. The tradition of dyeing eggs, however, originated more than 2,500 years ago with ancient Persians who painted eggs for the Persian New Year.

In the 12th century, King Edward I of England ordered 450 eggs to be colored and decorated with a gold leaf to give to his relatives during spring. A few years later, the Vatican sent Henry VIII an egg in a silver case to commemorate the Easter season.

I can appreciate these stories and the history of the Easter egg, but I still much prefer the chocolate option. But, alas! I have discovered a compromise — the Cadbury Creme Egg. Yes, this chocolate confection rules springtime. With its thick chocolate shell and sweet white and yellow filling that resembles the yolk of a soft boiled egg, what’s not to like? You can keep your paints and your dyes and your eggs. I will be hunting for these foil-wrapped treasures.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman 

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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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 Tenderloin

1. Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop

2. Jethro’s

3. Goldie’s Ice Cream Shoppe


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Iowa's Friday night game vs. South Carolina drew the largest college TV audience to ESPN in 20 years — men or women. Sports bars in the metro were crazy busy, too. George Formaro, who developed pizza crust and burger buns for Bix & Co. (111 Fifth St., Valley Junction), says that sports bar has been ordering more of both than anyone else in his memory.

Asia-Pacific Trade Pact has admitted its first European partner — United Kingdom.

Irina's sold its Hickman Avenue restaurant to Jay Wang. Wang intends to move his Douglas Avenue Wasabi Chi to Hickman. Irina's still operates its West Glen store.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Warm and windy conditions will be around today, along with storm chances. Some of those storms will become severe this afternoon in central and, especially, in eastern Iowa. Late tonight, a line of storms will move east along a cold front, and we'll again see a chance for severe weather. Wednesday will be windy and cooler, and the rest of the week looks dry.

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

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On April 4 ...

1968: Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

1974: As the 1974 Major League Baseball season began, all eyes were on Hank Aaron. He had finished 1973 with 713 career home runs, one shy of the all-time record set by Babe Ruth. On April 4, Opening Day, a 39-year-old Aaron sent the very first pitch he saw over the wall, finally tying Ruth and setting the stage for his ascent to the top of the all-time home runs list.

1841: President William Henry Harrison dies after serving only 32 days in office on this day in 1841. Harrison holds the unfortunate presidential record of shortest term in office. Ironically, the man with the shortest White House tenure delivered the longest inaugural address in history, which may have been his undoing.

Read more at History.com.


FROM KCCI: Well-known Marshalltown restaurant is home to Iowa's best pulled pork sandwich

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — A Marshalltown restaurant is racking up the awards. The Flying Elbow, which won Iowa's best burger contest last year, also has the state's best pulled pork sandwich. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa woman says decision to run from storm saved her life

KEOKUK COUNTY, IOWA — Glenda Sieren knows the classic instruction – the safest place to be during a tornado is your basement. But as a storm approached her home and she waited in the basement, she had an eerie feeling that something wasn’t right. At the last minute she decided to leave her house and drive away from the path of the storm. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Sabertooth cat skull found in Iowa reveals details about Ice Age predator

Scientists believe the skull found in Iowa can reveal more about the life history, prey selection and eventual extinction of this ancient predator. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Debbie Merrill

Helping students enjoy school while learning

By T.K. West

Born and raised in Iowa, Debbie Merrill graduated from PCM High School in Monroe before attending Iowa Wesleyan University where she majored in early childhood education. She has since taught preschool and kindergarten for the past 19 years. Today, she is a preschool/ECSE educator at both Four Mile Elementary School and Centennial Elementary School. This is her first year teaching with the Southeast Polk Community School District, and she says she is enjoying the experience.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the joy on my students' faces when they learn something new. Preschoolers are so curious and eager to learn. My students make my job so much fun,” she says.

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

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Robert Downey Jr., Natasha Lyonne, Hugo Weaving, Graham Norton, Amanda Righetti, David Blaine, James Roday Rodriguez, Jill Scott, Nancy McKeon, Curren$y

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why isn't there a clock in the library? IT TOCKS TOO MUCH! - Rex Post, Gail Tomlinson, Judy Anderson. OR Because classic books are timeless! - Carolyn Rogers, William Snyder. OR It's reading time! - Irving Stone

Today's Riddle

What would it be like if you tried eating a clock?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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