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Monday, May 22, 2023
Good Monday Morning to You!

 Victim or victor? Those two words sound much alike, but they have drastically different meanings. And, in many cases, we can choose which one we want to be.

To be clear, there are victims in this world — those who have truly been subjected to cruel and inhumane situations beyond their control. Those folks deserve our compassion and help, as well as the legal and financial support to fight back and regain their strength. Then there are those who claim to be victims when their coffee is too hot. Big difference.

I have noticed, and maybe you have, too, that those who continually claim they are getting a raw deal at work are often the ones showing up late and leaving early. Those who complain about their grumpy neighbors don’t attempt to understand that their stray pets, or loud stereos or unkept yard may be part of the problem. Those with the seemingly endless negative stories about broken relationships with family and friends can’t see that maybe their attitudes had something to do with the fallouts in the first place. Victims? Hardly.

But what about the victors? Those who understand that few things of value in life are ever accomplished without putting in extra time and energy. Those who treat their neighbors, day in and day out, as they want to be treated and who choose to take care of God’s green Earth and make it a better place for all. And those who may find it difficult to forget but make amazing efforts to forgive. Victors? Yes.

We all know people who choose to be victims and people who choose to be victors. You likely have visions of a few people in your mind when reading this. But we also need to look in the mirror. Looking back on my life, I know I have chosen, at various times, to be both the victim and the victor. It is a daily — if not minute-by-minute — decision, and it’s not an easy one.

I knew and admired a wonderful man whose life was not a walk in the park, but he realized that his own decisions impacted his life as much or more than anyone else’s. He once told me that he had to make up his mind whether he was going to be angry and bitter the rest of his life, or if he was going to make the best of every day and truly enjoy the remaining time he had enjoying his family and friends. He chose the latter and, because of it, he was the most positive person I have ever known and a true victor.

So, we have a choice to make. Which one will you choose to be today? The victim? Or the victor?

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 Grocery Store

1. Fareway

2. Hy-Vee

3. Aldi


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Our warming trend continues today and on into the week. We’ll see a weak front move through Thursday, knocking temps down just a bit. It gets a little breezier Friday and into the weekend.

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

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Swiftonomics report — Visitors to Taylor Swift's Boston concerts reported that water cost $10 a bottle, beer $20, T-shirts $45 and hoodies $85. The Econo Inn a mile from the venue went for $450/night, without a courtesy van. Yard parking a mile from the venue was $75. If you want to take your girls to her act, Kansas City prices are considerably less than Minneapolis' on the current market.

Glam 1st, a well respected researcher, named Iowa's best sandwich as the loose meat. It called Canteen Lunch in the Alley (112 E. 2nd St., Ottumwa) the best example and Miles Inn (2622 Leech Ave., Sioux City) runner-up. The publication previously had declared The Dutch letter the "most peculiar food in Iowa that people actually eat.”

Fareway stores begin a six-day Memorial Day sale today on baby back ribs with the rib tips attached, making them extra meaty ($2.99/lb.), USDA choice T-bones ($8.88/lb.) and bacon-wrapped London broils ($2.99 per 8-ounce steak).

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: 'Drag story hour' draws hundreds to Des Moines library

DES MOINES, Iowa — LGBTQ rights are becoming a hot-button issue this election cycle, and advocates say kids are caught in the crossfire. That's why Iowa Safe Schools hosted a 'drag story hour' at the Des Moines Central Library Sunday afternoon. The group says they hope to offer visibility and affirmation to LGBTQ kids. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Volunteers ‘Spring into Action’ at Des Moines park

DES MOINES, Iowa — Saturday morning boasted clear skies, sunshine and volunteers working at Fort Des Moines Park. Spring into Action at Fort Des Moines Park was Saturday morning, where the Blank Park Zoo, Polk County Conservation, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and Iowa River Revival all collaborate to make sure the park is ready for the season. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Iowa girl battling cancer receives bedroom makeover

11-year-old Harper Stribe was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma in 2017.......READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 22 in history ...

2000. Former president James Garfield’s spine put on display. On May 21, 2000, the bones of President James Garfield’s spine are on display for a final day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C. The exhibit featured medical oddities from the museum’s archives.

1881: American Red Cross founded. In Washington, D.C., humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross, an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross.

1901: Connecticut enacts first speed-limit law. May 21, 1901, Connecticut becomes the first state to pass a law regulating motor vehicles, limiting their speed to 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on country roads. Speed limits had been set earlier in the United States for non-motorized vehicles: In 1652, the colony of New Amsterdam (now New York) issued a decree stating that “[N]o wagons, carts or sleighs shall be run, rode or driven at a gallop” at the risk of incurring a fine starting at “two pounds Flemish,” or about $150 in today’s currency.

Read more at History.com.

Personalities — Pilots

A family of pilots

Robin Diel, who lives in Winterset and grew up in a family of pilots, was inspired to start flying when her husband, Mike, became a pilot.

Robin grew up in Alaska taking trips with a dad who was a bush pilot (one who flew and landed in areas without landing strips). She says she loved it, as well as the fishing, hunting and more Alaska offered. Robin traveled around North America with her family, but they spent summers at Merrill Field Airport (MRI) where her father had his business as a pilot.

“I loved watching the planes land and take off,” she says.

... Read more in the May issue of Winterset  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Apolo Anton Ohno, Johnny Gill, Maggie Q, Mark Christopher Lawrence, Michael Kelly.Naomi Campbell, Sean Gunn, Vivian Green

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you call a swim team made up of girls named Jennifer? HYDRO-JEN!!!  Gail Tomlinson, Carolyn Rogers.

Today's Riddle

Where do llama criminals get sent when they’re caught?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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