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Thursday, May 25, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

You can’t change the stripes on that tiger.

My friend Darren used to tell me those words many times when we would discuss the negative habits of a few people we worked with over the years. He was right. Habits are difficult to change, and most all of us tend to fall back on our customary and predictable ways, especially when feeling pressure.

This is likely why I don’t eat healthy foods and can’t get into the rhythm of regular exercise. I have been doing the opposite of both of those for too long. But this tiger’s stripes are turning gray, so if I am going to develop healthier habits, I better get started soon.

But can an old dog learn new tricks? As a lousy dog owner, I don’t think so. In fact, I can’t teach a new dog new tricks or an old dog old tricks either. But we are not talking about dogs. We are talking about habits, and, for us humans, they most certainly can be broken and reformed.

Michael Gartner offered related advice to a group of young journalists in 1997, and I refer back to his words often. He said, “Keep fit. The older you get, the harder it is to stay in shape, so start staying in shape now. I wouldn’t smoke anything if I were you. I certainly wouldn’t drink much. I’d exercise every day because it makes your work in journalism a lot more interesting if you always have the energy. I have a friend who’s a great, big, successful businessman in Iowa. He’s 82 years old, and we were having breakfast the other morning, and he said, ‘You know, I’m no smarter than anybody else.’ He says, ‘I just get up earlier and I work longer.’ And so, if you’re fit, you can get up earlier and you can work longer and you can have more fun and you can get richer.”

That “great, big, successful businessman in Iowa” he referenced was John Ruan, the founder of Ruan Industries who lived to age 96.

I am not a great dog owner, I know nothing about tigers and I never had the good fortune of getting to know John Ruan, but there is a common theme here, and it has to do with creating good habits at a young age and continuing them for a lifetime.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thank 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!

1. Best Local Art Gallery

1. Kunzler Studios

2. Liz Lidgett Gallery + Design  3. Moberg Gallery


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A morning shower or storm isn't out of the question today in central and southwest Iowa, but most of us will stay dry as the heat continues to build. The next best rain chance comes late next Tuesday.

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

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Food Dive reported that Americans are drinking far more at home (23% more in 2022) and considerably less in bars and restaurants. The trend began with COVID closures but continues and accelerates because it's a way people deal with rampant inflation.

Keto and Paleo tip of the week — Fresh Thyme (2900 University Ave., West Des Moines) begins a Memorial Day sale today that features $6.99/lb. snow crab clusters, USDA prime t-bones for $13.99, USDA prime ribeyes at $17.99/lb. and first crop red cherries for $6.99/lb.

The Station (3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines) offers ribeye sandwiches with caramelized onions, roasted peppers and two cheeses for $12 on Thursdays. From 11 a.m. till they run out.

— Jim Duncan


FROM KCCI: Des Moines man dies from head injuries, suspect charged with murder

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man is charged with murder after beating another man in the head multiple times, causing a brain bleed, according to police. On the afternoon of May 3, police officers were called to 2200 block of Capitol Avenue. According to police, 23-year-old Ilvin Torres, of Des Moines, had been assaulted by Dylan Daniel Millard, 27, also of Des Moines. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Van crashes into West Des Moines power pole, causing electrical outage

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Officials say an extended power outage in West Des Moines was caused by a traffic accident Wednesday morning. Sgt. Jason Heintz with the West Des Moines Police Department said officers responded to the intersection of Ashworth Road and 22nd Street just after 9:00 a.m. Police found a van had lost control and struck a power pole. The impact caused significant electrical outages in the area. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Under expanded Iowa Safe Haven Act, Fort Dodge to have state's 1st 'baby box'

FORT DODGE, Iowa — The Fort Dodge Fire Department will soon have Iowa's first baby box installed at their station, the city's fire chief says. A baby box is a type of cradle where infants are left anonymously to be cared for by others under Iowa's Safe Haven Act. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

On May 25 in history ...

2020. George Floyd is killed by a police officer, igniting historic protests. On the evening of May 25, 2020, white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kills George Floyd, a Black man, by kneeling on his neck for almost 10 minutes. The death, recorded by bystanders, touched off what may have been the largest protest movement in U.S. history and a nationwide reckoning on race and policing.

1935: Babe Ruth hits last home run. On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years. This was one of Ruth’s last games, and the last home run of his career. Ruth went four for four on the day, hitting three home runs and driving in six runs.

1994: Pennsylvania man buried with his beloved Corvette.   On May 25, 1994, the ashes of 71-year-old George Swanson are buried (according to Swanson’s request) in the driver’s seat of his 1984 white Corvette in Irwin, Pennsylvania.

Read more at History.com.


Meet Leslie Perrigo

Family all in West Des Moines Community School District

By Jackie Wilson

As a teacher and instructional coach for elementary students, Leslie Perrigo likes teaching all ages of kids.

“I haven’t fallen in love with a certain grade level yet. I’ve liked all the grades so far,” she says.

Leslie taught kindergarten in Grimes, second grade in Waukee and was an instructional coach for pre-k through fifth grades. Now in her 17th year as an educator, she teaches sixth grade at Jordan Creek Elementary School in West Des Moines.

She says she was happy to get back to the West Des Moines district where her husband, David, is an assistant principal at Stillwell and her children attend school.

“Now all of us can say, ‘Go Tigers.’ It's nice being in the same school district and being part of their world. I know their teachers and friends. There's a sense of community with that,” she says.

... Read more in the May issue of West Des Moines/Jordan Creek  Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Sir Ian McKellen, Leslie Uggams, Jacki Weaver, Connie Sellecca,  Mike Myers, Jamie Kennedy, Octavia Spencer, Daz Dillinger, Molly Sims

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 sheep falling down a hill? A LAMB SLIDE! - Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson. Or, An emergency lambinecktome patient? - Deb Taylor. Or, a ball of wool! - Diane Doro, Mike Chiston. Or, Sheep wool (roll). - Jeri Motsick. Or Black-white-black-white-black…-William Snyder. Or Spinning Wool. -Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

How do llamas wake up for work in the morning?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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