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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Most all of us spent time on a teeter-totter growing up, learning about balance and timing and force. I am still learning. A little more teeter and a little less totter. Or maybe it’s a little more totter and a little less teeter. I’m not sure. But I do know we can learn from that piece of playground equipment, starting with forgiveness.

I have many faults, but one that slaps me in the face the most often is my feeling to seek vengeance. When I feel wronged by someone, I want them to feel the pain I felt — and then some. It’s not a good quality, and I am working on it, with help and advice from others.

My parents divorced when I was young, and this was difficult for both of them but especially my father, who had every right to be angry and seek vengeance. He didn’t, and I often wondered why. He rarely talked about the divorce, but one day he sat down with me and explained that he had to make a choice. He could be angry the rest of his life, or he could make the best of the situation so he could spend as much time as possible with his family. That included building a friendship with my mother’s new husband. That’s a forgiveness few people would be willing to attempt.

I had a former employee who I found out stole from me. I gave her the opportunity to repay it, but she ignored my requests. I was prepared to take her to small claims court and was convinced I would win the judgement even though I would likely never receive payment. I didn’t care. I wanted her to pay for her decision, one way or another. My friend Greg convinced me to do otherwise. He told me it would be negative energy that would take time away from doing positive things, and he said she would have enough pain and misery coming her way without me piling more on her. He was right.

Sometimes we may not be able to truly forgive, but we can at least make an attempt to forget. My mother and her brother didn’t talk for decades, mostly due to the divorce I mentioned previously. They were equally stubborn siblings. But as the years went on, they slowly reconnected. When my uncle lay in a nursing home in his final days, my mother sat by his side, holding his hand, sharing childhood memories and praying. She told me she was glad she was able to be with him, and although he was no longer respondent, I have a feeling he was glad she was there, too.

Whether you are a person of faith or not, you can appreciate the words in the “Our Father” prayer that state, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Teeter. And totter. You can’t successfully do one without the other.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, 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 Skate Shop

1. Subsect Skateshop

2. Slap Shot Hockey Shop

3. Unkl Ruckus’s Smoking Emporium & Skate Shop


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain clears out today, and we'll see sunny Thursday with moderate temperatures the next few days. Rain chances come into play for the weekend.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Carrie at carrie.mortgage.

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FROM KCCI: Fire investigators: Spent fireworks could have caused overnight Des Moines house fire

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines firefighters say spent fireworks may be to blame for an overnight house fire. This fire on Riverwoods Avenue started around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Fire investigators tell KCCI there were used fireworks at the home that weren't property submerged in water. ..READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Cat named Lucky escapes Connecticut house explosion that hospitalized homeowner

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) — For nearly a week, a Connecticut community has been searching for a couple’s cat after an explosion destroyed their home. “Lucky” for them, the cat miraculously made escaped harm and was found. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Joey Chestnut downs 62 hot dogs to win 16th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

The annual contest on New York City’s Coney Island boardwalk drew competitors from England, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and Australia. ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


Meet Eric Klein

Enjoys energy of middle school students

By Ashley Rullestad

Eric Klein currently serves as the technology education teacher at Oak View. He graduated from UNI in 1996 and completed his student teaching in San Antonio, Texas, then taught at Southwest High School for four years. Klein moved to the Des Moines area in 2000 and worked at both Hiatt Middle School and North High School in the Des Moines Public School District until he had the opportunity to move to DCG in the fall of 2016. Klein began teaching the STEM classes Automation and Robotics, Design and Modeling, Introduction to Engineering Design, and 3D Modeling for grades 8-12.

“Having had the opportunity to work at both the middle school and high school levels, I found that I enjoy working with the middle school students the most because of the energy and excitement they bring to the classroom. We have a great staff to work alongside with, and I have been very lucky to have great leadership here at Oak View who work to support both staff and students.”
Now he teaches Project Lead the Way STEM courses Automation and Robotics for seventh-grade students and Design and Modeling course for eighth-grade students.
He laughs when asked what his biggest challenge is.

“Learning all of the students’ names as I get new kids each quarter,” he says. “It turns out that I am awful at remembering names and sometimes I call the student the wrong name, which is embarrassing.”

Read more in the June issue of Grimes Living Magazine.


Indonesian and Vietnamese coffee exporters have gained market share worldwide since COVID, but now Thai coffee, grown in Tai Mo Shan mountains by ethnic minorities, is garnering acclaim and market share, reports Newsroom Tokyo.

The whiskey market was worth a record $10 billion last year in the U.S. American whiskey continued to be the leading subcategory with 53% of total sales. It was followed by Canadian whisky (24% share), Irish whiskey (17%), Scotch (6%) and the fast growing Japanese whiskies (0.3%).

Wednesday is Pork Chop night at Triangle Tap (2506 Post St., Des Moines) where craft beer drafts are also on sale for $3.

— Jim Duncan

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Dave Haywood, Edie Falco, Marc Cohn, Megan Rapinoe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Robbie Robertson, Ryan Hansen, RZA, Shohei Ohtani

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

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did the colonists wear to the Boston Tea Party? TEA SHIRTS! - Brendan Comito, Sherm Ploeger, Gail Tomlinson, John Zeitler. Other answers from Carolyn Rogers

Today's Riddle

What did the executioner say when the alarm clock went off this morning?

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