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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Welcome to an extra edition of the mailbag where you will find some of the comments, questions and ideas sent recently by subscribers of this newsletter or our publications. They are edited for space and clarity.

“Loved your column on forgiveness (Teeter-totter, July 5, 2023). I have always told my children, friends and co-workers this — hating only hurts the hater, not the hated. Forgiving is not condoning their actions, rather, you letting it (hate) go. Have a great week!” - Kevin

Unfortunately, letting go of hate is the most difficult part. - Shane

“Thanks, Shane, for your very personal commentary on the difficulty of forgiveness (Teeter-totter, July 5, 2023). Three important faith lessons in my life have been: 1. Love keeps no records of wrong. 2. We must forgive one another, so we can be forgiven by the Father. 3. Vengeance is the Lord's.” - Brad

Those are great lessons. Thank you, Brad. - Shane

“Good morning, Shane. I wanted to drop a note and let you know how much I appreciated your column on the topic of forgiveness (Teeter-totter, July 5, 2023). There are several things we struggle with these days — empathy, encouragement, grace and, yes, forgiveness. The world would be a better place if we practiced all four. I know I can do better, so thank you for the motivational reminder. I enjoy your daily newsletter. Keep up the great work and sharing funny, inspirational and informative viewpoints. You have a gift for writing.” - Aaron

Most people agree that the world could — and should — be a better place, but few are willing to really try to change it. And, yes, it starts with each one of us. Thank you for the kind words.” -Shane

“Shane: Wonderful piece on July 5 (Teeter-totter, July 5, 2023). Thank you.” - Mike

“Balance. Timing. Force. I am still learning.” - Shane

“I thought aspartame only caused cancer in California (Possible carcinogen, July 6, 2023). Along with everything else.” - Mick 

As long as it isn’t created on a gas stove, it’s fine. - Shane

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thank 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 Patio Bar

1. 300 Craft & Rooftop

2. Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

3. Mannings


Read More

Your Clear Mortgage forecast

Heat sticks with us today and into Friday, when we'll see storm chances in the afternoon. More chances come our way Sunday night into Monday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Iconic Iowa athletes to be sculpted out of butter at 2023 Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa — Some of Iowa's greatest athletes will be immortalized in butter at next month's Iowa State Fair. Caitlin Clark, Jack Trice and Kurt Warner will join the iconic butter cow on display in the John Deere Agriculture Building once butter sculptor Sarah Pratt is finished with them.  READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Teen son of Iowa basketball coach McCaffery cited in deadly Iowa City crash

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Jonathan “Jack” McCaffery, youngest son of University of Iowa men’s basketball coach, Fran McCaffery, was cited in connection to a car vs. pedestrian crash that killed a National Guardsman in May.. ..READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Medical outlook of new abortion ban causes concern for doctors, patients

All amendments to the state's latest abortion ban in both chambers were presented by Democrats, and none passed.  ...READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5


 The much anticipated "Barbie" movie has spawned more spin-offs than any film before. There are already Barbie shopping parlors, Barbie restaurants and Barbie ice cream soda joints. All are reportedly popular to the point of waiting lists.

AMC Theaters has already sold 20,000 tickets to the July 21 opening day double feature of "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer." We are not making that up. It is a five-and-a-half hour investment in teaching your little girl about the horror of atomic weapons.

G Migg's (128th Fifth St., Valley Junction) Thursday lunch special is a creamy chicken Florentine soup with a slider (ham and Swiss, crab salad, chicken salad) for $10.

— Jim Duncan


The Des Moines Community Playhouse opens the quirky, irreverent gem of a musical, "Little Shop of Horrors.” July 14-30. www.dmplayhouse.com

Iowa Stage Theatre Company brings its 2023 Shakespeare on the Lawn to Salisbury House and Gardens as they present “Twelfth Night.” July 19-23, 7:30 p.m. www.iowastage.org/twelfthnight

Get involved: Auditions for “The Addams Family: A New Musical.” Ankeny Community Theatre. Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 16 at 6 p.m. www.ankenycommunitytheatre.com/the-addams-family.html

Auditions for “Temporary Insanity” at Tallgrass Theatre Company. Auditions Sunday, July 16. This is a Karen Schaeffer comedy, directed by Maxwell Schaeffer. https://tallgrasstheatre.org/audition

— John Busbee, The Culture Buzz


Munsick performs July 14 in Adel

Photo by Christopher Douglas

By Jackie Wilson

The Dallas County Fair in Adel will feature a concert on July 14 by up-and-coming country musician Ian Munsick of Nashville.

Munsick made great strides early in his musical career. His duo with Cody Johnson, “Long Live Cowgirls,” was his first RIAA gold-certified single. With more than 100 million streams, he’s also been named “artist to watch” in 2023 by “Country Now” and “Music Mayhem.”

Munsick was raised in Wyoming and played music with his brothers at age 10 as part of the Munsick Boys. Early on, he realized he wanted a career in music.

Read more in the June issue of Waukee Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

These celebrities were born on this date: Patrick Stewart, Harrison Ford, Roger McGuinn, Gil Birmingham, Cameron Crowe, Tom Kenny, Ken Jeong, Deborah Cox, Will Champion, Fran Kranz, Yadier Molina and Colton Haynes.

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


DUST = Benefits of living on a freshly graded gravel road, without a recent rain, when a vehicle goes by. Photo by Diane Ferguson of Page County

Morning Chuckle

The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What did they name the film of a woman who had amazing revelations while eating cereal? BREAKFAST EPIPHANIES! Or, from Rex Post: Snap Crackle an Idea Popped into my head! Or, from Carolyn Rogers: "The E'puff'anies of Cocoa, the Serial Killer". Other answers from Gail Tomlinson

Today's Riddle

What do you get when the weatherman breaks both arms and legs?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

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