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Good Friday morning to you!

What makes you smile? A certain memory? A humorous person? A morning sunrise? We all have something that makes us smile, or at least I hope so. Can we make other people smile? Of course, we can. Here are a few ideas to help you accomplish that today:

Mail a handwritten letter. The average person receives hundreds of electronic messages every day and spends 1.2 seconds with a finger hovering over the delete button before deciding to read each one or not. Care to guess how that compares to the time people spend reading a handwritten letter? Find a notepad and buy some stamps. You will be glad you did.

Tell a joke. You don’t have to be good at the delivery. In fact, you don’t even need to come up with the joke. We put one in this newsletter each day that is yours for the taking.

Reach out to someone in need. I called a friend this week who suffered a horrible loss of a family member. I dreaded making the call, and he likely dreaded taking it. But after a few minutes, we were both smiling.

Tell people you’re proud of them. You are certainly proud of many people for the wonderful things they do. Tell them. Yes, saying this can feel awkward at first, but the reward will come from the smiles you will instantly see.

Send flowers. Admittedly, I don't send flowers often, as it seems like a lot of money for something that dies in a few days. Having said that, others seem to enjoy them, which is obvious by the $2 billion  spent on flowers each Valentine’s Day alone. But don’t wait for a holiday. Send flowers for no reason at all, and they will be appreciated even more.

Deliver food. My wife recently took a meal over to neighbors who are dealing with health problems. She made their day, and their compliments made hers. She now brings food to them a few times each week, and this simple gesture has brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Pay a compliment. You don’t want to come off as a creep, but if you are sincere, a few words can make someone’s week. 

Smile at everyone you see today. If you don't buy into all the aforementioned ideas, you might this one. My sister had a painting in her bedroom in our childhood home that said: “Smile. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.” And she did. And we wondered. Give it a try.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman

President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Nothing but sunshine and dry conditions ahead as a slightly cooler stretch of weather begins today. We do see another warming trend ahead as we get later into next week.

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

Featured Event
Things To Do
Friday, Aug. 13
⇛Architecture on the Move Walking Tours
At: Downtown Des Moines, starting at Capital Square, 400 Locust St.
Info: Architecture on the Move Walking Tours, 5:30 p.m. FIND OUT MORE...
Featured Home For Sale
5140 Cypress Drive
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
This is a 3 bed/3.5 bath two story home in a beautiful part of Pleasant Hill. Two car attached garage PLUS a terrific wooden shed in the fully fenced back yard. Lower level includes a huge family room and the third full bathroom. Main level includes nice office area. Come and make this one yours! ...
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

2100 block Fleur Drive
1200 block Thomas Beck Road
500 block S.W. Third Street

Lanes of the Martin Luther King Jr Parkway Bridge over the Raccoon River will be reduced through Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The City of West Des Moines is closing Ashworth Road from 88th Street south of I-80 to 88th Street north of I-80 beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16 for 4-5 weeks.

Traffic lanes on Ingersoll Avenue from 35th Street to 38th Street will be reduced to one lane in either direction through Monday, Nov. 1.

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Homeowners, business owners prepare for rush of fairgoers in need of parking

DES MOINES, Iowa — Homeowners and business owners near the Iowa State Fairgrounds are opening up their yards and lots again for fairgoers to park. It's been a longstanding tradition for people living or working nearby to open up their properties and sell parking spaces for people headed to the fair. According to some people who offer up their properties, the fair has a texting system that helps them out. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: 2020 Census results: Iowa gains population, Dallas County fastest-growing county in the state

WAUKEE, Iowa — America’s once-in-a-decade count is complete, and the 2020 Census produced some good results for the Hawkeye State. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 3.2 million people now live in Iowa, a 4.7 percent increase from 2010. However, the growth was mostly concentrated to urban areas, as 68 of Iowa’s 99 counties lost people in the past decade.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Coffee shop raises employee pay to $15 an hour, says increase has helped business

JEFFERSON, Iowa — Iowa's Minimum Wage is $7.25 an hour and has been at that level since 2008, but businesses are always free to go above that when paying their employees.
One business in Jefferson did just that, and they're making waves as a result. .

The Score
IOWA CUBS:  The Iowa Cubs (37-48) came out on the wrong side of a pitchers’ duel against the Omaha Storm Chasers (48-37) on Thursday night, falling 2-1 in game three at Werner Park. READ MORE ...
MLB: Cardinals 7 Pirates 6, Brewers 17 Cubs 4 ...READ MORE
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Car Dealership (Foreign)
1. Willis Automotive
2. Toyota of Des Moines
3. Ramsey Subaru of Des Moines


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Meet Susan Smith: Teaching math lab at Grant Ragan Elementary

by Darren Tromblay

What advice do you give those students who have a tough time with math? 

“It takes time, but with hard work and practice, you will get there! Be patient with yourself and have a growth mindset. I try to make the comparison of practicing anything you want to be good at, for example: sports, dance, music, art, etc. In order to be good at something, we need to work hard at it and continue to practice. Math is no different.”  


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Special Education Teacher Associate
The Johnston Community School District is seeking individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of students as a Special Education Teacher Associate. There are full-time (over 30 hours per weeks) and part-time positions (under 30 hours per week) available. Starting rate of pay is $16.96 to $17.65 per hour. Full-time employees are eligible to receive medical and dental insurance. All full-time and part-time positions are eligible for the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS).
Please apply online at: https://www.applitrack.com/johnston/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Support+Staff
General job functions include:
· Assists in the supervision of students in the classroom and other areas of the school facility.
· Assists staff in preparation of materials.
· Works with group or individual students in the daily routine of the classroom under the teacher’s direction.
· Keeps teacher/administrator informed of all relevant student-related matters.
· Maintains working knowledge and use of available technology.
· Duties and responsibilities as requested by supervisor may vary from time to time.

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During a discussion about favorite cheeses, Jordan Huxford informed Tammy Pearson there is INDEED cheese with fruit in it and sent her this as proof.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Norwalk Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The August issue cover story, "Residents' Choice Awards" shares the poll results about area residents' favorite businesses and professionals. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
View the August issue of Norwalk Living magazine  here. 
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to Geno Nelsen today and Nancy Engle, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sebastian Stan, Alfred Hitchcock, DeMarcus Cousins, Janet Yellen, Debi Mazar, John Slattery, Johnny Gaudreau, and Annie Oakley. Did you know, Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Oakley developed hunting skills as a child to provide for her impoverished family in western Ohio. At 15, she won a shooting contest against experienced marksman Frank E. Butler, whom she later married. - Wikipedia

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Do you know how to swim?



Results of last week's poll:

Are you watching the Olympics?

Yes - 55%
No - 45%

Morning Chuckle
What do you get when you cross a chicken with a guitar?
A CRITTER THAT MAKES MUSIC WHEN YOU PLUCK IT! Lots of other creative answers submitted: William Snyder — A long-necked clucker. Donna Willems — A pluck and cluck. Ron Sorenson: You get a bird with a lot of “pluck.” Judy Anderson: A chicken that plucks itself?
What do you call a hen that can count her own eggs?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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