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Good Thursday morning to you!

Do you know where you want to be buried, assuming you want to be buried? It’s a serious and appropriate question that I have been asked by my kids, and I don’t yet have an answer. I should, but I don’t. There are a number of “what if’s” in my response. What if I died tomorrow, as compared to 25 years from now? What if Jolene died first? What if we moved to another community?

There are a couple things I can answer. I do want a traditional Christian burial, and I do want a tombstone. But as to where? Beats me.

If I died tomorrow, I might want to be buried in my hometown of Algona or the nearby community of Whittemore where my father is buried. Maybe. Or I may want to be buried in central Iowa where my kids could visit me (assuming they will be living in central Iowa). Do I buy two cemetery plots, one for me and one for Jolene? Or will she be off with a new husband and buried next to him, leaving me in the dirt with an empty plot by me?

If you live in a community where generations of your family have lived, the answer is easier. But for those of us who have moved around from city to city and state to state, it gets complicated.

Jolene and I have talked about this repeatedly, but we still do not have a decisive answer. End-of-life decisions never seem to be easy, but they can make you smile if you have the right attitude. My old boss Bill Welsh once asked me for a favor in regard to a discussion he wanted me to have with his wife when he died. He said to me, with a stern look, “When I die, will you make sure Ruby isn’t high-fiving people when she walks out of the funeral?” And then he smiled from ear to ear. Bill did pass on, and I waited for an appropriate time to remind Ruby of his request to me. I was hoping it would bring a smile to her face, and it did.

So maybe a little humor is what it will take for both Jolene and me to decide where we want to be buried. After all, we don’t want to make a grave mistake.

Sorry, but I did say a “little” humor.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and, as always, thanks for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Scattered light rain showers are possible today. A bit of summer returns with dry conditions Friday and Saturday. It’ll be cooler Sunday with slight rain chances moving back in Sunday and Monday.

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

Things To Do
Thursday, Oct. 7
⇛Exhibition openings
At: Ankeny Art Center, 1520 S.W. Ordnance Road, Ankeny
Info: Upcoming exhibits include:
Oct. 5 - Nov. 24: “Inner Freedom” fine art acrylic painting by Melynda Van Zee
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Oct. 5 - Nov. 24: “Lapidary” fine art photography and ceramics by Brooke Szweda
Reception: Thursday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Featured Home For Sale
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

3300 Blk Cornell St
1800 Blk Euclid Ave
1400 Blk E 9th St

Merle Hay Road from Madison Avenue to Aurora Avenue will be closed between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each night through Monday, October 11, 2021. This street closure is necessary to install a new water service to the Kohls building.

SE 18th Street from Scott Avenue to Maury Street will be closed through Friday, October 15, 2021. This street closure is necessary for sanitary sewer installation for the new Municipal Service Center building.



A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: IAC Dotdash expected to purchase Des Moines-based Meredith Corporation

DES MOINES, Iowa — IAC Dotdash plans to purchase Meredith Corporation, according to a release from Meredith on Wednesday. Meredith Corporation, headquartered in Des Moines, owns multiple media outlets such as People, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, InStyle, Allrecipes and more.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa Democrats call Governor Reynolds’ border trip a ‘political stunt’ and ‘audition’ for higher office

IOWA — Governor Kim Reynolds is spending Wednesday on the US border with Mexico taking part in a tour along with nine other Republican governors. Reynolds says the trip is a chance for her to call attention to the Biden administration READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds, other Republican governors hold press conference at US-Mexico border

The cost of the trip is being shared between taxpayers and a nonprofit group, according to the governor's office.  .... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

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 Apartment Complex
1. The Village @ Gray's Lake
2. Broadmoor at Jordan Creek
3. Ingersoll Square


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Zwanziger’s story is one of tragedy to triumph: Inspires women’s ministry to help others overcome being “psychologically paralyzed”

By Rachel Harrington

Six years ago, Todd Zwanziger and his daughter, Eliana, were riding an ATV when a deer jumped out in front of them, causing them to fly into a ditch. While Eliana suffered only minor bruising, Todd landed face first into the side of a hill, shattering and fracturing vertebrae and suffering a spinal cord injury.

Even after the surgery on his spine, Todd was fully paralyzed on the right side of his body.

“On day four post-surgery, Todd was having severe tremors for hours,” says his wife, Amanda. “We learned from doctors that the tremors were due to anxiety. I, myself have dealt with trembling anxiety, so I shared with him a verse that has always immediately calmed me, Philippians 4:6-7. Once I shared that verse with him, he closed his eyes, prayed, and his tremors immediately ceased.”

It would be an hour later than Todd’s right side of his body started to wake up. Miraculously, Todd was walking down the hallway with a walker six days later.


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This is my friend Jordan's dog Ruby on the left and her friend Kyles's dog Bella on the right. One reason that dogs lick your face is to determine your mood. Looks like Bella is not in the mood! — Photo by Paul Houston
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Adel Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The October issue cover story, "Moving Forward" is about the forces that have impacted economic development in the community and what the future may have in store. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Simon Cowell, Kira Kosarin, Holland Roden, Toni Braxton, Thom Yorke, Nicole Ari Parker, John Mellencamp, Niels Bohr, Desmond Tutu, Amber Stevens West, Charles Woodson, Joy Behar, Dan Savage

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Poll of the Week

Should religious exemptions be allowed for COVID-19 mask requirements?

Not sure


Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandated in Iowa?

Yes - 67%
No - 29%
Not sure - 4%

Morning Chuckle
What does Arnold Schwarzenegger say at the start of a chess game?
I'LL BE BLACK! Thanks for the guesses Lori Bluml, Mike Chiston, Shane Goodman  (Jolene Goodman was close!), Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder
One more chess joke? 
Why can chess Bishops only more diagonally?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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