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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Halloween is less than two weeks away, and you know what that means. It’s scary movie time. I have found that there are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy scary movies and those who would rather go to the dentist. For me, it depends on my stage of life — and the movie… and maybe the dentist.

In 2017, IMBD.com ranked the top horror movies of all time with hundreds of thousands of votes. The top choice was Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” in which a woman on the run checks into a motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. The movie was released in 1960 and still frightens generations of movie watchers today — including me.

The rest of the top 10 list, in order, includes: “Rosemary's Baby” (1968); “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974); “The Shining” (1980); “The Exorcist” (1973); “Jaws” (1975); “Halloween” (1978); “Alien” (1979); “Don't Look Now” (1973); and “The Witch” (2015).

Although I’m not a big fan of the horror genre, I have surprisingly viewed seven of the top 10 listed here. I have not seen “The Witch,” “Don’t Look Now” or “Rosemary’s Baby,” but there’s still time. (I hope.) Two other movies that scared the bejesus out of me that are not on this list are “The Omen” and the original “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

You may remember “The Omen” as Richard Donner’s supernatural horror film from 1976 about Damien Thorn, a young child replaced at birth by his father. As the boy enters childhood, and after many strange events and violent deaths, his father realizes that Damien is the Antichrist. This movie, and its sequel “Damien: Omen 2,” scared a number of people into opening up the Bible. I recorded those movies on VHS in the 1980s and watched them with my buddies in college. Creeped us all out.

The original “Nightmare on Elm Street” was also scary. The following eight sequels? Not so much. Wes Craven’s 1984 film introduced us to Freddy Krueger, the spirit of a slain child murderer who sought revenge by entering dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his death. My friend Stacey Carlson and I went to the movie as sophomores in high school — with an empty seat between us, of course — and the movie left us admittedly shaken and uncomfortable.

Most all of us can relate to nightmares of some sort, and this movie proved it. What’s the scariest movie you have seen? Shoot me a note and let me know. And remember, as Freddy Krueger says, "The only thing to fear is fear himself."

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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

More warm and breezy weather is ahead for today. It’ll be cloudier and a bit cooler Wednesday with a slight rain chance, and those rain chances linger into an ever cooler and windy Thursday. Highs will be in the upper 50’s Thursday though Sunday with rain chances late Sunday and Monday.

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

Allergy forecast

For the next week, the risk of allergy symptoms is: MODERATE

RAGWEED pollen is the offender.

TRIVIA: Ragweed heights range from a few inches to more than 12 feet. Giant ragweed grows from 12 to 18 feet tall in moist soils.....READ MORE

Things To Do

Tuesday, Oct. 19
Live Music: Joshua Sinclair
At: Kinship Brewing Co.
Info: The venue is gaining a good reputation for quality tunes, and Joshua Sinclair is a Des Moines artist working hard and gaining traction. His style is appreciated by people who enjoy listening to Keith Urban, Ryan Adams, Jake Owen, Dashboard Confessional, Ed Sheeran, Thompson Square and The Cadillac 3. Kinship Brewing is in Waukee at 255 N.W. Sunrise Drive. The music is scheduled for 5-8 p.m.

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26th Street from Center Street to Pleasant Street will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19  through 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21.

15th Street from Grand Avenue to Locust Street in Des Moines will be closed beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 through 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12.

48th Street from Hickman Road to Beaver Crest Drive in Des Moines will be closed through 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Forest Avenue  from Martin Luther King Jr Parkway to 21st Street  in Des Moines will be closed  through 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov.  8.

SW 11th Street from Murphy Street to DART Way will be closed  through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19.

11th Street from Madison Avenue to Aurora Avenue will be closed  through 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22.


A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: TPI Composites to cut 710 Newton jobs

NEWTON, Iowa — An anticipated round of layoffs in Newton is now official. A posting from Iowa Workforce Development’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act website shows TPI Composites will lay off 710 employees. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Johnston becomes latest suburb to approve plans for sports complex

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Plans for large sports complexes keep spreading across the metro. West Des Moines’ RecPlex opened earlier this month and the Grimesplex is expected to open next summer. Now, the newest suburb to join the trend looks to be Johnston. READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Pipeline would take steps toward decarbonization in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — Another carbon dioxide pipeline is coming to the Hawkeye state, this time being led by Navigator CO2 Ventures. The 1,300-mile pipeline plan brings about 80% of the proposed Heartland Greenway through Iowa. The pipeline will travel through five states before the CO2 is permanently sequestered underground in south-central Illinois.... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score

MLB: Red Sox 12 Astros 3 (Red Sox lead series 2-1)

NFL: Titans 34 Bills 31

BGUM Fantasy Football: Brent beat Tammy. Jolene remains in No. 1 spot. Shane still needs to work on his hugs.


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 Fancy-Pants Bar
1. Hello, Marjorie
2. The Republic on Grand;
3. The Winchester


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Meet Heidi Thomas: 8th Grade Social Studies tacher at Prairieview School

By Darren Tromblay

What do you recall about your first day in the classroom? 
“My first teaching job, I worked in the Des Moines Public School District in an alternative program. Although I was ready for a tough crowd, the students were kind and followed directions. That was a big day for me because I remember being struck by the fact that what some people would consider troubled youth were just kids in bad circumstances — not bad kids. I showed them respect, and they reciprocated.” 

What has been the proudest moment in your life thus far?   
Professionally, I'm most proud of the relationships I've built with my students. When I receive a positive note or comment from a student, it truly warms my heart and makes me so proud.”


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"I like to take my camera when I go on a hike. You never know when you might see Bigfoot. No Sasquatch on this day, but I did meet  Lisa, Maggie and Tobi with their horses Hitch, Norbren and Azora at Walnut Woods State Park." — photo by Paul Houston
Share your favorite snapshots! Email to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com to be included in an upcoming Daily Umbrella!
Digital Editions
Indianola 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.
View the digital edition here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: LilDurk, Evander Holyfield, Gillian Jacobs, Jon Favreau, Michael Gambon, John Lithgow, Hunter King, Trey Parker, Ty Pennington, Desmond Harrington, José Bautista, Rodney Carrington, Ashlyn Harris

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

Poll of the Week

How many concerts have you attended in person in the past year?

11 or more


How often do you exercise?

Daily - 30%
3-4 times per week - 44%
A few times per month - 14%
Never - 12%

Morning Chuckle

Why doesn't a witch wear a flat hat?

THERE'S NO POINT TO IT! OR IT'S POINTLESS. Great guesses Gail Tomlinson and Lori Bluml!


How do you fix a damaged jack-o-lantern?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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