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Good Thursday morning to you!

How many times per day do you say thank you? The answer is probably more than you think. But how many times do you truly mean it?

With today being the formal day of Thanksgiving, we should pause to think about what it means to say thank you and question ourselves about what we are truly thankful for.

I have a friend who is in his third marriage — maybe his fourth. If I were a better friend, I would know this. He is admittedly not a perfect spouse, but, through it all, he has learned a great deal about what to be thankful for, and he enlightened me years ago with some of his experiences.

His first comment dealt with his initial wedding, when he chose his friends of the time as his groomsmen. When that marriage failed, those friends were “nowhere to be found,” he shared. In his second wedding, he chose family to be in the wedding party. “Friends can be fair-weather,” he told me. “But family is forever.” How true.

In that second marriage, he and his wife were blessed with a child. Despite their love for her, their love for each other dissipated, and they divorced. “I wanted a divorce to get away from her (his wife),” my friend shared. “But what I learned is that, if you have a child together, you never really get away from each other. We had to learn to talk, to communicate, and we did so better than we ever did when we were married. Makes me wonder if life would have been better if we would have worked as much on our relationship when we were married as we did when we were divorced.” I know very few people who can be that honest.

By the time my friend’s third (or fourth) marriage came around, I became one of those fair-weather friends. Although we may not see each other often anymore, his two comments about relationships stuck with me to this day.

All this reminds me of what’s really important. Family. Friends. Relationships. The rest of the stuff isn’t very significant, at least in the big picture. My friend’s stories also remind me that we all fail, and that none of us is perfect, but we can still learn from each other.

With that in mind, I wish you, your family and your friends all the best. Have a thankful Thursday, and, as always, thank you for reading.

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


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Happy Thanksgiving! More of the same in the 7-day forecast, with dry conditions (with the exception of a sprinkle Saturday afternoon) and up-and-down high temperatures. The coldest days look to be today and Sunday. The warmest days Saturday and Monday and Tuesday.

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

Things To Do
It's Thanksgiving. Spend time with people you care about, eat, review the many blessings in your life, eat, make others happy, eat, and maybe watch a little football before eating... again.
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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 Chicken Wings
1. Jethro’s
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A quick study: Dierenfeld takes to the ice and wins a bronze.

By Darren Tromblay

Prior to March of this year, 9-year-old Grace Dierenfeld’s only experience on ice was skating in downtown Des Moines with family and friends.

Just a few months later, Dierenfeld entered her first competition in the Iowa Games in Ames and won a bronze medal.

That’s called a “fast study.”  

What began quietly in a Learn to Skate group in March of  2021 has evolved into private lessons with coaches Elena Tobiash and Igor Velikanov at the Iowa Figure Skating Academy.

Parents Debbie Dierenfeld and Jay Burroughs of West Des Moines first learned of the academy from a flyer introducing the Learn to Skate program. Little Grace took to it with ease, and more good things followed.


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The Cardinal has been christened the “Christmas Bird” for its spectacular red color. Legend proclaims that the Cardinal is the symbol of beauty and warmth of the holiday season. A glimpse of this brilliant bird brings cheer, hope and inspiration on a gray wintery day.  Photo taken at Walnut Woods State Park by Paul Houston. 
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Digital Editions
Bondurant Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The November issue cover story, "Sing. Sing a Song" is about locals who are passionate about singing and sharing their talent with others. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the November issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Christina Applegate, Billy Burke, Amy Grant, Jill Hennessy, Ben Stein, Jerry Ferrara, Cris Carter

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Poll of the Week

Which would you prefer?

A white Christmas
A green Christmas


Have you ever taken a photo with a Polaroid camera?

Yes - 95%
No - 5%

Morning Chuckle

What do you call a 3-year-old from Russia who explores outerspace?

A COSMO-TOT! says Lori Bluml and Patty Miller. Or, as Gail Tomlinson offers, A TODDLERNAUGHT


Why does Planet Earth have only one moon?

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