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Good Monday morning to you!

Jolene and I have been doing some purging as of late. We pride ourselves in being minimalists, but the storage room somehow became full of stuff. And so did some other unsuspecting places: the garage, the shed, the attic, the closets, under the beds and seemingly every drawer. I guess that’s what happens when you live in the same place for nearly two decades. “Stuff” accumulates.

Prior to our current home, we lived in four other locations. And, as such, we purged some items along the way. We also moved many of the same unopened boxes several times. Until now.

With the help and motivation from our youngest daughter Abby, we are sorting through everything — and I mean everything. Our garbage and recycle bins have been overflowing.

This process reminds me of two pieces of advice I received in my first job out of college. The first was to handle a piece of paper once. The same goes for voicemails, emails and text messages. Don’t save them to review later. Don’t let them pile up. And certainly don’t just ignore them. If you do — and maybe you can relate (or know someone who can) — you suddenly have thousands of these items, and the stress of that piles on, too.

The second related piece of advice was on how to handle tasks immediately and not procrastinate. “Do it, ditch it or delegate it,” I was told by my first boss out of college. The best scenario is to do it right now, he suggested, and get it over with. Or if it simply isn’t important, ditch it. And if you can ask someone else you trust to get it handled for you, delegate it.

I try to use these two tips on every task I have and every piece of paper, every voicemail, every email and every text message I receive. It is not failproof, which is obvious by the “stuff” we are sorting through right now, but it helps.

And the purge continues.

Have a marvelous Monday, 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

Sunny, chilly and breezy weather will be with us today as temperatures remain steady. We may see a dusting of snow in the metro Tuesday as it stays cold. Back to the 40's Thursday and Friday with light snow possible in Friday's outlook.

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

Things To Do

Jolly Holiday Lights
At: Adventureland Resort, 3300 Adventureland Drive, Altoona
Info: Make-A-Wish Iowa started Jolly Holiday Lights over 25 years ago to raise money to grant Iowa children’s wishes. Since then, Jolly Holiday Lights has become the organization’s largest fundraising event, funding more than 1,000 wishes to date. Make-A-Wish Iowa is excited to continue the Jolly Holiday Lights event at Adventureland Park, where families can carry on this holiday tradition.
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FROM KCCI: Iowa man sentenced for running over friend after a fight

ONAWA, Iowa — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 54 years in prison for running over his friend and firing shots at the victim’s girlfriend on an Iowa interstate last December. Jayme Powell, 40, was sentenced Friday after being convicted in October of two counts each of attempted murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon and operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines police charge 17-year-old with attempted murder in bar shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Police Department arrested a 17-year-old for attempted murder in a shooting that injured a man at a bar Thursday night. A 46-year-old Des Moines man was shot outside the Maingate Bar and Grill in the 2900 block of E. Grand Avenue near the Iowa State Fairgrounds just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 2. The man remains hospitalized in critical condition as of Sunday evening, authorities said.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines resident with explosive device taken into custody after standoff

DES MOINES, Iowa — Early Saturday morning, Des Moines Police officers arrived at a house in the 800 block of Rose Avenue to find a man armed with a gun and wearing a ballistic vest. A spokesperson with the department said the man also had a homemade explosive device. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
IOWA WILD: Iowa Wild (9-8-1-0; 19 pts.) lost to the Chicago Wolves (14-4-1-1; 30 pts.) by a score of 4-0 at Wells Fargo Arena.
BOWL GAMES: Going bowling in Orlando: Iowa Hawkeyes to the Citrus Bowl, Iowa State Cyclones to the Cheez-It Bowl ... 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 Theatrical Venue
1. Des Moines Community Playhouse
2. Hoyt Sherman
3. Des Moines Civic Center


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Life-long hippie and music lover

By Jeff Pitts

Polk City man, James Taylor, 69, has written two books about his life and his many concert-going experiences.

5-plus decades of concert-going results in two books for James Taylor.

Once upon a time, it was 1972 or so, and, in a bar in Fairfield, a man, who was clearly not from there, entered.

“What’s it like in Iowa?” This stranger wanted to know.

A young local named James Taylor answered as best as he could and then asked his vaguely familiar bar mate what he did for work.

“I’m the lead singer for the Beach Boys,” he said. “I’m Mike Love.”

Taylor will be 70 in March. The retired truck driver lives in Polk City and is a self-described life-long hippie.


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Poll of the Week

How do you prefer your eggnog?

Right out of the carton
I don’t like eggnog


Which type of can opener do you have?

Electric - 18%
Manual -82%
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Morning Chuckle

Why did the man always do the backstroke when swimming after lunch? 

HE WAS TOLD NOT TO SWIM ON A FULL STOMACH! — Rex Post and Gail Tomlinson got it!


What does Santa pay to park the sleigh? (Thanks for the riddle Aaron Burns!)

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