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Thursday, May 19, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Do you remember when you used to wonder what you would do when you grew up? Maybe you still wonder that? Or maybe you wonder what you will do when you retire? Regardless, we all have to ultimately make some decisions, and the results often aren’t what we may have expected them to be.

Colson Thayer, a graduating senior at Waukee Northwest High School, was an intern at our company this year, writing stories for CITYVIEW and our Iowa Living magazines. I started a relationship with Colson more than a year ago when he was working for his high school publications and asked if I would speak to his journalism class. I did, and, as requested, I offered some praise and some suggestions for their work. The students listened attentively, especially Colson, and they implemented many of the ideas we discussed. Later, Colson reached out again and asked if we would be interested in working with him on Waukee’s School-to-Work program. We did, and it was a wonderful experience for me to see Colson’s writing skills improve in such a short amount of time.

I attended an employee recognition event for this program on Tuesday at the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, and I became even more impressed when hearing from 60-plus other Waukee students who shared similar experiences along with their plans for next year. Many worked at businesses related to their future plans, but not all — and that’s OK.

This experience made me think back on my high school years and what I thought I wanted to do when I grew up. At the time, I was convinced that I wanted to be a high school math teacher and was researching colleges and universities that would be a good fit. Then I hit a brick wall mentally in an advanced calculus class and realized this would likely not be a good career path for me. Thank goodness. Binomial coefficients, elliptic integrals and reciprocal functions would give me a splitting headache now.

Colson will be attending Drake University next year and plans to double major in journalism and Spanish with a saxophone music minor, which means he could end up being a high school math teacher. At this stage, it really doesn’t matter. What does matter is learning — about anything and everything.

I applaud Colson and the other Waukee students and staff who made this happen, as well as those who have implemented similar programs in other school districts. You are making a positive difference with our youth, and what is more important than that?

Have a thoughtful Thursday, 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

It’ll be a sunny, warmer and windy one today. We’ll see rain chances tonight and again tomorrow morning, along with cooler Friday temperatures. Those temps follow us into a cool weekend, with a chance of rain on Saturday. 

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

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FROM KCCI: Court documents reveal how 4-year-old girl got ahold of gun before deadly shooting

ANKENY, Iowa —Police said a 4-year-old Ankeny girl fatally shot herself in the face with a handgun while her father answered the door, according to a new search warrant. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Iowa special education staffing crisis straining families

DES MOINES, Iowa — Colin Bruhn has autism. It means he struggles to communicate, has sensory issues, and has other developmental delays. But one of the biggest challenges Colin and other kids like him are facing is a shortage of Special Education teachers and staff.... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines named one of the best places to live by U.S. News & World Report

Des Moines made the No. 14 slot, getting beat out by cities like Huntsville, Alabama; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Portland, Maine; and Austin, Texas. .. … READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Children’s Store
1. The Learning Post
2. Janes - Family Shop
3. Once Upon a Child


Dealing with allergies
Residents share their coping strategies.

When Kathy Love discovers she’s allergic to something, she usually finds out the hard way, suffering from painful, itchy hives.

Love didn’t start suffering from food allergy symptoms until she was in her late 20s. One Christmas, she made a favorite tradition — peanut clusters. She noticed some bumps in the crook of her elbow. Before long, the little bumps became one large bump, swelling to the top of her arm. The same happened to the back of her knees, and, with her legs so swollen, she couldn’t drive. The painful, itchy hives subsided after a steroid shot.

“After that, I put two and two together and figured out I was allergic to both peanuts and the caffeine in the chocolate,” she says.


From the May issue of Jordan Creek Living magazine.

MLB, May 18: Twins 14 Athletics 4;  Mets 11 Cardinals 4; Pirates 3 Cubs 2; Royals 6 White Sox 2; Brewers 7 Braves 6 ... READ MORE
Iowa Cubs, May 18: Iowa Cubs 8 Columbus 1
NBA May 18: Warriors 112 Mavericks 87
NHL May 18: Hurricanes 2 Rangers 1; Flames 9 Oilers 6
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday K’Lynn Lynn!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: JoJo Siwa, Grace Jones, Kevin Garnett, Eleanor Tomlinson

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

Morning Chuckle
Why do Eskimos do their laundry in Tide?
BECAUSE IT'S TOO COLD OUT TIDE! Way to go Gail Tomlinson, and I neglected to mention William Snyder correctly answered yesterday's riddle!


What do you do after your daughter comes in after playing in the mud?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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