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Monday, May 30, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Those of you reading this who can recall the 1960s or prior may remember that Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day. It was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 to decorate the graves and honor those who died in military service for our country. In 1971, Congress officially changed the date to the last Monday in May and officially changed the name to Memorial Day. 

This is the day when many Americans take time to pay respect and decorate the graves of our military service Americans who died to keep our country free. It has also been a time when many Americans visit the graves of friends and family members. It is a time to remember.

As a child, I would join my mother to decorate the graves of her parents and siblings who were buried in our hometown. She would shed tears, and I would shed tears watching her shed tears. Her mother, father and brother all died just a few years prior. Those memories don’t fade quickly.

Fifty years later, my mother still visits the cemeteries and decorates their graves on Memorial Day. It is a tradition. A duty. A show of respect.

Admittedly, I have not continued that tradition very well with the deceased — or with the living. Hours and miles separate me from my family members now, and we just don’t get together very often. The exceptions are funerals, when we all comment that we need to see each for other reasons. But, sadly, we don’t.

Unfortunately, the older I get, the number of deceased people I know is catching up with the number of living people I know. That’s a shift I don’t appreciate, but it’s reality.

Meanwhile, I will attend a Memorial Day service locally again this year like I do most years. I will pay tribute to the American soldiers who died to preserve our freedoms, including my father and my uncles. I will try to drag my children along with me and explain the importance of this day, and they may reluctantly agree. I will likely shed a tear, and they will likely shed a tear watching me shed a tear. If nothing else, that alone is a tradition. And a duty. And a show of respect.

Have a Monday of memories, and thanks for reading.

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

 
 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Scattered storms are a possibility this morning and again tonight on a hot and windy Memorial Day. Rain chances continue into Tuesday and Wednesday as well, though most of the rain Wednesday looks to be south of the metro. Cooler temperatures move in starting Tuesday.

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

 
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Headlines

FROM KCCI: Johnston water trail access points closed at NW 70th Ave. and Lew Clarkson

JOHNSTON, Iowa — Water trail access in Johnston has been closed due to unsafe conditions. Access points at NW 70th Avenue and Lew Clarkson Park are now closed. The city says the water current is moving too fast on Beaver Creek and obstructions in the creek make it unsafe. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Des Moines Heritage Carousel opens for the season

DES MOINES, Iowa — An Iowa summertime tradition is officially back in operation. The Des Moines Heritage Carousel at Union Park opened for the season on Saturday. The carousel, which was unveiled in 1998, typically costs 50 cents per ride for children. However, both children and adults hopped on the carousel for free Saturday in commemoration of opening day... READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Story County Sheriff's Office details how they prepare to keep schools safe

STORY COUNTY, Iowa — The scenes out of Uvalde, Texas, are weighing on the hearts and minds of many, including Captain Nicholas Lennie of the Story County Sheriff's Office.
"Tragic events like this really make us reflect, look back at our policies, explore what we're doing for training," he said.… READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
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 Rooftop Bar
1. 300 Craft & Rooftop
2. The Garden Restaurant and Show Lounge
3. Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop

 
Personalities
 

Dealing with allergies
Residents share their coping strategies.

Carrie Hermsen has had allergies her entire life. 
 “I did an allergy test when I was young and found out I was allergic to all things in nature, dogs and cats, and dust. As an adult, I realized that I was also allergic to sulfites, commonly found in wine. I also have an allergy to natural honey.”

Unfortunately, her allergies affect Carrie's day-to-day life. She says she is always congested, which, in turn, leaves her feeling tired and run down. Her congestion often leads to sinus infections, which results in her taking antibiotics and steroids more than she'd like to. About 5 years ago, Carrie had sinus surgery to try to relieve some pressure and open up her nasal passages. Her allergies also trigger asthma attacks, so she has had to use an inhaler throughout her adult life.

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From the May issue of Ankeny  Living magazine.

 
Scores
MLB, May 29:  Giants 6 Reds 4, White Sox 5 Cubs 4, Twins 7 Royals 3, Brewers 8 Cardinals 0  ... READ MORE
 
Iowa Cubs, May 29: Memphis 4 Iowa Cubs 2
 
NBA May 29: Celtics 100 Heat 96
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Wynonna Judd, Idina Menzel, CeeLo Green, Harrison Barnes, Jake Short, Sean Giambrone, Mark Sheppard, Jenny Mollen

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

 
Morning Chuckle
 
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What Does a Proud Computer Call His Little Son? A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK!
Thanks for the answers David Dolde, William Snyder, Gail Tomlinson
 

TODAY'S RIDDLE:

After a long, hard day, how does a robot loosen up?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

 

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