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Tuesday, June 21 ,2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

I am supposed to bury my 86-year-old mother today. She died last week, and I have been working with my siblings on funeral arrangements the past few days. Then I tested positive for COVID Monday morning. Sadly, my siblings will bury my mother without me today.

I have been thinking about the stories I planned to share with friends and family at the visitation and funeral. Since I can’t be there, I will share them with you. Maybe you will find a smile.

My mother loved the color red. It must have been the Irish in her from the Lane and Leonard families. She had two brothers who were known as Big Red and Little Red. Most of her clothes were red. She drove a red car. She even had red carpet in her living room. Seriously.

My mother loved to clean. It was more of an obsession than a habit, but she seemed to truly enjoy it. She vacuumed that red carpet every day. When she visited our home, she did the same with our non-red carpet, along with ironing our clothes, polishing our wood cabinets, and organizing our silverware drawer. She even washed our windows — inside and out. This was in her younger years, but she also found it fun to match up my lone socks just a few months ago.

My mother loved babies. When each of our three daughters were born, she was their first visitor — and she lived hours away. She had her bag packed and her gas tank full, waiting for the call. I have never seen her happier than when she was holding her grandchildren for the first time.

My mother loved the elderly. In her later years, she worked for families who needed someone to provide in-home care for their parents. She was so good at it that she had a waiting list. If you have had this need, you know how important a person with these skills is.

My mother loved to save money. We were not rich with material things by any means, but Mom made sure we had the necessities and plenty of gifts for birthdays and Christmas. She had bags of money that she would put a few dollars in each week to make sure she saved enough. Inside coffee cans. Under her mattress. In the freezer. She had her saving spots, and she was diligent about putting money away. She also never accumulated debt, other than her home mortgage. If she didn’t have cash to pay for something, she didn’t buy it, and that included cars. She said credit cards were the tools of the devil, and she proved that they were not necessary.

And finally, my mother loved ketchup. She ate it on everything. Eggs. Toast. Pizza. And to the chagrin of many a chef at restaurants we took her to, even on a good steak. Probably because it was red.

Rest in peace, Mom. I love you.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

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FROM KCCI: Iowa Democrats present caucus changes and fight for first status

WASHINGTON — Iowa Democrats hope big changes to the caucus process will keep them first in the nation; they make their case to the national party Thursday in Washington D.C. Iowa Democrats want "non-present participation" in the upcoming caucuses, meaning a mail or in-person vote over a 14 to 28-day window prior to caucus night itself. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: New Des Moines violence intervention program seeing results

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

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Patty Miller sent in this photo of a bumblebee amid the pansies.
Send your photos to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com.


A bird at the bird feeder watches as its companion comes in for a landing. Photo by Tammy Pearson


Meet Erica Maeder

Enjoying the eagerness and wonder within kindergarten students

By Ashley Rullestad

Erica Maeder has been teaching kindergarten for three years at Crocker Elementary.

Beginning her teaching career the year when COVID resulted in school shut-downs was a challenge, and it's been a crazy ride ever since.
“Teaching kindergarten is a joy because every day is new. I believe there is a joy and an opportunity that students have in their first year of elementary school that they don't get in any other grade, and I get to witness that. There is so much excitement, eagerness and wonder within kindergarteners.”

For Maeder, the rewards by far outweigh the challenges of teaching. That being said, there are challenges that come with the job.


From the June issue of Ankeny Living magazine.

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Prince William, Lana Del Rey, Chris Pratt, Juliette Lewis, Maggie Siff, Benjamin Walker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Erica Durance, Meredith Baxter, David Morrissey, Wade Phillips

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What do you get if your dog makes you breakfast?
POOCHED EGGS! Good job Gail Tomlinson
OR Woof-les with slurp-up! Good one, Lori Bluml.
Or Barkin’ n’ eggs! Creative answer William Snyder
Or Puppy chow and/or hot dogs and/or hush puppies! Nice job Rich Hoidahl
Or biscuits or served on the woof, suggests Rex Post


What do you get if you cross a pit bull with Lassie?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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