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Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

As the Goodman daughters grew older, many of our friends with younger children would ask, “What’s the best stage with kids?” Jolene would confidently answer, “The current stage.” Yes, life brings various stages. And, yes, they are all great.

The most emotional days of my life were when each of our daughters was born. There was just something incredible about holding our children — something I saw grow inside their mother for nine months — for the first time. That stage of life as a parent was truly awesome.

Seeing those children begin to crawl, walk and talk were other awe-inspiring moments. I would often wonder what they would look like, sound like and act like as they grew older. Maybe not surprisingly, each of them looks like, sounds like and acts like Jolene and me in many ways. Of course, they each have their uniqueness, too. Identifying all that was another incredible stage.

Sending each of them off to school for the first time, in an environment outside of our control, was a bit nerve-racking, but seeing them learn and grow intellectually was amazing. Helping them with homework? Not so much.

Teaching each daughter to drive was interesting. I didn’t know that my body could go fully straight in the passenger seat, as I cringed from the close calls with curbs, signs and other cars. That stage was stressful.

I didn’t like the dating stages. Period.

Sending them off to college was a tear-jerker. I was excited for their next stage of life and, to be honest, was looking somewhat forward to an emptier nest, but those emotions still hit home. I can remember my own mother crying in my dorm room my freshman year.

We experienced the marriage of one daughter this year, and that was another emotional day. Sending your daughter off to school is one thing; sending her off with a spouse is yet another.

Just this past weekend, I hitched up a trailer and moved that same daughter and her husband to Phoenix. A few years ago, we moved our oldest daughter to California. Being a couple of hours away at college took a bit to get used to, but being several states away creates new challenges for this stage of life.

My siblings and many of my friends tell me that being a grandparent is the best stage, and I have no doubt that they are correct. All the joy of kids without all the responsibilities, they tell me. I have a hunch there is another reason why this is the best stage for them: Because it is the current stage.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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

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FROM KCCI: Iowa driver dies after crashing through front window of home

HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — One man is dead after the car he was driving crashed through the front window of an Iowa residence on Saturday morning, according to the Iowa State Patrol. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Annual Corndog Kickoff returns to quench your corndog cravings

DES MOINES, Iowa — The annual Corndog Kickoff will return next weekend to raise money for maintaining and preserving the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Blue Ribbon Foundation has been hosting this event since 1997. Last year the foundation raised over $700,000 that went towards renovating and preserving the fairgrounds. The benefit consists of fair food, live music, and an auction... IREAD MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Crews battle fire at vacant Valley West Inn in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — First responders spent the overnight hours on the 4th of July battling a fire at a vacant building in West Des Moines. Crews were called just after midnight to the old Valley West Inn building near Westown Parkway and Valley West Drive..… 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 Contractor
1. Home Solutions of Iowa
2. Amazed Construction Services
3. Zenith Design + Build


Lunch With: Siobhan Spain at Franka

By Jim Duncan

Siobhan Spain is the director of Mainframe Studios, a lower-rent facility for artists and not-for-profit organizations. She has worked with a dozen internationally famous artists in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Fe. Mainframe is in the stretch drive of fundraising with a $500,000 matching grant from the Lauridsen family at stake. We asked her to lunch recently, and she chose the East Village Franka, a pizzeria that features a hanging sculpture by Siobhan’s sister Molly Spain.

Franka is owned by Alex Hall, an Australian who gave up five restaurants in Brooklyn, New York to move to Des Moines. Keep that in mind, as it will seem like a motif in this interview. Over Margherita and arrabiatta pizza, we talked art and economic development.

From the June issue of CITYVIEW

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Shohei Ohtani, Megan Rapinoe, RZA, Edie Falco, Jason Dolley, Ish Smith

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
What sound does a cow make when it runs out of milk?
NONE. THERE IS UDDER SILENCE! Answers from Rich Hoidahl, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Judy Anderson


Why couldn't the athlete listen to her music?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 


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