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Monday, July 25, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

With the Adel Sweet Corn Festival just around the corner, and with the roadside stands filling up around the metro, I can’t help but think about this tasty vegetable and my introduction to it.

Sweet corn was always a special treat for dinner at my childhood home. I can remember my siblings getting excited as Mom would boil the corn on a big pot on the stove. I didn’t share the same excitement as a young boy. I was a child of the 1970s, after all, when pot pies, TV dinners, frozen pizzas and other pre-packed foods were all the rage. Sweet corn seemed like a lot of work not only to cook but to eat. It was hot to the touch, awkward to handle, and messy to eat. You could say the same thing about chicken legs, but I didn’t struggle eating those. Just corn on the cob.

As usual, my mother came to the rescue. She would turn the cob on its end and cut the kernels off the cob for me, load them up with butter and put them on my plate. Now, that was good eating. Unfortunately, my older brothers saw the opportunity to make fun of me for “being a baby” when having my corn served by Mom this way. Or maybe they were just jealous. Either way, that’s how I ate my sweet corn as a child.

As an adult, I was reintroduced to the vegetable. Mom was not around to cut it off the cob for me, and I didn’t dare ask anyone else to do that. I suppose I could have cut it off myself, but that might have looked like the episode of “Seinfeld” when cutting Snickers bars with a knife and fork was trending. The trick, as I learned, was to have those plastic pokers to put in each side of the cob to hold. My wife also showed me the trick of then rolling the cob in a full stick of butter. Those two things simplified the whole corn-on-the-cob eating dilemma for me, and now I am hooked. Let George Costanza try that.

So bring on the sweet corn, and bring on the Sweet Corn Festival that celebrates it. And if you decide to go on Aug. 13, don’t forget to pack your plastic pokers.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A cooler day is ahead with a slight chance for an afternoon shower. We’re back in the 80s the rest of the week with rain chances Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.

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FROM KCCI: Pato O'Ward wins Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300

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FROM WHO-TV: Man raises money to complete Des Moines streetcar monument

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FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMARC religious leadership camp educates about different faiths

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It is the cone flower time of year! They are doing pretty well in spite of the heat and drought! — Diane Ferguson
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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 Winery
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Meet Kacey Beyer

Working with teachers to reach their goals.

Ashley Rullestad

Kacey Beyer is the instructional coach at Dallas Center Elementary, a position she moved into after teaching two years of kindergarten at Dallas Center Grimes. Before her time at DCG, Beyer taught in Waukee for nine years and at Caroll Kuemper for two years doing elementary immersion Spanish. As an instructional coach, Beyer's position is now about supporting teachers and students as well as helping to guide the building staff through their learning to help them grow in their professional practice.

“My biggest challenges and greatest rewards are truly the same thing, and that is what I love about the way I get to serve teachers. Teachers will come to me with a big dream or a challenge in their classroom, and we work together to collect data, try new instructional strategies, collaboratively reflect, and make those big dreams come true for their students and themselves.”

... Read More From the July issue of Grime/Dallas Center Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Matt LeBlanc, James Lafferty, Iman, D.B. Woodside, Katherine Kelly Lang, Geoffrey Zakarian, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Verdine White

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why does Sherlock Holmes love Mexican restaurants?
THEY GIVE HIM GREAT CASE IDEAS (QUESADILLAS)! Tough one! Judy Anderson got it but added that someone told her. Perhaps it was someone who submitted the right answer: Russ Cerniglia, Gail Tomlinson


Why doesn't Sherlock Holmes pay any income tax?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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