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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022
Good Wednesday Morning to You!

Authenticity. The quality of being trustworthy, real or genuine. That sounds like a good thing, and I have learned that it truly is.

As a younger man, I didn’t necessarily feel that way. I tried to fit in with certain groups by acting a certain way, wearing certain clothes and driving certain cars. I was influenced by the advice from a few folks who I should have politely ignored. I shunned some of my upbringing in an effort to put on what I thought was a better face and impress certain people.

Many years ago, I had a boss for a short time who told me I should join the Des Moines Club. It was a great organization for many people, but it didn’t feel right for me. I had another boss in my early years who thought I should drive a BMW. They make great cars, yes, but they didn’t seem to fit my lifestyle. I even had people tell me to order a certain type of drink to portray the “right” image. I didn’t buy into that either. Even so, I considered each of these, and I did fall prey to other pressures to try to be someone I wasn’t.

I remember interviewing with companies right out of school and leaving my college wrestling experience off my resume. I was concerned that some potential employers might see that as a negative. After one of the first interviews, I decided to put the wrestling stuff back on. It was part of who I was, and it was better to be up front with that, I rationalized. I was just starting to understand how those life experiences shaped who I was and made me different — and in some ways, better. I was learning. Slowly.

I now wear badges of honor that relate to my rural Iowa upbringing, my time spent on a wrestling mat and my blue-collar roots. I don’t need to drive a foreign sports car, live in a mansion, strap on a Rolex, or wear a $300 pair of shoes in materialistic efforts to appear to be successful. I really don’t care if someone thinks I’m successful or not. I do care about being authentic and true to myself.

Don’t get me wrong. Adapting and conforming are necessary components of success in many ways, but they can happen while being authentic and genuine, too. It’s all a learning process, at least for me.

Today, I prefer to drive my American-made truck to a local mom-and-pop restaurant for a burger and a beer in my flip flops with my 20-year-old Timex strapped on my wrist. It’s just who I am. It’s not right or wrong, but it is authentic.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Warm weather looks to stick around through the weekend and into early next week before cooler temperatures move in. Expect breezy conditions Thursday through Monday. We’ll have slight rain chances Friday and Saturday in central Iowa.

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

From The Food Dude

The stock market's huge dip of Tuesday was jump-started by a CPI report that showed inflation was .2% higher than any forecast. Leading the way was food, with eggs, dairy and beef in the vanguard. The World View called for an end to beef consumption, to save the planet. Beef consumption is rising worldwide despite higher prices. — Jim Duncan

Nominate Now


Good people are doing good things every day in your community. They truly are people who are making a difference, and we will recognize 22 business leaders in Des Moines and the surrounding area for their efforts and accomplishments in an upcoming issue of CITYVIEW’s Business Journal.

Nominate your boss, your co-worker, your vendor or yourself — anyone who you feel has made a positive impact on the business community in 2022.

Featured Job Posting

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FROM KCCI: Iowa sheriff's deputy resigns amid death investigation of K9 officer

BOONE COUNTY, Iowa —A Boone County sheriff's deputy has resigned amid an investigation into the death of a K9 officer. Sgt. Dallas Wingate, the dog's handler, resigned on Sept. 8. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Pieper Lewis sentence allows her to avoid prison

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Polk County Judge on Tuesday handed 17-year-old Pieper Lewis a deferred sentence, five years of probation and 600 hours of community service after she pleaded guilty to killing a man she says had repeatedly raped her. She will also be required to pay $150,000 to the family of the man whom she stabbed after being raped. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Man critically hurt after van vs. motorcycle crash in Des Moines

Police said it happened near Indianola Avenue and Evergreen Avenue just before 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. ...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 Pool and Spa Store
1. Central Iowa Pool & Spa
2. Valley Pool & Hot Tubs
3. WCI Pools & Spas



Napkin dream home

Couple brings their visions together.

By Colson Thayer

With big dreams and a growing family, Brad and Katie Phillips searched for land large enough to build a new home. The process began two years in advance when they had a rough idea on what they wanted. Ideas churned and bounced back and forth between them.

“We started sketching out on napkins,” explains Brad.

But there needed to be a compromise. Brad wanted at least 10 acres with a pole shed. Katie wanted to remain nearby in the suburbs. Plus, land availability became a growing challenge.

... Read More In the August issue of WAUKEE Living.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jim Duncan and General Zirkelbach

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Deshaun Watson, Sam Neill, Nas, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Lincoln, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Jessica Brown Findlay

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

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why did the comedian fail to tell all the train jokes he wanted to share?
HE WAS SIDETRACKED! HE LOST HIS TRAIN OF THOUGHT! HIS SET WAS DERAILED!... and more such answers! Thanks Lori Tabbert, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Lu Anne Gafford
Today's Riddle

Why were the railroad tracks angry?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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