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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!


“When you coming home, Son? I don’t when, but we’ll get together then, Dad. We’re gonna have a good time then.”

Those, of course, are the words of the late and great Harry Chapin in his 1974 folk rock song that has transcended generations, “Cats in the Cradle.”

My sister had a 45 of it that I played repeatedly on my General Electric Solid State portable record player nearly four decades ago. I memorized the words then, and I still know them today.

Many of those words hit home, but mostly the word “then” — back in the 1970s and now.

I thought of the song recently after a conversation with my good friend, Brian, who told me he was going on fishing trip with his 80-some-year-old father. This conversation, of course, made me think of a similar trip my father and I discussed but never took.

Dad asked if I would join him on this ice-fishing trip. Like the lyrics of the song, I came up with a number of excuses.

“The new job’s a hassle, and the kid’s got the flu.” Or something like that.

A mentor offered great advice when deciding when to do things. He said to ask yourself, “If someday, why not now?” Sometimes, there are legit excuses. More often than not, we simply procrastinate. That’s true with tasks, but it’s also true with things we really want to do.

Like going fishing with your dad.

In his final years, my dad likely had regrets of not spending more time with his children. I know I have regrets of not spending more time with him. Hopefully, I am learning. In reality, we tend to be like our parents, whether we want to or not.

“He’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.”

Let’s hope we can turn more “thens” into todays. Why not? Enjoy your fishing trip with your dad, Brian.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Temperatures will continue to be very warm through the weekend. Breezy conditions will start today and continue into early next week it appears. We’ll see slight rain chances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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

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FROM KCCI: Nearly a third of America's goods could come to a screeching halt as rail workers threaten to strike

DES MOINES, Iowa — As negotiations continue between the railroad and unions, economists are weighing the impact of a potential strike. The Federal Railroad Administration estimates a $2 billion a day loss if there is a strike. Nearly a third of all of America's goods are transported by railroad. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: Pieper Lewis GoFundMe created by her former teacher

DES MOINES, IOWA — Pieper Lewis had her sentence deferred yesterday along with having to pay restitution to her alleged rapist’s family. Pieper Lewis was 15 when she stabbed Zachary Brooks, 37, more than 30 times on June 1, 2020. Since then Pieper has pled guilty, but shared her story through the sentencing period. Pieper alleges she was raped multiple times by Zachary Brooks as part of a human trafficking ring; where her boyfriend Christopher Brown allegedly trafficked her over dating apps. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Des Moines police: 1 suspect arrested in fight that lead to shooting, stabbing

Police say they are still searching for a second suspect who was recorded stabbing someone during the incident early in the morning Aug. 9.  ...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 Greenhouse
1. Goode Greenhouses
2. Canoyer Garden Center
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Meet Andrea Pudenz

Enjoying life and teaching in a small town

By T.K. West

One of the biggest changes Andrea Pudenz has faced since joining the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn Community School District has been moving her classroom from the DeSoto Intermediate School to Meadow View Elementary School. Her favorite parts of the new facility are the large gym and collaboration spaces for each grade level. Pudenz teaches fourth grade. She has recently entered into her fifth year teaching with the district and 11th year teaching overall.

“When my husband and I got married, we moved to Adel for a small community. I was so excited when I got a job at DeSoto Intermediate a year later. I love teaching in my own community,” Pudenz says.

... Read More In the September issue of ADEL Living magazine.

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Happy Birthday Boston Grimes!

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Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why were the railroad tracks angry?
PEOPLE KEPT CROSSING THEM! THEY WERE TIED UP! THEY HAD BEEN SPIKED! & OTHERS. Thanks for the guesses Irving Stone, Gail Tomlinson, William Snyder, Jeri Motsick, Rex Post
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