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Good Thursday morning to you!

    I had a boss who told me that my greatest strength and my greatest weakness were the same thing — my lack of patience. He may have been right, but I don't have time to sit around and think about it. I got things to do.
     My friends tell me I eat too quickly. They are correct. I should slow down and enjoy food more. Some studies show that a person will actually eat less when slowing down the rate of food consumption. Sounds reasonable to me. But not easy.
Maybe this is all because of the marketing of “fast,” “quick” or “instant” foods. There is no shortage of fast food restaurants, of course, but what about individual products like instant coffee, instant pudding and instant mashed potatoes? And then there is Minute Rice, Nesquik and Quick Quaker Oats. And if that all weren’t enough, we now have Instant Pots so we can rapidly cook many other things, too. Are we really in that big of a hurry to eat?
     My mother shares stories of she and her sisters helping my grandmother prepare meals each day. It was an all-day, multi-person effort with baked breads and pies, vegetables from the garden and freshly butchered meat. She said they would rise early to prepare breakfast, then get to work on dinner and then immediately start on supper. Now that was work, and I don’t know anyone who wants to go back to those days.
     Grilling meat might be the go-between. There is something special about watching meat slowly cook to perfection. Your favorite music playing. A cold beverage in one hand. A spatula in the other. Pure relaxation. Patience. And we could all seemingly use more of that nowadays.
     Now hurry up and get that grill started!
     Enjoy your Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
515-953-4822, ext. 305


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Rain chances last into the evening on a cooler day today, and, while Friday will be dry, it will feel a lot more like April than the end of May. Saturday and Sunday will see dry conditions and highs in the mid-60’s to near 70. Rain chances move back in Sunday night into Tuesday.

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


Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

1000 Luster Lane
1500 Hickman Road
1400 60th Street


A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa man and his pug deliver Buffalo Brew coffee to customers on bike

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Many have been forced to make career changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A West Des Moines man showed KCCI how he's making the best of it, and taking a trusty business partner along for the ride. In November, Chris James started Buffalo Brew Coffee. In a matter of months, he was able to buy a new roaster that increased his productivity from one pound an hour to 60 pounds an hour.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Danish American celebration this weekend

ELK HORN, Iowa — This weekend people who are Danish, and those who are not, will gather in Iowa’s Danish Villages, Elk Horn and Kimballton. Last year there was no Tivoli Fest celebration due to COVID19. This year they are calling it Tivoli Lite, as the celebration has been shortened to just Friday and Saturday. Now also the Danish Windmill is repaired and running again.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Nonprofit hopes to convert Days Inn on Merle Hay to affordable housing by 2022

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines nonprofit Anawim Housing has a plan in the works to convert a motel on Merle Hay Road into affordable housing units. While there are many steps that still need to take place until that becomes a reality, Anawim has secured a purchase agreement and is allocating funding. Cynthia Latcham, executive director of Anawim Housing, says the project is expected to cost $4 million. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs' (9-9) comeback effort fell short, losing 4-3 to the St. Paul Saints (9-11) for their fourth straight loss, Wednesday at Principal Park.  READ MORE...
MLB: Cardinals 4 White Sox 0, Cubs 4 Pirates 1, Rays 2 Royals 1, Twins 3 Orioles 2.  READ MORE...
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Local Painting And Sip Art Studio
1. AR Workshop Ankeny
2. Painting With a Twist
3. The Knotty Nail


Read more

Can Play promotes activities for special needs: Organizations join forces to provide opportunities

By Jackie Wilson

     As founders of two organizations checked in on each other during the pandemic, they realized one thing. Their similar goals to provide special-needs youth and adults with physical activities could be better accomplished if they worked as one organization. Consequently, Courage League Sports and Opportunity on Deck have joined forces as one nonprofit called Can Play. Their new office will be located at MidAmerican Energy Rec Plex in West Des Moines.
Can Play provides sports and physical activities regardless of mental and physical disabilities or socio-economic backgrounds.  

     Courage League founder is Melissa Clarks-Wharff and Opportunity on Deck founder is Dylan DeClerck. Read more about their motivations and passion.


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Things To Do

Thursday, May 27
⇛Brother Trucker at Jasper Winery, a summer concert series
At: Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines
Info: An in-town winery near downtown Des Moines, Jasper Winery is only two blocks from Gray’s Lake and this unique venue specializes in innovative new wine styles derived from locally grown grapes. www.jasperwinery.com


“I just had to send this awesome display of Dame’s Rocket north of Woodward!” — Photo by Debby Keiser, Urbandale. Debby says she came upon the scene while out mushroom hunting.

Want to see your photo included in the Daily Umbrella? Send your Snapshots to tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com, and maybe it will be chosen!

Digital Editions
Altoona Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue features residents who are passionate about golf, as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Jeff Pitts, CITYVIEW Managing Editor and all-around neat guy! No, that picture is not Jeff. Which celebrity is it?

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Paul Bettany, Lily-Rose Depp, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Christopher Lee, Jamie Oliver, Lisa Lopes, Ben Feldman, Henry Kissinger, Chris Colfer, Vincent Price, Todd Bridges.

SUBMIT: Want to wish someone a Happy Birthday or a Congratulations on their big day? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Poll of the Week

Would you buy a used mattress?




Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla - 26%
Chocolate - 9%
Swirl - 14%
Mint Chocolate Chip - 32%
Cookies and Cream - 19%

Morning Chuckle: Condiment Week!
What do you call a singing jar of mustard?

Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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