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Good Friday morning to you!

Do you always say always? And never say never? Everyone says it. Or maybe it’s nobody? I can never remember. The point is that all these words are absolutes, and they rarely hold true.

As journalists, we try to avoid absolutes. Instead, we use words like frequently, often, mostly, sometimes, much, seemingly and, as noted at the end of my first paragraph, rarely.

Yoda from “Star Wars” says only the Sith deal in absolutes, but the Out of the Fog website takes it a step further, stating that these absolutes are “Always and Never statements” and “are frequently used by people when they are arguing in order to emphasize or illustrate the merits of their position.”

The article more directly states that these words are “frequently used by individuals who suffer from personality disorders, because they fit neatly into the split, black and white world of their thinking. They are most often used in an accusatory, argumentative or self-pitying way.”

Whoa. And I thought they were simply used by people who wanted to be dramatic.

On a softer note, the website also says Always and Never statements “are usually exaggerations, which serve an illustrative purpose and are understood by both parties to be hyperbole and not literal.”

Meanwhile, the next time you want to use those words, remember this self-contradicting adage: “Always and Never statements are always false and never true.”

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

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

Weekend Weather
TODAY: High of 92 and low of 68. Might see a strong thunderstorm pop up this evening.
SATURDAY: High 92 Low 69. Mostly sunny. Wear the sunscreen and wide-brim hat and enjoy the day!
SUNDAY: High 93 Low 60. Thunderstorms are more likely than not.
Next week will start off with highs in the 70s!
Things To Do
Here's what's happening for Juneteenth 2021 in Des Moines: WOI-DT Local 5 compiled a list of area events. See it here!
Friday, June 18
⇛Freddy Jones Band and Towncrier play at the Friday night concert series “Sunset on the Boulevard”
At: Off exit 142A of I-80, along U.S. Highway 65, near Altoona
Info: www.adventurelandresort.com
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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Iowa athlete heads to Paralympic trials

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — When Jessica Heims was only one year old, doctors amputated her right leg below the knee, a result of amniotic band syndrome. Her mother’s amniotic sac had become tangled around her, causing complications. As KCCI’s Scott Reister reports, nothing has slowed Jessica down, and she hopes to keep it going all the way to the Paralympic Games this summer in Tokyo. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: The big stage: Olympic Trials test more than just athletes’ swimming abilities

OMAHA, NEBRASKA — WHO 13’s Justin Surrency is in Omaha this week, covering the Olympic Swim Trials where Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics will be chosen. The event is the culmination of a lifetime of work for swimmers from across the country – and the biggest test many have faced in their athletic careers. On Thursday, Justin took a lyrical approach to his coverage, capturing the nerves of competition in his unique prose. Take a look and enjoy!  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Fireworks shortage could put a damper on Independence Day celebrations this year

MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — The hunt for a dazzling fireworks display this Independence Day is on, but Iowans may come up short in finding their pyrotechnics.
One farm packing quite a bang in central Iowa is Sipma Farms in rural Mitchellville. The shelves there are packed for now, but owner Tim Sipma said that could change quickly. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
NBA Playoffs, yesterday's game: Bucks 104 Nets 89 (series tied 3-3)
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (13-24) had everything working in their 12-2 victory over the St. Paul Saints (18-21), Thursday at CHS Field.  READ MORE ...
MLB: Cubs 2 Mets 0, Braves 4 Cardinals 0, Astros 10 White Sox 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 Coffee/Coffeehouse
1. Smokey Row Coffee Co.
2. Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure
3. Horizon Line Coffee


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Hanssen turns garage into a workout haven: Handmade Wing Chun is one of many exercise pieces.

By Darren Tromblay

It’s a stretch to call Ryan Hanssen’s Johnston space attached to his home a “garage.” Technically, it is, but then again, it’s really not. Technically.

More than half of the garage’s space is devoted to various types of machines and elements of physical fitness, all carefully placed on padded mats for maximum workout enjoyment.
There’s a stand-up striking bag, a rock climbing wall, a rope ladder, wrestling mats, a power rack with weights and a gymnastics bar to name a few. As if that weren’t enough, sitting near the front of the space are two 12-foot inflatables — one a bounce house and the other a water slide. The centerpiece, however, is a wooden Wing Chun martial arts dummy.


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Johnston Green Days are underway! Carnival, concerts and more to enjoy today and tomorrow. See the schedule of events here. — Photo by Shane Goodman

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Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday Bob Wiley today, June 18, and Tom Miller, tomorrow, June 19!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Paul McCartney, Richard Madden, Blake Shelton, Isabella Rossellini, Willa Holland, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Kim Dickens, Alana de la Garza, Antonio Gates.

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

Poll of the Week

How do you like your coffee?


With milk

With cream

With sugar

All of the above

None of the above


How many different vehicles have you owned in your life?

1-5 - 17%
6-10 - 43%
11-15 - 20%
16 or more - 20%

Morning Chuckle
You Sheet Metal! Or, as Lynne says, "You turn into a tin man!" Or, "You might foil your appetite," says James Hourigan. All good answers!
Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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