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Good Wednesday morning to you!
 

I walked out on my patio barefoot the other day, and the concrete was so hot that it made me high-step like I was stomping grapes. I am sure my neighbors had a good laugh.

I realize that my body is changing as I age, but what happened to my feet? After all, I spent most of my childhood just fine in bare feet, and that was when my skin was soft and new. These tired, callused feet should be able to take a blow torch without any feeling.

Have we, as a society, been sold a bill of goods on the need for footwear? Of course, we need to protect our feet from the elements, especially in the winter. But what about other times?
American Indians seemed to do just fine with minimal foot coverings… and often barefoot.

Runner Zola Budd made headlines in 1984 when she broke the women's 5,000-meter world record… barefoot.

Rich Karlis scored 799 points in the National Football League kicking field goals and extra points… barefoot.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of us humans have been wearing shoes for quite some time. According to www.abroadintheyard.com, archeologists found a leather shoe dating back 5,500 years, and a 7,500-year-old pair of sandals woven from plant fibers was found in a cave in Missouri. Research suggests that humans may have been wearing footwear for 40,000 years.

Granted, most of us having not been riding horses across the prairie, running long distance races or kicking field goals, but, for the most part, we are all equipped with the same two feet. Yet, we feel the need to spend hundreds of dollars on shoes, sandals, boots and other foot coverings — and I haven’t even mentioned socks.

Maybe we wear shoes for comfort. Maybe for fashion. Maybe as a societal fear because being barefoot would make us look poor. I don’t know. But I do know that I am ready to expose these soft soles to Mother Earth more this summer. Now where is the toenail clipper?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
shane@dmcityview.com
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

A few scattered showers will be around this morning. Otherwise a hotter Wednesday is ahead. More storm chances kick in tonight and linger off and on into Saturday morning.

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

 
The Numbers
$378.1 Million
 

Iowa Spends $378.1 Million on Parks & Rec Each Year

While the travel and tourism industry took a major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people elected to stay home and avoid travel, outdoor recreation has remained a bright spot.
Recent data from the Outdoor Industry Association showed a 2.4 percentage point jump in total outdoor participation among Americans from 2019 to 2020. Outdoor activities of all types became an enticing alternative for people looking to get away from home while keeping their risk of spreading or contracting the coronavirus relatively low. The OIA data specifically estimated that 2020 saw 8.1 million more hikers, 7.9 million new campers, and 3.4 million additional freshwater fishers taking advantage of the great outdoors during COVID-19. This trend may also reflect larger shifts in people’s lifestyle preferences, as COVID-19 has inspired many workers to leave dense urban areas for locations where outdoor space is more plentiful. READ MORE...

 

 
Things To Do
 
Wednesday, June 23
⇛Gabriela Frank: “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout,” by Civic Music Association
At: On the lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens; www.civicmusic.org/belin-quartet.
Info: Belin Quartet offers free outdoor summer performances on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
 
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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Johnston man charged with placing explosives around Ankeny

ANKENY, Iowa — The Ankeny Police Department announced an arrest Tuesday in its investigation into explosive devices placed in an Ankeny neighborhood. Johnston resident Chad Allen Williams, 46, is charged with possession of an unregistered explosive device and manufacture of an explosive device. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa court blocks mandatory waiting period for abortion

IOWA (AP) — An Iowa judge blocked a state law that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before women could get abortions, likely setting up a legal battle before the state Supreme Court. Judge Mitchell Turner ruled Monday that because legislators passed the law last year as an amendment to an unrelated bill, it violated the Iowa Constitution’s single-subject rule, which requires amendments and bills to naturally relate to one another. Furthermore, he found that the law also ran afoul of a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that protects abortion rights.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: ISU athletics 'walking encyclopedia' to retire

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is losing a man that has been dubbed the school's "walking encyclopedia." Tom Kroeschell started as the director of athletic communications for ISU in 1985. In 2013, he transitioned to Cyclone TV's program director. Now, he plans to retire June 30.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
Iowa Cubs: Game Postponed
 
MLB:  Reds 10 Twins 7,  Tigers 8 Cardinals 2, Royals 6 Yankees 5, Pirates 6 White Sox 3, Cubs 7 Indians 1  READ MORE...
 
NBA Playoffs: Suns 104 Clippers 103 (Suns lead series 2-0)
 
 
 
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 Photographer
1. Tracy Marie Photography
2. Rush Street Photography
3. Maharry Photography

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Personalities
 

Mahoney, Welden make student council happen: De Soto Intermediate students have leadership opportunity

By TK West

As teachers who had been involved in student council throughout their school days, Abbie Mahoney and Taylor Welden wanted to share the benefits, skills and opportunities they had with students at the De Soto Intermediate School.

After the initial idea of creating a student council was broached, Welden went to the building principal for the go ahead to proceed. Welden then asked Mahoney if she would be interested in helping create the council, and she was excited to get on board.

“I enjoy seeing students branch out of their comfort zone and take ownership and lead on how they can best help our school. It also gives students another opportunity to be involved,” says Mahoney.

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Snapshots

Many residents of Iowa are unaware there once was an Iowa Circuit Court. Enacted by the state legislature in 1869, the Circuit Court system existed for 18 years and handled more than 100,000 cases. The judge would ride by horseback from one jurisdiction to another to hear cases. This photo, taken at Living History Farms, is a reenactment of an 1872 probate case from Cedar County.  — Photo by Paul Houston

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Grimes/Dallas Center Living weekly newsletters are published each week in print and online. Printed versions can be found at dozens of community locations, and the digital edition can be subscribed to via email. Learn more at www.iowalivingweekly.com. View this week's digital issue here.
 
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Frances McDormand, Alan Turing, Melissa Rauch, Joss Whedon, Selma Blair, June Carter Cash, Jason Mraz, Randy Jackson, Clarence Thomas, Wilma Rudolph, LaDainian Tomlinson

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

 
 
Poll of the Week

Which one would you choose to satisfy your sweet tooth?

Apple pie
Chocolate chip cookie
Milkshake
Brownies
Cupcake

 

How do you like your coffee?

Black - 62%

With milk - 2%

With cream - 15%

With sugar - 2%

All of the above - 5%

None of the above - 14%

 
Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE
What do you get if you cross a yellow phone with a dog?
A GOLDEN RETRIEVER! Good job Lori Bluml
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
What happens if you have a pillow fight with Death?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.
 

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