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Good Thursday morning to you!
 

“I got the call today I didn't want to hear, but I knew that it would come.”

Don Henley wrote those words so eloquently in his song “The Heart of the Matter” in the late 1980s. I felt a similar way on Tuesday of this week when I received a message from my brother that one of my lifelong friends, Darren Tietz, was life-flighted to Mayo Clinic Hospital, and that the outlook was not promising.

I gathered myself and reflected for a few minutes. Then I picked up my phone and called Darren, who was diagnosed with cancer eight months ago. His mother answered his phone and told me that Darren passed away about an hour prior. She graciously spent several minutes with me explaining the details of the past 24 hours. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child, at any age. Her saving grace was that she knew her son was no longer in pain.

Darren was told by his doctors late last year that he might have a year to live. He hoped and prayed every day for a miracle. Those hopes and prayers ended on June 22.

I was fortunate to have spent some time with Darren in the past eight months, accompanying him to a few of his treatments at Mayo and talking with him frequently on the phone. We had been good friends since our childhood days in Algona, but I got to know him on a much deeper level in recent months during those early-morning drives. We talked in-depth about religion, politics, family and other topics. We confided with each other about things we had never discussed in the prior 40 or so years that we knew each other.

One of the things that Darren shared with me was how truly difficult it was to tell others that he was dying. He also knew that any conversation about this was equally difficult for the other person. Through it all, he taught me a valuable lesson. Regardless of how difficult the situation is, reach out anyway. It doesn't matter what you say. What only matters is that you say something before it is too late.

Clearly, we have all lost loved ones and wish that we could have had one last conversation with them. And most of us know people who are dealing with life-threatening diseases right now. My hope is that Darren’s message will connect with you and inspire you to reach out to others and open up those challenging conversations. You will be glad you did.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

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

 

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Scattered storm chances return today and linger into the early afternoon hours Saturday. Lesser rain chances will be present Sunday into Tuesday. Highs cool a bit into the low 80’s by Saturday.

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

 
History Tid Bit
Thai soccer team  trapped in cave
 

www.history.com

On June 23, 2018, Ekkapol Chantawong, a 25-year-old Thai youth soccer coach, takes his team, the Wild Boars, to explore a cave he’d visited before, intending to stay just about an hour. But when monsoon rains hit while they’re underground and the cave’s entrance floods, the coach and his 12 players, ages 11-16, become trapped. The team would remain stuck underground for more than two weeks, in what became a global media sensation. READ MORE ...

 
Things To Do
 
Thursday, June 24
⇛The Nadas play the Iowa National Guard Concert Series
At: 7105 N.W. 70th Ave., Johnston
Info: Free live music on Thursday nights along with food trucks, starting at 6 p.m.; www.iowanationalguard.com/Pages/Camp-Dodge-Concert-Series.aspx
 
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A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Report: Clergy abuse in Iowa was 'overwhelming' but now rare

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) —
A three-year review by Iowa's attorney general has found that Roman Catholic priests sexually abused minors across the state for decades while church leaders covered it up, but reforms implemented since 2002 have ended the crisis.  ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa unemployment rate up slightly to 3.9% in May

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate bumped up to 3.9% in May even as more Iowans worked at jobs, a state agency reported Wednesday. Iowa Workforce Development said the rate was up slightly from the 3.8% unemployment rate in April.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Changes to Iowa's gun laws take effect next week

DES MOINES, Iowa — Starting next week, Iowans will no longer need state permits to buy handguns or carry firearms in most public places. Gun retailers say this change will result in more frequent background checks being run because anytime someone without a permit buys a new firearm, retailers will have to a background check.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
The Score
 
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (15-26) split their doubleheader with the Omaha Storm Chasers (30-13), Wednesday at Principal Park. Omaha took game one by a score of 12-4 and Iowa won the second game 8-5. READ MORE...
 
MLB:  White Sox 4 Pirates 3, Tigers 6 Cardinals 2, Yankees 6 Royals 5 READ MORE...
 
NBA Playoffs: Hawks 116 Bucks 113. Hawks lead series 1-0.
 
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 Home Inspection Company
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2. Wiemann Home Inspection
3. Done Right Home Inspection

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Personalities
 

Meet Angela Davidson: Teaching art goes beyond the school’s walls.

By TK West

A graduate of the Norwalk Community School District, Angela Davidson returned to her alma mater nearly five years ago and currently teaches high school art. Davidson and her husband not only live in Norwalk but have also raised three children within the district. Davidson says that one of the best parts about being a part of the Norwalk Art Program is seeing students excel and grow in their art abilities.

“I enjoy creating artwork with my children. I decided to get my teaching certificate in art from Simpson College,” Davidson says. “I love guiding students to find a new hobby or career in the various art mediums.”

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Snapshots

If you don't get out in the country much, here is a recent view. Take a Sunday (or any day) drive to enjoy the beauty of Iowa! — Photo by Tammy Pearson

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 June issue cover story, "Rural Roots," is about residents who made the transition from farm to town life, as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.View this week's digital issue here.
 
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Minka Kelly, Mindy Kaling, Solange, Candice Patton, JJ Redick, Vanessa Ray, Ji Jin-hee, Jack Dempsey

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 happens if you have a pillow fight with Death?
THERE ARE REAPER CUSHIONS (REPERCUSSIONS!)
 
TODAY'S RIDDLE:
What happens if a dock made of hickory wood gets wet?
 
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.
 

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