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Good Tuesday morning to you!

Mrs. Boekelman wore black. All black. And we had never seen her wear all black before.

The day was Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1980, and Mrs. Boekelman was our sixth-grade math teacher at O.B. Laing Middle School. She told us that she decided to wear all black that day because she was mourning — not because of someone’s death, but for the future of our country due to Ronald Reagan being elected president the night before.

My fellow classmates and I came to class that day expecting to learn about fractions, functions or formulas and ended up with a 45-minute dissertation on how the world would end with President Reagan taking us to war. Most of us sat there confused, as we were more interested in what happened on “Happy Days” or “Laverne & Shirley” the night before than the presidential results. We were 12 years old, after all.

I am not sure if Mrs. Boekelman was reprimanded for her actions or applauded for them. But I do know that it was highly uncomfortable for this pre-teenager to see a schoolteacher so obviously distraught in a public classroom setting.

Mrs. Boekelman certainly had the right to express her opinions. She could have used her own time to protest on the streets, march in parades or distribute literature, and she probably did. But she was hired by the school district — and compensated by taxpayers — to teach math to sixth graders. On that day, she failed. But this isn’t a column about Mrs. Boekelman. (She was a great math teacher, by the way.) It is instead intended to provoke thoughts about what should be taught, and what shouldn’t be taught, in the classrooms of our public schools.

This is a great debate right now, and the extremists on both sides are aggressively arguing their points. Meanwhile, those of us in the middle would prefer to see kids learn about grammar, science, math and history (yes, all of it). They have many years ahead of them to sulk in their wardrobes of choice and argue. Twelve-year-olds don’t need divisive politics filling their brains. With that in mind, maybe we could all benefit by focusing on what we are hired to do, respecting each other’s opinions and, as the Fonz would say … “cool it.”

Have a terrific Tuesday, 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 continue today into the late afternoon hours, with lesser chances for the rest of the week. A dry weekend looks likely at this point with a warming trend into the Fourth.

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

Things To Do
Tuesday, June 29
⇛Beaverdale Farmers Market
At: 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, west of the Franklin Junior High building
Info: Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m., through Sept. 14
Shoppers gather to relax and meet with friends and neighbors while selecting from homegrown produce and Iowa homemade products. www.beaverdalefarmersmarket.org
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DOT: PUBLIC INPUT REQUESTED FOR PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS OF INTERSTATE 35 IN POLK AND STORY COUNTIES: The Iowa Department of Transportation is requesting public input for a proposed project on Interstate 35, from just north of the 36th Street interchange in Ankeny in Polk County, to approximately three miles north of Iowa 210 in Story County. FOR INFORMATION...

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Polk County unveils new mental health services for children

POLK COUNTY, Iowa — Polk County families will soon have more mental health resources for children. The county’s new Comprehensive Children's Crisis Services will offer families two options to help stabilize a child in need. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Man arrested after lengthy police chase through metro

CLIVE, Iowa — A Kansas man is accused of leading police on a lengthy chase through the metro Monday afternoon. The chase started along 100th Street in Clive. Police say 40-year-old Walter Wilson was pulled over for driving through someone’s yard.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Ankeny man faces federal charge after threatening to blow up McDonald's

ANKENY, Iowa — An Ankeny man faces a Class D Felony for threatening to blow up a McDonald's establishment after he didn't receive dipping sauce with his chicken nuggets, the Ankeny Police Department confirmed Monday. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: Iowa Cubs play at Indianapolis tonight
MLB: Red Sox 6 Royals 5, Brewers 14 Cubs 4, Cardinals 7 D-Backs 1, White Sox v. Twins postponed.  READ MORE...
NBA Playoffs: Clippers 116 Suns 102. Phoenix leads series 3-2.
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 French Fries
1. B-Bop’s
2. Django
3. Francie’s Bar & Grill


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Outdoor-loving Blythes find ideal neighborhood

By Lindsey Giardino

When Brittany Blythe and her husband, Todd, started building their home last April, it happened to coincide with the start of the pandemic, so they contemplated pushing the dirt back in the hole and waiting awhile. Yet they chose to keep construction on schedule and are thankful they did. The family moved into their home in August 2020.

“I’m so glad that we got in at the time that we got in,” Blythe says. “This neighborhood is a gem.”

That neighborhood is the final development on the TCI golf course, Big Creek Valley. Both Blythe and her husband enjoy golfing, so it’s an ideal spot for the family. They also enjoy being outside with their two young ones — preschooler Jace and 1-year-old Kaylin — so their wooded lot is a dream, and they appreciate all the beauty that their neighborhood has to offer. 


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Andrea Hodapp snapped this photo of her dog, Stella, as they went on an early morning stroll in Johnston.

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
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Summer Stirs
CITYVIEW's traveling cocktails are back!  The next event is in the Historic East Village, Friday, July 23, 5-9 p.m.

Sample the signature Summer Stir drinks at 7 participating establishments! For only $20 (prepaid online), participants will receive 10 tickets to use to sample drinks at any of the participating venues. Tickets may also be purchased at the event for $30. All of the establishments will be within walking distance.

Details and Tickets
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Kawhi Leonard, Colin Jost, Rose Namajunas, Melora Hardin, Addison Timlin, Lily Rabe, Gary Busey, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Truex Jr.

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

Poll of the Week

Upon death, what do you wish to be done with your remains?

Traditional burial with casket
Don’t care


Which one would you choose to satisfy your sweet tooth?

Apple pie - 20%
Chocolate chip cookie - 30%
Milkshake - 33%
Brownies - 12%
Cupcake - 5%

Morning Chuckle
How much does it cost a pirate to get an earring?
Two popular answers to this one:
A BUCK AN EAR say Steven Herwig, Lori Bluml, David Whims, Chuck Golliher (who adds that's the same price for an ear of corn)
AN ARRRRRM AND A LEG  say Zach Greenwood, Judy Anderson, Russ Cerniglia
What do British sea monsters eat?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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