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Good Thursday morning to you!

Where you sit may say more about you than you think.

At home, the decision is relatively easy. Most of us have a regular place where we sit at the dinner table or while watching TV. And if someone takes that spot, look out. An Archie Bunker situation might arise. Meathead.

But what about at work or at a meeting of some sort? That’s where things can get interesting.

According to Psychology Today, sitting in the end seat shows that you are the leader, or that you are in control, or that you are there to intimidate. Those are not shockers.

If you are in a middle seat, you may be sending a message that you are a part of the team, that you are approachable, or that you are there to collaborate. Makes sense to me.
Meanwhile, other positions may suggest meanings that are not as obvious. According to Wisestep, the most important tip is to be punctual so you can choose your seat. Then pick the spot with the best view, which means the “safest back area, best sight of windows, doors, other meeting attendees, projection or video screen.” The article also states that if you are trying to influence someone at the meeting, you should sit “where you can directly view each other and exchange eye contacts.”

The article continues by suggesting that you should avoid seats close to windows, as they may become a constant distraction and cause you to miss out on a significant point.

If all this seems like too much to remember, the writers suggests that you simply ask the host or the leader of the meeting where you should sit.

I had a boss who was particular about seating arrangements, especially at dinner meetings. He would have it all planned out in advance, being sure to connect the right people with each other.

Another boss was ingenious at picking out seats for himself at conferences or training sessions that were close to the exit doors. If the topics became boring, or if he became stuck with people he didn't’ want to be around, he would be able to leave quickly and quietly.

Bottom line, we can all accomplish more by choosing appropriate seats, and we can learn about others’ motivation by observing how they do, too.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.


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

Moberg Gallery will hold an opening reception Friday at 5 p.m. for their Summer Arts show. Gallery regulars Andrew Abbott, Johanne Brouillette, Tibi Chelcea, David B. Dahlquist, Sarah Grant, Frank Hansen, Alyson Khan, Scott Charles Ross, Bob Schulte Jr, Daniela Schweinsberg, Gary Stranger, Bart Vargas, Aaron Wilson & Tim Dooley, and Dennis Wojtkiewicz. Also exhibiting, and new to the gallery, are William Downs and Alexandre Shiffer.

Des Moines City Offices: Due to the increased community transmission of COVID-19 in Polk County, Des Moines City Manager Scott Sanders today implemented a face covering requirement in City buildings. The requirement applies to both staff and the visiting public, including attendance of public meetings of City Council, boards and commissions.


Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

It appears we have two windows for rain today, one in the morning and one again late in the day. Heat starts to build again into the weekend and next week. Friday afternoon could see an isolated storm, but the late Saturday and Sunday time frames again bring us a decent chance to see rainfall.

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

Featured Event
Things To Do
Thursday, Aug. 5, 6-9 p.m.
⇛Music in the Garden: Bruce & Parks
At: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines
Info: After years of independently hawking their original songs at venues across the country, Josh Parks Davis and Adam Bruce Bartelt were looking for a new gig a little closer to home. Thinking they could make a quick buck playing at loud bars to disinterested crowds, the two joined forces as Bruce & Parks, bringing their irreverent brand of country-country to the masses. What started as thankless cover gigs (only accepting requests scrawled across a $20 bill…) quickly developed into a full-fledged creative enterprise of more thankless cover gigs that paid better. Now working on their debut album, Bruce & Parks are still making the rounds at those loud bars. Come on out to see them (and don’t forget those greenbacks). Music in the Garden attendees are encouraged to bring their own folding, outdoor seating or picnic blankets. Tickets are sold at the door and are first come, first served. www.dmbotanicalgarden.com
Featured Home For Sale
1214 & 1216 Buchanan Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
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Here are today's mobile radar locations for the Des Moines Police Department. Please drive safely!

 2400 block Beaver Avenue
4800 block Hickman Road
2300 block Cottage Grove

A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: DMPS temporarily closes MetroKids program site due to COVID-19

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools temporarily closed a MetroKids day care program Monday due to COVID-19. DMPS announced via Twitter Tuesday that the MetroKids program at Hubbell Elementary School is closed until at least Aug. 9. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Man dies trying to save son in East Lake Okoboji, authorities say

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KCAU) — Authorities said a man died after trying to save his son in East Lake Okoboji Wednesday morning. Brandon J. Urban, 41, of Omaha, had swam to his son’s location. His son had fallen off of a paddleboard and became entangled in weeds. Urban freed the boy from the weeds and then became entangled himself.   READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: You won't pay sales tax on shoes and clothes in Iowa on August 6 or 7

Shoppers who buy in Iowa during the first weekend of August 2021 could save some money, as the state observes its yearly "Sales Tax Holiday." Purchases in Iowa carry a 6% sales tax. On Friday and Saturday, August 6 and 7, select footwear and clothing may be bought tax free. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs (35-43) won game one of the doubleheader 2-1 and used a five-run sixth inning to take game two 6-4 over the Indianapolis Indians (37-42), Wednesday at Principal Park. READ MORE...
MLB: Reds 6 Twins 5, Royals 9 White Sox 1, Braves 7 Cardinals 4, Cubs 3 Rockies 2  ...READ MORE
OLYMPICS: U.S. men's basketball advances to Olympic final with huge comeback win over Australia. 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 Realtor
1. Bob Eisenlauer - RE/MAX
2. Taylor Voitel - EXIT Realty North Star
3. Tim Scheib - Scheib Real Estate Team


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Meet Allie Wisnieski: Finds helping students overcome challenges rewarding

By TK West

Although born in Newton, Allie Wisnieski has been a part of the Des Moines metro community for a majority of her life. After graduating from Dowling Catholic High School, she studied early childhood education at Iowa State University. She says she likes the metro area and was eager to return after graduation.

“I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. My sister and I grew up playing ‘school’ with each other as kids, and it is something that I have loved ever since. Little did we know that we would end up being co-workers at Adel Elementary many years later,” she says.

Among their activities, Wisnieski’s students have created books during their Writer’s Workshop as well as worked on research projects. For these projects, students research a topic that they are interested in, develop a creative way to share their learning, and then teach the rest of the class.


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Hot air balloons decorate the sky at  National Balloon Classic 2021 in Warren County. — Photo by Brent Hess

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Digital Editions
Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The August cover story, "Roll Call," shares back-to-school experiences and information. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the August issue here.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Neil Armstrong, Jesse Williams, Olivia Holt, Mark Strong, Loni Anderson, Maureen McCormick, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Simmons

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

Poll of the Week

Are you watching the Olympics?



How many times per year do you swim in a pool?

Zero - 45%
1-5 - 36%
6-10 - 5%
11-20 - 7%
21 or more - 7%

Morning Chuckle
What did Bruce Wayne’s Mum hang over his crib?
A BAT MOBILE! A few people chided me for this one being too easy. Chiming in, chiding or not, were: Ron Sorenson, Robin Hrubetz, William Snyder, Lu Anne Gafford, Shane Goodman, Lori Bluml and Marilyn of West Des Moines.
Why does no one like to talk to Pi at parties?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com 

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