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Good Tuesday morning to you!

I had lunch with a co-worker the other day, and he asked if I could list out any truly selfless acts I had done recently. I thought he said selfish, and I started rattling off a bunch. He quickly interrupted me and repeated the word “selfless” much louder. “Selfish would be easy,” he said. “We could all do that.” He is right, and we both struggled to come up with an honest list of selfless acts. But why?
     Maybe it starts with understanding what being selfless really means. It is defined as “concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one's own; unselfish.”
     Some would argue that it is human nature to take care of yourself first, and that if you didn't, you would die. That’s fair, except that we are all still going to die. This quote from baseball great Jackie Robinson may make you think a bit differently: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” How true.
     But how can I make a difference, you may ask. Well, the little things are often more important than the big ones. Opening a door for an elderly person. Telling everyone you see “good morning.” Picking up trash on the street. Or simply smiling more.
     British businesswoman Anita Roddick may have said it best with, “If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.”
     Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

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

History Notes
On May 11, 1934, a massive storm sends millions of tons of topsoil flying from across the parched Great Plains region of the United States as far east as New York, Boston and Atlanta.

Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

Mostly sunny skies are ahead for today, with a high in the low 60’s in Des Moines. Temperatures warm into the middle 60’s Wednesday and Thursday. Rain chances kick in Friday and look to last into at least Sunday. Warmer temperatures are ahead next week as a wet pattern continues.

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

Traffic notes
WAUKEE: Intermittent Lane Closures Expected on SE University Avenue
Intermittent lane closures will take place along eastbound University Avenue on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The closure will be in place east of SE Emerald Drive near the future Elite Eye Care location (1350 SE University Avenue). The closure will allow crews to construct the driveway approach at the Elite Eye Care site. Please use caution when traveling in the area.
WAUKEE: Lane Closure on 4th Street
The northbound lane of 4th Street will be closed for repairs north just north of Ashworth Drive through Friday, May 14. Please use caution when traveling in the area.
The Score
IOWA CUBS: No game yesterday
MLB: Reds 14 Pirates 1 MORE
A.M. Headlines

FROM KCCI: Des Moines City Council to impose new rules on public input during meetings

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines City Council approved rules Monday changing public input during meetings. Des Moines City Council members voted 6-1 to move public comment to the end of its meetings and to limit speakers to two minutes. The new rules allow no more than 20 people to provide public comment. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa to Get $1.48B in Federal Coronavirus Aid

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will get $1.48 billion in aid under the federal government’s plan to help states hit by the coronavirus pandemic, according to new numbers released Monday. The U.S. Treasury Department announced a state-by-state funding breakdown for President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, an effort to restore jobs lost during the pandemic and replenish the coffers of governments that saw huge declines in tax revenue.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Sheriff's office: Man hit by car near E 14th Street and Aurora Avenue in critical condition

DES MOINES, Iowa — A man is in critical condition after being hit by a car at East 14th Street and Aurora Avenue in Des Moines Monday night, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2021

Nearly 14,000 votes were cast in the 2021 CITYVIEW Best Of Des Moines readers' poll.

Best Prairie Trail Restaurant
1. District 36 Wine Bar & Grille
2. Fong’s Pizza
3. Jethro’s


Read more

Meet Gena Pierce: Giving the gift of an extra year

By Ashley Rullestad

Gena Pierce has been with the Dallas Center Grimes Community School District for 10 years. She taught high school choir for two years then decided to put teaching on hold to raise her three children. She then served as a substitute teacher before going back to teaching full-time as an optional kindergarten educator.
     Optional kindergarten is a half-day program designed for students who are age eligible to attend kindergarten but may need an extra year to strengthen skills that will help in upcoming school preparedness. Students completing this program are more equipped for the following year in all-day kindergarten. The program focuses on social, academic and behavioral skills. To participate, students must be 5 years old by Sept. 15.



Things To Do
Tuesday, May 11, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
TEDxDesMoines: ‘Through a Different Lens’
At: Historic Franklin Jr. High
Info: “Through a Different Lens” examines how perspective can change in an instant if you change the lens that you are looking through. Thirteen local speakers will widen the aperture of your mind to explore, engage and expand on topics — from inclusion to racism, and from natural resources to legacies. The Co-Emcees will be Rheya Spigner, anchor at KCCI 8 News, and John Martin Sr., CEO of TeamStrong Inc. Tickets for in-person or virtual seating and additional info can be found at www.tedxdesmoines.org.

The Welcome Home Soldier Monument near Albia — 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
Indianola Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The May issue, to be delivered to Indianola homes Thursday, features residents who are passionate about golf, as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com.
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Sabrina Carpenter, Salvador Dali, Cam Newton, Cory Montieth, Louis Farrakhan, Jeffrey Donovan, Matt Leinart, Jeremy Maclin

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

Which payment method do you use the most?

Credit card
Debit card
Electronic transfer

What’s your guess? Will we need to get COVID-19 booster shots in the next year, too?

Yes - 95%
No - 5%

Morning Chuckle
When is it too wet to play golf?
WHEN THE CART CAPSIZES. Or, as Keith Soffa says, "Never." Apparently this joke was a dud. No one at work laughed at it.

What do you get a hunter for her birthday?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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