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Good Thursday morning to you!

I had a childhood friend whose little brother swore that new shoes made him run faster. They didn’t. I also have a friend today who thinks having expensive tools makes him a craftsman. It doesn’t. The reality is that the only way you get great at doing something is to do it — a lot.
     In his book “Outliers,” author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. To put that in perspective, that means doing something 40 hours a week for 250 weeks. Or to put it even more simply, that’s about five years.
You may agree or disagree with the 10,000-hour necessity, but most of you would agree that learning to do things right takes time and that there is no magic pill.
     I picked up something else many years ago that has stuck with me to this day. You likely know the adage “practice makes perfect.” That’s bad advice. Doing the same thing the wrong way repeatedly only ensures that you will keep doing things the wrong way. The adage should say “PERFECT practice make perfect.” Only by doing something the correct way repeatedly will we find perfection (or something close to it).
     So why is it that so many of us think we have our jobs mastered in our first year, or know how to be a great parent after raising a 2-year-old, or can fix anything because we watched a video on YouTube?
Arrogance? Naivety? Insecurity? All of the above?
     We should accept that we don’t have all the answers and that it is OK to reach out to others for help and to keep working to master our skills. After all, that is what helps us learn and keeps our economic engine turning.
     Now forgive me while I go off to buy some new shoes.
Enjoy your Thursday, 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

Showers and thunderstorms chances continue today and into the morning hours on Friday. Another chance Saturday afternoon as well. Temperatures will be in the 80’s Friday into next week.

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A.M. Headlines

NEW LAW: No more mask mandates allowed by schools, cities, counties

   Gov. Reynolds signed HF 847 into law, legislation that contains several components of the governor’s Students First Act as well as provisions that prohibit K-12 schools from mandating masks as well as cities and counties from mandating masks in businesses.

   “The state of Iowa is putting parents back in control of their child’s education and taking greater steps to protect the rights of all Iowans to make their own health care decisions,” said Gov. Reynolds. “I am proud to be a governor of a state that values personal responsibility and individual liberties. I want to thank the Iowa Legislature for their quick work in bringing this bill to my desk so that it can be signed into law.”

READ ALL OF HF 847: an Act relating to educational programs, funding, tax credits and deductions, open enrollment, supplementary weighting, and including effective date, applicability, and retroactive applicability provisions.

FROM KCCI: Additional vendors to return to DSM farmers market this week

DES MOINES, Iowa — ...On May 22, ready-to-eat prepared foods will be opening up at the market as the organizers will be scaling up the market. Organizers said the next step will be adding additional vendors and activities on May 29. The season started with 115 vendors but will be increasing to 165. ... READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV 13: Iowa Legislature Closer to Sending Anti-Abortion Amendment to Iowa Voters

DES MOINES, Iowa — The state legislature has passed a proposal that would amend Iowa’s constitution to no longer grant, secure or protect the right to an abortion – nor require public funding for abortion. Because it would change the state constitution, it has to pass in two consecutive general assemblies before going on the ballot for voters to ultimately decide on.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Gov. Reynolds signs charter school expansion bill into law

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Wednesday a measure that expands Iowa’s charter school rules, allowing groups to set up such schools by applying directly to the state and bypassing local school boards. The bill passed the Senate 30-18 vote and the House 55-40. It will benefit kids from kindergarten through 12th grade and requires the state to pay the charter schools for students who were previously enrolled in public schools. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

The Score
MLB: White Sox 2 Twins 1, Nationals 4 Cubs 3, Cardinals 8 Pirates 5, Royals 6 Brewers 4   MORE SCORES...

The Des Moines Police Department mobile radar units are at these locations today:

3300 block Scott
1800 block Dean
400 block E. Court

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 Sports Team
1. Iowa Cubs
2. Iowa Wild
3. Des Moines Buccaneers


Read more

With a backyard full of nature and beauty, the Wills family spends a lot of time outdoors.

By Lindsey Giardino

Laura and John Wills enjoy their Urbandale home for many reasons, but their neighborhood —and their envy-inducing backyard — are at the top of the list.
“     We love our neighborhood,” Laura Wills says. “That’s truly why we picked this house.”
One of the metro’s many bike trails runs through the Wills’ backyard, and, although the path and its surrounding land is technically public space, “it feels like ‘ours,’ ” she says.



Things To Do
Thursday, May 20
Valley Junction Farmers Market
At: Along Fifth Street in West Des Moines
Info: www.valleyjunction.com
Dozens of local vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, plants and flowers, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Join your friends and neighbors from 4-8 p.m. Music in the Junction returns on June 3.

Senior Night at Adel De Soto Minbur Girls Soccer. — Photo by Dan Juffer

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Digital Editions
Grimes/Dallas Center Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the communities. The May issue features a story about Governors Days — the Grimes community festival — as well as other features, informational articles and local photos. READ IT NOW. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com
Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Retirement! Kathy Krogmeier at Legacy Financial Group retires today. Best wishes!

 Happy Birthday to these celebrities: CHER! (I'm tempted to stop there and sing Cher songs for an hour, but I'll continue...), James Stewart, Busta Rhymes, Joe Cocker, Ernes Kanter, Tony Stewart.

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

Poll of the Week

Which ice cream flavor would you choose?

French Vanilla
Mint Chocolate Chip
Cookies and Cream

Which payment method do you use the most?

Cash - 10%
Credit card - 49%
Debit card - 37%
Electronic transfer - 4%

Morning Chuckle - Scandinavian Week!
Why do Scandinavian kids visit candy stores the most?
Or, as Judy Anderson worded it, to satisfy their Swede tooth!

What's a Scandinavian with sleep apnea called?
Have a guess? Email tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com Answer in the next Daily Umbrella.

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