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SHOCK By Dave Arland Current in Carmel As its artistic director, musician and music archivist Michael Feinstein has big plans for the Regional Performing Arts Center, including bringing in big-name acts and making Carmel a cultural destination. Feinstein said there have been many discussions regarding which acts the RPAC will bring in for its first year. Musically, the entertainers will represent multiple genres, but they will all likely have one thing in common – a place in Feinstein’s address book. “It’s too early to say who that will be, because we have to find out availability, but we have a wish list,” he said. “I’m going to be asking a lot of my friends.” Feinstein added those friends include Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, and Diana Krall, among others. Such headlining acts would perform in the RPAC’s 1,600seat concert hall, but that’s only one of the complex’s four performance spaces. Less than a block away from the construction site, Steven Libman keeps a watchful eye on the project as the RPAC’s executive director. “There are four venues, starting with the one that everyone sees right now – the concert hall,” Libman said.

Leave Your Mark Some of the state’s finest stonemasons are putting their respective signatures on the Regional Performing Arts Center, but several opportunities exist for donors to leave their mark as well, including sponsorship of individual rooms, seats and even the buildings themselves. “We have an enormous challenge in terms of fundraising, but there are donors coming forward,” said RPAC Executive Director Steven Libman. “Frank and Katrina Basile have recently stepped forward to have the gift shop and café named after them. I’m confident that we will have other families and foundations who will want to have this piece of history named after them.” Those interested in donating should contact Steven Libman at slibman@carmelpac.org.

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When finished, the Regional Performing Arts Center will make Carmel a destination for arts and culture in the Midwest.

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Steven Libman, Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center, said he's confident the complex will draw visitors from as far away as Chicago and Cincinnati."

Other RPAC facilities include a 500-seat proscenium theater that will be the primary home of Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre when it moves to Carmel. Located just across the green, south of the Concert Hall, Civic’s new home will be part of a larger office building and will be joined by an adjacent 200-seat theater designed to be more flexible to accommodate smaller shows, cabaret events, jazz groups and other entertainment. The complex will be utilized by the Civic, the Carmel Repertory Theatre, the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Carmel’s Actors Theatre of Indiana and many other groups. An outdoor amphitheater is planned to open in the fall of 2011. “I expect a wide variety of performing organizations to stage events at the complex, including dance troupes, comedians, wellknown concert performers, and we’ll have a family series appropriate for all ages,” Libman said. Construction of the RPAC was delayed by rooftop structural concerns, but now the site is a beehive of activity. Inside, wire is being pulled, ductwork hung, and marble flooring is being installed. Completion of the project is expected in November, with the grand opening ceremonies taking place in January following a three-period of equipment testing or “tuning the hall.” When up and running, though, Feinstein and Libman said they anticipate the quality and diversity of the performances, in addition to the building itself, will make the RPAC a regional attraction, drawing visitors from as far away as Chicago and Cincinnati. “The facility is going to be extraordinary on many levels and

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it will afford us the opportunity to bring in all types of entertainment,” Feinstein said. “It’s not going to be hard to get people to come to Carmel, because everybody loves a wonderful performing space.”

On the Marquee The headliners for the concert hall’s first season haven’t been announced, but Michael Feinstein said he’s working on bringing the likes of Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli, and Diana Krall to Carmel. The other performance spaces will routinely be used by the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Carmel Repertory Theatre, Carmel’s Actors Theatre of Indiana, smaller local acts and many other groups.

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It is our position that 2010 will continue to be a year of transition. Coming through of one of the most difficult economic periods in recent history, Carmel looks forward cautiously. Is the recession over? Will job growth return? Will our investment and real estate losses be recovered? Unfortunately, for many of these questions, only time will tell. Something that is immediately apparent is that our expectations and personal financial habits have changed since the economic implosion. We are saving more. We are planning further out for our future. We are putting 20 percent down on home purchases. And prudence and common sense have found their way back into the consumer mindset. While sometimes painful, these changes will help to clean up the average American household balance sheet and will ultimately help strength our economy and lead to recovery. On the flip side, we are not spending as much as we did, making it more difficult for the economy to gain positive momentum. And unresolved issues like significant tax and health care reform, commercial lending and credit card defaults all loom as potential economic pandemics. So, for 2010, we may have some surprises, but we in Carmel are certainly moving in the right direction.

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It is our position that the “Cornhusker kickback” or “Nebraska windfall” is unfair to Hoosier taxpayers. A provision added to the U.S. Senate version of the healthcare reform bill has our federal government picking up Nebraska’s share of the tab for the expanded Medicaid insurance program for low-income Americans. We other 49 states have to pay our own way. Though the “buying” of votes may be standard fare in our nation’s capital, the mammoth impact of healthcare reform on our economy (and each of us) demands greater integrity from our elected officials. Thus far, attorney generals in 10 states are questioning the constitutionality of this special and incongruous treatment. Even as state budgets are faced with ever decreasing tax revenues, our federal government foists more and more unfunded mandates – now without adhering to the simple tenants of equality. Do the states or the federal government have a greater authority to govern? Can the federal managers dole out special favors to states willing to cede more authority? We believe this interferes with the crucial balance of power between state and federal government entities. And we Hoosiers should protest the Senate using our money to give the Cornhuskers a free ride. 

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Section9. Continued No bill of attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. No capitation, or other direct, tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken. No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state. No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue

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ties in another. No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time. No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

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From the backshop It’s a regular laugh riot down in D.C. Your federal tax dollars hard at work (The Bad Theatre Dept.): As you may know, paid tax preparers now must face stringent regulation by the Internal Revenue Service. This will include registering with the agency, taking and passing competency tests and adhering to ethical standards. Stop laughing, and pick yourself up off the floor. The feds say it’s all about “strengthening the integrity of the nation’s tax system.” (Choke back that chuckle, soldier!) OK, we’re all about reducing fraud and errors, but when a guy like Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) gets to run (tax-) free, we’re compelled to suggest the government kick in the door of any – or every – cabinet meeting and the rest of Congress and apply the same standards first. After all, it’s all about integrity, right? Sounds like profiling to us. ••• District 86 Rep. Ed Delaney (D) is to be applauded for leading the charge to return remaining township government functions to counties by 2013, which is way too long to wait. Do it now. This horribly outdated system of local governance is costly, but it does provide safe harbor for more than one thousand township trustees across Indiana. We don’t

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COMMENTARY By Terry Anker A good friend recently became reconnected with his estranged elderly parents. We can all take pleasure in the reuniting of any family. It is good for all of society, but it is especially pleasing when those coming together have been unable or unwilling to find a place in each others’ lives for so many years.  There are as many reasons to decide not to get along as there are grains of sand on the beach. However, there are very few (extremely powerful) motivations to bring lost (or rejected) family members back into the fold. First, and perhaps most importantly, it is the simple fact that they are immediate relatives that make them special (both good and bad). If we are lucky, we grow up with an accumulated set of parents, grandparents, siblings and others to make-up our sanctum sanctorum. But once those people are imprinted in our lives, they cannot be replaced. Mom is Mom. And Dad is Dad. In my case, I loved my father-in-law “like he was my

dad.” But, he wasn’t. I knew it. And so did he.    Second, and perhaps most motivating, is that life is fleeting. Even crusty Ebenezer found his way back to the straight and narrow when he saw his own name on the tombstone. As we realize (because of failing health or age) that our days are truly numbered, the importance of reconciliation is paramount. Yet we routinely risk that sudden death or accident will forever prevent a chance to reach out because of our own stubbornness, pride or fear.  Does the relationship have to be perfect, unconditional and politically correct to have any value? Do we have to make Mom agree with our views on parenting? Or is it simply enough to get through it without a deep, insightful review of our differences?  Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmell.com.

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Ethics reform of utmost importance in Indiana COMMENTARY By Mike Murphy Public sector ethics reform legislation risks being shunted as the Indiana General Assembly tries to reconcile its 2009 budget with a projected $1.8 billion reduction in tax revenues. The “short” session of the legislature is supposed to be reserved for emergencies like the current disconnect between revenue and expenditures. Ethics reform, some may argue, is something that can wait until next year. As principal Republican co-author of the ethics reform package (HB1001), I respectfully submit that this is the worst possible time to delay reform. While there has not been a major scandal in the statehouse since 1980, states all around us have suffered through the trauma of public sector trials and convictions. Our citizens deserve better and do receive better, but their confidence must be reinforced. Ethics reform is not new to the statehouse. Former representative Irene Heffley was ridiculed when she held a news conference in 1995 and declared that she would not accept gifts from lobbyists. I tried, unsuccessfully, in 1996 to include university legislative advocates in the definition of “lobbyist” for purposes of reporting expenditures. Several of my colleagues of both parties have also attempted their own versions of ethics reform. Former representative Bob Alderman repeatedly warned the General Assembly that without vigilance, Indiana’s time would come again. Now, thanks to scandals in other states and a coordinated effort by 23 Indiana newspapers, the public is anticipating that we

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will further tighten the rules under which the legislature, the executive branch and the lobbying community operate. We cannot let them down. The details of HB1001 will obviously be refined as individual legislators add their own ideas, but good public policy usually begins with good questions. A few need to be asked today. Is it right for a legislator to be voting on important issues one week, and then become a highly-paid lobbyist the next week? Is it right for one branch of government to use taxpayers’ money to hire lobbyists to influence another branch of government? Is it right for a university to fly public officials to bowl games when the average alums have to fend for themselves? Because as elected officials we have sought the public trust, we must accept the greater burden of maintaining that trust through our own actions. Our decisions must not be legalistic, but based on common sense. My mother once told me, “Just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.” As we enter into the legitimate debate on ethics reform, let us not parse words or hang policy on a bent nail of rationalization. When we do what is right, we won’t have to worry about the wrath of our mothers – or the voters.

Shapiro, fellow conservatives long for a return to Bush politics Editor: After reading Brian Shapiro’s half-informed, short-sighted and sick rambling about circumstances surrounding the current “state of the union” (“Obama has a us in a losing game,” Dec. 15), it seems to me that far too many citizens are caught up in the leadership-lacking Republican obstructionism coming out of Washington these days, obstruction-

ism ostensibly for the sole purpose of eliminating a president. It also seems that we can continue to expect from conservatives like Shapiro fond hopes and attempts to return to the heady days of Bush politics, which contributed heavily to the current state of the union in the first place. God help us! James Monroe Noblesville   

One Current writer should take advice from the Grammar Guru Editor: I enjoy reading Current in Carmel when it arrives in my mailbox weekly. Being fond of irony, I had to laugh at the Dec. 29 issue. I was reading Terry Anker’s story about his family’s adorable new puppy (“A beautiful friendship”), but the English teacher in me cringed when he said, “A casual conversation between she and my mother …” Imagine my surprise when a few

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» Upcoming auditions – Actors Theatre of Indiana of Carmel will hold general auditions for its 2010 for union and non-union performances Jan. 24 and 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace. Call 317669-7983 for details and to schedule an audition.

» Furniture liquidation – New lease terms could not be reached, and as a result, the Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Carmel will close. A furniture liquidation sale will begin Jan. 14 and last until all merchandise is sold. » Tech Tuesdays – The Carmel Clay Public Library will be offering a new drop-in program that will focus on a different computer/online-related topic each Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Registration is not required, just drop in at the Computer Training Room on the 2nd floor.

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Should children be forced to try new things? Commentary By Danielle Wilson My husband and I got into it this past summer over a difference of parenting styles. He wanted to force our kids to water ski, while I felt we should leave the choice to them. Normally, this wouldn’t have erupted into a full-blown tiff, but he was working on little sleep AND he was two weeks into quitting smoking! (I’m happy to report he is still on the wagon, despite being stranded over Thanksgiving with the four kids and no grandparents.) Back to live action. So our 5-year old started the whole fiasco because she really wanted to learn. She was using one of those kid boards where the two skis are fused together and there are two ropes, one attached to the boat and one for her to hold. She sort of got up both times but then took a face full of water and decided she was done. Brava, Maddie! Our two boys, who had both made unsuccessful attempts a few weeks earlier on regular skis, refused to try again. I was fine with that. Who cares if they learn to ski? My husband, on the other hand, felt that if they could just get over their initial fear, they would love it. He wanted to make them try – no ifs, ands, or buts. Not wanting to undermine him in front of the kids, I pulled him aside and laid out my argument. We don’t want our children resenting us because we forced them to do things they weren’t ready to try. This isn’t going to school or public speaking, this is a recreational pastime! He became very defensive and said that if they weren’t pushed every time they were afraid, they would never try anything new in their lives. Then he stormed off, ranting about how I had won and I shouldn’t have interfered in the first place. Typical male-who-needs-a-nicotine-fix behavior. In typical female fashion, I sought out other peoples’ opin-

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Holiday parties, shopping, gift-wrapping and travel arrangements consume precious hours this time of the year, making it common for many to continue to put estate planning on the back burner. However, one of the most precious gifts one can give to children and loved ones is a properly executed Stephenie Jocham or updated will. Many do not understand the ramifications of dying “intestate,” or without a will, which often has profoundly unintended consequences. If you die without a will, decisions regarding your property or your children may be made by the state. There is added stress on surviving family who must deal with the legal and personal matters without knowing your wishes. It is a topic with which many are uncomfortable, and most assume that end of life planning doesn’t need to be discussed until “later” or “when we’re older.” But the harsh reality is that people with young families may face tragedy, something we hear more frequently during holiday travel time when weather and traffic increase accidents and fatalities. For many families living far apart, holiday gatherings may be one of the few opportunities to discuss your wishes in person. Although it can be a difficult subject to bring up, there are different ways to initiate the conversation, including utilizing an example of a relative, co-worker or news story. Once you’ve shared your wishes, it is important to take the

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next step to protect your family. Make it your new year’s resolution to prepare proper legal documents. There are common misconceptions that only wealthy people “need” estate planning, or that it is an expensive and time-consuming process. While there are more detailed options for families with larger assets, a simple Will is sufficient for the average person to identify a personal representative and provide instructions on distribution of their property. Parents with minor children can add trust provisions to their Wills naming guardians for their children. Wills are often accompanied by a durable power of attorney, a document naming a representative to act on your behalf for financial matters in the event of your incapacity or death. It is also important to prepare Advanced Directives, commonly known as a “living will.” This enables you to specify your wishes regarding life-sustaining procedures and to name a health care representative to make those decisions in the event you are unable to do so. At JHDJ Law, our attorneys can help you determine what documents are needed to protect your family. The process is efficient and cost-effective, typically involving an inexpensive flat fee for the preparation of simple estate packages. By formalizing your wishes legally, you exercise control over decisions regarding your property and your children and you reduce stress and prevent confusion for your surviving family. Please contact JHDJ Law at 317-569-0770 or asmall@jhdj-law.com for more information about our low cost options for simple estate planning. The above is for informational purposes only should not be considered legal advice. Each case is unique and you should consult an attorney for advice regarding your particular situation.

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Ten questions with the Carmel superintendant By Brandie Bohney Current in Carmel Carmel Clay Schools’ new superintendent, Jeff Swensson, is keeping a positive outlook in spite of recent and upcoming cutbacks and challenges in the district. Current in Carmel posed 10 questions to Swensson. For the full list of questions and answers, visit www.currentincarmel.com. What is your top priority for the district? In a nutshell, that would be stabilizing the revenue for the district. (Recent changes) have led to some pretty strong concerns about revenue, so we need to work as a district – and the board is already considering and talking about this – to stabilize our revenue. Do you have an accommodation plan in light of recent and future spending cuts? There are a couple of things involved. The first thing is that as a district, we made a $1.5 million cut, and on the table is a recommendation to cut an additional $3 million from the budget. We’re obviously very concerned about what we can do to improve our revenue or income as a school district. The ongoing concern, too, is that the state has just announced that … our portion of ($300 million in statewide school budget cuts) is $3.8 million, in addition to the reductions we’re dealing with already. The plan is in development because of all the news from the state. The vast majority of (the $3 million in proposed cuts) has nothing to do with sports, intramurals or clubs at all. Unfortunately, they have to do with possible losses of teaching positions if only because 92-93 percent of our overall budget is involved with personnel costs, both salaries and benefits. What types of personnel reductions are under consideration and why? We have already made substantial cuts in the non-certified or classified area, from janitors to secretaries to instructional assistants. But you get to a point where you get really negative returns. Because of the revenue difficulties – and you can’t have no janitors or no bus drivers – we’re left with making cuts to certified (teaching) staff (without a referendum). What types of things are you considering to increase funding in order to avoid budget cuts? The Board has just discussed the only current mechanism to (increase funding): a referendum. This is not a referendum for construction, obviously; that is an entirely different kind of referendum. This would be one that we could use for our general fund, which is the area that has

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Swensson taken the hits in the sense of budgetary reductions we’ve been talking about. Referenda are the only mechanism that any community can consider (in cases where additional funding is needed). What is your position on the state of teachers’ contracts? It’s something that we’re all still working on. The board’s team and the teachers’ team, we hope, will be working with a mediator in the near future. At one point in the past, a mediator was involved briefly, but we’re now in kind of a different position in that we have had a fact-finding occur. Now that the fact-finder report is available, the hope is that we will have both sides work with a mediator here in the future. Are there any specific areas that you would like to improve as a new superintendent? Our focus is all about our students and achieving excellence for them and being very positive about doing everything possible to ensure that each child is poised for what I would call a future of consequence. We want each young person to go off and be a great success and have a positive impact on their community, wherever they may go. What we think we do very well and will always try to improve on our efforts is to engage students so positively in our academic program that they craft a future of consequence in their own lives and have a positive influence on our community, state and nation.

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RPAC adds PR manager and director of development By Kevin Kane Current in Carmel On Jan. 5, Regional Performing Arts Center Executive Director Steven Libman announced the addition of two members to the organization’s staff. Jeremy Hatch and John Hughey will begin working for the RPAC Feb. 1 as director of development Hatch and public relations manager, respectively.   Hatch, of Indianapolis, was most recently the senior director of financial development for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, a position he has held since 2007. Prior to that, he spent four years as the associate director of the Indiana University Art Museum. Hatch has also served on the board of directors for the United Way of Monroe County, became a certified fundraising executive in 2004 and is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University, teaching in the recreation, park and tourism studies department.   Libman said there were 30 applicants for the director of development position, but Hatch’s wealth of experience in related areas was the deciding factor.  “Jeremy has significant experience and success

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in fundraising at prestigious organizations,” he said. “We were impressed by his enthusiasm for the Regional Performing Arts Center and the fundraising challenges.” Hughey, the other new member of the staff, hails from Fishers. Before accepting the PR manager position, Hughey was most recently managing editor at HUGHEY the Indianapolis Star’s Carmel Magazine. This position, Libman said, saw 40 applicants when the search process began in October, and Hughey’s work covering the project helped him land the new position.  “My primary concern was with (the applicants’) skills as a journalist,” Libman said, adding that a strong knowledge of new media was also included in these skills. “My secondary focus was with their familiarity with the community. John has both of those qualities.”  When the two begin working in their new positions on the first of next month, Hughey will work with the RPAC’s marketing firm to generate national and international press, while Hatch will work on creating detailed plans for all named gift opportunities and the development of an annual membership program.   

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Brainard: US 31 project facing significant delays By Kevin Kane

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Construction is scheduled to begin on U.S. 31 in 2011 as part of the Major Moves program, to improve traffic flow, decrease accidents and promote economic development. However, Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said he was asked to participate in a special meeting with two INDOT officials in late 2009, during which he was told much of the road construction was suddenly pushed back to 2017. Funding for the Major Moves program is planned to last through 2015, but if construction is moved to 2017, Brainard said he’s afraid that would mean any delayed portions of the U.S. 31 project would be past deadline and therefore unfunded, including all work in Carmel. “It would appear to us that there is no funding right now,” he said. “We are very disappointed with this.” Brainard said he hasn’t received an updated version of the construction schedule, and INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield, who Brainard said was one of the two individuals who called the meeting, didn’t agree with the entirety of Brainard’s recollection. He said INDOT met with Brainard and Westfield Mayor Andy Cook at a later date to get their respective input on the project and to hear their priorities. While he acknowledged that some aspects of the project have been moved to 2017, he stressed that the plan is not finalized.

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“When you’re talking about construction projects of this size, it’s hard to have concrete plans when looking a few years into the future,” he said. “It’s still a draft at this point.” Cook said his interpretation of his meeting with INDOT was similar to Brainard’s, and he expressed his frustration with the potential postponement. “It’s terrible,” he said. “It has further rendered this project uncertain with a capital ‘U.’” Cook said he was very excited after first hearing of the Major Moves program because he said there is more potential for economic growth in Hamilton County than anywhere in the state. The U.S. 31 project, he said, would help promote that growth, but it is also necessary for safety. Cook said too many accidents occur along U.S. 31 for the safety of travelers to be overlooked. “55 miles per hour and stop lights just don’t match,” he said. Cook and Brainard said they are trying to work with the state to get all of the construction moved back within 2015 and ensure the project remains funded. Brainard said he’s open to multiple resolutions but stressed that the project has to be done right, that certainty be provided to the businesses along U.S. 31 and that the two sides reach an agreement quickly. “All options are on the table,” Brainard said. “This isn’t good for Carmel, and it isn’t good for the state.”

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Carmel Girl Scout troop enjoys fruits of victory COMMENTARY By jeff Worrell On Halloween night, Carmel Girl Scout Troops were not looking for Tootsie Rolls, Snickers Bars or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. They were after old¸ unused eyeglasses. But to Girl Scouts, those glasses can mean a better quality of life for someone outside Carmel and a fun payoff for the troop. Sight Night, a project sponsored by the Carmel Lions Club and LensCrafters, turns trick or treat night into an opportunity to benefit others. The young ladies of Girl Scout Troop 88 were surely pleased they gave it their all. They were invited to a gathering at the Carmel Lion’s Club Headquarters to publicly receive congratulations, gratitude and their reward. Lion Jim Colter, coordinator of the Sight Night project, presented all of the girls and troop leaders Ruth Perkins and Colleen Rodriguez with high praise and an all-expense-paid pizza party. The girls earned the party by collecting the greatest number of eyeglasses on Halloween as well as the week leading up to it. Along with 18 other troops consisting of 62 girls, they brought in a record number of glasses. Over the nine years since the start of the program, Carmel Girl Scouts have been responsible for bringing in more than 12,000 pairs. Troop 88 was diligent and collected the largest number of glasses,

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and thus the pepperoni with extra cheese grand prize. Although Jim Colter manages all of the scouts that gather glasses door to door on trick or treat night, he is quick to say, “The girls do all of the work.” However, collecting the glasses is just the beginning. Each month, a number of Carmel Lions make the trip to the Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Center in Upland, Ind. There, they oversee the sorting and categorizing of the thousands of pairs of eyewear. Once the prescription is indicated for each set of lenses, the glasses are then given to groups and organizations for mission trips to countries where the glasses can once again do what they were meant to do: help people see. Halloween 2009 for the dedicated scavengers of Troop 88 should always be a meaningful memory if the girls will not just remember the fun they had at the pizza party. Instead ladies, think about the wonderful example you set for the rest of us and the person you helped to clearly see the beautiful world around them. Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at jworrell@advantagemedical.com

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The unexpected double negative COMMENTARY By Brandie Bohney As a teacher, my favorite student rebuttal to the use of nonstandard words such as ain’t was, “But it’s in the dictionary, Bohney!” I loved it because then I could launch into my discussion of standard and nonstandard words. Always an exciting day. For me, at least. There are a number of nonstandard words in the dictionary. The label nonstandard basically refers to words that are in use by a fair portion of the population but are not grammatically correct in spite of their frequency of use. It’s an acknowledgment that people use a word, not a concession of correctness.  It is for this reason that many words that should not be used are actually in the dictionary with a notation that they are nonstandard. Words such as irregardless.  Check just about any dictionary, and you’ll find the word irregardless. And I’ll bet that in addition to being able to find it in the dictionary, you’ve heard it used more than a few times. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. But it’s not a logical word, because it is, in itself, a double negative.  Regardless means without regard or without concern. It is a negative word. Add the negative prefix ir-, and suddenly you’ve created a double negative. So irregardless means without without regard. Or I suppose, if you really analyze it, it could actually mean with regard (remember that

two-negatives-create-a-positive theory?). Like other double negatives, it means precisely the opposite of what is intended. The existence of irregardless isn’t completely illogical. Many other words, irrespective in particular, use the ir- prefix followed by an adjective starting with re- very well without a hitch. Irreplaceable, irregular, irrefutable, irreconcilable, irreformable, irrelevant – all words beginning with re- that work beautifully with the ir- prefix.    The issue here is meaning rather than how the word looks or sounds. Look at the meanings of the above words: not replaceable, not regular, not reconcilable, not reformable, not relevant. But when people use irregardless, they use it in place of regardless rather than as its antonym. No one uses irregular to mean regular or irrelevant to mean relevant. And there simply isn’t a way to use irregardless that isn’t tremendously awkward or just plain wrong.  So if the word in the dictionary is noted nonstandard, using that word is not in your best interest, regardless of the word’s presence in the dictionary.  Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at bbthegrammarguru@gmail.com.

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Gossip is not a healthy form of communication COMMENTARY By Becky Kapsalis “Rumor,” “hearsay,” “tattletale,” “scandal,” “chitchat” – these are just a few words used when describing gossip. One of my teenage granddaughters considers this a prevalent problem among her girlfriends. We’ve either been a part of some gossip or, at the very least, have been around people who use gossip as a means of demonstrating a superiority complex. I dare say this is not a new problem, but it is a problem worth discussing. As in most cases, educating ourselves about how our children are treating others and being treated begins with awareness.   When I hear gossip, my first thought is, “How is knowing this going to help me be a friend to the person being talked about?” Almost always, the gossiper is talking behind that person’s back. More often than not, the message being given is not of a positive nature. My second thought is, “What is this gossip going to accomplish?” The answer to my thoughts is nothing. Nothing is being gained, unless you consider hurting someone’s feelings as gainful. My recommendation to my granddaughter

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and her girlfriends is that, unless there is clear and present danger in what is being gossiped or if what is being said is factually true (in which case it isn’t gossip), she stand her ground and ask, “What are you trying to accomplish by spreading these rumors?” or, “What purpose does this gossip serve?” More than likely, she will be frowned upon by her peers in the short term, but the long-term character development benefits to her are immeasurable. If you find yourself spreading gossip, ask yourself, “What is it I’m trying to accomplish by spreading this?” And, “What purpose is this serving?” If we find our children (boys included) telling tales about other kids, parents or teachers, it is paramount that we do not get pulled into their emotional instability and remind them that gossip and rumors are, most likely, intended to do harm to another person. Is that their intent?   Hugs! Becky Kapsalis. aka YiaYia (pronounced Ya-Ya.) is a certified parenting advocate and child behavior coach. You may reach her at 317-848-7979 or e-mail becky@ askyiayia.biz.

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Say goodbye to these design trends in 2010

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COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley The New Year always heralds hope for a fresh start and new beginnings, so the Artichoke Design team has pooled its ideas and observations for making 2010 a tastefully decorated year! The following list is offered with an advance apology. If we have stepped on any toes, it is not with malice. The decorating anathemas we would like to send into exile, and offer a final farewell to, in 2010 are … • Matching bedroom suites and matching sofa/loveseat combinations • Flat-screen TVs mounted so high that a neck cramp develops before the first commercial break • Home makeover shows that set unrealistic expectations about decorating a space. There are usually scores of people working behind the scenes who are never seen on screen. Simply put, good design takes time. • Shallow sink basins that result in water splashing everywhere • Wallpaper borders that feature fruit, sunflowers and plaid have been the all-stars in the wallpaper border hall of fame, but now is the time to retire them. Borders visually chop up a room and make it look like the budget was too tight to spring for the whole roll. • Basements with a bachelor-day hangover that feature mirrors

» Free remodeling seminar – Join Case Handyman & Remodeling for a free seminar on kitchen and bath remodeling. The 90-minute session will provide the basic building blocks plus all the latest styles. The seminar will be Jan. 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 108 W. Carmel Dr. Call 846-2600 to RSVP. » A style resolution – Care a little more, take a few more chances, and invest in clothes with some character. Like, say, this belted downfilled jacket from Moncler Gamme Bleu, the Italian brand's year-old collaboration with designer Thom Browne. With its Cordura nylon shell — a high-performance, ultradurable, rip- and water-resistant synthetic weave — and its purpose-driven design, it combines Browne's tailored, oddball aesthetic with Moncler's classic functionality. It's got just the right amount of character, and for the man looking to start 2010 with style, such a resolution isn't just smart. It's essential. - www.esquire.com

emblazoned with beer logos, bad posters and gigantic cheap leather furniture with floppy arms • Along those lines, we could all live long, happy lives without hearing the phrase “man cave” ever again. • Sponge paint. Professional or otherwise. Good-bye to the blotches. • Any window treatment that is too short. The Great Flood is not anticipated to hit until late 2011. • Flouncy, pouncy kitchen curtains that started life in a plastic package • The abundance of fake greenery (a first cousin to Kudzu) that was so popular in the last decade, should be pruned out of the picture for 2010. • Old, clunky, honey-stained pine furniture is a style that should make reservations and move to a bed and breakfast far, far away – unless it is a deliberate feature in a lodge-style

room. • 1989 was the year of “carpet in the bathroom.” It was a very bad year. Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol. com.

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Every day people ask themselves, “How much homeowner’s insurance do I need?” The answer varies, depending on each person’s situation. Usually you should insure your home for its whole value, the actual building and all of its contents. In order to find out exactly how much your home is worth, you should have it appraised. You can have an appraiser, builder or insurance agent give you an estimate on its value. However, if you ever remodel or add on to your home, its value will increase, and you will then need to purchase more coverage. For any valuable possessions you have, you can purchase extended coverage, to ensure those items are covered as well. The best thing to do is take a room-by-room inventory of your valuables then keep this list somewhere outside the home, for example, a safe-deposit box. To determine if valuable possessions, such as TVs, stereos or computers are covered, or if you have any other questions about homeowner’s insurance, contact your State Farm insurance agent.

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back strong last fall and looks like it will survive the winter and head into spring and summer for 2010. Expect a ton of dresses, tops, jeans and skirts with sequin accents with a few completely covered-sequin pieces for more formal occasions. You can even add sequin accessories, such as a handbag or belt to brighten your wardrobe this coming season.

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It all started when Angela was a guest at Salon 01. “When I was 20 a girl from Salon01 used to do my hair,” said Angela. “This inspired me to take my dream of becoming a special effect make-up artist to another level by going to cosmetology school.” Who knew that Angela’s dream of making it big in this industry would come true here with Salon01! Recently another dream of Angela’s came true, she became Mrs. Bloehs and the Salon01 family couldn’t be happier for her! Angela graduated from Excel Academy in 2004. Soon after graduating she became a member of the Salon01 team. Over the years, Angela has developed a passion for curly and short hairstyles, but loves variety and enjoys working with all hair types. Outside of doing hair, Angela really likes to teach. She has become an educator for Brocato hair products, traveling to teach in other salons. This has also aided in her success at Salon 01 as she has become a strong leader amongst her peers. Angela really likes doing total makeovers. “I love being a part of the beauty and fashion world,” said Angela. She can look at the overall picture, and can help others create a totally new look from hair to makeup and fashion. “There are lots of things to consider when giving someone a new look. This includes knowing how to pair a great haircut with the right face shapes. If the haircut does not complement the face shape, the whole look can be off.” Book an appointment with Angela today! Call Salon01 at 317580-0101 or book your appointment online at www.salon01.com where you can find all of our Stylist’s profiles. 14 | January 12, 2010

Is the black nail polish trend back? The answer is yes, it is back. We have noticed that models in the spring 2010 runway shows have been wearing short, slightly round nails with black or very dark Gothic nail polish. So, if you are tired of the lighter palette, go bold in spring! Try this bold polish trend for a change! Salon 01 has nail artists on staff to give you the perfect spring manicure. Try the No Chip manicure in this statement color. Call 580-0101 to book your appointment today!

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The war of wrinkle reducers

DISPATCHES » Dillingham joins St. Vincent – Andy R. Dillingham, DO , has joined St.Vincent Physician Network in Carmel, Ind. as a board certified family medicine physician. Dr. Dillingham, in addition to his interest in complete Dillingham pediatric and adult care, uses Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy to help improve both acute and chronic problems of the musculoskeletal system. » Clarian names Williams nursing Chief – Clarian North Medical Center has named Damita Williams, RN, MSN, MA, CPN, NE-BC, its Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. In this role, Williams Williams will be responsible for the leadership of all nursing and patient care services. Williams possesses more than 25 years of nursing experience in pediatrics and has served Clarian North Medical Center since 2005.

» Healthy winter skin – Stay soft and smooth with cold-weather strategies from Macrene Alexiades, MD, PhD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University: 1) Open your bedroom window a crack. Cooler air keeps blood vessels constricted­—so your body holds in moisture. 2) Use an exfoliating body cleanser. Ingredients like salicylic acid dissolve dead cells, revealing softer skin underneath. 3) Apply lotion within 3 minutes after showering. A steamy bathroom aids penetration. - www.prevention.com 

COMMENTARY By Dr. Barry Eppley Since becoming commercially available in 2002, Botox has revolutionized wrinkle treatment of the face, with emphasis on improvement in the forehead and eye areas. Few people would not recognize the name, even if many may not understand what exactly it does. Botox is so effective (although only temporary) and simple to do that it has given rise to an entire industry of treatments, cosmetic practitioners and business models based out of strip malls to doctors offices. Billions of dollars in annual revenues have been created out of what is essentially a chemical poison. (The doses are so small to treat wrinkles that it is harmless to humans.) With such a proven and desirable commodity, it is no surprise that other manufacturers have been feverishly working on a competitive product. The recently available Dysport can now stake its claim as second in line. Whether it will make a significant dent in Botox’s business remains to be seen. Dysport is not new and has been used around the world for years. In those countries where Dysport and Botox co-exist, the market shares of each are not that different. But Botox in the United States has tremendous brand awareness and a huge head start. As a result, it will likely

be the “Coke” for a long time in facial wrinkle treatment, and Dysport can at best hope to become “Pepsi” in time. Like any new product, Dysport must seek a marketing edge. Claims have been made that it lasts longer and costs less – the holy grail doctrines of the cosmetic industry. But a close look at the scientific studies and available evidence on Dysport does not support those marketing theories. The company does not actually claim them,

as the FDA would not allow such unsupported statements based on the studies submitted. Such claims appear to be the propagation of rumors and hope – and zealous physician marketing. In my experience, Dysport appears to be a good but equivalent treatment to Botox. In time, it may show a few select advantages (or disadvantages), but they are not obvious yet. While competition usually drives down price, that does not appear to be the case in this battle of wrinkle reducers. Because they are given in different doses, it is not even possible to compare Botox and Dysport prices on a unit basis, which is how they are given by injection. Because Dysport is new to the public, it is natural to assume that it may be better. Its value at this point, however, appears to be as a treatment alternative for those few patients who are either resistant to or becoming less responsive to their current Botox injections. For those patients clamoring for a cheaper and better Botox, Dysport will not be the new fountain of youth.

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The brain is huge factor in pain perception COMMENTARY By Dmitry Arbuck One should not underestimate the involvement of the brain in the process of pain perception. Our body is designed in a way so that not only the body that affects the brain, the brain affects the body as well. Sometimes it may be to a paradoxical extent. The phenomenon of so-called pseudocyesis is more or less known. This is when a woman believes she is pregnant and develops all the signs of pregnancy with the exception of her uterus containing a fetus. Such a woman looks pregnant, her abdomen and breasts enlarge, her periods stop, and even her hormones change to some extent. This happens because the brain sends signals telling the body to chance. On many occasions, I have seen the same thing with a patient experiencing chronic pain. One may have chronic lower-back pain and complain of pain in a certain area. MRIs, CAT scans, and physical exams do not produce any identifiable pathology, but the pain nevertheless persists in this place for a long time. Finally, such a patient may have an MRI that clearly shows disc herniation or some other real

physical evidence of a problem in the distressed area. Such a patient may blame physicians for not finding it earlier. Though, indeed, it was not there until a problem finally developed because the brain induced pathological changes in the spine. Over time, pathological brain bombardment changes innervation and blood circulation, nutritional condition and a variety of many unknown processes. Under such bombardment, a disc actually becomes sick. This is why chronic pain is so confusing to many physicians and patients – because it unites pathology of the brain and pathology of the body in such a way that it is difficult to distinguish what causes what. It is another reason to understand that no one treatment may be helpful in a patient with chronic pain. The worst scenario is when such a patient is treated with narcotic medications and nothing else.

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Where: Paoli, Ind. Getting there: From Westfield take US-31 south, I-465 south, State Road 37 to Paoli, then 2 miles west on State Road 150. Approximately 2 ¾ hours, 145 miles. Hours: Skiing --10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. (open until 3 a.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday over Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend Jan. 17-18); Tubing – 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday (open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend Jan. 17-18). Rates: Lift tickets range from $25 to $41 for adults and $25 to $35 for ages 7-12, depending on the hours and day. Kids 6 and under ski free. Ski and board rentals are available at an extra charge. Tubing rates are $25 for 3 hours and $50 for all day. No charge for tubes. Info: (812) 723-4696, www. skipaolipeaks.com What: A family-fun escape, especially

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Paoli Peaks Ski Resort offers downhill skiiing, tubing and a terrain park over 65 acres covered with man-made and natural snow.

with its extended hours over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Paoli Peaks has 65 acres of terrain more than 15 trails. For snowboarders, there is a trick-filled terrain park and a half pipe. More than 110 stationary towers and machines, mixed with Mother Nature’s own supply of snow, keep the area covered through March, weather permitting. Twelve inches of machinemade snow can cover the entire ski area in a 24-hour period at temperatures of 20 degrees or less. Paoli has a natural hill with a 300-foot vertical drop, serviced by one quad chair, three triple chairs, a

beginner’s double chair and a surface tow. The hill’s capacity is 11,200 skiers per hour, spread out over 25 percent beginner area, 55 percent intermediate, 10 percent advanced and 10 percent expert. The Arctic Blast Snow Tubing area has up to nine lanes of snow covered, 700-foot-long slopes, a 400-foot Wonder-Carpet designed to get the skier up the hill. Specially-constructed inner tubes are provided. A day lodge is equipped with a cafeteria and pizzeria, a bar and rental and pro shops. The resort works with several area hotels and cabins for stay-and-play packages.

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Chow-chow to be rich? COMMENTARY By Chef Michael R. Vlasich Be it a tongue twister, sauce or condiment, most refrigerators have this bottle tucked away on a shelf. Used often in food and beverage recipes – and for rounding out the palate – it is something I have preached to thousands of culinarians and novices alike. If you were to draw a line between “good” chefs and “great” ones, you would find the difference lies in the depth of the flavor profile, including a full roundedness to fill the mouth of all areas and taste sensations. Chow-chow or condiments are really a pickled vegetable made into a sauce, such as catsup, mustard, Tabasco or Worcestershire, all of which have been around more than a century, all of which are used primarily as a seasoning, and all of which have made millionaires of men and helped build Fortune 500 companies. Mostly they consist of vinegar and salt with a base vegetable to start. Recently, while on vacation, we were whipping up and enjoying bloody marys, when the subject came up of Worcestershire Sauce coincidently being a key ingredient. I told the story of its being, which was a curiosity and so, here we go again. Lea & Perrins was originally made in Worcester, England, invented to accent a famous dish called “Welsh Rarebit.” It was meant to liven up the dish and was made by fermenting malt vinegar, molasses, sugar, anchovies, tamarind, onion and garlic. Supposedly, somebody ordered a batch that was never picked up, and months later, when it was

chow-chow Ingredients: • 1 roll of Braunsweiger • ¼ cup Dijon • 1/3 cup mayonnaise • 1 tsp. onion powder • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce • Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Mix all ingredients well, serve with sliced French and pumpernickel breads or assorted crackers.

about to be discarded, a clerk tasted it and found it tasted much better (it had fermented at this point). It has been fermented ever since. From burgers to steak tar-tar, bloody marys to Caesar dressing, this condiment is used in a plethora of dishes. Just think, if you had invented it, you would be on easy street right now, probably not reading this column. But since you aren’t on easy street, included is a recipe to make mock pate using Worcestershire Sauce that my family enjoys at home on occasion. Chef Michael R. Vlasich, CEC, AAC, is a Carmel resident and the executive chef at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. You may e-mail him at chefmichael@ currentincarmel.com

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Manager at Bob Evans Where do you like to eat? Super China Buffet What do you like to eat there? Anything with broccoli. What do you like about Super China Buffet? It’s convenient. I normally go in for lunch.

With several locations in the Indianapolis area including one in Carmel, El Rodeo is great, affordable and convenient option for south-of-the-border cuisine while staying close to home. El Rodeo prepares all of its selections with fresh ingredients right down to the tortilla chips and salsa. With a full list of appetizers, a long lunch menu and a full bar featuring daily drink specials, El Rodeo is a great choice for authentic Mexican cuisine at any time of day, even offering take out services. The restaurant offers all of the standard selections such as burritos and quesadillas but has plenty of specialty items, or Especialidades El Rodeo, to add some variety. For vegetarians, El Rodeo has eight meat-free options, including a cheese and mushroom quesadilla. The children’s menu is even larger, and for those in the mood for something a bit more domestic, burgers, hot dogs, fries and chicken sandwiches are available, too. After dinner, there are numerous desserts to consider, from traditional flan and fried ice cream to a banana chimichanga. El Rodeo 4000 W. 106th St., Suite 260 | Carmel, 46032 733-1470 Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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THEATRE Bus Stop

Beginning Jan. 22 through Feb. 7, the Indianapolis Civic Theatre will present “Bus Stop,” a comedy by Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright William Inge. Tickets are $28 Fridays through Sundays and $21 on Thursdays. Visit www.CivicTheatre.org for tickets and details

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Mickey’s Irish Pub

Pastor Shirley Caesar, the first lady of gospel music, headlines the 22nd annual Butler University GospelFest at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Clowes Memorial Hall, with Grammy- and Stellar Award-winning special guests Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans. Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors and $20 for students. They’re available at the Clowes Hall box office, 317-940-6444, and through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub,13644 N Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746: Jan. 15: Endless Summer Band Jan. 16: Soul Street Jan. 22: Living Proof Jan. 23: KJ & the Jester Kings Jan. 29: Bunny Brothers

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There’s live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call 317-770-9020.

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Irish bands will play live every Friday and Saturday night from 9 p.m. to midnight at Fionn MacCool’s, 8211 E 116th St., Fishers. For more information, call 317-863-2100.

The Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre 2010 lineup kicks off Magdalena Gallery of Art is presenting this art show, with the comedy “The Foreigner” by Larry Shue. The displaying artwork by local kids. Opening night was INDIANAPOLISplay – The brings new to the Dinner runsnew from year Jan. 6 to Feb. 7.aCall theshow box office at Beef & Boards Nov. 21. All artwork is available for sale, ranging from Theatre stage! The hilarious play The Foreigner by Larry Shue opens Beef & Boards’ 317-872-9664 for ticket information. $100 to $150.2010 Call 317-844-0005 for details.

season. This award-winning comedy is live on stage Jan. 6 through Feb. 7.

Charlie Baker is a shy man. His buddy “Froggy” LaSueur convinces him they Housewives of Manheim Native contemporary art should vacation together. But after they arrive at the rural fishing lodge, Charlie just The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis presents “The Through Jan. 18, the Eiteljorg Museum of American wants to be left alone. Froggy devises a plan. He convinces Charlie to pretend to be a Housewives of Mannheim.” Written by Alan Brody, Indians and Western Art is holding its biennial Eiteljorg foreigner who doesn’t understand English. this play starts Jan. 14 and runs through Feb. 6 on the Fellowship for Native American Fine Art. The sixth

Hedgehog Music Showcase

The Radio Review at Hedgehog Music Showcase, 101 W. Main St., Arcadia, takes the form of a live radio show featuring big band, swing and pop standards of the 1920s-30s-40s performed by musicians and vocalists 8 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call (317) 573-9746:

Phoenixwhen Mainstage. Tickets start at $15. Foritdetails cycle the initiative features an exhibition of artwork, But the plan backfires other vacationers find easy visit to open up toofthis www.PhoenixTheatre.org. called Art Quantum. exotic “foreigner.” As a result, Charlie learns many secrets and schemes. Compelled to do the right thing, he tries to help the potential victims involved. It all builds to a bizarre and unforgettable outcome for all! YOU CHOOSE 2010 IMPREZA SPECIAL

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Beef & Boards favorite Jeff Stockberger plays the lovable but awkward Charlie, with Ty Stover in the role of Froggy. Kate Braun plays Betty Meeks, the owner of the lodge. Another audience favorite, Sarah Hund, plays Catherine, who is engaged to the Rev. David, played by David Schmittou. Dan Scharbrough is conspirator Owen Musser, while David Purdy is in the role of Ellard Simms, Catherine’s younger brother.

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Book OF THE WEEK

Roasted acorn squash with orange and curry

The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story

Makes: 10 servings Ingredients: • 5 acorn squash • 1/2 cup butter, softened • 1 cup fresh orange juice • 5 tbsp. clover honey • 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger • 3/4 tsp. curry powder • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

By Diane Ackerman

• Smear flesh with butter and salt. • Mix together remaining ingredients. • Place acorn squash, cut side up, in a roasting pan. • Pour mixture over cut side of squash. • Roast at 375 for one hour, or until tender.

Directions: • Cut the top and bottom off of acorn squash, slice in half vertically and scoop seeds out.

Jan and Antonina Zabinski were keepers of the zoo in Warsaw, Poland during the 1930s. When the Germans began bombing Warsaw, many of the animals were killed or injured and the couple feared for their own lives and that of their young son. Despite the great danger, Jan joined the Polish Resistance. Jan needed a legal reason to be allowed to move freely in and out of the Warsaw Ghetto, so he offered to raise swine in the zoo for Nazi dinner tables. He was permitted to go into the Ghetto to collect scraps of food to feed the animals and sometimes escorted a Jew to safety on his return trip. Jan did not tell Antonina details of his activities with the Underground, nor did he let her know that weapons were buried on the zoo property. The knowledge that German soldiers could search their house at any time meant danger was a constant companion. The discovery of Jewish refugees hiding in cages, sheds or closets at the zoo would have meant certain death, but this courageous couple was never discovered by the Nazis and were able to help more than 300 people escape to freedom. Ackerman has written an absorbing and eloquent history of Polish citizens doing what they thought was right. Her skillful prose enables the reader to get a real sense of the Polish experience under the German occupation of 1939-1945. Ackerman relied particularly on Antonina’s diary and notes, her children’s books, and interviews the Zabinskis gave to various Polish, Hebrew and Yiddish newspapers. She was also able to interview their son and various contemporaries, some of whom had served in the Underground with Jan. Reviewed by Marian Corya CCPL Reference Librarian

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Engaged on New Year's Eve On Dec. 31, Current in Carmel Assignments Editor Kevin Kane proposed to his girlfriend of over five years, Jessica Mull, at Bar Louie in Clay Terrace. During a performance at the bar by local band Barometer Soup, Kane walked up on stage, took the mic and went to one knee. He didn't go to Jared, but the Nora resident and Butler pharmacy student still said "yes." As of now, a wedding date hasn't been determined. Photos by Sally Greenberg

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MONEY MATTERS When will you start on your tax return?

“I never put it off. I get it done as soon as I get all my paperwork.” Ken Hubert Carmel

“I start mine when all my tax receipts come in. I’m looking at starting the end of January.” Bob Kopnisky Carmel

“I probably won’t start working on them until the end of January, but I’ve been filing quarterly.” Susie Fulp Carmel

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Dolce salon & Spa Located on Range Line Rd just north of Kroger, Dolce Salon & Spa offers its customers a chance to get away without ever leaving town. A full-service day spa that opened in early November, Dolce provides several services intended to satisfy its customers, helping them to look and feel their best. Patrons can stop by for a facial or massage for a short escape and a way to alleviate the stresses of daily life. But Dolce offers much more than just comfort. Hair styling, waxing, teeth whitening and medicalgrade laser treatments are among the many services performs to keep its customers maintaining a great look or trying a new one altogether. What separates this spa from some others, however, are its events. On Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., for example, Dolce will hold its First Annual Bridal Show, allowing visitors to sample the spa’s treatments and become familiar with the industry’s latest trends. The event will be held in the spa’s under-construction area, which will later be used for other events and boutiques. The spa is also a great place for parties, offering discounts for groups of six or more.

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People never forget how you made them feel COMMENTARY By David Cain It’s a famous quote and one of my favorites. Maya Angelou stated so powerfully, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” For me, this quote is all about the power of a good story, the power of triggering emotions. At the end of your day, your week, your year, and your life, people will only remember how you made them feel. Clearly, what you say and do has a lot to do with how people feel about you. However, it’s the emotions that trump all. If you make people sad, frustrated or belittled, that’s all they remember. If you consistently deliver smiles and happiness, friends and invitations to parties tumble in. Some people will forget the Colts’ decision to pull the starting players in the game against the Jets. But how you felt as a fan watching the game will be more challenging to bury in your memory. That decision created feelings that run deep, feelings that are more embedded in your perception of the team. I forgot the Colts played the Jets (I had to look it up), but I don’t forget how I felt watching the game. Think about a marriage proposal. If you proposed via post-it note with a ring, the proposal

loses a lot. You make it at a special place with special words, and you’ve taken the same act and created a lifetime memory. A memory based on a feeling. While my little girls might not always act like they should or say what I think they should, all is forgotten because they make me feel love. And I always forgive and forget what they say and do, but I never forget the feelings I have for them. They tell a story about me that I like. Marketing is all about a good story, making people feel certain ways. Getting people to feel like you are a good company, have a good product or service, and they should work with you can all get wrapped up in the emotion of a story. Find a way to tell your story and spark emotion, and you’ll unravel the secret to creating connections. Whatever you do in your world, think about how your actions and words are making other people feel. Give them a positive feeling, and they’ll associate you with that feeling forever.

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Another thing to consider regarding the Colts COMMENTARY By Brian Shapiro A year ago, I wrote that the Colts needed to draft some tackles to stop the run so they could get home-field advantage to help the businesses in downtown Indianapolis. Well, we got a wish! Now we just have to win two so we bring in enough extra sales tax revenue to help offset this recession. Many people have questioned the decision to sit the players in the second half of the Jets game. But there may be a bigger decision. Why did we play our players during the Jaguars game?  The Jaguars game was also a meaningless game to the Colts. Whether they won or lost the game, they would have maintained the top spot in the AFC. I suspect money played into the decision. The NFL Network is owned by the NFL. The NFL is owned by the 30 teams that make up the NFL. The Colts clinched the top seed the Sunday

before and played again with only three days rest. Why didn’t they sit the starters? No. 18 played the whole game. They played just about everyone the whole game and won. Could they be this silly, or did the ratings enter into the picture? Did the statisticians forget to tell the coaches and owners this was also a meaningless contest, or did the NFL want to ensure a bigger pot?  Hopefully, the Colts can regain their edge into the playoffs. I really think Peyton Manning and Dwight Freeney were upset when the pundits at the beginning of the season said that the team would not make the playoffs. Bring it on and let’s go Colts. Brian Shapiro is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. He owns Shapiro’s Deli and is a nonpracticing CPA/JD. You may e-mail him at brian@shapiros.com

Hopefully, the Colts can regain their edge into the playoffs.

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Living happily ever divorced – It starts with you COMMENTARY By Rachael Noble My heart breaks when I hear stories of exes trying to pit the kids against one another or trying to suck as much money as possible out of one another as a form of punishment (or just plain laziness, because someone is used to staying at home and doesn’t want to get a job). Give me a break, people! Do you expect your kids to grow up to become contributing members of society with that kind of role model? I would not be preaching on this topic if I didn’t have experience in this area from my divorce nine years ago. From someone who has lived it, here are some healthy ways to live happily ever divorced (knock on wood). • Make it a point to say positive things about your ex to your kids and others. • Don’t try to milk your ex for all he/she has out of revenge or a lazy work attitude. • I hate the term “broken family.” Continue calling yourselves a family around your kids. • Spend at least one holiday together as a family each year. As crazy as it sounds, it’s not crazy to my family. It is for the good of our daughter, and nothing will keep us from doing what is best for her. • Practice kindness. You may not always

get the reaction you’re looking for, but responding with kindness, rather than arguments or drudging up the past, can possibly cool the fire. • Stop being so gosh darn high maintenance! So your ex didn’t dress your kid in the cutest clothes for picture day or fed your child too many sweets. Get over it, and don’t sweat the small stuff. Ask yourself this question: “Is my child still alive?” If the answer is yes, then close your mouth, bite your tongue and let it go, supermom! If you’re thinking about how your ex could benefit by reading this, you are not getting the point. Yes, it does take two to tango, but a healthy ex relationship starts with you. And if your ex never changes, then so be it. At least you did the right thing. Repeat after me: “It starts with me!” Despite less-than-ideal circumstances, we will continue to strive for a healthy relationship for our daughter’s sake. I wish this for you too. It can be done, but remember, it starts with you!

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» Graceful and functional – The laptop stand is arguably the most portable laptop stand ever -- and also possibly the most gorgeous. At 12 3/4" long, unfolded and supporting your laptop, the AViiQ laptop stand is only a little bigger than a sheet of paper. Folded, it's not much bigger than a No.10 envelope and weighs just 5.5 oz, so it fits easily into your laptop bag or even just a laptop sleeve. - www.popgadget.net » Lego-ize your photos – The mere mention of an official iPhone LEGO app might make you excited about building virtual police cars and pirate ships during your commute in the morning, but I’m afraid you’ll have to put those dreams on hold. LEGO’s first venture into mobile apps is actually a photography program that will pixelate any photo you take, or shots already in your iPhone’s Photo Library. Tapping a LEGO-ized photo also refreshes the color palette of the bricks being used if you’re not happy with the apps first conversion attempt, and the modified shots can be saved out to your Photo Library once you’re pleased with the results. - www.ohgizmo.com 

Trouble shooting Wi-Fi networks – a step-by-step procedure COMMENTARY By Gary Hubbard Networking issues have always been one of the more problematic areas in the tech world because of all the complexity, and the introduction (and popularity) of wireless networking has made it even more problematic. We always explain to our customers that “wired” is better than “wireless,” but that isn’t always practical or convenient. If you can convert to a wired connection without impacting the practicality of using a laptop, you can eliminate all the headaches associated with wireless connections.  Wi-Fi networks operate in an unregulated frequency range, so at any time, a neighbor’s new wireless router, your microwave oven, cordless phones or even “nanny-cams” can cause interference with your computer’s wireless connection.  The most common variables that have to be diagnosed for you to troubleshoot this common situation are your wireless router, your laptop’s wireless adapter, your laptop’s network device drivers, your laptop’s overall health, the security levels setup on your router and the security settings on your laptop. The quickest way to determine where the problem resides is to try using your laptop on a completely different wireless network and have a friend bring their laptop over and attempt to connect to your wireless network.  If your laptop works on another wireless net-

work, you can eliminate your laptop’s wireless adapter, the general health of your laptop or any associated driver issues. If you have trouble connecting to another wireless network, you can focus your troubleshooting attention on your laptop. If you plug your computer into a wired “Ethernet” connection and it works, you can eliminate the overall health of your laptop, and it narrows the problem to either a defective wireless adapter on your laptop or improper configuration (which can sometimes be fixed by reloading the software driver from the manufacturer’s Web site).  If another laptop also has a problem connecting to your wireless network, the problem is likely in your wireless router (or access point) or some other wireless device that is causing interference.  Wireless routers do go bad over time, especially if they are on top of another heat-generating device, like a cable modem or an older CRT monitor. So if you’ve had your wireless router in that type of environment for a couple years, replacing it may be your best bet.  In some cases, you can update the “firmware” for the wireless router by downloading a firmware update from the manufacturer’s Web site, which can solve known reliability issues and return it to service.  The other possibility is that the security level (generally known as the encryption level) is set

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high and therefore less compatible with devices from other manufacturers. The easiest way to test this segment of your wireless network is to disable the encryption in the router and in your laptop’s wireless adapter configuration, making your router easily accessed by anything in range. If you can connect with no problem, you may have the encryption level set too high (lower it from 128-bit to 64bit, for instance), as the more complex the encryption routine, the more likely you will have a problem, especially if you are using adapters and routers from different vendors. 

Gary Hubbard is the owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - www.datadoctors.com. Have a technology question? Send it to CurrentInCarmel@datadoctors.com

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PETS OF THE WEEK Buddy is a 5-year-old male black akita/ chow mix. He is neutered, house trained, walks well on a leash and knows the command “sit.” Buddy isn't very comfortable around children – they make him a bit nervous – so he would be best suited in a home with adults only or a home with teenage children. Buddy is a pretty low-maintenance kind of guy: No need for lots of toys, and he would be happy with a couple of walks a day for exercise. He also prefers to be the a few days after its owners developed flu-like center of attention and hopes to have a fevers and body aches. However, experts say home where he is the only pet. Buddy is a the odds of a pet contracting H1N1 are slight, good boy who deserves a chance to find and transmission is easy to prevent. The AVMA a home with someone who will love him Web site offers frequently asked questions about forever. Buddy qualifies for the shelter’s 2009 H1N1. Here are some highlights:                       P.A.W.S             (Partnering                   Animals               With SeSigns of respiratory illness, such as … niors) program. • Lethargy Mercedes is a 2-year-old female gray tab• Fever by DSH. Mercedes is a little • Runny nose charmer, and she really loves • Watery eyes to cuddle. She is spayed, • Sneezing litter box trained, and she’s • Coughing a very petite girl. Mercedes • Difficulty breathing arrived at the shelter July However, canine influenza (H3N8), which 27 and still continues to spreads just among dogs, causes similar sympwait for a loving home. She would make a toms. Currently there is no vaccine for pets. sweet lap-warmer on a cold winter day. Please see your local pet-care specialist for more information

Swine flu risk minimal for pets COMMENTARY By John Mikesell Companion animals in Iowa, Utah, Oregon, Nebraska and Canada have been diagnosed with swine flu, confirming that H1N1 virus doesn’t only affect humans. Currently, there are only a few documented cases of H1N1 in pets, but it is possible that others have caught the virus and have not been tested, according to published news reports. The good news is that H1N1 transmission is a one-way street: Pet owners can’t catch the virus from their pets, so there is no reason to panic and get rid of them. “You are much more likely to catch the flu from an infected person than an animal. So far, all the pets infected with the 2009 H1N1 virus became infected from being around their ill owners,” according to information posted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (Schaumberg, Ill.) On the other hand, pet owners can transmit H1N1 to their pets. A cat in Iowa got sick just

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Braving the dead of winter without a working furnace COMMENTARY By Mike Redmond The weather took a turn for the frigid, so naturally my furnace took a turn for the dead. Twice. In one week. It’s just a suspicion, but something tells me I am not dealing with the finest example of 21st Century Home Comfort here. Every time the weather gets extreme, I can pretty much count on my heating and cooling system to roll over and conk out. We’re talking doornail here, as in dead-as-a, winter and summer. When the temperature gets into the upper 90s, ol’ Blowhard it is guaranteed to make some sort of whanging noise and stop producing cool, conditioned air. And if the temperature gets into the single digits, as it did recently, it can be counted on to produce another whanging noise and stop producing heat. Just by way of information, I have noted that the summer whanging noise and the winter whanging noise are in different keys. Oh, well. I’ll say this: The guy who sold it to me said it was dependable, and it is. Just not in the way I had imagined. This isn’t the first time it has conked out in the cold, of course. Oh, no. It has been doing that since the day after the warranty expired. But this time it seemed especially uncomfortable, for some reason. What am I saying? It was so cold in here that you got warm by opening the refrigerator. Now, it is true that I come from the farthest northern outpost of Indiana, LaGrange County. The ancestral home is about three miles from the Michigan state line, and it does get cold up there. It’s actually closer to Canada than it is to Indianapolis. When I was a kid, the rule of thumb was that it isn’t really cold until the inside of your nose freezes. While you’re indoors.

Our house was heated by a coal furnace, a stoker. My mother laid down three rules about the stoker: I was to keep the hopper filled. I was to remove any and all clinkers (for the uninitiated, the residue from the burnt coal). Only the girls were allowed to stand over the floor register in the kitchen to get warm in the mornings. Boys were expected to keep warm with all that shoveling and clinkering. If I raised an objection, I was told to file it all away – the cold, the coal and the clinkers – under “Character-Building Experiences.” If I persisted, my mother would deliver the conversational coup de grace, the one phrase that was guaranteed to stop me in my tracks: “Grandpa McKenzie would be terribly disappointed to see you acting like this.” Worked every time. As did the furnace. That thing never broke down. Anyway, back to the cold. The first time the furnace kicked, a young fellow from the We Fix Furnaces company came out, replaced a part and got it fired up again, a mere 24 shivering hours after I made the call. And then, a week later almost to the minute, something else gorked. Another call, another technician, another part. Oh, and another 24 hours. Now the house is warm again. I think it’s going to stay that way, too. For one thing, my furnace is practically all new parts. For another, after the second repairman left, I told it Grandpa Stoker would be very disappointed to see it acting like this.

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COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie Surveys show most people hate at least one part of their body. I’m not happy with my ears, for example. I think they stick out more than they should. My wife says I’m crazy and to be that obsessed with my own looks makes me appear very elfish. I think she meant selfish. Freud wasn’t all wrong. The other morning when I was shaving, I tilted my head down to look at my receding hairline. For a long time, people asked me if I was losing my hair. Not really. I knew exactly where it was: In the sink. About 15 years ago, I had a hair transplant. A hair transplant is sort of like what happens when a person dies. “He’s gone to a better place,” people often say. That’s the same with my hair. I don’t have more hair, but what I had, the doctor put in a better place.  While looking in the mirror, I noticed a chin that I had not been aware of before. I was pretty happy with the two I already had.  Fortunately, that very morning I saw something advertised on TV that gave me hope. It’s called The Miracle Neck Slimmer, a device they claim was created by a world-renowned physiotherapist. I was all ears. At first, I thought the contraption was a scam, but they said the manufacturer guarantees a 68 percent reduction in neck wrinkles. I have achieved similar results by simply slinging my head back and looking straight up at the ceiling. The results are temporary, of course, and I have slammed into several doors, but it does work. Well, I think it works. It’s hard to look in the mirror in that position. The apparatus looks like one of those slapand-chop gadgets you pound with the palm of your hand to pulverize a Vidalia onion. With the Miracle Neck Slimmer, you place the apparatus under your chin, then bob your head up and down like common poultry. Springs in the device create tension. It’s like your neck and chin are getting a good workout on a tiny treadmill. You can see why I was hooked. You also get a luxury faux-leather carrying case with “Miracle Neck Slimmer” emblazoned on it, which I am sure got everyone who was sitting on the fence to whip out their MasterCards. But why would you want to advertise you made this purchase? It might as well say “AARP Gift Bag.” The enclosed DVD gives you precise directions on how to properly jog your skull to and fro. It looked to me like someone auditioning to be a bobble-head doll or a back-up for the San Diego chicken. They also throw in an accelerator cream. I think it’s an anti-aging lotion, but it could be an ointment to make your head go faster.  Finally, in the unlikely event you have resisted their sales pitch, they offer you a second

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“Mary Ellen, you know those luscious little neck wrinkles you have? Well, for just $19.95 plus shipping and handling ... ” It’s easier to see my extra chins, now. I had my head handed to me.

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Kitchen remodel: Salvaging and refinishing cabinets COMMENTARY By Larry Greene 1980s original kitchen: This home in the Springmill Crossing neighborhood in Carmel was built in the 1980s and included the builder’s original kitchen with oak cabinets, laminate countertops and vinyl flooring. While the overall layout was still functional, the main motivator was the desire to update. Don’t over-improve for the neighborhood: During the preliminary design phase, the homeowners were presented with ballpark budget ranges for three different design schemes. While they preferred to gut the kitchen, remove everything and start over, they realized that the cost of this approach was more than they were comfortable spending. In addition, consultation with local realtors confirmed that the investment in a major custom kitchen remodel may not give the return on investment they were looking for. The ideal solution was to scale back to a more modest remodel where the existing cabinets could be salvaged, modified and refinished. Creative cabinet upgrades: The existing plain island was dressed up with decorative moldings and beadboard. In addition, the carpenters removed the toe kick and added

extra-tall base and shoe molding to create a “furniture” look. The existing island cabinets were painted with a dark green base color and covered with a black glaze. The perimeter cabinets received decorative light rail molding and were modified to fit the new appliances. The final touch was to paint the old perimeter cabinets with a creamy white paint with a subtle brown glaze for highlighting. Lighting is a great final touch: A complete lighting overhaul was the final touch. The perimeter cabinets all received crisp white xenon under cabinet lighting connected to toggle dimmer switches. Two decorative pendant lights were installed above the island and connected to their own dimmer switch. New 4” recessed can lights were added throughout the kitchen in two different zones to provide general illumination. Finally, the homeowner selected a fun decorative pendant light to hang over the sink and add some flair to the kitchen.

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The quandary of our culture COMMENTARY By Bob Walters Most, if not all, of America’s early colleges and universities were established as some fashion of Christian religious training institution or seminary. Knowledge was the province of God, academia was the servant of religion, and education’s foundation was scripture, morality, ethics, philosophy and truth. The physical sciences were studied, but woe to the scientist who came up with anything really radical or new … truth lay exclusively within the purview of faith and the faithful. The sciences by comparison bordered on heretical curiosities, generally dismissed from the grander “truth” conversation. My, how times have changed. Dallas Willard is a philosophy professor at the University of Southern California. He was ordained a Baptist minister in the 1950s but turned his pursuits to philosophy and academia in the 1960s. Willard said God told him, “If you stay in the churches, the university will be closed to you, but if you stay in the university, the churches will be open to you.” Therein resides the new truth, the conundrum of modern times: Academia no longer reveres faith as viable knowledge. Our institutions and secular culture overwhelmingly enforce the diminishment of faith from its lofty stature of providing know-

able life truths to a station not of knowledge, but of oft-ridiculed personal opinions. In a recent conversation with noted Christian minister and author John Ortberg at Menlo Park (Calif.) Presbyterian Church south of San Francisco, Willard took on many of the toughest questions that can be asked of the Christian faith. Ortberg posed that we’re all taught “the scientific method” as the only way to test for truth; the only thing that offers testable claims of knowledge. Willard responded, “That’s the quandary of our culture, because everything that really matters in human life falls outside of science. Go over to the university and ask for the Department of Reality, or ask, ‘Where is your Department of the Good Life?’ or, ‘Who is a really good person?’ or, ‘How do you become a really good person?’” Ortberg replied, “We don’t think of these things being connected to knowledge.” But they most certainly are, Willard explains in the very compelling video of this extended and thoughtful exchange with Ortberg at http:// mppc.org/toughquestions. Bob Walters (www.believerbob. blogspot.com, email rlwcom@aol. com) counted 43 5-10-minute vignettes on tough topics in this Ortberg-Willard video. Brilliant. Amazing. Understandable.

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