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It is our position that couples should have an open dialog about finances before purchasing an engagement ring. The holiday season is here sending men down on one knee to pop the proverbial question to their unsuspecting betrothed: “Will you marry me?” In this day and age, the pressure to purchase the ring of dreams is far outweighing the anxiety of asking the question. Women once judged a man by the size of his cornfield. Now, a man’s proposal of marriage is often judged by the number of carats he is able to purchase in a diamond ring. Is it fair to put your fiancée in debt by demanding a two carat ring just to keep up with the Jonses? Or is a large engagement ring considered an entitlement or bragging rights by both parties? The newest fad, the mangagement ring, is now sending the ladies to jewelry stores. Has engagement ring shopping become an expensive indulgence leading to financial drains on the couple? It just seems like all the pomp and circumstance of weddings is overshadowing the whole idea of the concept of commitment. Is a girl’s best friend the diamond or her fiancée?
It is our opinion that we should all carefully reflect this holiday season to reach further into our hearts seeking to realize the true purpose and meaning of our celebrations. As Thanksgiving approaches and we meticulously plan our seating arrangements, menus and decorations, it’s important to reserve time for thought about the things for which we truly are grateful, as well as the many things for which we should but take for granted. Family and friends are our richest resource, especially in difficult times when our other possessions may dwindle or disappoint. The holidays put us in close quarters. Perhaps we should use that time to strengthen our connection to those around us. Maybe we could try a little harder to have more meaningful conversations, beyond football scores and political commentary. Maybe we could institute an electronics-free zone at the Thanksgiving table, if not for the entire day. Maybe we could look each other in the eye when speaking and listen carefully after asking “how are things with you?” Whether sharing your special days with familiar faces or strangers working together to feed and celebrate with those less fortunate, let’s remember, this season, to make heartfelt, human connections. Happy Thanksgiving!
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In Maine, After January 14th you will be charged a fine for having your Christmas decorations still up. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)
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. Article. I. Section. 2. Clause 3: Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. (See Note 2) The actual Enumeration shall
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’Tis the season, and we’re here to help We understand you haven’t even begun to contemplate the indigestion that comes with gorging at Thanksgiving dinner (You do overindulge, don’t you?), but the holiday season all but is officially in full swing. Discounting the Christmas displays we’ve seen in some stores since the Indianapolis Colts were only 0-2, the season now is at hand. With Black Friday bearing down on us, it is with great pleasure that we present to you our annual holiday gift guide inside today’s newspaper. Our art director, Zach Ross; our staff artist, Andrea Nickas; and our managing editors, Robert Herrington (Current in Noblesville), Jordan Fischer (Fishers), Kevin Kane (Carmel) and Lindsay Eckert (Westfield) have assembled what we sincerely hope will prove to be an assist to you as you plan activities and shopping excursions. As always, we urge you to please consider patronizing our local and loyal advertisers; you will be helping them as well as lending a hand in improving local economy. For now, though, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from us and ours – and please pass the Rolaids. ••• Here’s a shocker: The U.S. Postal Service ended its 2011 fiscal year on Sept. 30 with
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg a net loss of $5.1 billion. Use of the service is in decline, down 5.8 percent for first-class mail alone in the reporting period. Had Congress not stepped in and halted a $5.5 billion payment to pre-fund retiree health benefits, it would have been much worse. Staring bankruptcy between the eyes, it will take an “act of Congress” to cut annual costs by $20 billion by 2015. As would the private sector, the USPS needs to streamline operations, and the union needs to understand that there are no tax dollars to float the boat. Horrible stewardship has led to this debacle. There needs to be a new model, regardless of rain or sleet or snow. It can be fixed.
To receive, one must first give Commentary By Terry Anker Shakespeare may have been wrong. Perhaps the question is not “to be or not to be.” It seems more common that we ask “to take or to give — who does which.” History is littered with the bodies of those caught in the inevitable ebb and flow of power and money. Capitalism wanes even as communism rises. Freedom flees as socialism sets up shop. And most assuredly, the inverse is equally true. While my own intellectual journey seems to be leading to a greater faith in the individual and free markets, others find that a well-managed collective state would better serve this planet’s everexpanding population. Like many, I will enter the fray with pen and toil to share whatever meager insight I’ve garnered from years of reading, working, thinking and living. And I most earnestly encourage others to do the same. Yet my protests have been confined to a more limited scope. The Kardashian Klan is deleted from my purchasing and viewing repertoire and we often eat local food rather than imported
slop. Impeding or destroying the labor of others is not part of the package. Tagging the Kemblazoned, spoiled, California Kardashians with graffiti seems more criminal that intellectual. So, I wonder as countless protestors parade pointlessly, how many hours of community service and productive time are being frittered away. How many shelters could be built with this young, virile labor? How many meals could be served? How many unnecessary illegal immigrants could be expelled? I was raised to believe that if one intends to receive, one must be willing to give. Intimidation, threats and destruction seem less like a protest and more like the mindless and bloodthirsty acts of a mob. Is it possible that folks at the famed Boston Tea Party demanded free breadsticks or promised destruction to Ye Olde Pizza Hut?
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Barrington bond is bad for Carmel Editor, An anonymous letter received by me, and presumably others, last week struck a note as to the direction or revenue desperation of the Carmel government recently reelected for another four-year term. The letter dealt with an ordinance, now being discussed by the city council, which would direct the city to float a $130 million bond on behalf of a developer seeking better finance terms for its mixed-use project. Though this new entity, the Barrington, will have a split of independent living units for people age 55 and older, as well as assisted living units, it apparently would be given a non-profit status and pay $300,000 annually in lieu of property taxes. This will be in exchange for the city-issued bond, which purportedly will be sans Carmel taxpayer
liability. However, that is several times below the potential property tax revenue. City-issued bonds should not be used wholly for a private developer to build its project. Mayor Jim Brainard is apparently championing a plan to overlook the free market system requiring entrepreneurs to rise or fall on their own merits without huge public assistance. This is the second attempt to construct the project on land designated as a secure wetland, despite a previous neighborhood petition signed by hundreds of dissenting residents. To overspend for dubious public projects is one issue, but should this bond ever be subject to a default, the potential impact on the city’s financing credibility might be affected by association. Marnin Spigelman 46032
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DISPATCHES » Bazaar to benefit Julian Center – ManorCare at Summer Trace, 12999 N. Pennsylvania St. in Carmel, will host its fourth annual Summer Trace Holiday Bazaar to benefit the Julian Center Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The silent auction will feature approximately 25 items from local area business and independent donors as well as a bazaar to feature more than 20 local businesses. This event is free and open to the public. » Shop to give – Coats-Wright Art & Design will present Shop to Give Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m., at its Indiana Design Center Gallery, 200 S. Range Line Rd., in celebration of Christel House International. Enjoy this evening of art, music, food and drinks. A percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to support the visual and performing arts of Christel House Learning Centers in Indiana and around the world. RSVP by November 28 to 569-5980 email@example.com. » Kids’ program at CCPL – Master entertainer Troy Roark will dazzle kids with his special brand of juggling, magic, and comedy at Carmel Clay Public Library Dec. 8 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 7 to 7:45 p.m. No registra-
tion is required. For more information, call the children’s and youth services desk at 844-3363. » Scholarship application deadline approaching – The Carmel Arts Council will again present three literary arts scholarships totaling $2,250, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching. The scholarship application form and instructions can be downloaded at www.carmelartscouncil.org and must be postmarked by Dec. 9. Applicants must be graduating seniors who reside in Carmel with a GPA of at least 3.0. The winners will be announced at the 2012 Carmel Arts Council English Silver Tea, April 26 at the Ritz Charles. » iPhone photography workshop – Professional photographer, music industry insider and iPhoneographer Harry Sandler will teach a three-day iPhone photography skills workshop at the Renaissance Fine Art & Design Gallery, 1 S. Range Line Road, in the Arts & District Dec. 2 through 4. Many of Sandler’s iPhone images also will be a part of the “Pixels & Pigment” exhibit at the gallery, on display beginning Friday. For more information on the workshop and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thankfulness nothing to pooh-pooh COMMENTARY By Danielle Wilson I’ve been a little bummed out by my Thanksgiving plans this year. As it turns out, Doo and I and the kids will be spending the holiday alone in our house, sans potentially combustible family members. I am saddened by this—because who doesn’t love an aunt hurling in the turkey or a nephew pooing on the hardwoods? But, I realize I still have much to be thankful for. Here’s my list: Employment: I am so thankful that both my husband and I still have work. We know several people who have been hit hard by this recession, and though we, too, have faced cutbacks, we’re faring better than most. So a giant thank you to our employers for keeping us close to the lifestyle to which we’d become accustomed. Good news: I just found out one of my sisters is having twins! Besides laughing at her behind her back (misery LOVES company), I’ve been thanking the Fates for the timing of this announcement. With job stress at an all-time high, hearing such amazing news has really made a difference in my attitude this week. Go multiple births! Health: The only illness I’m certain my children have contracted so far is the “FU virus.” Seriously, with the exception of one ear infection and possible food poisoning from an undisclosed north side buffet, our household has remained quite healthy. Thank you, Baby Jesus! Craigslist: With Christmas looming and the Present Fund low, Craigslist has been a lifesaver.
Local people are selling everything from aluminum foil to zoo tickets. It’s convenient, cheap and just as fun as eBay, without the meth-like bidding addiction. Thank you, Craig, whoever you are, for making my holiday shopping a bit less painful. Family: I am truly thankful for my family in-law. I’m not kidding when I say that my closest friends are my husband’s siblings and their spouses, and that my mother- and father-in-law are the best surrogate parents a liberal daywalker from Kentucky could have, despite their conservative Republican views. They like me, they really do! Thank you, Powers That Be, for legally binding me to an amazing family. Readers: As a sometimes mommy-on-the-edge, I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have such a wonderful (and drug-free) outlet for my day-today frustrations, triumphs, fears and dreams. And that’s only because I have you reading my articles every week and occasionally expressing to the Current editors both your support and disgust. So thank you, good people of Westfield, for allowing me to share my crazy life with you. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving, and plenty of memorable, nonfeces-related moments. Peace out. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.
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A pause to give thanks COMMENTARY By Jeff Worrell This Thursday, probably just like you, I will gather with my family and, before consuming anything, pause and give thanks. Giving thanks at tables around America will be done in many different ways and from many different perspectives. That, in and of itself, is a reason I am thankful. I am thankful that I live in a community that has helped me to understand and appreciate unknown cultures, controversial ideas, atypical mannerisms, diverse language and contrary perspectives which are very different from my own. I cannot say that I have always been open to people who are not just like me. But living in Carmel, I have come to appreciate the gift of diversity, which has blessed me with an expanded point of view. I am thankful for each and every elected official who votes his or her conscience, acts in the best interest of the community and is willing to consider a new concept for its merits, regardless of who owns the idea. I am thankful for the people from 10, 20 or 30 years old who toiled on our behalf for zoning, saving park land, establishing the Meridian Corridor, designing a sign ordinance, building an A+ school system or making sure we have enough clean water to drink. I am thankful for the Current in Carmel
newspaper, which over the last 5 years has grown to be your newspaper filled with more about what is good than bad. I am thankful for the opportunity to spotlight amazing, giving folks responsible for the good deeds that occur in our city each and every week. I am thankful for the business community, faith community and civic community members who labor to make our lives better. I am thankful for July 4th. I am thankful for medical research providing a lifesaving treatment for breast cancer. I am thankful for the person who stopped ahead of me to let the car out of the neighborhood onto a busy street, and at the same time reminded me I should follow suit. I am thankful for the wisdom that comes with age, although it is never enough – wisdom, not age. Most of all, I am thankful for Shari, Brad, Amy, my Mom, my in-laws, the rest of my family and all of my friends. I hope your pause at the dinner table this Thursday is filled with too much to be thankful for. Jeff Worrell is a local businessman. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at jworrell@ advantagemedical.com
Don’t avoid this conversation COMMENTARY By Toby Stark If sexual abuse could allegedly happen at Penn State University, it could happen in Hamilton County. And it does. Even in the places we least expect it, children are being sexually and physically abused. Would you know what to do? Have you and your children talked about it? While Chaucie’s Place has interviewed more than 2,600 children since opening its doors 10 years ago, a very important focus of ours is keeping these kids from ever walking through our doors. How? Admit. Educate. Communicate. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually molested by their 18th birthday. Once we can accept those statistics to be true – even in our community, our places of worship and our schools – we can begin to affect a change. Ninety percent of sexually abused children know their perpetrator. That means we need to be protecting our children from far more than the strangers about whom we have been educating them. Each school year, Chaucie’s Place educates nearly 9,000 Hamilton County elementary school students on the difference between good and bad touches, teaching them that it’s OK to say “no” to bad touches and to tell a trusted adult, and that it’s never, ever their fault. That’s 9,000 children we directly reach with this message. It’s nearly impossible to quantify the additional children each of these students impact with their knowledge. Additionally, through our Stewards of Children
prevention and education program, we teach parents and any adult who works with children how to prevent child sexual abuse, how to recognize the warning signs and how to respond appropriately to a disclosure. While these prevention and education programs provide much needed information on how to prevent child sexual abuse, one of the most important things these programs do is offer an opportunity to discuss this enormously distasteful topic. Most people would rather have a root canal than discuss this with their children (of course, with all due respect to the dentists reading this column). But we must – must – talk with our children about child sexual abuse. In an age-appropriate way, we must keep the lines of communication open and let our children know they are allowed to talk about private parts and that they are allowed to come to us when feeling uncomfortable about a touch. Please do not avoid this topic because it makes you uncomfortable, or because you don’t want to expose your child to the possibility that the world is not 100 percent good. You can help your child believe in the goodness of the world while protecting them at the same time. And really, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our children. Toby Stark is the executive director of Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy center in Carmel. For more information, visit www.chauciesplace.org.
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Sculpture at 136th Street roundabout unveiled The city unveiled its latest piece of public art recently at the roundabout at 136th Street and Range Line Road. The Carmel Redevelopment Commission in August approved the $80,000 sculpture, created by Los Angelesbased Brad Howe. The sculpture, named Cyclo, is 12 feet tall by nine feet wide and 15 feet tall from its base. Cyclo is one of many pieces of public artwork created by Howe around the country.
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Area business owners fear the effects of continued work on Keystone said he expected a 20 percent increase By Kevin Kane in business next year after current firstname.lastname@example.org struction ended. Now his predictions Seeing how a slowed economy have changed. coupled with nearby construction “At this time, everybody’s hurting,” has affected his company, Rob Butler he said. “If you get this kind of thing wonders if some smaller businesses on top of that, we may have to either will survive if this trend continues. move the business or close. It just The Buter Auto Group president depends on what kind of impact we said it is difficult to know for sure McBride have.” how many of the nine employees his City Engineer Mike McBride said the city is dealerships near Keystone Parkway have lost as sympathetic to the concerns of these business a result of recent construction projects, but said owners, but delaying the project or completing he’s confident that at least two or three would it in several smaller phases are not legitimate still be employed if not for this roadwork. options. And now that Carmel and the Indiana Dept. The city has been looking for assistance in of Transportation have plans to begin work on a funding the project for years, and McBride said major overhaul to the Keystone-96th Street inCarmel approached INDOT for help in 2009. tersection next September, Butler said he’s conAt the time, he said, INDOT representatives cerned this could lead to even bigger problems. did not see the value in getting involved. How“When you’ve got businesses talking about ever, McBride said the department now sees the closing, that’s scary,” he said. Butler was one of several area business owners who spoke out against the Keystone-and-96thabout the project Street project at a public hearing hosted by the city in October. But like Butler, many – if not The proposed project will remove the existmost – of these businesspeople are not asking ing traffic signals and construct a multi-lane for the city to scrap its plans entirely; they mereteardrop roundabout on 96th Street, which ly want the project pushed back and some time will run underneath an elevated Keystone to rebound from recent construction. Parkway. Initial construction could begin “We’d love to see a solution, but we just need as early as Sept. 1, 2012, with the majority time to get our feet back before we start telling of the work on the interchange occurring people to avoid that area again,” Butler said. during the 2013 construction season. That “To ask us to go through another two years portion of the project will be done in three doesn’t seem fair to the businesses that are barely phases and is expected to cost more than surviving.” $50 million, including construction costs, Subhash Khanna said he recently bought into utility relocation and right-of-way acquisithe area with the expectation that work would tions. Additional roundabouts are planned soon cease and business would subsequently for as many as 10 years later. improve. The Carmel resident purchased his Subway restaurant off 96th Street in March and
money it can save by accelerating work on U.S. 31, but doing this makes fixing congestion issues at Keystone and 96th a top priority. About 80,000 drivers travel on this portion of Keystone Parkway daily, with at least this many using U.S. 31 in Carmel, McBride said. The state is predicting that 60 percent of U.S. 31’s traffic will migrate to Keystone during the Major Moves construction scheduled for 2014, and McBride said leaving what is already considered a failing traffic system unchanged is not an option. “The alternative here is not very attractive for residents or business owners,” he said. “We keep hearing ‘Just wait for a while.’ Under other circumstances that might be under consideration but we really don’t have the luxury of time.” Not only will existing congestion become worse if the project is delayed, McBride said, but the state also could leave Carmel to shoulder a far greater portion of the costs. An agreement with the state has not been finalized, but McBride said INDOT will be less inclined to assist if work will be completed dur-
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ing or after U.S. 31 construction. “We’ve assured them that there will not be construction going on at Keystone during U.S. 31 work,” he said. Additionally, McBride said delaying the project now, with construction on U.S. 31 and Illinois Street on the horizon, could mean it will be a decade or more before Carmel revisits this plan. “I feel it would be very shortsighted for the city to just stop and not pursue a project that will improve safety, and there’s obviously a congestion issue,” he said.
potential benefits According to the city, the proposed improvements at Keystone Parkway and 96th Street will save nearly $40 million in fuel costs over the life of the project, and analysis shows that 360 accidents will be avoided in the first five years after its completion.
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From left: Abby Sheeks, Grace Hahn, Faith Stegmoller, Maggie Mullens, Emily Sheeks and Carly Hahn. Photo by Kevin Kane
Art Angels meet victim of State Fair tragedy
A group of Carmel girls, dubbed the Art Angels, hAS been raising money for victims of this summer’s tragic accident at the Indiana State Fair. Last week, the girls met one such victim, Maggie Mullens, at The Flying Cupcake Bakery in Carmel. The 4-year-old was injured in the Aug. 13 collapse at the fairgrounds. To date, the Art Angels have raised more than $7,500 for State Fair victims, largely through the sale of their artwork.
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Colts safety visits Carmel store Indianapolis Colts safety Melvin Bullitt stopped by Authentic Sports Collectibles in Carmel City Center last Thursday for a free autograph session. Authentic Sports Collectibles opened at 715 Hanover Place earlier this month and is owned by Dominique Ball.
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Pillow Talk celebrates by giving back By Kevin Kane firstname.lastname@example.org Window shoppers passing by Pillow Talk recently have seen a new display inside the Arts & Design District boutique. Patrons using the store’s restroom surely noticed a difference, too. “You really can’t completely close the bathroom door right now,” said Pillow Talk owner Rachel Davidson. Blocking the door is the same thing lining the front window facing Main Davidson Street: an endless collection of food items destined for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. For the second consecutive year, Pillow Talk is celebrating its anniversary by giving back to the community. Last year, the boutique collected more than 1,700 lbs. in a two-week span, and Davidson hopes to exceed that total with this second effort. “We expected people to contribute last year, but we did not expect the volume we received,” she said. “We thought, if we could do that well on the first run, then surely we can top that this year.” Pillow Talk, along with other area businesses, is providing incentives to help reach this goal.
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Through Nov. 19 – the original end date for the drive – those bringing nonperishable food items to the store received 15 percent off their next Pillow Talk purchase and one raffle ticket per donated item. The raffle, held last weekend, featured items donated from other Carmel businesses including Holy Cow, Cupcakes!, Simply Sweet Shoppe, and Abby Fox Fitness, among others. Fitness “TheAnytime whole community is really onboard with this, and it’s pretty awesome,” Davidson said. Originally scheduled to pick up the food items over the weekend, Gleaners pushed its collection date to today. Davidson is offering to continue collecting items for a bit longer, too. Through Saturday, she will be accepting food donations – and still offering the 15 percent discount to those who contribute. As for beating last year’s mark, Davidson said the 2011 drive had not yet exceeded 1,700 lbs. as of press time, but she said she felt “cautiously optimistic” that this past weekend’s collections would bring her to this goal.
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Legacy Fund held its third annual Celebration of Philanthropy at the Ritz Charles Nov. 10. At the event, Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded Judi Campbell its Living Legacy Award, which is presented to salute the selflessness and tireless dedication of those who profoundly impact the quality of life and fabric of Hamilton County. Campbell was a driving force and original donor for Chaucie’s Place and, along with her late husband Bob, helped make Coxhall Gardens and Strawtown Koteewi Park possible. Photos by Bryan Gilmer
Parenting Time During the Holidays The holiday season can be a difficult time if you are going through or just recently divorced. This is especially true for young children. Therefore, we have provided some considerations to keep in mind as the holiday season approaches. Develop a Parenting Schedule. The Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines provides holiday parenting time schedules. However, we understand that those schedules are “guidelines” and do not necessarily work best for every family. While you may want to consider the schedules provided in the Guidelines, making your own schedule better fits your family. Stick to whatever schedule you agree upon and be courteous and timely dropping off and picking up the children – understanding that each moment with both families is precious for them and that scheduling delays can result in larger conflicts between parents. Consider Family Traditions. Holiday traditions are one thing children can look forward to even during difficult times. If your family has holiday traditions, make every effort to continue them. If the divorce or separation is recent and you believe it may be difficult on the children, consider a vacation or begin a new and fun family tradition that the children can get excited about. For example, if, historically, your family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve and the other parent’s family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Day, you should create a schedule that allows the children to participate and enjoy both families’ traditions each and every year. Sometimes, if the holiday traditions are identical, it may make sense to alternate holidays on a yearly basis rather than break-up each holiday into equal parts. This way, the children are able to participate in both homes even if the celebrations are on different days. Alternating holidays on an annual basis can also create more relaxing family holiday experiences as opposed to the stress involved with coordinating schedules.
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Janus receives grant from Duke Energy Foundation Janus Developmental Services recently received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. Janus provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and contribute within the community, and the grant will be used for job training maintenance and support in community jobs. Pictured, left to right: Mark LaBarr, Duke Energy area manager, Connie Sanders, president/CEO Janus Developmental Services, Michelle Estes, Duke Energy and Tom Short, Duke Energy.
Communicate. If the children are not with you for the holidays, call them, send cards and/or emails. Consider creating your own family celebration either before or after the actual holiday. Children love celebrations and gifts, regardless of the day and time. Conversely, if the children are spending the holiday with you, you should encourage and allow them to speak with the other parent. If the children are too young to call on their own, help them make or receive a call, and always give the children and the other parent a quiet moment together. Put the Children First. No matter how challenging your relationship is with your children’s father/mother, please remember that he/she is the parent of your children and, therefore, you should make every effort to respect the co-parenting relationship, striving to keep your children’s best interests as your top priority. Coordinate gift-giving. Ask the other what he/she plans on giving the children, and share your plans with the other parent. Help your children make a holiday card or purchase a gift for them to give the other parent. Offer to take your children shopping to buy presents for the other parent. For young children especially, holidays are exciting times and they want to give as much as they want to receive. Put personal feelings aside, knowing that building healthy and positive relationships between parents creates a winning situation for the entire family. Remember that the other parent will be in your life long after the children are grown, so the more you are able to effectively communicate and co-parent, the easier the transition will be on you and your children. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C., our team has the experience, the understanding, and the compassion to assist with your family law needs. If you have questions or concerns regarding divorce, custody, support, or any other family law concerns contact our firm at 317.569.2200 or hzlegal.com
Grammar verdict: Guilty as charged? COmmentary By Brandie Bohney All rise! Grammar Court is now in session, the Honorable Grammar Guru presiding. Please be seated and come to order. This week, I’m consolidating two separate word-confusion topics. They’re sort of mildly related, in that they can both refer to legal issues. First on the docket: pled versus pleaded. Reader Jim writes that he hears both pled and pleaded used as the past tense of plead. So which form is correct? Opening arguments note that while pled has been the preferred past tense for years, pleaded has relatively recently made a significant comeback. Both sides argue that their forms sound more correct or natural than the other form. Each side notes that the dictionary recognizes it
as a past tense form of plead. Verdict? Both pled and pleaded are correct; use whichever you prefer. On a side note, plea is a noun, not a verb. You don’t plea; you plead. You can enter a plea or make a plea, but you can’t simply plea. Plea is never a verb. Next up: capital versus capitol. There isn’t much argument to this one, but there is a handy-dandy device for remembering which is which: capitol (with an o) only has one (with an o) meaning. That meaning is a building which houses governmental agencies. One website I visited in gathering research, (snarkygrammarguide.blogspot.com), also noted that that building usually has a roof (note the o’s) and a dome (also with an o). Capital (with an a), on the other hand, has sev-
eral meanings and can function as a noun or an adjective. The problem, of course, is that one of those meanings is the city which serves as seat of county, state, or national government. That definition is pretty close to a building which houses governmental agencies. But if you can remember the dome (o), you’ll remember which is which. Now that you have learned the differences, you are free on your own recognizance to use these words correctly. Failure to do so will result in a warrant for your arrest by the Grammar Police. Grammar Court is adjourned. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Softball team wins World Series
The age-12-and-under Indiana Gators fast-pitch softball team won the United States Fastpitch Association Indiana state tournament and the USFA Fall World Series in Birmingham on Nov. 13. The team went undefeated in tournament play, winning the tournament made up of 24 teams, representing eight states. Bottom row, left to right: Megan Lewis, Abby Davis, Brooke Pepper, Sammi DeCastro, Hannah Cravens and Audrey Hansen (of Creekside Middle School). Top row, left to right: head coach Cynthia Whitaker, Maddy Margraf, Sydney Logsdon, Peyton West, assistant coach Rich Cook, Lexi Cook, Gabby O’Riley, Madison Whitaker and assistant coach Kelly Davis.
Carmel students compete for top science prize email@example.com Four Indiana students, including three from Carmel, were on the Siemens Foundation’s shortlist of young innovators contending for the highest science honor awarded to American high school students. The students were named regional finalists in the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, and they include Carmel High School juniors Harsha Vemuri, Theja Bhamidipati and Vaibhav Vavilala. The three were competing with a physics project that has the potential to improve optical instruments such as lasers and cameras, as well as optical fiber communication systems. The students were scheduled to present their research to expert university judges at regional competitions hosted by University of Notre Dame this past weekend, after Current’s press time. The Siemens Competition awards one $3,000 prize to an individual and one $6,000 prize to a team at each of six regional competitions held at leading research universities. An all-time record of 2,436 students nationwide registered to enter the Siemens Competition this year for an unprecedented 1,541 projects submitted.
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DISPATCHES » Glick Fund provides arts grants – The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has announced grants to 27 local organizations totaling $1.6 million. Grants ranged from $5,000 to $250,000 and went to not-for-profits with a focus in one of four areas: arts, education, human needs and the alleviation of suffering, and self-sufficiency and job skills. Recipients included the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, which received $10,000 for operating support. » More flight cancellations? – The government fined an American Airlines affiliate $900,000 last week for holding hundreds of passengers onboard a small jet on a tarmac for hours. Yet industry analysts now predict that airlines will be more likely to cancel flights to avoid massive fines. “If there’s a 20 percent chance of (a tarmac delay exceeding the government-imposed time limit), an airline will cancel,” airline analyst Michael Boyd told the Associated Press. -Associated Press » Rental car study – In the just-released J.D. Power and Associates 2011 North American Rental Car Satisfaction Study, renters’ voted ACE Rent A Car as the best rental company. ACE scored 793 out of 1,000 points, well above the industry average, and scored particularly well in the shuttle bus/van and cost and fee categories. Three other companies scored above the 758-point average: Enterprise (787), National (768) and Hertz (761). -www.msnbc.com » November gardening tips – 1. Give all trees and shrubs plenty of water before the ground freezes. 2. Now is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs; apply a layer of mulch around the plants and keep the soil moist. 3. Add mulch to flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes to help prevent winter damage. -www.almanac.com » Marinade made easy – There are countless combinations of ingredients that make great marinades in a short amount of time. Here’s one. Ingredients: 1/4 cup soy sauce; 1/4 cup olive oil; 1/2 cup water; 1/4 cup cooking sherry; 1/2 teaspoon garlic; 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper; 1 teaspoon lemon juice; 1 small onion, sliced thin; 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce. Directions: Mix all the ingredients and marinate the meat for at least six hours before grilling. -www.manofthehouse.com
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Civic Theatre shows sweet side with “Willy Wonka”
COMMENTARY By Cheri Dick What’s your family’s favorite holiday tradition? Maybe it’s putting a special ornament on the Christmas tree, preparing a dessert recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation or enjoying a festive holiday brunch at a favorite restaurant. For many families, attending Civic Theatre’s annual holiday show also has become a timehonored, eagerly anticipated tradition. From “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Wizard of Oz,” our 97-year-old theatre’s holiday production is always a toe-tapping musical, always colorful, and always family-friendly. It’s no wonder that so many central Indiana families make an evening at Civic Theatre a “must do” every holiday season. This year’s holiday production at Civic Theatre, “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” promises to be more fun and frivolous than ever! Whether you are singing along with the cast’s spirited rendition of “The Candy Man,” watching the obnoxious Augustus Gloop fall into a flowing river of fudge, or laughing out loud as Violet Beauregarde inflates into a humongous blueberry, the only question you will have when you leave the Tarkington Theater is: “Who enjoyed Willy Wonka more, you or your children?”
If you have never been to a Civic Theatre production, you are in for an unexpected, chocolaty treat. Elaborate sets, colorful costumes, and expert staging by theatre professionals make attending every Civic show a special experience. Add the magic, wonder and glee of a holiday production like “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka,” and you will think you’re sitting in a theater at the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway Avenue in Times Square. No kidding! Civic productions are just that entertaining! In fact, Lou Henry, art critic for the Indianapolis Business Journal, wrote this headline about our first show of the current season: “Civic’s blissfully fun ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ puts the national tour to shame.” “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” runs December 16 through January 7 in the Tarkington Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts. For tickets, visit www.civictheatre.org or call 843-3800. I predict that you and your family will leave the theater thoroughly entertained and incredibly hungry for chocolate. But, hey, it’s the holidays! Why not? Cheri Dick is the executive director of the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. You can contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thanksgiving week tailgate party with Turkey Soup It’s two days after Thanksgiving, and you are going to be having a cold/cool weather tailgate. Don’t go out and buy a lot of stuff. Use the Thanksgiving turkey to provide a warm and hearty tailgate treat. Then serve the last of the pumpkin pie for dessert. Making Stock. 1. Remove all the usable turkey meat from the turkey carcass. 2. Break up the larger leftover bones of the carcass so they don’t take up as much room in the pot. Put the leftover bones and skin into a large stock pot and cover by an inch with cold water. Add a yellow onion that has been quartered, some chopped carrots, parsley, thyme, a bay leaf, celery tops, and some peppercorns. 3. Bring this stock to a boil and immediately reduce heat to bring the liquid to a bare simmer. 4. Add about 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper. It depends on how big your turkey is. 5. Cook for at least 4 hours, uncovered or partially uncovered (so the stock reduces), occasionally skimming off any foam from the surface. 6. Remove the bones and veggies and strain the stock through a very fine mesh strainer. Making the Turkey Soup. With your stock already made, add chopped carrots, onions, and celery in equal parts. Add some parsley and a couple cloves of garlic. Add seasoning—poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, marjoram and/or a chicken bouillon
cube. Cook at a bare simmer until the vegetables are cooked through. Take plenty of the remaining turkey meat you reserved earlier, cube it into bite-sized pieces, and add to the soup Add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes a dash or two of Frank’s Cayenne Pepper Sauce gives the soup a nice little kick. Cool this soup overnight in the fridge or in a pot outside if the temperature is cold enough. Game Day. The morning of the game, you should spoon off any fat from the top of the soup pot before heating. Boil a large bag (16 oz.) of wagon wheel noodles (al dente). Heat the soup. After the soup is hot add the cooked noodles. Pack the soup pot in a cooler surrounded by towels and newspaper. Serve with chunks from a long baguette for dipping.
At The Stratford we don’t have to go outside to get to our grand dining room for a delicious, hot meal. We don’t have to drive anywhere to pick out a good read from our library. No one has to hit the sidewalk to travel to the wellness center for some exercise (ours is just down the hall in the clubhouse). We don’t even have to clean up after our parties because the amazing staff here does it for us. In short, while the rest of the area is digging out—we‘ll be living it up! This could be you this winter, so call 317-733-9560 now and ask our Lifestyle Advisors about the benefits of living at The Stratford. By the first snow of this year—you’ll be glad you did!
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Readers share memorable Thanksgiving experiences By Anita Kiesel It was the beginning of the holiday season in 1989. My son and his wife told me of their plans to have Thanksgiving dinner at a local restaurant. I noticed that my 10-year-old grandson was looking glum and very unhappy. When asked if he had a problem, the response was, “I don’t want to go out and eat. I want to sit around the table at home and eat turkey.” I looked at my watch. It was 9 p.m. I looked at my son. He looked at his wife and all three of us nodded in agreement. We said in unison to my grandson, “Let’s go!” On the way to the grocery store, each of us assumed shopping responsibilities, and we arrived at O’Malia’s just before closing. My grandson and I all but ran to the meat department and chose a frozen turkey that was just the right size. His mother headed for the produce depart-
ment to select the vegetables and my son had the responsibility of choosing the pumpkin pie and ice cream. We had just barely finished our shopping when the store announced “closing time.” Arriving home, the frozen turkey went into a cold bath and the other groceries were put away. The next day, I took charge of fixing the turkey and I watched as my grandson took great pride in stuffing the bird. His mother prepared the vegetables, and my son assumed the role of serving the dessert. And my grandson smiled the entire time as we “sat around the table at home and ate our Thanksgiving dinner.”
By Del Hannah Fifteen or more years ago, we hosted – as usual – our five children and their families for Thanksgiving dinner. It was about 25 people in total. I felt I had everything going well with tables set, pumpkin pies done and special dishes ready by midnight the night before. And my turkey, a fresh one, was purchased from O’Malia’s the day before. I went to bed at 12 a.m., confident all was going as planned. My alarm was set for 5 a.m., but I awoke at 2 a.m. when O’Malia’s called us.
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Thanksgiving recipes: From appetizers to leftovers Parmesan pita chips Ingredients: 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil; 3/4 teaspoon(s) ground cumin;1/4 teaspoon(s) ground red pepper; 5 whole(s) (5 to 6 inch) whole wheat or white pitas with pockets; 1/2 cup(s) coarsely grated Parmesan cheese; Salt, (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In cup, with fork, mix oil, cumin, and ground red pepper. With knife or kitchen shears, carefully split each pita
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DISPATCHES » Simple cold prevention? – Research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency, which impairs your immune response. In the largest and most nationally representative study of its kind to date, involving about 19,000 Americans, people with the lowest vitamin D levels reported having significantly more recent colds or cases of the flu. At least five additional studies also show an inverse association between lower respiratory tract infections and vitamin D levels. -www.mercola.com » Nutrients affecting weight gain – Being low in vitamin D, magnesium, or iron can compromise your immune system, sap your energy or alter your metabolism. Fix it: While you can try to boost your iron levels by eating red meat and spinach and increase magnesium by adding Brazil nuts or almonds to your diet, it’s nearly impossible to compensate for low vitamin D without supplements. It could take awhile to find your right dose of vitamin D. If you take too much, you can get kidney stones. You need to have your blood tested every three months, so your doctor can make adjustments to the dose for you.” -www.prevention.com One in 10 – That’s the number of adults worldwide predicted to have diabetes by 2030, according to the International Diabetes Federation. The advocacy group estimates that 522 million people will have diabetes in the next two decades; currently, 346 million people have the disease, according to the World Health Organization. The projected future rise in diabetes cases is based on population aging and demographic changes, rather than the obesity epidemic. -Time » Study: ED risk linked to meds – Men who regularly take several medications are at increased risk for sexual problems , a new study says. In the study, participants who took 10 or more medications were 1.6 times more likely to have erectile dysfunction compared with those who took fewer than two medications. The results held even after the researchers took into account other factors that may increase the risk of ED, including older age, a higher body mass index, diabetes and a history of smoking. -www.livescience.com
Recovering after breast augmentation COMMENTARY By Barry Eppley Q: I am interested in getting breast implants but am concerned about the time it may take to recover. I have a 7 year old daughter and need to take care of her daily needs so I cannot be limited afterwards. How long will my recovery actually be after surgery? A: In regards to recovery after breast augmentation, I place all my patients on a rapid recovery program. This means that there are no physical restrictions after surgery, and there is nothing you cannot do if you feel comfortable. Patients start on arm exercises the first night of surgery to speed recovery. Will you be sore? Yes. But you won’t be limited from doing anything. In recovering from getting breast implants, the main source of discomfort is the lifting-off of the pectoralis muscle from the chest wall. Therefore, recovering from breast augmentation is really about taking care of a big, pulled muscle. What is the fastest way to recover from a pulled muscle? The key is early range-of-motion exercises and stretching. This is why lifting the arms and stretching them, starting within hours after surgery, will lessen discomfort and return range of motion more quickly. Q: I have been getting injectable fillers into my smile lines and lips for several years now. While I really like the effect that it creates, I do tire of having to be stuck by needles and the recurring expense. Is there any injectable
treatment that would be permanent, or at least last a lot longer? A: While current off-the-shelf injectable fillers produce some wonderful facial changes, they are synthetic and will be eventually resorbed, and the effect lost. While no truly permanent injectable filler can be definitely claimed, there are several promising options that are now being used. Most people have probably heard of using liposuction-derived fat for injection. While it does work well in many areas of the face, the smile lines and lips are not amongst the most favored. Encouraging injectable cell treatments include fibroblasts and stem cells, both harvested and grown from the patient. Taking a skin biopsy from behind your ear allows fibroblasts, which make collagen, to be grown for later injection. Known as laViv, this is an FDAapproved treatment that allows the injection of millions of fibroblasts into any desired facial site. Comparatively, Cryo-lip (an Indianapolis biotech company) creates large numbers of stem cells for injection into any desired area. Whether fibroblasts or stem cells can create a long-term permanent effect is not yet known. Dr. Eppley is an Indianapolis board-certified plastic surgeon. Comments can be sent to info@ eppleyplasticsurgery.com
How to identify and fix a workout plateau If exercise is now part of your regular routine but you’re no longer feeling “the burn” during your workouts, chances are you have hit an exercise plateau. This is typical for exercisers at the one- or two-month mark and is when scales remain unchanged and the body becomes immune to the stresses of exercise. But simple changes can get you past this fitness routine hiccup. For example, if you run three times a week for 30 minutes, add some hills to your run or increase the length of your runs. But you should only increase the distance by 10 percent each week. Add in some intervals to really increase the calorie burn.
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Why is my homeowner’s insurance more expensive? INSURANCE Q&A By Dena Shepherd Page Question from Patrick H. from Carmel: I saw an article that said my homeowners insurance is probably going up. What’s the deal? Response from Dena Shepherd Page: It’s been a rough couple of years for insurance carriers if you’re talking about homeowners insurance. The cost of a homeowners policy is on the rise across the country. We’re here to help you understand why those rates are going up and what you can do to avoid or offset those costs. I’ll start off with why this is happening. The answer is that we’ve had a sustained rough patch when it comes to natural disasters and weather. Losses exceeded $15 billion from April to June of this year alone. These are the highest losses on record for the second quarter. Let’s recap what has happened: Hurricane Irene ran up the east coast; wind and hail caused more than 20,000 severe weather reports; tornadoes tore across Missouri and Alabama; wildfires blazed all summer in Arizona, Texas and New Mexico; ice and snow from Texas to New England; multiple earthquakes with the most significant in Virginia. These losses also have put a strain on the construction and materials industries, driving up repair costs. This has led to the repair cost of
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Say no to negativity COMMENTARY By CJ McClanahan Years ago, before I started my firm, I worked in sales at a local business. You may not have ever heard of the company, but if you’ve ever read Dilbert®, you know a lot about the office atmosphere. By 9 every morning, a handful of us would gather at someone’s office and list reasons how our CEO was running the company into the ground. Most of the time, it was really funny – just like Dilbert®. A similar gathering took place about every 90 minutes throughout the day. By 5 p.m., we had badmouthed just about every leader in the company. Stephen Covey would not be proud. Six weeks after leaving the company, I came back to visit for a few hours. I made the rounds and engaged in much of the same conversations. We laughed hard at the same jokes about how inept the company was at meeting customer expectations. Although I had laughed at all the jokes, I was uncomfortable with the negative conversation. I even had a knot in my stomach and was glad to leave. I was amazed I allowed myself to work in a negative environment for more than three years. I had even allowed myself to become just as negative as the environment. The truth is we are all a product of our environment. Although our ability to resist its influence changes as we mature, the environment still heavily impacts the decisions we make and the results we generate. If youe life isn’t where
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Three highest yielding pharma stocks Eli Lilly (LLY) – Lilly sports the highest current dividend yield in the pharma space at 5.4 percent, but the tradeoff is that the company faces a rather severe patent expiration cliff over the next few years. An estimated 40 percent of its sales will lose patent protection by 2013 on drugs including Zyprexa, Cymbalta and Evista. At a forward P/E of around 10, much of this downside is already priced into the stock, with upside potential given further cost-cutting moves and more than 20 percent of sales being used for developing its product pipeline. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – GSK has a current yield of 5.1percent, and like Lilly, Glaxo faces the expiration of a number of major drugs. Advair, for example, accounts for 18 percent of sales and has recently seen generic competition. The forward P/E is higher at 11, suggesting the market sees Glaxo’s forward growth prospects as more
compelling than Lilly. However, sales growth will likely only average in the low single digits in the coming five years, though cost-cutting moves should keep profits moving forward at a higher pace. Merck & Company (MRK) – Merck sports the third-highest yield among its peers at 4.9 percent. It is battling patent expirations and recently lost Cozaar/Hyzaar and 10 percent of its sales to generic competition. Like others in the industry, it is focused on cost-cutting and developing new products to offset a wave of lost sales from patent expirations.The forward P/E is right in line with Lilly’s at just below 8.5, though it does have a slightly stronger sales outlook in the next five years given it is already through a wave of expirations. However, earnings growth is projected to be minimal for the foreseeable future. -www.rationalanalyst.com
Use stories to be more convincing COMMENTARY By David Cain Want a better way to convince people? Looking for a path that can provide alignment and sync you up with others? You might not know it, but it is all right at your fingertips. Think about it: How do we know the difference between right and wrong? How do we know that something is dangerous? How do we know something is safe? The answer is experience. Throughout life we learn from our experiences and the experiences of others. My kids were playing with a scarf yesterday and one tied it too tight around the other one’s neck. I saw it happen and untied it quickly and followed it up with the story of why you shouldn’t tie things around your neck. I included a story from my childhood that made the point even more vivid. Contrast the explanation and story with simply raising my voice and ordering them to quit playing with the scarf. The path of explanation with the inclusion of stories is one that created a larger learning point than just “Stop playing with the scarf ” issued
as a command. Imagine then too the effectiveness of a company that just shouts their claims loudly. It’s the equivalent of offering advice by raising your voice and offering a command. It’s not effective anymore, if it ever was. People learn through experience, and experience can be hotwired with a story that makes a point. Usually, the best method to make a point is to offer the journey of how you came to the conclusion you reached. If I explain my learning journey, start to end, about why I feel that tying a scarf (or anything) around your neck is a bad idea, the result is a much higher likelihood that the lesson will take root. Lay out the path you took to reach the conclusion, and you’ll be more likely to get the buy-in from the other person, regardless of age. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at David.Cain@MediaSauce. com.
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Til death or decorating do us part COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley Your interior designer should know all about draperies and furniture, carpet and paint. Sometimes, your interior designer also needs to know how to be a marriage counselor. No, I don’t mean the couples perched on the edge of their chair, wringing their hands type of marriage counselor. I mean the type that can take divergent personalities and needs and blend them into a home that suits both sexes! Differing views, tastes, and personalities can spell a home that is stalled in a decorating limbo. Most couples, when entering the world of decorating their home, believe it will be an easy process. They might make a list, and then they head out on a weekend decorating adventure. After several exhausting and futile hours, tensions often flare. If the couple makes it beyond this point, the risk of the “it looked great at the store so let’s just get it done” impulse purchase mistake is often the next level. When the realization hits that the sofa, which looked nice in the showroom with 30 ft. ceilings, looks gargantuan in the home with nine-foot ceilings, some pretty heinous thoughts might come to mind. To avoid a prison term, the couple often comes to the conclusion that hiring a professional isn’t such a bad idea after all. Enter the interior designer: Your couple’s communication specialist, facilitator and artist. In the first meeting with a designer, everyone’s goals need to be out on the table. This is
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Praying for grandma’s gravy SPIRITUALITY By Bob Walters Thanksgiving dinner can be one of the spiritually richest and most comforting gatherings of the year—God’s bounty on our plates, loving family and dear friends at our reverently bent elbows. Or, it can be a prickly, uneasy theatre of differing and generally incompatible intra-family opinions on relationships, culture, government and God—simmering like grandma’s gravy that everyone hopes doesn’t get scorched by excessive heat or fractured by inattentive stirring. Scenario One will likely have a rich pre-meal prayer of thanks for overflowing goodness and fellowship and abundance. It may or may not be a specifically religious prayer because not everyone’s spirit is connected, in an aware way, to a specific faith system. But don’t most of us just know, deep inside, that saying “Thanks” on Thanksgiving isn’t just an expression of appreciation? It’s an affirmation of the existence of God—whatever we understand that God to be. We look around the table, with love, and know that truth exists. God must be here somewhere. We are thankful. Scenario Two can lead to the guests primarily being thankful when the meal is over and the ride home has begun. Even if family squabbles and political dissonance can be laid aside, the issue of whether God has a proper place at the table is a significant bellwether of enjoyable fellowship. This much I know from my own expe-
rience as a non-believer—it feels really weird to pray to a God you truly do not know. During the 30 years of life I didn’t go to church, I wasn’t mad at God; I simply didn’t know him and didn’t really care. I know many people today who gave up their faith “for cause.” It might have been a church scandal, the personal sleight or transgression of an insensitive Christian, or the feeling of abandonment by God. To some people, the whole “God” thing just seems stupid. Often, non-believers are simply ambivalent. I would urge my Christian brothers and sisters to gird up for Scenario Two by praying deeply for understanding, wisdom, courage and patience. We can never argue our faith into another soul; we can only be an example another soul could choose to emulate. And remember: Most people don’t have a problem with Jesus, they have a problem with Christians, the church, or “religion.” You’re an ambassador for all four. Keep “grace”—the pre-meal prayer—simple, but pray clearly with the conviction that thanks is something truly worthy to give to God. It’s the sincerity and the love that you show to God and to others that will rub off on the souls of lost loved ones.
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OBITUARY Richard E. “Dick” Frost formerly of Carmel died Nov. 12. He was born on Feb. 28, 1929 to the late Albert D. and Louverne (Benedict) Frost in Indianapolis. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and attended Parks Air College in St. Louis and Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis. He was a United States Navy veteran, having served in World War II. He worked for 30 years for the Indiana State Board of Accounts, retiring in 1993. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara (Guy) Frost of 62 years, their two devoted daughters Cyndie Estes and her husband Tom Wooden, Bobin and her husband Rick Coons. Seven loving grandchildren Cari (Gene) Denham, Amie (Michael) Cox, April Walden, Seth (Jill) Wertz, Jessie Wooden, Ryan and Ross Coons. He was the proud great grandfather of eleven.
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Preventing project privations: Prepare! COMMENTARY By David Decker Privation (n): lack of the usual comforts or necessities of life. Even the most exciting custom home improvement project likely includes the discomforting expectation of strangers intruding and the disruption of household routine. Don’t despair, prepare! Detailed planning and accurate daily communication go a long way toward minimizing the intrusiveness of a project. Nonetheless, dealing with the absence of a kitchen or a reduction of available bathrooms requires advance strategic thinking. Since the work on every custom project is different, working around the intrusions on every project is also different. A couple of basics always apply. Home improvement professionals have to understand we are working in the most intimate areas of the home, and homeowners have to understand that multifunction construction projects are a fertile breeding ground for unexpected challenges. We develop a master plan with a start-tofinish project work and delivery schedule, backed up by daily (or in some cases, as-needed) communication updates. Before a major kitchen project, we will help the homeowner set up a temporary food prep area (possibly a microwave, refrigerator, hot plate and food storage near a water source). If the flooring/drying phase of
a project will temporarily block access, for example, to a master bathroom or wardrobe closet, we will communicate in time for the homeowner to prepare for the inconvenience. Yes, I’ll admit, we love it when a customer leaves on vacation or moves out during the project so we can work longer hours and get more done without disturbing anyone. Proper planning and communication minimizes the need for the customer to be on-site or on-call to handle spot decisions and questions. Unless the customer knows us from past work, they are typically leery of this, but thorough attention to upfront detail provides comfort quickly. The whole goal is to provide a great finished project with minimal intrusion. Instead of having to “do without,” it’s perfectly possible, and even probable, for a homeowner to comfortably “make do.” David Decker is president of the Affordable Companies which includes Affordable Kitchens and Bathrooms and most recently “Affordable Custom Flooring” based in Carmel (317-5959540, www.the-affordablecompanies. com). Email him at david.decker@ the-affordablecompanies.com.
COMMENTARY By Randy Sorrell The “cocooning lifestyle” surge has carried with it increased awareness of outdoor fire features. Once an afterthought, the seductive use of fire has served to blur the indoors and outdoors. Beyond the obvious function of warmth, fire features have fueled America’s fascination of S’more recipes. More rewarding is their capacity to magnetize families, create Friday night traditions and strengthen marriages everywhere. An outdoor fireplace often serves as the anchor of an outdoor living space where everyone gathers, much like your living room fireplace or granite kitchen counter. My hot wife of lots of years and I have randomly solved family issues, appreciated a few romantic moments and just plain relaxed around our fire features. Combine a few neighbors and hors d’oeuvres and we can change the world! Someone inform Congress of this strategy. Thanks to the inventiveness of national paving manufacturers Unilock and Belgard, constructing stylish fireplaces has become approachable. Kits include the vital interior fire box/chimney mechanics and are “skinned” with the manufactured wall stone of choice. “Bling” is encouraged through natural stone inserts, provocative mantels and side storage
units. Unfortunately, the price point is not friendly, ranging from $8-$12,000 for these clever inventions. For dramatic custom, employ the beauty of brick/natural stone and mortar to match your home! Because mortar joints require extreme stability, a 36” concrete footer is required. These guys weigh in at 3–7 tons and often have a large footprint, elevating the need for smart design strategies. Interestingly, because of material cost and hungry masons, the price for custom is often less than pre-manufactured units. The distinct benefit of custom is its ability to cause your fireplace to behave like an extension of your home. Convenience and safety has prompted many to appreciate a gas starter or gas logs. Men with cigars and ladies with a glass of chardonnay are stories I hear often. Kids manage to flirt in and out of the space, not willing to sit for too long. Outdoor fireplaces: Blurring the lines of living spaces and prospering the art of cocooning. Randy Sorrell is president of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel home improvement firm. He may be reached at 317-679-2565, randy@ choosesurroundings.com or www. choosesurroundings.com.
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It never hurts to have a back-up cat HUMOR By Mike Redmond Because I am a man who likes to be prepared, I have recently welcomed a new cat into the house. You may wonder how this constitutes “being prepared.” Simple: I already had one cat, an orange male named Charlie. However, I find it prudent to have a backup cat ready, just in case Charlie is busy sleeping when I need someone to curl up in my lap while I’m trying to read a magazine, or to sit on my head when I’m trying to sleep. The new kitten is named Maynard, after Maynard G. Krebs on the old Dobie Gillis TV show. It used to be Woody, but that went against my policy of giving animals names that have some sort of meaning to me. Charlie, for example, was named after jazz great Charlie Parker, continuing a pattern established with his predecessor, an orange male named Dizzy, after Dizzy Gillespie. For my money, Maynard G. Krebs (the “G” stands for Walter) is one of the greatest characters in television history, right up there with Barney Fife, Mister Moose and Sonny Drysdale. And I’ve always considered it kind of a shame that Bob Denver, who played him, was more likely to be associated with Gilligan’s Island. Gilligan was a dope. Maynard was cool. Anyway, back to the cats. We’re all getting along splendidly now, but I can’t say that was the case the day Maynard came home. Maynard jumped right into the household like
he’d been here all along. He also jumped right onto Charlie, who looked up at me and sighed, as if to say “Why did you do this?” then went upstairs to the guest room and shut the door. Maynard, of course, was oblivious. He was too busy racing from room to room, looking at the fish tank and climbing onto the furniture. At least, he was until he met my dog, Cookie. Maynard went into his full Halloween cat routine—arched back, fluffed out tail and that sideways-hopping thing cats do when they think they’re being tough. It’s the feline version of the Ali Shuffle. Cookie gave Maynard a sniff. Maynard batted her on the nose. Cookie stuck out a paw and pinned Maynard to the floor. Maynard squirmed out of it and sideways-hopped around some more. Cookie looked up at me, sighed, and then went upstairs and knocked on the guest room door. Things have settled down since then. The cats get along fine now and Cookie puts up with them both. As for me? It’s fun having a kitten in the house again. I like the goofy energy Maynard brings to the place. The backup cat plan is, by all accounts, a meowing success.
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To your door nail services. Great for moms, or anyone in a nursing or assisted living facilities. Buy a Spa pedicure get a manicure for FREE!! *Ask about my frequent customer discount *We do Spa parties for any occasion. “Let me take care of you”
PLUMBING BY GRANT
Chances are, you don’t have any Plumbing Problems now but if you ever need a Plumber, call me! My name is “Mike”. My Work includes Repair and New Install: I am 24 years in the Profession, Licensed, Bonded, and Insured, Call 317-485-5449 or 317-728-9698
Pet & House Sitting Service Years Experience Experience 139Years
“The Safe and Reliable Alternative to Boarding” Insured/Bonded Serving Carmel & Westfield firstname.lastname@example.org References Available
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Executive conference table. Nearly new. Mahogany with 8 matching leather swivel chairs. Too large for our new space. Value approx. $9,300. Will sell for $3,000 OBO. Call 847.5022.
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489.4444 ext. 202
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Full & Part Time cleaning positions available on NE & NW side of Indy. Positions start at 5pm and are approximately 8+ hrs/night. Must have clean criminal background, 12 month verifiable employment within the last 18 months and must have your own car. Call 317-252-9795 and leave a message. Someone will return your call ASAP
School Bus Drivers Carmel Clay School Corporation is now training School Bus Drivers Must be able to obtain Class B, CDL Starting at $88 day after successful completion of training, no benefits Paid Bi-weekly Available to earn attendance bonus Must be able to pass criminal history and BMV background checks Will work approx 4 hours per day running morning and afternoon routes Apply on-line to www.ccs.k12.in.us, AA/EOE
Hampton Inn Carmel is hiring housekeepers. Please apply in person at 12197 North Meridian Street Carmel
Now Hiring: Line Cook Full time/Part time Dooley O’Tooles 160 E Carmel Drive 843-9900
Happy Dog Hotel and Spa in Carmel seeks experienced groomers for professional spa. Upscale, new facility with high volume. General front desk staff and dog handlers also needed To apply: email resume or info to Beverly at Beverly@happydoghotelandspa.com or call 317-580-5050.
Upscale Carmel optometry practice now hiring an energetic and knowledgeable Optometric Technician. Most Saturday mornings required. Please fax cover letter, resume, and references to 317-660-7438.
Nancy Myers Salon & Spa We are looking for an experienced Nail Technician for either commission or boothrent. We are looking for a motivated, dependable person. Very competitive boothrental. Contact Kristin for more information 317-464-9837.
Driver needed for a local, dedicated run, 5-days per week, no weekends. Must be Class A CDL licensed. Call 317-997-4527 and ask for Mike.
Local computer center seeking qualified tech for computer work. send resume to email@example.com
Top Dollar for Junk and Running Vehicles CALL 317-869-9498
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handyman , repairs hauling, yard work call Tom – 847-3753
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