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Progress with a purpose By Stephanie Carlson Curtis Current in Carmel

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Pictured, clockwise from top right, are, an endangered historical home in Carmel, two historical homes dressed up for the holidays, the Peeler home on Main Street, the 1872 home converted to Simply Sweet Shoppe and Second Story Playhouse, a Bed and Breakfast in the historic district, the first homestead in Carmel and one of the city’s historic homes undergoing renovation.

Out with the old and in with the new. This seems to be the theme developing in Carmel’s Historic Old Town. As turn-of-the-century homes and vacant structures are demolished to make way for new construction, preservationists are building a movement to advocate protection of historic properties. “With all the new development projects that have been proposed that might threaten the integrity of residential old town, preservation is obviously needed,” said Tom Rumer, historian with the Carmel Clay Historical Society. According to Rumer, recent unlawful demolitions and homes in danger of being destroyed prompted the concept of creating a preservation commission. The historical society hired Ball State’s Center for Historic Preservation to update a decade old survey. The new study designates more than 200 structures as contributing to the character of Old Town. The neighborhoods encompass an area bordered by 136th Street to the north, 4th Street to the south and spans for several blocks to the east and west of Rangeline Road. According to Carol Schleif, a member of the historical society, 86 percent of residential Old Town is eligible to be on the map of character contributing landmarks. Contributing landmarks must be a minimum of 50-years old. “We are looking at the possibility of creating a local historic district,” said Schleif, who holds a masters degree in architecture with an emphasis on historic preservation. “There has been frustration in the community with new things that don’t fit into the area and are non-contributing in nature.” The process of designating Old Town as a historic district is on track, and Rumer hopes parcel owners will support a preservation commission to protect homes built in the late-1800s and early-1900s. Rumer referred to the Peeler house, a historic cottage surrounded by construction, as an important link to our city’s past. The Quaker homeowner, Elizabeth Peeler, was instrumental in naming Carmel. “This is a grassroots kind of thing. It has to grow up out of Old Town with our guidance as a tool that owners can use to safeguard their properties,” said Rumer. “Neighbors can create their own guidelines and standards as a group. They can decide how far they want to go and what they want to regulate.” Steve Schutz, President of Builders Inc., who has been involved in Old Town developments and has restored two homes along Rangeline Road, agrees with a commission that preserves homes that are worth saving. “If a property owner has no financial ability to repair a house and it becomes dilapidated or has asbestos issues, there are health and safety concerns,” he said. Restoring old homes can present challenges as the three owners of Simply Sweet Shoppe and Second Story Playhouse found when they converted a home built in1872 to a candy store. “The wiring was so old there were burns on the inside of the walls. It would have eventually caught fire,” said Jill Zaniker. “We were excited to do our part to preserve the historical aspects of the Carmel Arts and Design District.” Zaniker welcomes the formation of a preservation alliance if it will benefit area residents and businesses. Planners envision that the commission would be comprised of professionals experienced in historic preservation, would host workshops to educate parcel owners and provide guidance for adding on or modify structures. The commission would create a petition with the input of area residents and file for an ordinance that would allow the alliance to operate in a professional manner. “We find that designated historic districts increase property values, increase occupancy rates, enhance the character of area and promote tourism,” said Schleif. “Protecting the architectural heritage gives residents a chance to recreate a lifestyle like people had 100 years ago where families lived in quaint villages and could walk everywhere. Carmel’s Old Town is a view to the past.” Stephanie Curtis is a freelance writer and photographer. If you have a story idea, please contact her at stephanie@currentincarmel.com.

Carmel Preservation Alliance Public Meeting 7-9 p.m. Dec. 10 Carmel Christian Church (Across from Carmel High School on E. Main) Carmel and Old Town residents are invited to learn more and offer input.

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OUR TAKES It is our position that American citizens should read and understand the constitutions of the United States and Indiana. We all can use a refresher course on what the founding fathers intended for the generations that followed the launch of this nation. Continuing this week, we are running an excerpt from an article of the U.S. Constitution. Today, we offer Article II, Section 1: “The President shall, at stated Times, receive for his Services, a

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It is our position that our culture needs a refresher course on the reason for the season. As most of us know, the holidays should be a season of caring for others. That most simple fact was forgotten over Thanksgiving weekend in New York, as the world watched when a WalMart worker was trampled to his death by eager shoppers trying to be among the first early-birds to enter the store. What was their desired pursuit? While the demeanor of the crowd resembled the bread lines in the Russian Revolution of the Bolsheviks, the members of this Wal-Mart mob forgot that they were not standing in line to avoid

winter starvation. Their objective was the opportunity to potentially find a great deal on a flat screen TV, or perhaps a Wii electronic game system, or even Tonka Truck set. How can death be the result? Perhaps a revised definition of holiday giving could be considered. In these difficult economic times, the gift list might include helping an elderly neighbor to decorate for Christmas or to shovel snow. Couldn’t it be a gift to allow a fellow shopper the opportunity to take the last must-have toy on the shelf to make their child’s Christmas? Now that’s a gift worth giving.

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eople regularly defend bad The system is unfair, they rail. I grew up behavior – on all fronts. They shoulder-to-shoulder with my own poor defend dads (and moms) who white trash cousins. They sold dope and abandon their children. They subsequently have been in and out of defend those who jail. With my parents behind are dishonest and disloyal in me, I worked hard, found a every imaginable way. Maybe way, went to school and got we don’t know the circumthe heck away from those stances. Maybe there was more folks. Some of them respect to the story. Sure, and maybe me for it. Others hate me for cows talk about us behind our the same. At the end of the backs. It reminds me of the day, I don’t feel any obligayoung naturist killed a few tion or ownership whatsoever years ago by grizzly bears. He for their bad actions. Does refused to believe the warnings that make me unsympathetic, of those more experienced in pathetic or both? Do we feel the wild than he. Until he saw blessed to have the life that we the “bad” action himself, he do or guilty because of it? For Terry believed it untrue. The death me, I cling to my family and and consumption of both he my God. Shouldn’t we spend Anker and his girlfriend will hopeour energy defending those fully prove to be cautionary to others. As who are trying to do right rather than a rule of thumb, if one cannot be trusted excusing those who have most certainly by those to whom they have pledged loy- done wrong? alty, does it make sense to think that they Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current could be trusted by anyone else? in Carmel. You may e-mail him at terry@curToday, we regularly support thieves rentincarmel.com. and drug users. Because of this or that they should not be held accountable.

Back in the day, it almost was romantic for musicians to record songs about their automotive favorites. Chief among those efforts were gems such as “Little Deuce Coupe” and “409.” The Beach Boys handled those with a driving sort of cool that transcended concert venues, leading streams of buyers into car dealerships. Can you imagine - we can’t; we tried, but we can’t - any musical act these days throwing its total weight behind any domestic auto? Really. John Mellencamp came up with a commercial (literally) success with “Our Country,” a nice melody and decent lyrics, but it was tied to General Motors (motion-sickness bag, please). • • • As for GM’s grand plan, we’re convinced that in the end the dinosaur of the industry will be unable to compete in the marketplace. Period. Its management, board of directors and union do not care about the customer, and that was the culture 30 years ago, the antecedent to its doom. The right thing to do is to let the company go belly-up, file for bankruptcy protection and have it restyle itself as a customercentric, high-quality, union-less titan of

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I agree with Jodi Kuchar I very much agree with the comments made by Jody Kuchar in the Dec. 2 issue of Current in Carmel. I find your sarcasm annoying, negative and not very productive. I keep reading you paper thanks to great contributors that you have, like Danielle Wilson. Why don’t you two learn from her?

Her writing is hilarious and funny. Irreverent, yes, but always pleasant. She is able to get to her point with humor in a gracious way. You often seem too bitter! As President elect Barack Obama would say: “You can disagree without being disagreeable”!

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domestic automotive change. As we suggested last month, the foreign automakers’ hold on quality in the marketplace is now all but a stranglehold. America deserves better. • • • Here’s a “didja”: Did you know a Christmas tree cost less last year than the same style and size of tree in 1980? Stunning, but true. Seems the tree farmers up yonder had to compete with the fakefir industry. So that sticky, needle-dropping pine you bought in 1980 for $25 went last year for $22. • • • Is it just us, or do you find that you, too, are treated like an “intruder” when you go into a big-box store looking for pre-purchase answers? Service with a smile? Yeah, right.

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he most overused and underemand meet the needs of citizens. ployed word of 2008 has to be Attempts by business, government and “transparency.” individuals to enact transparency are often The use of the word has been laughable. It seems sometimes that as long picking up steam over the past as the word “transparency” appears in some few years and likely increased company’s annual report or in a rapidly as a result of the politician’s speech that a higher accounting scandals and level of accountability to stakesubsequent passage of the holders has been achieved. In Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. some cases, efforts as transparency With corporate malfeasance, often are actually covert. Financial economic challenges and the statements so long and filled with presidential election filling the jargon that no consumer could evening news this year, use of ever use them to determine a this word has taken on a new company’s financial status is often level. But the use of the word exactly what the authors intended. is so highly overused, people The intent of all of these uses of are tuning it out. transparency is noble and necesCompanies are trying to sary. And there is nothing wrong Sue be more transparent so that with providing more information, Finkam potential investors better unallowing consumers to make a derstand financial statements more-informed choice. Being and want to invest. Healthcare is trying to more transparent in action provides a founbe more transparent so patients can comdation for trust, which is the basis for every pare price and quality of service to make successful relationship, business or personal. an informed choice as to where they seek What do you think? Can we still aspire care. Higher education is working to be to transparency, or is it just rhetoric? more transparent and accountable so parSue Finkam is interested in making a difference ents have reliable information from which in the community through healthy conversathey can compare institutions. Taxpayers tion. You can participate in the conversation want transparency from government so as by posting a comment on her blog at www. to ensure they understand how tax dollars youarecurrent.com. are used to fund projects, provide services


DISPATCHES Monon Center Customer Appreciation Week - The Monon Center at Carmel’s Central Park (111th and Range Line Rd.) is hosting a week full of fun activities all this week (Dec. 8-13) during normal business hours 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday. There will be tables throughout the Center with goodies spotlighting all the facilities activities. The fitness table will feature “Ask a Trainer” daily 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 5:307:30 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Visitors may ask anything fitness related. For further information on any of the Center’s activities, call 317-848-7275.

House Decorating Contest - To enter the Carmel Parks Department’s holiday house decorating contest, complete the contest form at www.carmelclayparks.com. The home must be located within Clay Township of Hamilton County. The awards will be announced Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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am the daughter of a life-long gun is next, followed by muzzle loader. Democrat who started out with the If there are any deer left in January after Peace Corps and went on to become a second archery season, they get to live a public defender. I married the son so they can have babies and produce next of a staunch Republican who joined fall’s crop of targets. Added onto the days the Marines before going into actually hunting, you need at banking law. Needless to say, least two to three to set up tree we grew up in somewhat difstands at strategic locations ferent political environments. and another couple to fire your Another key difference between rifles and perfect your aim. Let’s our fathers is the desire to hunt. not forget a morning at Gander My dad gags when he has to Mountain to buy a new comchange a dirty diaper and gets pass or those insulated boots queasy over a paper cut, while you’ve had your eyes on. my father-in-law positively glows Alright, I’ll admit, I’m a little when he’s slicing open Bambie’s bitter. I’ve even thought about mom and watching her guts spill joining my husband’s posse to out over the ground. see what all the fuss is about. My husband isn’t quite as But I’ve got too much of my Danielle conservative as his father, (with dad in me to want to kill anyWilson his vote for Barack Obama, thing, I loathe the cold, and I my liberal indoctrination is don’t relish the thought of swillalmost complete), but, unfortunately, he ing whiskey in a cabin over beer nuts and did inherit his love of hunting. So every fart jokes. November with the opening of deer So what’s a poor defenseless wife to do? season, I’m stuck at home with four kids I can’t say no. He loves hunting too much while he’s off trying to procure meat for for me to take it away. And I suppose he the coming winter. What-ever. He just is helping to manage the deer population wants to have an excuse to drink beer with in Indiana, which in turn keeps predators his brothers/friends/dad and play with at bay and car accidents down. I just pray shot guns and Bowie knives. each year that he’ll meet his quota quickly And that’s fine. I get it. Though I can’t - kill a buck on his first morning out, folpossibly fathom how sitting in a tree stand lowed by a doe that evening - and not for five hours in the sleet and rain is enjoy- shoot himself or a friend anywhere vital. able, I understand the need to get away I’m also secretly glad that with age, the from the parent action and reconnect with early mornings in freezing temperatures the home team. I myself would prefer are becoming less and less appealing to a lovely spa in Tempe, but to each his him. own. And if it were just one or even two If all else fails, I can hope that our weekends a year, I’d be thrilled to wash his children, the girls included, will inherit camouflage thermal underwear and safety- the hunting bug, just as my husband did. orange knit cap. Hell, I’d even buy the Then Daddy can spend quality time with beef jerky and case of Bud Light. But that’s his little shooters every November while the problem with hunting. It’s never just a I’m off getting that desert facial. Peace out. couple of Saturdays. Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and conOctober is bow season, which means tributing columnist. You may e-mail her at you can relive your childhood fantasy and danielle@currentincarmel.com. hunt deer with a bow and arrows. Shot-

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DISPATCHES St.Vincent Opens New Immediate Care Center - On Dec. 6, St.Vincent Physician Network opened its Immediate Care Center at 10801 N. Michigan Road in Zionsville. The new Immediate Care Center will be staffed by board-certified family medicine physicians who care for both adult and pediatric patients. The primary care office is conveniently located for patients from Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks and northwest Marion counties. Walk-in appointments are accepted, and the office will have extended hours Monday-Friday from 5-9 p.m.; weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on every holiday except Christmas.

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of alleged child abuse or neglect. Located in an old-fashioned, Carmel Maple Glen Elementary School teacher farmhouse - decorated inside with chilAngela Alexander has taught third-grade dren’s colorful handprints on the wall and for three years. a bookshelf of clothed Build A Bears - the She understands not all teaching and center aims to reduce the trauma to chillearning is done in the Westfield classdren who visit. room. As a result, she recently took 83 Chaucie’s Place’s mission is to improve Maple Glen third-graders to the “Build A the quality of evidence gathered to quickly Bear” store at the Castleton Mall. and efficiently resolve cases through the The field trip was use of a multifor each student disciplinary team to build a bear and certified and donate it to forensic interviewthe Carmel-based ers. Thousands Chaucie’s Place. of forensic inter“They each had views have been $20 to build a bear, McKenna Janes, Megan Wampler, Hannah conducted at so that was a math/ Rasnake, Annalise Snyder Chaucie’s Place. economic lesson. Including the They donated the bears, so they learned Indiana Department of Child Services, public service and how important it is to Chaucie’s Place multi-disciplinary team benefit other children” says Alexander, includes 10 Hamilton County law-enforceadding her students have also completed ment agencies, as well as the Hamilton community service work with Open County Prosecutor’s Office. Doors. “The place is beautiful,” says Alexander. Chaucie’s Place, named after a Hamilton “When children of suspected abuse go County child who committed suicide after there, one person takes their statement child abuse, started in 2001. It provides instead of them giving it in court. They are a neutral, child-friendly, home-like envigiven a bear. You want to make that phase ronment where a single, comprehensive for them as gentle as possible. They have investigative interview takes place in cases been hurt and it has to be scary for them.”

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Re/Max Legends Group Assists Toy Drive - For the past eight years, WRTV-6 has been collecting toys for Hoosier children during the holiday season and Re/Max Legends Group has joined the effort by acting as a drop-off site for toy donations. New, unwrapped toys for boys and girls in any age group will be collected at the Re/Max Legends Group office through Dec. 18 and delivered to the station. Anyone wishing to donate toys may drop them off during business hours at the Re/Max Legends Group office, 5645 Castle Creek Parkway, Indianapolis. Anyone with questions, can call 317-849-7653.

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Hileman joins Carmel Family Care - H. James Hileman, MD, MS, joins Carmel Family Care and Methodist Medical Group (MMG), a Clarian Health Partner. Dr. Hileman is a board certified internal medicine physician specializing in arthritis, cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and sports injuries. “We’re pleased to have Dr. Hileman on board with us. He’ll make a great addition to the practice, and we’re looking forward to enhancing the health of our community together,” said Dr. Laura Johnson, who joined MMG in September. Crafted bowl to go to winner of Carmel Green Award - When Citizens for Greenspace, a 20year Carmel citizen’s organization, receives the inaugural Carmel Green Award on Dec. 10, they will also receive an extraordinary piece of art – a wooden bowl and pedestal crafted by local artist Jennifer Shirley. Ms. Shirley, from Indianapolis, has been turning wood since 1999. She uses mostly indigenous Indiana hardwood for her pieces. The wood for this unique award was recycled from a Carmel cherry tree.

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carmel utilities wins award The City of Carmel Utilities received a Laboratory Excellence Award at the 72nd Annual Conference of the Indiana Water Environment Association (IWEA) held Nov. 18-20, in Indianapolis. The Laboratory Excellence Award is awarded for outstanding achievement in the implementation of laboratory technique and administration. The awards may be given to municipal facilities for each classification. Candidates for the award are determined by the Laboratory Committee and are based upon a graded evaluation of each laboratory that requests a site evaluation.

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Brainard forced to give in on Keystone Mayor Jim Brainard has agreed to an amended proposal for Keystone Avenue funding that would delay construction on at least one intersection. Two City Council committees are set to review BRAINARD the $28.5 million request, which is down from $52 million in November. The new amount, added to the $90 million granted to Carmel by the state, would pay for construction on five intersections. Officials said they hoped to complete the 106th Street and 126th Street intersections and begin construction at 136th Street and 131st Street. That would delay the projects at Carmel Drive and 116th Street, which will require simultaneous construction because of their proximity to one another. Brainard said he would revisit those projects in a year. Criticism of Brainard continued at the Dec. 1 council meeting with speakers calling the Keystone project a “laughingstock.” Brainard promised last spring the project would not exceed $90 million. He also underestimated the cost of the Regional Performing Arts Center by about

$45 million. “I think you should be embarrassed,” said Carmel resident Pat Lease. “You’ve let this problem fester and get way out of hand.” City Council wasn’t free from blame, either. Recent reports said it knew for months Keystone would exceed its budget and failed to inform the public. But council members said they never intervened because, until recently, the project didn’t involve city money. “We’re not blind,” Councilman Eric Seidensticker said. “We can see the costs and expenses. But knowledge of something does not mean you go out and wave a red flag.” The council Finance, SEIDENSTICKER Administration and Rules Committee and Utilities, Transportation and Public Safety Committee will discuss the issue at their upcoming meetings on Dec. 18 and Jan. 12, respectively. Council President Rick Sharp said residents should not expect a quick resolution. “Hasty action led us to this problem,” he said. “I don’t want to make the same mistake. There is a lot we need to understand before we can make a decision.”

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Retooling a 401(k) in 2009 - If, like so many of us, you’re retooling your 401(k) after this very rough year, this is a good place to start looking. • Vanguard Primecap (VPMCX) • Fidelity Blue Chip Growth (FBGRX) • American Funds American Mutual A (AMRMX) • Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index (VISGX) • Oakmark International I (OAKIX) Each has lost tons of money this year, but they’ve lost less than most of their rivals. They or funds like them can form the foundation of a dream retirement account. - msn.com/money

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Retiring Reading - Getting close to retirement? Getting close to thinking about retirement? Here are five books on considering golden year finances: • “The Little Book That Saves Your Assets,” by David M. Darst ($19.95), can be distilled into one word: diversify. • “The Truth About Buying Annuities” by Steve Weisman ($18.99), good for some but, says the author, “dead wrong for many people.” • “The Smartest 401(k) Book You’ll Ever Read,” by Daniel R. Solin (Perigree, $19.95), is a polemic against what the author contends is a “seriously broken retirement system.” • “Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge,” by Alicia H. Munnell and Steven A. Sass ($29.95), can be distilled into two words: “Keep working.” • “Retire – And Start Your Own Business,” by Dennis and Martha Sargent ($24.99), for those who want to continue working, but for themselves. - wsj.com

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who has worked in retail management, said the company combines perfectly their lifestyles, interests and education. “On a day when I don’t have anything to do, I go organize my closet,” Gregor said. Gregor and Krieg each have two children, and they understand the chaotic clutter that can accompany family life. Their primary goal, they said, is to work with customers to find the best solution for their personal needs. “Nothing we do is rocket science,” Gregor said. “Sometimes you just need someone to coach you through it. We provide information, hands-on help and, if you want, maintenance.” They also help with filing, packing and unpacking.

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DISPATCHES Starting the Day - Natural medicine guru Dr. David Williams recommends the following five steps to start your day on the right foot: • Get up a half-hour early. • Take a good probiotic. • Limber up with a fullbody stretch. • Eat a hearty breakfast. • Devote five minutes to morning dental care. - drdavidwilliams.com Boost Your Brainpower - “If you want a sharper mind, actively start caring for your brain and acting for its betterment, says Daniel Amen, MD, author of Magnificent Mind at Any Age. Here are 10 steps and 10 suggestions. • Break your routine (brush your teeth with the other hand). • Hydrate your mind (more water, less alcohol and caffeine). • Clock seven hours of shut-eye (lack of sleep inhibits learning, concentration and memory, sleep seven hours for higher brain function). • Make your brain purr (deep, very slow breathing for 10 minutes; say a relaxing word while exhaling). • Dance, dance, dance (stimulates a variety of brain systems). • Limit TV time (more than two hours per day increases risk of Alzheimers). • Join a reading group (social thinking and sharing bolsters cognitive functions). • Fight pain the smart way (ibuprofen lessens Alzheimers risk; acetaminophen, however, inhibits liver production of important antioxidents). • Kill the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts inflame anxiety and stress hormones kill brain cells. Write them down, devise plan to eliminate them). - BestLifeOnline.com Pressure Socks - Swollen feet, achy legs, chickenfoot veins? Varicose veins? Poor blood flow in our feet, especially as we age, is the common culprit of these symptoms. Natural healing expert Dr. David Williams recommends Jobst Compression socks for all-day support and long-term blood flow improvement. “I love to uncover simple, low-cost solutions for common problems,” says Dr. Williams. “And this is a good one.” Jobst “SensiFoot” ($20) and “Medical Leg Wear” ($35) socks provide exacting, stimulating pressure and relieve these common blood flow problems. - drdavidwilliams.com

Staying Fit Over the Holidays

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he holidays can be a busy time with many extra social events and activities that put extra demand on our daily routine. With so much going on, it may seem difficult to stick to your normal workout routine, but it is still possible to fit in fitness and stay active even with a hectic holiday schedule. Here are some ways:

favorite holiday TV shows. • Shovel snow yourself instead of hiring someone to do it for you. • The holidays are a time to spend with family and friends, so why not have them join you on a walk or go caroling throughout the neighborhood. You can also get everyone involved in a game of tag, building a snowman or a snowball fight.

• Try to keep your exercise routine going as much as • Use your shopping trips as possible. If you are running a mode of physical activity. It short on time, you can try a is hard to find a good parking condensed version of your spot during the holiday frenzy, usual workout. If you do not so park towards the back of the have time for 30 minutes of parking lot and walk briskly continuous exercise you can to the store entrance. Take the Dr. Eve Olson Wellness do 10-minute spurts of cardio stairs instead of the elevator or several times throughout the escalator or walk up the escaladay. You can also try a cardio tor if it is not crowded. and strength circuit. It combines short By keeping fitness a priority and workbouts of higher-intensity cardiovascular ing it into your day wherever possible, you exercise in between strength training can stay fit and prevent holiday weight exercises with minimal rest periods. gain. This way you can get a full workout in a shorter amount of time. • Do jumping jacks, jog or march in place, or walk up and down stairs during the commercial breaks of your

Eve Olson, M.D., is the owner and founder of the Olson Center for Wellness. For more information, please e-mail askdrolson@currentincarmel.com, or call 705.1400.

Brain Food You hear about it, but have you seen a “what and why” list lately? Protein is the main source of fuel for you brain, and your brain also needs foods rich in crucial vitamins and minerals. Dr. Joe Mercola advises these nutrients for these reasons: • Vitamin A is needed to protect brain cell membranes. • B Vitamins are essential for neuronal growth and vitality. • Vitamin C is so vital for brain function that its levels in your brain are 15 times higher than anywhere outside your brain. • Vitamin E prevents and actually reverses brain deterioration. • Magnesium maintains the metabolic viability of neurons. • Zinc rids your brain of impurities. • Amino Acids are necessary to the growth and health of neurotransmitters. - mercola.com


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Marie Lucy Klein Kuszewski, 71, of Carmel, passed away Nov. 29. She was a graduate of Marquette University. Marie worked as a chemical abstractor for DuPont and as a technical writer for Princeton Gamma-Tech before retiring in 2001. She is survived by her husband, James Kuszewski of Carmel; children, John (Diane) Kuszewski of Damascus, MD, Judy (Ian) Welsh of Buckinghamshire, England and Bob (Laurel) Kuszewski of Winchester, MA; six grandchildren and a brother, Carl Klein of Wilmington, DE. Family and friends gathered on Dec. 4 in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 5 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 1045 W 146th Street, Carmel, of which Marie was a parishioner and was involved in various ministries within the parish. Please visit www. leppertmortuary.com where you may share a memory, sign the guest book or make a memorial contribution to Birthright of Cicero, 50 South Peru Street, Cicero, IN 46034. Marie Grace Mitchell, 86, of Carmel, passed away Dec. 4, 2008 in St. Vincent Hospice after a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born on Nov. 24, 1922 in Kane, PA, to the late David and Dorothy Smith. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Mitchell, Sr.; son, Charles F. Mitchell Jr. and brother David Smith Jr. Survivors include her daughter, Charlene (Brooks) Heaton of Louisiana; daughter-in-law, Mary Scamardo Mitchell of Carmel; two grandsons, Joshua (Nicole) Williams of Taylors, South Carolina, and Christopher Mitchell of Carmel; great granddaughter, Ella Williams and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends gathered Dec. 6 in Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel. Burial followed in Carmel Cemetery. Please visit www. leppertmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book, share a memory or make a memorial contribution to St. Vincent Heart Center, 10580 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46920


ISTEP results now online - The Indiana Department of Education is launching an online system called “Indiana Parent Network” as the new way for parents/guardians to receive ISTEP+ results. Carmel Clay Schools will mail the individual access codes to parents of students in grades 3-8 to explain how to use this new system. If you have a problem with, or question about, this system after trying to access your child’s ISTEP+ results from this past fall, contact the “Indiana Parent Network” site, support@grow.net.

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Grimble earns award - Carmel High School media specialist Bonnie Grimble has been named recipient of this year’s Peggy L. GRIMBLE Pfeiffer Award for outstanding service from the Indiana Library Federation Association for Indiana Media Educators. Grimble was presented with the award at the federation’s dinner at the Westin Hotel in Downtown Indianapolis. “No one is more deserving of this award,” said Sue Moeschl, director of information services for the Carmel Clay Schools. Swim lessons coming in January - The Carmel Aquatic Center is offering swim lessons starting in January. Swimmers must be at least 3-years-old and potty trained. The weekday sessions will run two days a week (a total of six classes) for three weeks. Fee: $60 per session per child. Registration will be held in the CHS Aquatic Center lobby, entrance #21N at Carmel High School, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, and from 10 a.m.-noon on Dec. 13. Knerr named finalist for award - Clay Middle School math teacher Amy Knerr has been named one of Indiana’s two math finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and KNERR Science Teaching. As a state finalist, Knerr is a candidate to be Indiana’s math recipient of the Presidential Award. One math and one science winner from each state will receive an award of $10,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., where these teachers will be honored at a variety of events.

By Brandie Bohney Current in Carmel

the grammar guru

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Possessive pronouns with gerunds

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You don’t have to be the town gossip to have an affinity for talking about others’ actions. You do, however, have to understand how to use possessive pronouns with gerunds in order to do that talking without making a grammatical error that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. But before I go wild about this hair-raising error, I need to back up and explain gerunds a bit. I once had a student who thought that gerund sounded enough like geriatric to mean that it was a type of word that only old folks use; they aren’t something you’ll find exclusively at retirement homes, however. If you, too, aren’t sure what a gerund is or how to use one correctly with pronouns, read on: Gerunds are verbs that end in -ing that function as nouns: Swimming is his favorite sport. Gertrude really enjoys fishing. He’s looking forward to trying sushi.

In almost every case, we can substitute a so-called normal noun for the gerund: Baseball is his favorite sport. Gertrude really enjoys trout. He’s looking forward to his first sushi.

Now that we have that settled, the real meat of this column is using pronouns in conjunction with gerunds.

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That’s where your gossipy side comes in. If you want to explain how you feel about someone’s actions, you may use a construction like this: I was really offended by his leaving. It’s the need to use the possessive pronoun his that is the equivalent of a giant grammatical pothole. You can get stuck there, and many people do. Many people (I think I could say most English-speaking people, but I don’t have the stats to verify most) want to use subjective or objective personal pronouns instead of possessive pronouns. If I just lost you in jargon, let me give you an example to clarify. This is how many people construct the combination: I was really offended by him leaving. Because leaving functions as a noun, this construction is ridiculous. If you need proof, insert a different noun: I was really offended by him socks. Ridiculous, isn’t it? So this type of gerund usage requires possessive pronouns. Actually, even if you use a proper noun or common noun, you still need the possessive form: Jim appreciates Sally’s being proactive in her sales approach. The dog’s barking surprised Allen. So if you must indulge your inner gossip, use the appropriate possessive noun or pronoun with that gerund. The hair on the back of my neck will appreciate the rest. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher who developed a mastery-learning system of teaching grammar to high school seniors. If you have a grammar-related question, please email her at bbthegrammarguru@gmail.com.

Teaching children that prejudice is wrong

rejudice, as most behaviors, is a learned behavior. Are we subliminally teaching our children subtle prejudices? Do we make fun of someone’s weight, what they are wearing, not play with someone because she/he isn’t athletic, call people names because of their skin color, ignore someone who is in a wheel chair, not let our daughters play with race cars because she is a girl and not let boys take dance lessons Becky Kapsalis because he is a boy? Ask YiaYia When we ‘prejudge’ we form our opinions based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings or inaccurate stereotypes - by definition - prejudiced. How to teach our children to overcome prejudices? • Teach them to treat people the way we want our children to be treated. • Teach our children to form opinions of people based on how well they know them or how they make them feel before deciding whether or not to like them.

• Teach them to learn to stand up for people who are being mistreated. To not go along with the crowd when someone is being treated unfairly based on prejudices and get the attention of an adult if the situation puts them at risk. • By having family discussions on any experiences our children may have had with prejudice and how it affected them or the family. • Discuss what prejudice is and what kinds of behaviors demonstrate prejudice. • Have open discussions on ways in which the child deals with instances of prejudice and how they can safely handle the situation at home or school. • By helping our children become aware of their behaviors or language that may be of a prejudiced nature. • While watching TV together, for one week, keep listings of television programs having language, dialogue or actions that demonstrate prejudiced behavior. Finally, follow and practice all of the above yourself. Being the example is the best lesson taught. Hugs! Have a parenting topic or question? Submit it to Ask Yiayia, aka Becky Kapsalis, Certified Parent Coach, at askyiayia@indy.rr.com or call 810.9358.

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hristmas is around the corner, We all need to accept this holiday won’t a time for shopping, gift-giving be the most successful in the gift-giving and feasting. This year, however, department. As for me, I am going to look seems to be a little less extravafor alternate ways to make my holiday a gant. Something seems different. spectacular event, even if I don’t get a new Last year teens were fretting pair of Ugg Boots. over their Christmas lists and if The first step is to reach out they were going to receive evand help the less fortunate. Like erything they wanted. many say, it’s better to give than The topic of the month was receive. Carmel High School who was getting the best presis putting on a charity event ent. Students would compare called Care to Share. Each stuone’s designer hand bag to dent resource class gets a child another’s Wii game system or and they then provide them pair of Ugg Boots. I think this with Christmas gifts. This projyear is different because of one ect has put students in the spirit downfall, the economy. of giving, along with the spirit This year, checking items off of Christmas. the Christmas list and receivHolidays aren’t all about Maddi ing the best gift is no longer gifts, either. It is important to Bourgerie the greatest concern for teens. spend it with friends and loved So parents, stop stressing about ones. Traditions are a big part creating an amazing holiday. of the holidays. Without them I know my Last year, the conversations were about Christmas would not be the same. Missing the hot items for Christmas. This year out on my dad reading Christmas books when asked about the holidays, peers don’t on Christmas Eve or my mom baking speak about gifts. Many speak about their her variety of cookies just wouldn’t be plans with family and the traditions they Christmas. So forget the expensive gifts are looking forward to. Whether meeting and the plunging economy and focus on with family they rarely see or creating new the real meaning of Christmas. traditions, I think teens are adjusting to Maddi Bourgerie is a student at Carmel High the economic change, as well, and realize School. Contact her at maddiclarexo10@aol. the impact. com

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Sounds of Christmas - King of Glory Lutheran Church, 2201 E. 106th St., Carmel, will celebrate A Festival of Lessons & Carols at its annual Sounds of Christmas on Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Come see and listen to all the musical ensembles that call King of Glory home, including vocal choirs of all ages, hand bell choirs, liturgical dance and the Sounds of Glory singers. Ellen Handlin and the Drama Team will offer several favorite Christmas scriptures in a unique story telling fashion and all will join voices in favorite carols of the season.

Special Holiday Events - The Monon Center at Central Park is hosting several holiday themed events this week. Here is a listing. If you have questions or need more information, call the Center at 317-848-7275. Daddy Daughter Dance at Central Park • Dec. 12, 6-9 p.m., $15/person, banquet rooms Breakfast with Santa • Dec. 13, 9-11:30 a.m., $15/ person, banquet rooms Children’s Candy Cane Hunt • Dec. 13, 12 noon, free, Central Park Fetch the Fruitcake • Dec. 13. 12:30 p.m., free, Central Park Grinch Scramble (West Park) • Dec. 13, 7 p.m., free

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Ruschman Gallery Holiday Show - The Ruschman Gallery Holiday Show will be today through the end of December in the Midland Arts & Antiques Market, 488 Gradle Drive, Carmel. Original works of Art at affordable prices. Continuing exhibits by Robert Eberle, Constance Scopelitis and Steve Mannheimer. Hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. on Dec. 13. For more information, call 317-569-9105.

Holiday happenings that are Simply Sweet - On Dec. 13 at Simply Sweet Shoppe, you are invited to make your own edible Christmas tree out of sweet treats. This is free with donation of canned food item for each tree for local food bank. Times are noon to 6 p.m. Also, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, author of Children’s Poet and picture book, will be having a reading and signing event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. From 5-10 p.m. there will be sampling of holiday treats during the Gallery Walk. Treats include European sipping chocolate, truffles, tortes and more. Peppermint and gingerbread lattes available, as well.


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Carmel’s Sofiya Inger is the featured artist through Feb. 2, 2009, at Art@Clowes, which spotlights the work of Hoosier artists, in the Grand Lobby at Clowes Memorial Hall (www. cloweshall.org) of Butler University. Inger’s work focuses on “matters of the heart,� expression of inner emoSofiya Inger tions and our ties to in the studio nature, which she calls “one of the most powerful forces orchestrating our lives.� The show presents 27 paintings and mixed-media wall hangings (with prices ranging from $150 to $4,500) in an informal retrospective of her career. Most are acrylic on canvas paintings in frames, although recent work breaks free from traditional frames and spans larger spaces than earlier work did. The exhibition is an opportunity to explore the roots of the Russian-born artist’s work and the exciting new direction her art is heading. Inger just returned from a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center that gave her the gift of uninterrupted time and total focus on painting in her own studio. The residency provided freedom

from the “excuses� of family life that can keep a painter from being productive, as well as the gift of camaraderie with other creative people from around the world, including painters, sculptors, writers and poets. Inger used the opportunity to create one large work – “Gardening in Times of War� (mixed media on canvas, 78 x 56 inches, $4,500) – which is a key item in the Clowes exhibit. The piece started to take shape as Inger flew into Vermont over the lush landscape of the Green Mountains. “It was so clean and cute and beautiful, with the water running through the mountains and rolling hills,� Inger said. “I was thinking of how the people divide the land and tear it into pieces and try to make it their own.� To learn more about Inger’s paintings or the Vermont residency, join her for a gallery walk/talk on Friday or Saturday at 6:45 p.m., prior to Clowes’ presentation of, Rejoice!, a free choral and orchestral show of familiar seasonal pieces that begins at 7:30 p.m. Barbara E. Cohen covers the arts for the Current community newspapers. Please send comments or story ideas to barbara@i-writersstudio.com.

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Cozy Holiday Dinner - Kevin “Woody� and Richelle Rider, owners of Woody’s Library Restaurant, 40 E. Main, provide a cozy holiday stop in Carmel’s Arts District. They have gift cards available for holiday gifts and remind all that the next “Wine Dinner� is Feb. 23. Early ticket purchasers get “in the game.� Call Woody’s at 317-573-4444 for details.

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his time of year, the celebratory foods make their way to the markets, restaurants and our homes in great abundance. One that is associated more than others for the Yuletide season is “Posset” as the Europeans know it, or “Egg Nog” as we are familiar. Throughout my career I have worked with many chefs who have offered not only their recipe, but their opinions of the egg nog’s origin. However, none have Chef Michael been confirmed in Vlasich any manner. The Culinary Explorer following are some of the theories I have heard over the years. You can believe the one you decide to be true. The only real fact is that the first recorded mention in this country was that of Captain John Smith serving it in Jamestown, VA, in 1607, according to his private journal. One theory says egg nog is derived from the English drink Posset, which was made from Ale. This was a hot beverage made with sweetened milk and ale or sometimes from a Spanish wine called sack. Another theory I learned from an English chef stated that it was partly named for “noggin” which was a small wooden mug used to serve alcoholic beverages. He remembered being served egg nog in one as a child. One lastly I recall was that it came from a drink made with rum called “egg and grog”, shortened over the years from egg-n-grog down to egg nog. No matter the story you choose, they all have one flaw. They all originate from European roots many centuries ago where it was of the common man. However, neither milk nor diaries were common to anyone except the very rich who had the animals on their estates and farms. The only real fact known is since the early 1700s it has been part of American holi-

day heritage and celebrations. I researched a few older recipes to compare according to these myths. One uses ale for the alcohol and the other uses rum or brandy. The funny thing is, I did find mention of it in early American cook books as a cure for different sicknesses from arthritis to pneumonia. Bonus this week, two recipes! Here are the two basic types mentioned above; • Take a pint of beer, warm it on the fire, place an egg in a jug with a spoonful of sugar and grated nutmeg. Beat these together and slowly add the hot ale in the fashion to taking care not to curdle egg. Add a few spoons of cow’s cream, shake well and drink. • Separate and beat separately six whites and yolks. Stir the yolks into a quart of rich cream with a half pound of sugar. Add a half pint of rum or brandy with ground nutmeg to your liking. Add in half the beaten egg whites mix well and drink.

I will warn you of a few things should you try one of these recipes for your next party: • Eggs these days should be pasteurized to not run a risk of food poison. • If you use the ale recipe, use a medium dark beer, relatively flat. Back then the ale was not as we think it to be, and carbonation was slight to none.

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• Sugar is more refined now. For the real effect use unprocessed or brown sugar or even honey. • When they speak of cream or diary products, it is the equivalent of heavy whipping cream. This is very rich to our digestive systems. • These recipes feature large amounts of alcohol. We are not accustom to this ratio as a spirited drink or high-alcohol flavor. • Beware on over-consuming due to the last two points, or ride the porcelain bus. 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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road in search of the heart, knowledge and courage they’ve always had. Featuring a large children’s chorus and an array of special effects, including a full-blown tornado, this is the musical favorite for all ages. The production runs from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4 with 7 p.m. show times on Thursdays and Fridays. Saturday shows are at 2 and 7 p.m. with Sunday shows starting at 2 p.m. Signed performance is Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. and the audience sing-a-long is Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $34 apiece and available at www.civictheatre.org.

LIVE MUSIC The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub, 13644 N. Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746: Dec. 12 - Big Daddy Caddy. Dec. 13 - Meatball Band. Dec. 19 - Zanna-Doo! Dec. 20 - Aberdeen Project. Dec. 26 - Endless Summer Band. Dec. 27-31 - The Late Show. The following musical acts will be playing live at Muldoon’s Irish Pub. Shows begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 317-571-1116: Dec. 13 - Doug Henthorn. Dec. 20 - One In The Same. Dec. 27 - Jeff DeHerdt.

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Try using ornaments that aren’t actually ornaments. Shiny accessories such as silver trays, teapots, picture frames, mirrors or small lamps wired onto the sturdy branches of an artificial tree are a spellbinding twist to tradition. A petite crystal chandelier can act as a tree topper, while pheasant feathers can add texture and color. Repeat one type of ornament so it creates a color, shape or theme through a tree. These monochromatic ornaments help unite the other one-of-a-kind ornaments. Various sizes, shapes or finishes of such one color will add even more flair. Designers often create trees using colors and themes that relate to the room where

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Holiday Pet Photos - The Monon Center at Carmel’s Central Park is taking holiday pet photos in Program Room A this week. Dates are Dec. 9 from 6-9:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 and 13 from 12-3:30 p.m. The fee is $6 for a 5x7 picture. For more information, call 317-848-7275.

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Cat Christmas Safety - The only fool-proof way to keep your cat away from your Christmas tree is to put the tree in a room the cat can’t access. Unfortunately, this is often not practical. So the next best solution is to make the tree as safe as possible. Here are some thoughts: • Real Christmas trees are more dangerous to cats than fake plastic ones. Pine needles can puncture internal organs if eaten, they are also toxic to cats. • If you do have a real tree, make sure the drink stand has plenty of water to prevent the tree drying out and losing needles. • It is important that your cat isn’t able to get to this water and drink it as it could result in poisoning. • Be careful with tinsel. Expensive to remove if eaten. • You may want to try applying a cat repellent such as bitter apple to the lights to deter your cat from chewing the wires. If this was to happen it could cause a fatal electric shock. • Artificial snow is toxic to cats, so is best avoided. • Make sure your cat can’t get close to lit candles. • Your cat isn’t a novelty item and it is dangerous to try to decorate your cat with ribbons, etc.

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The bigger the aquarium, the better By Petland Current in Carmel

If you are shopping for an aquarium, chances are you have been told to buy the biggest aquarium you can afford. The advice is based on some well-known fishkeeping truths: WATER QUALITY: A long-held misconception among novice fish keepers is that the smaller the aquarium, the easier it is to maintain. Actually, the opposite is true. The larger the aquarium, the slower the change is in water quality factors. Ammonia, hardness, nitrates, pH and temperature are common testable gauges for water quality in an aquarium. A sudden change in temperature could be fatal to the aquarium inhabitants. The temperature in a 10-gallon aquarium can change drastically in a couple of hours. However, the temperature in a 100-gallon aquarium may take a couple of days to change a couple of degrees. Having a

pets of the week Lacey is a 4-year-old female black Lab mix. Lacey is a gorgeous girl who loves to go on walks. She knows the command “sit” and is ready and raring to go to obedience school to learn more. Lacey is very friendly with everyone she meets. However, she is a bit unsure of her current surroundings and gets a little startled by sudden movements. While she is very gentle taking treats from your hand, she can be a little protective of her food bowl. Therefore, we feel she is best suited in a home with children age 10 and older. She is an intelligent girl with tons of potential, she just needs a loving family willing to work with her and help her feel safe and comfortable in her new home. Ninja is a 1-year-old male orange-andwhite tabby DSH. Ninja is an outgoing boy who loves everyone he meets. He is neutered and good with dogs and other cats, and he enjoys playing with children, too. Ninja arrived at the shelter on Aug. 11 when his family divorced and decided they couldn’t keep him. Ninja has managed to keep his spirits up by bunking up with other kitties at the shelter, but what he wants most is a home he can call his own. He is a low-maintenance guy who would make a wonderful family pet.

larger aquarium basically gives you more time to react when it comes to changes in water quality because, in essence, these water quality variables take a bit more time to change. Overall, the result of having a larger aquarium generally translates into you being a more successful fish keeper. MORE AND BIGGER FISH: It is not uncommon for a fish keeper’s interest to grow as soon as he or she sets up a small aquarium. There will be more than 100 species of fish in which you may select to keep in your aquarium. As a general rule,

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wrote this column early on Thanksgiving morning. I hope you had a joyous day, but Thanksgiving was pretty much blown for me by the poor TV viewing choice I made the night before. I knew that in a few hours, I’d be at our friends’ house enjoying good food and snappy conversation, but I was feeling pretty down. I made the mistake of watching a documentary about the Dick Wolfsie first Thanksgiving Humor in 1623. Here’s a little advice: If you really enjoy something, like sausage, don’t watch a show about it on the History or Discovery Channel. They’re great for things like the battles of WWII or how the pyramids were constructed, but when they start getting into the accounts of everyday stuff, you can be sure they’ll suck the fun right out of them. This year The History Channel enlisted a bunch of PhDs and other researchers to bleed dry any traditional Thanksgiving feelings that may still linger. This is where the TV censors are missing the boat. Instead of scouring the TV shows for gratuitous sex and wanton violence, how about some protection for dreamers like me who still believe that there were bunnies at the first Easter. What they know now about the first Thanksgiving is this: the Pilgrims probably didn’t eat turkey; they had no cranberry relish; they didn’t have forks. No football or big parade. The idea of stuffing never dawned on them and there probably wasn’t a single string bean casserole on the table, if they even had tables, which also seems open to question. Oh, and they probably didn’t have sweet potatoes. The next day, the malls weren’t open. You couldn’t buy a trinket on sale. The pilgrims had a lot of nerve even calling it Thanksgiving, which, maybe, they didn’t. I should have learned my lesson. A couple of weeks ago I watched an endless hour on the history of glue. I learned more about glue than I ever wanted to know. The program covered everything from Elmer’s to wallpaper paste. Up until that point, I couldn’t have told you one darn thing about glue, except that it’s sticky. Now I know that they have found broken pots still stuck together from 4000 BC. How could that be, when the handle keeps falling off my coffee mug. I also learned that Egyptians used egg whites, bones, milk, cheese, vegetables and grains to make glue, which sounded pretty close to

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the eggnog I had been guzzling all day. And then there was the History Channel’s “The Story of the Ice Cream Cone.” Apparently, the mafia didn’t like the invention because the pointy end meant they couldn’t rest the cone next to them while they counted their protection money. A triple scoop of Rocky Road will never be the same. I saw a fascinating show on the evolu-

tion of nuts, bolts and screws. They did an entire 20 minutes on this genius Henry Phillips, who invented the Phillips head screw. Then he spent most of his weekend in search of the right screwdriver. So now I am off to this time-honored holiday get-together, but I am concerned that if one of the guests starts waxing on about the great tradition of Turkey Day, I’ll feel obligated to inform him that

the Cool Whip he just slathered all over his pumpkin pie was not at the original Thanksgiving Dinner. I’m an expert on stuff like that. I watch the History Channel. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at wolfsie@aol.com.


he Thanksgiving leftovers weren’t even in their doesn’t return until it’s black again. Tupperware yet when my brother-in-law sighed, The deadline for decorating the house is Saturday. pushed himself away from the table and began OK. So much for the timeline. trudging away in the general direction of the Now let’s go to inventory. attic. Amy is not one of those people who believes “Where’s he going?” my brother P.D. asked that less is more where Christmas is concerned. our sister Amy, John’s wife. Oh, no. More is more. And more is what she John overheard and hollered . . . well, wants. what he said was not exactly in the spirit of She has three Christmas trees. Garland on Thanksgiving, if you get my drift. every horizontal surface. Pictures on the walls. “He has to be bringing down the Christmas Knickknacks on the mantle. Lighted figures decorations,” Amy interpreted. “I’m going to outside. Lighted figures inside. Boughs of have this place all together by Saturday.” holly. Mistletoe. Candy dishes. Candles. LordsWe pause here to look at the timeline of a-leaping. Ladies dancing. Patridges. Pear trees. events that is about to unfold: I honestly believe she won’t be happy until It is Thanksgiving afternoon, about 3 p.m. she can just to move everything in her house to The Christmas decorations are coming out of temporary storage each December and replace their hiding places. it with Christmas furniture, right down to the Mike Redmond The next day will be Black Friday, when Christmas footstools and Christmas lamps. Humor my sister joins the hordes of Frantic Holiday Add the inventory to the timeline and you can Shoppers out there jamming the highways and clogging see my sister’s plan to have her house Santa Claus Ship-Shape the malls in search of four calling birds, three French by Saturday is the dream of someone who is out of her mind. hens, two turtle doves and this year’s Elmo doll. She gets it from Mom. Mom was a Christmas nut in My sister traditionally takes Black Friday at face value. her day, too, although not to the degree that Amy exThat is, she starts shopping when the sky is black, and she hibits. Mom’s focus was the tree. According to the mom

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