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Mayor Jim Brainard’s goals for 2010 center on finishing key projects already in progress

» Mayor Brainard’s to-do list for 2010 1. Finish Regional Performing Arts Center on time 2. Keep Keystone Avenue construction on schedule 3. Reach a resolution with the state regarding the area of Keystone Avenue around 146th Street 4. Maintain prosperity in Arts & Design District 5. Finish converting IWC water users to Carmel water 6. Complete Cool Creek Trail 7. Continue updating remaining fourway stops to roundabouts 8. Move towards citywide trash pickup

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By Kevin Kane Current in Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has some significant items on his 2010 to-do list, but while past years’ plans may have been to start new projects, Brainard’s goals for this New Year center around seeing those ongoing operations reach completion. “Obviously, the projects we have under construction are the ones we want to get done first,” he said. At the top of Brainard’s list for the New Year is getting the Regional Performing Arts Center completed on time. Currently, the completion date is scheduled for November of 2010, with the grand opening to be held three months later after the concert hall is tuned. With festivities and headlining acts for the center’s first official week being planned, keeping this effort on track is a top priority. But if finishing the RPAC is item 1 on the mayor’s list, Keystone Avenue is 1-A. In addition to getting the current construction finished and the Carmel Drive and Main Street roundabouts started on schedule, Brainard said the city has to come to a resolution with the state regarding the section of the road near 146th Street. “We have too many accidents there, too many

fatalities,” Brainard said. He added that while the project has been in planning for a long time, the safety of the citizens requires that strides start being made. The state, he said, is often preventing that from happening, though, including a few weeks ago when it notified Brainard that the project was suddenly lacking funds. Tired of waiting on the state, Brainard said next year Carmel will either seek to take over control of Keystone in that area or at least get the state back on track, which will help both Westfield and Carmel residents as well as business located along that section of Keystone.

“All the businesses in that area have put their expansion plans on hold,” he said. “I’m very disappointed in the way the State of Indiana has handled this.” The two major project make up the majority of the mayor’s goals for next year, but they aren’t the only tasks he’d like to get completed in 2010. He said he’d like to see the Arts & Design District continue to prosper with help from the RPAC and Indiana Design Center. He also wants to continue updating the city’s remaining four-way stops to roundabouts, complete Cool Creek Trail and finish converting all homes still using Indiana Water Company water to Carmel water, which he said will allow those residents to stop using water softeners. 2010 will be a big year for the City of Carmel, but most of the major developments on tap for next year are already in progress – not waiting to break ground. Brainard said that the city was good about accomplishing its goals for 2009, with one exception, and that task that wasn’t finished this year will definitely be addressed in the New Year. “The one we didn’t get done this year was going to citywide trash pick up,” he said. “We’re getting closer on that one.”

“All the businesses in that area have put their expansion plans on hold. I’m very disappointed in the way the State of Indiana has handled this.”

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It is our position that Indianapolis Executive Airport was a good buy for Hamilton County. At the Hamilton County Council meeting in December, Indiana Aviation Association President Bruce Payton presented council members a plaque honoring Indianapolis Executive Airport as the Indiana “airport of the year.” The award was based on an evaluation of the facility’s performance in areas such as economic development, aviation education, corporate citizenship and community outreach, safety and security and environmental improvements. As Hamilton County residents, we should be proud to have Indy Executive Airport as an asset – allowing for travel in anything from a small experimental aircraft to an executive-level jet, directly into Hamilton County for business and leisure alike. Indianapolis Executive Airport is located on the south side of S.R. 32 just west of Westfield, less than 30 minutes most of the county, and it is much more convenient for travelling short distances by air than Indianapolis International. Hamilton County residents should support this locally based asset over other private airports in the area and take full advantage of the considerable time, effort and resources in upgrades to the airport, its facilities and the management of operations.

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It is our position that Governor Daniels and the state administration are right to hold the cap on spending during these especially difficult economic times. While we all suffer at the loss of even one job, our government cannot imagine itself immune from the global financial circumstance. Even as our federal government admonishes us for spending too much on credit and saving too little, the solution they propose is massive spending – on credit – with almost no plan to reduce the bloated Washington “lifestyle.” Some have argued no state government worker should be displaced while others are being rewarded for good work. We respectfully – and heartily – disagree. Those state workers who have managed to do more with less should be rewarded financially and otherwise. While others unable or unwilling to remain competitive or relevant with our citizens have no right to expect absolute job security. Not everyone wins a trophy. Each day, we must work to prove our worth. The near socialist belief that a job once earned is a pass to lifetime employment must be reconsidered. As times change, so should our priorities. We citizens deserve the best – and we should demand it.

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Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Section 8. Continued To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years; To provide and maintain a navy; To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval

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A beautiful friendship COMMENTARY By Terry Anker We have added a new member to our family – well, a new member of sorts. We had a lengthy break from pet ownership following the passing of our beloved family Dalmatian, Beau, several years ago. But collectively we have concluded that our mourning, while never completely over, has subsided to the point that a new dog won’t seem like a betrayal. But how does one go about adding a pet to the family? Unlike the other big decisions we all make, this one is unusually permanent. A car or house can be sold. Even when bringing home a new baby, one has time to brace for impact. But with a pet, we go from a handshake to a lifetime in a moment. But like much of life if receptive and opportunity seeking, serendipity has an amazing way of providing a path. In our case, a very close family friend (and animal lover extraordinaire), has for many years been in the business of pet rescue. A casual conversation between she and my mother led to an introduction to our family’s new ward (and protector), a Klein poodle. At our initial meeting (more a chance for the group to interview us than a chance for us to greet the dog), we met a

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shiny black little guy (now 11 weeks old) being freshly washed and swaddled by the humans entrusted with his care. The very fact that so little thought goes into our decisions today – we have revamped our entire healthcare system with most voting on it not having read the bill – has bolstered the joy we have taken in painstakingly considering this one. As Rick Blaine said, “I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.” And those last a while. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@

While pausing to wish you and yours a heartfelt happy, healthy and prosperous new year, we’re emptying our leftovers of musing this week. Consider: • Your vaunted U.S. House of Representatives and Senate members have voted themselves $4,700 and $5,300 in raises, respectively. Why anyone would support either party is beyond comprehension. • Nice of “the people’s” representatives to Washington to vote not to give you (or us) Social Security cost-of-living raises in 2010 and 2011. Oh, well. As long as they can stand there with hands extended, collecting cash and then look themselves in the mirror, we’ll get exactly what we deserve. • In 2010, the sitting Congress can be knocked on its collective seat. A ton of House and Senate seats will be up for grabs. Change? Well, yes! We need to follow Virginia’s and New Jersey’s moves more toward independent thinking to correct the mess. Don’t blindly punch buttons in the booth. If you do and this abomination of representation continues, it’ll be, in part, your fault. • Will there be viable challengers bubbling to the surface in 2010 for the Carmel mayor’s race in 2011? We’ve heard nothing to make us think anyone will mount a serious challenge to Jim Brainard’s incumbency.

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg • We’re loving the adjacent growth and development that Hamilton Town Center is fostering in Noblesville. Apparently, if you build it they certainly will come. • Administration transparency? What administration transparency? Think about it … on local, state and national levels. • Come on, economy! Westfield needs you to continue its transformation. • A round of applause, please, for “newcomers” to the Current Publishing family: Mason Messmer (son of sales executive Kevin Messmer and his wife, Leslie) and Archie Lorenz (son of advertising artist Stefanie Lorenz and her husband, Matt) have landed. Thankfully, all is well on both fronts.

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Another year, another set of New Year’s resolutions Commentary By Danielle Wilson It’s that time of year again. A time to reflect on how 2009’s resolutions faired and which foolhardy notions I will challenge myself with in 2010. Last December, I published my New Year’s resolutions, and guess what? I think it helped. Knowing thousands of people were aware of my commitments actually kept me, well, committed. So I’m giving it another go. Here they are (and no laughing!): 1. Keep exercising. Last year, my husband got me into P90X, an intense workout regimen whose infomercial ruled late night television for a while and actually had me bikini buff in three months. But alas, it was way too much to continue with, so my goal this year is to find a nice balance between jogging, free weights and hot fudge sundaes. I got no place I need to be ‘til spring break, and that’s just with my kids who already think I’m weird looking. I want to focus on overall physical strength (cardio and dumbbells) and mental well-being (DQ Turtle Parfaits). 2. Enjoy the summer. I will be officially retiring as Babysitter Extraordinaire to my nephew and two nieces in May in preparation of finding gainful employment with a local high school come August. (Administrators, please e-mail me for my exceptional teaching resume!) So I am really going to make an effort to enjoy this summer; to spend quality time with just my kids, and to simply take pleasure in their, shall we say, unique personalities? Though they’ve had the wonderful opportunity to practically grow up with their cousins, they’ve had to sacrifice plenty of “mommy and me” time. I’m hoping to make that up to them this summer. 3. Be less bossy. This is going to be a hard one for me. I’m a control freak, a neat freak and a big-time punctuality freak. Freaky, I know. Usually, I am able to maintain a balance between my psychoses and my family, but

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occasionally, say 15 minutes before bedtime, with my husband on the couch amidst shoes, pillows and discarded McDonalds toys and the remnants of dinner suffocating the countertops, table and sink, I completely lose my fa-sizzhite to ensure the kids finish their homework and the kitchen is clean come morning. It ain’t pretty. So when situations like this arise in 2010, I’m vowing to take a step back, breathe deeply, and realize everything, even the crusty casserole pan, can wait. 4. Quit Spider Solitaire. I don’t know how it happened or even when, but somehow over the last several years I have become highly addicted to Spider Solitaire on my computer. It’s so bad that even when I give it up on Ash Wednesday, (replacing it with Web Sudoku or Facebook Scrabble, of course) I’m sucked right back in after Easter. Pathetic. My resolution is to limit myself to three rounds per day, then one, then done. Or at least make it to Lent. 5. Stop “triangulating.” On a serious note, I’m going to try my darndest to quit talking about people behind their backs this year. I’ve gotten a good start with some family issues that have thankfully resolved themselves, and I am now committed more than ever to gentle and respectful confrontation as well as recusing myself from situations where I am clearly a third-party sounding board. Gossip and heresay are just not healthy ways to communicate, and I, for one, am not going to tolerate it any longer! So what are your New Year’s resolutions? Consider sharing them with a friend so they can hold you accountable. Or have good laugh. Peace out! Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@

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Carmel couple to launch independent publishing company By Kevin Kane Current in Carmel Carmel couple Tracy Richardson and Chris Katsaropoulos will launch their new independent publishing company, Luminis Books, Jan. 9 at Big Hat Books in Indianapolis from 4-9 p.m. Luminis was technically started in October of 2008. However, Richardson said the time between then and the January launch was spent finding authors, setting up distribution agreements and waiting on reviews of the novels. Now, the company is ready to offer its work to the public. “The launch in January is our official start,” she said. “It’s when our books are starting to come out and become available.” At the launch party, Luminis authors will be present to meet readers and autograph copies. Two of the new company’s authors, however, include its owners. Before starting Luminis with wife Richardson, Katsaropoulos had worked as a writer and editor in the educational and trade publishing industry. With so much experience and a desire to do something different, Katsaropoulos said there was no reason not to start Luminis. “Technology allows a new publication to start up with a lot less cost now, and there are more


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marketing avenues available,” Katsaropoulos said. Katsaropoulos is currently marketing his first novel, “Fragile,” via Twitter. As for Richardson, her young adult novel “Indian Summer” is her first book of any kind, and it’s also being published by Luminis. While Katsaropoulos has an extensive background in publishing, Richardson’s work experience is in financial services. Both Richardson and Katsaropoulos are still working their previous day jobs, but they are committed to getting Luminis off the ground and following their passion for thought-provoking literary fiction, as well as young adult and middle grade fiction. “We’d always really wanted to get into this business, so we decided to jump right in,” Richardson said. “I can’t tell you how much we’ve been enjoying this.”

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By Kevin Kane Current in Carmel With the Indianapolis Colts assured at least one home playoff game this season, thousands of tickets are being bought and sold each day, but Carmel ticket broker Renny Harrison of Fanfare Tickets said anyone who’s thinking about attending home playoff games should act sooner than later. Currently, tickets for the Jan. 17 AFC Divisional game are starting at $135 for upperlevel seats while closer seats begin around $250. The face values of those tickets range from $60100 for upper-level seating and $110-325 for the lower level, but Harrison estimates that the prices will only continue to rise. “Once we get a better idea of who we’re going to play, we’ll start to see some more tickets trickle in and the prices may change,” he said.

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The Fanfare Tickets staff includes (from left to right) Jim Pruitt, Renny Harrison, Connie Degen, Wendi Louks and Brittini Faherty. Located in Carmel, this ticket broker has hundreds of tickets for Indianapolis Colts playoff games taking place Jan. 17 and 24, but Harrison said the time to buy is now.

Harrison said drawing nearby teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals or long-standing rivals like the New England Patriots will cause prices to climb, but unfamiliar opponents located hours away will not force a drop in prices. He said they will basically stay about the same. AFC Championship tickets are even pricier, with the cheapest seats starting around $250, but Harrision said the time to buy those tickets is now, because once the Colts reach that round and the opponent is known, prices will again climb. Fanfare Tickets, Harrision said, doesn’t make all of its tickets available at once to ensure that events are never truly “sold out.” The reason to buy now, however, is simply to ensure a better price – not in fear that nothing will be left. Still, time is dwindling quickly.

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On Dec. 23, Carmel Arts Council Executive Director Doreen Squire Ficara (far left) and President Cherie Piebes presented Steven Libman, Executive Director of the Regional Performing Arts Center, with a check for $20,000. The money was raised at the Arts Council’s most recent gala, Moonlight Magic, which was held at the Ritz Charles on Nov. 14. A gala has been held each of the past three years, and the Arts Council has so far raised $62,000 for the Regional Performing Arts Center Foundation from those events. “Our goal is to raise over $100,000 before the opening of the center,” Piebes said. The RPAC is scheduled to be completed in November of 2010 with its grand opening in January 2011.

Renny Harrison said buying through a ticket broker, such as Fanfare Tickets, is the safer route for purchasing playoff tickets, especially the AFC Championship game. With a broker as the middleman, the validity of tickets purchased isn’t in question, and if the Indianapolis Colts don’t make it past their first game, a refund for the later games is guaranteed.

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A bell ringer brings joy COMMENTARY By jeff Worrell On a snowy, cold and windy Saturday morning, I tried to reach Carmel resident Tim Reiman at home. His wife, Karen, responded to my inquiry, “Not here. He is watching his kettle.” For Tim Reiman, there is not much else he would rather be doing for the three weeks leading up to Christmas. Tim is responsible for two kettles belonging to the Salvation Army, and with the help of a handbell and an army of bighearted, dedicated volunteers, Tim’s kettles help make our world a better place. Primarily, Tim and his fellow Carmel Lions Club members dutifully ring their bells for the Salvation Army in front of Marsh and the Fashion Mall – 10 hours a day for 23 days in December. The Lions also rely on friends, neighbors, grandkids and any other living, breathing human being with an unselfish demeanor and an elbow capable of bell tintinnabulation flexion and extension. This year, Scoutmaster Scott Hamachek decided his Cub Scout Pack #112 would dedicate a dad and two cubs every half hour on a Saturday, providing a great Christmas lesson for his young charges. Boys dressed in uniform bring out the best in people and their money, as Pack #112 holds the record for best kettle proceeds ever!

Nickles, dimes and quarters sure do add up. Last year, the Carmel Lions Club was able to turn in $11,700 to help the Salvation Army meet its stated objective: providing the three “S’s” – soup, soap and salvation – to the needy. That makes our Carmel Lions the most successful kettle-watching, bell-clanging, money-raising group in Central Indiana. Tim and the Lions are big believers in the work of the Salvation Army, noting that they operate their organization using less than 10 percent of the donations collected for expenses. For the last eight years, the Lions have agreed to be responsible for covering the 230 two-hour hour shifts necessary for just two locations. The generous nature of people stuffing their bounty in the kettles continues to generate even more bell ringing. With great respect, I refer to Mr. Reiman as one generous individual. He is quick to give the credit to the Lions, Cub Scouts and his neighbors and friends. But without Tim Reiman, there would be fewer warm beds for the homeless, and it would have been a much, much quieter Christmas season. Ring on! Jeff Worrell is a local business owner. He recognizes volunteers on “Connecting with Carmel” on cable channel 16. Contact him at

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Are the holidays worth the hassle? COMMENTARY By Jason “Hogjawz” Peek Leading up to Christmas, I saw people running around like chickens being chased. People were complaining about shopping, all the cooking and preparing for family to come over, what gifts they were getting for each child and of course, in-laws. So I began to ask the question: Are holidays worth the hassle? From what I was hearing that week, it seemed like maybe not. For the most part, I found out that Christmas was nearly everyone’s favorite holiday, whether they were a follower of Jesus or not. People like it not just because of the gifts we got, but because deep down we really do love to spend time with our families. We may not like everything that our family members do, but we do still love them. The holidays bring a feel to the table of

love,unity and family. They make you think about what you’re thankful for, and what’s really important. The holidays may not be all fun and food, but the census from the shop is: Yes, they are worth the hassle. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and have a Happy New Year. Jason Peek is the owner of the Main Street Barber Shop. Want to tell him what you think? Stop in for a haircut or e-mail him at

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The color of the year for 2010 COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley The color of the year for 2010 is (drum roll) Pantone 15-5519 turquoise! This winning color is a vivid hue with the unique quality of being an inviting color that couples the serene qualities of blue with the vibrant energy of green. It simply walks the line between the two, creating the perfect color to paint the oceans. This announcement, which really does qualify as an Academy Award in the world of color, was made by the gurus of all color, Pantone. Pantone is the industry leader of color matching systems for textiles, printing and any entity that relies on color. Pantone is a system whereby manufacturers in different locations can indicate the usage of a color that is found in a Pantone deck and trust that it will be understood by suppliers and vendors. Simply put, Pantone offers color matching without direct contact. The Pantone Color Institute is a color research and information center that shares its color expertise with professionals in a variety of industries, including fashion, commercial/industrial, contract and interior design, graphic arts, advertising, film and education. The prediction of trends is often founded in studies produced by Pantone that study how color influences thought, emotions and physical reaction. Turquoise, according to these color mavens,

“evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.” Regardless of the psychological meaning behind the color, turquoise offers a fresh change for the New Year. I have been using it paired with red and gold for an update in homes that have an abundance of the green, gold and red pallet. Just chang-

ing one color for another judicially can bring a home into the next decade without a huge overhaul. Previous winners of color of the year began with “chili pepper” in 2007. This deep, spicy red strikes a high note in an interior setting with a boldness that is eye-catching and sophisticated. Chili pepper is outgoing, confident, and designsavvy attitude in interior decorating. 2008 was the year of “blue iris,” a beautiful blue-purple that would be found in a garden ripe with blooming flora. This is a color that combines calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple. It was said to be a color that satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement. 2009 was the year of the “mimosa.” This color is a warm, energetic yellow that was felt to provide optimism in a time of economic uncertainty and political change. Theory held that this yellow held the quality of the sun, which humans are drawn to for reassurance. Congratulations to turquoise, the color of the year for 2010! We are ready for the change! Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact

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New Year's resolutions from a grammarian COMMENTARY By Brandie Bohney As we approach the New Year, many people face the annual task of deciding which New Year’s resolutions they will be making (and for many, breaking). If you’re looking for something less daunting than lofty goals such as becoming Peyton Manning’s best friend (I tried for years, and it has just never worked out), how about resolving to improve your grammar?  Below is a list of the top 10 grammar mistakes that, in my opinion, can make you seem less credible than you are. Each item has a quick-fix suggestion.  10. Accept/except and affect/effect: Remember in these cases that A = action. Accept and affect are both verbs, and with very limited exceptions; except and effect are not. 9. Using of instead of have: This problem refers to the verb forms could have, would have, and should have. Because we so frequently use the contracted forms that sound like could of, would of, and should of, people write them using of instead of have. Just stop and think about what you’re really saying.  8. Then/than: Again, this is a pronunciation problem more than anything. Than is used for comparisons; then is used as a reference in time.  7. Its/it’s: Possessive pronouns do not use apostrophes (think about his, hers, and theirs).  It’s is a contraction for it is or it was.  6. Your/you’re: Your is a possessive pronoun (see #7), and you’re is the contraction for you are.  5. Their/they’re/there: Their is a possessive pro-

noun (see #7), there is the contraction for they are, and there is most often used to refer to a location. 4. Overuse of reflexive pronouns: Reflexive pronouns are the one that end in –self (myself, yourself, himself, etc.). They are used only in situations where the subject of the sentence is the same as the object and is somehow acting upon itself. They should not be used in any situation where a subject or object pronoun would work.  3. Using apostrophes with plurals: Plural nouns, unless they are also possessive, do not get apostrophes. And, not to overstate myself, but possessive pronouns don’t get apostrophes (see #7).  2. Subject and object pronoun confusion: Most commonly made when the pronoun is paired with other nouns, the easiest fix is to drop the noun to determine whether it’s the correct pronoun pairing. For example, Me and her went to the mall with she and Jim. Me went to the mall? Her went to the mall? With she?  1. Subject-verb agreement: There’s a big difference between making a glaring error in subject-verb agreement (We was going to finish, but they done it for us.) and making a more subtle error (Girls’ overwhelming need to be accepted by unwilling peers are hard to understand.). It’s an error either way, though, and making certain you use the correct verb is tremendously important.  Best wishes with those resolutions! Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at

Four things we cannot recover COMMENTARY By Becky Kapsalis Happy New Year! This time of year sets the stage for all of us to both look forward and reflect on years past. My focus today is to define those things we must learn to live by in the “now.” Leo Tolstoy writes, “Do not do anything, either among others or alone, which is opposed by your conscience.” Most of my articles have addressed the people we are and the people we want our children to become. A friend sent me an e-mail of four things we cannot recover, which, I feel, fit in appropriately with having a happy New Year! Four things we cannot recover are …       The stone … after the throw!       The word … after it is said!       The occasion … after the loss!       The time … after it is gone! Going forward into the New Year and beyond, remembering what we cannot recover, especially with our children, gives us plenty to contemplate and aspire to. My interpretation of the four non-recoverable aspects of our lives as it pertains to our families are … The stone, once thrown, symbolizes today with our children; make the best of what we

don’t get back. The word, once said, needs to be a kind and good word for our children to perpetuate. The occasion, after the loss, represents those times we need help in deciding, “Should I or shouldn’t I go?” The time, after it’s gone, helps us realize our time well spent is time with family – establishing cohesion and connection. Following our conscience and being aware of the four things we cannot recover dilutes our feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, fearful or doubtful, opening every door of opportunity and empowering us to empower our children to follow their conscience.  When we practice just one of these unrecoverable acts one at a time per week, until, by osmosis, they become integral parts of our lives, we will accomplish the happiest of new years. From the Kapsalis and Miller families, we send you hugs and happy New Year blessings!  Becky Kapsalis. aka YiaYia (pronounced Ya-Ya.) is a certified parenting advocate and child behavior coach. You may reach her at 317-848-7979 or e-mail becky@

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

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DISPATCHES » Patient discusses lifesaving shock – On Dec. 21, St. Vincent patient William Sears, 60, shared his astonishing story of suffering sudden cardiac arrest while sleeping, and being resuscitated by the LifeVest, a wearable cardioverter defibrillator. Sears’ near-fatal arrhythmia was detected by the device, and he was brought back to life during this holiday season. He was joined by Dr. Richard Fogel, electrophysiologist at the St.Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, who discussed the benefits of the LifeVest. » Fresh tips for fresh breath 1. Drink more water to help replenish saliva 2. Avoid mints and gum with sugar, which feed bad breath bacteria 3. Use oral products that contain oxygenating compounds 4. Always brush your tongue 5. Don't use mouthwash containing alcohol, which dries the mouth -

I want to change – How can I make resolutions that last? COMMENTARY By Kirk and Nancy Lawrence ‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, so let’s look at yours! Check the list to see if you have set yourself up for success in sticking to a healthier lifestyle. If the guy on the “Biggest Loser” can lose 239 pounds, surely we can (at least) be the talk of the town! Specific is terrific. It’s the specific behavior changes that are easier to stick with than vague wishes like, “I wanna lose 10 pounds.” Rather than thinking “I will exercise more in 2010,” schedule your days so you will go to the gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for 30-45 minutes. Change that is real. Don’t change a behavior just to please others or to be more popular – change has to come from inside you to take better control and care for yourself and to enrich your life. You are worth it! Believe in yourself. Look for realistic role models that are doing what you want to do

– they are in health clubs and aerobics classes throughout Hamilton County. If they can do it, so can you! Convenience counts. Keep your action plan realistic; don’t try to invent a whole new lifestyle for yourself! Make a few easy and simple changes to get started, and build on this success. Anticipate challenges. Make a plan for coping with all the inevitable obstacles of life. Here’s the biggest tip of them all: Don’t let a few days of relapse equal another year of sedentary zoo living. Use Mondays to get back on track, and try to maintain or succeed the exercise program each month with a renewed zest. Most of all, merry fitness and a happy new rear! Kirk and Nancy Lawrence are the club owners and certified personal trainers at Anytime Fitness in Westfield. To submit a question for future articles, please contact Kirk and Nancy at

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10 foot-care tips for the New Year COMMENTARY By Dr. David Sullivan 1. When shopping for shoes, choose quality and comfort over style. 2. Pay closer attention to your feet and toes. Scrub them clean, just like you do every other part of your body. If you can’t reach your toes, shop around for assistive devices or forget your pride and ask a loved one to help you out. 3. Moisturize everywhere except the webspace between the toes. Too much moisture there increases your chances of getting fungus (athlete’s foot). 4. Ladies, watch the heel height. Try your best to keep it under 1½”. Going from higher heels to being barefoot in the house increases stress on your Achilles tendon and can develop into other issues. 5. No flimsy flip flops! (unless you really like coming to my office) 6. Avoid “medicated” corn pads. This medication is acid that is not healthy for the skin around the callus or corn. 7. Use the PedEgg for callused heel – not once a month, but daily or every other day. Make it part of your routine. 8. If you have a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, ease into it. Don’t jump on the treadmill and see how far you can go on day one. You need to adequately stretch and increase mileage slowly. If you don’t,

you are increasing your risk of developing a painful condition that will halt your workout routine and stall your weight loss efforts 9. The wart virus and fungus like similar environments – moist, dark, and dirty. So avoid the nasty old tennis shoes you use to mow the yard with, etc. 10. Do not ignore foot pain. If your foot hurts, there is a reason for it. If it does not improve within two weeks or causes you to limp or is swollen, bruised or infected, come see me. Dr. David R. Sullivan is a boardcertified foot surgeon and certified wound specialist with Westfield Foot and Ankle, LLC. He can be reached at or 317-896-6655.

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Traveling sculptures stop at CCPL By Arika Herron Current in Carmel Loaner became borrower last month when the Carmel Clay Public Library accepted more than 100 sculptures as part of a temporary exhibit. The exhibit is presented by Sculptureworks, a large constortium of artists, and will be installed at the library through April. Library director Wendy Phillips came across Sculptureworks when trying to find a use for the space where the old library drop box sat. “Art, like music, enhances the quality of life for all of us,” Phillips said. “We are fortunate to have so many talented artists share their creativity through public exhibition of their sculptural works. The pieces come in all sizes, shapes, and subject matter, some realistic and others whimsical. In every case, the pieces are a joy to see, to touch, and to study.” Sculptureworks loans art to libraries across the country, representing more than 50 artists worldwide—19 of them are represented in the Carmel library. “SculptureWorks targets libraries to display sculpture because they are a good place for that,” said Beth Smietana, communications manager for the library. That being said, the pieces on exhibit are available for purchase. The library hopes, with the help of donors, to secure several of the pieces to be permanent exhibits.

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These sculptures are a small sample of the 100 on loan at Carmel Clay Public Library. The traveling exhibit features works from 19 different artists.

“I think it gives the library a more festive atmosphere,” Smietana said. “I think art in general will do that, especially when it hasn’t been there before. This is out of the ordinary and people are curious.” Any curious observer is welcome to interact with and touch the works. Smietana said children especially have enjoyed interacting with

pieces on display in the children’s section. But it’s not just for children. Smietana said there is something for everyone to enjoy in the exhibit. Pieces from 19 different sculptures range from nature and animals to human likenesses. One of the sculptors will be visiting the library next month to speak, with details being announced at a later date.


Barbie: The Fashion Experience When: All day, through Feb. 1, 2010 Where: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 3000 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN, 46208 Cost: Free with museum admission Info: (317) 334-3322 or Details: The world’s most popular doll is also everyone’s favorite fashionista, inspiring young designers and professionals alike to create the fashion of their dreams. All ages will enjoy this hands-on exhibit in which you can take your designs from the workroom to the runway, go backstage with Barbie and see her most famous looks from 50 years of fashion modeled by Barbie herself, as well as life-size designs by New York designers including Betsey Johnson and Nicole Miller! Barbie has unique inter-generational appeal, and families also will have opportunities to share Barbie memories and learn about collecting.

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Musical grand opening

‘The Wizard of Oz’

Indianapolis Civic Theatre’s signature holiday extravaganza “The Wizard of OZ” returns to the stage for the holidays through Jan. 3. Directed by Civic Director of Music & Education Brent E. Marty and choreographed by Rory D. Shivers, the show will feature more than 40 munchkins, lavish sets, amazing special effects and all of the well-loved songs from the film. This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the popular MGM movie that made Judy Garland famous. For more information, visit

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Anna Lasbury, 12, a seventh-grader at Carmel Middle School, is the featured young performer in A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. On stage through New Year's Eve, the performance features singing, dancing, a salute to the military, a live Nativity, and a special segment for children. Call 317-872-9664 for ticket information.

Lambert's Lowrey Organ Center will hold a musical grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 7 to celebrate the move to Noblesville Square Shopping Center. Artist Lori Graves will perform mini-concerts at 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call 317-773-2002.

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will present its biennial Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art through Jan. 18. The sixth cycle of the initiative features an exhibition of artwork, called Art Quantum.

My Kid Can Paint That!

Magdalena Gallery of Art in Carmel is presenting this art show, displaying artwork by local kids. Opening night was Nov. 21. All artwork is available for sale, ranging from $100 to $150. Call 317-8440005 for details.


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. 31: Bunny Brothers Jan. 2: C.W. & The Working Class Trio Jan. 8: Pack of Chihuahuas Jan. 9: Twisted Gold Jan. 15: Endless Summer Band Jan. 16: Soul Street Jan. 22: Living Proof

The following musical acts will be playing at Bar Louie, 14299 Clay Terrace Boulevard in Carmel. For more information, call 317-843-1200. Dec. 31: Barometer Soup (non-smoking event)

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The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese By Margaret Hathaway

Prep time: 15 min Total time: 30 min Makes: 4 servings Ingredients: • 2 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into thin wedges • 1 red onion, thinly sliced • 3 tbsp. olive oil • Kosher salt and black pepper • 4 six-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts •  bunch spinach, thick stems removed (about 4 cups) • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice Directions: • Heat oven to 425° F. • On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the potatoes, onion, 2 tbsp. of oil, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Roast until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. • Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes per side. • In a large bowl, toss the warm potato mixture with the spinach, lime juice, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Serve with the chicken.

Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz were a young couple living and working in New York City but wanting to find a simpler life in the country farming. Raising goats appealed to them, but they didn’t want to jump into it without knowing more about goats and goat cheeses. So they set off on a yearlong adventure (coincidentally the Chinese Year of the Goat) traveling through 43 states from Maine to California to learn everything they could. They talked to world-class chefs, attended the largest goat auction in Texas and visited small and large-scale goat farmers (including Capriole Farm in Greenville, Ind.), breeders and cheese makers and even a collector of goat memorabilia. The information they gather along the way and the variety of people they meet makes for an entertaining journey, whether you are a lover of goat cheese or not. Margaret Hathaway is a delightful storyteller and does a wonderful job of balancing information about goats and goat cheeses with human interest. Reviewed by Christine Owens CCPL Reference Services Manager Visit the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Web site at for more book reviews.

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Who says you have to be by the coast or in an overpriced restaurant to get good seafood? Bonefish Grill offers restaurant-goers some from-the-sea variety at prices that won’t sink their budgets. The menu isn’t overly large, but the entree variety is. Bonefish offers nearly all of the popular seafood options both in the traditional form as well as in some unique variations, such as the spicy Bang Bang Shrimp. To supplement the selections and provide some variety for the restaurant’s regulars, Bonefish offers a full list of special, limited-time entrees. For those selections and others, Bonefish offers an extensive list of beer and wine options to compliment any meal Seafood’s the specialty, but Bonefish can offer a great meal even to those not in the mood for grouper and scallops. Steaks, chicken and burgers are all on the menu, tasting like they came from a restaurant where fish isn’t the focus. 4501 East 82nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46250 Phone: 317-863-3474 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 4 – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 4 – 11 p.m. Sunday, 4 – 9:30 p.m.

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COMMENTARY By Chef Michael R. Vlasich The holiday break is upon us. Most of us hit the high road for far-away destinations of warm climates, beaches and the universal symbol of the tropics, the palm tree. Along with palm trees come the coconut, which is a tropical plant, speculated to have originated in New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Long ago, through nature, they were distributed throughout the Pacific from Southeast Asia to Africa. Never indigenous to the Atlantic, it is believed by some to have reached the Pacific shores of Central and South America on its own nautically in hurricanes and monsoons. But in the Caribbean, like so many other plants, coconuts came from the European explorers via Africa in the heavy shipping exploration excursions centuries ago. From there, coconuts reached American shores, currently being found up and down the coast of Florida, the Gulf States and the Carolinas. The word “coco” comes from the Portuguese and means “grimace,” as many believed the shell resembled a grinning face. The coconut and palm tree have been staples of all coastal civilizations, being used for everything imaginable. Coconuts are a virtual all-purpose, eat, drink, wear, shelter, warmth and medicate product. What else can you ask for? No wonder it is revered in so many societies. We as Americans could take lessons from this; I know the perfect gift next year.

coconut shrimp and asparagus soup

So while you are burning away on the sands as all tourists do, look up at those palms, think about the coconuts hanging, and envision your next golf shirt, casual pair of slacks, addition to your home or final course for Sunday dinner next week. The options are endless; the variety is astonishing. Included is a great wintertime Asian coconut soup to try.

Ingredients: • 2 cans coconut cream • 2 cans cream of asparagus soup • 1 cup water • 1 tbsp. curry paste • 1 tbsp. soy sauce • 1 tbsp. lemon Juice • ½ # cooked rough chopped shrimp meat • Salt and pepper • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley • Oyster crackers Directions: In a pot, combine the soup with the coconut cream, water, soy sauce, lemon and curry paste. Simmer until smooth. Add the shrimp, adjust seasoning, and serve with chopped parsley and oyster crackers.

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@


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‘Lettuce’ show you some healthy dishes for weight loss By Molly Herner Current in Noblesville I am going to quit smoking. I am going to read more and watch less TV.  I am going to lose weight. Sound familiar?  I can help you begin at least the latter of these resolutions and get your year off to a healthy start. I have some delicious yet healthful recipe suggestions that you and your family can enjoy together.  Start by trying creative new salad options instead of your plain, old, bagged salad. Use fresh romaine lettuce and fruit to liven up a plain salad. Using good cheese like whole milk mozzarella or blue cheese crumbles is suitable in small amounts. Here are three great ideas to get you started.

Insalata Caprese

Thickly slice some of your favorite tomatoes and lay a small fresh basil leaf on top. Slice a piece of fresh mozzarella cheese, preferably the buffalo variety that comes in ball form and packed in water. This cheese is a great dairy product and when eaten in a small quantity is not bad for you. Layer the cheese on top of the

tomato slice. Drizzle the tomatoes, basil and cheese with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and enjoy.

Romaine, blue cheese and melon salad

Start by chopping a fresh head of romaine lettuce. Wash and drain the lettuce to rid it of residual silt or dirt. Next, dice either your favorite melon or a pineapple. Even apples work well; any kind of firm fruit works for this salad. Next, add some blue cheese crumbles, or use chopped whole milk mozzarella again. Toss this with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Wheat pasta and garbanzo bean salad

Using wheat pasta in general ensures a serving of whole grain for the day. Substitute wheat pasta for white pasta any day and with any dish. Wheat pasta needs to boil a bit longer, but is generally the same. Molly Herner, is the baker/pastry chef at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano. You may email her at odette05@

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Richmond, Ind. Getting there: Take I-69 south and I-70 east to Richmond. About 83 miles, 1 ½ hours. Info: (800) 828-8414, www.visitrichmond. org. What: Antique shopping, museum exploring and cozy bed & breakfasts make Richmond, the Photo provided by the Wayne County Historical Museum former “Gateway to Wayne County Historical Museum founder Julia Meek Gaar purchased the the West” on the old mummy at a curio store during a 1929 visit to Cairo, Egypt. National Road an inviting winter weekend escape. Local history unfolds in the captivating 70-year-old Wayne County Historical Museum (www.waynecountyhistorical, where 13 vehicles dating to the early 1900s honor the past when 14 makes of automobiles were manufactured in Richmond. The museum’s centerpiece is its famous 3,000-year-old mummy. There’s an indoor Main Street display with an apothecary, bicycle shop, general store and gunsmith. In the Moore Museum at Earlham College a couple of miles to the west, visitors can see, yes, even another mummy, plus live reptiles along with skeletons of an allosaurus, mastodon and a huge ground sloth. Indiana’s Antique Alley runs through Richmond and branches out to include more than 900 dealers from Richmond to Centerville with the state’s largest antique mall (Webb’s) to Knightstown on U.S. 40 and then circling back on scenic State Road 38 through New Castle, Hagerstown, and Green’s Fork.

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Wheat pasta and garbanzo bean salad Ingredients: • 1 pound wheat farfelle (bow ties) or penne pasta • 5 artichoke hearts • 6 ounces of sundried tomatoes • 5 ounces of feta cheese crumbles • Chopped calamata or green olives • One can of garbanzo beans • 1/2 cup olive oil • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar Directions: 1. Boil the wheat farfalle or penne pasta and


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DISPATCHES » Income tax planning for women – Susan of Somerset CPAs will present the basics of individual income taxes with particular focus on income and adjustments, Jan. 14 from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the Somerset Conference Center in Indianapolis. » Top six consumer stocks for 2010 1. Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) 2. Clorox (CLX) 3. Proctor & Gamble (PG) 4. Phillip Morris International (PMI) 5. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) 6. PepsiCo (PEP) - » Carmel Green Award - The Green award sponsored by Vine & Branch and the Carmel Chamber of Commerce was recently presented to the Upper White River Watershed Alliance (UWRWA). The Green Award recognizes an organization, company or association that is solving environmental challenges using innovative and green practices or by setting up creative partnerships to enhance the environment.

Ten technology-related red flags for small businesses in 2010 COMMENTARY By David Cain As technology facilitates behavioral change, organizations of all sizes must develop new strategies. A clear path to irrelevancy is to ignore change or – worse yet – fight it. If you continue business as usual, running your career and business day by day, you will find you might not be needed. Consider these red flags that you are on the path to irrelevance. FLAG 1: You don’t have a mobile strategy, yet you spend all your time relying on your mobile device to connect and communicate. FLAG 2: You have no defined online strategy – you just guess and explore – yet like 80 percent of all C-level executives, you spend up to four hours a day on the Internet. FLAG 3: You think Facebook is something for your teenage kids, yet more than 90 percent of your customers believe a company should have a social media presence, and more than 40 percent want to do business with a company that uses social media platforms. FLAG 4: You think “interconnected” is a puzzle or something pornographic, yet you are always available via a mobile device, and the majority of your customers are demanding new ways to interact with your brand. FLAG 5: You think transparency means con-

trolling information, yet younger buyers are spending their time buying from companies they can authentically connect with. FLAG 6: You don’t update your online presence, yet you have your physical office cleaned regularly. FLAG 7: You spend countless hours working on office efficiencies, yet you have an online office that is widely inefficient. FLAG 8: You, like most people, want to read more, but you never make the time, yet your online destination is stacked tall with text waiting for all those non-readers to dig in. FLAG 9: You think the Internet is just another platform, yet the average professional will spend more time online than they do talking to their spouse or watching broadcast media. FLAG 10: You say you want more, yet you do the same things expecting different results. If one of these flags sounds familiar, now is the time to adjust or be left wondering where the world went while you or your company proceeded down familiar, but irrelevant paths. David Cain works at MediaSauce, a digital media and online marketing company in Carmel. David welcomes your questions or comments at

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COMMENTARY By Robert Montgomery 2010 will begin the renewal of our world.  We have 6 billion people alive today. We will have 9 billion by 2050. We need new roads, new sources of food, new sources of energy, new infrastructure including sewers and a greater flow of water – fresh water.  We will need new and better schools, and we will need at least a billion new homes.  What will it cost to sustain even our present standard of living? One estimate goes as high as 50 trillion dollars.  That’s alright because you can’t spend money. You can only circulate it faster. The faster you circulate money, the more prosperity it generates.  The world of people must build a new and better world for the people who are coming as well as the people who are here now. In addition, we have 1 million people a day dying from starvation.  This new infrastructure is long overdue. China, for example, has 500 million people building a new system to feed and clothe 900 million people who go to bed hungry every night.  China has announced it will budget more than 10 trillion dollars to improve the life of its people. India is now beginning to invest more than 3 trillion dollars to improve life. 

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Brazil has already invested more than 500 billion dollars improving its infrastructure, and Brazil is now leading the world in human progress and prosperity. This is the beginning of a global building boom.  Start looking for good opportunities to invest both money and time. Read what’s happening in Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Egypt, Germany, Italy and China. Develop an inquisitive nature so you can take advantage of the great opportunities already appearing all over the world – and right here in Indiana.  How can you improve your chances of success in life with the huge increase in population? Try these five suggestions.  1. Become a true student of people. Study people’s wants and needs. People are emotional; they have faith, and they are now starting to think globally.  The world is too big – already, there are too many people to depend upon chance encounters. You have to stop living by accident and start living on purpose.  Start with writing in your diary what you want, what you need to make you happy. Then start looking for people who can satisfy these needs.   2. When you think you can, you can. When you think you can’t, you’re right. Never stop

trying. In today’s world, everything belongs to someone. Your job is to find the people who have what you want and need. 3. Become interested … stop trying to make yourself interesting. Become a great listener. There are only two kinds of people: people who create stories, and people who buy the life stories of others.  During this massive explosion of the world’s population, we will need more listeners.  4. Stop being a leader, and start being a manager. Leaders have a little power Managers own the power Managers usually can tell the leaders where to go.  5. Every human being is a mystery. In the Bible it is written, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” The word “meek” in ancient Greek means “listener.” Only through your ears can you see the new opportunities that will spring up everywhere.   

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COMMENTARY By Rachael Noble Dearest singles, happy New Year to you! Have you completed your new resolutions list? My first of 10 resolutions was the typical one: Get back into the ol’ work out routine (those biscuits and gravy made over the holidays by the loving hands of my southern mamma get me on the treadmill every time). What hardships did you face in 2009? A messy divorce? A lonely holiday? A death in the family? A child who disappointed you? Now, take a deep, cleansing breath and slowly let it out. Because guess what, singles? It’s a new year and we all get a fresh, new start! How about a second chance to change our attitudes, practice forgiveness, give back to our community, restore broken relationships and strive for greatness! Another resolution for me: forgiveness. My ever-so-wise biscuit-baking mother, despite hardships (a list too long to mention) has never seemed to have a mean thing to say about anyone. She even forgave and befriended a woman who once came into our family and tried to destroy it. This woman became broken and changed forever because of my mother’s forgiveness and unconditional love. I asked my mom how she could do it. Her words were profound. She asked me to think

about every bad thing I had ever done – things I would never want people to know. Then she asked, “What if every bad deed you committed was broadcast on the news where your child, family and friends could see every detail? What if everywhere you went, people judged you, based upon all of these mistakes? Now, think about how God in his mercy has allowed you to live your life forgiven and not under condemnation or constant scrutiny of past actions. Knowing this, how dare we for even one second hold a grudge for another’s wrong doings?” Friends, let’s think of this new year as a chance to forgive others as we have been forgiven. If you’re dealing with hurt and anger from a divorce or a broken friendship, consider the mercy you’ve been shown and pay it forward! Certainly, I am talking to myself here too. Perhaps I will move forgiveness to the No. 1 spot on my resolutions list. What are you going to do with your new chance at life? If forgiveness is in your resolution forecast, we are in this together – a fresh new start with forgiveness as our goal. Bring it on!


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Strong finish, new beginning, Part 5 COMMENTARY By Bob Walters The only New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever kept – maybe the only two I ever made – were to quit smoking (1994), and to read the entire Bible (2002). I started early on both of them. I bought what I planned and hoped would be my last carton of cigarettes just before Christmas 1993, and I started reading the Bible in December 2001. I mentioned the resolution to quit smoking a couple years ago (Jan. 1, 2008, column #60, in the context of finding strength I didn’t know I had from a God I didn’t think I knew. It was one of several examples I trace in my previous non-church life of what minister Russ Blowers called “prevenient grace.” That’s when God’s grace is mystically, actively bestowed upon us and we are sure we have a) done nothing to deserve it and b) not confessed faith in Christ. “Prevenient” means antecedent and doesn’t appear in most dictionaries. “Prevenient Grace” is an actual theological construct within the Calvinist vs. Arminian, predestination vs. grace debate. (As an aside: Calvinism vs. Arminianism typically is a heated conversation between believers. I don’t think it is of much value to seekers, skeptics and non-believers; only confusing and beside the main point. For an article that explains without preaching, go to and search “arminianism.” The “main point,” by the way, is Jesus Christ.) Anyway, I quit smoking. Cold turkey. Prevenient grace. I’m still alive. The resolution to read the entire Bible in 2002 followed my being baptized in November 2001. Many things fell in place that led me to Christ – and held me there – in the latter part of 2001. One of the pieces was that my then-pastor Dave Faust announced a weekly walkingthrough-the-Bible class starting early 2002. As I contemplated Baptism, I wanted to know the Bible, and by taking my heart and mind through that door, I could “learn from Christ, not just about Him.” (Hat tip for that line goes to preacher Dave Mullins’ sermon at E91 a couple weeks ago.) As I was in the final throes of the decision to be baptized, the Bible class was the last nudge I needed. I could read, I could learn, I could walk in my new-found faith. Smoking remains gone, and the Bible remains on board. These were not resolutions, they were gifts. They were the real Christ in Christmas, continued.

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Google results may contain malware! COMMENTARY By Gary Hubbatd Google has built its empire on a very simple concept: being relevant. Its system for weeding out irrelevant Web sites for a given search phrase has been its “secret sauce” and has allowed the company to dominate in the world of search.  But any technology that attracts that many users will attract those with malicious intent who will focus all their energy on finding ways to exploit those users.  Google is constantly working on ways to deal with something called “SEO poisoning” – allowing hackers to get malicious sites listed, sometimes on the first page of popular searches.  SEO stands for “search engine optimization,” and it is a process used to optimize a Web site for the highest possible ranking on search engines. The closer to the first position in the search results you can get, the more people will click on it.  Most folks assume that if Google presents a site as a result, it must be safe. Unfortunately, those days are long gone; the bad guys have figured out how to sneak malicious sites into Google’s results and have been doing it for some time.  The most common search terms being targeted (but not the only ones) are current events as they are occurring – things like “swine flu” or

“Tiger Woods’ mistress.” The scammers either quickly create Web sites rigged with hidden malware and optimized to rank highly for these breaking events, or they compromise a legitimate site that is highly optimized for these types of searches to unknowingly infect or exploit visitors. Researchers have found that as many as 50 percent of the top search results on the first few pages of a Google search for fast-breaking stories are laced with malicious links. And just recently, the malware writers started targeting folks who click on the Google “doodle,” which is usually a date-specific image that graces the Google logo above the search

box. Most recently, the “Esperanto flag,” displayed on the 150th anniversary of founder L.L. Zamenhoff’s birthday, was targeted and resulted in 27 of the first 50 results containing some form of malware, according to a research scientist at Barracuda Networks.  As a result of all of these tricks, a number of companies have created programs to help the average user avoid being exploited. Two of my favorites are free and easy to use. The first is K9 Web Protection (www., which is a solid parental control program that also does a great job blocking access to sites with suspicious coding. The other is a plug-in to most popular browsers called Web Of Trust (, which uses the entire community of users to help warn others of suspicious sites. The warnings extend beyond malware to warn against sites that might have adware, phishing attacks, browser exploits, Internet fraud and spam, but because the ratings are user based, it will have more false positives.  Gary Hubbard is the owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - Have a technology question? Send it to

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» Training cats - Toys, walks, car rides, and praise are great motivators for dogs. For most cats, it's food. They care less about "good kitty" than about good kitty treats. So to motivate your cat, you're going to reward her with a treat every time she uses the scratching post, lets you brush her, or brings you a beer from the fridge. Scratch her head and tell her she's a pretty girl at the same time, but make sure you give her that treat. Smart cats will soon link that behavior with getting treats. - 

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COMMENTARY By John Mikesell It’s a typical scene at the veterinary clinic: Cats growl, grumble and tremble in their carriers, pups pant and pull on their leashes. For many animals, a visit to the vet’s office is no picnic. It doesn’t have to be this way. Owners can take steps to make the first vet visit a positive experience, which will ease the way for the numerous wellness exams a pet is destined to have during its lifetime, according to the California Veterinary Medical Association. Owners can start by regularly handling pets when they are young – looking into their ears, rubbing their toes and brushing their hair and teeth. Making these activities habitual will help animals accept ear and teeth exams and routine procedures, such as nail clipping. Owners also should make sure cats are accustomed to being placed in carriers and dogs are used to walking on leashes before they take their first trip to the veterinarian. Practice rides in the car are a good idea, too. That first trip to the vet can be a bit nervewracking for pet owners, too. It’s important to take a deep breath and try to stay cool. “Animals will pick up on owner’s emotions,” said Dr. William Grant II, president of the CMVA. “If the owner is relaxed and prepared for the visit, the pet will often follow suit.” To further ensure a productive visit, it’s a good idea for owners to be proactive about their new pet’s care. Be prepared to ask specific

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No more Scrooge – now I love Christmas

COMMENTARY By Mike Redmond I wasted a lot of my adult life being a Christmas cynic. I wasn’t Ebenezer Scrooge, but I made a pretty good run at it: no decorations, a grudging appearance at the family holiday gettogether, and more often than not, volunteering to work on Christmas Day. The seeds for this cynicism were planted long before I became an adult. In fact, I think I have it narrowed down to the years when I was 12, 13 and 14. I had long since gotten used to the idea that Santa was never going to bring me what I really wanted: artillery. That left me with the usual sweaters, socks, underwear, books and board games. Whoop-ti-do. (OK, there was the year I got a 12-string guitar. And the year I got a mandolin. And the year I got a banjo. Other than that, though, it was dullsville.) Add to that my growing disenchantment with my family’s Forced March Through Merryland, also known as decorating the tree. I hated it because my mother, who tended to get a little amped up about it, supervised us with an iron will. Mom wanted the decorations placed a certain way, and a certain way only, and woe to the kid (me) who did it otherwise. Eventually, I just took to hiding in my room reading comic books while the others decorated. A cynic was born. That ended a few years ago, when I went through the intense psychological process known as Getting Over Yourself. I started celebrating – putting up a tree, decorating the house, the whole Christmas bit. And then the deal was sealed when I found the book “A Christmas Blessing,” which features beautiful cover illustrations from magazines of long ago, along with a message by Welleran

Poltarnees. It has become part of my traditional Christmas Eve reading, and I’d like to share it with you now: “May this blessing fall on you like a gentle snow. Let your Christmas be savored far in advance of its arrival. May the spirit of the season make your quest for gifts selfless & filled with joy. Adornment, reflecting old traditions, shall make your home bright with the loveliness of Christmastide. May winter, in some way, grace your holidays. Let there be a tree, bringing into your home the fragrance and power of the earth. May song bless your Christmas, and remind us all of the universal harmony which is at the center of creation. In the wrapping and adorning of your gifts, let there be the satisfaction that all creative acts offer. On the night before Christmas may you be visited by peace and beneficence, and visible presences who enrich you and yours. Let the children teach you, and all of us, through their freshness and focus, the precious joy to be discovered in this celebration. May you feast in good health & comradeship. Let us remember the foundation of this joy – the fear, the journey, the refuge, the birth, the revelation. When your celebration is over, may you turn in your memory the love, the giving and the receiving.” I hope such a blessing visits your house, too. And I am not being cynical. Not in the least.

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Number, please I’d like to share a few numbers with you: 4927262920202826 5736282018082727 9284748495483838 These are the tracking numbers for the Christmas gifts I bought online this month. I then pasted the figures into the UPS or FedEx Web site to determine when the items would land on my doorstep. By the way, those are not the exact numbers. I substituted bogus numerals above because I don’t want you tracking my packages. When I put a pretend phone number in my column, readers call it and then e-mail me saying they got some poor lady in Metamora who’s about to have a nervous breakdown because her phone keeps ringing in the middle of the night. And whose fault is this? I did a Google search to learn the terminology used to express a large string of integers, and I’ve discovered a whole new lexicon. We have quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, decillion, tredetrillion, novemdecillion and vigintillion. I’m going to play this safe and just call them all gazillions. But whatever you call them, it just doesn’t make sense that tracking a package should require so many digits. I’m no math wiz, but my neighbor who teaches calculus told me that those gargantuan numbers suggest that each person on the planet was going to receive about a million gifts. Wow. What happened to the world economic crisis? And I can tell you this: Someone is going to get 2 million presents because I’m looking at about four packages under the tree, so I am obviously pulling down the average. Here’s another code: 783930404X9056.  That’s the confirmation number for my online pharmacy cholesterol medicine. I knew there were a lot of people out there with lipid problems, but my mistake was just counting people on this planet. I also don’t know that “X” means, but it scares the heck out of me. We see a similar conundrum (not a word I use lightly) in other areas. My house number is 8210. No matter how many times I count the homes in my cul de sac, I usually get around four. Even after two glasses of merlot, the most I see is five. My friend Jerry works at a small company here in town. When I call his office, I get a prompt that says: For Tom, press 3056, for Jerry press 3157, for Adrian press 3021. I’ve been to his place of business. Where are the 3,000-plus phones? Imagine if we all got this pretentious. “Mary Ellen, it’s your brother calling from Oregon.” “Which line, Dick?”

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Should I consider using stone in my home’s interior? Question: I see a trend toward more stone being used on the interior of homes. What materials are available? What are some creative ways to add stone accents to our existing home? Answer: Twenty years ago, builders would use actual full-size stone or brick on the interior of the home. This is labor intensive and requires structural support. Today, the market has moved to using architectural stone veneers. Consider the following options\.

Which product to use?

Real stone veneers: Thin stone veneers are real pieces of stone cut down to a thinner thickness. These products last longer, look more realistic and are easier to clean and maintain. They can cost 15-20 percent more than manufactured stone. Manufactured stone veneers: These are typically cast from custom molds created from hand-selected natural stones. Manufactured or “cultured” stone comes in a variety of colors and styles, ranging from a smooth river rock to various kinds of natural stone.

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Think about your design theme. While stone accents add character, too much will create a “cold” feeling. Stone veneers can be used in kitchens, family rooms, basements or wet bars or any room where you want to use the warmth of real stone to compli-

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Real or manufactured stone veneers are typically installed by a mason or tile setter. The individual pieces are installed with mortar joints to give a realistic look. Another option is “dry-stack” installation without mortar joints. Installing stone veneers is economical because of its lightweight nature, and it requires no footings or foundations.

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Blower door closes leaks COMMENTARY By Craig Todd Even a small house can have mysterious air leaks, annoying cold spots and high-energy waste. Larger homes create larger challenges. The size of the “building envelope”  (outer walls, floor, ceiling and roof ) make finding and fixing air leaks – let’s call them “energy bleeders” – a nearly impossible task if our only weapons are “hand feel,” gut instinct, weather stripping, a roll of insulation and, in some cases, plain old luck. Thanks to “blower door” technology, developed and pretty much perfected over the past couple decades, we can now reliably find, measure and fix otherwise-hidden ventilation energy bleeders – and know they are fixed. That’s the exciting and satisfying part – that we can verify the fix before we leave the home; before the next winter storm blows in.  A blower door is exactly that – a door with a blower in it. It looks a little bit like one of those old form-fitting window fans, but it is the size of an exterior door. Secured in an existing door frame, a blower door creates an air-tight seal and has a purpose-built diagnostic fan mechanism that can lower (or raise) air pressure inside the home. Typically the blower door fan lowers interior pressure … not by much, usually about

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