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Wilson: My New Year’s Resolutions / p5

Cain: Marketing Trends of the New Year / p8

GLOBAL Earley: 2009 Color Forecast / p15

Doug Ehrgott has come a long way in his journey and can’t wait to go wherever he’s going next / P2

Ehrgott and his wife, Sandy

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HEARTWARMING


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HEARTWARMING By Mike Beas Current in Carmel

By 1972, Doug Ehrgott had stumbled upon one of those fork-in-the road ages. At the rate Ehrgott, then 19 and a recent Carmel High School graduate, was selfdestructing, it might as well have been a fork in the eye. “Thirty-six years ago I was ready to blow my brains out. Jesus came into my life when I was a 19-year-old burned-out drug addict ready to commit suicide. My life was a waste until God had mercy on me,” said Ehrgott. His entire focus rotated 180 degrees, however, after witnessing a close friend experiencing her own spiritual transformation when she was badly injured in an automobile accident. “In a nutshell, I’m just trying to say ‘thank you’ with my life. I’ve received all that I need and more than I deserve,” he said. The same can’t be said for the literally thousands of underprivileged individuals worldwide who have been touched by the generosity of Ehrgott and his wife of 32 years, Sandy. Since their first international mission trip to Colombia, South America, in 1979, the Ehrgotts have become airport-baggageclaim authorities. Doug, 55, has been to 22 countries and visited every continent except Australia. Formerly the Local and Global Outreach Pastor at Northview Christian Life Church, Doug, feeling the need to make a larger impact, began serving with Horizon International, a nonprofit Christian relief organization that cares for orphans affected by HIV/AIDS, in 2007. “My passion is to get teams of North Americans together to serve ministry interests in foreign countries,” Ehrgott said. “I’ve put teams together for China, Peru, Brazil, Greneda, Europe. We do everything from vacation Bible schools to construction to medical to high-impact evangelism. For instance, in Brazil we did 40 school

assemblies in six days.” Exhausting? Can be. Rewarding? Always. Given the sights her husband has seen and the stories he can tell, Sandy has told Doug that maybe someday writing a book would be a worthwhile project. But Doug’s not a writer, and he’s the first to admit it. Fighter, yes. Writer, no. Take the sad and often sickening hand dealt to the 168 families residing near or on the city dump in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, where adults and small children sift through the trash daily for scraps of food. “Even the poorest of the poor in Managua would reject these people,” Ehrgott said. But Ehrgott won’t. Nor does he hesitate to humbly lend a helping hand in his hometown. Gary Frey, active in the Carmel community with events like CarmelFest and the Carmel International Arts Festival, is usually in charge of securing volunteers for jobs most persons go to tremendous lengths to sidestep. Trash. Toilets. That sort of thing. Ehrgott, who has shoehorned more experiences – gruesome and glorious alike – into 55 years than most people could squeeze into 80, doesn’t hesitate. “His involvement with CarmelFest and the arts festival the last few years has been instrumental to the success of each of these events. Each year, if you were at the festivals, you would see Doug personally picking up trash…along with 50 or 60 of his Northview friends,” Frey said. “I’ve known Doug Ehrgott for more than 25 years. I’ve played softball with him in Carmel and dug trenches with him in Nicaragua. In all of the times I have spent with him, he has shown himself to be a man of humble character and noble intent. You don’t see that too much anymore, even in the churches. I admire him greatly for his quiet leadership.”

Doug Ehrgott has come a long way in his journey and can’t wait to go wherever he’s going next

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Horizon works through partnerships in some of the hardest HIV/AIDS-hit areas in the world. The organization’s work impacts thousands of children in four African countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Uganda. Each regional office is staffed by indigenous leaders. Horizon’s long-range plan is to have a focused presence in countries most affected by HIV/AIDS around the world. PO BOX 180 Pendleton, IN 46064-0180 Phone: 765-778-1016 www.horizoninternationalinc.com Doug Ehrgott: 317-372-6347

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OUR TAKES It is our position that we should avoid having a false sense of security because we live in a relatively safe city. According to recent reports, a man portraying a water company employee has been trying to gain access to Carmel homes. And, unfortunately, he has found success among our trusting brethren. Some have speculated that the recent spike in Carmel’s burglary rate is the work of organized bands of criminals, not mere individuals. Groups like these often target communities

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where residents have high confidence in law enforcement and a trusting nature. Personal protection is not just a police responsibility. It takes a group effort. We should lock our homes at night. We should remove keys from our cars and keep them with us. We should check the credentials of those who hope to gain access to our homes. We should watch out for our neighbors. Remember, just because someone knocks at the front door doesn’t mean we have to let them in.

It is our position that the coming year will require all of us to present a unified and vigilant front in protecting our national interests from those who might threaten our security during this period of transition. Many of us are enraptured with the Brat Pack-esque, all-too-cool image of the president-elect, and our enemies are no doubt watching. Does the world – and more importantly the American public – respect and honor Barack Obama’s leadership ability? We must see to it

that they do. While “Saturday Night Live” skits and late night comedians satirize our president-elect’s credentials, we face real threats not involving the auto industry. Take a look. In 1993 (Clinton’s first year), terrorists targeted the World Trade Center. In 2001 (Bush’s first year), terrorists destroyed both World Trade towers and significantly damaged the Pentagon. While we relax and soak in the end of the political season, others are plotting to take advantage of the lull.

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learned to say something in 200 words ords fill our days. Words or less. It is far more difficult than I ever fill our nights. Recently the IT guys foisted a new expected. We have become a nation of the qualified statement. We no longer get electronic device upon to the point, and we seldom say directly me: “This thing can do what we mean. Fear of conflict everything,” they said. What it (or lawsuit) – and the verboscan do is confuse and irritate ity that accompanies it – has me. added hours to our days and I’ve finally managed to taken years from our lives. make calls and check my calAre we so afraid of being endar without complication, labeled that we are no longer but I can’t get the dang thing clear enough to be understop notifying me every time stood? Can I close this I get an e-mail in the middle column with a simple “merry of the night. While trying to Christmas”? Or do I need to drift back to sleep after learnsay, “I’d like to wish you well ing the National Weather in this winter season, and in Service cancelled a storm my faith’s tradition that means watch – just what I needed Terry the celebration commonly to know at 3 a.m. – I started Anker referred to as Christmas, but thinking about the incredI in no way want to devalue ible amount of data that runs any belief or system of beliefs you may or through our heads every day: scores of may not have.” I’m sorry, what were we calls, e-mails, text messages, Facebook updates – all before we talk to our family talking about? or look at the television. Yikes! How do Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current we reduce the volume and still extract Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at the data? terry@currentincarmell.com. Largely because of Current, I have

FROM THE BACKSHOP feds couldn’t even manage the ranch? Here’s a chilling thought sent to us by a reader – Back in 1990, the government seized the bawdy Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as required by law, attempted to run it. Alas, the feds failed miserably (surprised?), and the joint was shuttered. Fast-forward 18 years. Today, we are entrusting our nation’s economy and $850-plus billion to a pack of nit-wits who couldn’t make money running a whorehouse and selling booze. Now, if that doesn’t make you nervous, what does? ••• Upon further review – Caroline Kennedy, who wants to fill Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seat, has not voted in a number of elections, including the 2005 mayoral primary and at least one race for the very job she is seeking. It’s nice to know in this world of constant change you can still count on liberal hypocrisy. Perhaps she’s tiring of ordering the servants around. Now, onward to more important issues, America, such as: Who’s going to win American Idol? ••• It’s already more affordable – Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman has announced the re-

Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg cipients of $2,206,718 in federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funding. Eight organizations from around the state will receive funding to develop affordable housing for low- and moderateincome Hoosiers. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority manages the HOME program. That alone makes us shudder, but we must ask: Why do we have to spend money to create affordable housing? Hasn’t this mortgage mess already taken care of that? ••• Looking ahead – We hope your Christmas was bright and that the dawning of a new year will portend for you happiness, prosperity and good health. (It can’t get too much worse than 2008, to which, by the way, we bid a salty “good riddance!”)


couple months and now I’m unfortunately addicted to eBay – oriental rugs, Wii games, Chinese “Tom and Jerry” DVDs, you name it. I find myself staying up late because I know bidding on a certain item will end within the hour and I have to see how much it goes for. Even worse, I’ve determined a buying strategy to win auctions in the last seconds. Hi, my name is Danielle, and I’m addicted to CrackBay. Enjoy my kids. On a serious note, I am going to make an effort to enjoy my children. I can’t tell you how many times I get so caught up in the messiness, the lateness, the fighting and whining that I simply miss the joy of having four healthy kids. I want to be able to step back from the chaos and just have fun being a mom. Realistically, I know this can’t happen all

all that money and recovery time to get a brand new tummy Danielle and I’ll be damned Wilson if I’m not going to keep it looking good. Problem is, I had to quit my gym and now I must rely on, gulp, will power, and, gag, self-discipline, to exercise. We have a treadmill and some free weights in the basement, but I’m one of those people who really need peer pressure and a cut instructor to get a good workout. Free childcare never hurts either. So we’ll see. My goal is to exercise three times a week during nap time. Stop laughing! Wean myself from eBay. I got into this holiday shopping frenzy over the last

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Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@currentincarmel.com.

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City resolves with Martin Marietta - On Dec. 15, Carmel City Council passed a resolution supporting the Board of Zoning Appeals’ settlement with Martin Marietta Material. This settlement resolves a series of zoning issues involving various Martin Marietta properties along Hazel Dell Parkway near 106th Street. The settlement, in part, provides for the protection of Carmel residents from the adverse impacts of future mining expansion, while at the same time permitting the company to continue providing construction materials for Carmel and the surrounding area. In addition, under the settlement, about 100 acres at the northwest corner of Hazel Dell Parkway and 106th Street will be donated to the city for a lake and greenspace when sand and gravel extraction is complete.

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the time, but I want to try for it at least once a week. “Serenity now, serenity now.” How hard can it be? Floss. After spending an hour at the dentist while the hygienist jack-hammered tarter from my teeth, I vowed never to go through that agony again. I’m great with brushing twice a day, but alas, I am a lousy flosser. Not in 2009, though. I promise to floss nightly and maybe even do an antiplaque mouthwash just for funsies. If there is no improvement at my next appointment in the spring, this resolution is the first to go. Too much to do, too little time! Bathe in SPF 50. As a redhead whose father had melanoma, I am acutely aware of the need for sun protection. But as I age, the number of sun spo-, I mean freckles, continues to grow at an alarming rate – not to mention the wrinkles and fine lines. So next year I want to be extra diligent in protecting my skin, starting with SPF 50 sunscreen. And though the tanning beds are calling my name, I promise to avoid their warm embrace and try selftanners. So no poking fun if I look orange! What are your goals for 2009? Be sure to share them with a friend or loved one so they can bust your chops. Good luck and peace out!

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Carmel Green Award Winner Announced - The Carmel Chamber of Commerce has announced its first Green Award winner: Citizens for Greenspace. Sponsored by Vine & Branch, Inc., this award recognizes a Carmel organization, company, or association that is solving environmental challenges using innovative and environmentally green practices or by setting up creative partnerships to enhance the environment. For 20 years, Citizens for Greenspace has worked to conserve and rebuild central Indiana’s canopy cover and to educate the public about the importance of trees and greenspace to the community.

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very year I make a few New Year’s resolutions, and every February I realize I’ve already failed at most of them. I thought if I put them down on paper this year and let a few thousand people read them, I’d be held accountable and maybe, just maybe, I would succeed at keeping a few in 2009. So here I go.

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Cordray Named to Top NLC Leadership Post - Carmel Clerk/ Treasurer Diana Cordray was appointed to chair the 2009 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Policy and Advocacy Committee of the CORDRAY National League of Cities (NLC). Cordray’s appointment was announced last week by NLC President Kathleen M. Novak, Mayor, Northglenn, Colo. The committee is one of NLC’s seven standing committees that develop policy positions and advocate on behalf of municipal governments. Working with Cordray as vice chairs are Troy, Mich., council member Robin Beltramini and Homewood, Ala., council member David Hooks. To learn more about the National League of Cities, visit www.nlc.org.

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Seif with a student at Simply Sweet Shoppe

Artistic Adventures By Brandie Bohney Current in Carmel

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When I report a story, I normally go without my kids. But when I discovered that local children’s author and illustrator Adam Seif was holding a fundraiser at Simply Sweet Shoppe Dec.13 to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I knew my kids could benefit from the experience. And they did. This was the third year for the event, and Seif did something different this year: He held a drawing workshop in addition to the normal book-signing. At two and five, my children are younger than Seif ’s target drawing-workshop audience, which is geared for kids six and older. Still, his friendly, open demeanor and ability to relate drawing concepts to young children

made the experience enjoyable, even for my 2-year-old. Next month, Seif will begin offering drawing workshops at the Sweet Shoppe. The workshop is called Artistic Adventure, and Seif explains, “This is for elementary school age (children), and what we’re going to do is teach them to draw in 3-D, like cartoons, in three dimensions where the drawings pop out at you.” Bernie Szuhaj, co-owner of the Sweet Shoppe, notes that the Dec. 13 workshop was “a sampling of what he’ll be offering here.” The Sweet Shoppe owners are excited for Seif to offer classes there. “He’s a very talented young man,” Szuhaj said. My kids certainly think so. And I have the drawings to prove it.

Carmel resident works toward a green Indiana By Christine Bavender Current in Carmel

When it comes to the environment, it’s all about going “green” these days, and nobody knows that better than Carmel resident Leslie Webb. A co-founder of the Carmel Green Initiative (www.carmelgreen.org), Webb was named “climate change advocate of the year” by the Hoosier Environmental Council in early December. “I was very honored to receive recognition especially since so many people are working on this and I am just a part of a bigger thing,” Webb said. “This is a national and a world-wide movement and I just feel I am doing what I can to help.” According to Forbes Magazine, Indiana is the 49th-greenest state (West Virginia came in at 50). Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama were also at the bottom of the list. “All suffer from a mix of toxic waste, lots of pollution and consumption and no clear plans to do anything about it. Expect them to remain that way,” the Forbes article said.

“I think we need to do something about it through bold green policies at the state level and our work at Carmel Green Initiative,” Webb said. So how can you help Indiana go green? Webb said it all starts at home. Simple things like turning off the lights and the television when you leave a room, switching all your light bulbs to LED bulbs and weatherizing your home can help. “If everyone does something, then together we can make a big difference,” Webb said. “I am excited when I hear people say they are doing this or that – like carrying their own bags to the store or using eco-friendly cleaning products.” The Carmel Green Initiative offers workshops that help people make their households green. The five-session course is based on a book called “The Low Carbon Diet.” “We want to help Carmel become a green community and a green leader in Indiana,” Webb said. “Our goal is to inspire individuals to green their households and inspire schools and churches and the city government to go green.”

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ach week, I write a column for Current about a unique individual or group involved in an event or charitable activity. The vast number of opportunities I have to meet talented, generous citizens in our community continues to amaze me. Even with an uncertain economy, the good people in Carmel continue giving their time, talent and treasure. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all whom I Jeff highlighted in this column in 2008. Worrell Keeping with the greeting theme, I’d like to give a big shout-out to Stephanie Lewis, another of Carmel’s finest volunteers. Among her many talents, Lewis is notable as the cohost of the monthly news-magazine television show “Connecting with Carmel.” The show airs every day on Brighthouse channel 16 and www.carmel.in.gov. Lewis, a longtime Carmel resident, studied telecommunications in college, and she putting her degree to good use to benefit Carmel. She does her

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Allow yourself to fully accept o she dumped you for the pool boy. Or he left you and your kids every stage (anger, sadness, bad-hairfor a younger woman. The nerve! and-pjs day, etc). Sometimes it’s OK to feel depressed. To all of you sporting a Your friends don’t always need to talk you wounded heart right now, my out of your funk. In time, you’ll thoughts are with you. In those be your perky, fabulous self first few days after a breakup, again. you are practically useless. They Take it one day at a time, may as well stick a sign on you baby – one day at a time. Don’t that reads, “Don’t ask me anyworry about tomorrow. Just get thing because I don’t know and I through today. don’t care.” You can’t work, and Remember, you are not alone. you can’t even seem to complete We’ve all been there, right? mundane tasks like paying bills If love is meant to be, it will be. or that whole getting-out-ofStop rehashing the old and look to bed-in-the-morning thing. the new. It wasn’t meant to be with From one mended heart to a your ex. Now you can look forbroken one, let me remind you ward to the new things to come! of the things you already know Rachael Noble Forgive. No matter how hard, (because if you’re anything like DATING forgive. me, you’ve been through this Mr. or Ms. Brokenhearted, before) but are too buried in tisI wish you well. You will get through this sues and Oreo cookies to remember: stronger, wiser and emotionally healthier. Do the very thing you don’t want to do. Put on your sassy pants and And when you’re done sobbing your mascara onto your guy-friend’s dress shirt, don’t go out with your friends. That’s what your forget to give back. Help out another brothfriends are there for! (I don’t recommend er or sister who is going through it too. clubbing, though. Try dinner at a fun restaurant). Rachael Noble is a single Carmel resident and Talk to your best bud. Ask him contributing columnist. She can be reached at to keep his trap shut while you chat, yap, nobleadvice@yahoo.com. gripe, whine and bawl your eyes out.

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• Goldcorp (GG) • Google (GOOG) • Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HBC) • Petrobras (PBR) • Thompson Creek Metals (TC) - msn.money.com Financial Newsletters - With hedge-fund managers allegedly running Ponzi schemes, investment banks going belly-up and treasury officials flip-flopping about how to fix the economy, who is left worth listening to when it comes to your money? MSN Money contributor Michael Brush says you should consider putting your faith in top-ranked investment newsletters. Ranked by the respected Hulbert Financial Digest, the following are the top investment newsletters – and their favorite stocks – going into 2009. • The Prudent Speculator [Buy: VF Corp (VFC), Manitowoc (MTW), Gamestop (GME)] • Zack’s Elite [Buy: McDonalds (MCD), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Apollo Group (APOL)] - msn.money.com Buffett likes preferred stock Warren Buffett recently bought $3 billion in preferred stock from General Electric and another $5 billion from Goldman Sachs. What’s the attraction? Yield, in a word. Buffett’s GE and Goldman shares carry a dividend yield of 10 percent. While you can’t get the same deal he did, the yield on the leading preferredstock exchange-traded index fund now stands at 11.5 percent. Best of all, those bond-like yields are taxed not as regular income, but at the much lower dividend tax rate (usually either 5 percent or 15 percent, depending on your tax bracket). Preferred stock is safer than common shares, but it still comes with plenty of risk. In the event of bankruptcy, preferred shareholders have a higher claim on assets than common stockholders. - Fortune Magazine

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t is said that whomever you kiss as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve is the person you’ll spend the coming year with. If that’s true for marketing, give the following online trends a kiss because they’ll be here for the next year. Customer behavior will become less about behaving and more about doing what you want. A visitor to a Web site

Company-controlled information will continue to be replaced by open communication. People want self-discovery. Ever

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Twisted Sisters may be new to Westfield, but its owner is already itching to become a community landmark. Robbie Webster, whose all-in-one beauty salon offers hair care, massage therapy, “old school” manicures, skin care and more, says she aims to carve out a significant niche in the area. “We are community girls, and we wanted to do something fun,” she said. “We would love to become a landmark in the community – a place where people come just get

a drink of water or get on the computer.” Open Nov. 11, Twisted Sisters resides in a refurbished shack on the corner of Union and Hoover streets. But looking at it now, you’d never know. “The building was an eyesore in Westfield,” Webster said. “It was really bad. We had to gut it down to the frame.” Webster says the business, which also offers free Wifi, differs from its competitors because of its commitment to customer service. “You’re going to be pampered here – treated really, really well,” she said.


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Pomegranates: “Fruit of the Gods” - Have you caught on yet with the pomegranate craze? They are the current “it” health food, and they’re in season through the winter months. The Greeks called the pomegranate the “fruit of the gods.” They are full of powerful polyphenols, which protect the body from pollution and chemical-induced free-radicals, and they have higher antioxidant activity than blueberries, cranberries, and red wine. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and are filled with healthy fiber. Natural health gurus swear by them. - DrDavidWilliams.com Where Women Live Longest Women’s Health Magazine recently ranked the top 50 best and worst cities in America for women’s life expectancy, fitness and health. The top five for life expectancy: 1. Fargo, N.D. 2. Billings, Mont. 3. Omaha, Neb. 4. Sioux Falls, S.D. 5. Lincoln, Neb. The overall best cities for women were Salt Lake City, Utah, San Francisco, and Seattle. The worst cities were Bakersfield, Calif., St. Louis, and Memphis. Indianapolis ranked 58th overall. - WomensHealth.com

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Ingrown toenails in children and adults are among the most frequent conditions seen by podiatrists. Many kids hide ingrown toenails from parents, even though the condition can cause significant pain. They are often afraid of how the parent will respond or what will need to be done to correct the problem. An ingrown nail can break the skin and lead to dangerous infections. The most common causes of this painful condition are tight shoes, tight socks and/or incorrect nail-trimming. Some children might inherit the tendency for nails to curve or might have soft tissue that more readily grows over the edges of the nail. Parents can prevent this common childhood foot problem by following some simple rules. Make sure your child’s shoes fit. Shoe width is just as important as length. Make sure the widest part of the shoe matches the widest part of your child’s foot. Teach children how to trim their toenails properly. Trim toenails in a fairly

straight line, and don’t cut them too short. If you notice swelling and/or redness around the edge of the nail, it needs attention If a child develops an ingrown toenail, reduce inflammation by soaking the child’s foot in room-temperature water with a small amount of Epsom salt. Gently massage the side of the nail fold. The only way to properly treat an ingrown toenail is with a minor in-office procedure performed with topical and local anesthetic to minimize any associated discomfort. Parents should never try to dig the nail out or cut it off. These dangerous “bathroom surgeries” carry a high risk for infection. Usually, any infection around an ingrown toenail goes away when the nail is removed, but oral antibiotics are also an option.

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So you’ve caught a cold. Here are four survival strategies: • Sleep. Colds make you sleepy, and over-fatigue blunts your body’s immune response. If coughing is keeping you up, Advil and Aleve help block the cough reflex. • Avoid intense workouts. They make the symptoms worse. Moderate activity – like a 30-45minute walk – won’t hurt. Plus, being in shape will help fend off your next cold. • Eat lightly. Your body has less appetite during a cold. Drink plenty of fluids, though, to thin mucus. • Relax! Stress makes the symptoms of a cold or flu worse.

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Holiday Myths Debunked The holiday season is a great time for family, friends, and well, old wives’ tales: Who hasn’t been told to wear a hat because you lose the most heat from your head? There are some real holiday health hazards. But an analysis in the “British Medical Journal” suggests that your mother’s – or even your doctor’s – holiday hazards often lack rock-solid evidence to back them up. Sugar makes kids hyperactive. Release the candy canes! Children who eat sugar act no differently than those who have none, according to 12 placebo-

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Those who test positive for gender bias must retake their grammar courses immediately. It’s also possible to solve the dilemma by putting all writing in the second person. (This can become tiresome and a bit awkward for certain types of writing and speaking – it’s best left for informal correspondence or conversation). If you test positive for gender bias, you must retake your grammar courses immediately. Another popular way to fix the gender bias pronoun issue is to use both pronouns. This, too, can become tedious if used at length.

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Anyone who tests positive for gender bias must retake his or her grammar courses immediately. Do not, however, resort to using both pronoun genders with a slash. Doing so makes your writing awkward at best, unintelligible at worst. Everyone who tests positive for gender bias must retake his/ her grammar courses immediately. And if you’re saying, “he-slash-she” out loud, I certainly hope I’m not in your general vicinity. Please don’t make me hurt you in the name of good grammar. 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.

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Clay Middle Geography Bee Final - After beating 1,200 fellow students in the initial competition, 12 Clay Middle School students took a qualifying quiz before the holiday break to narrow the field to 10. The finalists will participate in the school’s National Geographic Bee finals Jan. 8 at 2:15 p.m. in the school auditorium. The finalists include eighth-graders Tyler Freudenthal, Nick Kniola, Mark Patteson and Jacob Tehrani; seventh graders Katie Nocco, Case Pasanen, Daniel Spradley and Sophia Yin; and sixth graders Casey Eschmann, Blake Loncharich, Kevin Mi and Ellen Myers.

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, I was waiting in my obstetrician’s office filing through all the prenatal, birthing and parenting magazines I hadn’t already read. In one, I found an article about developmental milestones. The article was interesting, but it was written in such a ridiculous way to avoid gender bias that I couldn’t even finish it. The article was divided into sections: “month one,” “month two,” “month three” and so on. In month one, the pronouns referring to the baby were feminine: she, her, hers. In month two, however, the baby miraculously changed gender. All the pronouns were now masculine. Month three? Feminine again. Month four? Masculine. The alltoo-familiar queasiness in my stomach returned, and I put the magazine down. When you’re writing or speaking, in most cases, it’s important to remain as gender-neutral as possible. Obviously, if you’re a man speaking at a men’s club or a woman speaking at a women’s organization, you don’t to have to watch your pronouns closely or structure sentences to avoid gender bias. However, if you’re addressing a mixed-gender audience, you need to retain a gender-neutral format. And that format has to be one that makes sense, not one that flipflops from one set of pronouns to the other. The easiest way to accomplish this is to make all references to people plural, so that you can simply use genderneutral plural pronouns.

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CHS Color Guard Registration Registration is now open for the CHS Color Guard annual six-week clinic. The clinic will be on Wednesdays from Jan. 28 to March 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students in grades six through 12 may sign up in the high school freshman center cafeteria. Participants will learn flag skills and dance moves. The cost of the clinic is $90 plus a $10 flag deposit. To register, visit http://carmelhighschool. net/chs/guard09.pdf.

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Smoky Row Wins Spell Bowl Smoky Row Elementary won first place in the Carmel Spell Bowl Elementary Competition. Their scores also qualified them for fourth place the state. The winning students were Abigail Montgomery, Kevin Liu, Adam Foster, Riley Hogan, Venkata Kolli, Olivia Suggs, Natalia Chaudhry, Sarah Liu, Kate Nelson, Mary Farrell, Brett Slosarek, Drew Watson and Bharat Gummalla.


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Does My Dog Need a Coat? Pet expert /blogger PetSugar says this: “It depends. While a Samoyed in Minnesota may not need a heavy coat, it is possible that a Chihuahua may need one on a chilly night in the valley. As a general guideline, smaller dogs with shorter coats are more likely to need that extra layer than a larger, long-haired pet. On a walk, if your dog is shivering and trying to get in every door in the neighborhood, that’s a good sign that an extra layer of warmth would be appreciated. Use your judgment and don’t let anyone else decide for you.” -PetSugar.com

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If your dog always seems to have gas, make an appointment for a veterinary examination to rule out serious problems. If you haven’t already, switch from that bargain-basement food to a high-quality food rich in animal proteins. Keep track of the major sources of carbohydrates and proteins in your dog’s food, and whether his gas improves or worsens with each. His problem may be with one type of grain. Some unfortunate dogs are banished to the outdoors because they produce high volumes of noxious gas, but it’s not their fault. Some of these dogs also produce lots of sloppy feces. These are two indications that their food is low in quality.

pets of the week Scamper is a 6-year-old male white American Eskimo mix. Scamper seems to always have a smile on his face, but it’s hard to understand why. He’s had a very hard life: He arrived at our shelter with an eye injury; he had sores and abrasions on his legs and body; his teeth are worn-down and some are missing, and he was heartwormpositive. But despite the circumstances, he is very friendly and shows a real interest in people. He must realize he is getting a chance to live a happy life. Alister is a 3-year-old male white Turkish Angora/DLH. Alister is a very handsome boy who is extremely affectionate. He is also thankful to be alive. He survived a dog attack and was found by a concerned Carmel citizen who brought him to our shelter. He had several bite wounds that required medical treatment. Alister is recovering nicely, but he does need a “forever” home. He is neutered, and his front claws have been removed. For more information on these and other animals at the Humane Society, call 317-773-4974 or go to www.hamiltonhumane.com.

Improving your dog’s diet will reduce all malodorous emissions. Do not free-feed a chronic farter. Whether you choose to feed your companion once, twice, or several times daily, it is best not to leave

food out all the time. Set aside at least a few hours between feeding to allow complete digestion of each meal. This, by itself, has cured many cases of chronic flatulence. Several safe and accessible herbs help relieve flatulence and indigestion. But remember this: These herbs merely relieve symptoms. They are not a silver-bullet solution. Feeding your dog table scraps or broccoli (my dog Isabelle loves broccoli and cauliflower) doesn’t help. Be sure to check with your local pet store for ideas and remedies for this problem. There is no sense in clearing the room during the holidays (as much as you might like to if an unwanted guest drops in). John Mikesell, owner of Love of Dogs Bakery in Carmel, can be reached at john.mikesell@att.net.

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Make Your Own New Year’s Champagne Bucket - Buy plastic confetti (in big shapes if you can find it) from any party store, and grab some ice cube trays. Fill the trays with water, sprinkle in some confetti and freeze. Obviously, you won’t want to use this ice for drinks, but it looks great in a glass ice bucket or a large bowl chilling the bubbly. Sprinkle some more confetti on the ice for extra pizzazz… just be sure the inedible cubes don’t wind up in cocktails! - Good Housekeeping

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blues, sky blues and a whole range of other blue represent a commitment to a greener planet. Gray/browns and true grays. These are the neutrals that will satisfy your desire for rich, classic colors. They bridge the area between black – which might seem harsh – and brown, which doesn’t seem strong enough. The colors might best be described as “espresso” or “bark.” Really yellow. The renegade accent color for 2009, as seen at the High Point furniture show, is vivid yellow. I saw it paired with gray for a combination that caught my attention, but not my admiration. I might change my mind, but for now it’s a trend I plan on skipping. Bright accents. Orange, turquoise, and red will abound in hues from far-away

countries that now seem very near. The palette will also offer a twist, with crisper hues including citrus green, mango and lemon yellow. Metallics. These will continue to provide that important sparkle and drama to our homes in the upcoming year. The choice of silver, copper, bronze or gold will depend on the rest of the palette in your home. Familiar colors offer comfort, but we also gravitate toward colors that make us happy – especially playful, yet noncommittal, accents. Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol.com. C

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Choose the Olson Center for Wellness Dr. Eve L. Olson, founder of the Olson Center for Wellness, is the first physician in the Indianapolis area to be board certified in Transform from Tired to Terrific The Lady Sings More Than the Blues Traffic. Schedules. Work. Family. Life. What drains your energy? The Having an occasional down mood is natural for most women. When the Bariatric (treatment obesity) and has number one complaint our lifestyle counselors hear from ourMedicine patients is, blues persist and one’sof mood is affecting your lifestyle, then successfully it’s time to “I have no energy.” This program assists individuals in reclaiming the look at the impact of depression on overall wellness. This program has natural energy your body contains. Fundamentals of stress reduction, a specialof emphasis for women and the various stages of depression worked with thousands individuals since opening her practice finding your natural energy level, and learning successful strategies in affecting daily living. Information on mild to severe depression symptoms, elevating mood and energy are the key components participants will including post-partum depression, will be discussed and coping strategies discover. identified. in 1999. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Bariatric Laughter and the Healthy Heart Meditate and Radiate andthata member ofmoment thehasAmerican of Bariatric Leading scientists in the study of naturalMedicine health are proclaiming Living in the huge benefits on Society feeling great! Meditation is the benefits of daily laughter assist in alleviating the impact of stress one tool to combine relaxation breathing, mindfulness, and increased on the body. In this program, an introduction to therapeutic laughter is energy in the moment. Learn to step into various types of meditation that Physicians, the North Association for and thequietStudy of Obesity, offered to learn the physiological benefits of simulated laughter exercises. fit American your lifestyle and beliefs. Experience the calm serenity that Laughing is equated to a low-impact aerobic exercise so it is heartbrings forth a healthy radiation of healthy living. healthy! Sprinkled with heavy doses of laughter, explores and this theprogram International Association for the Study of Obesity. how even the most serious-minded can gain value in creating “aha” For additional information regarding the Olson Center’s group programs, Lifestyle Programs – 6-week Programs

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Experts in weight management Physician Supervision The Olson Center for Wellness offers a variety of group programs for adults, teens, and children. Nutritional Guidance Best You for Life Physical Adult Weight Management Fitness Program Our four-month group weight management program includes a private nutrition/health assessment, individualized nutritional plan, monitoring Lifestyle Coaching of weight loss progress, review of food/activity diaries, and educational materials. Support and education is provided by a Registered Dietitian Olson for Wellness and CertifiedCenter Health and Fitness Instructor. The program emphasizes long-term behavioral and lifestyle modification. Individual assessment

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Youth and Teen Weight Management Programs Our pediatric and teen weight management programs are designed for children and their parents to gain knowledge and inspiration to make healthy choices based on personal health, emotional needs, and sustainable lifestyle habits. The four-month pediatric and teen programs include a combination of individual sessions and group classes. An initial medical assessment, physical examination and laboratory analysis must be completed prior to beginning the program and can be conducted by our specialized bariatric physicians or completed by your pediatrician. An individualized treatment plan for weight and health goals, a realistic, healthy nutritional and exercise program, and educational materials will be provided. One-on-one sessions with a Registered Dietitian and Counselor promote open communication and self-reflection while group sessions offer fun, interactive learning, supportive dialogue, and building of selfconfidence in nutritional choices, physical activity, and positive thinking. Program for Parents This six-week group program is designed to bring parents together who are concerned about their child’s health and weight. A Registered Dietitian, Fitness Specialist, and Licensed Counselor will lead the group sessions.

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No Cold-Washing in Winter Though cold water helps prevent dark clothing from fading, frigid outdoor temperatures may cause the water temperature in your washer to fall below 40 degrees, rendering even cold-water detergents ineffective. Don’t use the cold-water wash setting this time of year. - marthastewart.com

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Party In, Party Out, Party Over Say you receive four New Year’s Eve party invites and want to hit all four. Obviously, you can’t stay until the ball drops at all of them (and consider the possibility you and your date want to ring in the New Year alone). How do you make brief appearances without offending the hosts? Follow the lead of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper: “As soon as you arrive, find the host and say, ‘I didn’t want to miss this, but I can only stay for 15 minutes.’ They’ll be more appreciative than if you stayed three hours, ate all their food, drank all their alcohol, and left at 11:30.” - MensHealth.com

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Top Car Color for 2008 - DuPont has announced the results of the 2008 Automotive Color Popularity Report. For the second consecutive year, the most popular vehicle hue in North America is white. Specifically, white and white pearl combined for a 20 percent share of the North American market. Silver was second with 17 percent. DuPont noted white has become a popular “palette cleansing” color, ending silver’s run at the top a year ago. Moreover, as ecological responsibility has become the hot topic in the industry, many shoppers are choosing more “environmental” colors. - autoremarketing.com Top 10 Bluetooth Headsets - PC World reviewer Aoife McEvoy took on several Bluetooth headsets and came up with this top-10 list of gear (with prices and comments). 1. Aliph Jawbone ($130). Sleek touch, crisp audio, good deal. 2. Plantronics Discovery 925 ($150). No ear hook, top-notch audio. 3. Jabra BT530 ($100). Ear hook optional, audio varies. 4. Motorola Motopure H15 ($130). Clamshell design, choice of ear anchors. 5. Nokia BH-804 ($120). Smallest, lightest at 7.2 grams, audio varies. 6. Motorola H780 ($100). Sliding power switch, audio just OK. 7. BlueAnt V1 ($130). Adjustable voice isolation, BlueGenie voice command. 8. LG HBM-760 ($60). Does basics well, no frills. 9. Samsung WEP700 ($90). Decent audio, no ear-hook options. 10. Plantronics Voyager 835 ($120). Secure fit, audio only fair. - PC World

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ered and what isn’t. “But I thought my extended warranty covered that!” is an alltoo-common exclamation, because many purchasers don’t look at the exclusions before making a purchase. In computers especially, most service issues are unrelated to hardware, and hardware is generally the only thing covered by extended warranties. Issues like virus and spyware infection, operating system corruption and miscommunication of devices are expressly not covered. Here’s a bit of advice: Don’t take any

salesperson’s word on what is covered or excluded by an extended warranty. Get it in writing and review it in detail before deciding. The person selling an extended warranty usually gets a commission or has a quota to meet, and he knows that by the time you figure it out, it’s too late. “Buyer beware!” Gary Hubbard is Owner of Data Doctors Computer Services - www.datadoctors. com Have a technology question? Send it to CurrentInCarmel@datadoctors.com

Inventor designs ‘tunable’ glasses Joshua Silver hopes his design will enable a billion people in the developing world to receive spectacles for the first time. A retired Oxford University physics professor, he came up with the idea in what he describes as a “glimpse of the obvious.” His adaptive glasses are designed to be “tuned” by the wearer to suit their eyes, without the need for a prescription. He set on the idea of developing an adjustable spectacle after a chance conversation in 1985 when he and a colleague were discussing optical lenses. It took more than 20 years to come up a design that can be made cheaply on a large scale. Silver’s spectacles can be adjusted by injecting tiny quantities of fluid. The tough plastic glasses have thin sacs of liquid in the centre of each lens. They come with small syringes attached to each arm with a dial for the wearer to add or remove fluid from the lens. Once the lenses have been adjusted, the syringes are removed and the spectacles worn just like a prescription pair. -Telegraph.co.uk

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Mauck plans to mentor some up-andcoming artists. For many artists, New Year’s resolution “Teaching isn’t about the money,” she mania brings renewed attention said, though money is always to their craft. For others, like of concern for a full-time artist. Westfield’s Susan Mauck, change “Teaching is about having the has become a way of life. opportunity to help students.” “I like to re-invent myself every Mauck has already begun 10 years or so,” Mauck said. “It paintings that express some helps me re-evaluate my priorities.” of her aspirations for the new Mauck is facing “one of those year – and the new decade she’s birthdays with a zero,” as she approaching. Whereas her past Mauck describes it, so she sees 2009 as a work focused on portraits and time to embark on new ventures figural studies, including some and take her art in a new direction, while important commissions, her most recent reviewing – even changing – some shortpaintings place figures in interiors. and long-term goals. The contemporary Impressionistic Among the new ventures is Gallery painter is also expanding a series that 1011, an art gallery Mauck opened with included blue robes to include red ones, six other artists who maintain studio influenced in part by an American Heart space in the Stutz Business Center in Association fundraiser she’s contributing Indianapolis. The gallery’s first show to in February 2009. opened in November, and they have “Red is for February as the ‘Heart planned a fundraiser for a local children’s Month,’ while robes symbolize comfort, charity for February 2009. which is important to everyone,” she said, Doing more charity work is big on echoing the “comfort and joy” sentiment Mauck’s agenda in the year ahead. of the current holiday season. “This is my year to give back,” said the In 2009 Mauck plans to focus on the artist, who had a medical setback a few new gallery, teaching assignments, fundraisyears ago that left her in need of other ing ventures, commissions and painting. people’s assistance. “I’ve had a lot of people Barbara E. Cohen covers the arts for the Current help me in the last four years, and now I community newspapers. Please send comments need to do more for others.” or story ideas to barbara@i-writersstudio.com. Along with teaching more art classes,

What: “Wizard of Oz” audience sing-a-long When: Thursday, 6:30 p.m. (curtain rises at 7 p.m). Where: Indianapolis Civic Theatre, 3200 Cold Spring Road (at Marian College) Cost: $34 Details: One night only! Patrons are invited to dress up as their favorite “Wizard of Oz” character and sing along with the performers during a special presentation on New Year’s Day. The fun begins when Brent E. Marty, the theater’s director of music and education, leads the crowd through vocal exercises, including gestures and expressions keyed to the characters. Perform-a-long fun packs include props and noisemakers for use at strategic moments during the performance. Info: 317-923-4597, www.civictheatre. org

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Christmas Un-Doing - Santa has come and gone, and it’s time to put away the Christmas decorations until next year. Here are some tips: • Wind light strings around a large coffee or juice can. • Hang wreaths on a wire hanger and cover them with a dry-cleaner bag. • Store ornaments in wine boxes with cardboard dividers. • Don’t wrap with newspaper; it can smudge. Use white tissue paper (colored paper bleeds) or plastic grocery bags wrapped in newspaper. • Label boxes using old Christmas cards (it makes finding them a snap). • Stow candles in old hosiery, nestle them in a box with tissue paper, and store them away from heat or pressure. • Label, label, label. - Good Housekeeping

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hat type of food would you guess could be used to make anything from insecticide to brake lining, snake anti-venom, antidiarrheal medicine, rubber additive or varnish base? Another hint: It grows on trees, and the oval-pear shaped fruit – which hangs like an apple – is actually a pseudofruit, used only to flavor the water in its native country. It also acts as a nutriChef Michael ent for the (edible) Vlasich part of the plant Culinary Explorer that hangs directly below the fruit, encased in a hard doubleshell. The pseudo-fruit has no other use, as it is too fragile to transport and it spoils easily. The seed, flowers, shell, and bark are the valuable parts, as they are used to produce the non-food products. Guessed it yet? Originally found in Brazil, in the past few centuries this food has been transplanted to every continent with a warm and humid climate. It has become a part of everyday life in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Americas. The food is the Portuguese “caju” – or the cashew as we know it today. Most people are not allergic to cashews. Even those allergic to peanuts are often unaffected by the cashew. It is high in natural fat, though the fat content is lower

than almonds, peanuts, pecans, or walnuts. It provides fatty acids, B vitamins, iron and zinc. Its rich, deep flavor can be enjoyed raw, roasted, salted or sweetened. Is the cashew a nut or a seed? The answer would depend on which country you polled. In my opinion, the winning answer will always be culinary-based. The following is a nice vegetable side dish featured at the Marriott Hotel on occasion. (It is also good served with brown rice as a vegetarian entrée).

Broccoli with Cashews

Serves four 1# broccoli crowns blanched ¼ # Julienne carrots 1 tsp olive oil 1 tsp grape seed oil ½ tsp dried red peppers 2/3 cup chopped roast cashews Sauce: ½ cup sherry 1/3 cup soy sauce ¼ cup water 4 TBL honey ½ tsp ground ginger 4 TBL corn starch 3 TBL apple vinegar Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl until blended well. Set to the side. In a hot skillet, add the two oils and flash sauté the broccoli with the carrots. Once they are el dente, add the crushed red peppers and sauce ingredients. Once the vegetables are well-coated, add the cashews and serve. 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

Coquito Ingredients: 1/2 liter water 15 oz. cream of coconut 12 oz evaporated milk 14 oz condensed milk 4 egg yolks 2-3 cinnamon sticks 1 liter white rum Directions: Boil the cinnamon sticks in the water. Take the sticks out when the

water is yellow and has the smell and taste of cinnamon. Add the evaporated milk, condensed milk and egg yolks and cook at low temperature. While it’s cooking, stir to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pot. When it is boiling for a few minutes, add the cream of coconut and rum. Stir well and take off the burner. Let it cool and it will be ready. Keep it in the refrigerator and it will last for a long time. -drinksmixer.com

Where she likes to eat? Charleston’s Restaurant. What she likes to eat at Charleston’s? I get something different every time I’m there, and it’s always good. What she likes about Charleston’s. The people who work there are always really friendly. Charleston’s Restaurant 14636 U.S. 31 Carmel, IN 46032 Phone: 317-846-5965 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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7201 N. Keystone Ave Indianapolis Phone: 317-259-4171 Website: www. indysakura.com Hours Lunch: Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dinner: Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. 9:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. 10:30 p.m. For more than 20 years, Sakura Japanese Restaurant, on the corner of Keystone Avenue and 72nd Street, has offered Indianapolis first-class sushi and authentic Japanese food in a warm, friendly environment. On a given night at Sakura, customers might be wearing cutoff jeans or tuxedos. There are hundreds of autographs hung on every wall, along with plenty “best sushi” awards. The sushi, like works of art, comes from the kitchen on small wooden trays, sushi boats, and huge party platters. Sakura does its best to offer an exciting night of dining in a friendly atmosphere.


New Year’s Eve at Bistro de Paris Bistro de Paris, 15 W. Main St. in Carmel, is hosting a New Year’s Eve event Dec. 31. It will include a three-course meal, complimentay champagne and entertainment by Blair and Co. featuring Heather Ramsey. Tickets are $85 per person, $160 per couple. Seating is limited. Call 317-844-7270 for more information.

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Phoenix Theatre Produces “Love Person” The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis will produce the rolling world premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Pulitzer Prizenominated “Love Person” Jan. 8 through Jan. 31 in its Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre. The play is presented as a partnership with fellow National New Play Network member theatres Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis) and Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA). Through the partnership, each theatre produces an independent production

‘Peter Pan’ at Carmel High Carmel High School’s performing arts department has announced the cast for its upcoming production of “Peter Pan.” Tickets, priced at $7 and $10, will go on sale Jan. 6 in the high school bookstore, which is open on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Tickets also may be ordered on line at http://ccs.tix.com. To become a patron, which includes two tickets and a listing in the program for $30, contact drama director Maggie Cassidy at 317-846-7721, ext. 7477 or mcassidy@ccs.k12. in.us. The play will open in the high school’s Dale E. Graham Auditorium Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Other productions are scheduled for Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 2 p.m

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said, I am the way and the truth and the life e spend a lot of time on “What do you think?” But (John 14:6). And that was Jesus Christ. When we look at the truth as merely a the far more interesting thing, we can get away with equating it to question is, “What is the an opinion. When Truth shows up in the truth?” person of God, well…that’s the A learned acquaintance final answer. The Truth is a sepaof mine, about whose faith rate, objective, complete entity. I know very little, considIn our human limitations, we ered that statement and said, can haggle over our opinion of “They’re the same question. I that Truth, but we diminish our don’t know how you would existence if God hands us a Truth divide them. The truth is whatand we trade it for an opinion. ever someone thinks it is.” People do that with Christ. God Mark that spot. Right there gives Him to us, and we give Him at “whatever someone thinks it back as just another opinion. is” – that’s the dividing line beI doubt there is a Christian tween religion and secularism. who hasn’t tried to prove the I do believe we are all – each of Truth by arguing against someus, believer or not –God’s chilBob Walters one’s opinion. But you can’t dren, Amen. And I understand Spirituality prove truth with an opinion, bethat is an opinion. cause they are separate things. But to divide an earthly, That’s why a gulf exists between a believtheological “them” and “us,” we need only er who says “Truth exists” and good people ask whether truth exists independently who may believe something but won’t from our own opinions. commit to Christ being the Truth because The worldly “them” runs on opinions. they so highly value their human opinion. The worldly “us” (since we are stuck for The good news is Christ is the Truth, now in this worldly realm) worships Truth. and we don’t have to prove it. Any religion, by definition, is the worship We just have to believe it. of a truth. Yet there is only one eternal, non-manBob Walters (rlwcom@aol.com) accepts the made truth. There is only one figure in all limits of his opinions and is thankful for the of religion, theology, philosophy, opinion infinity of Christ’s Truth. or history who showed up on Earth and

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of the same previously unproduced play.”Love Person” explores how the format of communication shapes understanding. The play begins with four people in a bar: Free; her lover, Maggie; Free’s sister, Vic; and Vic’s new love interest, Ram. Ram has been invited by his cousin, who manages the bar, to share a Sanskrit love poem as part of an open mic night. The play is performed in American Sign Language, Sanskrit, spoken English, and projected e-mail. For more information, call 317635-2381 or visit www.phoenixtheatre. org.


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very year at about this time, I devote a column to my favorite segments I presented on WISHTV. Each show featured someone who deserves a final salute as the year comes to a close. To Vietnam veteran Mike Mullins, whose commitment to his fellow soldiers resulted in a book of poetry recounting the horrors and frustration of war and the plight of the veteran upon returning home. I watched as he read Dick Wolfsie his work at a VA Humor post and shared tears with soldiers who never thought they’d be moved by verse. Hence the subtitle of Mullins’ book: “Poetry for Beer-Drinkers.” To John Clester, who is always looking for someone else’s glasses. Clester started a collection program through the Lions Club in Upland, where he gently badgered local eye doctors and fellow citizens to donate their discarded prescription eyewear. Eyeglasses from all over the country now find their way to his doorstep – sometimes a truckload at a time. His volunteers take them to third-world countries, bringing the gift of sight to places where docs and specs are in short supply. To John Anderson of Carmel, whose allergic reaction to household cleaners virtually wiped out his short-term memory. Just making sure he remembered to come to my show required more than a few Post-it notes. John may not remember which cupboard his dishes are in or his newest friend, but he never forgets to bring the gift of music to the lobby of the St. Vincent Heart Hospital on Meridian Street. Each week, he brings his guitar to the hospital and entertains patients and their families with songs he has written to celebrate the indomitable human spirit. There is no better example than John’s own. To Carol Elkins, a certified laughter leader, who travels central Indiana to celebrate the therapeutic benefits of a hearty chuckle. Studies say such activity benefits circulation, lowers blood pressure, and may even make people live longer. No matter. Better to put more life in each day than an extra day in your life. To Jack McKenzie, who from 1953 to l982 was solely responsible for guarding the BorgWarner Trophy in May. A tall and lanky Butler University student, he got the job almost as a fluke, but he remained

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the trophy’s guardian for almost 30 years. When Never Too Late, an organization that grants wishes to seniors, heard he was ill, they arranged a trip to the 2008 Indy 500, where Jack watched his last race from the BorgWarner Suite. To Brad Worrell, whose friendship with Brian van Eiff, a young man with Down

syndrome, is the feel-good story of the year. Brad initially pursued the friendship as part of the Best Buddies program. He admits he did it for school credit, or maybe even to impress a few girls. But the friendship genuinely grew. Now, they are true pals whose relationship transcends the differences that often draw people apart.

In times like this, it’s important to thank those who make the world a little better. Maybe you’ll be in this column next year. The best to you in 2009. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at wolfsie@aol.com.


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A few minutes later, I was in recovery. A few minutes after that, I was in the car coming home. And home is where I am now, with a patch over my eye, most of the numbness gone from my face, and lots of music to listen to. I’m supposed to relax the rest of the day. Noooooo problem. That is good relaxer. I’ll be fine. Unless Mom comes over with a bottle of merthiolate. Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244. For information on speaking fees and availability, visit www.spotlightwww.com.

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have a deep distrust of such phrases as, “This won’t hurt,” and, “You might feel a little discomfort.” With good reason, too. They’re usually big fat lies. “This won’t hurt” came into play when I was a kid and subject to the usual kid injuries. My mother would brandish a bottle of merthiolate – a bright-red concoction of gasoline, pickle juice and Tabasco, once believed to have strong medicinal powers for injuries of the miscellaneous boo-boo variety. “This won’t hurt,” she’d say. Then she’d dab a little wand directly onto my injury, and I would either (a.) begin jumping around the room, screaming for someone to call a real doctor; or (b.) faint. “You might feel a little discomfort,” came from the lips of a denMike Redmond tist (who shall remain nameless) Humor who convinced me, at the age of 13, that I was too old to have a tooth filled while hooked up to that sissy novocaine. For years I have fantasized saying, “You might feel a little discomfort,” right before I drive over his foot. These phrases came to mind earlier this week as I lay on a hospital bed waiting to have a cataract removed from my left eye – and not feeling too happy about it. Here’s the deal: I haven’t eaten since the midnight previous, as instructed. I haven’t had my morning tea, either. I am – to put it mildly – grouchy. Besides, I’ve already felt “just a pinch” from the nurse who drove a railroad spike into my arm for a blood sample. I’m lying here, under these conditions – wondering what’s next – when the anesthesiologist comes in, all


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