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Pet Lovers Organic Bakery offers three certified organic dog treats: Peanut Butter Barkey Bars, Green Bean Gourmet and Sweet Potato Delight. The treats are made from human-grade ingredients and can be ordered at www.PetLoversOrganic.com.
Westfield middle schooler Gabby Johnson turns love for animals into profitable, charitable business By Kevin Kane Current in Westfield Eleven-year-old Gabby Johnson of Westfield loves animals. She has eight of her own, including “everything but a horse and a goat,” according to her father, Tony. But she doesn’t just own animals. She helps them, and down the road, those efforts may end up helping her. Nearly four years ago, then 8-year-old Gabby laid the groundwork for what is now Pet Lovers Organic Bakery, which sells handmade, healthy dog treats made from certified organic ingredients. What started as a mere good intention, however, has bloomed into a booming home business perhaps on the verge of something big. At eight, Johnson wanted to volunteer at the Humane Society for Hamilton County but was too young. Unable to donate her time directly, she began selling treats in her neighborhood so she could give money instead. Soon after, Gabby moved to selling original organic treats and a company was officially started. Today, 50 percent of Pet Lovers’ profits go to the Humane Society; the rest goes towards Gabby’s college education. “I kind of planned on giving a couple hundred dollars,” she said. “But now we’re donating around a thousand, or more.” Nearly all of the company’s sales come from online orders and stands at area Farmers Markets, but according to Humane Society Executive Director Rebecca Stevens, the small-scale operation has contributed around $4,000 over the past two years, and the impact of those donations has been tangible. “Last year we helped a dog that needed a surgery, and our contributions came just in time for that,” Tony said. Pet lovers themselves, Tony and his wife Debbie began helping with the business after it began to grow. Debbie said that, collectively, the family members put in 20-30 hours per week on top of school and full-time jobs. Gabby, an honor roll student at Westfield Intermediate School, also plays soccer and babysits in
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WIDELY DISTRIBUTED Most of Pet Lovers Organic Bakery’s customers are local, but not all are. Tony and Debbie Johnson said that they’ve shipped orders all over Central Indiana and even other states, including Ohio, Michigan and Colorado.
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Gabby Johnson runs her business with help from parents Tony and Debbie Johnson and dog Oliver, who serves as the company's taste tester.
addition to running a business, making her parents’ help almost a necessity. Debbie said she and her husband have improved the business’ marketing and Web site, but added that Gabby is still highly involved in business operations, including tracking expenses and making sales. Still, Debbie said the business is too demanding of a task for her daughter to handle alone. “It’s become more of a family thing recently,” she said. “Business has picked up and we still want her to have a childhood.” Debbie added that Pet Lovers is now almost too big to be run
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from home. The family is currently looking to possibly add a dough roller and an additional oven to its standard kitchen to help accommodate for increasing demand. However, Debbie said the home’s layout may prevent those changes from occurring. Gabby has other, bigger plans, though. She said she’d like to see Pet Lovers have its own storefront in downtown Westfield. Whenever driving through that area, Debbie said her daughter’s always on the lookout for a prime location and feels slightly disappointed when someone else moves into a building on her wish list. She said opening a downtown shop isn’t impossible, but for now the family will continue working from home, even though online orders and planned trips to local markets are increasing. “We’re kind of limited right now, but it’s working,” Debbie said. “We’re just not quite ready to move yet. We need some more funding.” Though some details of the company’s future are still to be determined, a few things are certain. First, few new products will be developed soon, yet Pet Lovers is trying to grow its own organic cat nip to offer in addition to its three flavors of dog treats. Secondly, Gabby and her parents will keep putting forth the effort needed to continue helping area animals and funding Gabby’s future education. She said she isn’t yet sure what she wants to do post college, but this experience has only reaffirmed her interests in working with animals. “It’s a lot of work,” she said. “But it’s really fun.”
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It is our position that our schools are to be lauded concerning both aptitude and desire in preparing students for life after graduation. Too often we expect our youth to master calculus, music, art and geopolitics to satisfy our concept of “excellent education.” Dismal statistics on employment rates following direct entry into the workforce after high school and even four-year college, coupled with the continual demand for more money from tax and tuition payers, creates a demand for alternatives. Schools must consider employer expectations for workers. Isn’t it more important for those who may not excel at academics to understand the basics of balancing a checkbook and budgeting? Is a lesson in avoiding the accumulation of an unsustainable debt better than an ISTEP-required regimen? Is the pursuit of a high college entrance percentage distracting us from teaching basics to those unlikely to benefit from the time and money spent on the paper chase? Schools must offer students an opportunity to redirect their learning path at an early enough age to increase the graduation of employer-ready graduates. Are current results so good that we should not consider alternatives? We think not!
It is our position that our community provides us with an abundance of opportunities to get outside and be active. Whether it’s walking, running, hiking, biking, rollerblading, canoeing, fishing or going to Cool Creek Park to fly a kite with your kids, take advantage of the plethora of amenities we have available right in our back yard. Start with a stroll along the Monon Greenway, one of the Midwest’s most highly acclaimed rail-trails. Sign up for the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the second largest Mini-Marathon in the world. Visit the Zionsville-based Tuxedo Brothers Event Management (www.tuxbros. com) to check out what event is going on each weekend throughout the year. Visit our great local running/fitness shops – Athletic Annex, Runner’s Forum, the Running Company – to get fitted for the latest in technical apparel and shoes that will get you motivated to get out and take that next step in your active lifestyle. Hamilton County was recently rated the healthiest county in the state by the County Health Rankings and was in the 90th percentile for the nation. With more than 59 miles of trails in our Indy Parks Greenways System, there is always an afternoon of fresh air and exercise just a short drive away.
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Our nation has all sorts of arcane, nonsensical laws on the books. Each week, we’ll share one with you. In Connecticut, in order for a pickle to be considered a pickle, it must bounce. Source: Weird Laws (iPhone application)
Every week, we will print a portion of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a portion of the Indiana Constitution. We encourage you to benchmark government policies against these bedrock documents. Today: the U.S. Constitution.. Article. V. continued …which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and
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From the backshop It's time to make your mom a winner Mother’s Day rapidly is approaching. In celebration of all moms in our area, we’re teaming with Ology Spa at Clarian North Medical Center to reward a special woman with a wonderful prize package – just for her. It’s the first Rejuvenate Your Mom Contest, and nominations may be made online at www.currentincarmel.com or www.ologyspa. com through April 27. As important as the haul our winner will receive is the fact that someone cared enough to nominate her and the reasons why. So, think hard about the No. 1 woman in your life that might be “world class” but possibly “taken for granted.” (See the advertisement on page 14.) ••• Let’s give credit where it’s due. There’s been a great deal of criticism over President Barack Obama and his pay czar cutting compensation an average of 15 percent for top executives at companies that received federal bailout dollars, but have yet to repay the money. It’s the right thing to do. These companies took taxpayer money, so they have to play by the established rules. ••• We find it troubling that the new heath-
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg care bill, touted by supporters as the greatest thing since the remote control, may require up to 16,500 new IRS agents to enforce. So, Obama is saying, in effect, “This bill is so great that I’m going to sic the IRS on you to make sure you’re in compliance, and if not, you’ll be fined.” And let’s be honest, do you really think the IRS will only be looking for health care compliance? It’s all about control, of us, and making sure our government knows everything about us. Really scary stuff. ••• We wish Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear the speediest of recoveries in the wake of his heart-stent surgery last week. He was planning to be back in the office this week.
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COMMENTARY By Terry Anker It never fails to sadden me when I witness a youngster “lose” his words and strike another child rather than finding some higher form of communication to get a point across. At a routine check-up many years ago for our youngest son, his pediatrician took great alarm in the fact that the tike didn’t speak – not a word – even though he’d already reached his third birthday. We had long imagined that his older brother, then eight years old, was simply speaking for the younger, thereby eliminating the need. But we had noted significant behavior difficulties. When irritated or unable to express his desires, he would become angry and scream (or hit). The doctor urged speech therapy, and we obliged. Months later, little progress was showing. In fact, the kid seemed to hate everything about the process of learning to speak. The therapist suggested that it might be time to consider autism or tumor as a genesis. We moved to redouble our efforts. More therapy and more
practice – eventually a breakthrough! The older one had begun to teach the younger to use basic sign language. And, as if a dam had breached, one word led to another and then to a phrase. While we felt joy that the concept of symbolic communication had been attained, our young son acted as if a veil were lifted. He took joy in the exchange and the anger of isolation faded away. It took years more to find proficiency, but the frustration was gone. This week in Washington, D.C., as the health care debate raged, participants relied on namecalling and procedural lockouts on both sides of the issue. A 3-year-old could remind them that isolation leads to anger. And anger leads to aggression. But it feels a lot better if we just use our words. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmell.com.
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DISPATCHES » Tucker CEO retires – Fred C. Tucker, III, president of F.C. Tucker Company, is officially retiring April 1 and selling his ownership interest to his longtime business partner, H. James Litten, president of F.C. Tucker Company Residential Real Estate Services.
» Carmel, Westfield team up – The cities of Carmel and Westfield joined forces to pursue a partnership with Google. Google plans to select a community to test its unique high-speed connection later this year at no cost. To help, go to www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi, click “Get involved” then “Nominate your community.” » New activities April 1 – The Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department will be offering new fitness and enrichment classes starting April 1. Be on the look out for your copy of the Flutter or check out the Web site, www.washingtontownship-hc.us, to peruse the updated offerings. » Kishbaugh signs with House of Blues – Last week, Westfield mixed-media artist Donna Kishbaugh signed a contract with the House of Blues to create art jewelry specifically for the famous chain. Her jewelry will launch in four major House of Blues venues across the country and can be purchased at www.theartofdonna.etsy.com.
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Commentary By Danielle Wilson I just want to throw up right now. We had our home inspection today, and I am waiting on the results. If they are decent, then we will have officially sold our house. If they aren’t, then the deal will probably fall through. My husband gives it a 50/50 chance of coming back bad for us. So I can now confirm that selling your house is one of the most stressful experiences you can go through, after death of a loved one and divorce. (In one chart, incarceration also ranked higher. Fair enough.) Leaving for showings is one thing, but today when I returned home after the inspection, I actually felt violated. I knew people had been scrutinizing and analyzing every nook and cranny of my home and deciding whether or not they could live with it. They were judging me and my family based on the condition of our roof and garage doors and sump pump. It made me want to take a shower, except I could tell they’d looked in there too and probably commented on the one little chipped tile toward the back wall. Will they still want to buy our house? Will they be able to look past its flaws and remember why they made their offer in the first place? Will we have to go back to daily showings and the possibility of not being able to sell? Will I ever sleep again? THREE HOURS LATER: I just read the report, and I still feel sick. Some of the comments were not unexpected, but some were. And the fact that we can’t defend the lack of an electrical outlet in the island or explain why there is a stain on the bathroom ceiling just honks me off. Do they care that the stain has been here since we moved in, nine years ago? That there has never been a leak? That I’ve noticed it maybe twice in all those months of actually living in that room? No, I’m sure they don’t.
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I guess that’s what’s really getting to me. I’ve spent a lot of time in this house. I’ve invested money and sweat and gallons of creative juices to make this the perfect place to raise my family. I’ve brought three infants home from the hospital to this address. I’ve mowed the lawn approximately 400 times. I’ve spent countless hours finding just the right shade of green for my family room: Dutch Boy lonely pines in a satin finish. I’ve hosted eight Kentucky Derby parties on my back deck, serving hundreds of authentic mint juleps and plates of country ham. Hell, I’ve even watched my husband track and kill a coon in his PJs up in this very attic. But none of that is in the stupid inspection report. They didn’t give me any kudos for finishing the basement or planting perennials or installing granite countertops. There is no “great” or “good” category, only “major repair/safety hazard” and “needs maintenance.” And who knows what our buyers will ask to be fixed. Could be the rotted windows or the chimney mortar cap or maybe just the settled front stoop. I’ve got a whole week to worry about that. Yippee! NEXT MORNING: I had a good cry last night (“It’s just tension, it doesn’t mean anything!”) and felt marginally better when I awoke, only to discover our dream house is now off the market. Again. So I e-mailed my realtor and suggested they begin offering psychiatric services and look into keeping a G.I. physician on retainer. The nausea is back tenfold. Peace out.
Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ currentincarmel.com.
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Contract signed for new fire station By Kevin Kane Current in Westfield Westfield’s third fire station is in the works, and a major step was made in the project last week. The City of Westfield recently finalized a design-build contract with architecture firm RQAW of Indianapolis and contractor Meyer Najem Corporation of Fishers to create a station adjacent to Washington Woods Elementary School on Grassy Branch Road. “We’re saving a lot of tax dollars by doing it this way,” Fire Chief Todd Burtron said of the design-build process. He added that the down economy also helped cut costs. “This building would have normally cost around $3 million to build, and we’re getting it done for a little over two.” At 11,000 square feet, Burtron said the station will be the Fire Department’s biggest – nearly doubling the size of Station No. 82 on 151st Street. The new station will mean the hiring of 12 new full-time employees and, more importantly, better fire coverage for the entire city. Currently, WFD’s average response time is above the standardized target. Burtron said location of this new station was decided based on extensive research and analysis of road types, speed limits and other factors. Burtron said that the study indicated that the location of the new station would significantly decrease average re-
Burtron sponse times, and there were no real estate costs included in the price of the project. Westfield Washington Schools previously owned the large lot but essentially sold the property to the city for one dollar, which Burtron said eliminated what would have been a significant expense. “The taxpayers already paid for that land,” he said. Burtron said construction of the fire station is expected to begin this June, with its opening occurring in late July or August of 2011.
Total Mom Rejuvenation Contest open to all moms By Aaron Cummins Current in Westfield Ology Spa and Current Publishing are teaming up to offer one mom a Total Rejuvenation for Mother’s Day. This contest is for any mom who is overworked, stressed or just plain neglected. Deserving moms should be nominated for the contest with a submission of their story and details on why they are most deserving of rejuvenation. The winner will receive a Thai Massage, an Ayurvedic Facial, a Radiant Ritual, Diamondtome Microdermabrasion, Namasté Massage and Beyond Tooth Whitening as well as ‘Spa to Go’ bag full of exclusive products. The total prize package could be valued over $1000. Entries are being collected through April 27 and the winner will be decided by an online vote. Ology Spa has experience with the various demands of working and raising a family, as a majority of its customers and staff are mothers, and the contest is a chance for Ology Spa
to show its appreciation to the hard work that mothers do on a daily basis. “I have a personal soft spot for this contest as my own mom, who was a working mother long before it was commonplace, passed away when I was barely out of my teens,” said Andréa Bradley-Stutz, one of the owners and director of Ology. “This is an indirect way to honor her.” The Spa treatments are designed to help a mom cope with stress, make time to focus on herself and have a sound sleep. These elements, combined with the benefits of the various treatments offered with the contest, end up treating both the body and the mind. “We (Ology) really prefer to dedicate our philanthropic dollars as close to home as possible.” Bradley-Stutz said. “Our guests typically come from the community around us. We like to do things for people who are our neighbors and friends.” To enter and tell why your mom should be the winner, go to www.currentinwestfield.com and click the Ology logo.
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Young, local filmmaker has high aspirations By Tia Nielsen Current in Westfield Want to know the latest budding filmmaker in Central Indiana? Meet Luke Broyles, a fourth-grade student at West Clay Elementary in Carmel with surprising credentials and high aspirations. â€œI want to become a director,â€? he said. Lukeâ€™s third film, â€œSwords & Shieldâ€™s 3: The Final Chapter,â€? premiered Feb. 20 to a packed auditorium at Orchard School in Indianapolis after the first two films in the trilogy premiered to around 200 viewers. Nine area businesses
â€œWhen you get to the Oscars ...â€? Luke Broyles marched into Chateau Design Centre in Carmel to meet with owner Bob Moore. He had never asked one company to be a sole sponsor before. Dad Tim came along but let Luke do all the negotiating. Moore invited Luke to sit up at the massive carved wooden bar in the wine cellar. Itâ€™s quite a lavish setting for chocolate milk served in a wine glass. After laying out the costs, Moore agreed to sponsor Luke. â€œWe shook hands on it and cut the deal,â€? he said. Moore asked if Luke would save him special seats at Lukeâ€™s first Oscars. Luke grinned. â€œFor sure!â€?
have served as production sponsors after Broyles created clever, often humorous, 30-second commercials for them pitching his films and need for sponsorship. His recent production costs were underwritten by Bob Moore and his luxury exhibit location, Chateau Design Centre in Carmel. â€œLuke called and scheduled an appointment,â€? said Moore. â€œHe was all dressed up in a nice suit. He told me about the film heâ€™d made and what he had planned for this one. We shook hands and cut the deal.â€? Moore was rewarded with a five-minute commercial. â€œYou donâ€™t see this much â€“ the creativity, the hard work he does,â€? Moore said of young Broyles. Gifted in recruiting people to join in his film endeavors, Broyles gathered 34 friends from school and church to be in the third of his medieval romps. The filmmaker also authored the script, edited his film on his computer and portrayed the warrior. His best friend since first grade, Anthony Prostyakov, shared the other recurring lead, a boy who travels back in time. Broylesâ€™ parents, Tim and Donna Broyles, began watching behind-the-scenes portions of DVDs when Luke was three. They started with â€œJurassic Park,â€? hoping to allay fear by showing the story was made up and how the dinosaurs were built. But Broyles had other ideas: â€œI can do this!â€?
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Luke Broyles of Carmel recently released his latest film, "Shields and Swords 3: The Final Chapter." He's currently working on a documentary, among other projects.
Three years later, Donna bought her son a plastic sword and shield set on a whim. Excited, the 6-year-old declared it was time to make a movie. Thinking that was unrealistic, his parents stalled, making him first complete the
storyboards. However, that concept of drawing out the sequence of storyline scenes was what Broyles was already doing for his illustrated books. Tim said his son finished the new assignment in no time, and they knew he was serious. â€œHeâ€™s a gifted kid, no doubt about it,â€? said Kathy Bruner, assistant professor at Taylor University in Upland, Ind., having met Broyles at an October Heartland Film Institute in Indianapolis. From that encounter, Broyles was invited to show his recently premiered film trailer at Taylorâ€™s Envision Film Festival in February to a select audience at the presidentâ€™s home. The breath-taking promotional short Broyles created for his favorite nonprofit, Play Pumps, was also shown. With three films, close to a dozen commercials, and a basketful of illustrated books under his belt, Broyles is quickly striding ahead. Well into a nature documentary, Broyles was challenged by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures founder Jeffery Sparks to make a documentary about â€œsomeone you care about.â€? Broyles chose school chum, Michael McCarley. The upbeat journey follows him through surgeries to strengthen his legs as a result of cerebral palsy. He hopes to premiere the documentary in May. Then heâ€™ll be on to the next film.
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Commentary By Ken Kingshill After months of anguish, we finally put down our beloved Great Dane, Blue, just after Christmas. At eight years old, he was pretty advanced in age for such a large dog. While Blue was young and strong, we couldn’t keep weight on him. When he finally did start putting on the pounds, his legs became weak and painful from arthritis. I spent the last several months helping Blue on and off the couch. It eventually became too much for us to bear, and we made the decision. So why on earth did we even listen when Indy Great Pyrenees Rescue, for whom we serve as a foster home, called the other day on their way out of the country for vacation? There were two Great Danes at Indianapolis Animal Control in danger of being euthanized. Could we maybe take them in temporarily? Oh, and by the way, they’re deaf. Why didn’t we just drop the phone? What’s caller I.D. for anyway? So there I was at the pound, offering to take the two dogs, sight unseen. The lady said that the male was huge, that his head came up to “here.” Yeah, yeah, I figured. She’s just not used to the size of these dogs. Rookie. The door opened, and the female came out into the hallway. Her name is “Angel,” and she’s a good-sized, well-fed Great Dane. Suspicions confirmed. Any newbie would indeed consider Angel to be a very large dog. Then “Skye” followed her out into the hall. Whoa, Nellie! Get
Angel (left) and Skye me a saddle. This guy’s the biggest canine I’ve ever seen. I call him “Big Skye” because he’s the size of Montana. Skye does appear to be deaf. He’s got light blue eyes, indicative of a recessive gene that sometimes causes deafness in certain breeds of dogs. He’s five years old. His back is the same height as the kitchen counters, which means his head fits comfortably in the sink. His feet are the same size as my hands. Angel appears to have at least some hearing. She’s eight years old but seems to be going strong. She doesn’t want to leave our side when we’re at home. We’ll take care of Skye and Angel until they find their “forever home.” Please contact me if you know someone who might be interested in adopting them. City Councilor Ken Kingshill is a Westfield resident and Realtor. You may e-mail him at kkingshill@ westfield.in.gov.
No cape required to save the world COMMENTARY By Robin Chaddock I recently went to the 50th birthday party of one of my long-time friends. Since I’ve already reached that age, I’m very careful not to call anyone my “old friend” anymore! We all got a great laugh out of the cocktail napkins for the evening, which read, “I am fairly certain that given a cape and a nice tiara, I could save the world.” All of us agreed that most of us held that sentiment about ourselves – secretly or not so secretly. When it comes to living in community, sometimes we believe it is those of us with capes and tiaras, status and resources, who are going to save the world. And it is certainly necessary for people who have bounteous resources to use them for the betterment of the world. But it doesn’t take a cape and a tiara to save whatever world we find ourselves in on an everyday basis. Consider a lovely friend, whose name I won’t mention because it would embarrass her. She saw a need right on her very own street in downtown Westfield in the form of a neighbor
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who was enduring a significant illness. She didn’t necessarily know this neighbor very well, but she cared about her as one human being to another. My friend caught wind of a financial need her neighbor had and decided to do what she could to help ease the considerable burden, even if just in a small way. My friend e-mailed a host of people, explained the situation, and asked that we contribute whatever we felt to a bank account that was established at one of our downtown banks. Not many of us knew the neighbor, but we know and trust our friend. So a bunch of strangers went into the bank and made small deposits. This was nothing earth-shattering, but it did mean a lot to the neighbor in need. I’m grateful for my friend showing me that I don’t have to own a tiara or wear a cape to save the world. Robin Chaddock is the executive director of the Downtown Westfield Neighborhood Association. She welcomes comments and can be reached at RobinCoaches@aol.com.
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A good though not great film, “An Education” will be most remembered as the coming-out party for Carey Mulligan. Previously a virtual unknown, she delivered a career-launching performance -- and earned an Oscar nomination -- in this drama about a young English girl who gets caught up in a whirlwind of romance with a dubious character in 1961 London. Although the film didn’t light any fires in its theatrical run, movie lovers are poised to discover Mulligan’s nuanced, layered turn as “An Education” hits video stores. Mulligan plays Jenny, a working-class girl whose entire existence seems to revolve around meeting her parents’ expectations that she get into Oxford. She dreams of escaping her bourgeois confines and seeing the world, and meeting people “who know lots about lots.” One day she meets David (Peter Sarsgaard), who represents everything she desires: He wears sleek suits, drives a rare sports car, goes to mod parties and whisks her off to Paris for romantic getaways. Though at least twice her age, the charismatic David convinces Jenny’s parents (Alfred Molina and Cara Seymour) to condone the affair. As Jenny edges closer to ditching her future – despite the warnings of her English teacher
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If only a jar of honey would suffice … COMMENTARY By Chef Michael Vlasich While perusing information for my recent St. Patrick’s Day article, I found an interesting fact profoundly related to St Patrick’s Day that I should have mentioned: Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural dinner menu from March 4, 1861, which was corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. The starter was a mock turtle soup, and dessert was blackberry pie. I found it tickled my funny bone for two reasons: First, it was in with St. Patrick’s Day trivia just because of the entrée, when it really had no just cause. Second, a U.S. president – one of our greatest – could eat his celebratory dinner with any chef, but he selected that of a Midwestern common man, again showing his true character. With President Lincoln’s new museum displays, I thought it appropriate to continue to discuss more of his diet preferences in this article. The first thing to understand is his upbringing, which is where our history intersects his. Young Abraham was raised in the then-frontier lands of western Indiana and Kentucky. Here, his basic diet was partly economically driven but also frontier traditional, including items like corn dodgers, which were cakes made of corn meal for most all meals. He consumed lot of game, which provided the protein in his diet. He would eat plenty of eggs, bacon, milk and mush. His favorite sweet delicacy throughout his life was honey.
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All these foods would shape his adult eating habits even into his presidency, although there are contradictory accounts of what and how much he would eat. The other influence on his dining habits was his wife, Mary Todd, who was raised the opposite of Abe. She was raised in the rolling bluegrass hills of eastern Kentucky, in a very wealthy family that always had a maid and cooks. They traveled extensively and were exposed to the finest foods and cuisines of the day. In the White House, as in life, President Lincoln remained a simple eater. Most authorities agreed he was generally indifferent to food. But some thought differently. His bodyguard, Colonel William H. Crook, said, “Mr. Lincoln was fond of bacon and was a hearty eater. He never lost his boyish, growing appetite. He was a wholesome man who would devour plentifully to keep up his strength, which was taxed beyond endurance in the days of the war.” Here’s a fast, easy honey-based chicken recipe great for summertime grilling. The best part is you can do it last minute with no planning. Chef Michael R. Vlasich, CEC, AAC, is a Carmel resident and the executive chef at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. You may e-mail him at chefmichael@ currentincarmel.com
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ROASTED DUCK CONFIT WITH POMEGRANATE REDUCTION Makes 4 servings Ingredients: • 4 fouroz. duck breasts • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt • 2 tsp. coriander • 2 tsp. pomegranate seeds • 1/3 cup sugar • 1/2 cup water • 2 cups low-salt chicken stock • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar • 2 cups pomegranate juice • 1 pomegranate, halved • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin • 4 each dried chilies Directions: Grind kosher salt, coriander and pomegranate seeds in a spice grinder and season duck breasts. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake marinated breasts in 180 degree oven until tender. In a sauce pot on medium heat, bring water
to a simmer and add sugar; cook until a light caramel color. Add chicken stock, pomegranate, pomegranate juice and dried chilies and reduce by half. Add balsamic vinegar and simmer for 3-4 minutes and strain. Remove duck from oven and drizzle sauce over top and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top. This recipe, by Flemings Prime Steakhouse Chef Matt Bush, is one of the winners of Feb. 28 Dining A La Heart fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the Reviving Hearts Program, which donates automated external defibrillators to high schools throughout Indiana. For more information, contact Margie Fougeron 317-338-6080.
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The Ticking is the Bomb By Nick Flynn Haunted by his difficult childhood and a painful family history, Nick Flynn shares in this memoir a glimpse of what a new father fears for his unborn child. Flynn came from a broken family: His mother committed suicide, and his father eventually became homeless after serving prison time. Here he struggles with the upcoming birth of his daughter and his fears of raising her in a harsh world filled with torture and addiction. As he researches current events, such as the Abu Ghraib prison incidents, his worldview seems to become increasingly dark. From interviewing abused prisoners to candidly sharing details of his simultaneous relationships with two women, Flynn holds little back as he searches for meaning and “a way home.” Readers not taken aback by his brutal honesty and unconventional storytelling will find herein a portrait of a young man in hopeful recovery. Reviewed by Carly Schull Reference librarian, Westfield Washington Public Library
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THEATRE Hello, Dolly!
Through May 2, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents the famous matchmaking musical “Hello, Dolly!” – the winner of 10 Tony Awards. Renowned Chicago actress Iris Lieberman stars in the show. Tickets range from $35 to $58 and include a meal. Call 317-872-9664 for details.
The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis will present “Yankee Tavern,” written by Steven Dietz, from April 8 through May 1. Tickets are $15 for Thursdays and Sundays, $20 for Fridays and Saturdays. Show times are 7 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.org for details.
Crimes of the Heart
This 1981 Pulitzer Prize-winning story of three sisters gathering to await news of their ailing grandfather will be presented at the Carmel Community Playhouse at Clay Terrace from April 15-25. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.carmelplayers.org.
LIVE MUSIC Mickey’s Irish Pub
The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey’s Irish Pub,13644 N Meridian, Carmel. For more information, call 317-573-9746: April 2 – Henry Lee Summer and Friends April 3 – Wooly Bullies April 9 – Endless Summer April 10 – Lemon Wheel Band
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The following musical acts will be playing live at Mo’s Irish Pub, 13193 Levinson Lane in the Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville. For more information, call (317) 770-9020. April 1 – Lady Di & The King April 2 – Daniel Joseph Band April 8 – Greta Speaks April 9 – Lou Abby April 10 – Through Being Cool
Hedgehog Music Showcase
The Radio Review at Hedgehog Music Showcase, 101 W. Main St., Arcadia, takes the form of a live radio show featuring big band, swing and pop standards of the 1920s-30s-40s performed by musicians and vocalists 8 p.m. every Saturday. For more information, call (317) 573-9746:
PERFORMANCE Flight of the Spirit
Encore Vocal Arts presents its second aerial dance endeavor joined this time by the chamber choir of Zionsville Community School for Igor Stravinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms” and Leonard Bernstein’s beloved and beautiful “Chichester Psalms,” April 17 at the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, $8 for students under 18. Visit www.encorevocalarts.org for details.
Purdue Varsity Glee Club
The acclaimed Purdue Varsity Glee Club, which has wowed audiences around the world and has performed at five presidential inaugurations and Carnegie Hall, among other notable venues, will perform in Carmel April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $15. For tickets, call 317-582-0127.
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Northview Church will offer a free Family Film Festival over Spring Break. April 5: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; April 6: “Bedtime Stories” at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; April 7: “Up” at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages, and seating is done on a first come, first served basis.
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The value of plastic surgery – surgical vs. non-surgical COMMENTARY By Dr. Barry Epley The greatest trend in plastic surgery over the past decade has been, ironically, the explosion of procedures that don’t involve actual surgery. With these treatments, making the face look rested, supple and youthful has become as easy as a quick visit to the doctor’s office. Non-surgical facial enhancement far exceeds the actual number of cosmetic surgeries performed per year. Such “beauty treatments” have been very successful with concerns of facial aging, but the same approach has not seen the same success with body concerns. The search for an effective non-surgical method for the reduction and removal of fat remains as elusive as the “magic pill” or diet for weight loss. Much has been promised, but little has been delivered so far. The allure of “non-surgical” is always compelling, and any device or product that offers it always attracts a large amount of public interest. But within that appeal lies the often ignored fact that non-surgical treatments are not equivalent to surgery. They produce results that are far inferior and should be of thought as a delaying tactic or a complement to what surgery can do, not a substitute. Non-surgical facial methods should never be equated to actual surgery. You can reduce a few wrinkles, plump up some thin tissues and get your skin to look fresher. And, to be sure, those
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Pain is preventable with diabetes patients COMMENTARY By Dmitry M. Arbuck Diabetes is a horrible disease that affects many organs and tissues and is deadly if not treated. In pain management, we see many unfortunate patients who suffer with peripheral diabetic neuropathy. This condition develops because of changes inside the nerves, which make the nerves to fire without provocation. The progression of the disease goes from not having any pain to having shooting sensations, then burning sensations, and finally numbness. Of course, the best way to prevent problems is to treat diabetes appropriately by keeping blood sugars in check. At the same time, even periodic blood sugar increases may damage the nerves and cause neuropathy. The majority of people with neuropathies do not have pain at least to a point, unless the illness progresses far enough. The prevention of such neuropathies must be done in every diabetes patient and includes
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Complete return on investment not uncommon with outdoor living spaces COMMENTARY By Randy Sorrell Whew. We survived another winter. It seems we have desperately navigated yet another cold, dreary reality TV series and now we can’t possibly absorb enough of spring’s excitement. Like a joyful addiction, we NASCAR home after school and earn a living to escape in our back yards and scrape off winter’s tinged perspective. Why? To “chillax” on the patio – therapeutic laughing, drinking in the peace, firing up the grill, counting the koi and manufacturing pure enjoyment. Skillfully managing respectable “return on investment” is certainly mindful, but intentionally planning for insane “return on enjoyment” is much more rewarding. PLANET, our national green industry association, has shown that an immediate 80 percent return on investment (ROI) is common with a professionally designed and installed outdoor living space. While anemic compared to in excess of 100 percent ROI a few years ago, it’s not unreasonable to believe that with a little inflation and improvement in home values, recovering 100 percent of your outdoor living space investment is likely after a half a dozen years of bliss. Balance with the neighborhood; your home and
rennials down to the ground before new growth emerges in the next few weeks. budget are key. So how have you spent the first few incredible weeks of spring? Outside I hope. Be prepared and hunt for every last ounce of fun, family and grilling and create your very own museum of
Much to do about mulch COMMENTARY By Holly Funk It’s that time of year when mountains of mulch pile up in suburban driveways. Scooping servings of it into wheelbarrows, people cruise it around to their designated mulched areas. It looks nice and (I think) it smells nice, but you might not know just how great it really is for your garden. Mulch retains moisture, discourages weeds and eventually breaks down to improve the texture and fertility of the soil. With so many different types available, it’s hard to know which is best. But it really depends on your purpose and how much you want to spend. Mulch can be purchased either bagged or bulk. There are benefits to both, such as bagged can be saved outside in the rain and a pile must have a tarp. The convenience of having a load of mulch delivered usually carries a hefty fee. Shop around for the best price and always see what you are buying before you purchase it. Several materials are used as mulch. Chipped trees and limbs are the most common, as in Cypress, Pine Bark and my favorite, Hardwood mulch. Some mulch is available artificially enhanced with red or black dye but over time it fades and looks particularly awful, especially the red. (hint, hint)
Other materials used to make mulch are pine needles, which make the soil a little more acidic; cocoa shells, which smell nice and have a nice color but blow and wash away easily; pebbles, for a decorative touch and believe it or not, newspaper makes an excellent weed barrier. Just top with a layer of mulch. Common landscape debris can be used as mulch, and it’s free. Do you have lots of leaves at the end of the season? Those leaves can be shredded and used as mulch. If you have a compost pile, you can use compost as mulch and that is ultimately the best thing you can do for your soil and your gardens. What luck… it is free. Apply mulch to a thickness of about three inches, keeping it away from the base of plants and trees. Piling mulch around the base risks the health of the plant or tree as the damp, dark areas make it susceptible to insect damage, fungal problems and root rot. Reapply mulch one to two times per year, as needed. Merry mulching! Holly Funk is an Indiana accredited horticulturist and advanced master gardener residing in Noblesville. Email your gardening woes (or wisdom) to email@example.com.
memories. TIP: Working outside? Wear gloves and protect those early season tender spots. There is always a remnant thorn waiting to buzz your day. It’s time to cut ornamental grasses and pe-
Randy Sorrell is president of SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks+, a Carmel home improvement firm. He may be reached at 317-679-2565, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.choosesurroundings.com.
Ten foot-care tips for the New Year 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. 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 heels – 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.
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COMMENTARY By David Cain Now, I’m not an avid runner; I run for my blood pressure. Shockingly, my doctor informed me a couple years ago that I had high blood pressure. Imagine that, a 42-year-old, high stress, no hair, impatient, obsessive, somewhat compulsive workaholic with high blood pressure It just didn’t add up. I endeavored to solve this mystery. I quit drinking. I started exercising. I cut out sodas. I dialed back salt. I went to bed earlier. I relaxed. And each variable I tracked on a daily graph for two weeks to see what made a difference, just like any good obsessivecompulsive would do. As expected, exercising had the biggest impact. Great, the one thing I didn’t want to do. So I’ve become a self-proclaimed blood-pressure runner. Running is the only exercise I can continue to do. Seems that if you can just get a mile from your house, you have to get back. It’s the only exercise where I can’t stop in the middle and quit. I’m usually a morning runner, lumbering along before the light of day. Under the cover of darkness in the light of the dawn, I can hide my bad running form and matching awkward outfit. Last week, I was preparing to run in the morning, peeked out the door, and was greeted with a rush of cold. I knew the day would
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What are your thoughts on the passing of the health care bill? “I’m not too sure about all the details, but I am concerned with anything that affects the national debt.” Phil Sprecher Westfield
“I haven’t gone through the whole bill yet. It’s on my list of things to do.” Garry Brush Westfield
“I think that the bill has a few good ideas, but it was executed poorly. I am a Physical Therapist and I am worried about the future of this plan.” Nathan Herrmann, Westfield
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I wondered how many businesses were running in the dark. How many were hiding in the early dawn of the morning instead of running in the daylight?
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usher in near-60s temperatures, so I decided to defer. I’d wait until after work to run. It seemed like a good idea. That night, I got home at an early 6 p.m. and hit the streets. As I trudged along, I felt a need to pick up the pace. Cars were rushing by, and people were looking at me. Running in the light of day was different. I had to be better or, more likely, I wanted to be better because I felt people were watching. My form improved, my pace quickened, I felt better. The lumbering bear shot with a dart had been transformed into a nimble cat. Then my mind drifted to the work. I wondered how many businesses were running in the dark. How many were hiding in the early dawn of the morning instead of running in the daylight? Was my organization making all the decisions like we were running in the light of day? I don’t know for sure, but it’s my new mantra: Run in the daylight. Be open, transparent, clear, and fearless. Chances are you’ll get faster and more functional.
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Kilpatrick Traditions LLC, which first opened in December, specializes in custom cabinetry, furniture pieces and entry doors. Valuing quality and construction, the company only sells Schrocks of Walnut Creek and Mullet Cabinet Company cabinets, which are hand-built and feature allwood construction with stained and finished interiors. All the company’s work is done using old-fashioned techniques by experienced cabinetry makers. Kilpatrick Traditions helps its clients through every step of the project and will dedicate as much Kilpatrick time as needed to guarantee satisfaction. Kilpatrick Traditions works closely with the client’s contractor to ensure the project is of the utmost value and avoids unnecessary costs. Meeting with contractors, helping to make finished selections and being on site during installation all come with no extra cost. To view the company’s work, visit www.kilpatricktraditions.com and call to make an appointment at 317-753-7971. Owner: Michael Kilpatrick Address: 301 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel Phone: 317-573-7971 Web: www.kilpatricktraditions.com
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COMMENTARY By Gary Hubbard We constantly hear the question, “When should I get my computer cleaned up? It is running really slow, but I just can’t be without it for very long.” There is always that tradeoff between how slow your computer has become and how long you can be without it. What we have found is that this question is driving many to take shortcuts that cost them both time and money in the long run. When your computer was new, the only thing running on it was the operating system, possibly an office suite, and hopefully a good anti-virus and anti-spyware program. And it was pretty fast. Over time, with normal use, a computer will begin to take a long time to boot up when you turn it on. It also will start taking a long time to open programs and files. You’re waiting to see if something comes up, not sure if it accepted your last mouse click. If you’re impatient, then maybe you keep clicking, adding to the problem by trying to open the same thing multiple times. What has likely happened is that over time you have inadvertently added many programs that are running in the background, and those programs are using much of your computer’s resources. Many times, we see multiple anti-virus and anti-spyware programs running, and one or maybe none of them are actually up to date. The multiple AV/AS programs will slow your computer, and if they are out of date, they will put your computer at risk. Correctly cleaning a computer while protecting its programs and data takes several hours. It is very important that you have
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Parents hold the key in shaping behavior COMMENTARY By Becky Kapsalis A recent headline in the Indianapolis Star read, “Missing ingredient in some schools: parents.” I propose taking it one step further: “Missing ingredient in all homes of poorly behaved kids: parents.” I’m not looking to blame, point fingers or make judgments, but let’s face facts. Common sense tells us without parents there would be no kids. We need parent development. If all we’re doing to improve the life of an otherwise emotionally troubled child is to create more and more programs, I believe we are putting these at-risk kids on a merry-go-round. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is merely spinning our wheels – going nowhere. Parents are the key ingredient to a child’s development. Parents bring dignity to children and are the first responders to our children’s future. Kids are not born with behavioral issues. They are born into behavioral issues. Before we can contemplate helping our children be children of value, we have to become parents of value. School or court-appointed programs mandating parents to participate in parent development courses that help them resurface their
self-worth and emotional intelligence might be one way to begin the process of commitment. Self-worth is what we are born with; it is our emotional intelligence, and it is not dependant on external influences. Self-esteem is fickle and superficial and suggests entitlement. Our prisons are filled with persons with high self-esteem. When we recognize our own God-given emotional intelligence, we are laying a foundation of accomplishment the likes of which we may never otherwise know. Most parents of at-risk kids are troubled parents. Poor parenting is poor parenting and crosses all socio-economic lines. Unless we begin appealing to our emotional intelligence, we mustn’t expect to have a solution to our kids’ problems. Our emotions become our human blueprint. Cultivating our emotions is the embodiment of our parental intelligence. We must never be the missing ingredient in our children’s lives. www.indyparenthelp.com Hugs! Becky Kapsalis. aka YiaYia (pronounced Ya-Ya.) is a certified parenting advocate and child behavior coach. You may reach her at 317-848-7979 or e-mail becky@ indyparenthelp.com
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that begin with the prefixes self-, all-, and ex(meaning previous or former) all get hyphens, but prefixes in-, im-, anti-, and dis- don’t. Here’s what I will tell you: iI in doubt, look it up or say it another way. I would rather see that Ted has no interest than to see he is dis-interested. I would rather see I appreciate your gift than thank-you. And I’d rather see that you agree with your husband’s sister than you agree with your sister in law. Make sense? As for Coleridge, I pay homage (or maybe offensive disrespect) with my own little rhyme: Hyphens, hyphens everywhere So many out of place Hyphens, hyphens everywhere Punctuation can disgrace. And for those of you who would like a really handy reference for hyphenation rules, check out Purdue’s OWL (online writing lab): owl. english.purdue.edu/owl/. Search “hyphen use” for a succinct and well-organized list of appropriate uses for hyphens. Otherwise, just keep your dictionary – online or otherwise – handy. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at email@example.com.
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COMMENTARY By Vicky Earley There is a fine line between giving a client the look they want and giving experienced design or decorating advice – and that fine line can be a tightrope! At times, that rope can be treacherous. Does a client simply want affirmation, or does he or she want real advice? If a client is simply looking for confirmation, it really is best to call a girlfriend. If the client is looking for an unemotional opinion in an attempt to avoid the expense and disappointment of a mistake, an experienced design or decorating professional is in order. Saying “no” to a client requires courage and diplomacy; I am working on both of those but have a long way to go! It takes time and experience to understand that the true value of a design professional lies in sometimes brutal honesty based on talent, experience and education. Sometimes that includes words like, “I would not recommend that and here is why …” When I was new to the industry, a client asked if I could help update a living room that had been unattended for several decades. The client’s approach was to add a pair of new chairs to a sofa that was structurally sound but with fabric that was old enough to vote. My instinct said it would not help, but inexperience led me down a path of wanting to please. Today, I would say no. It doesn’t matter that you have rarely sat on that floral ‘80s sofa. It is dated … period. And if I bring in chairs styled in 2010 and place them with a sofa that was all the rage in 1986, the chairs will look like today and the sofa will still look dated.
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COMMENTARY By Dick Wolfsie My wife and I are very competitive. Take skiing for example. I don’t like skiing. Mary Ellen says she dislikes it more than me. We’ve been arguing about this our entire marriage. We’re equally cutthroat when it comes to not mowing the lawn. It’s exhausting. Our newest spirited debate involves the Middle East. But it’s not something as mundane Israeli-Arab relations. It’s about the trip Mary Ellen and I are taking to Egypt in the fall. Neither of us knew much about that part of the world, so we went to the fabulous display at the Children’s Museum several months ago. Mary Ellen toured the exhibit and learned some of the history of the 4,000-year-old culture, while I stayed downstairs and argued with the ticket lady that the senior discount should kick in at 63, not 65. You’d think these people would know something about the ancients. Whenever we travel, my wife gets herself all educated about where we are going. She buys books and DVDs and is glued to the History Channel while I’m upstairs watching “The Simpsons.” Then, at bedtime, she drones on about what she learned. I’m amazed that she can
keep so much trivia in her head, but it comes at a price. This is the same person who went 15,000 miles without an oil change. By the time we get on a plane, Mary Ellen is so knowledgeable about our destination that I’m not quite sure what the point is of even going. In Germany a few years ago, the guide had laryngitis, so my wife took over the tour and casually summarized the historical significance of the Rhine River. People were hanging on her every word, and I got jealous, so I grabbed the mic and rattled on about the history of black forest cake, something I had learned at lunch by reading a placemat in Dusseldorf. For this vacation, we are both listening to CDs in our cars, called “The History of Ancient Egypt.” When my wife listens, she retains what she hears. I could probably recall the information as well, but when I pay attention to the narrator, I end up in Greenwood when I’m supposed to be in Tipton. I finally decided the best way to remember stuff is to repeat it in a conversation, a trick I learned as a teacher when I taught the same class in psychology five school periods in a row. By the time I got to the last class of the day, I remembered all the baloney I had written down
for the first class, but I didn’t have to look at my notes anymore. I tried the verbalizing technique on Mary Ellen when she walked in the house the other day and mentioned the White River was flooding. “Funny you should mention that, Mary Ellen. In Egypt, the overflow of the Nile River was actually a good thing, irrigating the land, providing precious water to the crops.” My wife was mildly impressed by this little gem, so at a party that weekend, I tried to work Egyptian references into my conversations – words like sarcophagus, obelisk and Thutmose III. That’s the last time we’ll be invited to the McGuires’, because several guests complained to the hostess that I was trying to enlist them in some kind of pyramid scheme. I can’t compete with Mary Ellen when it comes to learning Egyptian history. And if I even try, she says I have another Tutankhamen. Dick Wolfsie is an author, columnist, and speaker. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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of a Dell cart?). And that something was an attack of various viruses designed to make my life way more interesting than I had planned. For the last few days, I have done nothing but download and run programs with rather … shall we say aggressive names, all of which promise to send spyware, Trojans, worms and any other type of malware into oblivion: Little Big Horn. Nuclear Blast. Armageddon. And here’s the beauty part: All the malware programs pretty much ignore them! I’m not kidding. You spend three hours running a deep scan of every last electron on your system. The scan then barfs up a list of bad programs (Bad program! Shame on you!) three pages long. You hit the “Fix Problems” button. The computer grinds away for an hour or two. Then it comes back to tell you it got rid of all the problems except for three, but it doesn’t tell you which three. So you download a different program and start all over again. And get exactly the same result. The worst problems, in terms of annoyance, are the browser hijackers. These are programs that do exactly as the name implies. You search for something – anti-virus software, let’s say –
but when you click on an entry, the hijacker sends you to something else entirely, often as not a bogus search engine or a site you wouldn’t want the pastor to catch you visiting. And hijackers have proved nearly impossible for me to remove. I am sure there is an 8-year-old computer wizard kid out there who could fix this in a jiffy and then scoff at my predicament as mere child’s play. Well, let him scoff. After all, he’s a child and I’m not. And that is why I decided to go ahead and buy the computers I had already been planning on buying in a couple months, anyway. Which does lead me back to the question of where all this malware originates. It’s just a guess, but I think the computer companies may be in on it as a way to create demand. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that 8-year-old wrote the program.
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Mike Redmond is an author, journalist, humorist and speaker. Write him at mike@ mikeredmondonline.com or P.O. Box 44385, Indianapolis, IN 46244.
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We put more hearts back on rhythm. Clarian North Medical Center is part of the team leading the way in correcting heart arrhythmia â€“ a heart thatâ€™s out of rhythm. Our system of highly trained physicians includes fellowship-trained, best-in-class cardiologists from the IU School of Medicine, vested in teaching, treating and researching heart diseases and disorders. Found in about 2.2 million Americans, atrial fibrillation, the leading cause of arrhythmia, produces symptoms like palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, dizziness and can generally be controlled well with medication. Left untreated, the risk of stroke, heart failure and heart muscle disease increases, making it essential for you to tune into your body and seek the highest quality care to re-establish your rhythm.
Would you like to learn more? Free Heart Arrhythmia Seminar TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 6:30 P.M. Clarian North Medical Center Learning Center 11700 North Meridian Street, Carmel Cardiologist Woodrow Corey, MD, will share the latest information about arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment. Space is limited, so RSVP by calling 317-688-2829 or online at www.clariannorth.com
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Current in Westfield