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It is our position that with the continuing rise in the residential foreclosure market, this is the time for homebuyers and investors alike to find great deals on properties. With still no “boom” in the housing sales market, there are number of properties with great potential now available all over our community that have significant potential as a rental or rehab. Nearly every neighborhood finds itself plagued by homes with owners either unwilling or unable to continue to provide care. These neglected properties harm values for all owners and diminish our city one street at a time. While these once-attractive homes still have great potential, they urgently require someone to assume the responsibility and time commitment involved in returning these lost souls to a more appropriate market – enhancing value and all the while enticing families to continue to settle down in our neighborhoods. With the Federal Homebuyers Tax Credit now expired and the job market continuing to show signs of duress, there remains a strong demand for affordable housing. And mortgages aren’t as easy to come by as they have been for the last decade. So even those who once could afford a reasonable mortgage are now seeking a rental or lease-to-own option.
It is our position that potential pet owners should look to the Humane Society for the adoption of new family members. The population at the Humane Society for Hamilton County is beyond capacity with nearly 500 pets ready for adoption. The current economic situation has caused a flood of pets to be surrendered or abandoned, and the Humane Society needs willing citizens to adopt or foster pets to help with the overcrowding. Specialty breeds can be appealing, because you can choose specific features, size, etc. However, those animals can be expensive and are bred based on the demand of the public. While families may have a specific breed in mind to add to their brood, please consider looking at the HSHC for a pet to love. The Humane Society does a great service for our community, and we should rally around them in support as its populations are soaring.
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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 Hawaii, it is illegal to own a mongoose without a permit. 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 Indiana Constitution. ARTICLE 1. Bill of Rights. Section 2. All people shall be secured in the natural right to worship ALMIGHTY GOD, according to the dictates of their own consciences. (History: As Amended November 6, 1984). Section 3. No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise
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From the backshop Judge Hughes’ decision: Brilliant! Hamilton County Superior Judge William Hughes last week issued what we believe to be the first sane order of the Simon saga, when he ordered all parties to mediate all disputes through a disinterested third party. He needs that person’s name by Aug. 30. What a great move by hizzonor! We get that there is a ton of dough at stake, and we also get there is no love lost between the warring factions, most related to the late Melvin Simon. Somewhere in the mess has to be the truth. We hope it’s not something Mr. Simon, a titan in development, philanthropy and other pursuits, took to his grave. ••• Motorists and trail users, listen up one more time! Where thoroughfares meet up with trails around these parts, the trail users, NOT the motorists, must stop at those junctions. When motorists stop for trail traffic, it incorrectly causes the trail users to believe they have the right of way; they do NOT. ••• Dumb American Voter Update: A disgraced former Orange County, Calif., sheriff convicted of witness tampering received about $215,000 in pension checks last year, one of hundreds of former employees to get big pay-
Brian Kelly & Steve Greenberg outs as the county's retirement system faces a huge shortfall. Michael Carona was among 400 former county employees who received more than $100,000 in pension payments in 2009, according to documents released by the Orange County Employees Retirement System. Remember: He was voted into office. ••• The financial regulatory overhaul that President Barack Obama signed recently calls for a two-year study of municipal finance disclosure, including whether to scrap a 1975 law that prevents the SEC from imposing the same requirements on local governments that it does on corporations. This, in our humble opinion, represents one of his first great moves as the leader of the free world.
READERS' VIEWS Estridge doesn’t live up to promises Editor: I am writing this from my home in a vinyl village built by Estridge. When we contracted to build this house 10 years ago, it was marketed (and still is) as a “luxury ranch.” Apparently the concept of luxury varies according to whom Mr. Estridge is pitching. According to the salesman, our community was Paul’s (all the sales people portrayed a very personal relationship) crowning jewel, his dream community. How sad that in less than 10 years, it is now just a vinyl village, and he needs to build his next jewel, Symphony. We are still waiting (ha, ha) for the laptops that were supposed to come with our homes and the local shopping area with an ice cream
shop, deli, cleaners, etc. Wonder why we didn’t receive a refund? Conditions change, and in the current climate there is no way to be certain when and to what degree the housing market will rebound. Houses in our neighborhood are on the market for months. Those that sell are well below the construction price. One of the primary reasons life is enjoyable in southwestern Washington Township is the lack of excessive commercial and retail activity. We were already force fed the retail plaza at 161st Street and Spring Mill Road. Let Estridge build his new community on his side of U.S. 31. Renée Smith Westfield, 46074
Earley’s Dubai stories shed light on another way of life Editor: Vicky Earley always writes an interesting column, whether the topic is decorating trends or helping with TV’s home makeovers. During the last month, however, I was drawn in by the compelling descriptions of her experiences in Dubai (“God bless the U.S.A. …really!,” July 20 and “More on my misadventures in Dubai,” July 27). As a woman, Vicki was treated far differently, and not pleasantly, than were her son and
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husband. The strictures placed upon women there and in similar countries are difficult for us American women to comprehend. We must never forget to appreciate our freedoms here in America and keep working to provide better conditions for all. Her two columns were enlightening and thought-provoking; thanks for running them in your papers. Jean E. Rodgers Westfield, 46074
Give before you get COMMENTARY By Terry Anker Absent cell phone interruptions and busy schedules, I have encountered some wonderful, in-depth conversations with strangers on airplanes. On a recent flight, I took my seat next to an affable young man who, nervous from inexperience with smaller planes, began to share with me the story of his recent engagement and the purchase of their first home. He went on about his new job and this flight to its training. Likely because of my attire (yes, there are a few of us still respectful enough to dress up a little for air travel), he assumed I must be a “senior” guy and asked my advice on how to meet leaders. He felt stonewalled by assistants and resume sorters. “Give first: Then and only then can you expect others to open their hearts and contact lists to you,” I opined. Find a charity, church or cause. Give to it. Give it time. If you can, give it money. And above all, give it you. Those who give are far more respected that those who take. He thought
for a moment and responded with disdain that he might spend some of his time and effort and, in fact, not end up getting a meeting that might lead to cash. I responded, “Yes, exactly.” He seemed perplexed. How can giving to others, especially when one believes themselves ill-prepared to share, bring benefit? Across the span of my life, I have been privileged to know many civic leaders and business heavyweights. Certainly, some chats have happened in a golf cart. But, many – many! – more have taken place as we worked shoulder to shoulder to the benefit of some other. Perhaps ironically – as I have learned to take greater pleasure in the act of giving than in the act of expecting return –far greater return has followed. I recommended he give it a shot. Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may e-mail him at terry@ currentincarmell.com.
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DISPATCHES » Learn to paint – The Westfield Washington Public Library will host artist Jan Roland for a class in watercolor painting and techniques August 19 at 10:15 a.m. No previous art experience is necessary, and the class fee of $12 includes all materials. Call 896-9391 to register. » Access road work begins – Construction is scheduled to begin this week on a new access road for Washington Township’s MacGregor Park and Nature Preserve in preparation for U.S. 31 Hamilton County freeway upgrades. As Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors begin clearing and moving dirt, flaggers will be controlling State Road 38 traffic a quarter mile east of U.S. 31 to allow large trucks to enter and exit the roadway. » Clarification – In last week’s issue of Current in Westfield, it was stated that Westfield Washington Schools recently received its third automated external defibrillator from the Reviving Hearts Program. The most recent AED provided to WWS is the third portable AED, but there are now 16 total AEDs throughout the school district.
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» 175th anniversary – The Westfield Friends Church will hold a 175th anniversary celebration this Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. The event will include, old-fashioned games, Underground Railroad walking tours, free pork barbecue and homemade ice cream and much more. Sunday worship will be at 10:30 a.m. and a pitch-in lunch will follow. Visit www.westfieldfriends.com for more information.
Do you know your city codes? Each week, we will provide a city ordinance to help familiarize you with the laws of Westfield. WC 16.08.010 Sign Standards Section K: Temporary signage 2. Residential Event Signs. a. Maximum Sign Area (per side): Six (6) Square Feet. b. Maximum Sign Height: Three (3) Feet. c. Installation: Residential Event Signs shall not be erected or installed more than five
down and tell them we are getting a second opinion.” I fear conCOMMENTARY frontation and hurting people’s feelings, but I eventually manage By Danielle Wilson to deliver the bad news and resign myself to the fact that I won’t Where do I begin? The busted water heater? The carpets that smell like dog urine? Maybe the finicky garage door or the busted have hot water for days. Then I call back the carpet cleaners and phone line. Well, how about I start at the beginning of my move- ask them if they can still come; apparently Doo only shut off the hot water, and I’m an idiot for not knowing that. in day from Hell? 1 p.m.: I try to deal with four children who don’t have access 5 a.m.: I awaken with a sense of excitement and a slight feeling to a TV, computer, xBox, or anything fun while my mother-inof nausea. Today’s the day! As my mind races through the list of law and two sisters-in-law attempt to clean mold from furniture things I need to get done – calls to be made, pets to remember, which sat too long in a non-climate controlled garage and then the first of three Packrat containers to empty, etc., etc. – I decide organize a kitchen that is slightly short on cabinet space. to get up and get on with it. The anticipation is making me ill. 4 p.m.: I take my sixth-grader to his middle school registration 6 a.m.: I shower in preparation for yet another job interview, and shell out money like I’m made of it, which I’m not because knowing that once I get to my house, I won’t be able to, because the water heater broke the night before. Then I down some coffee I’ve just bought a freakin’ house and don’t have a job! 5 p.m.: I rustle up my fourth-grader for his first soccer practice and head off to the grocery for essential items – toilet paper, Diet of the year. Already? Yes, already. Coke, peanut butter, bread and Clorox. 6 p.m.: I make my third trip to the in-laws for bedding, cloth8 a.m.: I return to my in-laws after unloading groceries and asing, the cat, and miscellaneous items I’d forgotten I own. sessing the flood status just in time to pick up my two girls, grab 7 p.m.: I pick up my soccer star, who is bright red and cryanother load of “stuff”, and check my e-mail (no Internet at the ing. It seems he nearly died of heat stroke because his mother new house yet.) Holy Mother, my interview has been moved up didn’t put ice in his water bottle and foolishly allowed him to two hours! I quickly organize my mother-in-law for babysitting and head back to wait for the steam cleaners. The basement really drink milk beforehand. 9 p.m.: I ignore Doo as he curses the garage door, which he does smell suspiciously like dog pee. now cannot close. Whatever. 10 a.m.: I realize as I’m heading out the door in a full suit and 10 p.m.: Peace out. heels that the steam cleaners cannot come because we have shut off the water main to stench the flow into the basement. I call and cancel and wonder how this could have happened the day we move in! 11 a.m.: I interview like a pro – this is my fifth one in two Danielle Wilson is a Carmel resident and contributing columnist. You may e-mail her at danielle@ weeks – then head home to the Money Pit. currentincarmel.com. 12 p.m.: The plumber arrives to tell me it will be $2,500 to 10110 INFINITI Carmel Current_F 8/11/10 2:48 PM Page 1 replace my water heater. I call Doo and he says, “Hell no! Go
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Local group watches over residents in need By Brandie Bohney Current in Westfield For six months now, Project Lifesaver has been watching over several residents of Hamilton County. The program, designed primarily for sufferers of Alzheimer’s, McCormick autism, Down syndrome, and dementia, outfits participants with a wrist or ankle bracelet that contains a locating device. If the participant would wander away from home or family, the transmitter device can be used to quickly locate the individual. David McCormick, who is now the Project Lifesaver (PLS) Coordinator for Hamilton County, saw the need for bringing PLS to Hamilton County several years ago after an Alzheimer’s patient who had wandered from her home was found dead. “ We heard about [PLS] through Indianapolis,” he says. “They’ve had searches for clients where they located them very quickly … once we heard about [PLS], we contacted [Indianapolis PLS coordinators] for more information, and we decided we had to have it and make it available to Hamilton County.” Rather than taking hours to locate people who have wandered away from home, organizations trained to use PLS can generally find them in minutes. Of the residents McCormick
has outfitted with transmitters so far, only one has wandered away to date, but she has done so three times. “The average recovery time in locating her is about ten minutes,” McCormick notes. “Those without the bracelets, it was taking us about nine to twelve hours to find them if they would wander away.” Receiving or getting a family member outfitted with a transmitter requires a relatively lengthy application process, including a statement from a physician noting the medical condition of person who is to wear the device. The program is free, however, to residents of Hamilton County. McCormick explains, “We make it 100 percent free to residents of Hamilton county, including servicing of the transmitter; if it becomes lost or damaged, we will replace it for free, and we replace the batteries monthly at no charge.” Project Lifesaver is a not-for-profit organization that holds various fundraisers throughout the year. If you would like to contribute to the organization, contact PLS at 776-6PLS (6757) or email project.lifesaver@hamiltoncounty. in.gov. Hamilton County residents interested in more information about PLS or having a loved one equipped with a transmitter should use the same contact information or check out the PLS International Web site: www.projectlifesaver.org.
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Local bar thrives despite non-smoking policy Commentary By Ken Kingshill I hadn’t really planned to try out the newly opened Mill Tavern at 161st Street and Spring Mill Road. I didn’t want to deal with the cigarette smoke, and the food probably wouldn’t be good anyway. Then I heard through the grapevine that, although it’s 21 and over, it’s also non-smoking. You gotta be kidding me! Let me get this straight. We carved out an exception in our smoking ordinance for 21-and-over establishments because we were told that bars and taverns would go out of business because people like to smoke and drink and drink and smoke. Now a new tavern opens for business and voluntarily prohibits smoking? So, in an effort to support an upstart nonsmoking tavern, my wife and I met our friends there for dinner on a recent Friday evening. We were pleasantly surprised. Sure enough, there was a “no smoking” sign at the entrance. Inside, there was neither a cigarette nor a minor in sight. However, there was a good selection of beer, including the usual stuff, as well as some interesting micro-brews I’d never
heard of. I’m sure there was other alcohol but I didn’t pay any attention to it. The food was excellent, and it didn’t take long. The service was cheerful and helpful. The place was clean and well furnished. The prices weren’t bad. Wow, what a delight. The thing that really struck us was how busy the place was. We had gone pretty early to try to beat whatever crowd there might be. We snared one of the last tables. Pretty soon the place was full. We counted at least four parties that entered, looked around the room, saw no empty tables, and left. If you’re at all like me and find yourself eschewing taverns because of the effect they always have on your closet when you get home, you might want to give the Mill Tavern a try. You just might find yourself a new neighborhood watering hole. City Councilor Ken Kingshill is a Westfield resident and Realtor. You may e-mail him at kkingshill@ westfield.in.gov.
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WHS drops valedictorian, salutatorian honors By Brandon Bowman Current in Westfield After researching the practices of other area high schools for two years, Westfield High School has retired its class rankScanion ing system. Beginning this school year, WHS will no longer name a valedictorian or salutatorian for each graduating class. “We looked at schools like Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, and New Palestine during our investigation,” WHS Assistant Principal Kevin Scanlon said. WHS found that while in some cases students with a 3.2 grade point average at other schools were in the top 15 percent of their respective graduating classes, students with a 3.2 at Westfield High School are often only in the top 50 percent.
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Under the new system, students who achieve a grade point average higher than 4.3 will be considered distinguished graduates at the end of the school year. A GPA of 4.2 or better will warrant students the title of honors graduates. “We have 85 percent of our students saying that they plan on attending college. So, by making this change I feel like we’re better preparing those students for it,” Scanlon said. “We’ll be keeping an eye on this to see if it is working.” A week ago, Scanlon said the first day of school was going smoothly and that this year’s enrollment is the largest in the school’s history. To further prepare those students for college, Westfield High School has added advanced placement courses in world history, government, and an advanced engineering design class. “During all of these changes, the only thing we’ve worried about is getting these kids ready for college,” Scanlon said.
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On hard times The Washington Township trustee’s office has faced new challenges in recent years By Elizabeth Noel Current in Westfield Twelve years ago, when David Gill became the Washington Township trustee, the office was isolated in a trailer in Hortonville. Gill and his deputy trustee, Becky McCanna, worked from 9 a.m. to noon, three days a week. Poor relief was a minor part of their jobs. “When I first hired [McCanna], I honestly told her it gets boring here sometimes, so she might want to bring a book,” Gill said with a soft chuckle. Now, Gill and McCanna look back on those days with disbelief. Since then, Westfield’s population has tripled, the economy has gone downhill, and the trustee’s office has become overloaded. The office, which moved to a more accessible location on Greyhound Pass in 2002, is now open to the public for six hours every weekday. “The trustee is consigned in our government in Indiana to be a Band-Aid, a last resort, a safety net for innocent people who are facing hard times temporarily,” Gill said. “We’re really here to maintain a minimum quality of life, focusing on the essentials of food, housing, utilities, medicine and transportation.” But as the minimum quality of life becomes harder for the bottom 15 percent of the population to maintain, this “last resort” has become increasingly necessary. Every day, families who are struggling to make ends meet, single mothers without child support, and people who are out of work come to Gill looking for help. Then they go through an extensive, 45-minute interview process and fill out laborious forms to determine if they qualify for assistance. According to McCanna, the problems today are not only numerous, but also much more chronic. “We used to help people once, twice at the most,” she said. “Now, many of them keep coming back.” Westfield resident Darryl Scott, 51, has gone to the trustee’s office for help several times a year since 2005, including three times this year. Scott has a full-time job but cannot make ends meet for his wife and 10-year-old daughter. He has been trying for an extra part-time job, but has had no luck. “Where are all of the jobs?” Scott said. “I’m not scared of work, I just can’t find any.” Scott said he’s just one of many people looking for answers and struggling to get by in Westfield, but the high number of local people in need only makes Gill’s job more difficult. He said one of the most difficult aspects of his job is balancing his Christian values with his responsibility to all taxpayers. “We are not a charity, so we can’t help people just because we want to,” Gill said. “I try to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money while trying to have empathy for the situations of others. Unfortunately today, there are many more people in these situations.” Not only are more people seeking help from the trustee’s office
“A lot of these people, they don’t want to be here. It’s a pride thing. But we just tell them, that’s what we’re here for.”
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David Gill has served as the Washington Township trustee for 12 years. As a result of the struggling economy, Gill said he is now assisting people who, only a few years ago, "didn't even know what the trustee does."
these days, but Gill said he’s seeing people come in who would have never imagined needing his help before the recession. People who previously had nice homes and highly paying jobs are now in need of financial assistance. “Some of these people didn’t even know what the trustee does,” Gill said. Gill added that many people coming into his office these days made a point throughout their lives to refrain from asking friends and family for financial help. When they come into the trustee’s office, as a last resort, Gill said the meetings can be very tense or even emotional.
increasing demand David Gill said the Washington Township trustee’s office provided more than $80,000 to individuals in need last year and referred more than double that to other organizations, such as the Salvation Army. This year, he said the office will provide about $95,000 this year. In 1999 the office only spent $19,000, Gill said.
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“A lot of these people, they don’t want to be here,” he said. “It’s a pride thing. But we just tell them, that’s what we’re here for.” Though the past years have been strenuous and sometimes heartbreaking for Gill and McCanna, they have managed to keep a positive attitude and a hope that is contagious. “Sometimes, especially these days, this can be sad work,” Gill said. “But then I’ll see someone in a store that I know I’ve helped get over that hump. Those are the success stories—that’s the plus side right there.”
extra services In his 12 years as Washington Township trustee, David Gill has made changes to give additional help to people. In 2007, Gill started a program that gives free tax preparation to people in need. Those who are struggling financially come to the trustee’s office, pay nothing, and get tax help. This tax season, the office of the trustee helped more than 50 people. He said free budgeting classes will likely be offered soon.
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DISPATCHES » Local artist receives grant – After receiving 140 applications, the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) awarded career development assistance grants to 39 Hoosier artists, including design artist Catherine A. Fritsch of Hamilton County. Her Transformation project is an exploration of altering the human silhouette through sculpture on the body. Fritsch will be constructing a line of garments that color outside the lines of the human form: bold, textural, possibly even bizarre. » Carmel artist’s work on display – This is the final week to see local artist Linda Bachofner’s watercolor collection at the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Gallery, 40 West Main Street. The exhibit runs through August 22, 2 to 7 p.m. every day but Monday. » Best fishing days – Now through August 24 are predicted by the Old Farmer’s Almanac to be some of the year’s best fishing days. The reason is because the moon is between new and full. The sun, moon, tides, and weather all influence fish activity. For example, fish tend to feed more at sunrise and sunset. During a full moon, tides are higher than average and fish tend to feed more. -www.almanac.com » Michelada: a beer-based cocktail – Ingredients: 5-liter keg of Heineken, 12 limes juiced into a pitcher, 3/4 ounce Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 ounce Maggi seasoning, 3/4 ounce Mexican hot sauce. Directions: Ice the keg. Add Worcestershire sauce, Maggi seasoning, and hot sauce to the pitcher of lime juice. Refrigerate. To serve, fill 12-ounce glasses with cracked or crushed ice. Add a generous tablespoon of the seasoning mixture. Top off with beer from the keg. -www.delish.com » How to spot the Emeral ash borer – The Emerald ash borer is a beetle killing trees in the Midwest and parts of Canada, and their presence is usually noticed from June through August. These signs may indicate infestation: increased woodpecker activity in the tree, thinning in the canopy, d-shaped holes in leaves. If you notice these signs, contact an arborist soon. -Angie’s List
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Like a Rolling Stone? Yes, they are By Zach Dunkin Current in Westfield Ed Bloom makes it clear from the start of the conversation: He is no Mick Jagger. Nor does he pretend to be. But as lead singer for the Rolling Stones tribute band Hot Rocks, he replicates the essential Mick-isms – you know, the strut, the pouty lips, the rooster move, the finger-pointing and the hands on hips – and sings like Jagger well enough to pass as a worthy imitation. “I can move pretty much like he can, and like Mick, I’m in pretty good health and have a pretty good energy level, but there’s only one Mick Jagger,” said Bloom, calling from his home in Chicago. “Mick’s like a cheerleader and gets the crowd excited. That’s what I do. This is just an act.” It’s an act that will be a part of Tribute Town, a new event Aug. 19 at the Indiana State Fair. The free, 5 p.m. concert in the Hoosier Lottery Grandstands features three tribute bands replicating the look and sound of the Stones, the Eagles and John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. As ticket prices rise and rock bands age or disappear, the tribute band industry has flourished. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine recently listed tribute bands as one of the top 40 reasons to be excited about music today, noting that some of these soundalike/lookalike acts “sometimes are
Hot Rocks, from left to right: Bobby Koll, Carmie Zac, Ed Bloom, Chris Minardi, Joe Wejman and Paul Mally.
better than the real thing.” Fans still want to listen to the music, which is disappearing from radio station formats and music venues. “The Stones have a large audience and a lot of devotees, and they want to hear their music,” said Bloom. “They don’t come around that often, so the fans have an appetite for it. “I’ve had people tell me they never want to see a tribute band but when they see us they are surprised at how well we do it. The musicians in this band are skilled and they play it well.” In addition to Bloom, the lineup includes
Wejman (Charlie Watts) on drums, Chris Minardi (Keith Richards) on guitar and vocals, Bobby Koll (Brian Jones/Ronnie Woods) on guitar, Carmie Zac (Bill Wyman) on bass and vocals, and Paul Mally (Ian Stuart) on keyboards and vocals. The show includes Stones-like costumes and vintage guitars. Hot Rocks will perform at 7 p.m., following the opening set by Blue Moon Swamp, featuring Dan McGuinness as John Fogerty. 7 Bridges closes the show at 9 p.m. with songs by the Eagles as a group and Don Henley and Joe Walsh as solo acts.
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Fool’s gold? Yellow or orange foods inspire and entice CULINARY By Chef Michael Vlasich If you were to see the real color of the foods you eat, you may choose not to eat them. Looking back through history, most dye used for foods clothes, or war paint originated with food in all cultures. The most popular of these dyes and food colors comes from a tree grown in North America that has been used for more than three centuries and has become popular as a food trend as a result of its use by celebrity chefs. The color is used to give butter, margarine, rice, cheddar cheese, custard and smoked fish their golden color. It is also used in lipstick, deodorant, clothes dye, body paint and insect repellent. It has a few names, the least common Roucou, better known as Annatto, or the name you may know, Achiote. The flavor has been described as slightly peppery but sweet with a nose of pepper and a hint of nutmeg. The color comes from the pulp that surrounds the seeds. While the pulp is not edible, the dye is made by stirring the pulp with water or oil. Even today, it is used to color rice in traditional dishes like Arroz con Pollo, and in seasoning blends you may see on your grocery shelves, like the Goya blend called “Sazon.” The first trace of cheese being colored with Annatto was in England in the mid 1800s. As naturally highly fatty cheeses turn yellow with age, the English cheese makers were thought to have added this dye to make their lesser-quality products look higher in fat. In food production today, Annatto is classified as a natural coloring. Many foods claim “all natural ingredients” or “no food coloring added,” even though they are using Annatto. Chefs now are using the Achiote paste for coloring and flavoring as a trendy twist. The paste
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Because of high demand, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has extended its run of “Church Basement” ladies through September 4. The show celebrates the church basement kitchen and the dedicated women who work there. Four devoted women do their best to organize food, fend off potential disasters, debate recipes, keep the pastor on due course and try to solve the problems of their changing rural Minnesota church in 1964. Tickets range from $35 to $58 and include dinner. Visit www.beefandboards.com for tickets and details.
Over the River and through the Woods
Westfield Playhouse will present the family comedy “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe DiPietro August 27 through September 12. The curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 7.30 pm, and Sunday matinees begin at 2.30 pm. For details or reservations call 896-2707.
FAMILY Family Fun at the Farm
Activities include giant jumping pillow, pedal go-carts, pumpkin train and farm animals from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 31 at Stonycreek Farm Nursery and Landscaping, 11366 State Road 38 East, Noblesville. Cost: $10. For information, call (317) 773-3344 or visit www.stonycreekfarm.net.
LIVE MUSIC Mickey's Irish Pub
The following musical acts will be playing live at Mickey's Irish Pub, 13644 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. For more information call 317-573-9746. Aug. 20: Aberdeen Project Aug. 21: Whiskey Biscuits Aug. 27: Endless Summer Band Aug. 28: Big Daddy Caddy
COMEDY Comedy at Morty’s
The following headlining acts will be coming to Morty’s Comedy Joint beginning this week: August 19 – 22: Mike Britt Thursday 8 p.m.: Tickets are $5 with two cans of food for a special show "Laugh your can off." Friday 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.: Tickets are $15. Saturday 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.: Tickets are $15 Sunday 9 p.m.: Tickets are $12
Verizon Wireless Music Center
The following musical acts will be playing at Verizon Wireless Music Center, 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville. Tickets are available at the venue box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or www.LiveNation.com. Aug. 28 – Toby Keith, Trace Atkins, 7:17 p.m., $73.50, $34.
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LIVE MUSIC Mo’s Irish Pub
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. Aug. 19, 26 – Cari Ray Trio. Aug. 20 – Jai Baker Aug. 21 – Something Rather Naughty.
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The following musical acts will be playing at 7 p.m. at Noble Coffee and Tea Co., 933 Logan St., Noblesville. For more information, call (317) 773-0339. Aug. 19 – The New Familiars, $10 general admission, $5 student. Sept. 2 – Michael Hurt and the Haunted Hearts. $10 and $5.
Symphony on the Prairie
The following musical acts will be playing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. at Conner Prarie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Advance tickets are $21 for adults and $10 for age 2-12 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre at (317) 639-4300, online at IndianapolisSymphony.org , and at all Marsh Supermarket and O’Malia’s locations. Adult tickets are $26 at the gate. Aug. 20-21 – Duke Ellington Orchestra.
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A moment of interior decorating truth – in my own home INTERIORS By Vicky Earley I suppose this is the way someone with long hair feels right before the big cut. Even though you know it is the right thing to do, there is uncertainty in the fact that once the scissors go to work, there is no turning back. Regardless of this trepidation, my kitchen wallpaper is going. This wallpaper made me laugh out loud when I first discovered it. It was the foundation for my “1940s summer cottage” that I wanted to develop in my little Cape Cod. I do still love the cozy, vintage feel of the pattern, but I realize that it is time to exorcise the “cute” from my house for good. The moment of truth came was I while perusing real estate listings dreaming of a real vacation home. One of the listings featured a near-beach house that had great features … in print. It had two bedrooms and a loft, two baths, hardwood floors, an updated kitchen and a peek at the ocean from the deck. I scrolled the on-line images for a confirmation that this could be the vacation house for me. Five pictures into the photos, my screen froze. There it was before my eyes: a photograph of a kitchen with wallpaper almost identical to my beloved panorama of cuteness. I think this moment was like one in which you see a photograph of yourself when denial has protected you from the awareness of an additional 30 pounds. Unlike the distortions that can
be assigned to a mirror, a photo tells the truth and nothing but the truth. It was undeniable: My wallpaper had to go. My previous design thread in my little Cape Cod was that of a 1940s cottage – complete with the cottage palette of butter yellow, tomato, periwinkle and grass green. With a palette dictated by wallpaper gone, I am able to eliminate some of the colors and focus a new color and sheen I have been coveting. The next life for my kitchen will be that of a small but elegant Parisian cottage with walls of a luster finish in a peacock shade. Yep, it is still a cottage, because it is a Cape Cod that insists on being just what it is. How does lustrous peacock relate to the brown and green of the adjacent areas? Simple; it was just a matter of finding a fabric that combines all three colors and a design story is told! I am not sure that I could find the listing for the vacation home that set this all in motion. I am not sure that I want to; it really is like one of those less-than-flattering photos that are better stuffed deep in a drawer for eternity. Vicky Earley is the principal designer for Artichoke Designs in downtown Carmel. If you have an interior design question, please contact artichokedesigns@aol. com.
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Malapropisms: Almost the right word COMMENTARY By Brandie Bohney Not too many people would have the question to the following “Jeopardy!” answer: A verbal gaffe named for a character in Richard Sheridan’s comedy “The Rivals.” What is a malapropism? Yep. That’s it. Malapropisms are named for the character Mrs. Malaprop, who had a habit of substituting a similar-sounding, but incorrect, word for the correct word in many of her statements. Of course, Sheridan was creating laughs with Mrs. Malaprop’s ill-fated word choices, but unintentional malapropisms can make you seem like an idiot. Case in point: President George W. Bush. Now, I‘ll admit he wasn’t my favorite president, but I don’t necessarily think he was a moron. He just sounded like one fairly frequently: • “Anyone engaging in illegal financial transactions will be caught and persecuted.” • “I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well.” • “We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.” Do you see the malapropisms? And why they can make you look like a fool? To Bush’s credit, the first example is probably one of the most common malapropisms: persecute and prosecute are often confused for one another.
Use of predecessor for successor isn’t completely uncommon (though predecessor is probably more frequently confused with processor), but confusion of encourage and discourage is pretty bad. The thing about malapropisms is this: Most people make them once in a while. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re supposed to be saying (like when I used to say part and partial instead of part and parcel – my own grammar guru finally corrected me my senior year of college), and sometimes you’re shooting from the hip and accidentally come up with the wrong word (see the Bushisms – er, malapropisms – above). Neither one are you going to catch before it comes out of your mouth. If you come up with the latter issue, though, correct yourself – assuming that you catch the error – and move on. If not, try not to despair: Most of us don’t have such high-profile jobs with a low tolerance for gaffes as ol’ G.W. did. Writing is the place where malapropisms are even more grievous, because in writing, you have a better chance to correct the work. It’s one thing to get flustered and say that something is beyond your apprehension or a stigma of your imagination, but it’s another thing to write it out. Brandie Bohney is a grammar enthusiast and former English teacher. If you have a grammarrelated question, please email her at email@example.com.
Don’t let cyberbullying affect your children PARENTING By Becky Kapsalis It was bad enough back in the day when bullies would steal lunches, call or say mean things to another kid, punch them in the face, write a nasty note and pass it around class or physically assault someone on the school playground. Oh for the good (?) old bullying days! The Internet has changed all that. The Internet has taken the place of the school playground, where there was at least some hope the bully would get his/her comeuppance! The Internet lets the cyberbully into our kids’ homes and bedrooms, where he can be anonymous and can attack at all hours of the day and night, putting embarrassing pictures of the person on the school’s social network. And where he can digitally superimpose a person’s head on a naked body and pass it around like it is real. The cyberbully can be an elementary through high school student and feels no shame. Cyberbullying is harmful, and it requires adult intervention. If you suspect your child is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying others, take immediate positive action to help prevent a very dangerous, harmful situation.
Since most cyberbullying takes place in the home, it is important that we know about it and that we get involved in preventing it. What parents can do to keep their kids safe from the cyberbully: • Keep your home computer in a busy area of the house, not in the child’s bedroom. • Set up e-mail and chat rooms with your kids. Make sure you know their screen names and passwords and that they don’t include any personal information in their online profiles. • Regularly go over their instant messenger “buddy list.” Ask who each person is and how they know them. The main reason kids don’t tell us parents if they are being cyberbullied is because they don’t want us to take away their computer privileges. Assure them that won’t happen. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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National “Take Your Cat to the Vet Week” is this week PETS By Gregory Magnusson Every dog has his day. Make sure cats have their day too! This week, veterinarians nationwide are raising awareness of the fact that cats need an annual examination just as much as dogs. A recent survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that more than half of all American households have at least one cat or dog sharing the home. Today the pet dog population is more than 72 million, and the pet cat population is more than 81 million. You read that right: There are more cats than dogs in American homes! And yet, the same study found that pet owners provide better veterinary care for their dogs than their cats. This includes regular check ups, vaccinations and dental care. The average dog owner spends more than two times as much in yearly veterinary care than the average cat owner. There seems to be a general misconception that cats don’t need the level of care that dogs do. Veterinarians know cats hide symptoms of disease very well, and they can look normal when they are covering up a serious illness. A complete yearly physical examination, combined with simple blood, urine and stool tests,
can uncover problems months or even years before your cat might show outward symptoms of disease. Just as annual physical exams are recommended for humans, they are recommended for our pets as well. If your cat is seven years or older, considered by most to be “geriatric,” she may need even more frequent examinations. A year is a long time in a cat’s life! Assuming the average cat lives to be 15 years old, receiving a yearly exam means they will have but 15 exams in an entire lifetime! The more times we see your cat, the more likely we are to see the subtle signs of early illness and take steps to keep your cat healthy as long as possible. Consider also that annual veterinary visits are a more cost-effective way for owners to take care of their cats. If a problem is caught early enough, it may require less expensive treatment than if the problem progresses and aggressive treatment is needed. Yearly examination and routine testing should be the part of any cat owner’s life plan for their pet. Please take your cat to the vet! She’ll think you are the cat’s meow! Gregory Magnusson is the owener of Leo’s Pet Care in Carmel. You may reach him at gregorymagnusson@ gmail.com.
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An effective way to enhance your eyelashes? COMMENTARY Dr. Jodie R. Harper and Dr. Angela Corea Everyone is talking about eyelash growth products, but how do they work? And are they safe? “Eyelash hypotrichosis,” or inadequate growth of the eyelashes, is a medical condition affecting millions of people. You are not alone, and the good news is it can be treated. Eyelash growth products work much in the way any hair growth product works. Eyelash enhancers may contain a variety of ingredients – depending upon the product. Hair follicles are stimulated, and as a result, the lashes become not only longer, but also thicker and darker as well. Most high-quality products use a combination of vitamins and peptides to accomplish this feat. Latisse® (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) is the first FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate eyelashes. It is a prostaglandin analog that is believed to prolong the anagen – or active growth – phase of your eyelash. Clinical trials revealed significant improvement in longer, thicker and darker lashes in just two months. Of course, with every benefit, there can be side effects. These include eye itching, redness and mild irritation, which can usually be reversed with a change in the application technique. It can also cause darkening of the eyelid skin or dark spots on the colored part of your eye (a very rare side effect of the parent medica-
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Whole-food sourced vitamins – Providing what nature intended NUTRITION By Laura Marenco We can find many things today made to synthetically recreate nature. Fabrics, wood-like floors (not made of wood) and even plastic or silk plants that fool the eye. But when it comes to nutrition, should we try to recreate nature or get nutrients derived from whole-food sources? Including a multivitamin in your diet can be a great way to make sure you have all the foundational nutrients needed every day. Let’s face it; most of us don’t regularly eat the variety of food sources necessary to get the optimal levels of nutrients. But there are two choices: wholefood source vitamins or vitamins synthetically sourced in a lab. Synthetic vitamins are designed to imitate the vitamins we get from whole food. These vitamins meet the molecular structure requirements, but they are not in the same complex forms found in nature. Compared to food, they are like “homeless” chemical isolates. Whole-food sourced vitamins are derived from plant-life sources. The major difference is that you don’t just get the chemical form, but a whole-food complex of the vitamins, minerals and herbs that contain all of the plants’ active, natural biochemistries. It takes more effort to
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What I realized from bacon COMMENTARY By David Cain On a salad, on a sandwich, on the go, or simply solo, bacon makes things sing. For me, bacon seems to bring out the best. I take a bite, my eyebrows rise, and my disposition lightens. I was enjoying a salad today. It was red with the juice of beets, my least favorite food. As I stared blindly at this sea of red, I could hardly take a bite. Then, like I was starring in a sitcom, sweet music played in my head as the bacon in my bowl divinely lit up. I dug in and learned that bacon even makes beets taste good. I decided promptly that the often-overlooked meat from our friend the pig deserves more recognition. For example, did you know bacon could be a leading indicator of other traits? You can learn a lot from bacon. How you prefer it speaks volumes about you. Do you spend your time hating bacon? Do you take it extra crispy? Do you like it lean and wet? Are you into bacon faking, like turkey bacon? Your preference can provide some insights. My multi-household research suggests that those who prefer it extra crispy are also sometimes a bit extra crispy themselves. They’re wound a bit tight. The lean-and-wet preference suggests you are more relaxed. The fake bacon lovers, well, you know the answer there. Aside from the delicious taste and the fact that your bacon preference can provide as much insight
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Jaguar XJ-S COMMENTARY By Shawn Miller The legendary Jaguar XKE, one of the best automotive designs of all time – the first car exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art – was a tough act to follow. It took Jaguar many years to unveil its replacement. The XJ-S had been developed as the XK-F, though it was very different in character from its predecessor. Although it never had quite the same sporting image, the XJ-S was a competent grand tourer, and more aerodynamic than the E-Type. The first XJ-S appeared in 1975 as a 1976 model, and the last XJS was produced in 1996, with the XK8 taking its place. Power came from the Jaguar V-12 engine with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission, but the manual was soon dropped. V-12 automobiles were unusual at the time, only offered by exotics like Lamborghini and Ferrari. The specifications of the XJ-S compared well with both Italian cars; it was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds and reach 142 mph. The first series of XJ-S cars had a Borg-Warner Model 12 transmission with a cast iron case and a bolt-on bell-housing. In 1979 GM TurboHydromatic 400 transmissions were fitted. The TH400 transmission was an all aluminum alloy case with an integrated non-detachable bell-housing. In 1983, a new cabriolet version
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Details are king in a basement remodel COMMENTARY By Randy Sorrell Details are the components necessary to make your naked basement look and feel like a professionally finished, lowerlevel extension of the rest of your home. Those smart details will graduate the sterile drywall and can light your desired edgy recreation area and party bar and the insane workout center you have always imagined. The fantastic news is that the details need not be excessive to cause a dramatic impact. Sometimes simple paint colors can be enough. Let a skillful interior decorator guide that process. Their eye for color and drama far exceeds those of us who are not formally trained, and it will cause you to appreciate the space much more. Crown molding is another detail and architectural element that will set your project apart from the masses. One strategy is to trim a few select rooms to formalize an area and help build a sense of space. That sense of space is what we crave. It is the ingredient that draws us to the area and other favorite rooms inside and outside the house. Most lower levels are haphazardly interrupted throughout with steel poles that perform a very important function. When these unsightly support structures are wrapped with drywall and dressed up with appropriate molding or another architectural feature repeated in the upper story, it suddenly becomes desirable – a formalized column that serves to separate spaces, frame views or direct traffic flow. Is your screen porch, sunroom or living room a little stale? These same details work effectively in other rooms too. Think about your favorite space. What pulls you in? Likely, it’s the details.
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Got a gadget problem? I’ve got a solution HUMOR By Dick Wolfise When I decided what to write about this week, I Googled Andy Rooney to make sure the old curmudgeon hadn’t already taken a shot at this topic in an episode of “60 Minutes.” Apparently he hadn’t. He once did a segment about how he throws out instruction booklets when he buys new electronic gadgets, but I’m just the opposite. I save every one. I have a box with hundreds of them. I have never read one, but at least I’m smart enough to keep them. Just in case. I have manuals for gizmos and doodads and appliances, many of which are long gone. If you want to know how to replace that ball on your IBM Selectric, I’m your guy. How about setting the correct time on your Betamax recorder? Give me a call. I started to browse through the pile of booklets and learned a great deal. I found out my microwave has a filter. And I’m supposed to clean it every few months. The service manual said frequent cleaning of these filters would enhance the performance of the appliance. For 25 years I’ve been shoving Swanson’s Chicken Pot Pies in the unit and hitting HIGH. And 1,485 times in a row, they’ve come out the perfect temperature to singe the roof of my mouth. You just should not mess with success. I discovered that almost everything I own has a filter. I also have a filter in the clothes dryer and one on my lawn mower. I have one on the vacuum cleaner. Apparently there’s one in my air conditioner. Next thing you know, I’ll find out there’s one in my car. I suspect all these filters are clamoring for a periodic change. I’ve neglected them. “Honey, when’s the last time we changed the filter on the weed whacker?” If you’re a husband and have never asked your wife this question, it’s worth seeing the expression on her face. If you’re a wife, you might want to drop this bombshell on your hubby at dinner when you’re out with friends. Most of the other information in these bro-
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I just want to break the rules COMMENTARY By Mike Redmond Every so often I get this impulse to break the rules. OK, so maybe it’s not “every so often.” Maybe it’s just “often.” What can I “say?” It’s the way I’m “wired.” I break “rules.” Particularly, you can see, where “quotation marks” are concerned. Anyway, the impulse du jour involved me running out to buy a pound of the best bacon I could find, frying a bunch of it in a cast iron skillet, and then frying two eggs in the remaining bacon grease for what is known in my family as a “Grandma egg.” This is in honor of my grandmother, Marion McKenzie, who to my knowledge never fixed a breakfast egg any other way. She would crack the eggs into at least an inch of bacon grease and spoon the hot fat over the top of the eggs to set them. And talk about breaking the rules, for egg cookery at least: She did it not on a low flame as the books recommend, but with the burner turned up beyond ‘high” to “smelting.” The result was a cardiologist’s nightmare – an egg so delicious, glistening with a slight sheen of bacon grease, as to require a wanted poster at
the heart clinic post office. It flies the face of all the rules of good eating, cardiologist-style. Then again, most modern eating guides, cardiologist-style and civilian, ignore a simple, universal truth: Everything tastes better with bacon grease. This principle is well-known to those of us who grew up in the era when moms and grandmothers kept a can of bacon grease on the back of the stove, and likely as not had some lard around the house as well. Oh, my. Don’t get me started on lard. I have been known to wax rhapsodic about chicken fried in lard and pie crusts made with lard, which likely as not will segue into a concerto about potatoes fried in goose fat, and before you know it I’m sitting down at some restaurant ordering Wesson’s First Symphony, the Deep Fried Everything. So back to bacon grease. Its amazing powers of enhancement have few limits. Ice cream, I suppose (although there is bacon-flavored ice cream out there, so I am prepared to concede that one). I love biscuits baked with just a dab of bacon grease on their tops. Onions fried in it are heavenly. My mother used it with the aforementioned and much-beloved lard to fry
chickens. What bliss. A young friend recounts how she once baked a cake from a recipe that called for oil. Knowing no better, she used the oil her mother kept … yes, in a can on the stove. It contained an amalgam of fats – olive, canola and other – and a generous amount of bacon fat. “Best … cake … ever,” she recounted in a near-swoon. This is how I feel about Grandma eggs. I don’t eat them but about twice a year, which may account for some of their attractiveness. And you can’t discount the nostalgia factor, either. Close to forty years gone and I still think of my grandparents practically every day. Which means that, despite what my cardiologist says, some things that are bad for the physical heart are good for the spiritual one. In moderation, of course. I mean, “moderation.” 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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Being definite about the infinite SPIRITURAL By Bob Walters Logic and infinity have a tough time with each other, because logic demands definition, and infinity cannot be defined. So it is with faith and relationships. Our human logical minds wish to define every human or divine encounter, and yet there sits our Father God up in heaven – utterly infinite, utterly safe, utterly good, utterly unique, utterly holy. Utterly real, yet utterly indefinable. And because of that indefinablilty, many humans refuse to accept the God-inspired yearning of our hearts and minds to seek God, praise God, love God and love others. Funny … it’s His infinite indefinability that makes God worth worshipping. Our culture has developed a love affair with practicality, both inside and outside the church. Don’t we individually insist on seeing the evidence? Don’t we say, “Show me the money”? Don’t we insist on a logical definition for … an infinite God? Infinity seems like it should be a quantitative thing, a great big number or a great big space. But God’s infinity makes more sense as a qualitative thing, more like beauty or love or faith or relationships. Defining our relationships with God and each other are not things that lead easily to pat anRareRoastBeefAd_CurrentCarmel.qxd
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