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Tom and Sherry Amyx spend time with grandchildren at home and sites such as Mary Scott Park and the library. JOSHUA SMITH 4 | Maximum Living | September/October 2012
[ COVER STORY ]
Grandparenting ‘a wonderful gift’ Whether you’re near or far, grandparents can make an impact on young lives STORY BY PAM THARP
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Sherry Amyx plays with some of her 14 grandchildren. JOSHUA SMITH
eing a grandparent is confirmation you’re not a kid anymore, but it’s also a second chance to be one. “People said you won’t believe how great it is,” said Kim Hokey of Cambridge City, grandmother of four, with a fifth on the way. “It really is different than being a parent. You do have a warm spot in your heart for them. It’s really true.” Sherry and Tom Amyx of Richmond have 14 warm spots, including triplet granddaughters and grandkids by marriage, ranging in age from 9 months to 24 years. The prescription for grandkid care is simple and hasn’t changed over the years, Sherry said. “Have fun. You have to remember being a child,” Sherry said. “Children are smart and you get total honesty from them.” “It’s a cool thing that happens with grandkids,” Tom said. “You get to be a buddy. I enjoy playing trains and reading stories.” Adults might look for new and exciting things to do with their grandkids, but for young children, everything old is new again. Amyx grandkids do fun things with their grandparents that don’t break the bank. Sherry and her granddaughters are regulars at
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library story hour, an activity they all enjoy. Mary Scott Park in Richmond gets a visit several times a week when the weather is nice. An outing to McDonald’s includes some fun time at the indoor playground, she said. Imagination is encouraged at the Hokey house. The younger grandchildren recently transformed the whole living room into a fort using blankets, a wonderland they played in for a whole day, Hokey said. Cookie baking is another popular activity, she said. Pat and Jim Rihm of Cambridge City had just about given up on becoming grandparents when babies started arriving eight years ago. Now they have seven grandsons, ages 1 to 8, quite a change for a couple who raised four daughters. “It’s been a wonderful gift,” Pat said. “I’ve taught them to fish. We have a pond and we like to be outdoors. I was a tomboy.” Special trips are fun for the Hokey family. Kim and Grandpa Wayne recently took grandsons, Chase, 12, and Alex, 9, to Great Wolf Lodge near Cincinnati for a busy overnight stay, Kim said. “We go to all their sporting events,” said Kim, who admits she knows little about football. “I clap when everyone else claps. We do as much as we can with them, even if it’s small
Tom Amyx spends time at home with some of his 14 grandchildren. JOSHUA SMITH
things, like stopping to get an ice cream cone.” All-family vacations are also popular. The entire 24-member Amyx family recently spent a fun week in Florida together, an idea suggested by son-in-law Steve Mauer, Sherry said. Liberty grandparents Kathy and Gene Sanford’s 19-member family also enjoyed a joint vacation together last year. Grandkids sometimes need discipline, and grandparents say their experience helps there too. With so many boys, fights sometimes happen, but Pat Rihm said she quickly takes control. “I’m kind of strong with them,” Pat said. It’s easy to spoil grandkids, but grandparents need to be on the same page with their parents, Tom Amyx said. “It’s so much easier as a grandparent to give in. It’s easy to give them what they want instead of what they need,” he said. “I’m big on discipline,” Sherry Amyx said. “I don’t like spoiled kids. Grandma doesn’t do fits and whining. They’re all very respectful and well-behaved.” Having grandkids far away makes close relationships more challenging, but not impossible. Talking on the phone and skyping on the computer, a program with a camera and audio so everyone can be seen and heard, are ways grandparents can stay in touch with
distant offspring. Recordable story books make it possible for young grandchildren to hear a grandparent’s voice reading a bedtime story. Parents can hang family pictures and name off close relatives every day to reinforce distant family members’ identities. School and sports calendars help far-away grandparents know about upcoming events, so they can discuss them with their grandkids. Many schools have their monthly activity calendars on their websites. Gene and Kathy Sanford have nine grandchildren and a 10th due in late September. All but two live nearby, and the Sanfords have made it a priority to also be grandparents to their southern Indiana grandkids. Ever since Mia was born seven years ago, the Sanfords have tried to spend one weekend a month in Santa Claus, Ind., a four-hour drive. Kathy is also the regular caretaker for three local grandkids. Mia and Max, 5, also come to stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, including the week before school starts. Some Union County grandkids sometimes make the trip south too, and the cousins are good friends, Kathy said. “We enjoy being grandparents. We love it,” Kathy said. “They are some of my greatest friends. They’re truly gifts from God.”
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[ GRANDPARENTING ]
More grandparents caring for grandchildren these days MORE ONLINE
Column by Tracey Lickfelt
Increasingly, grandparents are playing key roles in the lives of their grandchildren. Sometimes due to a divorce, death, drug use or neglect or other significant changes or stress in the lives of the parents, grandparents are called upon to take on custody of their grandchildren. This role is called “kinship care” and is used to describe when care is provided to children by relatives other than their parents. There is a growing amount of research showing that there are many benefits to grandparents being involved in the lives of their grandchildren. However, there are also challenges with this arrangement, too. Here are a few thoughts for grandparents to keep in mind before and after taking on the responsibility of acting as parents to their grandchildren: » Think through your decision: Your first reaction might be to agree to accept the significant responsibility of parenting your grandchild, but in time you might find
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Some additional resources are available on the Internet, including: » AARP Grandparent Information Center — www.aarp.org/ families/grandparents » Creative Grand Parenting — with a mission to connect the generations; www.creativegrandparenting.org » Foundation for Grand Parenting — innovative ideas for grandparents as parents and a large selection of books; www.grandparenting.org » Grandparents as Parents — helps individuals network with other grandparents; http.//home1.gte.net/res02wo7 » Grandparents Resource Center — works with grandparents and family members to facilitate harmony and foster intergenerational relationships http://grc4use.org
you cannot look after an active or difficult youngster and might feel resentment toward becoming a parent again. Explore all options. » Financial concerns: Raising children is expensive, especially when you do not have an income beyond Social Security, as well as no additional insurance for the children. If possible, be financially planful when considering this arrangement. » Emotional well-being: Take into account the emotional functioning of your grandchildren. It is likely there has been a significant change in the family resulting in the change of custody. This change is likely to bring with it grief and loss for the children. In addition, it is important to monitor your own emotional well-being as you might be dealing with similar issues about your children. » Stay flexible: Children are challenging at times. Be patient with your children as well as your grandchildren. Set a good example by calmly working out disputes. » Keep lines of family authority from getting blurry: When a grandparent fills a parental role and the parent is still present or returns, this might blur the lines of authority and might become confusing for children. Talk openly with parents and set clear rules and boundaries including discipline issues. » Remember care giving can be stressful: Grandparents should maintain a healthy lifestyle, connect with others going through similar experiences and continue to monitor their own health with regular check-ups. Do not forget to care for yourself. Tracey Lickfelt, licensed mental health counselor, is a Wayne County Clinic Coordinator at Centerstone. She may be reached at email@example.com. Centerstone is a not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, For more information call (800) 344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org. 8 | Maximum Living | September/October 2012
[ SOCIAL SECURITY ]
Trends, differences in lifestyle can affect benefits for women TERESA BRACK
ocial Security treats men and women equally. Men and women with identical earnings histories are treated exactly the same. However, there are things women in particular should know about Social Security. Although treated equally by Social Security, there are trends and differences in lifestyle that can affect benefits. For example, women tend to care for many people: spouses, children, and parents. Taking time away from the workplace to care for a newborn child or aging parent can have an impact on your future Social Security benefits.
Also, despite significant strides through the years, women are more likely to earn less over a lifetime than men. Women are less often covered by private retirement plans, and they are more dependent on Social Security in their retirement years. And, women tend to live about five years longer than men, which means more years depending on Social Security and other retirement income or savings. If a woman is married to a man who earns significantly more than she does, it is likely she will qualify for a larger benefit amount on his record than on her own. Want to learn more? Visit our Women’s page at www.socialsecurity.gov/women. Follow the link on that page to our publication, What Every Woman Should Know. You can read it online, print a copy, or listen to it on audio. We provide alternate media as well to reach as many women as possible and to provide the information the way you’d like to receive it. The Richmond SSA’s office number is (866) 446-6190. Teresa Brack is Social Security manager in Richmond.
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[ EVENTS CALENDAR ] Literacy and learning
» Tuesday Round Table, West Richmond Friends Meeting, 609 W. Main St., Richmond. Every Tuesday during the school year, a group of adults who want to keep learning, gathers from 9-11:30 a.m. The World Affairs class is led by the Rev. Ted Halsted. It includes speakers and discussions of current events. The literature class is led by Dr. Paul Johnson. No registration fee. New members welcome. Info: (765) 965-9847. » Eaton Branch Library Book Sale, Brooke-Gould Memorial Library, 301 N. Barron St, Eaton. From Sept. 22-Oct. 4. Books for all ages and other items. Library hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Book sale prices are set by donation. Interested in helping with the book sale? Call Eaton Branch Librarian Phyllis Bennett at (937) 456-4331. » Rivertown Dispatch with Jennie Kiffmeyer, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Oct. 2, MorrissonReeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Written and performed by Jennie Kiffmeyer, Rivertown Dispatch is a onewoman show that celebrates the power of storytelling in our lives. Told from the point of view of Mary, the publisher of a small town newspaper, the piece chronicles a series of discoveries in the fictional town of Rivertown, Ind. During the 50-minute performance, we hear stories such as that of a forgotten grave, a secret trove of poems and Mary’s own epiphany about her life’s calling. » City Chicks with author Pat Foreman, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, Morrisson-Reeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Author of City Chicks, keeping micro-flocks of chickens as garden helpers, compost creators, bio-recyclers and local food suppliers. You will enjoy Pat’s imaginative and entertaining style of writing as it is combined with hands-on. real-life experiences which bring you a complete look at a desire for sustainable, clean, wholesome food and superior soil quality. Book signing to follow lecture. Join Cope Center for details on their hands-on pro-
gram with Pat Foreman on Oct. 4. » Women’s Leadership Conference, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Offered by Wayne County Foundation. Includes sessions on dressing for success, volunteering, social media, marketing the county, pottery painting and more. Registration is $35. (765) 962-1638 or wayne countyfoundation.org. » Talk by David Isay, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 16, Vivian Auditorium, Indiana University East, 2325 Chester Blvd., Richmond. Isay is founder of NPR’s StoryCorps project. » Fall book sale, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 19 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 20, MorrissonReeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Books, CDs, DVDs, videos, tapes, records, magazines and more. Fiction, foreign languages, cooking, computer science, government, history, political science, law, education, fine arts, self-help, reference, business, social sciences, philosophy, and religion. Books available for children, parents and teachers. Prices range from 10 cents to $2. » Talk by Amada Irma Perez, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Room 132 of Whitewater Hall at IU East, Richmond. Perez is an award-winning author of bilingual children’s books and will speak about her writing and involvement with the National Writing Project. » “EnvironMentalities,” 1 p.m., Oct. 24, Earlham College’s Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond. “EnvironMentalities: Contemporary Eco-artists as Preservationists, Conservationists, Deep Ecologists, EcoFeminists, Urban Ecologists?” Linda Weintraub, author of AvantGuardians: Texlets in Ecology and Art (2006 - present) and founder of Artnow Publications. She lectures frequently on contemporary art and its intersection with ecology. » Sharman Apt Russell, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 2, Earlham School of Religion, 228 College Ave., Richmond. Featuring ESR’s Ministry of Writing Colloquium keynote presenter, Sharman Apt Russell, Quaker, nature and science writer. The Colloquium includes workshops from other published authors and a time
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for participants to share readings from their own work. Keynote address is free. Colloquium: $70/person, $25/students and includes meals, keynote, and workshop sessions. (765) 983-1373 or www.earlham.edu/events » Coco Fusco, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10, Goddard Auditorium, Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond. New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons, The New School for Design, Coco Fusco’s work explores the relationship between women, society, war, politics and race. Tickets required $8/adults, $5/students and seniors. Also included with Coco’s visit is a video gallery showing of some of her work in the East Alcove, Leeds Gallery, Runyan Center. Nov. 4- 10. www.thing.net/ ~cocofusco/
» Bluegrass gospel music concerts, William G. Scott House (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall), 204 N. 10th St., Richmond. Hosted by Mae Wagers. 6-8 p.m., Oct. 2, Russell Vanwinkle & Friends; Nov. 6, FaithWay Singers. Info: (765) 935-3476. » Koto Concert, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 6, Earlham College’s Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond. Yumi Kurosawa has appeared at Apollo Sound Stage and Carnegie Hall. She currently has been playing her own compositions that include computer sounds along with traditional and contemporary pieces by other composers. www.yumikuro.com. Cost: $8/adults, $5/students/seniors. » Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s “Exploring the Orchestra, Part III: Discovering America,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Guy Bordo and the RSO lead us on a musical tour of America: past, present, and possibly future! Ferde Grofé’s everpopular “Grand Canyon Suite” and Howard Hanson’s charming “Merry Mount Suite” anchor an evening of Americana that moves from rustic nostalgia — Aaron Copland’s “Letter From Home” and Mason Bates’ “Rusty Air in Carolina” — to urban sophistication — Irving Fine’s “Blue Towers” and Mi-
chael Abel’s “Global Warming.” Cost: Adults, $15-$20; free for students through grade 12. (765) 966-5181 or www.richmondsymphony.org » Gabriela Montero, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 27, Earlham College’s Carpenter Hall, 801 National Road W., Richmond. She has performed at such prestigious venues as the New York Philharmonic and Kennedy Center. Montero’s recordings include music by Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Liszt. Her “Bach and Beyond” is a complete disc of improvisations on themes by Bach which topped the charts for several months, with her follow-up recording of improvisations Baroque, which was nominated for a Grammy Award. Montero’s most recent recording Solatino is devoted exclusively to works by Latin American composers. http:// gabrielamontero.com. Tickets: $8/adults, $5/students/seniors available at the box office in Runyan Center. » Southern Fried Jazz, 8 p.m., Nov. 10, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. The Southern Fried Jazz Band offers authentic Dixieland jazz music with experienced performers. Horns, rhythm and vocals. Adults, $25; students/active military, $18. » “The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, Civic Hall, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. The RSO will present the return of “The Nutcracker” ballet featuring performers from local dance studios and the Chicago Festival Ballet. Adults, $15-$20; students through grade 12, $10. (765) 966-5181 or www.richmond symphony.org
» Tales from the Departed, 1-5 p.m., Oct. 6, Earlham Cemetery, U.S. 40 W., Richmond. Sponsored by Wayne County Historical Museum and offered at Earlham Cemetery, this is a historical walking tour featuring stories of some of the more famous dearly departed. As you walk the cemetery, volunteers dressed in authentic clothing from the era will tell the story of the deceased at each gravesite. Cost is $10 per car.
[ EVENTS CALENDAR ] » Haunted Museum, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond. Two weekends of nottoo-frightening fun for the whole family. Children may come dressed in costume. Adults $3 and children $2. wayne countyhistoricalmuseum.com. » Halloween Haunt!, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 27, MorrissonReeves Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Come dressed in your costumes for spooky food, games, stories and fun. This event will be full of tricks and treats. Register by calling (765) 966-8291.
» ArbLeaf, Hayes Arboretum, 801 Elks Road, Richmond. A self-guided walking leaf collecting trail is open through Oct. 19. Leaves from 55 trees may be collected, starting from the Nature Center complex where maps are available. Bring pencil, paper and plan for organizing leaves as they are collected. Selected trees are numbered, marked with orange ribbons and have white signage with orange lettering labeled in English and Latin. The gate will remain open until 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and until 5 p.m. Saturdays for this activity.
» Nunset Boulevard, 8 p.m., Oct. 13, Civic Hall Performing Arts Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, Richmond. This all-new musical comedy starring Cindy Williams (from Laverne and Shirley TV series) is taken from the musical production of “Nunsense.” Music and comedy including a live band and theatrical sets. Cost: $30 for adults, $22 for students with group rates available. Call the Civic Hall Box Office for tickets: (765) 973-3350, toll free 1-888-2484242, or visit www.civichall.com. Box office hours: 8:30 a.m. noon and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. » “Wait Until Dark,” Oct. 12-14 and 19-20, Richmond Civic Theatre, 1003 E. Main St., Richmond. A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds
toward a breath-stopping final scene. Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors 65+ and students with ID, $12. Info: (765) 962-1816 or www.richmondcivictheatre.org » Little Women,” Dec 7-9 and 14-16, Richmond Civic Theatre, 1003 E. Main St., Richmond. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s family experiences (and novel), the story follows the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy as they grow up in Civil War America. Tickets: Adults, $15; seniors 65+ and students with ID, $12. Info: (765) 962-1816 or www.richmondcivic theatre.org
» Enhance Fitness Class, offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., MedFit Fitness Center 24/7, 750 Chester Blvd., Richmond; 2-3 p.m., Lamplight Inn at the Leland, 900 S. A St., Richmond; 4-5 p.m., Richmond Senior Center, 1600 S. Second St., Richmond. Free fitness class designed for older adults. Meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. » Volley 4 the Cure game, 6 p.m., Oct. 1, Seton Catholic High School, 233 S. Fifth St., Richmond. Seton Catholic varsity volleyball team will play host to a Volley 4 the Cure game. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, bake sale, T-shirt sale, a great game of volleyball and lots of pink. All proceeds going to a woman fighting breast cancer. » Richmond Hiking Club Hike, Various locations in/near Richmond. Schedule: 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. Saturdays. Hike various woods and parks. Locations vary, so call for schedule. Free. Info: (765) 977-4295 or firstname.lastname@example.org
» Fall & Winter Craft Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 6, Christ United Church, 3430 Backmeyer Road, Richmond. Fall and winter items including Christmas decor and gifts. Homemade goods will also be available to eat. » Holiday Gift Bazaar, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 2 to Nov. 3, Richmond Rock Club Building, 5199 W. U.S. 40, Richmond. Club
members sell hand-crafted jewelry, and other crafts, Kuhlman Birds, crystals, fossils, baked goods.
» Yokefellow Luncheon, Thursdays at First Friends Meeting, 2010 Chester Blvd. The meeting begins at noon and promptly ends at 1 p.m. The meal is prepared by Friends Fellowship Community and costs $6. The meeting is open to all. Speakers: Sept. 27: The Rev. John Maples, Fellowship Church of Richmond; Oct. 4: The Rev. Joe Fields, Reid Presbyterian Church; Oct. 11: Steve Holthouse, Realtor, Lingle Real Estate; Oct. 25: David Dawson, president of Earlham College; Nov. 1: TBA; Nov. 15: Tony Shepherd, Area 9 Agency on Aging; Nov. 22: Thanksgiving, no meeting; Nov. 29: TBA; Dec. 6: Keith Esch, retired, Earlham School of Religion; Dec. 13: TBA; Dec. 20: TBA. Info: Matt Stegall, (765) 962-9526. » Bible Study, 6:15 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Thursdays, Centerville Town Library, 126 E. Main St., Centerville.
» Pre-school Story Time at the Joseph Moore Museum, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Oct. 2, Earlham College, 801 National Road W., Richmond. Pre-school story time programs take place on the first Tuesday of each month from September-May. For 3- to 5-year-olds. Stories from 1010:30 a.m. Free time to explore the museum from 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info: (765) 983-1303 » Morrisson-Reeves Library, various storytimes available during daytime and evening hours for ages newborn through third grade. (765) 966-8291. » Preschool Storytime, Centerville Public Library, 126 East Main Street, Centerville. Noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 19 to Nov. 7. For ages 3 to 5. Bring a sack lunch or snack and enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Registration encouraged, but not required. Info: (765) 855-5223.
» Free computer classes, all year long, Morrisson-Reeves
Library, 80 N. Sixth St., Richmond. Various classes offered on introduction to computers, Internet usage, Microsoft software, electronic books and other topics. Schedule varies. Call (765) 966-8291 for reservations or see the schedule at mrlinfo.org.
» Meet and Eat, 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, MCL Restaurant & Bakery, 3801 National Road E., Richmond. Organized by Widowed Persons Service. Community speakers begin at 4 p.m. (765) 983-7307. » Interaction Singles Dance, Fridays at Eagles Lodge, 75 S. 12th St., Richmond. Meeting and dance each Friday. Must be 21 or older and single. Social hour from 7-8 p.m., discussion from 8-9 p.m. and dance from 9 p.m.-midnight. Eagles membership not required. Cost: $6. Info: (765) 935-1278. » Minority Women’s Network meeting, 6 p.m., fourth Monday of each month, Townsend Community Center, 855 N. 12th St., Richmond. Monthly meetings are designed to increase knowledge, awareness and provide networking opportunities for Richmondarea women. Information: minoritywomensnetwork.com. » Dance, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 12, Richmond Senior Center, 1600 S. Second St., Richmond. Info: (765) 983-7300. » Preferred Business Partners, Business Networking International (BNI), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursdays, MCL Restaurant & Bakery, 3801 National Road E., Richmond. This meeting is for local business owners and top sales professionals for the purpose of promoting their businesses and giving quality referrals to the other members. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to bring business cards.
» Christmas assistance applications, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, The Salvation Army, 707 S. A. St., Richmond. » Free Clothing Bank, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., first Saturday each month, Northside Church of Christ, 1962 Chester Blvd., Richmond.
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[ LOCAL VISITS ]
Not just for field trips Levi Coffin historic site open for fall hours By Rachel E. Sheeley and Millie Emery
IF YOU GO » What: The Levi Coffin House State Historic Site » Where: 113 U.S. 27 N. in Fountain City, Ind. » Admission: $2 for adults, $1 for students age 6-18. » Schedule: The home is open from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays from Sept. 1 – Oct. 31. During the summer, it’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays. » Group/School Tours: Educational materials are available for checkout during the winter and spring by contacting the site in advance at manager@ levicoffin.org. Request a group tour for NovemberJune by calling (765) 847-2432. » Information: (765) 847-2432, www.waynet .org/levicoffin/ default.htm or www.indiana museum.org/ sites/levi.html.
History enthusiasts tour the Levi Coffin House in Fountain City, Ind. INDIANAPOLIS STAR FILE PHOTO
hen we think of stations, we might think of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Depot in Richmond or Union Station in Indianapolis. But stations don’t have to be large buildings. The Levi Coffin House State Historic Site in Fountain City was known as Grand Central Station on the Underground Railroad. It was called “underground” because of the system’s secret nature. The home isn’t a secret to those who took a field trip there as local students, but it’s worth visiting again at any age. Quaker abolitionists Levi and Catharine Coffin’s home was termed “Grand Central Station” because the Coffins helped more than 2,000 escaping slaves during the 20 years they lived there in the mid-1800s. Levi Coffin was nicknamed the President of the Underground Railroad, a loose network of anti-slavery supporters who assisted escaping slaves. Among those they assisted was the real Eliza from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The house, an Indiana State Historic site for more than 40 years, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was
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named one of the “Top 25 Historic Sites” on a list put together by the History Channel on its Save Our History website. In 2010, the Levi Coffin House Association — the all-volunteer group that operates the historic property — was awarded the Albert B. Corey Award by the American Association of State and Local History. The award recognizes primarily volunteer-operated historical organizations that display exceptional qualities of vigor, scholarship and imagination. Volunteers are always needed. The Coffin House and two black cloth dolls in its artifact collection were featured in the Winter 2012 edition of Doll News magazine. An article by Karen B. Kurtz, based upon research she did using a grant from the United Federation of Doll Clubs, examined the role of dolls in the Underground Railroad. One china-headed doll she researched was used to pass messages. At the Coffin House, Kurtz examined two black cloth dolls that were more likely used to comfort frightened children during their stay in the safety of the Coffin home while they and their family attempted an escape to Canada.
Porches have special place in memories
ome of our grandbabies were playing on the front porch, climbing in and out of the wicker chairs, poking their heads between the spindles on the rail and waving at passing cars, when it dawned on me that some of my best memories involve a front porch. I had three great aunts who lived in a house with a front porch with two green Adirondack chairs and a porch swing that hung by heavy chains from the ceiling. The chairs had a steep incline and were hard to get in and out of, but the porch swing was a piece of cake. You could climb in, pump your legs, make that baby fly, and in two minutes have a grown-up yelling, “Quit banging the swing into the porch!” My grandparents had the most fantastic porch of all. Their big farmhouse had a wraparound porch with two sets of stairs. One set led to the front door and the porch swing reserved for my grandpa. The second set of stairs was around the side and toward the rear. There was usually a collie or an Airedale on that porch and a half-dozen kids. The swing at the back of the porch nestled against a massive honeysuckle. With an orange trumpet bloom on every finger, we had the finest artificial fingernails money couldn’t buy. The house we lived in when I was young had a front porch, too. It was customary in that part of the country for children to take small baskets filled with candy and violets to one another on the first day of May. My mother answered a knock at the door and announced that Mike from my first-grade class was on the porch with a May basket for me. I didn’t like Mike and was horrified that he was on my front porch, which is why I tried to hide in the
house. My mother forced me to go out and take the basket and say thank you. That’s the worst memory I have of a front porch and, as you can tell, I’m still not over it. There was a porch that almost threw my husband and I over budget one time. We were looking to buy a house and found a charming bungalow with the standard front porch and a delightful side porch off the master bedroom. Long blackberry vines arched up over the side railing and onto the little porch. I envisioned myself reading headlines on page one of the morning paper and plucking berries off the vine LORI as I turned to the comics. The house was BORGMAN out of our price range and somehow we found the strength to walk away, but I’ve never forgotten that porch. We visited the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island several years ago. It boasts the world’s longest front porch. It is a breathtaking porch lined with rocking chairs and red geraniums. People rocked, kids ran wild and a young couple married at dusk. We’ve spent many hours on the front porch of the house we live in now, reading books to the kids when they were small, watching the rain and enjoying evenings. The grandbabies are on the porch now, pitching toys into the vines and chewing on mail that was left on a small table. Maybe one day they will hold good memories of front porches, too. Lori Borgman is a columnist, author and speaker. Contact her at email@example.com September/October 2012 | Maximum Living | 13
a The A Word â€Ś Acceptance
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R COLUMN BY JUDY MARTIN-URBAN
“The art of aging gracefully is the gift of becoming yourself.” — unknown
ecently, Lynn and I spent some time together. At our granddaughters’ graduations. One beautiful granddaughter graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and the other from Wausau East High School at Wausau, Wis. We were the proud grandmothers and we clapped the hardest, took the most pictures. And, of course, we looked at one another. We readjusted our new dresses, our eyes narrowed and together we said, “It can’t be. We’re not that old.” That’s all it took for us, of course, to go down the “getting-older” trail. Bet you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, you will, whether man or woman. Life is all about getting older. I will repeat. Life is all about getting older. Said another way, resurrection is a breath away, but that’s a little too spiritually deep for our present ramblings, so let’s move on. Lynn said, “You know what? Recently, I decided to make the ‘A word’ my mantra. A for acceptance. That’s my fervent hope for my stage in life.” I must admit to astonishment as I rolled my eyes at her. Here was a woman, a beautiful woman. Her brown eyes still sparkled; her full head of hair glowed with her current highlights. Her few, very few, extra pounds weren’t that noticeable, as I hoped mine weren’t. Yes, her hair was colored and yes, she really needed glasses to see the important things. My hair isn’t colored, but I wear glasses all the time. All the time, I proudly say, just to read. I read a lot though. “What do you mean the A word? Acceptance, Lynn? No way. I want to burn out, not rust out or meekly accept. Go out with gusto is my mantra!” “I understand, and am certainly not giving up, but I mean I’m just thankful to be where I am. I want to be in a state of total acceptance with my age, with growing older. With being me.” “Do you really mean you can
accept the less-thanperfect swan neck, the sun speckled skin, the extra padding we have at our waists in case of famine, the libido becoming a snow bird, Lynn the trouble we have getting out of bed, our need for a podiatrist, an internist and a nolonger need for a gynecologist?” “I do.” “Lynn, you must be crazy. Look!” I stretched my neck and held up my arms. “Our bodies have taken on anomalies—we have chicken necks and angel wings. You like that?” “Well no, but what’s the alternative? Plus, I’m committed to this acceptance thing and am finding it’s a pretty nice feeling. I’m OK with it. I really am. I have found my authentic self.” I looked at her and then broke out in a big, silly grin. We both laughed and then laughed some more. We laughed so hard tears came. Lynn said again, and this time strongly. “Acceptance is my mantra. Period. Period.” I didn’t say anything, but I thought a lot and finally admitted Lynn was absolutely right. I reasoned that if God knew us before we were born, yea, even in the womb, He knew who we were at our granddaughters’ graduations. And He accepted us. We are His and have been sealed with the cross. His cross. Zippo, nothing else needed. Embrace these beautiful thoughts, dear ladies (and men), live where you are, love who you are, and linger long enough to have a blast on your journey. Particularly at graduations. Just remember the A word — Acceptance. All is well. Judy Martin-Urban of Muncie writes Christian fiction and inspirational non-fiction. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.judeurbanski.com and jude urbanski.blogspot.com. Her latest work, “Nurtured in Purple,” has been released by Desert Breeze Publishing in electronic format. It is Book Two in The Chronicles of Chanute Crossing.
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[ TASTY EATS ]
TIME FOR TASTY TUNA
GRILLED TUNA STEAKS WITH MANGO HERB SALSA Start to finish: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 ½ cup packed fresh parsley leaves ¼ cup packed fresh oregano leaves ¼ cup fresh mint leaves 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes Zest and juice of 1 lemon 2 mangoes, peeled, pitted and diced Salt and ground black pepper Four 6-ounce tuna steaks
Heat the grill to high. In a food processor, combine the parsley, oregano, mint, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the red wine vinegar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and the lemon zest and juice. Process until well chopped, scraping down the bowl. Add the mango and pulse once or twice to combine and lightly chop. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside. Rub the tuna steaks on all sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, then season them with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks for 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Serve topped with the salsa. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 420 calories; 170 calories from fat (40 percent of total calories); 19 g fat (3.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 21 g carbohydrate; 41 g protein; 3 g fiber; 200 mg sodium.
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Grilled tuna steaks with mango herb salsa combine speedy prep work with big, bold flavors. MATTHEW MEAD/AP
ummer makes us long for the grill. But by the end of the season, even our favorite burgers and dogs can feel a bit tired. So to keep your grilling interesting, we came up with a speedy grilled tuna dish that packs tons of big, bold flavors. For our recipe, we used tuna steaks, which are thick, meaty pieces cut from the fish in the opposite direction than a fillet. You also could use salmon steaks, which often include the bone (which helps the flesh hold together on the grill). Swordfish also would work in this recipe. We kept the prep simple with just a light coating of oil and a bit of salt and pepper. We wanted to let the flavor of the tuna shine. But to ensure we also could taste the fresh flavors of summer, we top the tuna with a cross between a fruit salsa and an herby chimichurri. It goes together in about two minutes with the help of a food processor. --Associated Press
[ TASTY EATS ]
RICH & CREAMY CORN
aramelized onions add great depth of flavor, while the chili’s heat and lime juice’s acidity balance the sweetness of the corn. Don’t hesitate to finish the dish with just about any herb in the garden these days. Corn plays nicely with almost all of them. Carefully cut the kernels off the ears of corn. To do this, one at a time stand each ear on its wide end and use a serrated knife to saw down the length of the cob. You should have about 6 cups of kernels. In a blender, combine 1 cup of the kernels and 1/2 cup of the broth. Puree until smooth. Set aside.
SPICY “CREAMED” CORN Start to finish: 30 minutes | Servings: 6
10 to 12 ears fresh corn, husked 3/4 cup chicken broth, vegetable broth or water, divided 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
In a large skillet over medium, heat the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, reduce the heat to moderately low and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining corn kernels and another pinch of salt. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the chili and pureed corn, then bring
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice or lemon juice, to taste
1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil or chopped fresh cilantro
1 serrano chili, seeds and ribs discarded if desired, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
the mixture to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth, the lime juice and basil. Season with salt and pepper, then simmer for another minute. Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest
Ground black pepper whole number): 220 calories; 80 calories from fat (36 percent of total calories); 9 g fat (0.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrate; 8 g protein; 4 g fiber; 150 mg sodium. — Associated Press
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[ RESTAURANT PROFILE ] Chocolate at Ghyslain on the first floor of the Loft.
tempting treats Ghyslain Richmond Bistro » Where: 416 N. 10th St., Richmond » Information: (765) 9663344, www.ghyslain.com. » Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. » Price range: Many of the entrees, sandwiches and salads range from $10-$14; soups start at $4.50. Other locations: » Ghyslain at the Sanctuary, 75 N. Main St., Zionsville, (317) 733-9160. » Ghyslain Chocolate Artisan Center, 350 W. Deerfield Road, Union City, Ind. (765) 964-7905 or (866) 449-7524 » Ghyslain on Market, 721 E. Market St., Louisville, Ky.
here’s chocolate and then there’s CHOCOLATE. Beautifully decorated cheesecakes, tarts and hand-painted gourmet chocolates tantalizingly greet those entering Ghyslain Bistro, so make sure you’re hungry when you stop by the Historic Depot District restaurant. Or just plan on taking home a large sack of leftovers. Chef Ghyslain Maurais has just revamped the menu. It’s now available for lunch and dinner, which is a more casual evening
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Artistic sweets, revamped menu offered at Ghyslain option for the eatery. Some sandwich options include the house croissant with roasted pecan chicken salad, roast pork and broccoli rabe, French dip au jus, vegetarian focaccia, chicken curry naan and Scottish smoked salmon. Soups range from cream of broccoli to New Orleans Gumbo, French onion, Italian minestrone and Cuban black bean. Entrees include Quiche Lorraine and Greek Quiche and chicken and vegetarian pot pies. Salad options include California, cobb, beets and goat cheese, Niçoise, spinach
and shrimp, and Caprese. There are many fancy options, but don’t worry about pleasing a young eater. Items such as grilled cheese sandwiches or pasta are available upon request for children. And they’ll be sure to ask for gelato or other sweet treats. Maurais, a Quebec native, is certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy making, blown and pulled sugar and bread making. He’s been featured on the Food Network and in regional newspapers and magazines for his pastries.
[ YOUR HEALTH ]
quick tips for your health
THE GIFT OF HELPING
Allowing someone to help you with something gives another person the pleasure of providing assistance. It is good for both of you! Don’t “tough it out” by yourself. Allow someone the gift of helping.
WALKING: STEPS VS. MILES
Should you count steps or miles when you are walking? It doesn’t really matter. The goal is for you to get up and move. Set a goal and gradually increase it. Like the Nike ad says, “Just do it!”
Understanding your financial situation is a part of health. Have you planned for retirement? Do you have a savings account? Find a financial planner you trust and start getting an idea of your financial health.
ARTHRITIS AND MOVEMENT
Gentle movement, such as walking and stretching, can help alleviate the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis. It is important to talk with your doctor and a physical therapist so that an exercise plan can be tailored for your needs.
TRY A NEW FRUIT OR VEGETABLE
Have you ever seen fruits or vegetables in the produce section and wondered what they were? Buy one and take it home and try it! There is usually information available about how to prepare the item, so branch out and try some new foods.
CHANGING YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
How often should you change your toothbrush? The American Dental Association recommends replacing your brush approximately every 3 months. If the toothbrush is worn or frayed, replace it sooner.
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[ TECHNOLOGY ]
New AT&T, Verizon plans allow family members to share their account across multiple devices
THE NEW WORLD OF MOBILE DATA PLANS COLUMN BY KIM KOMANDO
f you’re one of the 200 million wireless customers of AT&T or Verizon, it’s time to make a decision about shared data plans. Verizon rolled out its Share Everything plans to new customers in June. The mobile operator allows current customers to stay on tiered plans if they prefer. Those on grandfathered unlimited plans must switch to a tiered plan or a Share Everything plan to get a subsidized phone. AT&T’s Mobile Share launched Thursday. The carrier has said it will continue to offer traditional plans to new and current customers. Those with grandfathered unlimited plans can keep them. Even if you’re happy with your tiered or grandfathered unlimited plan, it pays to learn the ins and outs of these new shared data plans. A shared plan might save your family money and offer more features than you’re getting now. Shared plans from AT&T and Verizon start
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out by giving users unlimited talk and text. Your monthly wireless bill is determined by how many gadgets you want covered and how much data you want to share among them. Up to 10 devices can be used on a plan. You can cover smartphones, feature phones, tablets, laptops, connect cards and netbooks. AT&T and Verizon charge a monthly base fee of $30 for a feature phone, $10 for a tablet and $20 for a laptop, connect card or netbook. There is no extra charge for tethering — that’s using a smartphone or tablet to share an
A shared plan might save your family money and offer more features than you’re getting now. Internet connection with other devices. At Verizon, each smartphone costs $40 a month. A smartphone costs $45 on AT&T’s 1 GB plan, $40 on the 4 GB plan, $35 on the 6 GB plan and $30 on the 10 and 20 GB plans. Shared data plans let family members draw from a monthly pool of data. You don’t have to buy a data plan for Mom, a data plan for Dad and a data plan for Junior. The good news for light data users is that AT&T and Verizon shared plans start at 1 GB. Verizon’s 1 GB is $50, while AT&T’s is $40. From there, AT&T jumps to a $70/4 GB level. The 4 GB Verizon plan also costs $70. A family using 4 GB of data with two smartphones, one basic phone and one tablet would pay $190 a month at Verizon and AT&T. Unlike AT&T, Verizon offers a 2 GB/$60 data plan. That could be the sweet spot for many families. AT&T’s higher allotments include 6 GB for
$90, 10 GB for $120, 15 GB for $160 and 20 GB for $200. Verizon’s data levels step up in 2 GB/$10-amonth increments, maxing out at 20 GB for $150. Generally, shared data plans are a good fit for families that still talk and text a lot, like to use cellular-capable tablets and don’t burn up excessive amounts of data. Singles who are heavy data users might want to consider sticking with a traditional plan, switching to prepaid or switching to an unlimited data plan at Sprint or T-Mobile. Everyone’s needs are different. That’s why I made a handy calculator to help you decide which shared data plan is best for you. Just enter the number of devices you have and it tells you the monthly cost for each data plan on both carriers. Find it at komando.com/ dataplan-calculator. Before you choose a level, it’s essential that you have an accurate picture of how much data your family uses each month. Log in to your online account and examine your usage over the past six months and then use that as your guide. Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. To get the podcast, watch the show or find the station nearest you, visit komando.com. Email her at email@example.com.
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[ TECH COLUMN ]
Focus on features you need in a digital camera Q: I’d like to buy a new digital camera for under $300. What specifications should I look for in a camera in that price range?
don’t see that being reasonable for most homes for a couple of years.
A: At that price range, you shouldn’t worry much about specs. You won’t really notice the difference between 10 megapixels and 16 megapixels unless you’re a professional. Instead, focus on what features you need in a camera. For example, if you plan to carry it with you often, try to find a camera that is smaller in size. If you’re tougher on electronics, buy a rugged camera that can take a beating. Figure out what kind of pictures you will be taking the most. If you plan on shooting at night, you’ll need a camera with a good night mode. If you just want shots of friends and family, look for a camera with a good facial-recognition feature.
Q: What is a fusker? I heard that some hackers were using it to steal people’s private photos. Should I be worried about this?
Create a good security question Q: I think I have a very strong password. Is it possible for someone to exploit my security question to gain access to my account, though? How can I prevent that? A: My main advice to keep people from guessing your security question is to answer it incorrectly. Websites won’t fact check, so only you will know whether you’ve answer the question wrong. You could even make the answer a second password for added security. Of course, this wouldn’t be easy to remember, which would make recovering your account tough if you forget both passwords. In that case, see if the site has a “create your own question” feature. If it does, use it, but don’t ask a question that someone else knows the answer to. Instead, ask a question about an obscure memory like, “When was the first time you ate your favorite food?”
Wait for a laptop with 802.11ac? Q: I heard a new type of Wi-Fi is on the way. What laptop should I buy to gain access to this new standard? A: You’re talking about 802.11ac. It exceeds the performance standards set by current 802.11n technology. Sadly, you can’t buy a laptop with 802.11ac connectivity just yet. I would expect to see a couple by Christmas time, but it might not be until 2013 when these devices start hitting the market. Even then, in order to see the super fast speeds 802.11ac promises, you’ll need all your gear — including your router and modem — to be compatible. I
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Protect yourself from fuskers
COLUMN BY KIM KOMANDO
A: Yes and no. A fusker is a program that combs multiple URLs at once to try to download content. Basically, you input a link into the program and it searches for similar URLs. Fusker programs were recently used to steal private, often risque, photos from Photobucket. However, most image-sharing sites don’t have “fusk”-able URLs like Photobucket. Still, it’s a good reminder that anything you post online can become public some day. If you must post personal images online, and want to avoid them being fuskered, make sure your photo-sharing site doesn’t give the photos simple names like “Pic1, Pic2, Pic3.” It should use random numbers instead, or you can rename copies of the files with random numbers and upload the copies.
Set up Google two-factor authentication Question: For better security, I’d like to set up twofactor authentication on my Google account. How do I go about it? Answer: Log into your account and go to Settings>>Security. You’ll see the “2-step Verification” setting. Turn it on and add your phone number. Google sends you a verification code through phone call, text or a special smartphone app every time you log in from a new device. You may have to input a different password when logging on from your smartphone or email program. You can generate that password by going to the “Authorizing applications and sites” section of the Security menu. Enter a name for the device or app and click “generate password.” You should only have to input that once per device or app. Kim Komando hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. To get the podcast, watch the show or find the station nearest you, visit komando.com. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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