Make the most of a fowl proposition

November 25, 2009 in Living by Wendell Fowler

Given a gracious turkey sacrificed its existence for your eating enjoyment, you might as well get the biggest bang for your holiday buck.

In 1621, religious-separatist Pilgrims held a three-day expression of thanksgiving, celebration, praise and prayer to rejoice for their bountiful harvest and safe passage. Ergo, the nation’s first Thanksgiving Woodstock.
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At Play Calendar for the week of 11.25.09

November 25, 2009 in At Play by Submission For The Southside Times

Circle of Lights • It is hard to miss the festive décor on Monument Circle, including 52 larger-than-life sailors, soldiers and peppermint sticks. The Circle of Lights centerpiece will be illuminated for the 47th time Nov. 27. The display includes 4,784 lights on 52 garland strands. | When: Nov. 27-Jan. 8 | Where: Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis.

Photos with Santa  • Santa has arrived at the Greenwood Park Mall and is ready for a holiday season filled with visits, photos and laughter. | When: Now through Dec. 24, times vary | Where: Greenwood Park Mall event area near Johnny Rockets.
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Determine the problem and heal it

November 25, 2009 in Outdoors by Carol Michel

It happens in every garden. One day the plants all look healthy, green and lush, and the butterflies and bees seem to float from bloom to bloom. It’s your virtual paradise. Then the next day, one of the plants is wilting, another plant looks half-eaten, and Japanese beetles are feasting on leaves everywhere. The garden has become your worst nightmare.

At this point, you may be ready to give up on the plants or worse, be ready to soak the whole garden in some nasty poison concoction found in the back of the shed that you hope will fix it all, whatever it is.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Now when you see plants that don’t look right or look like they are being eaten alive, you can reach for the newly published book, What’s Wrong With My Plant? (And How Do I Fix It):
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Southside soldier home from Iraq for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009 in Front Page News by Mike Alexander

 Sgt. Caras at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, where daytime temperatures soar to 130-plus degrees. Submitted photo

Sgt. Caras at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, where daytime temperatures soar to 130-plus degrees. Submitted photo

Indiana National Guard Sgt. Matthew A. Caras of Greenwood spent last Thanksgiving fighting in Iraq.

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A Thanksgiving Remix

November 25, 2009 in Front Page News by Sara Gentry

Rather than sticking with the old stand-bys, some families choose to make their own traditions, noshing on Chinese food or pizza on what most of America affectionately calls “Turkey Day.” If you’re ready for something new but hesitant to abandon traditional ingredients, try these reworked and revamped Thanksgiving selections.

Turkey Meatloaf

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Make sure to see Columbus, Ind., before you die — it’s easier that way

November 25, 2009 in Opinion by Mike Redmond

Imagine my delight when I opened the computer and saw a story that said one of the places you have to visit before you die is Columbus, Ind., one of my hometowns.

Yes, I mean to make it plural. You see, I’ve never gone by the rule that says you’re limited to one hometown and one only. I’m proud of all the places I’ve lived, and love each one for different reasons — Peru, Ind., because I was born there; LaGrange County, because it’s where my family has such deep roots, and where I grew up; Indianapolis, where I’ve lived longer than anywhere else…

And Columbus because it’s where my career really began, and because it’s such a wonderful, interesting town, as noted by the people who chose it as a place you have to see before you go on to that Big Travel Agency In The Sky.
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I’m thankful for no jerks Thursday

November 25, 2009 in Opinion by Kevin Kane

Now that I’m working as an editor, I’ve read more “What I’m thankful for” columns this week than I’ve ever wanted. I was originally thinking of doing one myself, but I’m so sick of these now that I don’t think I can have any more without getting physically sick. It’s much like the way I’ll actually feel Thanksgiving afternoon.

But I got to thinking, does anyone even want to read one of those? Do people really want to read the clichéd, cheesy details of everything going great in someone’s life and their consequential gratitude? Honestly, I don’t — that is, unless it’s something really different. Well, I may have something different.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve experienced a few all-out jerks, and honestly, I’m thankful I won’t be around them on Thanksgiving.
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Top Ten Black Friday shopping tips

November 25, 2009 in Torry's Top Ten by Torry Stiles

10. Helmet, shin guards and mouthpiece … not presents for your son, but what you wear to Kohl’s.
9. Take advantage of the newspaper ads. Use them to start a fire and relax at home with some hot chocolate.
8. Adult diapers make the wait easier for all.
7. Shopping online saves you gas and time and lets you spend more time on Facebook.
6. Try shopping in the less crowded stores. This year, give everyone fish food and new windshield wipers.
5. Don’t forget to drop something in the kettle on the way past. The shopping gods frown on stingy people.
4. Save money by picking up the free ornaments they hang on the trees inside the mall.
3. If all else fails, liquor is always welcome … or a handy alternative to going shopping in the first place.
2. It’s not how much you spent that’s important, but how much you spent on me.
1. Knocking down the old lady with the walker might just distract the rest of ‘em long enough to snag that new video game.

‘That time of year’ makes me groan

November 25, 2009 in Opinion by Sherri Coner-Eastburn

Oh for heaven’s sake. It’s that time of year again.

It’s just a matter of time before some Christmas tree earring-wearing elf invites me to a holiday pitch-in dinner. A fate, by the way, that instantly makes me feel like a moron.

“Bring your favorite appetizer,” the kitchen-loving elf will say cheerfully.

OK, well that means I’ll dump some chips in a bowl and grab a tub of onion dip.
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Readers' Views

November 25, 2009 in Letters to the Editor by Submission For The Southside Times

Editor,
I heard recently that the Beech Grove Public Library will be laying off their children’s librarian and discontinuing the position. As someone who grew up going to that library and who was inspired to become a children’s librarian after working there, I find this decision disturbing.

I know the library has been struggling financially, but surely there were better options than removing the only position dedicated to serving children. In a time when many libraries have adopted early literacy as a primary objective, the Beech Grove library has decided that providing quality service to children is less important than other services (like the Dining Car Café, for example). I am stunned that the library sees no need to have someone who is solely dedicated to serving children and their parents and has also been educated and trained to work directly with them.

It is a sad day when a library purposely chooses other services over the children of the community. I hope the people of Beech Grove realize what they are losing.

William D. Smither
Indianapolis