Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us Chapter Four: ďPlundering GermanyĒ (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/69071 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino This chapter was particularly eye-opening. As we read about how much the athletes ate on their way to the Olympic Games, we realize that few of us have ever faced the kind of hunger that would make a constant supply of good food something to remember. Even more surprising, up to this point Louis had only eaten in a restaurant twice, and thought it was a... Wed, 24 May 2017 10:22:22 -0400 Four of a kind (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/69040 Perhaps not since Frank Valli, his falsetto and the Four Seasons has anyone hit the high notes better than the last four mayors of Greencastle in their recent panel appearance at DePauw University. The brainchild of DePauw political science professor Bruce Stinebrickner, the two-hour mayoral event earlier this month was interesting, insightful, funny and a great reminder of how far we've come as a community and how we've gotten there. And like any good bit of entertainment, it... Fri, 19 May 2017 12:12:27 -0400 Stacking Up (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/69037 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px Culture is a favorite topic with everyone, but few make a living on it. Geert Hofstede, professor of psychology, is one of those few, and one of the even fewer famous for it. In 1980, he created a classification system for... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:20:03 -0400 Dollar Drops on Trump Scandal (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/69036 The U.S. dollar and stock markets plunged this week as political scandals swirled in Washington, threatening to derail the Trump administration’s agenda. After President Trump’s election in November, the stock market and U.S. dollar have largely been climbing on expectations of a stronger U.S. economy, a friendlier tax environment, increased infrastructure spending, and higher interest rates. However, after the turmoil of this week, investors feared that political chaos may... Fri, 19 May 2017 11:14:47 -0400 Focus (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/69019 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px Alright, boys and girls! Here we go for round three, “The Torrance Tornado.” We are in the third chapter. Louie ends his high school career on a most impressive note; winning every race, shattering records... Wed, 17 May 2017 11:07:12 -0400 Friday Jam: Come Out and Play - The Offspring (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68983 In my time of thinking way too much about music, I've observed that there seems to come a time in a punk band's lifetime that the members have to make a choice. There's a young, nihilistic anger often associated with punk rock that doesn't really have much staying power. Punk rockers, like the rest of us, get older and their lives get more complicated than when they're just young and mad. At this point, they seem to have three choices: 1) Stay young and nihilistic... Fri, 12 May 2017 17:51:50 -0400 Silver Strikes New Low (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68985 Silver prices have been mining out new lows over the last month but may have finally bottomed out after striking $16.00 per ounce on Tuesday. Prices fell from recent highs near $18.60 as investors grew fearful of further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes as the U.S. economy is showing increasing signs of strength. Higher interest rates make other investments more appealing than metals that don’t pay interest. For the third time in the last year, prices dropped toward $16,... Fri, 12 May 2017 14:41:15 -0400 Sibling Rivalry (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68974 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px Hey, Readers! You ready for chapter two? It’s a short one, so this shouldn’t be too painful. We left off in the last chapter with Louie recognizing his need to reform (or perhaps be sterilized by his state... Wed, 10 May 2017 11:45:49 -0400 Wheat Storms Higher after Snow (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68940 Last weekend, a massive snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on western Kansas and nearby states. This late-season storm devastated wheat fields as snow smashed emerging plants and below-freezing temperatures threatened to damage plant growth. Kansas grows 20% of the U.S. wheat crop, and this storm could reduce production by over 50 million bushels. The extent of damage is unknown so far, but crop watchers are scrambling to assess the destruction. Markets initially exploded on the... Fri, 05 May 2017 16:17:06 -0400 Big Plans (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68937 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino When we were little, one of the questions people liked to ask was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I remember having several answers over the years. Having seen “The Mummy,” I was going to be an archaeologist. In middle school every girl wanted to be a nurse. But after I delivered my first litter of piglets, an OB/GYN sounded... Fri, 05 May 2017 13:55:26 -0400 Something a Little Different (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68916 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px Hey, Readers! I was thinking we could do something a little different. Obviously you all like to read, so my thinking was that we could have ourselves a little book club. About a week ago I started reading “Unbroken”... Wed, 03 May 2017 10:56:26 -0400 Monday Jam: Mary Chapin Carpenter-He Thinks He'll Keep Her (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68826 I grew up listening to a lot of country music (with just enough of a dose of '80s MTV mixed in, thanks to my brother). About I was getting into high school, I got away from contemporary country music and never really came back. As such, I've spent the better part of the last two decades wondering what's wrong with current country music. Too slick? Not "country" enough? (Whatever that means.) Not true to its roots? Too formulaic? Just a bunch of pop songs with... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:47:12 -0400 Any Day Now... (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/68819 When I think back to my childhood, I mostly remember the times when I hadn't a care in the world. Admittedly, the worst parts of my day seemed to ironically include the simple acts of waking up early so I could get to school on time and getting to bed at a decent hour ... so I could get to school on time. In this ever-cycling world of "problems" that seemed to matter little to the responsible adults around me (which for the life of me I just couldn't understand), it was... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:46:09 -0400 Beef Slices Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68805 Cattle futures charged over $1.30 per pound this week, reaching a 12-month high. Cattle are rallying as steer weights decline and beef export sales continue to boom. Alongside rising beef prices, cattle producers received more great news this week as corn prices fell near a six-month low. Cattle are predominantly fattened up on a diet of corn, making grain costs a major concern for producers. This week’s drop, combined with the rise in cattle futures, are creating significantly... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:04:18 -0400 Musicals ... I've grown accustomed to their pace (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/68799 Honestly, I don't know what it is about me and musicals. I enjoy the heck out of some of them. Others not so much. "Guys and Dolls" is an oldie but a goodie. I inherited my appreciation of that from my dad, who had me singing "I got a horse right here, his name is Paul Revere ..." when I was about nine. And betting harness races when I was 15. Love the juxtaposition of characters in "Kiss Me Kate." "South Pacific" is a longtime favorite. I think I inherited that from my mother. I remember her... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:29:11 -0400 When to Ignore Your Emotions (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68790 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino I grew up watching movies that told me to follow my heart. Books said that when I didn’t know what else to do, when all else failed, all I had to do was search my heart for guidance and I would find my way. My heart, they said, could never lead me wrong. Though we’re not all bad, one of the faults of my generation is that we’ve been allowed to... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:16:03 -0400 Friday Jam: Here are some songs about time (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68749 If you've been on the site at all today, you'll know I've taken a whole bunch of pictures of the new clocks being installed at the Putnam County Courthouse. If not? I'm not offended, but check it out now or the story tomorrow in print. As such, I haven't had much time (Ha!) to worry about a blog today. So, since I've been thinking all day about clocks and time, here are some songs about time. It starts out with the best song off of one of the best albums ever. I... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:55:40 -0400 Commodities get Trumped Up (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68748 Virtually all commodity and currency markets shot upward this week as President Trump stated on Wednesday that the US dollar was “getting too strong.” Gold and silver rallied to new five month highs as the President stated he would prefer the Federal Reserve keep interest rates low and left open the possibility of re-nominating Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen once her tenure is over next year. His favoring of a weak U.S. currency and lower interest rates should be bullish... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:36:29 -0400 Friday Jam: Nathaniel Rateliff and Alice in Chains (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68685 What does one of the Seattle Grunge Big 4 of the early 1990s have to do with a current purveyor of folk/blues/soul/gospel/Americana/rock? Probably not much. If I think hard enough about my own musical journey, I can probably draw a connection between Alice In Chains and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Stops along the way probably include Pearl Jam, Wilco, Ryan Adams, the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons. It all has something to do with thoughtful, pensive young men with guitars... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:48:00 -0400 Gold Soars on Syrian Strike (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68698 Gold and silver exploded on the news of Thursday night’s massive missile attack on a Syrian air base. Speculators and investors, recently enamored and enriched by precious metals, scrambled to buy more of the asset group which typically outperforms during periods of uncertainty, inflation, and military conflicts, all of which converged this week. Gold and silver blew over highs not seen since early November, trading Friday for $1275 and $18.35 per ounce, respectively. Though many... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:00:00 -0400 Record Soybeans to be Planted (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68643 Soybeans plummeted on Friday following new USDA projections expecting U.S. farmers to plant a record 89.5 million acres of soybeans this year. This news was coupled with relatively high stockpiles of beans, another factor that undercut prices. In the aftermath of the report, soybeans dropped under $9.50 per bushel for the first time since last fall. Meanwhile, corn and wheat prices held steady as acreage projections for those grains were reduced. Unlike corn and wheat, crops that U.S.... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:17:02 -0400 Neurobics (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68635 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino Hello, Readers! Last week we talked about how exercising our bodies helps our brains, so this week I thought we'd talk about exercising our brains. Neurobics, the name for this, is a relatively new but growing field among Americans. With the help of websites like Luminosity, more people are seeking the benefits of giving their brains a workout. In 1999 Dr.... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:49:17 -0400 Brain Muscle (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68590 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino Before we get too far into today’s blog, I should probably in this first sentence disclaim my title by affirming that your brain is not a muscle. It is, in fact, an organ. However, this organ shares some traits with muscles (indeed, it feels like it if you’re one of those who really has to work at thinking), and it turns out that the two have an important... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:34:37 -0400 Muffin Toppers, yada yada yada (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/dazeblog/entry/68522 In what probably should have been a foreboding admission but my "ex" never got into "Seinfeld." In fact, she acknowledged she only watched it because that's what everybody would be talking about it the next morning at work and she didn't want to be left out of the conversation. While watching it, she absolutely hated George's character, an admission to which I believed actually proves she really got the comedy. George is supposed to be that friend that we love to hate. Nobody likes... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:21:23 -0400 Stormy Outlook for USDA (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68540 Under President Trump’s budget proposal for 2018, the USDA would see a sharp 21% decrease in funding. This news was initially met with trepidation by rural communities, but the plan is unlikely to have as severe an impact as the topline number might suggest. The proposal only impacts the USDA’s discretionary budget, which is less than one-fifth of the USDA’s overall budget, leaving major programs like crop insurance and food stamps largely untouched. However, the... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:19:46 -0400 Mad as Hornets (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68527 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino; min-height: 11.0px Think back to the last time you felt angry. Not annoyed, irritated, or frustrated -- although those are all levels of anger -- but full-on angry. When was the last time you felt rage, the extreme of anger? Depending on the situation... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:57:13 -0400 Oil Drills New Low (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68492 Oil broke to a three-month low on Friday, dropping under $49 per barrel as the market struggles with oversupply. Prices are falling as U.S. shale oil drillers have increased production while U.S. imports of oil rose as well, swelling U.S. oil stockpiles to record highs. Shockingly, oil prices are dropping even as OPEC has maintained its production cuts and geopolitical threats swirl around the world. Under normal conditions, the recent missile tests from North Korea and Iran would spark a... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:53:19 -0500 Live Entertainment (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68480 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino According to the American Time Use Survey , Americans enjoy an average of about five hours’ free time every day. We devote two hours and 47 minutes of that time to watching television. The next greatest chunk of free time (41 minutes) is spent on socializing and communicating. The same findings were reported by Statista, where 42 percent of adults prefer... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:54:37 -0500 Townes Van Zandt: If I Needed You (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68474 Townes Van Zandt would have turned 73 years old today. Unfortunately for those of us who can really appreciate a good songwriter, Townes finally drank himself to death on New Year's Day 1997. If you've heard of him, good for you. If you haven't but are familiar with good country music, you may be familiar with his work through covers by Emmylou Harris and Don Williams or Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. I'm of the opinion that the originals are better, but we'll get... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:00:03 -0500 Bio-Fueled Grain Rally (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68441 Corn and soybean prices exploded on Tuesday on rumors of a new deal to change regulations surrounding biofuels. The plan was submitted to the White House by the Renewable Fuels Association and Carl Icahn, a billionaire investor and Trump adviser. The deal would curb foreign imports and boost demand for domestically-produced biofuels like soy-based biodiesel and corn-based ethanol. At the Chicago Board of Trade, the biggest gainer was soybean oil, which is used to produce biodiesel; that... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:17:27 -0500 What Other People Think (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68431 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} People like to pride themselves on not caring what other people think, especially when they’re doing anything they know people are going to think about. They get a wild new haircut: “I don’t care what other people think.” Trip over their own foot at the mall: “I don’t care what other people think.” Do something they... Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:05:31 -0500 Friday Jam: Play me a car crash song (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68392 Driving my son to school takes approximately one song, so it helps when the good folks at WTTS make it a good one. One day earlier this week, they did not disappoint. Shortly after starting the truck, the following song started: Sorry for the delay at the beginning, but this is a pretty good version, so it's worth they wait. It got me thinking, though, we need more car crash songs. Don't know any car crash songs? Then you probably need to get more into... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:11:11 -0500 Gold and Silver Streak Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68396 Gold and silver continued rallying this week, reaching the highest level since early November. Prices are exploding on political uncertainty, both in the U.S. and Europe. Some traders are concerned that President Trump’s economic policies could spark inflation, boosting demand for precious metals, which are typically seen as a safe haven against rising prices. After Great Britain voted to leave the EU last year, other Europeans have been pushing to leave as well. In France,... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:10:43 -0500 Staying Busy (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68374 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino One of the biggest changes that happens after high school is what takes place between friends. You fall away or grow apart and people say it’s natural, but as with many other things in life they never explain why. A lot of it has to do with the foundation the relationship was built on and the values of the people involved, but the other part is just that... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:22 -0500 Heat Wave Deflates Gas Prices (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68331 Natural gas prices are collapsing, reaching a three-month low near $2.83 per million British thermal units. The market is selling off as temperatures across the U.S. are projected to be 15-30 degrees warmer than usual this weekend, sapping demand for the heating fuel. Overall, this winter was extremely warm; the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), estimates that heating demand for natural gas is nearly 20% below average. Without significant heating demand,... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:37:57 -0500 It Comes Natural (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68323 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} Let’s begin today’s topic by exercising our imaginations. Take a moment and picture yourself in the most peaceful environment you can think of. I bet no one envisioned sitting in traffic or their cubicle at work. Maybe a few thought of a quiet, private place in their house or thought of themselves on a day off with Netflix. But when most of us... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:11:57 -0500 Grammys hot take: I donít have an opinion (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68294 I used to fancy myself a music critic and this blog is still usually centered on music, so here’s my hot take on the Grammys: I didn’t watch. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched the Grammy broadcast, at least not in its entirety. It’s always struck me as a self-congratulatory exercise by the major record companies to continue to promote their own products. Perhaps I’m more of a cynic than a critic. Anyway, there was a bit of controversy last night when... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:54:44 -0500 Copper Strikes a New High (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68281 The copper market is red-hot, nearing a two-year high on Friday at $2.77 per pound. Prices are exploding on news that the world’s largest copper mine is shut down due to a labor strike. Workers at the Chilean Escondida mine are asking for higher wages and have threatened to stop work indefinitely until their demands are met. Chile is the world’s largest copper producer, and this one mine accounts for nearly 5% of global output. While few Americans keep copper as an investment,... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:28:18 -0500 Call Me Old-Fashioned (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68261 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino One of my favorite stories Granny Foster used to tell was about how she and Grandpa “courted.” You’d say, in a quiet moment on the front porch, “Grandma, did Grandpa court you?” and she’d smile and blush and say, “Why, yes!” as though you were silly for the asking. Then she’d talk about how he was a... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:52:52 -0500 Lumber Knocks Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68222 The trade in wood has been good to the bulls recently, with lumber futures reaching a two-year high this week. Prices are exploding as the U.S. wrestles with a looming shortage of the building material and rising construction demand. Much of the lumber used in the United States normally comes from Canada, the world’s largest exporter. That supply could be threatened by an expiring trade deal, resulting in tariffs being levied against Canadian lumber. So far, the U.S. and... Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:06:43 -0500 Living in the limelight ... or something like that (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2022/entry/68217 With so many fond memories of family and friends acquired over the years, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to put my finger on any certain timeframe which I could say was my favorite. Indeed, I have been truly blessed to be able to call such a myriad of people my companions through this crazy thing called life. However, what I can do is think back to an example of a time that would be hard to top, such as my time spent in the “limelight” (so to speak), playing music... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 15:51:45 -0500 Itís bright outside, be happy (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68207 Caught in the winter doldrums? Well, stop it. You live in Indiana. It’s bound to get cold this time of year. It’s when it’s not cold in early February that you should probably get worried. Besides, it may still be chilly outside, but at least the sun’s shining. It could be another one of those gray, boring February days. If you can avoid going outside, good for you. But station yourself near a windo and just imagine it’s 70 degrees out there. It It... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:46:05 -0500 The Gut Feeling (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68202 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino Biologically speaking, humans are members of the animal kingdom. Like other mammals, we have hair, carry our children, and lactate. Like other primates, we enjoy an upright posture. And like many other species, we live in groups. But that’s about where our resemblance to the animal world ends. Whether your explanations for it are one or the other, no one... Wed, 01 Feb 2017 13:57:27 -0500 Border War Escalates with Mexico (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68164 This week, President Trump reaffirmed his plan to construct a physical wall along the Mexican border and proposed using a 20% tariff on Mexican imports to pay for it. These statements caused Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to cancel an upcoming visit to the United States, where the two leaders were expected to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A tariff would cause prices for imported goods to rise, including Mexico’s major exports, vehicles and... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:31:30 -0500 Trust Me (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68149 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} “Trustworthy” is one of those words you see on posters in school. You know, the ones with the pictures of canyons and quotes about being all you can be. Nary a fool would argue against the value of being worthy of trust, but we don’t often ask why it’s so valuable to trust and be trusted. I particularly like this word, because unlike so... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:32:03 -0500 Itís Not Selfish (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68098 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino} “You have to share,” “How do you think they feel?” and “Don’t be selfish” are edicts we hear often as children, especially when we graduate from a helpless infant to a troublesome toddler. As newborns we’re totally dependent on others for our care. Nonverbal communication is our only means of changing our environment,... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:59 -0500 Beans Explode (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68066 The USDA updated its estimate of last year’s soybean crop on Thursday morning, revising the crop size downward by 1.1% to 4.307 billion bushels. This news was especially jarring to the market, which expected this estimate to show an even larger harvest. While the 2016 soybean crop was still the largest in history, this downward revision sparked concerns that U.S. supplies may not be as ample as once thought. These fears sent beans on the largest one-day rally in months, gaining nearly 30... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:39:21 -0500 We always have been, and remain, Hoosiers (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/jaredjernagan/entry/68056 For most of our 200-year history, at least one thing has united us as natives and residents of Indiana. We are Hoosiers. Not “Indianans.” Not “Indianians.” How is that even a thing, by the way? Why add an unneccessary syllable? What a strange word. We are Hoosiers. Even if you’re a Boilermaker, you’re a Hoosier. Even if you’re a Bulldog — or a Sycamore or a Cardinal or a Tiger or even a Little Giant — you’re a... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:21:43 -0500 Religious or Spiritual? (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/2042/entry/68049 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 14.4px; line-height: 12.0px; font: 10.0px Palatino The difference between religion and spirituality, that is what we are talking about today. That’s the topic you all picked, and so that is what we shall try to tackle. I don’t think any of us figured it’d be such a big job, but those situations turn out the best adventures anyway. So somebody set Clint Black on the record player, and let’s get... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:37:38 -0500 Platinum & Palladium White Hot (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) http://www.bannergraphic.com/blogs/1500/entry/68015 Platinum and palladium had a searing start to 2017, each gaining over $70 per ounce in the first four days. The two metals are tied closely to the auto market, as they are predominantly used in catalytic convertors to reduce pollution from trucks and cars. This week, news broke that U.S. auto sales revved higher again in 2016, climbing for a record seven straight years. Americans flocked toward new vehicles as gasoline prices stayed low again last year, often selecting larger SUVs and... Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:47:40 -0500