A DARK, YET FUNNY FILM – At The Movies With Kasey

In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) grows so frustrated with the police’s lack of progress toward solving her daughter, Angela’s, brutal murder that she buys three billboards just outside of the small town she lives in and posts a blunt message asking

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REQUIRED WITHDRAWALS FROM RETIREMENT PLANS: WHAT TO KNOW?

You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you’ll need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you’ll want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals – and you’ll want to know just how much you should take out.

To begin with, withdrawals from traditional

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SHOP (UP)LIFTING: ENCOURAGING HOLIDAY RETAIL WORKERS

For some, the upcoming holiday season will not be very jolly.

December holiday may bring to mind fantasies of creamy mashed potatoes warming one’s stomach or an imagined cart filled with doorbusters, such as a 55-inch television available for purchase for $300. But, for the retail worker, such thoughts

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ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND – A Book Nook Review

ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND: A STORY HELD TOGETHER BY DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
by Jane Kirkpatrick Revell
PB, 343 pages

Romances, especially Christian romances, often grow stale with their stubborn sameness. Jane Kirkpatrick, however, injects new life into the genre with All She Left Behind.

The story follows Jennie,

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STAMPEDING BULL MARKET MAY SLOW DOWN … SO BE PREPARED

As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever – and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared.

Before we look at how you can ready yourself for a new phase in the investment environment,

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AN UPLIFTING AND MOVING FILM OVERCOMING PHYSICAL DIFFERENCES – At The Movies With Kasey

It is not an easy task to create a film about young people that is funny and imaginative while also doing justice to the deep and complicated emotions around making and keeping friends and navigating family dynamics. Wonder delivers on all these elements while also featuring a touching, but not overly-simplified

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EHS FINAL VIEWING

Letter To The Editor:
It had the feel of a funeral visitation.

My last visit a few years ago hoped to see familiar faces. But this visit on November 10, 2017 occasioned a last viewing of what had been so much a part of our lives decades ago. The familiar Elmhurst High School gymnasium where so many

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HOW CAN YOU SHARE YOUR FINANCIAL “ABUNDANCE” WITH YOUR FAMILY?

Thanksgiving is almost here. Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved ones.

But it’s important to look beyond just one

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ARE WOMEN INFERIOR TO MEN? – A Book Nook Review

Gender Roles and the People of God
By Alice Mathews
Zondervan, PB, 238 pages

Mathews approaches one of the church’s most controversial topics: the role God has given women in the church, the home and the world. But, by stripping the book’s perspective of language barriers and cultural differences,

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I WANTED TO LIKE ‘SUBURBICON’… – At The Movies With Kasey

I normally find the collaboration between the Coen Brothers and George Clooney at least charming, even when the result is lackluster. Their latest film, Suburbicon, however, is so aggressively bad that it was hard to find any redeeming qualities.

Suburbicon is set in the 1950s in Suburbicon, an everytown

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DOES MARKET VOLATILITY SCARE YOU?

Halloween is almost upon us. Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy. Fortunately, their appearance will be unlikely to cause you unpleasant dreams. But some

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WHICH OF THE 7 DEADLY SINS DO YOU REPRESENT? – A Book Nook Review

Vain Empires
By Brandilyn Collins
Challow Press
PB, 315 pages

Vain Empires begins when six contestants arrive on the set of a reality show that offers the fulfillment of all their dreams as the prize. All it takes to win is to learn which of the seven deadly sins each of them represents. Simple, right?

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I KNEW FROM THE START WHO THE KILLER WAS IN THIS SLASHER FILM – At The Movies With Kasey

Happy Death Day can easily be described as Groundhog Day meets Scream, and at the story’s end it acknowledges its similarity to the Bill Murray comedy, but the movie does not suffer from a lack of creativity. Instead, it adeptly puts a funny, thrilling spin on familiar plots.

In Happy Death Day,

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AT ITS BEST ON THE TENNIS COURTS – At The Movies With Kasey

Battle of the Sexes dramatizes the founding of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and their fight for more equal pay for women in professional tennis, leading up to the famous “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). When the

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CONSIDER MULTIPLE FACTORS WHEN CREATING RETIREMENT PLANS

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement?

Consider the following:

•Age at retirement

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INTERNATIONAL INVESTING: STILL A JOURNEY TO CONSIDER

Columbus Day is observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don’t have to “cross the ocean

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FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF MOTHER NATURE – At The Movies With Kasey

Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! is sure to polarize audiences. Although it looks like a home invasion thriller, the film uses allegory and gore to explore an issue both ancient and timely. I cannot fully express my take on the film without discussing the plot and its interpretation, so if you do not

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BETWEEN HEAVEN & THE REAL WORLD – A Book Nook Review

Steven Curtis Chapman with Ken Abraham
Revell
Hardback, 428 pages
This book is about a boy from Paducah, Kentucky who became one of the most successful and influential Christian singers of all time. Steven Curtis Chapman’s autobiography digs into his earliest memories. He was born

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HERE’S YOUR RETIREMENT COUNTDOWN

If you want to enjoy a comfortable retirement lifestyle, you don’t need to have been born rich or even to have earned scads of money during your working years. But you do need to make the right moves at the right time – which means you might want to start a “retirement countdown” well before

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MOVIES WITH A BIT OF VIOLENCE – At The Movies With Kasey

In a cultural climate fraught with anger, many artists have turned to imagining new versions of the Civil War to work through the issues that face us (i.e. American War or HBO’s Confederate). Bushwick follows Lucy (Brittany Snow) and Stupe (Dave Bautista) as they try to make it to safety and save

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WE ALL HAVE A DISABILITY

If you spend much time in public schools today, you will see many signs about bullying and how wrong it is. But did you ever stop to wonder what it is that is missing in the bullies that they so desire to cause pain and harm to others? You see, we all have disabilities. We all are lacking in some

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GENDER ROLES & THE PEOPLE OF GOD – A Book Nook Review

GENDER ROLES AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD
by Alice Mathews
Zondervan
PB, 238 pages

Mathews approaches one of the church’s most controversial topics: the role God has given women in the church, the home and the world. But, by stripping the book’s perspective of language barriers and cultural differences,

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INGRID GOES WEST – At The Movies With Kasey

Since her days as April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, I have been a fan of Aubrey Plaza’s dark, very dry sense of humor and subtle character work. I’ve enjoyed seeing her in more movies over the past few years, even as they often seem like different shades of the same character. In Ingrid Goes

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BREAD OF ANGELS – A Book Nook Review

BREAD OF ANGELS
by Tessa Afshar
Tyndale House Publishers
PB, 384 pages

Anyone who enjoys a strong, independent heroine and a dash of biblical romance will enjoy this book. Bread of Angels reveals the story told in Acts about Paul’s first convert in Europe. Although a standalone novel, readers of

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ARE YOU A “HARDWORKING” INVESTOR?

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the

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