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June 9, 2021

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My So Called Millennial Life By Stephanie Hayes Theaters have been a quiet place GRILLED BRATS WITH SRIRACHA MAYO MEALS IN Monica's MINUTES Share your favorite recipe! Monica's Meals in Minutes PO Box 68, Petersburg 47567 FACEBOOK MAIL EMAIL By Monica Sinclair I love grilled bratwurst, especially the flavored ones from my local meat shop. However, I found a recipe this week that would liven up any brat, whether it was flavored or not. If you want to add more kick to your next cook- out, whip up this recipe and you won't be sorry. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 1/3 cup minced roasted sweet red peppers • 3 tablespoons Sriracha chili sauce • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce • 4 fully cooked bratwurst links • 4 brat buns or hot dog buns, split • 1/2 cup dill pickle relish • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion • Ketchup, optional DIRECTIONS 1. Mix first four ingredients. 2. Grill bratwursts, covered, over medium-low heat un- til browned and heated through, 7-10 minutes, turn- ing occasionally. 3. Serve in buns with mayonnaise mixture, relish, on- ion and, if desired, ketchup. Source: tasteof YOUTH FIRST TODAY A child's most important play date By Grace Wilson Youth First, Inc. In a world that is constantly on the go and filling our fam- ily's schedules with various activities, it is important that we take time to slow down and spend quality one-on-one time with our children. If you have multiple chil- dren, take time to spend indi- vidual time with each one. Our attention is so often divided between many different tasks, relationships, and worries that we often forget to give devot- ed time to each child. Simply carving out even 10 -15 minutes a day to spend with your child will transform your relationship. This works for children of all ages, but the sooner you start implement- ing this time together, the more easily it will become a part of everyday life. Create a list of activities to do together. Some ideas in- clude going on a walk in your neighborhood or local park, painting pictures, baking a treat, playing board games, or reading a book together. When you are spend- ing time with your child, all phones and other distractions should be put away. It is im- portant that this time spent together is child-driven. You should let them choose the activity and engage in it with them. Let them "run the show" as long as it is something you can feasibly do. This one-on-one time is beneficial for the long term mental health of both parent and child. Building strong per- sonal bonds from a young age will enrich a child's life in the following ways. 1. One-on-one time builds confidence and self-esteem. When your child has addition- al opportunities to express themselves within a loving environment, their confidence increases. Take this time to encourage creativity, imagina- tion, and other positive traits you see in your child. 2. Your child will be more apt to open up to you. Extra time spent together gives your child the chance to com- municate with you about their thoughts and emotions, good and bad. 3. Children will learn to de- velop positive habits. Kids are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs and al- cohol when they have open and positive relationships with par- ents and caregivers. Forming healthy bonds at home can also boost academic performance and engagement at school. Although our lives often seem hectic in the moment, the rewards of spending quali- ty time with your children will last for years to come. These times together will feel like a special treat and provide per- fect opportunities to build last- ing traditions and create mem- ories together. Grace Wilson, MSW, is a Program Coordinator at Youth First Inc., a nonprofit dedicat- ed to strengthening youth and families by providing 64 Mas- ter's level social workers to 92 schools in 11 Indiana counties. Over 60,000 youth and fami- lies per year are served by Youth First's school social work and after school programs that pre- vent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors and maxi- mize student success. To learn more about Youth First, visit or call 812- 421-8336. B-10 Wednesday, June 9, 2021 The Press-Dispatch HOME LIFE TO ADVERTISE: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: Visit: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg Deadline: 5 p.m. on Monday You are at the movies. The real movies. There's that smell. Popcorn with elec- tric butter, rivers of soda, wayward Ju- nior Mints and sweaty hands. The car- pet is still ugly, and prices are still high. Posters in white lights advertise things you've seen at home. You watched "Godzilla vs. Kong" from the sofa, and it was fun and easy. You almost forgot those creatures were supposed to be large. But after a year of living small, you started to wonder: Is the couch a cop out, a twig snap versus a thunderclap? What have you been missing? So, you're here for "A Quiet Place Part II," the sequel to a thriller that thrives in silence. It was due out in March 2020, and, well. Instead of streaming like so many others, the film's creators held off. Now, as we limp out of a pandemic, it's one of the first major movies released ex- clusively in theaters. You're running late tonight, but that's how it always was. You've gone to the restaurant in the mall, or for ice cream, or the nearby pet store with your date. A night like this is not just about the movie. It's a before, a during and an after. A bored teenager points to your the- ater and someone else hurries you to a seat. It's about to start, he says, and this is the darkest theater. He's excited, bub- bling like a 32-ounce Coke. You forgot how plush movie theaters had gotten before the pandemic. This one has reclining leather chairs with armrests. You recall how the- aters used to feel: sticky floors, scratchy seats, strange feet by your ears. It's pitch black. Then you see John Krasinski and Em- ily Blunt, not shrunken on a T V or crammed in a laptop. They are floor-to-ceiling gi- ants. Transcendent. How can anyone be this big? How did we ever watch things this way? How did we ever stop? When the evil beast bounds into frame, audio booms and clacks, the walls shake, and you're back in your memories. You're at "Jurassic Park" and "Titanic" and "Die Hard," and you grab your date by the fin- gers and squeeze. This movie is right for right now. It's post-apocalyptic, a broken family emerg- ing from isolation to flee a supernatural enemy. It is painfully relevant. In one scene, there's a literal unmasking. Our real-world threat is invisible. Here, it has claws and a gaping face, preying on those who dare to make a sound. Its targets hide in basements and furnaces, dodging death from monster and man. To survive, people must work togeth- er. You watch characters fumble, and it's clear who they represent. The brave ones. The wise ones. The ones who fend for themselves. The ones with disdain for empathy and truth. In the movie theater, you're quiet together. You scream and jump togeth- er. You share snacks and whispers. You run into old friends. You stumble down aisles in the dark. You say "excuse me" and "sorry." You struggle to find a mo- ment to use the bathroom. You walk out in pods, sharing opinions and questions. For once, you're arguing about imaginary lands. You have been given 90 blissful minutes of escape plus the gift of a new conversation. Yeah, maybe you're being too nostal- gic. You're forgetting the loud talkers and the crunchers and the shushers. You're neglecting the perks of home: the pause button and the pajamas and the fridge. But that's OK. Because tonight, there's magic in de- feating monsters 30 feet high. In a post- poned world, taking a quiet step inside feels like something very loud. Stephanie Hayes is a columnist at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Follow her at @ stephhayeswrites on Facebook, @ stephhayes on Twitter or @ stephrhayes on Instagram. REAL ESTATE OPEN HOUSE Sat. June 12, 2:00pm to 4:00pm 614 S 9th Street, Petersburg, IN This is a nice 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home located in Petersburg near the Elementary School! This home has a detached 3 car garage with heat. There is a full basement, covered patio, and enclosed front porch. Beautiful trim, and hardwood flooring beneath the carpet. For more information, you can call us at (812) 787-3577 Honey Bee Realty Co. ~ Mark J Graber| RB14038047 PAWS WEEK PAWS WEEK Pet of the LUCY They didn't choose their fate; Open your heart to homeless kittens. This week, PAWS is fea- turing a live-wired little kitten named Lucy, who doesn't know a stranger and is constantly busy find- ing something to get into in the office at PAWS. She bravely stalks any moving object, but does stay on a high perch when a big dog ventures into the office. She is very busy all day, but once she wears out, you can find her sleeping quietly in the cat condo. Lucy is a silver tabby with glamorous whorls or swirls and aqua-colored eyes, is approximately six weeks old and can be adopted by calling 812-354-9894. There are also a variety of other healthy kittens at PAWS as well that need good homes. See petfind- er.com47567 to see these kitties.

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