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[MAY 14, 2003]
Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions." John S.
Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, Howard Raiffa, Broadway Books, 2002, 242
Review by Richard Sumrall
"If I had to do it all over again, I'd
certainly do it differently." Everyone has faced that uneasy moment
when they realize the decision they made in a particular situation
was probably not their best effort.
In their book "Smart Choices," authors
John Hammond, Ralph Keeney and Howard Raiffa write, "Life is about
choices, about priorities, and one of the biggest ways you can
influence the quality of your life is by improving the quality of
The purpose of the book is to "bridge
the gap between how people actually do make decisions and
what researchers … have discovered about how they should make
decisions." By developing an 11-point "roadmap" that can improve
your decision-making abilities, the authors demonstrate that anyone
can make better choices by following a logical and sensible process.
The 11 chapters are:
"Making Smart Choices"
"The Wise Decision Maker"
Here's a closer look at some the most
"Making Smart Choices" -- In the
initial stages of decision making it is important to recognize that
one must take a "proactive approach." This means you must understand
that making good decisions is a learned fundamental life skill. One
method is the "PrOACT" approach; in this method you resolve a
decision by filtering it through eight key elements found in the
"Objectives" -- In order to clarify
what you are trying to achieve, it is necessary that you let your
objective serve as a guide; that is, learn to master the art of
identifying your objectives. You can identify them by writing down
the concerns you hope to address through your decision, converting
your concerns into succinct objectives, separating the ends from the
means, clarifying your meaning of each objective, and testing your
objectives to see if they capture your interests.
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"Alternatives" -- It is crucial that
you tailor your alternatives to the problem at hand; never limit
yourself with insufficient choices. The keys to generating better
alternatives include using your objectives to ask "how," setting
high aspirations, doing your own thinking first, learning from
experience and asking others for suggestions. Better alternatives to
choose from generally present the opportunity to make smarter
decisions. The authors remind us that you can never choose an
alternative you haven't considered and your chosen alternative can
be no better than the best of the lot.
"Consequences" -- You can describe your
anticipated consequences accurately, completely and with precision
by building a "consequences table." This table puts you mentally
into the future, creates a free-form description of the consequences
of each alternative, eliminates inferior alternatives and organizes
the remaining alternatives into the table format. The table allows
you to compare your objectives and alternatives point by point.
As the responsibilities of life, work
and family become more demanding, the exercise of good decision
making becomes an important component of personal success. "Smart
Choices" serves as an excellent blueprint toward this goal.
According to Jerome P. Kassirer of the
New England Journal of Medicine, the authors of this book "tell us
in plain language how to make optimal decisions in our everyday
lives. They combine one hundred collective years of experience in an
exceptional resource that takes the reader step-by-step through
problem formulation and final decision."
This book is
recommended to anyone who wishes to improve their decision-making
abilities or desires a systematic approach to problem solving.
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LCHS presents 'Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat' this weekend
[MAY 15, 2003]
This weekend the LCHS Fine Arts Department presents the
musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." The
show opens this evening (Thursday, May 15) at 7:30. It will be
presented again Friday and Saturday at
7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The show stars Doug
Rohrer as Joseph and Betsy Buttell as the narrator. The cast
includes many area school children as well.
Tickets are available at the door.
new name and new season
Almost everything is new
about the Lincoln Land Concert Association this year -- its name,
its booking source, a reciprocal arrangement with two nearby cities
and, of course, the artists who will perform during the 2003-04
Formerly affiliated with Trawick of New
York, which has a copyright on the name "Community Concerts," the
association is now booking through Allied Concert Services of
Minnetonka, Minn., and has therefore dropped the word "community"
from its name. The vote to change booking services came in October.
Association president Harley Petri of Elkhart said the board of
directors met with Allied president David Folin beginning last
summer, liked what they heard and decided to give his company a try.
Folin was present Tuesday night to
preview the season's lineup. This year all performances are on
weekends, with three shows on Friday night and one on Saturday.
Headlining the series is Red, Hot...&
Blue!, a musical revue featuring eight performers acclaimed as the
"hardest working cast in Branson." They sing and dance their way
from ragtime to rock 'n' roll. In Branson, Mo., the show has been
consistently awarded Best A.M. Show, Best Costumes and Best Vocal &
Red, Hot...& Blue opened on July 4,
1996. Since then the show has been featured on Holland-America
Cruise Lines and Princess Cruise Lines and has made several national
tours. The high-energy revue comes to Lincoln March 12, 2004.
Fans of Garrison Keillor's "Prairie
Home Companion" may remember Butch Thompson, a jazz pianist who
performed on the radio show in the '80s and '90s. On April 23, 2004,
he will team up with Duke Heitger on trumpet and Jimmy Mazzy on
banjo and vocals to form Butch Thompson's Big Three. The trio of
seasoned musicians traces the history of jazz from its origins in
New Orleans to the ragtime of Scott Joplin, the blues of Chicago's
south side and the jazz of the Roaring '20s.
Thompson, who plays both piano and
clarinet, also sits in as a music critic. In Minneapolis-St. Paul he
writes a newspaper column and has a radio show on jazz.
Leading off the Lincoln Land Concert
season on Sept. 20 is a young male a cappella quartet called Marcoux
Corners. Specializing in close harmony, the group covers five
decades of music, beginning with the doo-wop style of the '50s. The
vocalists mix humor with their harmonizing and feature fresh
arrangements and programs tailored to the audience. Marcoux Corners
has been hailed as "one of the best up and coming groups in the
country" by an ambassador to the Contemporary A Cappella Society of
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Rounding out the season is Cowboy Envy,
a trio of women musicians who perform in the style of the Sons of
the Pioneers. Their show is "not country western; it's cowboy,"
Folin confirmed. Cited for Best Harmony by the Western Music
Association in 2000 and 2001, band members bolster their sound with
guitar and punctuate it with humorous tales of the Old West. An
accordianist accompanies far in the background. The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported, "Cowboy Envy galloped onto the scene
with yips and yodels and harmonies to die for."
A new feature of concert series
membership this year is a reciprocal arrangement with associations
in Pekin and Pontiac. Included in a Lincoln Land season membership
is the option to attend any of the four concerts presented in Pekin
and the three in Pontiac. For convenience, all three schedules will
be printed on the Lincoln Land ticket. Petri said, "I'm really
excited about the reciprocal agreement," which has been accomplished
without a rise in price. Membership cost is steady at $35 for the
basic adult season ticket.
There is, however, a new upper-level
sponsorship category this year. For $300 an Angel membership
provides two tickets per performance plus four compact discs by
season artists. Angels will be issued four coupons which they can
cash in for CDs of their choice. In the case of Red, Hot...& Blue, a
video may be substituted for the CD.
Campaign secretary Judy Awe said two
Angels have already signed on. Other levels of support are
Benefactor ($150, includes two memberships), Sponsor ($80), Patron
($45), Adult ($35), Student ($15) and Family ($75). All memberships
are season tickets. No individual tickets are sold.
The membership drive for the 2003-04
season began Tuesday night. Anyone interested in purchasing a
membership can call Awe at 732-4758 or membership chairman Mary
Thomas George at 735-3241 (evening).
Allied Concert Association has been in
business for over 50 years. Since 1966 the Folin family has owned
and operated the company. "If a woman answers the phone, it's my
sister-in-law," David Folin said. "If it's a man, it's either my
father, my brother or me."
Land Association has been bringing performing artists to local
audiences since 1958. "You are important," Folin told membership
workers on Tuesday night. "Think how many years your organization
has brought culture to your community."
Lincoln Community Theatre is
looking for local talent to sing, dance and act in its summer 2003
productions. Singing and non-singing roles are available.
Individuals auditioning for a role in
one of this summer's musical productions should have a song
prepared. An accompanist will be available. Individuals trying out
should also be prepared to learn a few basic dance steps at the
audition. Those auditioning for non-singing roles will be required
to do cold readings from the script.
Scripts may be viewed at the Lincoln
Public Library two weeks prior to each audition. Library scripts may
not be removed from the building.
All auditions will be conducted at St.
John United Church of Christ, 204 Seventh St. in Lincoln.
-- a musical comedy from the "Nunsense" series of plays
Magnolias" -- an all-female lighthearted drama
- Directed by Paul Cary from
- Performance dates: July 11-19
- Audition: Friday, May 16, at 6
p.m. or Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m.; possible callbacks on
Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m.
- Roles are available for six women
(ages 18-70), with several parts for "mature" actresses as well as
one woman in her 20s.
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-- a history-based musical
Questions regarding auditions may be
directed to Marlene Perry, audition chairman, at (217) 732-2640.
tickets are still available for this season. Send check or money
order ($20 adults, $12 children through eighth grade) to LCT, Box
374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Additional information regarding LCT's
upcoming season is available at
[Lincoln Community Theatre
Lincoln Community Theatre
entertaining for 32nd summer
Preparing for the 32nd year of
live summer theater for the Logan County area, Lincoln Community
Theatre's 2003 membership campaign kicked off with season tickets
available at $20 for adults and $12 for students through
Productions for this season begin in
June with the hysterical musical "Nuncrackers," a continuation of
the well-loved "Nunsense" series offered by LCT in previous seasons.
This selection centers around the sisters' holiday program and
includes dueling Sugar Plum Fairies, dear Sister Amnesia and
audience participation. The July production, "Steel Magnolias," is a
familiar, bittersweet story that mixes laughter and tears as the
audience becomes acquainted with the eccentric and lovable
characters of a small Southern community. Closing the 2003 season on
a patriotic note, LCT will offer the musical "1776." Humor abounds
with the fast-paced wit of our founding fathers as they deal with
revolutionary problems and joys.
Performances Tuesday through Saturday
will be at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees will be offered at 2 p.m. All
productions will be presented at the Johnston Center for the
Performing Arts, 300 Keokuk St.
Season ticket holders may make their
reservations as soon as the box office opens on June 2 and are
assured a seat for each performance on the night of their choice up
to the date tickets become available to the general public. After
that point, season ticket holders may still make reservations, but
tickets are then reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Season ticket holders may also purchase additional general admission
tickets when making reservations during season ticket week and do
not have to wait for general admission sales to open.
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General admission tickets to each
production are available to the public one week before each show's
opening, at the cost of $9 per adult and $6 per student through
eighth grade. Individuals or businesses wishing to further support
live theater in Lincoln may purchase memberships at increasing
levels and be recognized in each program during the summer season.
Those memberships are as follows: Friends of LCT at $30 (includes
one membership), Sponsors at $50 (with two memberships), Angels at
$100 (four memberships), Grand Patrons at $250 (eight memberships)
and Sustaining Members at $500 (12 memberships).
To renew or
purchase a season membership, send check or money order to LCT, Box
374, Lincoln, IL 62656. For further information, contact LCT's
membership committee at (217) 732-7542. Additional information
regarding LCT's upcoming season is also available at
[Judy Rader, Lincoln Community
return to Lincoln Cinemas
The Logan County Arts
Association, in conjunction with GKC Cinemas Corporation, has
brought the classic film night series back to the Lincoln Cinemas.
The next set of films is scheduled for every second Thursday through
October, with shows at 7 p.m.
Classic films lined up for the 2003
Tickets are $5.50 for adults and $4.50
for senior citizens and children 12 and under. The tickets are
available at GKC Lincoln Cinemas.
wanting more information may call the Logan County Arts Association
at (217) 735-4422.
[Press release from the
Logan County Arts Association]
Lincoln Community Theatre
Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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