Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 5, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 5, 2017 
Jeff’s Book PicsBy Jeff Brown FAMILY MATTERS By Marc Garlett 

fiction has long been a porthole into

The Great Quake: How the

the realities of tomorrow, blurring

Biggest Earthquake in North 

the line between life and art. Now, 

America Changed Our 

in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 

Understanding of the Planet by 

Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection,
In the bestselling tradition of Erik

Henry Fountain

the very best SF authors exploreLarson’s Isaac’s Storm, The Great 

ideas of a new world. This venerable 
Quake is a riveting narrative about

collection brings together award-
the biggest earthquake in North

winning authors and masters 
American recorded history -- the 1964

of the field. With an extensive 
Alaska earthquake that demolished

recommended reading guide andthe city of Valdez and swept away

a summation of the year in sciencethe island village of Chenega -- and

fiction, this annual compilation hasthe geologist who hunted for clues

become the definitive must-read. 
to explain how and why it tookplace. At 5:36 p.m. on March 27,

Breakthrough by Michael C. 


1964, a magnitude 9.2. earthquake

Deep in the Caribbean Sea, ahistory – struck the young state of

– the second most powerful in world
nuclear submarine is forced to 
Alaska. The violent shaking, followed

suddenly abort its mission underby massive tsunamis, devastated the

mysterious circumstances. Strangesouthern half of the state and killed 

facts begin to emerge that lead navalmore than 130 people. A day later,

investigator, John Clay, to a small 
George Plafker, a geologist with the

group of marine biologists who

are quietly on the verge of makinginvestigate. His fascinating scientific 

U.S. Geological Survey, arrived to 
history.With the help of a powerfuldetective work in the months 

computer system, Alison Shaw andthat followed helped confirm the

her team are preparing to translatethen-controversial theory of plate

the first two-way conversation withtectonics.In a compelling tale about

the planet’s second smartest species.
the almost unimaginable brute 

But the team discovers much more 
force of nature, New York Times 

from their dolphins than they everscience journalist Henry Fountain

expected when a secret object iscombines history and science to

revealed on the ocean floor. One 
bring the quake and its aftermath to

that was never supposed to belife in vivid detail. With deep, on

found.Alison was sure she would 
the-ground reporting from Alaska,

never trust the military again.
often in the company of George

However, when an unknown groupPlafker, Fountain shows how the 

immediately becomes interested 
earthquake left its mark on the land

in her work, Alison realizes John 
and its people -- and on science. 

Clay may be the only person shecan trust. Together they must piecetogether a dangerous puzzle, and

The Year’s Best Science 

the most frightening piece, is the

Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual

trembling in Antarctica.To make 
In the new millennium, what 

Collection by Gardner Dozois 

matters worse, someone from 
secrets lay beyond the far reaches

the inside is trying to stop them.
of the universe? What mysteries

Now time is running out...and ourbelie the truths we once held to be 

understanding of the world is aboutself evident? The world of science 

to change forever. 


The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, the Citywood floors, a professional stagecraft workshop andof Arcadia, and the Arcadia Unified School District a Black Box theater with separate control room andproudly present a Free Community Summer Danceflexible seating that can host 125 guests.
Night on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 7-9:30pmThe realization of the Performing Arts Centerat the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campusclearly shows the commitment of the ArcadiaDrive, Arcadia 91007. There will be karaoke singingcommunity to the arts. With this realization comesand dancing under the stars. Catering and ice creamthe need for another commitment to the future of the 
will be available for purchase.building, arts education and arts programming. The

Mark your calendar and make sure you don’tArcadia Performing Arts Foundation is dedicated tomiss out on this special night. If interested inmaintaining the Performing Arts Center as a nucleuskaraoke singing please RSVP to cliao@arcadiapaf.for the arts, education and engagement where theorg. Bring the whole family out to participate inlives of students and the greater community arethis FREE event! For more information, please callenriched. 

About the City of ArcadiaAbout The Arcadia Performing Arts Center andNestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Arcadia Performing Arts FoundationMountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile

The opening of the Arcadia Performing Artscommunity with a population of just over 56,000.
Center, which anchors the northwest corner of Located approximately 20 miles east of downtownthe campus of Arcadia High School, on OctoberLos Angeles, Arcadia is known for combining18, 2012, was the realization of a long-standingsmall-town charm with the conveniences and 
dream for the citizens of Arcadia to have a majoramenities of a mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-
center for arts and culture in the community. Thisservice charter city governed by a five-member City40,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility includesCouncil, elected at large. Recognized for exceptionala main performance hall with seating for 1,150, aeducation and recreation opportunities and 
stage that holds 200 musicians, tunable acousticsbeautiful neighborhoods, Arcadia is also definedand professional lighting and sound. In addition,as the “Community of Homes” and has twice beenthe center boasts an orchestra room with practicedesignated the “Best City in California in which torooms and music library, a dance studio with sprung Raise Kids” by Business Week Magazine. 

simplified probate and should strongly consider creating atrust. The cost of probate should also be a factor in your estateplanning as creating a trust can save your heirs both time andmoney, not to mention emotional stress. Moreover, if youown property in another state or country, the probate processwill be even more complicated because your family may facemultiple probate cases after your death, one in each state whereyou owned property - even if you have a will. But beyond allof that, probate is a court proceeding and a matter of publicrecord. That means your loved ones will have zero privacy.
A trust, on the other hand, creates privacy which helps avoidconflicts, legal challenges, and keeps assets and beneficiarieshidden from potential predators.

A common reason to create a trust is to provide ongoingfinancial support for a child or another loved one who maynot ever be able to manage these assets on their own. Througha special needs trust, you can designate someone to managethe assets and distribute them to your heirs under the termsyou provide. Giving an inheritance to an heir directly andall at once may have unanticipated ancillary effects, such asdisqualifying them from receiving some form of governmentbenefits, enabling and funding an addiction, or encouragingirresponsible behavior that you don’t find desirable. A trust canalso come with conditions that must be met before someone 
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rightful heirs and distribution of assets of a deceased throughthe administration of the estate. This process can easily costtens of thousands of dollars (and sometimes hundreds ofthousands) and take a year or longer to resolve. Or course,
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The latest on Business News, Trends and Techniques 

By La Quetta M. Shamblee, MBA 

Something magical begins to unfold after an individualstory of a fairy tale journey. Many people have to make ittruly commits to a goal. “As a man thinketh, so is through turbulent situations to claim the prize. Maintaininghe” is a Biblical reference from the Book of Proverbs a mindset of success in the midst of the challenges is what

(23:7) that parallels many ancient and contemporarycontinues to fuel movement in the direction of progress.
perspectives about the importance of one’s thoughtThomas Edison, the world’s most famous and successful 
process. manuscript, “As A Man Thinketh.” The idea that inventor was committed to developing a working light bulb.
a simple thought might serve as the impetus to propelAfter almost 10,000 experiments that failed, he refusedsomeone toward achieving a goal may initially appearto adjust his mindset. On October 22, 1879, it finally paid 
quite outrageous. However, with more than a century ofoff. Almost three years later on September 4, 1882, he wasdocumented surveys and studies captured in books like,forever etched in history when the world’s first power station“Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, it is clear that ailluminated a section of New York City near Wall Street. That 
person’s mindset is the necessary starting point.historic event was the culmination of a long series of steps,
The act of being decisive unleashes an energy thatincluding successes and failures that started with Edison’sbegins to create the environment and circumstances tomindset to invent a light bulb powered by electricity.
support progress toward the end goal. As the collection If you will simply use it, the power to decide equipsof writings about this phenomenon over the last centuryyou with the means for life to provide you with access tobecame known as the “positive mental attitude” (PMA)everything needed to succeed. The focus and extent of 
and self-help genres, some people regarded the philosophysuccess will be shaped by the quality of your decision. Is 
as silly and unsophisticated. However, there is a wide your decision clear? It is firm? Or do you waver afterbody of evidence to support the correlation between asupposedly having made the decision? Take charge of yourperson’s mindset and the level of success.conscious decision-making ability and your subconscious

The structure and function of our brains create this and unconscious will swing into action to move you in thesuccess dynamic, including the conscious, sub-consciousdirection of the success that you desire and deserve. Studies 
and unconscious aspects of our thinking processes. At the by neuroscientists dating back to the 1970’s show that apoint that we use our conscious mind to make a decision,human brain begins to prepare for action in a little over oneour brain is hardwired to find a way, connect the dots andthird of a second before we consciously decide to act.
create the path that places us at the right place and right“Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get

time as we move towards the goal. This isn’t to say that it’s 
always easy. Not everyone who succeeds is able to tell the 
past any excuse to change any and every part of your life inan instant.” – Anthony Robbins 
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