Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Jeff’s Book PicsBy Jeff Brown FAMILY MATTERS By Marc Garlett 

hilarious medieval adventure The Girl Who Drank the 

from the bestselling authorWinner of the 2017 Newbery 

Moon by Kelly Barnhill 

of A Tale Dark and Grimm. 
Medal & An Entertainment 

Beautifully illustrated 
Weekly Best Middle Grade 

throughout! “A profound 
Book of 2016.Every year, the 

and ambitious tour de 
people of the Protectorate leave

force. Gidwitz is a masterful 
a baby as an offering to the 

storyteller.” —Matt de la 
witch who lives in the forest. 

Peña, Newbery Medalist andThey hope this sacrifice will 

New York Times bestsellingkeep her from terrorizing their 

author .1242. On a dark night,
town. But the witch in the 

travelers from across France 
Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares 

cross paths at an inn and beginher home with a wise Swamp 

to tell stories of three children. 
Monster and a Perfectly Tiny 

Their adventures take them on 
Dragon. Xan rescues the 

a chase through France: theychildren and delivers them 

are taken captive by knights,
to welcoming families on 

sit alongside a king, and 
the other side of the forest, 

save the land from a fartingnourishing the babies with 

dragon. On the run to escapestarlight on the journey.One 

prejudice and persecutionyear, Xan accidentally feeds 

and save precious and holya baby moonlight instead of 

texts from being burned, theirstarlight, filling the ordinary 

quest drives them forward to achild with extraordinary magic. 

final showdown at Mont Saint-
Xan decides she must raise this 

Michel, where all will come to 
girl, whom she calls Luna, as 

question if these children canher own. As Luna’s thirteenth 

perform the miracles of saints.
birthday approaches, her 

Join William, an oblate on a 
magic begins to emerge--with 

mission from his monastery;
dangerous consequences. 

Jacob, a Jewish boy who hasMeanwhile, a young man from 

fled his burning village; andthe Protectorate is determined 

Jeanne, a peasant girl who hidesto free his people by killing 

her prophetic visions. They arethe witch. Deadly birds with 

accompanied by Jeanne’s loyaluncertain intentions flock 

greyhound, Gwenforte . . . 
nearby. A volcano, quiet for 

recently brought back from thecenturies, rumbles just beneath 

dead. Told in multiple voices,
the earth’s surface. And the 

in a style reminiscent of Thewoman with the Tiger’s heart is 

Canterbury Tales, our narratoron the prowl . . . 

collects their stories and the 
saga of these three unlikely

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or,
The Three Magical Children and Their
Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (Author), 
Hatem Aly (Illustrator)

A 2017 Newbery Honor Book & Winner of theSydney Taylor Book Award .An exciting and 

All Things By Jeff Brown 

This List Of Some Beautiful Things That Happened In2016! 

Scientists figured out how to link robotic limbs withthe part of the brain that deals with intent to move sopeople don’t have to think about how they will move thelimb, it can just happen.

Child mortality is down everywhere and it keepsgoing down.

A solar powered plane circumnavigated the world.

Michael Jordan donated 2mil to try and help bridgeconnection between police and the community.

Tiger numbers are growing,And manatees,Andpandas

Pakistan has made strides toward outlawing honorkillings.

70,000 Muslim clerics declared a fatwa against ISIS.

California is now powering over 6 million homeswith solar power, a record in the U.S.

Volunteers in India planted 50 million trees in 24hours. 

Apparently world crime as a whole has drasticallydeclined as a whole in the last couple of decades. 

allies begins to come together.
Featuring manuscript illuminations throughoutby illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’strademark style and humor, The Inquisitor’s Taleis bold storytelling that’s richly researched andadventure-packed. 

500 elephants were relocated to a better, safer andbigger home.

The ozone layer is repairing itself and all the work wedid to get rid of those aerosol chemicals was actuallyworth it. 

A new therapy developed in Israel could cureradiation sickness. 

The Anglican church resolved to solemnize same-sexunions the same as opposite-sex unions

Death by heart disease has decreased by 70% in theUnited States 

Two brothers saw color for the first time thanks to 
specially-designed glasses

Portugal ran its entire nation solely on renewableenergy for four days straight

A retiree is launching a project to transport 80endangered rhinos to an Australian reservation to savethe animals from poaching

An Afghan teacher has been delivering books viabicycle to villages that lack schools

Harriet Tubman is going to replace Andrew Jacksonon the $20 bill. 


When a spouse or elderly parent passes away, taking 
care of “the estate” will probably be the last thing on 
your mind. And while it’s necessary to give yourself 
ample time to process the loss of your partner or parent, 
it’s also imperative you talk with your estate planning 
attorney sooner rather than later — or you might find 
yourself facing some unpleasant consequences. 

There are many immediate tasks at hand after the 
loss of your loved one such as notifying their friends, 
family, and colleagues, making funeral arrangements, 
and managing all the accompanying grief that arises. 

It’s dangerous to take estate-related matters into yourown hands 

This is often too difficult a time to pay close attention 
to all the paperwork and legal details which need to be 
attended to. Surviving spouses or adult children may 
have the urge to settle outstanding issues themselves, 
but small mistakes made during these exhausting times 
can come back to cause serious problems down the 

Here are a couple of the most common consequences 
caused by the improper handling of your loved ones’ 

Acting slightly out of accordance with the law — 
even by mistake — can make you vulnerable to the 
appearance of having conducted criminal behavior. 

Performing your duties as an executor incorrectly 
could put your own personal estate and assets at risk. 

Estate planning attorneys remove the guesswork for 

That’s why it’s a crucial time to lean on the support 
of a good estate planning attorney. It’s your attorney’s 

job to use his or her extensive training and experience 
to make sure your family’s estate is well cared for. Your 
attorney should be ready, willing, and able to carry the 
burden for you and take the initiative to ensure the 
smooth transition of all wealth and resources. 

Here are the essential basics your attorney will cover, 
along with time-sensitive developments that could 
affect your administration of the estate: 

1. Tying up loose ends with licenses, addresses, and 
This includes notifying the post office, IRS, and social 
security office as well as handling his or her email and 
social media accounts. It’s also a good idea to contact 
his or her employer about benefits and pensions. A good 
estate planning attorney is instrumental in helping you 
handle this process and working with you to take stock 
of outstanding credit and debts - and you may not 
necessarily want to pay any debts until you’ve had a 
chance to consult with your attorney. 

2. Learning your exact role in your spouse’s or 
parent’s estate plan
Once you formally meet with an attorney to begin 
the process of executing the directives and transfers 
delineated in your loved one’s estate, they must go over 
the wills and trusts contained within it and clarify your 
specific legal and fiduciary role in carrying out his or 
her wishes. Your attorney will also assess the need for 
probate and if needed begin that judicial process at the 
appropriate time. 

3. Beginning any necessary collaboration with other 
pertinent advisors 
If your loved one worked with other professionals like 
a tax or financial planner, the attorney should get in 
touch with them to make sure the whole advisory team 
remains on the same page throughout the process. 

The period immediately following the loss of a family 
member is one of the most difficult challenges life 
puts in our paths. Concern yourself with the personal 
aspects of grieving and healing, and know that you 
aren’t alone when it comes to the complicated and often 
confusing task of sorting out his or her estate — far 
from it. Contact us or another qualified estate planning 
attorney right away to get help handling the legal and 
financial needs of the moment. 

Dedicated to empowering your family, building your 
wealth and securing your legacy, 

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission 
to help parents protect what they love most. His office is 
located at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, Sierra Madre, CA 
91024. Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk 
about ensuring a legacy of love and financial security 
for your family by calling 626.587.3058 or visit www. for more information. 


The latest on Business News, Trends and Techniques 

By La Quetta M. Shamblee, MBA 


For sole proprietorships and small businesses to surviveand thrive, it is imperative to develop and establishsolid management skills and systems. A successful 
management approach involves multitasking and theconstant juggling of multiple priorities related to key areasof the business. A strong foundation for management inthe areas of administration, operations and personnel willgreatly increase the likelihood for success and profitability.

The administrative aspects of management will havethe most profound impact on the entire business since thiscomponent deals with decisions that can only be made atthe top, by the owner(s) or top-level executives. Employeesshould be able to count on having the resources readilyavailable to do the jobs they were hired to do; this is oneof the primary functions of business administration. This 
includes all of the “systems” needed to support the workof everyone in the company (i.e. adequate and appropriateoffice space, computer equipment, printers and/or copierswith readily-available supplies and if applicable, timelyreimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses like mileagefor a field sales rep)

The operational aspects of management will dictatehow smoothly the day-to-day and ongoing workflow isexecuted. Written guidelines should be developed for 

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every business process that is likely to be repeated on anongoing or interim basis (i.e. ringing up a sale, weeklysocial media postings/promotions, ordering and stockinginventory, opening/closing the store). By developing andfollowing standard guidelines, policies and procedures,
you will be able to establish consistency to help yourbusiness achieve and maintain a reputation for quality.
This will also make it easier and quicker to train new staffas your business evolves.

The personnel aspects of management are often easiersaid than actually executed. Labor laws at the federal, state 
and regional levels dictate guidelines for many aspectsof employer-employee responsibilities. In addition to 
legal considerations regarding different classifications ofpersonnel (i.e. exempt “salaried”, non-exempt “hourly”
and independent contractors “non-employees who workunder a contract”), the ultimate success of managementand the business rests upon the shoulder of the individualswho actually carry out the work.

Management talent can make or break a business,
particularly in key areas that serve as pillars to supportthe business as a whole. The better the management,
the greater likelihood that a business will make progress,
succeed and prosper.