Phillips and Blow PC December 2019

the Phillips and Blow Monthly Bulletin

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A Show Unlike Anything You’ve Seen Before Handel's Messiah Performed by the Colorado Symphony

In this newsletter, I’ve talked about my passion for music and my longtime participation with the Colorado Symphony Chorus. I know many might be unfamiliar with the Colorado Symphony and Chorus, so with that in mind, I wanted to share a little bit about the Symphony Chorus and the groundbreaking show we have coming up this holiday season. I joined the Colorado Symphony Chorus in 1993. While the Colorado Symphony has been around in various forms for nearly 100 years, the Chorus has only been established for 35 years. Despite being an all-volunteer chorus, the Colorado Symphony Chorus has become one of the premier symphonic choruses in the United States. In addition to performing with the Colorado Symphony, we’ve had the privilege of performing with the Dallas Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. We’ve also performed at Bravo! Vail and the Aspen Music Festivals, and traveled to perform in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Paris, Strasbourg, and Munich. We have recently been invited to perform in the opening concert for the Salzburg Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria, in 2021. This December, you can watch our popular “Colorado Christmas” family concerts from Dec. 13–15. We will be performing George Frideric Handel’s majestic “Messiah” unlike it’s ever been performed before. For many, Handel’s “Messiah,” which tells the story of Jesus Christ from the prophecy of his coming to his resurrection, is a holiday staple.

a main chorus and a “street” chorus, sing the traditional music in a dramatic way that emphasizes the text, message, and story. This brings exciting new life to an old favorite. It will be unlike anything you have ever seen before. Tickets are available at Tickets. If you’re looking for a way to really get into the Christmas spirit, you don’t want to miss out on this show. It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of “Messiah” already or not — I promise you will not regret coming this Christmas.


Tickets are available by going to Tickets.

Also in December, we will be shaking things up with the presentation of “Handel’s Messiah Awakening” from Dec. 20–21. This classic “Messiah” piece is presented note-for- note, exactly as written with many of the parts that are commonly left out. What is different is the presentation. The soloists, performing from memory, are not just singing the piece, but telling the story. The chorus, divided into

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How to Not Give Up by February 3 Tips for Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions

The Joys of Starting a Business After You ‘Retire’ There's No Expiration Date on Entrepreneurship

It seems like most people who make New Year’s resolutions fail to keep them. Though we might try to create goals that are both challenging and realistic, our resolutions often come up short every year. The gym membership goes unused, that shelf full of books remains unread, and there’s still plenty of junk food in the pantry. What can we do to make those resolutions stick? MAKE BABY STEPS Creating a game plan is a part of any successful attempt to achieve a goal, and New Year’s resolutions are no different. Is your resolution to exercise more? Maybe instead of trying to go to the gym every day, you could try going two or three times a week. You could also find physical activities you already enjoy doing and try to do them more regularly. Keeping these baby steps in mind makes the major resolutions we set seem more achievable. TALK ABOUT IT WITH PEOPLE Not only can family and friends support you in achieving your goals, they can also hold you accountable. For example, if you resolve to eat healthier next year, it will be a lot easier to do that if your whole family knows that’s your goal and can help you stick with it. If you don’t tell anyone about your goals, it will be a lot easier to just quit. REMEMBER YOU’RE NOT PERFECT Mistakes and shortcomings are common on any road to successfully achieving a goal. So, if you ate a slice of cake and broke your diet, or you haven’t read that book you committed to read, don’t despair. There’s no rule that says you have to quit after you mess up. Pick up where you left off and carry on. As you put together your New Year’s resolutions for 2020, why not add planning your estate to the list? If that’s one of your goals already, we at Phillips & Blow are here to not only hold you accountable to it, but also to help you along the way. Give us a call at 303-741-2400.

As a nation, America is getting older. By 2030, 20% of Americans will be 65 or older. With people living longer than ever before and the baby boomers approaching retirement age en masse, older adults will continue to have a massive impact on the American economy at large. Normally, we think of seniors as people who cash in on the hard work they’ve already accomplished. Many young people even worry Social Security will be wiped out by the time they reach retirement age. But who’s to say older adults can’t contribute to the economy? If you’ve ever tried to change jobs late in your career or pick up some part-time work after retirement, you know it’s hard to be hired as a senior. Quartz recently called seniors “the economy’s most underused natural resource.” Until more employers understand the value and potential of older workers, entrepreneurship remains the most viable avenue for seniors wanting to work after their primary career has ended. There are a number of reasons why seniors find creating their own business to be rewarding and why they tend to succeed when they do. Unlike younger people, who often become business owners in an attempt to make a fortune, older entrepreneurs can be content with small, sustainable micro-businesses. They also approach their businesses with a wealth of experience that can’t be purchased. As a result, 70% of ventures founded by older entrepreneurs are still open five years later, more than double the rate of the general population. With so much potential to be found in senior-run businesses, it’s no surprise that organizations are rushing to empower older adults with the tools they need to succeed. Senior Planet, a coworking space for seniors with outposts nationwide, teaches classes on skills like website creation in a space that makes older learners feel welcome and comfortable. On top of being an important economic driver, entrepreneurship can be a wonderful way for seniors to generate meaning and value in their lives. It’s never too late to start the business of your dreams.



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Are You in the Midst of a Difficult Life Transition? Life Coach Trish Johnson Can Help

Nobody ever said getting through life’s most difficult transitions and accomplishing your goals would be easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. During my years as a life coach, I’ve worked with plenty of women and men who thought their current circumstances were insurmountable. However, after processing their feelings and fears, many of them have gone on to lead happy, fulfilling lives. My name is Trish Johnson, and for the past three years, I’ve had the privilege of guiding people through some of the most difficult transitions of their lives. Before I became a life coach, I worked as an instructional coach for teachers and educators. As I would talk through their problems with them, I discovered that women in any profession might face most of those same issues. I still work with educators, but I’ve also helped people in countless other positions and workplaces. I also recently started a podcast called “Illuminated Life.” You can find the episodes and descriptions on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. I welcome any opportunity to speak on managing difficult life transitions, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to talk about how to manage in the wake of a loved one’s death. Knowing what to do and where to go afterward can seem impossible, but I promise you it’s not. No one should have to endure tragedy alone, and it’s my hope

that through this seminar, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to overcome these difficult and painful circumstances.

My seminar will be on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m at our office 7700 East Arapahoe Road, Suite 100, Centennial, CO 80112. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided, and seating is limited. If you’re curious about how you can manage challenging times of transition, give us a call at 303-741-2400 and reserve your seat today. There is going to be a series of these events in the near future, so please watch for dates, times, and locations.


Potato Latkes Inspired by The New York Times

What is the age that someone should get a living will and power of attorney?


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2 tsp kosher salt

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2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed

a. 16 b. 18 c. 21 d. 25

1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp black pepper

1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters

2 large eggs

Safflower or vegetable oil, for frying

1/2 cup all-purpose flour


1. Using either a food processor with a coarse grating disc or the coarse side of a box grater, grate potatoes and onion. (If using a food processor, halve or quarter potatoes.) Once grated, wrap in a clean dish towel or cheesecloth to wring out as much moisture as possible. 2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper. 3. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan containing 1/4-inch of oil over medium-high heat. Use a heaping tablespoon to drop batter into the hot pan, working in batches. Use a spatula or spoon to form them into discs. Fry about 5 minutes per side, until deeply browned. 4. Transfer to a paper towel-lined wire rack to drain, and serve alongside applesauce and sour cream.

Submit your answers to

Correct answers will be entered into a drawing on Dec. 31 for an Amazon gift card.



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Come and See Handel’s Messiah! this issue

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The Power of Senior Entrepreneurship

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Managing Difficult Transitions With Trish Johnson

Potato Latkes

Holiday Foods Around the World

Holiday Cuisine Around the Globe What Do Other Countries Eat to Celebrate the Season?

JAPAN: FRIED CHICKEN Thanks to a clever 1970s marketing campaign, the dish of choice for Christmas in Japan is fried chicken — specifically, KFC. Unlike in America, holiday orders in the country come with chocolate cake, roasted chicken with stuffing, and even bottles of Christmas wine emblazoned with Colonel Sanders’ face. “dictates that the eldest daughter dress in a white gown tied with a red sash and a crown of lit candles, then wake her parents with hot coffee and a tray of saffron buns.” Swedes also feast on a casserole called Jansson’s Temptation made with potatoes, onions, anchovies, and cream. SWEDEN: SAFFRON BUNS According to Delish, Swedish tradition

Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa vary from country to country, but there is one thing that unites holiday parties around the world: food. While some American traditions overlap with those of other countries — Peru, for example, shares our love of hot chocolate; England and Canada raise glasses of eggnog; and Italy digs into a version of fruitcake called panettone — there are plenty of dishes beloved all over the world that never make it to the American table. Below, we’ve rounded up a few you might consider exploring this season. COSTA RICA: TAMALES Christmas in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without tamales, a savory treat made by stuffing corn dough, meat, garlic, onions, potatoes, and raisins into corn husks or banana leaves. The process of filling and steaming the

tamales can take days, and every family makes their own signature filling.

ETHIOPIA: YEBEG WOT Ethiopians start preparing their Christmas meals as early as October, when they buy the still-live lambs that will eventually go into their savory, spicy lamb stew on the holiday. As with many of the country’s dishes, yebeg wot is scooped up and eaten with injera (teff flatbread). ISRAEL: LATKES Latkes have been synonymous with Hanukkah for more than 900 years, and no Israeli Christmas would be complete without the little potato pancakes cooked symbolically in oil. Despite their long history, though, latkes now vie with sufganiyot — a kind of jelly-filled donut — for a place on the holiday table.



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