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Homage to Hoagy Carmichael in Bloomington and Richmond, Indiana

Indiana has produced two great composer-lyricists (what we call “songwriters” these days): Cole Porter of Peru (Miami County), and Hoagy Carmichael of Bloomington (Monroe County). While Hoagy may not have his own bed-and-breakfast like Porter, he does have his own Read more >

Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 2

With a long Day 1 behind us (see Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 1), Ben and I woke up fairly early on Sunday. “Fairly” being 8:30, which is way too early for a weekend vacation. But we only had a Read more >

Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 1

Over the last four years, I’ve taken my two daughters and my wife on my local travel writing trips. This time, it was my son Ben’s turn. We were heading down to Bloomington, one of my favorite cities in Indiana, Read more >

Heading to “The Lake” This Weekend? Which One?

When I was a kid growing up in Muncie, everyone always talked about heading up to “The Lake.” “We’re going to The Lake this weekend.” “We’ve got a cabin at The Lake.” At age 10, I thought there was only Read more >

Indiana Artisan: Carolyn Madvig, Sleeping Dogs Studio

Carolyn Madvig, of Sleeping Dogs Studio in Bloomington (Monroe County), is a mixed media master. Whether it’s wooden boxes, jewelry holders, or even picture frames, Carolyn creates these gorgeous one-of-a-kind keepsakes. She uses everyday elements, like leaves, fibers, or historical Read more >