Monday, September 18, 2017

Thank goodness for the Book Fairy...

Thank goodness for the Book Fairy: My bookshelves host an array of books. It is a colorful collection from poetry to history, from childhood books to the one I bought last week. And even though it seems a bit topsy-turvy, I know where to locate each book.
 
 
Shhh....the book fairy has been here!
 
 
Today is National Hide a Book Day by the Book Fairy. I have been busy this morning putting my books in lovely locations in my community. There is a little fairy dust around each book. What a fun day is this!!
 
 
Here is the link to this week's column telling you all about it! It is not too late for YOU to be a book fairy also!
 
As always, thank you for reading and good luck in finding these books!
 
Lou Ann

Friday, August 25, 2017

Forever … when today is a long time ago

Forever … when today is a long time ago: “You are walking in her watercolor painting. You, trees, birds, meadows, wetlands, fens, log buildings, a garter snake so old it’s black. You are a part of her aesthetic, this beauty, her final creative work.”

Helene Swenson's Art Studio

Jason Kissel and Kevin McKelvey         .


Writing about Forever.

Here is the link to last week's column. It was a wonderful party at Wing Haven. Hopefully our poetry will last 200 years.

As always, thank you for reading. Just click on the title or the first line!

Lou Ann

Friday, August 11, 2017

Taking a step back in time

Taking a step back in time: I check the back ribbon of my Minnie Pearl straw hat before leaving the house. I gingerly step into Kathy’s car ducking my head wondering how did women drive with these hats? (Perhaps they didn’t?) I notice we are both wearing summer cotton dresses and sandals. This is not an ordinary outing for a Sunday afternoon. No, we are headed to the Collins Schoolhouse to participate in the fifth annual Ice Cream Social.

The ice cream social at the Collins Schoolhouse.

Could that still be June's hand writing?



Here is the link to this week's column. It was such a lovely day to spend at the Collins Schoolhouse. Maybe you will get to go next year. As always thank you for reading! Lou Ann


One can only imagine what was inside those lunch pails!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

July is fitting for traveling dusty Indiana roads

July is fitting for traveling dusty Indiana roads: July finds me crisscrossing Indiana with stories in my pocket and my GPS on the front seat next to me. With one click I can change the course of my driving from super highway to back roads and so why not? I decide to give way to time and enjoy the journey.


Queen Anne's Lace
Here is the link from last week's column. As always, thank you for reading and make sure you take time to explore the back roads before summer is over!

Lou Ann

Monday, July 24, 2017

A golden week of transforming students into actors...

A golden week of transforming students into actors: Monday morning. There are 15 eager students sitting on the floor around me each with a nametag and each wearing a sailor’s cap. They range from 10 to 14 years of age including 13 girls and two boys. My job is simple, really. My job is to transform these students into actors and actresses by Thursday noon. No big deal. I have done it before, but sometimes I worry the magic will go missing and the show will not come and there will be no show.


My students in Drama Camp!!


 Here is the link to this week's column. We had a great time in Drama Camp as you will see from the column. The students were spectacular. As always, thank you so much for reading! Just click on the above link!

Lou Ann


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Hendrys are here in Angola

The Hendrys are here in Angola: The note came in the middle of January. At first I thought it was a scam email offering me a million dollars if I were to send out my social security number and my bank routing information. The subject line was in large print: MEREDITH.


Here we are celebrating at the Deli! From left to right: me, Claudia, Peg, Yvonne and Meredith.


The Hendry family in front of Hendry Park Elementary School.

Here is the link to this week's column. What fun we had when the Hendrys came to visit! Enjoy, and thank you for reading. Please just click on the top line and you will get the whole story.

Lou Ann

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Life is good in our small town

Life is good in our small town: You know you live in a small town when the headline news is about the hedgehog stolen from the Carnegie Library. You know you live in a small town when the dinner table talk is about the hedgehog stolen from the Carnegie Library. And you know you live in a small town when everyone at the breakfast table cheers because the hedgehog has been returned.


Jonah's friend, David, took this photo the night before the family left. Adam and Tara are missing from the photo; hopefully we will all get to spend time together soon.





We all know that stories come and go; books begin and end; family celebrations also come to a close. I was able to spend an entire month with my Phoenix family. I call it Full Moon to Full Moon. This photo was taken before our last family dinner. Lucky for me Aaron and his family live here. So, cheers to a wonderful month of stories and memories...

As always, thank you for reading. Just click on the title or the first line. Thanks also to KPC for always printing my column on Saturday!

Lou Ann