Sunday, September 28, 2014

Times change, but Autumn festival lives on...

 Yesterday I told Sister Suffragette stories on the square at Autumn in Angola.
Photo courtesy of John Mowry

 It has been a great weekend in Angola with Autumn in Angola. I was out and about all day yesterday with stories and other events. I traveled on my bike from one venue to the other. Today I will spend the afternoon at the Civil War battle of the Crater. (I heard the Confederates won!)

Last night was the yearly square dance out at Pokagon under the stars. It was the perfect night for dancing. I was the last one to leave, as usual!

If you haven't been out, there is still lots of time. Support your own hometown. Festivals are abundant this time of year.

Today's column is just a click away on the above site. It is for my children...Adam, Aaron and Abe.

As always, enjoy, and thank you for reading.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Dance of Time

The Dance of Time by Michael Judge

Today was just one of those days for lollygagging, although I was not able to partake in that. The weather is so perfect here in northern Indiana...extreme perfect.
There was a heavy dew when I took my bike out of the garage this morning for school. The past couple of weeks I am noticing a bit of scrarlet color here or tangerine there...Autumn is coming in the door, and I am happy to welcome her.
School is a miriad of events for me...the challenge of teaching these college students is mixed with the challenge of getting to know them. How to make them laugh? How to make them cry? Or actually feel life or death?
Our study in the "Monuments Men" continues as we think about art and history. My job is to bring it alive for them and to help them realize these events all happened...these men and women all lived.
When I came home this afternoon, I found this book on my table. I use it often, but usually put it back on the shelf. I sat down in my old chair, turned on the lamp and the book fell open to this quote:
"We close our eyes and go spinning back to those old haunted folks, the happy-sad bittersweet drunk Octobers. What needs to be discharged is the intolerable tenderness of the past, the past gone, and grieved over and never made sense of."
Until tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thank you for helping me reach 100,000 page views!!

Photo by Bill Eyster

So, here we are reaching 100,000 page views! When I first started my blog it seemed as if 100,000 page views would never be possible, but here we are.
The journey has been long and full of surprises...we have traveled around the world on this blog...there have been family births and deaths...there have been injuries and recoveries on this blog.
You have listened to me tell stories and share photos. We have tried recipes, cried tears, and danced for joy.

You have watched my videos (my favorite is still the interview with the squirrel), listened to me recite poetry and share my favorite authors.
Thank you to all of you. This is an exciting moment for me.
So, until tomorrow when we begin again,
Lou Ann

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn's Arrival

Welcome Autumn with a campfire.

Tonight she, Autumn, arrives. I love the first day of Autumn so much. It holds so many sounds and smells and memories of years gone by and the current one as well. My house smells of pumpkins and apples and drying lavender.

Autumn arrives tonight at 10:29 E.S.T. I am hosting a campfire at that time for anyone who wants to meander by. Please bring a story, a poem, a song, or we can just sit in silence letting the air and the fire do the storytelling.

All who arrive will be handed a warm mug of mulled cider fresh from our local orchard. If you can't make it to my campfire, please have one of your own.

Raise your glass high...
to Autumn.

Downtown event was about community, really.

This week's column is about the cruise-in last week in my hometown. I already posted a photo in my gallery last week, but today I offer my column and a short video. Just click on the above KPC link for the column and the video is below.
As always, thank you for reading. Enjoy.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Mound in Angola, Indiana...

The Mound or the circle in my hometown.

Last night was our second annual cruise in. It was great fun last year and well attended, but last night was spectacular.

First of all the Mound was closed off on all four quadrants to all traffic. Everyone was free to walk or bike or lollygag in the center of town. There was live music playing music from the 60's, of course.

I spent the afternoon helping get the Democratic headquarters ready for evening traffic. It will be an exciting time in my hometown for local politics this November.

Another friend from the newspaper, Tyler, was out and about with his camera and he asked me if there was anyway I could get him up to the third floor for a photo. 

"Of course," I answered. Within minutes we were climbing two sets of stairs, meandering around boxes and sleeping bats over to the windows. Maria's son held the window open so we could take photos. We took turns hanging out of the window.

The above photo was my favorite shot of the evening. It has been shared all over Facebook, but possibly we don't know each other through Facebook so here is your photo.

It was a wonderful night of community, friends, music, and a glimpse into small town America. Thanks to the City of Angola for providing us with such a wonderful evening.

Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Johnny Appleseed Festival

I took this photo last year at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is a spectacular event for the entire family.

Here are a few of the activities...just a few: apple pie baking contest, battle of the bands, demonstrators' encampment, Settlers' pioneer village and country store, traders' market, living history area, farmers' market and so much more.

Johnny Appleseed, also known as John Chapman will be there meandering the grounds. I will be telling stories on the River Stage on Saturday at 2:00 and again on Sunday at 11:30.

This is a family event and admission is free. Come spend the day, take photos, eat apple dumplings, listen to the pipers, and enjoy welcoming Autumn back as northern Indiana celebrates the life of Johnny Appleseed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

An invitation to visit with Michael Czarnecki...

Michael Czarnecki

This Saturday evening, September 20, I will be hosting a house concert for Michael Czarnecki. Michael is a poet, a storyteller, and a traveler. He comes to us from New York state.

I first met Michael at the Angola Carnegie Library last year when I attended one of his readings. I loved his work and invited him back to Indiana where I said I would host a house concert for him. I am excited to say he took me up on the offer and will be visiting this Saturday night.

The event will begin at 6:00 with a potluck supper. We will have the readings around the campfire unless it is too cold. If so, we will meander into this old house for the readings.

Please bring a passing dish and a lawn chair. If you are coming from out of town, let me know as I still have a few beds left!

Everyone is welcome. Let's fill up the house and the yard as we listen to Michael's poetry and welcome Autumn.

Lou Ann