Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday Luncheon

I had a call from a good friend to have lunch on Friday. It sounded like a great idea although I already had a date for the day...Jonah. It was decided he would take both of us to lunch. I packed dinosaurs and all fun things for a four year old and we were off to lunch.

It was a perfect day to sit in the deli on the square, have lunch, conversation and watch it snow!
Steve Etheridge is a fine storyteller. We share the stage on Halloween and often in Indianapolis as well. The conversation ranged from storytelling to politics! Jonah was a great date playing with the toys and joining in the conversation (quite often) Two quick hours went by and it was time to leave. We wished Steve farewell and thanked him for lunch as we went to the courthouse for a brief tour. Jonah got stickers and had his own personal sheriff's tour at the Angola court house. We were disappointed that we couldn't go up to the cupola...maybe another day!

All in all, it was a fine day!

Lou Ann

Lou Ann Homan-Saylor is a teacher, a writer, a storyteller and an actress. She lives in Angola, Indiana where she can be found meandering around looking for a great story or just writing late into the night by the light of her red frayed lamp. She also is the co-author of the new blog,

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Great Fun...

I saw this posted on Philip's blog site and thought it was too wonderful not to share...besides the show is over, the theatre empty and the snow just keeps coming. This is a nice way to energize in the middle of winter. It certainly makes me want to get on a plane and travel the world. Enjoy!

Lou Ann

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Check on show blog!

For this past week, and probably this week to come, I will just be posting on my other blog. Please go there for updates on the show, and lots of photographs of cast and crew!

Thanks for your support of this blog and my projects! This new blog site will continue on after the show as I update history and events in Steuben County!

Lou Ann

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

It has been the week end for love...lots of kinds of love. Adam and Tonya flew up from Florida to spend their anniversary week end here. They have been married seven years on this week end. We had family dinners, movies, hikes at the park...they were also privy to my rehearsal for the show which opens next week end!!

Karen and I were able to spend Friday with Matthew in his classroom. We helped children open valentines, watched them eat cupcakes and scrubbed tables!

I love spending Valentine's week end like this...with my family. We had an extra surprise of a late winter snow storm that left the town breathtakingly white and lovely.

Lou Ann

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rainbows and Shadows

Downtown Angola

It was another one of those school speakers for second graders, teaching the Virginia Reel to third graders (I see you smiling on that event!), helping sixth graders learn about shadow and light. In between all of these events, my colleagues Kathy and Colleen helped me put together 150 recipe books. These are recipes that have been collected by my first grade families incorporating cooking and family history. It has been a wonderful project and I would be happy to talk to anyone about this project anytime!! The books are beautiful and ready to be handed out tomorrow for Valentine's Day!

On the way home, I was circling around the mound when I noticed the double rainbow. i knew it was coming as the sky was black with heavy with rain in the West and the clearing was bright in the East. As I made my swirl around the mound, I had to stop my car and walk out to the middle of the street to take photos. (I never go anywhere without my camera.) The rainbow turned into a beautiful double rainbow and I just kept snapping photos as the rain pelted down on me and the traffic swerved.

All in a day's work.

Lou Ann

P.S. Hope you like to new look of the blog. Thought it was time for a change!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Painting and Shows and Pot Lucks

Sometimes I think one week in my life is packed with a month's worth of activities. First off the inside of my house has been painted, a great mint-sage green. It was a major undertaking with everything pulled out of the cupboards and moved into great heaps in the center of the room. I actually can't take any of the credit for the lovely mint-sage, my neighbor and friend, Lee, did all the work. Lee established him handy man services several years ago along with his art and writing career. It is nice for both of us as he can just be on call whenever as he lives across the street!

The show, The Voice of Angola 1945, is in the last two weeks of production. The show has taken over my life. It is a radio show within a radio show. I am excited because I wrote the production this year. This is where I should say, I'll never do that again! I am fortunate to have a wonderful board who works tirelessly on this production. We will be performing at the Fabiana Theatre at Trine University on February 20 and 21. Tickets are on sale now. As a result of all of that work, a blog has been established of which I am the keeper. Please bookmark it and check it out:

This week was girl's pot luck as well. On Monday evening the house was full of women, a few new ones I had never met came too! I love those Monday nights. The food is wonderful, the conversation is quite colorful.

Between all of that, there is school and the arts at school, Black History Week at Trine and, did I mention my day with Jonah? Today the two of us audition the Jazz Band and do a radio show. Sometimes I think that Matthew and Jonah have no idea how interesting their young lives are...they just think the things we all do are normal.

So, there is an update..until tomorrow.

Lou Ann

Lou Ann Homan-Saylor is a teacher, a writer, a storyteller and an actress. She lives in Angola, Indiana where she can be found meandering around looking for a great story or just writing late into the night by the light of her red frayed lamp. She also is the co-author of the new blog,

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Just a reminder...

I guess I am a blog connoisseur as I have another new blog for stories from my hometown. Check it out and bookmark it!


Lou Ann

Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Dawn of February

Still in winter woolen pajamas, I grabbed my camera for the sunrise for this first day of February. The rising sun was much more beautiful than I caught at this moment...hope it was beautiful where you are and that you watched it.

My street was so quiet, not a light on or anyone out walking or photographing. Winter is so quiet, so soothing. It makes me think of a wonderful poem by Wendell Berry. I keep this poem in my stack of notes on my writing desk. The last of the poem goes like this:

How to be a Poet

Accept what comes from silence
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

Wendell Berry

Lou Ann