Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Evening in Budapest with the Gipsy Band!

Dear Friends,

Again we keep traveling on our journey. Today's column has just come out in the paper so please click on at the bottom for the column. It has been great fun writing back and forth with my editor about my trip.

Here is a video of our Christmas Evening in Budapest with the Gipsy Band! The column will explain it all!

We are off to London this a.m. for a week in England with my mum! It will be a wonderful week and another adventure!

Lou Ann



 
The Gipsy Band at the Black Raven Restaurant on Christmas Day.
 
 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Blue Danube River

Dear Friends,

When I was a little girl my dad and I would play the song, The Blue Danube. It is a wonderful waltz tune. I have been on the Danube before when I was in college and traveling in Europe, the way it should be done...no money and one train ticket!

Yesterday Philip and I climbed up (no, we did not take the bus) Gellert Hill where Bishop Gellert (years past) was rolled down that hill into the Danube for trying to bring Christianity to Budapest. He was dead upon his arrival into the river.

Here is a photo of the Danube River from part way up Gellert Hill.

So, we are now packing, having our last breakfast in Budapest in our little flat and flying off to England for yet another adventure! Stay tuned!

Lou Ann


The Blue Danube River



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Lou

Friday, December 28, 2012

Photos from Prague and Budapest

Dear Friends,

I have taken hundreds of photos and have memories and stories for a lifetime. It is difficult to find time to post while enjoying everything, but I do like you coming along with us. Here are just a few photos and a fun video from the trip. I imagine I will be posting about this trip for another month! As always, thanks for following us. I hope your Christmas was joyful!

Lou Ann


I took this photo on Christmas Day evening. It was foggy all day so all my photos are gray. But in the evening we were walking at dusk back to St. Matyas Church, and I thought it was so stunning. It almost doesn't look real! This was in Budapest.

Everywhere we go there is hot wine...on street corners, in shops, outside of restaurants (help yourself kind of deal), so we always stop. Here we are on Christmas Day at the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest trying to get warm!

This is the top of of another church! I didn't have to convert to black and white, that is the color of the sky! Budapest.

Philip took this photo of me at the entrance of the Charles Bridge in Prague. I have noticed that all the photos of us look like we have gained the 10 pounts of Eastern Europe travel. I think it is due to layers of clothing and pastport/money bags hanging around our necks under our winter coats!


 
This is a church in Mor in Hungary. This has been the ONLY morning that we have seen blue skies for the entire time. Ah, the sun does shine in Easter Europe.





 
Musicans on The Charles Bridge in Prague.
 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Eve in Budapest

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There was an extra column this week for my newspapers back home. This one is the story of Christmas Eve in Budapest.

So much more to write about and add photos, but as for now we are heading off to the village of Pustavam for a day or two.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas!

When we return I will add photos and the story of Christmas here, but to give you a hint, it involves gypsy musicians!

As always, thanks for reading.
Lou Ann

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone from Lou Ann and Philip in Eastern Europe. We wish you many stories and memories this Christmas.

Christmas tree in the Old Town Square in Prague

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Bone Church

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This week's article focusing on the first week of our trip and a train adventure to the Bone Church in Kutna Hora. It was an amazing experience. Please enjoy the photos and video as well, all were taken inside the Bone Church!
 As always, Lou Ann


 
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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Old Town Square in Prague


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Dear Friends,

We have spent the past two days in Prague. We drove into the city, parked, and spent two days walking and traveling on the Metro system.

Most of our time was spent on the Old Town Square with thousands of other folks enjoying the Krist Kindle Market in preparation for Christmas. I have attended these markets in Chicago, but I was not prepared for flocks of folks from all over the world, the scents of mulled wine and roasted almonds, and the architectural beauty.

Above is a short video of the Astronomical clock. You might need to see it a couple of times to catch all the movements!

We also listened to Old World Music at St. Martins in the Wall Church. Of course, the old (1300s) church was all stone and very cold. We sat in the middle of the front row and listened for over an hour to the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and other composers. When the music of Albinoni began I burst into tears and did not stop until the piece was finished. I was the first up on my feet for the standing ovation at the end of the concert.

The evening ended in a small cafe for a late supper, a walk on the St. Charles Bridge where St. John of Nepomuk was thrown overboard (and drowned) as he would not tell the Queen's confessions. We walked over to the square for one more hot mulled wine and another look at the clock!

As always, thanks for reading and watching!


The Charles Bridge late into the evening.


Here I am rubbing the belly of St.John of Nepomuk on the Charles Bridge. This is where he was thrown into the Vltava River. Although I am not sure that rubbing his belly is  a good thing as he drowned!








Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Our Prague Reunion and First Travel Days!

Dear Friends,

My flights took me to Atlanta, Amsterdam and then into Prague. By the time I was  on the flight to Prague the language immediately changed to German and Czech. There was one other woman who spoke English and was from America. We found each among the crowd and got our luggage together. I think she might be a TV star, but I didn't ask her. We just quickly became friends. I had a room reservation near the airport, she was heading to the Hilton downtown. We said our farewells and I, with my suitcase following behind me, walked through the airport door.

The hotel was close and not even of Prague origin. It being The Courtyard by Marriott (sorry for your disillusionment!) However, after a shower and a short nap, I bundled back up and headed out into the dark misty evening in Prague back over to the airport to wait for another flight from Amsterdam.

At 17:50 Philip came around the corner, and I can't tell you how glad I was to see him! It was very romantic to meet him in Prague, and aren't you surprised?

We were rested by morning and, with a rented car, headed out into the countryside. We had lunch in Plzen, the home of the Pilsner beer, of which we sampled as well. Back on the road we headed toward the small village of Nepomuk to a little cottage.

This cottage and village are delightful. Even with the gray drizzle of the day, we made friends in shops, cemeteries, churches and the grocery store. It is the perfect village, no one speaks English. In fact I am sure we are the only Americans here. I am in love with this village and this little cottage already.

The cottage has a wonderful hob in the kitchen, efficient lights and appliances and heat and water which come on when they feel like it! My job is to build the fire, Philip brings in the wood and turns the water on!

We just were hooked up to the Internet today so I hope to get the updates and photos coming your way.

Tomorrow morning we head to Prague for a couple of days to enjoy the city and the symphony tomorrow evening.

So, for tonight, farewell, as always thanks for reading and watching!

Lou Ann


This photo was taken on one of our walks through the village today.
This is typical of Nepomuk.

I tried to visit this store earlier, but everyone closes an hour for lunch.
In the afternoon we went back to buy fresh mistletoe. There were baskets of mistletoe outside the shop. The women did not speak English, but were so friendly and helpful. Philip knows some German and so did the woman to his right. She kissed me on the checks and gave us candy for
our pockets. The woman on the left wrapped our mistletoe in paper. They agreed
to have their photo taken! Everyone was happy. I think I would like to work there!

This church is St.John's of Nepomuk built four or five hundred years ago. We were peering through the fence when the caretaker care upon us. He told us (in German) that no one uses this church now or goes in. He opened the large gates for us and let us wander about. It was so quiet and reverent.

Here is the same church taken outside of the gates.
It is majestic, and the clock still works!



Here is a video I took this evening on the village square at Nepomuk
The town closes up at 7. It is very still and quiet.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

See you in Prague!

This week's column.

Dear Folks,

With the news of the past 24 hours, my column seems frivolous and too joyous. I actually called my editor to pull this column. Mike replied that the world needed a distraction from this horrible event.

So, here it is, and yes I am leaving for Prague, Budapest and Londonn for a three week holiday. I will try to post photos and notes each day if possible.

As always, thanks for reading, and God bless us all.

Lou Ann

Friday, December 14, 2012

What can we say?

 
 
Dear Friends,
 
How do we go about the rest of our day? How do we finish up our Christmas trees, pack for trips, bake cookies for children?
 
Today Jonah had his second grade Christmas program at his school. Karen, Aaron and I say in the front row. He could barely contain his joy at seeing us sitting there smiling, winking, nodding...
 
The other children were the same practically dancing on stage waving at their families. The songs were wonderful with lots of hand motions and audience participation. We took photos and videos of these beautiful shiny children.
 
I biked home on this sunny day, opened up the laptop, and read the news. I am stunned and ill at the same time. Children dead. Teachers dead. What has become of us as a nation, as people, as friends and neighbors?
 
This cannot continue, and we cannot or will not, live our lives in fear.
 
This nation has gone into deep mourning. I sit here in front of the TV with a cup of tea gone cold.
 
What more is there to say?
 
 
Lou Ann

The Geminid Meteor Showers



 
 
Dear Folks,
 
 
Here is just a glance into the Geminid Meteor Shower taking place right now. My own naturalist, Fred Wooley, says this is a spectacular sight, one of the best of the year. Even though this video is short, please use the full screen. This video is from SkyWatch!
 
These showers are visible from late evening until early dawn. I have had lots of sightings from friends on these showers.
 
One of the reasons they are so beautiful this December is due to the New Moon and the spectacular brilliance of these winter skies.
 
There is still time to watch, go on outside late tonight or early in the morning. Take out a cup of coffee, lean back on the old truck and enjoy this world we live in.
 
Lou Ann


Monday, December 10, 2012

Candles on my Christmas Tree


A long time Christmas tradition at my house is to put candles on our Christmas
tree. This tradition originated in Germany, of course, where so many of our customs began.

Years ago when I was first married, I ordered the candle holders from Germany. These are the same ones I still use with red candles tucked inside. Once or twice a season the candles are lit and those fortunate enough to be present sing several Christmas carols, including "Oh Christmas Tree" in German. Last night was the Indiana family Christmas, and we lit the tree. (Notice the large yellow bowl on the floor...it is filled with water!)

It is an absolutely breaktaking sight and very humbling as well.

Please enjoy this week's column with Christmas traditions! As always, I thank you for reading and enjoying.

Lou Ann

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sunset in Northern Indiana

 
Last night the boys, and their friends, were playing in the garden at sunset. Jonah came running in to the house and said, "Hurry, hurry you have to see the sunset, we can make a memory."
 
He was right.
 
The sky was incredibly lovely and, even though I live in town, there is still plenty of beauty with the houses and trees silhouetting the sky.
 
Later on in the evening I took a late walk, and the sky was brilliant with the beginning of the winter skies. My neighborhood is decked out for Christmas this year making everything so festive. In a way it was like a fairy land.
 
I came home, made tea, opened the curtains in my bedroom and fell asleep letting Jupiter reign over this old house.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Russian Nesting Dolls


Dear Friends,

This wooden Russian nesting doll is just one of the traditions that we enjoy at Christmas. I do not remember when I first received this toy, but it was quite a while ago. My children all enjoyed it, and now my little folks are enjoying it as well.

I have also taken it to schools to share along with Holiday stories. I love to pull out each doll one at a time, they are always amazed. I believe there are eight dolls total in this collection. The kids are also surprised that I did not lose any of the dolls. Of course, it is because I always put my toys away! Hmmm....

So, here is just one tradition that this Homan family enjoys during the season.

What is one of yours?

Oh, tomorrow the pickle! Where is it hidden?

Lou Ann

Monday, December 03, 2012

A weekend of Gypsy Stories, Helen Frost and John McCutcheon

 
 
Dear Friends,
Sometimes weekends turn out to be extraordinary as this one was. I drove my same pathway to Indianapolis (3 hours south) to tell my Gypsy Stories in the library at the Children's Museum. It was a free day at the museum, and it was wonderful to see all the families spending the day together.
 
Without changing clothes, I drove over to the History Center to the Author Fair to spend time with some of my favorite Indiana authors. I bought a book from Norbert Krapf and gushed over his work. I then spent time with poet, author, and friend, Helen Frost. I have watched Helen's work over the years change and evolve. Her latest book, "Step Gently Out," is a book of poems and photographs. All of my grandchildren already own signed copies. I don't think it is too late to order one of your own, it is spectacular!
 
I then spent the evening with Storytelling Arts of Indiana as they hosted musician, song-writer, and storyteller, John McCutcheon.
His featured piece, "Christmas in the Trenches," is such a moving story, I never tire of hearing it. The stage at the History Center was full of instruments, and he used them all.
 
At 12:30 a.m. Ellen and I finally had supper at our favorite hang out, Steak n' Shake (although we were good and didn't have the shakes.)
 
I did an interview with Helen Frost at the Author Fair, and here it is. I was scolded by a friend for not having enough quirky videos on my blog. So here is a fun video with a twist at the end. It is a little difficult to hear because of all the talking at the fair!
 
As always, enjoy,
Lou Ann
 



 
 
 
 

Helen Frost at the Author Fair in Indianapolis


Saturday, December 01, 2012

This week's column takes a look at the kindness of strangers....

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Dear Folks,

This week's column is about angels among us...those who randomly give with no thought of recognition.

As always, thank you for reading, and don't forget to drop a coin or two into the coffer when no one is looking.

Lou Ann

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Embers from a November evening....

The full moon last night, I did not take the photo, however. It is from Sky News.

Last night was the full November moon. After stringing lights on the Christmas tree and putting the roast chicken in the fridge, I bundled up to go outside. Already the frost had covered my garden chairs, but I was not to be daunted.

My neighborhood was festive with colorful lights on trees and bushes and trellises. It was a bit like a fairy land.

Kathy and I built a fire and sat around watching the embers head into the sky.
The fire was warm enough to be comfortable and, of course, a glass of red wine always helps.

It was a brilliant sky with the full moon and the planet Jupiter holding court next to the moon. Jupiter is so bright now that it can even be seen next to this cold moon.

Kathy brought a bag full of summer rose petals of which we scattered into the fire as a tribute for a friend who recently died. We gave him a toast and watched the ashes from the fire and the petals drift away into the night sky.

"The sheep fairs had been held. The plums had tumbled off the trees in the first big winds, and here and there, in the lovely sunlight too soon enfeebled, a branch of beech or oak was turning yellow; the one to died quickly and mercifully, the other perhaps to hold grimly to the frozen tree and to hiss with its papery skeletons all through the east winds of winter, until spring was there again." T.H. White, The Sword in the Stone
 

 



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Beaver Moon

Tonight is the full moon for November. It is also called The Beaver Moon aptly called this as by now the Beaver has a full coat, strong and warm. By hunting the Beaver and capturing the fur, the Native Americans were sure to be warm during the long cold months ahead.

It is also the furthest away full moon looking languid and cold.

Last night I left my guitar lesson during the deep dark of dusk. The almost-full moon caught my eye with a ring of frost circling it. I must say the sight took my breath away.

Tonight is the full moon and hopefully these Indiana November skies will clear enough to catch another glimpse of this beauty as we gently slide into our winter.

It is a good night for one more campfire, one more walk through the russet leaves before snow and ice pull them back into the earth, and, if your quilts are not on the bed yet, do it now.

Lou Ann

Monday, November 26, 2012

This week's column!

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Here is the link for this week's column. As always thank you for reading. I hope this Monday after Thanksgiving finds you peaceful. I am sure most of you are back to work, as am I.

As quickly as my family arrived for the "ten for ten," they departed the same way...in a flurry with packing, airport runs and streaming tears.

It was quiet in the old house last night, as well as this morning as I had coffee without golden haired granddaughters to sit with me.

Farewell Thanksgiving 2012, it was unique and fun and memorable. We were all together.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

End of the day in my small town...

 
 
Saturday was Small Business Day in all the towns across America. I hope you visited yours as well.
 
With friends and family we frequented the small shops in my hometown. We have lovely shops owned by folks we know. As you already know I believe in tossing the coffers throughout my town.
 
All of our shops close at 5:00 which is a lovely in itself. I hope your town can say the same...none of that open all night Mall status. As we were leaving I took this photo of our circle just as the lights came on.
 
Please visit and shop from your town as well, these small businesses are the heart of America.
 
Lou Ann


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving thanks...

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Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends,

As an offering of love and hope for families whole or broken, I send you to this essay by Anne Lamott from the New York Times opinion page.

As for me, Wendall Berry will be my Thanksgiving read at my table.

Lou Ann

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The night before Thanksgiving...

 
Twas the night before Thanksgiving
and all through the house
every creature was moving
including the mouse.
 
The pans were all hung
from the worn rack with care
they had been waiting for weeks
the food all to share.
 
Mama in her apron
and Pa in his jeans
had just cleaned all the corn
and shelled all the beans.
 
When out in the field
there rose such a clatter
Pa grabbed his ole' shotgun
to see what was the matter.
 
Away to the hilltop
the hunter he flew
with a bag full of shells
in an early evening dew

And then in a twinkling
he heard a loud gobbler
while Ma was still home
a'fixin the cobbler

Now with the big turkey
a struttin' his stuff
after working the gym
he's looking quite buff.

The hunter took aim
his shot was real bad
the turkey flew off
the hunter was mad.

He walked through the garden,
a pickin' it clean
didn't leave any veggie
not even a bean.

Back into the house
they made a big stew
a big veggie dinner
just perfect for two...

Again!

This poem was compsed in bits and pieces as the Homan family came and went during the dinner hour! Enjoy it and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lou Ann














 
 
 
 
 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Once upon a Dream (yes, I borrowed that title from Sleeping Beauty!)

Dear Friends,

My studio is so quiet in the morning. Sometimes I think I should be a Folger's coffee commercial...waking up, putting the coffee on, and then opening the door to the studio. I turn on the lights, open the laptop and settle in.

I think everyone needs a quiet space, a place to be for thoughts to swirl through your imagination, or words to be read from books, or poems to be told that are waiting on the shelf.

There was a tree when I was a little girl to hide from my parents, the same tree that the neighbor boy, Roger, fell out of. That definitely was an exciting summer.

There were places on my college campus, on my farm, and in the town as well. Sometimes these places were simply getting into my old Jeep (have you noticed that my Jeep has always been old???), and driving away to settle down with a book for an hour or two.

I have a special place on Ocracoke as well, somewhere I can go to be alone to think or read. Of course, now I have my studio as well.

So, on this early Monday morning, I am spending a few moments thinking of solitude and how it is a good thing.

With all your busyness this week, find your place for tea or coffee or drifting off into a dream....

Lou Ann

P.S. No, Larry, I have not named it yet!

My Indiana Studio!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Popcorn Lady at Rural King...

Dear Friends,
Yesterday was day nine (of the ten), and I had all four children to myself...alone...YIKES!

Luckily for me, the boys are older (8 and 11), and they took over a lot of the work including the hauling in and out of the cars, seat belts..well all of that!

We played outside most of the day raking leaves from one location and then piling them up in another so that they could do some jumping.

We also took our field trip to Rural King, our favorite store. As we pulled into the parking lot, we notice hundreds of seagulls circling around a car. We stopped to watch and I jumped out of the car to take a video. I talked to the man and woman afterwards, and they told me their favorite hobby was to come to Rural King, buy a giant bag of popcorn for $1 and feed it to the seagulls.

It was very reminiscent of Ocracoke, except there are no tractors on sale there!

We spent the rest of the afternoon looking at deer heads, camouflage easy chairs and live bunnies.

Yes, all in all, what a great day in northern Indiana. Enjoy this one video clip of our own seagulls! More videos to follow from our exciting day!

As always, thanks for reading and watching!

Lou Ann


Saturday, November 17, 2012

"Ten for ten..."

Dear Friends,

Here we go again, the ten for ten! (This translates to ten family members visiting for ten days!)

Often people say, "Are you ready for Thanksgiving?" Hmmmm.....what about the other nine, I think?

A couple of years ago I was listening to NPR during Thanksgiving and there was a woman caller who was whispering to the moderator. She actually was calling from the closet, the only quiet place she could find.

So, with the old house bursting with activity, we share our blessings one by one...or ten by ten!

I will let you know if I get to that point!

Thank you for reading, as always. 


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Shadows and Light

Shadows in my Parlor

It is late on this Sunday afternoon. Earlier I dig the potatoes for winter, I clean off my shovel and dump old plants into the compost heap. The leaves I do not rake, I let winter have their way with them and mulch the goodness into the earth.

The bench is gone as are the other signs of summer, but I leave two green chairs by the fire ring for nights such as this.

I come into the old house with streaks of late Autumn sun dust filling the cracks on the walls. Shadows appear in places where shadows have not appeared before, since last Autumn.

I think of all that has come, the spring and summer, and patiently wait for the callings of winter and cardinals on the snow.


Tonight I will read Wendell Berry and Norbert Krapf before sleep takes me deep into the heart of dreams and darkness.

Farewell beloved Indian Summer, thank you for sharing your beauty another year.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

So, will he?





Dear Friends,

This week's column is a fun rendition of Philip's last couple of days in Indiana.

The story is for fun, but truthfully it has been a great visit. He has been busy with my community and storytelling events. He has built a nice group of friends and was able to find lots to do when I was working.

I just sent him on his way back home to Ocracoke. Perhaps he will come back for a visit...or perhaps not. We shall see.

As always, thanks for reading the column.  Enjoy!

Lou Ann

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

A little solitude...

Dear Friends,

The past week has been full of rehearsing, storytelling, and traveling. It has also been the week of the election which has occupied time and energy, especially those of us in small towns.

Late Sunday, upon returning home,  I took a hike at Beechwood Nature Preserve with friends. At the end of the walk, Kathy French pulled out her book, "A Sand County Almanac" by Aldo Leopold.

In the midst of life and chaos, it was wonderful to stop for a few moments to share in this moment in time.

I hope you enjoy it as well.

Thank you for reading and listening.

Lou Ann


Saturday, November 03, 2012

The circle goes on...



I hope you can join us in Indianapolis tonight for my new show, "Gathering Coal for the Lord." This piece is sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Frank and Katrina Basile. Thank you so much.

This performance (and writing) piece has been a labor of love for me. Tonight there will be a wonderful surprise so I hope you can join us.

Not only do I now have a new story to tell, I have a written piece of history for my family. I am thinking Christmas gift!

Please click here for this week's column about this piece and how hope of the next generation will get us through!

As always, thanks for reading.

Lou Ann

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Dear Folks,

This is for all of you who love Ocracoke.

Who is the Hunchback of Notre Dame??

No hints! The first one who guesses correctly will win a handful of candy!

Lou Ann

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Haunted Halloween....

Happy Halloween everyone, a little haiku for the season:
 
ghostly brocaded raindrops
erases Autumn's facade
leaving stark limbs of bareness
 
laboring crickets
tucked behind kitchen cupboards
nightly lullaby
 
floating black bats
whisk down into my chimney
swerves in hallways
 
And what is Halloween without a visit to an Indiana pumpkin patch?
Are you there Charlie Brown??
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Gathering Coal for the Lord


Frank Basile Emerging Stories

Sponsored by Frank and Katrina Basile

Saturday, November 3
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Frank and Katrina Basile Theater

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

450 W. Ohio St
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Advance Tickets - Tickets $10, Door $15

Buy tickets on line, or call 317-232-1882.

Lou_Ann_Homan_FacebookSince 2000, in support of Indiana storytellers, Storytelling Arts of Indiana annually awards financial fellowships for the develoment and premiere of a new story.

This year Lou Ann Homan will tell Gathering Coal for the Lord, stories of her father's childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana during the Great Depression.

The storefront mission of Lou Ann's grandparents, Ralph and Goldie Saylor, is the setting for tales of harvesting horseradish, cooking cornbread and beans, and saving souls to the tune of "Amazing Grace."

Join Lou Ann as she shares these personal yet historic stories. For more information visit www.louannhoman.com.

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween weekend!

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This past weekend held a plethora of Halloween activities and visits! Thanks to my small town for supporting all the storytelling activities and events. One more show and then I can hang up my witch's hat for another year.

The photo was taken by Fred Wooley at Pokagon on Saturday night. It was a spectacular night with the almost full moon, crispy clear night and the scent of popcorn in the air.

To my friends in the pathway of Frankenstorm, I am thinking of you. Take care and know that the Midwest is concerned about you even though we are miles away. Most conversations are of Hurricane Sandy and the elections.

Stay safe. If anyone needs a place to go, come on over. I have lots of room for you. This is a serious invitation, just drop me a note and we will be waiting for you.

Almost full moon at Pokagon State Park. This photo was taken
by Fred Wooley.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Out and about at Trine University

Hi Folks,

This has been a very exciting fall for me as I took a part time job at Trine University. I think I always wanted to teach there and actually applied a couple of years ago.  Last summer I received a call asking if I was interested. I must admit that I definitely was curious.

I teach part time, or better known in colleges, as an adjunct professor.

I am enjoying my classes and enjoy the students very much. It has been challenging, and very interesting.

My schedule is well done so that I have time to write, create, and travel for my storytelling and writing schedule. It is only three blocks away so I can bike to work. I am very active in lots of the activities as well. It is nice to live so close to this job, that is a first for me.

So, let's just have a look at Trine University.

As always, thanks for watching.

Lou Ann





Here are a few photos for those of you who cannot view the video. I am sorry you cannot hear the ten bells!