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


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!

Monday, October 22, 2012

You know you are in a small town if....

Dear Folks,

I know I usually post photos and shows and all of the artsy kind of things I am know for.

But....this morning when I went to the gym to work out, I noticed that my neighbors already had their trash out by the curb.

Let me clarify this story. Larry and Cheri live next door to me. They live in their wonderful old house which is perfectly cared for. I believe they have lived there over 40 least since their wedding.

I can always count on the seasons with Larry and Cheri. The day after Thanksgiving the Christmas lights and wreaths come on. September 30 out come the jack-o-lanterns, flags for race day...need I go on? I never have to worry about the upcoming holiday as I am already perfectly informed.

Larry also is the kind of guy that gives candy to the kids after work. When he arrives home, most of the children flock to his yard for candy. (I always check with Larry to see if it is time to drink a beer yet. If he is drinking, then I know it is OK for me to do so as well.)

They also had a beautiful playhouse built for their grandchildren and then had their own house re-sided to match with the shutters and all. They really make the rest of the neighborhood look bad.

Our trash pick up is early on Wednesday morning. I have lived in my house over 10 years and they have never missed a deadline. I even take my cue from them for holiday pick ups. Larry and Cheri put out their trash at 3:30 on Tuesday.


Until this day. Why is their trash out early? It is also heaped high so what is in the garbage can?

I came home from the gym and remarked again to Virginia about the trash. I am out and about on my bike...the trash. I really can't seem to get over it.

Now I don't think Larry and Cheri read my blog, but if you do...please answer my question. Why is your trash out on Monday? My week is all messed up! If today is Wednesday, I am really behind.

So folks, you know you are in a small town if you cannot get over an issue such as this.

Do you think they are on vacation???

Lou Ann

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stories and music into the evening...

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This week's column features my friend Jim Pfitzer. Jim is a storyteller, actor and environmentalist.

Here are a few photos of Jim.

You can see more onhis show at:

Enjoy the column and, as always thanks for reading!

Jim is sharing his love of music here in a parking lot!

Jim inside his show, "A Standard of Change,"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Family Stories at Angola Carnegie Library!

Hi Folks,

On Thursday evening I will be sharing family stories and encouraging families to write their own.  This workshop is not designed for ancestral genealogy, but the stories that build the fabric of our own lives.

I will be sharing stories from my grandfather, my father and with my own children. Each family will receive one of my favorite CD's, "Growin' Up a Hoosier." These are stories of growing up here in Indiana. By the way, I purchased the spinning wheel 30 years ago from a fellow in Ohio. I wanted a small traveling wheel (like Abigail Adams), and I wanted it made our of cherry wood. He sent it to me and then wrote these words, "If you like it, you can pay me." I sent the check immediately.

Also this photo was taken last Friday in my garden. As you can see, there are still roses blooming and a few other items that survived the first hard freeze. (This photo was in the paper this morning.)

I know that most of my blog readers are scattered across the world, but you could take a little time to sit with your own children or grandchildren and write a story or two from your own memories. It will be cherished forever.

As always, thanks for reading and listening.

Lou Ann

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A vistit to Crown Hill Cemetery!

Dear Folks,
Saturday night was an evening of ghost stories at Crown Hill Cemetery. It was an amazing experience sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation. This foundation conducts guided tours and genealogical research along with education programs.
This was an amazing evening as I shared the stage with some of my favorite tellers. I loved telling Poe at this event as the wind was blowing and bits of rain were falling. There were over 700 at this event which made it even more fun.
Here is a video of the cemetery as I was definitely out and about before the show began!
As always, thanks for watching!
Lou Ann


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Charles Dickens, you don't look a day over 200!

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In case you didn't know that this was the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, I am now letting you know!

It has been an interesting school year with sharing this book with my college Freshmen!

Also on this day I have two shows in Indy:

2:00 College Avenue Branch Library for Gypsy Stories!

6:00 Gothic Chapel reception followed by Ghost Stories at the Crown Hill Cemetery! Make sure you come up and say hello, the crowds will be large!

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Indiana life today consists of writing, then going outside to ride my bike, back to writing, then going outside to hang out laundry, back inside to rehearsing for tomorrow's ghost story concert at Crown Hill, back outside to take the kids to the pumpkin patch, then back inside with the microphone. It will end with a neighborhood campfire with stories tonight!
I can't stay inside. The weather is spectacular. The leaves are cascading like jewels from a king's crown.
I can only sigh and love each moment.
Today's photo comes from my friend, Ken Oguss. Ken is a storyteller, writer, and videographer (among other things) in the Indianapolis area. I love this phot he took in Indiana, and with his permission, I am sharing it with you.
The poem is one of my favorites. I always shared this poem with my own children growing up on an Indiana farm.
Thanks to Ken and to all who treasure this life we all share.
Lou Ann

“October” By Rose Fyleman:
The summer is over,
The trees are all bare,
There is mist in the garden and frost in the air.
The meadows are empty
And gathered the sheaves-
But isn’t it lovely kicking up leaves!
John from the garden
Has taken the chairs;
It’s dark in the evening
And cold on the stairs.
Winter is coming and everyone grieves-
But isn’t it lovely kicking up leaves!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ghost Stories!

Come on out to Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday night. There will be a small reception and then stories by Indiana storytellers. I will be telling as well and looking forward to an evening of ghost stories. Actually I have the shivers as I even think about it. I won't tell you what I am telling, but I can say that you will be looking over your shoulder as you walk back to your car. I know I will be bringing my flashlight!
Looking forward to seeing you there! This is sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. If you need more information, just leave me a comment and I will get back with you!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dear Friends,

My house was built at the turn of the century (that is the last century, 1900). I am sure it did not have a balcony then, but somewhere along the way, someone put one off the front bedroom. That room is mine. I have huge French doors that lead onto that small balcony.

Sometimes I go out just to watch the moon rising (it faces East) or just to see the brilliance of the stars. Oftentimes I take Matthew and Jonah out to see a planet on a clear night.

Yesterday I took a short video of Autumn from that balcony.  I thought you might like to see a short clip of Northern Indiana in mid-October.

As always, thanks for reading.

Lou Ann

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Life is a circus

Ellen and I drove in rain for most of the morning after leaving Jonesboro.  Ellen and I always stop and buy lottery tickets on our travels along with snacks and all the things we know we should not eat. The car was filled with empty Coke cans, coffee cups, Pringles and so many more that I cannot mention without adding calories as I write.

We were tired too. We were out every night until after Midnight. We never miss a moment of the Storytelling Festival. I read the entire USA Today to Ellen and spent an hour or two on the state news. We could not believe all the events that we could be doing...a canine agility festival in Florida, the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, the opening of an art museum in Cleveland...well the list went on and on.

Finally the sun came out just as we left the mountains and fog behind us. And there in front of us was a traveling circus. I fumbled around in my bag for my camera, put down the window and took a few photos. As I put the window back up, we were rewarded with a wave and a honk from the truck driver.

I am thinking that life is a least my life usually feels like one.

This is my favorite photo.  Keep an eye out your car never knows when you will come across a circus.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Jonesborough, Tennessee...What more can I say?

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This week's column is written from Jonesborough, Tennessee. This is the 40th year for the festival, and it never fails to entertain, enrich, and encourage me in my own week.

I have spent two full days from morning until after midnight listening to tellers from all around the world, yes even from Wales this year.

This year I spent most of my time with The Greats, those I consider to be the Masters of this ancient art. To name a few...Jay O'Callahan, Judith Black, John McCutcheon, Gay Ducey, Laura Simms, Donald Davis. These are the folks that have helped shape my work during the last few years. I admire their skill, talent, and hard work.

I didn't see Donald much last summer, so it is nice to see him with his bow tie on the streets of Jonesborough and watching Merle glide her way through the town appearing here and there.

There is one more day until Ellen and I head home on Monday. It is a bit rainy and cold, but don't stories keep us warm? So from the heart of the storytelling to your warm, cozy houses full of light and heat (maybe), this is Lou Ann sharing her own love of stories.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The Burning Bush

These beautiful bushes surround my front porch. My porch is old with windows that still have the ropes to do the work of opening and closing them.

My neighbor built screens the first year I lived here so I can live on that porch any time of the year. It is furnished with old wicker furniture and my guitar.

Right now, of course, there are hats and boots that belong to the local witch and pumpkins that light in the night. The door is surrounded by lit up spiders!

These bushes surround this porch giving me an eye on the world, but yet a bit of privacy for late night conversations.

As you can see, it is raining in northern Indiana today and the rain is beaded on the leaves.

What is outside your front porch?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

What is your beauty?

Here is another lovely view of northern Indiana on this beginning of Autumn.
This weather keeps me outside as much as possible, except for work!

I would love to share photos from your hometown as well. I know that all places of this world are beautiful, especially this time of year. So, go ahead, send me a photo and I will make a few guest posts during this month. Be sure to tell me where this photo was taken and a little about your hometown!

Monday, October 01, 2012

October's Bright Blue Skies

Dear Friends,

Here it is the first of October. The full harvest moon was spectacular this weekend. I watched the moon rise at Pokagon State Park while square dancing under the night sky. It was the perfect night for this event.

Sunday dawned bright and beautiful as well. I took my little boys to Pokagon again to have breakfast at the dew-glistened park. We then played for hours and took photos.

For the month of October I will post a photo of Autumn from wherever I am.

These photos for today are from Pokagon this weekend. 

These poetic lines were taken from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem "Autumn." Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Thous comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned.
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harness to thy wain.
Thou standest like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold, thy royal band
Outstreteched with benedictions o'er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain!
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven's o'er-hanging eaves,
Thy steps are by the farmer's prayers attended
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves,
And, following thee, in thy creation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!

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