September 2013

Love Begins Here

“Love Begins at Home.” The engraved wooden plaque hangs proudly in our upstairs living room, enthroned above what I have dubbed “the picture wall,” holding court over our family when we linger there in the minutes before bedtime. Not usually one for kitsch, I just “knew” I needed to buy the plaque when I saw […] Read more

Heroes for the Ages

I was 23. A few weeks earlier, I had quit the newspaper reporting job I had been dreaming about for years, and declared my intent to make a real go at more creative writing, beginning with . . . well, I wasn’t exactly sure. But I had moved four states away from my home state […] Read more

Leaving a Legacy: Life After Art

On a trip to the art museum a little over a year ago, I stumbled onto an exhibit of famous Indiana fashion designers: “An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse.”  Having heard of at least two of the names, I decided to check it out. The dramatically lit room full of swankily dressed mannequins […] Read more

To Put It into Words

“Why haven’t you been writing?” someone asked me a couple of weekends ago. I paused before answering, because actually I have been writing a lot–squeezing in a rewrite or scratching out a rough draft whenever possible. Then, I realized none of that work has been published yet, and what my friend really was asking is, […] Read more

One Woman: The Cashier

On a recent shopping trip to Walmart, I was checking out in a staffed lane, too many items for self-serve. I don’t love shopping at the giant box store, but when time doesn’t permit a stock-up trip to Indianapolis or even nearby Lebanon, Walmart is the best option our small town has to offer. Turning […] Read more