Photo by Ruthie Cohen

Embracing someone else’s culinary traditions doesn’t have to mean letting go of your own. In this Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen delights in culinary journeys inspired by world cultures and in finding the sublime — like in a delicious sour cream pound cake or the earthy simplicity of tomato soup — closer to home. Click here to read the full story.

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    Welcome to Limestone Post, a culture and lifestyle magazine for Bloomington, Indiana, and beyond! Our contributors have the voice, vision, and passion to engage you in the wide range of topics that make this such a fascinating place to live. We publish new content every couple of days, so check back often. We’d love to hear your feedback.

    July 24, 2017

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To Troy Maynard, all his years of hurting and feeling left out as a child were a waste of energy. He finally learned that, of course, from his kids. | Photo courtesy of Pezibear, Pixabay

Troy Maynard writes about parenting and “the crazy things my kids say” in his blog, Very Vocal Viking. In his first article for Limestone Post, he reflects on his childhood anger and resentment — and how appreciation is the antidote of regret. And, of course, how he learned that from his kids. Click here to read the full story.

Image by TJ Jaeger

There’s something lurking under the waves at WonderLab. Its new Coral Reef Aquarium is designed to “intrigue the expert and engage the young child.” Videographer TJ Jaeger takes a closer look at how WonderLab’s fish-filled tank of fun teaches kids and parents about the importance of ocean sustainability. Click here to watch the video.

John Lawrence, the assistant director of Sycamore Land Trust, sprays a patch of vinca near the Sycamore headquarters with herbicide. | Photo by Annie Corrigan, WFIU

A healthy environment requires native plants that interact with insects, birds, and wildlife. When invasive plants are introduced, they can quickly crowd out native species and wreak havoc on an ecosystem. Annie Corrigan, announcer and producer at WFIU Public Radio, wrote about invasive plants for her weekly radio show, Earth Eats. Click here to read the full story.

Trio da Kali (Mali/soulful Mandé griot traditions). | Courtesy photo

Lineup for 24th Lotus World Music Festival Announced

The lineup for the 24th annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival has been announced. In the coming weeks, writer Benjamin Beane will profile some of the more prominent acts that will perform. Lotus, which Beane says “perfectly encapsulates Bloomington’s celebration of cultural diversity,” begins September 28. Click here for the provisional lineup.

Bella Bravo's 100-percent-local theater production of their play "As Bad As They," about opioid addiction, will be showing Friday, June 30, at The Blockhouse. | Photo by eric molina from New York City, United States [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Behind the Curtain: ‘As Bad As They’ [a play]

Bella Bravo’s play As Bad As They explores the darkness of opioid addiction and the impulse of nonaddicts, especially loved ones, to exert a new form of control over the addict. And it’s a comedy. In her column, Behind the Curtain, Jennifer Pacenza calls this timely play “local theater as a form of activism.” Click here to read the full story.

Michael Waterford paddles down the Mississippi River on one of the first few days of his attempt to break the record for a solo kayak trip on America’s longest river. | Courtesy photo

Record-Breaking Attempt at Kayaking the Mississippi, Source to Sea

Michael Waterford is attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea faster than anyone in recorded history. If he reaches the Gulf of Mexico before July 30, he will have traveled 2,552 miles in less than 42 days, setting a new record. Read about his trip here, with updates and links to track him live.

Filmmaker TJ Jaeger's short film screened at Cannes in May. | Courtesy photo

Local Filmmaker’s Short Film Screened at Cannes

After his short film “Lost Dog” won awards at Campus MovieFest, filmmaker (and LP contributor) TJ Jaeger thought the journey had ended. But then he was invited to show his film at the 70th annual Cannes International Film Festival in France. Now he has many experiences to share. Click here to read the full story.

Ruthie Cohen's basic muffin recipe allows you to add extra ingredients "as you wish." | Photo by Ruthie Cohen

Stirring the Pot: Muffins ‘As You Wish’

At its most utilitarian, the humble muffin will relieve your hunger pangs. But in her column, Stirring the Pot, Ruthie Cohen shows how these versatile morsels can give texture and nuance to the everyday. Just like in life’s finest moments, adding a few ingredients can make the muffin bountiful and abundant. “As you wish!” Click here to read the full story.

You can help out in the Bloomington Community Orchard during their Work and Learn Days on Wednesday evenings. | Photo courtesy of Bloomington Community Orchard

Out-of-the-Ordinary Summer Events for Your Next Adventure

A-a-a-ah, summer. Bloomington is a different town when school is out. The traffic is thinner, the pace is slower, and the small-town feel really settles in. Boring? Hardly. Here’s a short list of out-of-the-ordinary events to keep your summer happening — all during the week! Click here to read the full story.

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    “Like many Germans, her parents were loath to reminisce about that ghastly part of their homeland’s history. On rare occasions, Annette heard them make references to what they’d experienced.” — Michael G. Glab in "Big Mike’s B-town: Annette Oppenlander, Historical Novelist"
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