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Local Book Lovers Share Their Current Reads

People read books for many reasons, and a highly literate community like ours has voracious readers. Writer Allison Yates spoke to just nine local literati, and she discovered people are reading books that help them to reflect inwardly, learn about (or escape!) the outside world, stay informed, and investigate the past. Click here to read the full story.

Guest Column: Food or Another Need? A Choice Way Too Common

Too many people in our community have to choose between paying for food and some other need — utilities, transportation, medical care, or even housing. Food donations are critical, but the effort is more like treating a symptom than finding a cure, says writer Erin Hollinden, who spoke to local food-insecurity experts for this story. Click here to read the full story.

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My Dad Voice: Saying ‘I Love You’ Out Loud

Showing emotions shouldn’t be off limits for anyone — especially fathers. In this first article for his new Limestone Post column, Troy Maynard explains the various ways a parent can show love, and why it’s okay to cry — even if you’re a boy. And he says all of this, of course, using his “dad voice.” Click here to read the full story.

Jamming in the Countryside at Stable Studios

Stable Studios began as one man’s dream but now helps other musicians fulfill theirs. It’s also one of the premier music venues in Owen County, a largely rural place that’s experiencing something of a cultural renaissance. Writer Grayson Pitts takes a tour of the former horse ranch that now hosts thousands of music fans a year. Click here to read the full story.

Beyond Reading, Adult Literacy Is Survival

Literacy is survival. It’s a housing application, a citizenship test, health insurance, a job that can support a family. Writer Michelle Gottschlich says literacy operates on the question, “Does my level of reading and comprehension empower me?” She shows us several groups helping to break down the barriers to literacy — and empowering people in our community. Click here to read the full story.

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Big Mike’s B-town: Abegunde, Writing to Heal

Dr. Maria Hamilton Abegunde has been given many names, each one representative of her own history, her family’s history, and her Yoruba cultural heritage. And, like her names, Abegunde’s work represents the personal and the historical. LP columnist Michael G. Glab talks with the poet and scholar about her work with healing and social justice. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Ayurveda, a Holistic Feast

LP columnist Ruthie Cohen stirs up Ayurveda-inspired recipes from health educator Kristin Londergan. A 5,000-year-old holistic physical and spiritual practice, Ayurveda is meant to bring balance into one’s life. Ruthie says the food is “a feast for the eyes, a boon for your gut, a balm for your spirit.” Click here to read the full story.

When Is a Theater an ‘Equity House,’ and Does It Matter?

In its rich and diverse theater community, Bloomington has only one “Equity House.” What does that mean? And is “professionalizing theater” important to a town this size? As Cardinal Stage Company’s Rachel Glago explains in this guest column, yes, because among other benefits it leads to “to overall economic growth.” Click here to read the full story.

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Busking 4 Freedom: Jesse Slokum, Unintentional Icon of Woodstock [video]

“Clap your hands, clap your hands!” And a lone figure stands, claps, and dances. Others rise to join him while Richie Havens sings “Freedom! Freedom!” onstage at Woodstock in 1969. In this Duane Busick video, meet Jesse Slokum, Bloomington’s “Busker 4 Freedom” and the man who got multitudes to dance at Woodstock. Click here to watch the video.

Resistance to the DNR’s Logging of Yellowwood

Several diverse groups have mobilized in recent months to oppose logging in Yellowwood State Forest. The resistance comes to a head this week, as forest advocates, including hundreds of scientists, are asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to call off the plan to cut down trees in Yellowwood’s backcountry and old-growth forest areas. Click here for the full story and how to get involved.