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Three Minutes in McDoel Gardens

In Trent Deckard’s second neighborhood tour for Limestone Post, he shows us the tight-knit community of McDoel Gardens. Since the 1800s, the historic Bloomington neighborhood has been diverse and vibrant. Today, it’s home to some of Bloomington’s most vigorous startups and nonprofits, classic bungalow and gable-el homes, parks, and artwork. Click here to watch the video.

Stirring the Pot: Swamped!

A dish doesn’t have to look pretty, or even sound pretty, to be delicious. And Ruthie Cohen’s souplike, stewlike “Swamp” is more than either of those. It’s her own version of Proust’s madeleine, a tasty delight that brings back fond memories of the time a smart-aleck teenager gave the dish its name. Click here to read the full story.

Killing ‘Martha Stewart,’ or Letting Go of Goals and Relentless Perfectionism

Taking a trip to celebrate your team’s World Series victory should be fun. But as Samantha Eibling — homemaker, yoga teacher, and battler of perfectionism — races to get things done before she can go, panic sets in. How does a teacher of “peace” and “ease” get in such a mess? How does she get out? Click here to read the full story.

The Top 10 Limestone Post Stories of All Time (Since Our Launch, Anyway)

Since we launched in September, the praise from Limestone Post’s readers has been epic. So thank you, readers! And thanks to our writers, photographers, and videographers for their excellent work! While we’re just as fond of numbers 11 on down, here are our top 10 most-read stories. Click here to read the full story.

Curious Kids Explore Science and Art at IU

Children ranging in age from kindergarten to eighth grade take over IU classrooms on Saturdays. At the School of Education, prospective teachers get real-life field practice and youngsters get real-world experiences in art and science that they might not otherwise get at school. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: A Trio of Treats

Ruthie Cohen says volunteering at Habitat for Humanity is both humbling and empowering. But her biggest contribution isn’t hanging doors or framing sheds — although she has learned such skills (more or less). Rather, the skill she brings to the worksite has helped her find a home among her fellow volunteers. Click here to read the full story.

14 Books Kids Will Love to Get as Gifts

Books, arguably, make the best presents. And children’s book expert Mary D’Eliso knows some of the best books you can give. Since 2004, after 15 years in the children’s department at Monroe County Public Library, D’Eliso has been the librarian at University Elementary School. As writer Jen Hockney Bratton puts it, “This librarian knows her stuff.” Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: A Journey to the 7 Minute Thanksgiving Meal

After realizing her Thanksgiving dinners were not so Norman Rockwellian, Ruthie Cohen shed the expectation of “how things ought to be” and embraced the way things are. Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner has now become an ongoing celebration — and her utilitarian Stuffing Loaf, a means to an end. Click here to read the full story.

Powwow Keeps Native American Heritage Alive

Drums beating, feathers flying, hearts racing, spirits soaring — Indiana University’s 5th Annual Traditional Powwow at Alumni Hall this past weekend welcomed dancers, drummers, singers, and other performers from across the land. Miles Reiter filmed the event, which is more than just a social gathering — it’s a ritual of many tribes keeping their heritages alive. Click here to watch the video.

What Can Lynda Do for You?

Through lynda.com, the Monroe County Public Library now offers online classes often taken by university students and corporate employees. Lessons in everything from photography to business are free with a library card and can be taken at one’s own pace — as writer Jonna Mary Yost learned while tackling her Adobe Illustrator demons. Click here to read the full story.

Farm to Yarn: The Dye Part 2 of a 3-Part Series on the Life of Local Fiber

Lindsay Welsch returns to Marble Hill Farm for the second article in her three-part series on procuring yarn from its source. Stage two comprises the many steps in dyeing wool and the hands-on relationship that develops with color as it’s drawn out of indigo, goldenrod, marigold, and onion skins and affixed to the animal fiber. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Apples to Apples

Ruthie Cohen reflects on how rituals season our lives, such as the apple-picking pilgrimages she and her children used to take every fall. Although her children have “launched” (that is, left the nest), she continues to peel, core, and prepare, adding her own touches to a coveted recipe and remembering the smiling eyes of her apple-cheeked children. Click here to read the full story.