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Big Mike’s B-town: Pat East, Tech Guru

LP columnist Michael G. Glab goes high tech! Well, at least, he talks to high-tech guru Pat East, who co-founded Hanapin Marketing and works with local start-ups and organizations such as Dimension Mill, Inc. East also mentors local entrepreneurs hoping to avoid the pitfalls he encountered along the road to success. Click here to read the full story.

Guest Column: Ivy Tech Storytelling Series Connects People in ‘a Different Way’

The Ivy Tech Storytelling Series focuses on divisive issues — race, reproductive rights, immigration — and makes them personal. In this article, Reverend Forrest Gilmore recalls a heart-wrenching experience from his past, but he also shows how stories help us make sense of our lives and are an “opportunity to expand our capacity for community.” Click here to read the full story.


Sanctuary Moving, Growing, Giving Farm Animals Freedom

Some Hoosier farmers raise millions of animals that spend much of their lives in confinement — their sole existence in these “Confined Feeding Operations” is to get plump enough for market. But some of these animals are rescued and find their way to Uplands PEAK, a farm animal sanctuary. Writer Susan M. Brackney writes more about the refuge. Click here to read the full story.

‘Black Panther’ Scene Forges Opportunity at Sculpture Trails

For a story in the Greene County Daily World, staff writer Patti Danner interviewed Gerry Masse, owner and founder of the Sculpture Trails Museum in Solsberry, in which Masse reveals the connection between a sculpture in the hit movie Black Panther and a Slovakian artist getting an internship at the Sculpture Trails. Story reprinted by permission. Click here to read the full story.

Porter West: Sycamore Land Trust’s ‘Diamond in the Rough’

A lot goes into preserving the natural beauty of an area — but sometimes that means just letting it be. Sycamore Land Trust’s Porter West Preserve, for example, includes a former composting site, sinkholes, and a cemetery. Writer Jonah Chester explores how SLT manages problems like invasive species in such “diamonds in the rough.” Click here to read the full story and to see many photos of Porter West.


The Resurgence of an Ancient Game — Lacrosse

A game with ancient origins, lacrosse is gaining momentum in Bloomington, as many parents consider it an alternative to more dangerous sports for youth. But because it is not an IHSAA-sanctioned sport, parents and coaches must field the financial burdens. Writer Benjamin Beane takes a closer look at how some local teams are making it possible. Click here to read the full story.

Big Mike’s B-town: William Morris, ‘Always Teaching’

William Morris, the attorney, radio DJ, and aspiring Episcopal deacon, says the foundation of all his work is teaching. Even on his radio show, The Soul Kitchen, “I’m teaching people different kinds of music,” he says. Michael G. Glab writes about Morris’s rich and varied life in his column, Big Mike’s B-town. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Phyllo, Confections, and Revelations

In this serving of Stirring the Pot, kitchen sage Ruthie Cohen ponders the wonders, and challenges, of life through the tissue-thin lens of phyllo. Working with the delicate dough is much like life, she says. And using it for Moroccan-inspired confections, a revelation. “Honor the dough,” Ruthie writes, “and you’re good to go.” Click here to read the full story.


Behind the Curtain: Maya and Hoosiers Share Culture Through Opera

Mary Grogan, creator and director of ÓperaMaya, is introducing Bloomington to the Maya culture — and introducing opera to the Maya in Mexico. ÓperaMaya tours, festival-like, all over the Yucatan Peninsula, where few have experienced the art form. Writer Jennifer Pacenza talks to Grogan about what this means for Bloomington and the Maya. Click here to read the full story.

My Dad Voice: Fly Away

In My Dad Voice, columnist Troy Maynard recounts college parties, hot rods, and the emotional hardship of raising a child only to hand them the keys and watch them leave. “Being a parent means preparing your kids as best you can,” Maynard writes, “then ultimately trusting them to fly on their own.” Click here for the full story.

The Mesmerizing Sandhill Cranes, ‘Calling Us Home’

Every spring and fall, Indiana is at the heart of the eastern sandhill crane migration. Witness it once and you’ll mark their return on your calendar every year, writes LP contributor Jared Posey. “Flocks of sandhill cranes are a potent symbol of wildness,” he says, their loud, rolling chatter “calling us home.” Click here to read the full story.

Women Find ‘Freedom to Express’ Through Dance

“In a world where women’s voices are undervalued,” writes Allison Yates, “dance companies in Bloomington provide an invaluable opportunity for women to cultivate self-love, build friendships, and find the necessary space for stress relief.” And more. Yates looks at a few of these groups to see how women connect body and soul through dance — “communication without words.” Click here to read the full story.