Friday, April 11, 2014

Blackbeard and crew appear in 10th Hendry Park production - KPCNews: Home

Blackbeard and crew appear in 10th Hendry Park production - KPCNews: Home

Dear Friends,

Yes, Blackbeard and the Pirates have arrived in Angola, Indiana for this week. Missoula Children's Theatre is here and has worked with the students of Hendry Park for the past week. It has been a great week and a fun week as the directors, Daniel and Coryn, are staying with me.

Here is a short video of one of the earlier rehearsals. There is more to follow including my Saturday column!!

Lou Ann

P.S. Jonah is the last one on the left with the Beach Bums!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Take Back the Night

Last night was the nation wide "Take Back The Night". In our town this event is celebrated at Trine University.

The event is to bring awareness to sexual assault to men and women. The boys' football team came to the event wearing high heels to represent walking in the footsteps of the young women.

It was a beautiful spring night and the campus was full of students and community members participating and pledging in this event.

We walked to the mound, circled around and came back to the campus. The streets were closed for that short amount of time to allow for the students to march and chant.

I think the event left us feeling stronger and safer in my small town.

How was the event in your town?

Until tomorrow.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

It is indeed April, with all its elements...

It is indeed April, with all its elements - KPCNews: Kpcnews

My back yard.

The day I wrote my column we had two inches of rain followed by very high winds. I took this photo in the early morning while the world was still covered with fog.

This week's column is a mix-match of lots of stories...Farmers Almanac, King Lear, Edna St. Vincent Millay...and the list goes on.

I hope you enjoy this column and my back yard. Just click on the above link.

I will keep you posted as the world begins to dry out.

Until tomorrow.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pen Pals

Every once in a while I get a package from France in the mail. The package is from my pen pal, Micky Mireille, who lives in a small village in France.

Our acquaintance began on Facebook and we have never met in person. Even though I have never sent a package to her, I love I continue to receive small bits in the mail from Micky.

Her writing is flowery and curvy much like a French garden must be. Micky shares family details, weather, along with her mastery of cooking and gardening.

This last month she enclosed a copy of a watercolor of the village where she grew up, Aubenas in Ardeche. I love her stories of primary school where her mother was the only teacher and then moving on to secondary school.

Micky's words are like music and her invitation to visit is intriguing and is being considered.

I love having pen pals at any age. I think maybe they are wasted on our fourth graders. So, Micky, watch the mail because one of these days you will receive a small bit of mail from Indiana.

Until tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Warm Showers

Anna's video

As most of you know, I belong to a group called Warm Showers. This is an organization that hosts bicyclists who are traveling across one's area.

I am on a well-traveled route and host many of these folks during the warmer months. I provide a bed, shower, supper, breakfast and lots of conversation. Even when I am not here, my house minder takes care of these cyclists.

The folks come from everywhere and every country. This past Autumn I hosted a young lady from London, Ann McNuff. She was bicycling across America hitting every fifty states.

When she returned home she made this video. It is a wonderful short video about her travels. 

Please just click on her name and the video will appear. It is a wonderful compilation of her travels.

I am looking forward to another season of bicyclists as soon as the snow is gone!

Until tomorrow.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Just one book to go this Women’s History Month...

Just one book to go this Women’s History Month - KPCNews: Kpcnews

As March comes to an end, we also come to the end of Women's History Month. Please enjoy this week's column dedicated to that same cause. If that isn't enough, please make sure you register to vote!  Just click on the above link.

Until tomorrow.
This photo was taken last fall in the Crown Hill Cemetery.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Childe Hassam

Union Square in 1890 by Childe Hassam, an American painter.

pelting cold raindrops
wash away winter's darkness
wet, damp eyelashes

glaring streets of rain
send families home tonight
meatloaf and brownies

glistening droplets
fall from canopied trees
my hollow footsteps

Haiku by Lou Ann
Welcome Rain