“Kin Killin’ Kin” Exhibit at Central Library Inspires Dialogue

INDIANAPOLIS — A powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images intended as a call-to-action against gun violence in the African-American community is on display through Sept. 28 at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street. Mayor Greg Ballard joined Library and community representatives in cutting the crime-scene ribbon on August 12 to officially open the exhibit. The national traveling exhibit, “Kin Killin’ Kin,” created by Dayton, Ohio artist James Pate, is the centerpiece of The Indianapolis Public Library’s two-month “Stand4Peace” initiative that encourages individuals of all ages, especially youth and community … Read More

Annual Feast of Lanterns Brings Neighbors Together

INDIANAPOLIS —Mark your calendar for the annual Feast of Lanterns on August 24 at Spades Park on the near eastside of Indianapolis. The feast will be held between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Near East Side Community Organization proudly … Read More

Cumberland Seeks Nominations for Honors Park

CUMBERLAND — The Town of Cumberland Parks Advisory Council is accepting nominations for the 2014 Honor Park Ceremony. Each year, they recognize an individual or individuals who have lived or worked in Cumberland and have provided distinguished service through the … Read More

Book Review: The Seventh Mother by Sherri Wood Emmons

Jenny and her father Brannon are modern day gypsies, moving often to follow seasonal jobs. Eleven year old Jenny doesn’t remember her mother who died when she was three. Then there were the five other women — her surrogate mothers … Read More

Eagle Creek Accepting Photos for Contest

INDIANAPOLIS — The Eagle Creek Park Foundation is collecting entries on Sept. 6 and 7 for its 8th annual “Images of Nature” photography exhibit and competition at the park’s Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road. The Riviera Camera Club presents … Read More

Chief Sanford Receives Indiana’s Highest Honor

INDIANA — State Representative Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove), alongside Jeff Cardwell, Special Assistant to Governor Mike Pence, presented Brian L. Sanford, the 41st Indianapolis Fire Chief, with a Sagamore of the Wabash award. Presented only to Hoosiers who have made … Read More

The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War: August 1864

“THE ARMY BEFORE PETERSBURG” was among the numerous headlines that drew readers of the Journal to riveting accounts of “the movement of Grant’s army” — horrific details of the terrific explosion that blew up “one of the enemy’s strongest forts” … Read More

Hepatitis C – Baby Boomer’s Curse?

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the Hepatitis C virus. It can be acute or chronic. Symptoms of acute hepatitis C infection include fever, abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting, fatigue, a change in bowel habits, and jaundice … Read More

Let ’Em Eat Fish

In 1975, while living in Los Angeles CA, my first bride and I vacationed in Nassau. On our return, we visited relatives in Pittsburgh. During this visit my bride and I went to see a movie. At its end, I … Read More

To Turn a Phrase

Some of my fondest recollections of childhood were the times I spent with my Grandpa Hamer. I always enjoyed our conversations and the interesting phrases he would use. As we worked together in his raspberry patch, I remember him saying … Read More

Indy Car Season & The Colts Preseason

The open wheelers raced at the Milwaukee Mile last Sunday in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. Will Power, the Aussie from Down Under, continued his hold on the points lead with a dominating driving performance that brought him his third … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Aug. 22-29

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, August 24, 1914: Federal Department of Justice investigators looking into food prices in Indianapolis sent letters to more than 1,000 retail grocers Saturday asking the price range from August 1 to 21 of flour, sugar, … Read More


“Summertime and the livin’ is easy . . . “ — Gershwin, “Porgy & Bess” Ah, the delights of an Indiana summer! I know what Hoosiers will be eating for dinner: roasting ears slathered with butter, sliced tomatoes and green … Read More

Indiana Beach Music Scene, Part 2

Last week, I shared the details of Janis Joplin’s visit to Indiana Beach in Monticello on August 14, 1968, 46 years ago. It still seems strange to me. The place most Hoosiers identify with the cartoon crow popping up out … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 22-29

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, August 25, 1914: Emma Pfeiffer Bruner, Butler College Prof. Henry Lane Bruner’s wife, arrived safely from Germany where she was visiting family.  Her difficult and strenuous return journey began in Baden. When the war signal … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 22-29

• This year’s Indy Fringe is more dynamic than ever. There have been many must-see shows generating lots of local buzz, including Ben Asaykwee’s “My Name Is _______”, “7(x1) Samurai,” and the “Great Bike Race” by local Zach Rosing Productions. … Read More