Author Archives: JP in B-town

About JP in B-town

JP grew up on a sheep farm in northwest Ohio. She learned to knit by the age of ten, and loves the smell of wool. She fell in love with reading, a habit she fed with weekly visits to a nearby Carnegie Public Library. Reading fed her desire to become a writer, and her dream of traveling the world. She resides in Bloomington, Indiana, where she continues to knit and write.

Carole, the Collector

  In the early days of my teaching career, I wondered if I had made a mistake in taking a position at UCLA. It was fall quarter 1988, and I felt like an imposter because I lacked the urban sophistication … Continue reading

Posted in Correspondence, friendship, Los Angeles, women's history

“The Quilter”

I first wrote about my great grandmother’s four-decades in the Toledo State Hospital about ten years ago while taking a workshop with Carol Bly at the Indiana University Writers Conference. Originally I called the piece “Insanity,” but as I explored … Continue reading

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Breaking News

These days, news anchors seem to think everything is “Breaking News.” It often reminds me of the boy who cried wolf–eventually everyone ignored his cries. That said, I have a piece of news to share. I don’t normally toot my … Continue reading

Posted in Writing

Inspired by Julia

Even though I have a French surname, I’m not known for French cooking. Yet, ever since seeing the 2009 film, “Julie and Julia,” I’ve entertained thoughts of making Boeuf Bourguignon, a la Julia Child. We bought the cookbook, but after … Continue reading

Posted in cooking, friendship

Scratching paint, and other memories…

Yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. If he were still alive, I’d bake him a chocolate cake or an apple pie, two of his favorite desserts. Or I’d serve him ice cream. For much of his life he was on a … Continue reading

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Why do I love living in Bloomington? Let me count the ways.

1. You can walk out your back door and find a baby deer. 2. You an attend a harpsichord concert at the Wylie House, listening to talented musicians from the Jacobs School of Music perform in a charming nineteenth-century setting. … Continue reading

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Making Music with Friends

I was under the weather a bit lately, which inhibited my French horn playing a bit, but not my ability to practice scales on the piano.  Much to my surprise, I enjoy playing Hanum Junior exercises and watching my hands … Continue reading

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