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.


Some might say I’m a bit ADHD when it comes to knitting.  I love to start new projects, and often find my needles already occupied with things I should finish before starting anything else. Some time ago, I wrote a … Continue reading

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Yarn \ n. (my definition of)

Yarn\ noun 1. A fiber used in knitting, crocheting, and weaving; may be handspun and dyed, or processed in commercial factories. 2. Includes luscious merino or delicate silk ideal for making lacy shawls, affordable and practical acrylic suitable for garments … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mrs. Johnson!

I woke up this morning thinking about one of my favorite elementary school teachers, Mrs. Ethel Kauble Johnson. I’ve written about her in a previous blog, but since she is the woman who taught me to read and write, I … Continue reading

Posted in teachers, Wharton, Ohio

An Afternoon Walk Across Campus

This afternoon I left my car at a nearby park and walked to Indiana University to buy some theatre tickets. While it’s possible to drive on campus, and to find parking, I wanted to enjoy a beautiful late summer’s day … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University, Libraries

Adventures with the Bloomington Brass Band

Happy Labor Day! Our hot, humid summer may be drawing to a close, but my musical adventures continue full speed. On Saturday I played French horn in the Bloomington Community Band’s performance at the 4th Street Fair of Arts and … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomington, Indiana, brass band, holidays, music

Nevertheless, she persisted

  It’s mid-August, and I’ve been gardening since early May. This morning as I deadheaded marigolds, removed wilt from the tomato plants, weeded, watered, pulled onions, and harvested broccoli, beans, peppers, and tomatoes, I realized I’m ready for a break … Continue reading

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Carrie Newcomer and a Community of Friends

Yesterday after a week of high heat and humidity the weather cooperated by giving us a perfect evening for an outdoor concert by one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Carrie Newcomer. Tension evaporated as the richness of her voice and the … Continue reading

Posted in Bloomington, Indiana, music