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.

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

Not Emma Goldman

Having a sick kitty in the house prompts a few memories of how she came to live with me, as well as reflections on what she’s added to our lives over the years. In 2004 my good friend Mary heard … Continue reading

Posted in animals, Cats

Summer fun in Bloomington–visitors, limestone, and gardens

  Summer has brought storms, heat, and visitors to Bloomington. One of the fun things about showing out-of-town guests around is discovering new pieces of information about our campus and community. The McKinney fountain stands on Jordan Avenue in front … Continue reading

Posted in music

Somewhere Over-the-Rhine

Years ago, probably in the mid-1990s, a friend took me to a coffeehouse/bookshop in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine District. I recall being a bit nervous because of the area’s reputation for crime and drugs, but the coffeehouse was lovely, with its pressed … Continue reading

Posted in Cincinnati, Ohio, Historic buildings and districts, Immigrants, music, Travel

What’s in a Name? From Weeping Water to West Branch

During the winter months I play French horn in a band directed by the amazing Dorothy Kunkel, a native of Weeping Water, Nebraska. What a great name for a town! After listening to Dorothy tell tales from her childhood, Weeping … Continue reading

Posted in Nebraska, Presidential Libraries and Museums, Travel

Crossing the Plains: Dust, Dempsters, and the Homestead National Monument

During our recent sojourn to the Great Plains, land of big skies and prairie, we enjoyed driving “blue highways,” which took us past countless windmills, abandoned farmsteads, and cattle. About four miles east of Red Cloud, Nebraska, we stopped to … Continue reading

Posted in environmental history, family history, Immigrants, Kansas, Nebraska, The Great Depression, Travel, women's history | 1 Comment

The Road to Red Cloud

I never lived in Kansas, but I grew up with a deep appreciation for the stateĀ  my grandparents left in 1957 when their farm became part of Fort Riley. A regular correspondent, Grandma kept in frequent contact with neighbors and … Continue reading

Posted in family history, Kansas, Nebraska, The Great Depression, Travel, Willa Cather | 4 Comments