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.

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

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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

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

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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