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Breaking records

Posted on Apr 26, 2022 in From the Editor

One of my most memorable collegiate memories was the day more than 2,500 of my fellow Ball State Cardinals and I gathered on the university’s quadrangle to jump in the air at the same time — all in an effort to make the Guinness Book of World Records and appear in a Toyota commercial. I’m… Continue reading.

All the news that’s fit to clean

Posted on Mar 23, 2022 in From the Editor

I’m a sucker for household hints, those tried-and-true tips designed to help you clean up, tidy up and make your home a better place to be. Anytime I can save time or money, or cleverly repurpose something I never thought I could, is a great time as far as I’m concerned. So, just in time… Continue reading.

Down and dirty

Posted on Mar 02, 2022 in From the Editor

I remember eating dirt as a preschooler totally oblivious to the fact that it was, well, dirty. And, in the not-so-distant past, though I certainly washed my hands throughout the day, I rarely used disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. I would, I suppose, when I wasn’t near a faucet before digging into my French fries… Continue reading.

Motto mix-ups

Posted on Jan 24, 2022 in From the Editor

Do you know what Indiana’s state motto is? The Journey Takes You to a Crossroads Back Home Again in Indiana Hoosier Heartland The Land of Hoosiers The Crossroads of America If you picked the last choice, congratulations. You’re one of 80 percent of Hoosiers who can still recall at least one fun fact from their… Continue reading.

I have my doubts

Posted on Dec 30, 2021 in From the Editor

It’s fitting that International Skeptics Day may be celebrated on Jan. 13.  Because some say it takes place on Oct. 13 instead. Others claim it’s always on the first Friday the 13th of the year. Or is it really celebrated at all? The creators of this special day successfully inspired skepticism when setting a date… Continue reading.

Cookie cutter Christmas

Posted on Nov 28, 2021 in From the Editor

Though our December social calendars are usually too packed to include yet another event, one invite that inevitably warrants a “count me in” RSVP is a holiday cookie exchange. I like to think of it as party on steroids (or should that be sprinkles?). Sure, it’s a fun social event, a time for friends to… Continue reading.

It takes just three words

Posted on Nov 05, 2021 in From the Editor

“I appreciate you.” Three words. Three impactful words. We need to use them more.  And mean them when we do. As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving that was shared by Plymouth colonists and Native Americans this month, why not verbally honor the people around us who may not realize they’re making… Continue reading.

Calm down

Posted on Jul 27, 2021 in From the Editor

How do you relax? Perhaps you take a walk or ride your bike around the neighborhood. Maybe you de-stress in a warm bubble bath or while napping in a hammock. I personally enjoy temporarily escaping reality by immersing myself in a good book. No matter what method you use to calm your mind, it’s just… Continue reading.

A preponderance of paper

Posted on Jul 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Those who’ve lived in their homes for many years probably have boxes filled with forgotten treasures tucked away in seldom-visited nooks and crannies under the stairs, in the basement or in the attic. I know I have. So, for the past few months, I’ve devoted several hours each weekend to unearthing what’s inside my collection… Continue reading.

How to be a rock star

Posted on Jun 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Either I’m late to the whole rock painting trendor I was actually way early. The summer when I was 10, I found a rock that I thought was shaped like a foot. Immediately, I was inspired to pick up a paintbrush and enhance that resemblance. That was literally my stepping-stone to adorning a handful of… Continue reading.

Coffee Break

Posted on May 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Coffee has never been my beverage of choice. Although I’ve always adored how it smells, its characteristic bitterness assaults my taste buds.   But since I’ve recently discovered caramel frappes — which I’ve decided are my personal “gateway” into the wonderful world of coffee — I’m starting to understand the appeal of an occasional cup… Continue reading.

A letter to myself

Posted on Apr 01, 2021 in From the Editor

Letter writing — and the process of sitting down, capturing thoughts and ideas, and actually communicating — seems to be a lost art in these days of texting and social media.  But a documentary released last fall called “Dear Future Me” shows us how writing letters to our future selves can provide clarity and allow… Continue reading.

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