Three Strangers’ Stories in an Hour in Indiana

Those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a bit know that I’m a huge “West Wing” and Aaron Sorkin fan. One of my favorite episodes is the season four opener, “20 Hours in America.” The episode begins with President Bartlett giving a campaign speech at an Indiana farm. After being left behind by […]

Three Years in Indiana Yielded “A Harvest of Friends”

When I was a kid, my favorite television show was “Little House on the Prairie.” And I admit that I still love catching an episode now and then when I find it on cable. Not long ago, I found myself thinking about the second episode of the series, which was called “A Harvest of Friends.” […]

Roadside Views, Or Getting Lost and Found in Indiana

For most of my life, I felt like I was constantly in a hurry to get somewhere. Even when there wasn’t a destination in mind, I lived a rushed life. Maybe it was a side effect of living in a crowded city where I was surrounded by people and cars constantly on the go. Or […]

Reflections on Two Years in Indiana

When I announced on this blog that we were moving from San Diego to Indiana, I started the post with the following paragraph: In You’ve Got Mail, Kathleen Kelly makes the difficult decision to close her beloved The Shop Around the Corner children’s bookstore. It’s a decision that, she notes, was not an easy one […]

The Journey Home

Have you ever thought about how many stories, songs and themes revolve around the concept of home, and finding your way home? The theme of “The Wizard of Oz” is summed up by Dorothy when she said, “there’s no place like home.” In “The Grapes of Wrath,” the family took to their car (their only […]

Discovering the Clabber Girl Origins in Terre Haute, Indiana

Chances are you have (or had at one time) a can of Clabber Girl baking powder in your pantry. What you may not have realized about that famous can of leavening powder is it’s manufactured here in Terre Haute, Indiana! Quick history lesson: In 1850, Hulman & Company was formed when Francis and Herman Hulman […]

Forming Friendships and Baking Cookies

Making new friends is never an easy task. At least it’s never been for me. I’m not talking about building relationships and getting to know others. I’m talking about finding people who truly “get” me, and whom I can really trust. For most of my life, I’ve played my cards close to my chest. It […]

The Covered Bridge Capitol of the World

When we first moved to Terre Haute, there was one sentence that nearly EVERY person I met said to me. In fact, I had four different people utter this exact statement within a two hour period. That sentence was this: You HAVE to go to the Covered Bridge Festival! I soon came to find out […]