Several weeks ago I wrote about trying to find a beautiful blue whale suit, which prompted a comment from one of my shirttail kin about finally understanding what that meant. She had heard the term blue whale during a family party more than 30 years ago. That story is such a happy story for me that I have decided it is time to introduce you to the "cousies" (pronounced KUH-zeez). My mom and several of her girl cousins formed a bond early in life that went beyond playing together at Grandma's house. They call themselves and each other cousies. The group consists of three sisters, my mom, another girl cousin and their aunt, who happens to be about the same age. Collectively they are the cousies. The thing that makes the cousies special is that they have always seemed to genuinely like each other. They also have an impressive loyalty to each other. I remember as a kid watching the husbands of the cousies sit back, shake their heads and smile knowingly at each other when the cousies got to doing their thing. They have always been a force to be reckoned with, and none of the husbands were stupid enough to try to interfere. So the event in question is one I attended but was too sick to enjoy. The year was 1980, and we were attending a wedding reception at a clubhouse somewhere. It was the middle of summer and about as hot as you would expect summer in Indiana to be. The bride and groom had long gone, as had most of the other guests, and it was, for the most part, just family left hanging around the pool. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.
- There arose such a clatter Clement Clarke Moore may have had reindeer on his mind when he sprang from his bed to see what was the matter. But the clamor today resonates to something not nearly as fun as eight tiny reindeer. The fuss is about an anti-nature ad that Toys“R”Us has created.
Fight on over same-sex marriage
INDIANAPOLIS - Oh, it's on. If there was any doubt that the coming fight over the same-sex marriage ban amendment in Indiana was going to be elevated to the national level, it's gone. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Mary Cheney, the gay daughter of former Vice
- Smoldering artistic spark rekindled Exposure to the arts community in Zionsville has inspired me.
Helping children behave at Grandma’s
As families gather for Thanksgiving and other holidays, many parents worry whether their children will behave. With one ear tuned to the conversation with relatives and the other for misbehavior, parents have a hard time relaxing. A few tips can free both parents and children to enjoy the day.
Thankful for comfy pants
With the holiday season fully kicked off and running, I think it is high time to pay my respects to the most humble of pants, comfy pants.
Smokers' rights could be heated legislative issue
When Indiana lawmakers return for the 2014 session in early January, they’ll step into the highly charged issue of marriage equality as they debate the proposed amendment that would lock a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions into the state constitution. But it may not be the only heated debate over government intrusion into people’s private lives.
Burn calories while being thankful
Oh yeah — time for Thanksgiving, and for the last two years I have offered eating tips on how to “manage the damage” of Thanksgiving and holiday eating. Let’s change it up and have some fun answering the question, “How many calories do you burn during a Thanksgiving meal?”
- Support Small Business Saturday every day It’s as if it were custom made for Zionsville — Small Business Saturday.
- You can’t have Indian pudding if you don’t eat your meat As I planned the Thanksgiving Day feast for my family this year, I kept feeling like something was missing.
- Band parents help orchestrate Goshen tax increase Never underestimate the power of high school band parents. That’s one lesson coming out of the special elections this month, when voters in four Indiana communities were asked to raise property taxes to provide more funding for their local schools.
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