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  • Younger generation embraces spirit of 'Hair' After years of working community theatre shows, I thought I knew what to expect going into Summer Stock Stage's production of "Hair." I expected it to be cutesy and pretty amusing to see a bunch of high-schoolers try to relive the Vietnam War era, even though I couldn't do much better myself. I found out that I underestimated these kids — big time.

    July 2, 2014

  • Rap in 'mom van' gives pause for thought A double take was needed this past week in the Village. I was busily planting flowerpots at a local business when the grating sounds of rap rattled by. I looked up expecting to see a kid driving a low-slung model and had to chuckle to myself to see only a red mini-van sitting at the stop sign. Never would I have guessed that noise was belting out of a “mom van.” (It was even funnier for me since I also drive a red mom van.)

    July 2, 2014

  • Simplifying taxes is not so simple at all Pushing his idea that a simpler tax system can boost Indiana’s economy, Gov. Mike Pence invited prominent conservative economists to a closed-to-the-public conference this past week.

    July 2, 2014

  • Look outside the car to enjoy the journey As families head to beaches, water parks and dream cities for the summer break, they anticipate the fun they will have at their destination. The challenge? The journey to get there. Tantrums and sibling fights can grow so intense the vacation is shot even before the family arrives. Instead of something to endure “until we get there,” how can the journey become part of the fun?

    June 25, 2014

  • Sleep more to increase productivity Sleep is important. While the recommended amount of sleep every evening is eight hours, few of us accomplish this goal. And we can live with that … or at least choose to get by with less sleep. But what does it cost to miss out on this rest? It‘s more expensive than you may think.|Sleep is important. While the recommended amount of sleep every evening is eight hours, few of us accomplish this goal. And we can live with that … or at least choose to get by with less sleep. But what does it cost to miss out on this rest? It‘s mor

    June 25, 2014

  • Homegrown spirits return to state fair Mark Webb is counting on patrons of the Indiana State Fair to be better behaved this summer than they were in 1946, when a celebratory post-war crowd almost trashed the place. The bad behavior of beer drinkers 68 years ago is what led the General Assembly to ban alcohol sales during the fair, with legislation signed into law by Gov. Ralph Gates in 1947.

    June 25, 2014

  • Canine wingman may just make sense Someone sent me a column recently for my perusal; it was entitled "What should you do if your dog doesn't like your date?" It made me smile — and snicker just a little. My bichon-poo doesn't like anyone who comes near me, so I'm not sure she'd be an accurate barometer of a date's worthiness. Anyone or anything that takes my attention away from Gypsy is pretty much an adversary in her big brown eyes.

    June 25, 2014

  • Claiming the right to be a warrior princess About a dozen years ago, my sister and I were working in downtown Indianapolis, and we found a lady who taught gentle flow yoga classes for 45 minutes during the lunch hour. It was only a block away from our building, and it was easy enough we wouldn’t get all sweaty, so we signed up.

    June 25, 2014

  • The tastebuds are not to blame About a week ago I saw a story from what appeared to be a reputable news source that a teacher’s aide in Pennsylvania had fed dog biscuits to a bunch of first-graders, telling the kids they were a joke real cookie made to look like a dog snack. Then a few days later, I read where a 6-year-old in Pennsylvania had taken 11 packets of heroin to school, and when authorities examined the packets, one of them had bite marks on it. Those two stories started me thinking about how little kids really aren’t very discriminating about what they will put in their mouths.

    June 18, 2014

  • Japanese Beetles: Public Enemy No. 1 As we enter the summer months, there are a variety of pests of ornamental plants to be on the lookout for, but Public Enemy No. 1 for many homeowners this time of year is Japanese beetles.

    June 18, 2014

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