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Candy, Huck Finn and Charlotte’s Web; books that cure curiosity

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Once upon a time, I was in eighth grade and a book most adults didn’t want kids to read was passed around and read surreptitiously by me and most of my junior-high classmates. Several dog-eared copies of a now largely forgotten novel, “Candy,” authored by Terry Southern and Mason Hoffenberg, were circulated among my fellow students. We kept it buried in desks and read it hidden behind textbooks when we were supposed to be paying attention to things like English, math and history. When one kid finished, it was secretly passed on to the next middle-school doofus who wanted to read it.

Ryan Trares: Horsin’ around at Hope for Hearts

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The miniature black horse poked its snout through the hole in the fence, sniffing with curiosity.

Faith, family and community; Joe Lohmeyer retires after 47 years at Lohmeyer Plumbing

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A lot of people talk about having not only a mission in life but one informed by values like faith, family and community. Joe Lohmeyer is an example of someone who follows through on that.

Prime Time budget for January 31, 2024

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Teapots and Roses: bringing back the art of handwritten notes

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I browsed through my stash of greeting cards earlier this month, hunting for notecards appropriate for writing Christmas thank-you’s. All I could find were a few glitter-covered cards that recipients never appreciate. Once they’re opened, glitter flies everywhere and the clean-up is a bear. I pitched the glitter-bombs and rummaged through another cabinet, looking for one particular cardboard box. I finally found it, pushed it to the back of a shelf.

DNR Historic Preservation Month photo contest opens

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The annual Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology photo contest has begun.

The show must go on; native thespian brings hope to dementia patients

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After a long and successful acting career, Jill Tasker returned to her native Columbus to be with her mother, who was beginning to show signs of dementia. Bringing joy and vitality to her mother in her last years inspired Tasker to begin a project of love centered on reawakening dementia patients’ inner spark. So far, she’s enlisted a variety of people to help with this endeavor, including other talented actors and a playwright.

It’s time: Indiana’s favorite season is upon us

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Dribble, pass, shoot! In Indiana, basketball season is gearing up and will keep us entertained (and cussing) during the long gray winter months ahead. For Prime Timers who can’t escape to Florida, there’s always the Indiana Hoosiers, the Purdue Boilermakers and local high school basketball games to help make winter tolerable.

Be curious and have funRetired engineer follows passion, continues to create

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If you ask Ed Krome what the main drive of his overall engagement with the world throughout his life has been, he will readily answer, “Two things: curiosity and fun.”