Madison Monday: Not the Super Bowl

Yesterday was the day of (this year, at least) a pretty good football game bookended and permeated with a lot of consumerist noise. I’m not going to get on a high horse and say I don’t like watching the commercials, too. I do. But I actually like … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Our local art scene and lessons from a self-portrait

Galatea's Art Supply StoreYou might be surprised at the scope and variety of the art scene in Madison given the size of our town and its location (not being in France or New York or the Southwest or whatever particular location you associate with … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: The 605 Grille and the Great Good Place

The pink place, aka The 605 GrilleToday’s Madison Monday is also related to a book, as many great things in life are. The book is The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a … [Read more...]

Madison Monday and Book Review: All We Had Was Each Other: The Black Community of Madison, Indiana

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought I would review a wonderful book about the black community right here in Madison, Indiana. I’ve often thought it would be good for someone to write a basic book that explains for the kind of “average” … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: My favorite alley

The alley between Main St. and Second St. looking eastThis morning, strolling about Madison in the 18 degree cold, I bumped into the owner of our local bookstore, Village Lights, coming out of the back of his building.  "So you're an alley walker," … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Zombies at the Jay C Store

The downtown JayCAmong the many things I like to wax enthusiastic about is my adopted hometown of Madison, Indiana. I wish everyone could live in Madison, though we would obviously have to work on making some room. I grew up in a small town that was … [Read more...]

Ike in Indiana

I lived in Mississippi for five years and Alabama for one year. I never thought I’d have to come to Indiana to live through a hurricane. Now I don’t want to sound hyperbolic or like anything we’ve gone through here in southern Indiana compares to the … [Read more...]