Madison Monday: the last night at the 605

The making of a community is no easy thing. The best attempts often fail. You can understand exactly what makes a good community and spend large portions of your life studying just that and still not know how to make it happen yourself. A good … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: #WeAreIndiana

Needless to say, a lot's been going on in Indiana the past week or so. And a lot's been going on in our own little neck of the woods. I'd like to tell you just a bit about what I've seen, here on the ground in the Hoosier state, where we don't have … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Arts Here Now!

Just in case you missed it, last week the Madison Area Arts Alliance received great news from the Indiana Arts Commission that Madison has been named to the State Cultural Districts Designation Program. This designates us as an official cultural … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: The river’s up

The river is up, but no, that's not quite right. The river is vast and indifferent. When you spot it at the end of the street through the gaps between buildings, you feel that it's wrong. Your heart beats faster. Your palms sweat. Fight or … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: From above

I'm sitting outside as I write this and nothing else really matters. The stars are shining. From our balcony, we can see people passing by. We have traveled far enough away to be warm. This is what we left behind. Not the town itself, which is … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: It’s cold out there

It's cold out there this Monday. A balmy 14 degrees as I write. It's the kind of cold that makes your teeth and your face hurt, though that may also be because just the day before, it wasn't that cold at all. Sometimes in Indiana I think I can feel … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: In Real Life

I am not a particularly social media-savvy person. The first time I saw “IRL” on Twitter, I had to Google it to find out what it meant. “In real life,” as in, “I don’t talk about my cats as much IRL.” Let us hope no one talks about their cats as much … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Madison Coffee and Tea, Rebooted

It was touch and go the last few weeks of summer in Madison for me. Madison Coffee and Tea closed down for a re-model and a re-boot. As excited as I was about the changes, it wasn’t easy being deprived of my window work spot for weeks at a … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: Chautauqua at night

There is no Chautauqua at night. The fair itself closes up at 5:00 on Saturday night. The streets empty out. Almost everyone leaves. It’s probably not surprising to discover that, for me, this is the very best part. There’s still a lot to see after … [Read more...]

Madison Monday: the hole in the street

There’s a hole in the street in front of my house. Not a pothole. Not a tiny little dimple in the surface of the concrete. No, this is the kind of hole that took effort to make. Jackhammers and backhoes. Hours and days were spent making this … [Read more...]