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MARK BENNETT: Pull up a telescope and see a show at Rose-Hulman observatory
Once in a lifetime. The phrase gets uttered often. Sometimes, it’s an assumption, as in traveling to Europe or getting tickets to see the Cubs play in the World Series. Occasionally, it’s definite.
MARK BENNETT: Year of the River inspiring new ideas
The Wabash River inspired the state song. That’s impressive.
MARK BENNETT: The significance of writing: T-S columnist Mike Lunsford pens third book
Our nerves buzz with anxiety for different reasons.
MARK BENNETT: Movie’s portrayal of fatherhood’s issues lives up to its name
For three summers, I had the good fortune to watch and listen to Tony Dungy day after day.
MARK BENNETT: Could a new champion for public schools be emerging?
Deep down, millions of Hoosiers would wear the label “advocate for public schools.”
Yes, many have their complaints, criticisms and a few “you-know-what-they-really-need-is” suggestions. But, in their heart of hearts, they want to see their alma maters and hometown public schools succeed and progress.
MARK BENNETT: In Prairieton, renovation gives new life to old park
There wasn’t much leg room in that Radio Flyer wagon.
Our sons — two years apart but squashed together inside its fading wooden rails — always fidgeted until the black wheels started rumbling over the uneven WPA-era sidewalks running through Prairieton.
Rekindling a dream on the river
Mark Twain probably would grin at the sight of John Cornell, Jim Foster, Dan Remaly and their raft.
MARK BENNETT: Just another Terre Haute celebrity sighting
At some point, this stuff becomes routine.
MARK BENNETT: Everyone has a role in this American story (see VIDEO)
We stood atop a hill in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, and I do mean rural. Cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs kept pulling into the parking area. Groups of people climbed out of their vehicles and into the suffocating July heat. Then, they too stood on the hilltop, staring down at a grassy clearing in front of a woods.
MARK BENNETT: It’s time for us to rekindle our volunteer spirit
Hoosiers exhibit generosity.
Terre Hauteans, in particular, displayed that virtue after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the local flooding in 2008. They donated blood, money, food, clothes and — most significantly — their own sweat and time.
MARK BENNETT: What would Debs think?
Pretend it’s the year 2111.
MARK BENNETT: This is the perfect time to lie on your back staring at the sky
August should be national hammock month. The night sky turns into an astronomical kaleidoscope in the year’s eighth month.
MARK BENNETT: Step back in time with barbershop shave
The wisecracks actually helped. Odd as it seems, references to grisly barbershop scenes in mobster movies relaxed me.
MARK BENNETT: Through it all, police officers continue to perform
Put one foot in front of the other. Again. And again. It sounds easy. Yet, in the wake of hardship or trauma, that’s one of the toughest challenges — to simply keep on keepin’ on.
B-SIDES: Renovations to bring eclectic dome into light
Few things in Terre Haute cause people to stare upward. Storm clouds, maybe. A murder of crows blackening the wintertime sky at dusk downtown. Fourth of July fireworks above the Wabash River.
MARK BENNETT: Daredevil attitude carries Kylie Hutson to new heights
Lots of people fear being upside-down. Such fright makes rollercoasters popular.
Kylie Hutson has never suffered that phobia.
MARK BENNETT: County’s prime working-age population needs replenished
At least they mean well.
So often, you’ll hear an adult try to inspire activity in a listless high school kid by saying,
B-SIDES: Terre Haute faces rare Y-less summer, but remedy possible
Sixteen-thousand kids just started summer vacation in Vigo County. Some will play baseball or softball. Some will attend camps. Some will work part-time jobs. Some will prepare for college. Some will watch TV, hang out, or “just chill” for 21⁄2 months.
Will revised Indiana alcohol ID law cause Hoosier run on botox?
The most high-pressure job in America used to be the “I-Can-Guess-Your-Age” guy at the county fair.
B-SIDES: Invasion of the buffalo gnats really sucks — blood that is
Ah, you can’t beat an invigorating springtime walk in Indiana.
In my case last weekend, it was just me, my wife, bright sunshine, a slight breeze …
… and three dozen gnats performing a sting operation as they relentlessly orbited my head for the entire 3-mile trek.
B-SIDES: 'Killer,' really a gentle giant on — and off — the field
My dad’s father worked in a foundry. By 1970, his hearing had faded, and he needed dentures to eat.
B-SIDES: A man who ushered in history; Pete Ray, a Hulman Center original
The people came to see the likes of Larry Bird, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and the cast of “Sesame Street.”
A steady look at years of reaching children
I recognized that steady look on Mark Miller’s face.
B-SIDES: ‘We moments’ show what makes us special
In America, our “we moments” are few.
B-Sides: Taking a ‘heart-breaking, life-changing’ journey to Africa
People can go looking for heroes in all the wrong places. A chosen “role model” may spout demanding standards for others but actually disregard those same principles personally.
Dave Frey met some genuine heroes in war-torn central Africa.
B-SIDES: Cooking up a family atmosphere in New Jersey
Imagine hundreds of out-of-towners standing in a line two blocks long, down Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute, waiting for two hours to get into, say, Square Donuts.
B-SIDES: Butler, Virginia Commonwealth tearing down NCAA elitist walls
Mid-majors put the madness in March.
B-SIDES: 1979 Indiana State Sycamores gave us ‘One Shining Moment’
In Indiana, it is permissible for a grown man to cry when facing basketball-related nostalgia.
The state constitution should contain such an amendment.
MARK BENNETT: ‘Sycamores’ the worst nickname?
Some people wouldn’t know originality if it hit them like a falling tree.
B-SIDES: Men’s basketball team gets assist in ISU enrollment score
Jake Odum may be responsible for the assist, but he won’t get credit for it in the box score.
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