Category: Features

A Tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Our capital’s newest museum offers the most compete collection of African American history and culture to be found anywhere. Bloom dispatched Gladys DeVane and Elizabeth Mitchell to Washington, D.C., to bring back a personal account of their experience exploring this national treasure. By Gladys DeVane, photography by Elizabeth Mitchell READ THE ENTIRE STORY HERE!  

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Cover Story: Homes for Aging in Place (Photo Gallery)

The Colman home showcases the skills of its original owner, master limestone carver Harry Donato. Photo by Kendall Reeves As more residents retire and as aging “Bloomerangs” return to the town they love, homes for the duration are what they want. BY ELISABETH ANDREWS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENDALL REEVES Bloomington is widely known as an excellent place to retire [...]

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Feature Story: The Luxury of Country Gardens (Photo Gallery)

In Kathy and Gary Anderson's garden, the weathered wood of the barn and the stone steps leading to it are softened by flowers and lush greenery. Photo by James Kellar BY MOYA ANDREWS, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES KELLAR Country gardens share many common attributes, among them spaciousness, privacy, and tranquility. The three country gardens showcased here [...]

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Feature Story: Bloomington’s Own Middle Coast Film Festival

(l-r) Chelsea Sanders and Jessica Levandoski, founders of the film festival. Photo by Tyagan Miller BY JANET MANDELSTAM There are plenty of film festivals, but Jessica Levandoski and Chelsea Sanders thought the world needed one more — right here in Bloomington. There’s no rule that dictates premiere features and shorts have to gravitate to the coasts or to the Sundance Film Festival in Utah [...]

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Indiana University Hopefuls Set Their Sights on Summer Olympic Games

Molly Ludlow while at Indiana University. Photo by Mike Dickbernd BY MIKE LEONARD, PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL D. DICKBERND For athletes who compete in Summer Olympic sports, the quest to get better never ends. They train obsessively and compete in regional, national, and international events as well as collegiate competitions, most in relative anonymity compared with [...]

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Cover Story: Masters of the Music School (Photo Gallery)

(l-r) Susann McDonald, Violette Verdy, Menahem Pressler, David Baker, and Stanley Ritchie. Photo by Shannon Zahnle Five of the celebrated artists who helped make the Jacobs School of Music America’s best and brought great esteem to Indiana University BY MIKE LEONARD, PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHANNON ZAHNLE Charles H. Webb, dean emeritus of Indiana University Jacobs School [...]

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