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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‘A winter’s day In a deep and dark 
December’ (photo gallery)

Photo by Stephen Sproull   Saturday, December 10, 2016 Bloom Magazine’s 3rd Take a Picture Day It was indeed the kind of winter’s day Paul Simon was thinking of when he wrote, “I Am a Rock”; it was “deep and dark” and mighty cold, too. On December 10, 2016, the sun rose at 7:55 a.m. EST and set at 5:23 p.m. The high temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit; the low, 20 degrees. The day was mostly overcast, although the sun did break through for a few brief intervals. It was the kind of cold, silent day where most Bloomingtonians chose to hunker down indoors. We had hoped for snow. Our first Take a Picture Day for summer took place on [...]

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Indelible Images: 10 Years of Bloom Magazine Photography (Cover Story)

We at Bloom love photography, and over the past 10 years, we’ve published more than 6,000 images, most taken by local photographers. We know that you, our readers, also appreciate good photography — you tell us so when we meet around town and in the letters and emails you send to us. In the following pages, we present some of our favorite pictures from the past decade. We hope that we’ve selected some of your favorites as well. Bloom has been fortunate, as an unusual number of talented photographers reside in our city. A fair number have passed through as well. The supremely gifted Steve Raymer, who worked for National Geographic for 25 years, took many of our favorites during […]

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

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 — AARP, Forbes, Money Magazine, the Rand McNally publishing company, and even Golf Digest have listed Bloomington among their top retirement destinations. And while our town boasts stellar assisted-living communities, most of us, according to a 2012 AARP report, would prefer to stay in our current homes as we age. In this story, we feature the homes of three couples who have planned ahead to make the goal of aging in place achievable. One house is the creation of two Kansas architecture professors who moved to Bloomington to retire. Another belongs to two former Indiana University professionals who built a […]

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