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The Art of the Home [COVER] [Photo Gallery]

The transformation of a house into a home is a bit akin to magic. These four homes—two new structures built in established neighborhoods and two historic homes—celebrate that magic and showcase the art of the home.

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The Magic of Color

Each of these gardens, distinctive as they are, have one thing in common—a creative use of color.

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Under the Weather: How Climate Change is Messing with Monroe County

Indiana’s seasons aren’t quite what they used to be. Wet springs that lead to floods are often followed by summers with dangerously high temperatures. Winters can be strangely warm and dry, or just as easily bring record-breaking blizzards and below-zero temperatures. It’s all due to climate change—and it’s influencing what we eat, how we feel, and even how long some of us will live.

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Anti-Semitism On the Rise: Where We Stand in Bloomington

There is no doubt that acts of anti-Semitism are increasing, in this country and around the world. Polls show that fewer people know about past atrocities against Jews while more hold negative feelings toward them. Here, we examine the oldest hatred—anti-Semitism—in 2019.

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Bloomington’s Black Leaders of Tomorrow

To choose Bloomington’s black leaders of tomorrow, Bloom was looking for students who are outstanding in scholarship, the arts, or other fields; who are involved in the community through volunteerism and activism; who show a generosity of spirit; and who demonstrate a commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of others.

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Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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Athletic Director Fred Glass Looks Back On Ten Years at the Helm of IU Sports

On October 28, 2008, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie held a press conference to announce the appointment of George Frederick (Fred) Glass as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Glass replaced Rick Greenspan, who had resigned in the aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson recruitment scandal. He would become the fifth IU athletic director in eight years.

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FEATURES

The Art of the Home [COVER] [Photo Gallery]

The transformation of a house into a home is a bit akin to magic. These four homes—two new structures built in established neighborhoods and two historic homes—celebrate that magic and showcase the art of the home.

Read More

The Magic of Color

Each of these gardens, distinctive as they are, have one thing in common—a creative use of color.

Read More

Under the Weather: How Climate Change is Messing with Monroe County

Indiana’s seasons aren’t quite what they used to be. Wet springs that lead to floods are often followed by summers with dangerously high temperatures. Winters can be strangely warm and dry, or just as easily bring record-breaking blizzards and below-zero temperatures. It’s all due to climate change—and it’s influencing what we eat, how we feel, and even how long some of us will live.

Read More

Anti-Semitism On the Rise: Where We Stand in Bloomington

There is no doubt that acts of anti-Semitism are increasing, in this country and around the world. Polls show that fewer people know about past atrocities against Jews while more hold negative feelings toward them. Here, we examine the oldest hatred—anti-Semitism—in 2019.

Read More

Bloomington’s Black Leaders of Tomorrow

To choose Bloomington’s black leaders of tomorrow, Bloom was looking for students who are outstanding in scholarship, the arts, or other fields; who are involved in the community through volunteerism and activism; who show a generosity of spirit; and who demonstrate a commitment to improving their own lives and the lives of others.

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Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

Read More

Athletic Director Fred Glass Looks Back On Ten Years at the Helm of IU Sports

On October 28, 2008, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie held a press conference to announce the appointment of George Frederick (Fred) Glass as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. Glass replaced Rick Greenspan, who had resigned in the aftermath of the Kelvin Sampson recruitment scandal. He would become the fifth IU athletic director in eight years.

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Once Upon a Time in Bloomington There Was an Ashram and a Place Called the Tao

The brick-fronted building at 519 E. 10th St. sits deserted. Acquired last year by Indiana University from the owners of Yogi’s Grill & Bar, it awaits its fate as the site of a pending university expansion. But Bloomington old-timers insist that if you look carefully, inside you can still see the bones of an earlier incarnation: the Tao Restaurant.

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Bloomington: A Pet-Friendly Place

Bloomington is a city that makes it easy to have—and to be—a companion animal. Here you’ll find 30-plus miles of walking trails peppered with 30 dog-waste bag stations, two dog parks, reduced-cost veterinary services, and the widespread availability of pet-friendly rental housing, among other creature comforts.

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A Magical Fish and the City it Spawned

One hundred and 11 years ago, work was completed on our courthouse in the Square. But the origins of that building, of the weathervane in the shape of a fish that adorns its summit, and of Bloomington itself, all took place—depending on how you look at it—either a century earlier or 250 million years ago. Scott Russell Sanders, essayist, novelist, teacher—our Mark Twain—casts a wondrous, pondering eye on that weathervane. This story first appeared in the August/September 2007 issue of Bloom. On the occasion of the city’s bicentennial, we felt it worthy of being published again.

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Saturday Mornings at the Farmers’ Market

If you want to get a real feel for Bloomington, there’s no better place than the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, held from April through November in Showers Plaza, alongside the
B-Line Trail.

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Galleries of Bloomington 2018

Among Indiana communities, Bloomington has a well-deserved reputation as a thought leader in the arts. It was the first city in the state to establish an official Statewide Cultural District (the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, or BEAD) through the Indiana Arts Commission and the first to pass a “percent for art” ordinance, which requires that 1 percent of the budget for publicly funded capital improvement projects go toward public art.

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COVER STORY: Homes Curated with Heart (PHOTO GALLERY)

In recent years, the verb “curate” has escaped the halls of museums and been used to describe the way a home is put together. Each of the homes featured here displays the owners’ commitment to selecting, organizing, and presenting their private spaces for maximum satisfaction and ease.

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Gardens Well Planned (PHOTO GALLERY)

All gardens are unique, of course, and reflect the individual passions of the people who conceptualize and create them. Behind every spectacular garden there is a defining purpose and a resolve to create a particular type of garden. Presented here are three gardens that successfully realize their owners’ ambitions.

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Bloomington United Is Back

With hate crimes at their highest national 
level in years and mass shootings occurring 
with horrifying regularity, this anti-racism, 
pro-diversity organization has regrouped and 
is ready to respond to acts of prejudice and 
intolerance in our community.

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The Fight to Save Our Forests and Wildlife

There was a time when the whooping crane had no protections. Back then, there was no Endangered Species Act, no national wildlife refuges—in fact, the very concept of the environment as something to be protected, or even considered, was utterly foreign.

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25 Couples Who Contribute to Our Community (COVER STORY / PHOTO GALLERY)

The virtues of volunteering can’t be overstated—the hours volunteers spend in service support worthwhile causes, nonprofit organizations, and the larger community. But as the couples in the following stories attest, those hours offer the volunteers something, too—a sense of fulfillment, purpose, connection, even joy. 

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Remembering The Hole

For three decades, it was the place where members of Bloomington’s African American community could be themselves and have a good time. Then, it all came crashing down.

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