Debra Morrow: 
Executive Director, Middle Way House

BY CARMEN SIERING It’s been more than a decade since Debra Morrow finally acknowledged she needed help dealing with an abusive relationship.  She found that help at Middle Way House, the Bloomington nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Eventually, she and three of her four children (one son was attending Purdue University) moved into The Rise!, Middle Way’s transitional housing program. And Morrow, who had dropped out of high school when she became pregnant at 16, decided to return to school. “I was crying so hard while I filled out the application,” Morrow says of her decision to attend Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington. “I was sure they wouldn’t take me.” Not only was Morrow accepted at […]

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Malcolm Dalglish Presents Evening Of Music, Dance, Love — and Pie

  BY PAUL BICKLEY An evening filled with music, dance, humor — and pie — is in store for those attending the reprise of Malcolm Dalglish’s Love Songs for a Lasting World at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The show, first performed last year, is scheduled for the evening before Valentine’s Day, February 13, at 7 p.m., and celebrates not just romantic love, but what Dalglish calls the “multiplicity of love.” Dalglish, a veteran composer, director, and hammer dulcimer player, says the show was inspired in part by a solo hike he took on the John Muir Trail in California, and is his valentine to the Earth and a hymn for preserving it. “As men, we need to change our behavior, change […]

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Wrapped in Love

“Let Love Bloom,” a tree sweater in honor of Toby Strout, the recently retired executive director of Middle Way House, was officially dedicated on Friday, October 7. The tree was sponsored by Toby’s daughter Anna Strout and Bloom Magazine. Pictured at the dedication are actor Jesse Eisenberg, a major Middle Way supporter; Toby Strout; Anna Strout; actor and special guest Diane Neal of Law & Order fame; her boyfriend, magician JB Benn; and Bloom editor and publisher Malcolm Abrams. The “Let Love Bloom” tree is located on the south side of Kirkwood near The Uptown Café. The tree sweater is one of several in a public art installation downtown called Wrapped in Love created to raise awareness and funds for […]

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10th Dancing with the Celebrities Aims to Hit $1 Million Mark

BY JULIE GRAY On September 24, Bloomington’s Dancing with the Celebrities, a competition that raises money for local charities, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Barbara Leininger, the event’s founder and organizer, hopes to mark the occasion by reaching the $1 million mark in cumulative funds raised. Leininger, who owns the local Arthur Murray Dance Studio, modeled the contest after ABC’s legendary Dancing with the Stars reality series. As on the television show, amateur dancers are paired with professionals (in this case, instructors from Leininger’s Arthur Murray studio) to perform routines in front of an audience and a team of judges. The grand prize, the Mirror Ball, goes to the dancer representing the charity that has accumulated the most audience support. […]

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