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Editor's Message

Editor’s Message: Survival

This is the 89th edition of Bloom Magazine and the thinnest issue ever—even smaller than the first issue published in August 2006.

Editor’s Message: What I Miss

You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I’ve been thinking about that sentiment often as the pandemic rages on, even as people are being vaccinated. The end is in sight but not yet in reach.

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Mind, Body, Spirit

Mind · Body · Spirit: Finding Your Next Fun Fitness Activity

I’m not sure if it’s an aphorism or an adage, but the saying “When one door closes, a window opens” is used in various contexts, usually to keep up one’s spirits. While I can’t seem to pin down who said it first, its general truthfulness and applicability make it useful in a variety of situations. I’ve most recently been applying it to exercise.

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Citizen Scientist

Citizen Scientist: The Great Sunflower Project

From the burrowing mayfly to the rusty patched bumble bee, we’re losing a head-spinning number of invertebrates. Thanks to shrinking natural habitats and our dependence on agricultural chemicals—particularly neonicotinoid pesticides— we’re living through what some have dubbed an “insect apocalypse.”

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InBloom

InBloom: Decorate with Evergreens

Now that most of the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, evergreen trees and shrubs are more apparent in park and garden plantings all across town.

InBloom: Be Sure to Choose A Fragrant Rose

Old rose varieties, such as alba, gallica, and damask, had wonderfully fragrant blooms but, sadly, bloomed only once. Thanks to David Austin (1926–2018) we have 230 modern hybrid roses that offer intoxicating, old-fashioned rose fragrances and that bloom repeatedly.

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Bloomington & Vine

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Tapped Into Bloomington

Tapped Into Bloomington: Explore Beers that Are Bourbon Barrel-Aged

One of the trends taking a firm foothold in craft brewing is aging beer in bourbon barrels, which add richness and complexity. Some of these beers can be pricey. That’s because of the need to procure bourbon barrels in an increasingly competitive market, then store the beer for months of aging without any guarantee of a successful end product.

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Money Matters

Money Matters: Don’t Fear Good Debt

Due to massive asset loss, many Americans purchased debt at an alarming rate over the past decade. MarketWatch reports that at the start of 2019, total consumer debt reached $14 trillion. That’s $66,945 per adult American, surpassing pre-recession levels by more than $1 trillion. Given the sheer volume of debt owed, it’s not surprising that Americans are beginning to fear debt—opting for debit cards over credit cards, renting over owning, and ride-sharing over vehicle ownership.

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Guest Column

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Lee Loves

Lee Loves: October/November 2019

Strolling around downtown Bloomington on a crisp autumn day is one of our town’s great pleasures. Be sure to visit the businesses on the Square and see what’s new.

Lee Loves: April/May 2019

Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.

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COLUMNS

Editor's Message

Editor’s Message: Survival

This is the 89th edition of Bloom Magazine and the thinnest issue ever—even smaller than the first issue published in August 2006.

Editor’s Message: What I Miss

You never know what you’ve got till it’s gone. I’ve been thinking about that sentiment often as the pandemic rages on, even as people are being vaccinated. The end is in sight but not yet in reach.

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Mind, Body, Spirit

Mind · Body · Spirit: Finding Your Next Fun Fitness Activity

I’m not sure if it’s an aphorism or an adage, but the saying “When one door closes, a window opens” is used in various contexts, usually to keep up one’s spirits. While I can’t seem to pin down who said it first, its general truthfulness and applicability make it useful in a variety of situations. I’ve most recently been applying it to exercise.

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Citizen Scientist

Citizen Scientist: The Great Sunflower Project

From the burrowing mayfly to the rusty patched bumble bee, we’re losing a head-spinning number of invertebrates. Thanks to shrinking natural habitats and our dependence on agricultural chemicals—particularly neonicotinoid pesticides— we’re living through what some have dubbed an “insect apocalypse.”

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InBloom

InBloom: Decorate with Evergreens

Now that most of the leaves have fallen from the deciduous trees, evergreen trees and shrubs are more apparent in park and garden plantings all across town.

InBloom: Be Sure to Choose A Fragrant Rose

Old rose varieties, such as alba, gallica, and damask, had wonderfully fragrant blooms but, sadly, bloomed only once. Thanks to David Austin (1926–2018) we have 230 modern hybrid roses that offer intoxicating, old-fashioned rose fragrances and that bloom repeatedly.

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Bloomington & Vine

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Tapped Into Bloomington

Tapped Into Bloomington: Explore Beers that Are Bourbon Barrel-Aged

One of the trends taking a firm foothold in craft brewing is aging beer in bourbon barrels, which add richness and complexity. Some of these beers can be pricey. That’s because of the need to procure bourbon barrels in an increasingly competitive market, then store the beer for months of aging without any guarantee of a successful end product.

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Money Matters

Money Matters: Don’t Fear Good Debt

Due to massive asset loss, many Americans purchased debt at an alarming rate over the past decade. MarketWatch reports that at the start of 2019, total consumer debt reached $14 trillion. That’s $66,945 per adult American, surpassing pre-recession levels by more than $1 trillion. Given the sheer volume of debt owed, it’s not surprising that Americans are beginning to fear debt—opting for debit cards over credit cards, renting over owning, and ride-sharing over vehicle ownership.

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Guest Column

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Lee Loves

Lee Loves: October/November 2019

Strolling around downtown Bloomington on a crisp autumn day is one of our town’s great pleasures. Be sure to visit the businesses on the Square and see what’s new.

Lee Loves: April/May 2019

Spring is in the air, and many of our local retailers have something in their inventory to help you embrace this lovely season in Bloomington.

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