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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: Help Researchers to Track Nesting Birds

I found the dead indigo bunting splayed on the ground near Graham Plaza. Flying high—but not high enough, I’m afraid—the iridescent bird either failed to clear the building or had smacked squarely into one of the structure’s large windows. Its neck clearly broken, the small bird looked even tinier in my palm.

Citizen Scientist: Help Save the Birds

Using data gathered in part by citizen scientists, researchers recently determined we’ve lost nearly three billion birds since 1970. Birds across the United States and Canada are in trouble. These include many migratory birds, as well as common species like warblers, blackbirds, and finches. And—spoiler alert!—like the veritable “canary in the coal mine,” such avian losses signal trouble for humans, too.

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InBloom

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

Bloomington & Vine: Keep It Fine, Cellar Your Wine

Where do you keep that special bottle of wine, the one gifted on your birthday or brought back from a European vacation? It’s probably forgotten on top of the refrigerator or under the stairs. One day you’ll remember that bottle and wonder if it’s still good.

Bloomington & Vine: Visit Wineries Far & Near

Old friends in San Luis Obispo, California, are avid fans of the wines made in their county, so when we visit they enjoy introducing us to new wineries. And wineries there are—more than 300 in this part of the California Central Coast.

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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.

Tapped Into Bloomington: Choose White Ales for Winter

With the arrival of winter, many people turn to dark, heavy beers—almost chewy in their rich, caramelly sweetness. I prefer to head in the other direction and look at this as the perfect time of year for something festive and bright to balance dark winter nights. Nothing does that better than a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale.

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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

Guest Column: The Way of Imagination

When I visit elementary schools, I tell the children they possess two superpowers, and their eyes open wide. You’re exercising one of those powers now. Like schoolchildren poring over books, you’re turning ink marks on a page into words and meanings.

Guest Column: University-Community Partnership Remains Strong

One year ago, on the heels of celebrations of the 200th anniversaries of the founding of Monroe County and the city
of Bloomington, Indiana University began a celebration of its own bicentennial that would run through the whole 2019–2020 academic year.

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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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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: Help Researchers to Track Nesting Birds

I found the dead indigo bunting splayed on the ground near Graham Plaza. Flying high—but not high enough, I’m afraid—the iridescent bird either failed to clear the building or had smacked squarely into one of the structure’s large windows. Its neck clearly broken, the small bird looked even tinier in my palm.

Citizen Scientist: Help Save the Birds

Using data gathered in part by citizen scientists, researchers recently determined we’ve lost nearly three billion birds since 1970. Birds across the United States and Canada are in trouble. These include many migratory birds, as well as common species like warblers, blackbirds, and finches. And—spoiler alert!—like the veritable “canary in the coal mine,” such avian losses signal trouble for humans, too.

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InBloom

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

Bloomington & Vine: Keep It Fine, Cellar Your Wine

Where do you keep that special bottle of wine, the one gifted on your birthday or brought back from a European vacation? It’s probably forgotten on top of the refrigerator or under the stairs. One day you’ll remember that bottle and wonder if it’s still good.

Bloomington & Vine: Visit Wineries Far & Near

Old friends in San Luis Obispo, California, are avid fans of the wines made in their county, so when we visit they enjoy introducing us to new wineries. And wineries there are—more than 300 in this part of the California Central Coast.

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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.

Tapped Into Bloomington: Choose White Ales for Winter

With the arrival of winter, many people turn to dark, heavy beers—almost chewy in their rich, caramelly sweetness. I prefer to head in the other direction and look at this as the perfect time of year for something festive and bright to balance dark winter nights. Nothing does that better than a refreshing, lightly spiced white ale.

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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

Guest Column: The Way of Imagination

When I visit elementary schools, I tell the children they possess two superpowers, and their eyes open wide. You’re exercising one of those powers now. Like schoolchildren poring over books, you’re turning ink marks on a page into words and meanings.

Guest Column: University-Community Partnership Remains Strong

One year ago, on the heels of celebrations of the 200th anniversaries of the founding of Monroe County and the city
of Bloomington, Indiana University began a celebration of its own bicentennial that would run through the whole 2019–2020 academic year.

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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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For the past 14 years, we have been publishing Bloom, a free, bimonthly cultural and lifestyle magazine serving Bloomington, Indiana, and surrounding communities. We have four missions: to support local businesses, local charities, local arts, and diversity. We are an integral part of the fabric of this community.

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