Sunday, January 02, 2022

Bobby Kennedy campaigning in Indianapolis in March, 1968

Going through my archives this morning, I found these photos shot by my old Indianapolis News compadre Art Harris on March 28, 1968. Art died in 2016.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Thanksgiving catered by Cracker Barrel

We hosted Thanksgiving for Maria's parents and her son's family yesterday.

It would have been a major chore, but Maria discovered several restaurants prepare holiday dinners in generous proportions to just heat and eat.

So she placed an order with Cracker Barrel and I picked it up on Wednesday.

The cost of $168 struck me as kind of pricey until I calculated what all that stuff would cost at the supermarket, especially in this year of Bidenflation. Turns out it's a helluva deal when you consider the time and stress saved to present a truly luxurious meal for six adults with a lot of leftovers.

We may try the feast package from Buca di Beppo for Christmas...

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Some things change, some things don't.

This is the house next door to ours. (Our house is on the right.) It, ours and the one to the left of this one were built in 1903 by the guy who owned the town lumber mill and all three have the best woods available for flooring and interior trim.

My step-daughter found this postcard online, showing how the houses looked shortly after they were built. The upstairs balcony on this house is no longer there.

I had no idea it was once a hotel. The three houses were built for the lumber mill owner's three sons.

Here's another view with our house in the foreground. The Interurban tracks ran just this side of our house.

And this is a view from a little farther south, showing the Interurban crossing and another house south of ours that has since been replaced by a modern ranch-style house.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Balcony improvements

This is my recently improved upstairs observation post.

Our 1903 vintage house is showing its age and slowly, but surely, we are making improvements. The wooden balcony railings were deteriorating and gap-toothed and the corner post was also in bad shape.

We had the corner post redone and replaced the railings with attractive gray vinyl clad railings that really dress up the space.

The floor is a composite material that was installed in 2002 and will last for decades.

Now we have a pleasant place to sip coffee and watch the world go by.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Hearing aids in my future?

We've had extended family here for a couple of  weekend events in the past month and I've had a hard time maintaining a good attitude.

The problem appears to be my hearing. I find it impossible to discern human speech when several people are talking and end up feeling ignored and isolated. And cranky and irritable.

Part of it stems from the fact that I was an only child and grew up in a home where one took turns talking - no talking over someone else. I always felt that was rude and inconsiderate.

Unfortunately, my wife's family does not observe the same conversational rules.

I've suffered for years in bars, restaurants and other noisy venues where I find it impossible to carry on a conversation.

The recent noisy visits got me thinking about a conversation I had with a couple of hearing-aid-wearing friends some years ago who told me their hearing aids cured that problem for them. They also said hearing aids helped their tinnitus - a condition I've had for as long as I can remember.

Maria and I visited a senior citizens expo last weekend for a story and photos of the event. In the process, we asked about hearing aid screening and were told that Costco has $6,000 hearing aids for about $1,400. My stepdaughter and her husband live in Evansville and are Costco members there. They have been urging us to join here, but the nearest Costco to us is about 40 south on the northside of Indianapolis.

We decided the potential savings on hearing aids justified the membership fee, so we drove down and signed up for an Executive Membership on Sunday.

I returned to the store yesterday and made an appointment for screening by an audiologist. They're booked for a couple of months, so I'm scheduled for Dec. 20.

I'm guardedly optimistic that they can help me.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

A best friend is gone

I received word last night that Lonnie Miller, one of my best friends throughout our elementary, junior high and high school years, died last Saturday.
We had lots of adventures together, including a bicycle trek from Delphi to West Lafayette and back - my longest bicycle ride ever.
Lonnie played trombone in every instrumental ensemble Delphi High School had to offer. He and I also comprised 40 percent of the bass section in the Top 20 swing choir.
We went our separate ways after high school - Lonnie to Purdue and me to Indiana State College (later Indiana State University).
I've always regretted losing touch all those years, but we had an opportunity to share memories and laughs at our 50-year class reunion in 2013.
His son Cameron dropped by my Thorntown house a year or so ago and we had a delightful chat about what it was like to grow up in Delphi in the 1950s and '60s. I was flattered to learn that Cameron follows my blog and I hope he sees this tribute.
Here's Lonnie's obituary:

Lonnie Gordon Miller
April 25, 1945 - September 11, 2021
Lonnie Gordon Miller, 76, passed away peacefully at his home in Lafayette, Indiana, on September 11, 2021. He was born April 25, 1945, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Kenneth Gordon Miller and Gladys Leona (Henderson) Miller.
Lonnie grew up in Delphi, Indiana, and graduated from Delphi High School in 1963, followed by a year of studies at Purdue University. He was married to Judy Ann (Jones) Miller on January 24, 1965, in Delphi, Indiana. Together, Lonnie and Judy had over 56 years together, raising their family and watching their children, grandchildren, and then great-grandchildren grow. A life-long resident of the Lafayette area, Lonnie worked at Alcoa for 10 years and Kmart for 20 years. Even into his retirement years he continued working, always busy and eagerly making new friends as a window washer at many Lafayette-area establishments.
Lonnie had many joys in life. During his youth he enjoyed outdoor sports such as fishing and trapping. From his parents he learned to be an accomplished gardener, regularly earning champion and grand champion accolades in 4-H.
At a young age he developed a love of music, culminating in his avid participation in church and school choral and band groups, including travels about the state for dance band and choral engagements, cherished memories of which he often spoke. He enjoyed learning about far-away places and taking his young family on vacations about the country, always reminding his children that one’s travels aren’t solely for fun, but for education also. Lonnie’s hobbies and interests varied throughout his life, from drag racing and motor sports as a young man to collecting antique glassware in his later years. However, his greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his family, his grandchildren especially.
Surviving Lonnie is his wife, Judy of Lafayette; two sons, Cameron (Connie) Miller of Lebanon, Indiana, and Mark (Lisa) Miller of Lafayette; two daughters, Angela (Jerry Banter) Miller of Bradenton, Florida, and Susan (David) Walters of West Lafayette, Indiana; his sister, Carmen (Allan) Grose of Lafayette. Also surviving him are 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and two nephews, Nathan Slavens and Joshua Slavens.
Private interment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Online condolences can be left to the family at

Sunday, August 01, 2021

The tomato patch


A few more days of hot sunshine and the tomatoes will start to ripen. Maria's tomato patch is looking good.