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It's the age of technology, and we've grown accustomed to tweets, texts, and emails. But handwritten letters—especially the pages-long ones you read about in old novels—are romantic. Candid. Honest. Pensive. Poetic. And thanks to letter writing socials and mail art classes (such as the ones at Trade School Indianapolis), we can slow down and take time to put pen to paper, stamp to envelope.
What a year. In 2015, we welcomed several new faces, talked to chefs and designers, discussed how to assess your personal strengths in an office setting, and shared photos of a mid-century architectural gem. See what posts made our Top 10 list.
Stumped as to what holiday gift you can get your artist friend? Your graphic designer spouse? The significant other in need of a creative outlet? Well, we’re here to help. Check out these 12 gift ideas for the writers, artists, designers, decorators, and creatives in your life.
When we were small, we used to scribble on construction paper turkeys a few of our favorite things: family, friends, pets. Macaroni and cheese. The color blue. As adults, our gratitude is ever-growing. Even in a world of chaos and instant gratification, there are things we can never replace: big things, small things. Anything. Everything.
It’s easy to fall in love with the Miller House. The nearly 7,000 square feet of travertine floors. The colorful textiles. The mod fireplace. If you haven’t seen the Columbus, Ind., home, you should. It’s a design, architecture, and modern living utopia.
For 69 years, costumed families have paraded through Irvington’s tree-lined streets. Pumpkins with goofy, toothy grins have rested on doorsteps, and storefront windows have been painted with eerie imagery. But for locals, the annual Halloween Festival is more than just the macabre—it’s a celebration of community.
Urban renewal is more than just the construction of buildings; it’s the construction of community. On Indy’s Near Eastside, nonprofit community development organization Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) creates great places, cultivates relationships, and promotes the belief that “front porches make good neighbors.”
Fountain Square. It’s vibrant and funky. It’s full of character and characters, and if you walk through the alley that connects Woodland and Shelby, you find that “the Square” is, in fact, gritty in all the right places. It is here, in the unassuming corridors, where you find color.
When we hear songs from our youth, we are instantly transported to the past. The music we listened to still holds a disproportionate amount of power over our emotions, so the nostalgia is hard to fight. This week, Pivoteers share some of their favorite music from the "days of yore."
I nervously sat in the back of the helicopter, nails bitten to the quick. What am I doing? My legs shook and my mind raced, and the pilot mumbled codes and commands beyond my comprehension. My ears, shielded beneath a headset, did not hear the fwump fwump fwump of the rotor blades, or the pinched squeaks that surely escaped my lips. All I could hear was the pilot, the control center, and my own pounding anxiety.