Holy Week at Crooked Creek Baptist Church

First, the funny part. In an earlier version of the announcement on my church website about Holy Week events, it said of the lunchtime Good Friday service: The theme for the service will focus on the stations of the cross and will feature medications from several local pastors. If you are not sure why that [Read More...]

Sylvester McCoy Coming to Indianapolis

I received this in an e-mail from WhoNA: We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Indy PopCon (www.indypopcon.com) to bring Sylvester McCoy as our guest for the convention.  Sylvester is better known for his role as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who and Radagast the Brown from the Hobbit movies. He will be attending [Read More...]

The Scientific Study of Religion: Building Bridges in Indianapolis

I was struck to see this call for papers for an academic conference on religion here in Indianapolis: 2014 Annual Meeting Call for Papers Society for the Scientific Study of Religion October 31-November 2, 2014 JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana Building Bridges SSSR’s current web site notes: The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was [Read More...]

Lily and Madeleine

Above is the song “Back to the River” by local musicians Lily and Madeleine. Below are a few other songs of theirs, “Come to Me,” “And Tonight,” “Tired,” and “You Got Out.” They performed with Time for Three, Tony Styxx, and members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at the recent Happy Hour concert, and having [Read More...]

Eine Kleine MYO Music

Here are two videos of Metropolitan Youth Orchestra A performing at yesterday’s Invest in MYO concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. [Read more...]

Spare Change Shift Change

Today was the second time I’ve seen it with my own eyes. The first time was years ago in Edinburgh. Today it was in Indianapolis. I was passing a spot (in this case, the ramp of the 29th and 30th Street exist from I-65) where one almost always sees someone begging. I saw as one [Read More...]

RIP Nelson Mandela

The news is just breaking that former South African president, and famous leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, has passed away at age 95. My condolences to his family, my South African friends, and Allan Boesak, colleague at Butler University and director of the new Desmond Tutu Center. [Read more...]

#DoctorWho @IndyCenLibrary

The Indianapolis Central Library has had Doctor Who displays up for most of this month, but I didn’t manage to get there to see them until today. And since I did, I thought I’d share pictures! I included one within the post and then a gallery – click on the thumbnails to see those full [Read More...]


In case you ever wondered what is at the end of the rainbow, I now have photographic evidence of the answer: the Butler University campus! There is severe weather in our area, but when the sun broke through the clouds, the result was spectacular. If you are anywhere in the region currently affected by the [Read More...]

Postcards from Butler

Today I learned of the existence of a history blog “Vintage Irvington.” It includes a couple of posts about, and pictures of postcards from, Butler College, which is what Butler University was called when it had its campus there in Irvington. [Read more...]

Venzago Returns!

I was delighted to get to hear the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra perform tonight, although dismayed that I had to leave at intermission. My son wasn’t feeling well, probably as a result of Halloween partying and candy consumption. But the first half was, fortunately, the part that I was most excited about. I love music of [Read More...]