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March 9, 2014

NATURALIZED MID-AMERICAN: Comprehensive Plan meetings show need of human scale, diversity

I knew from what I’d heard about the first two comprehensive plan meetings that I should expect some really good discussion when I showed up at the Rieth Center for the People, Neighborhoods and Housing meeting last month. The building was already full when I arrived. There were a lot of people who I knew, but probably just as many that I didn’t know. These were all people who are very interested in how we shape our city in the near-term and the long-term.

As the discussion began — centering on topics specific to Goshen and concerned with humane housing, neighborhood vitality and the ways different groups of people relate to each other — fairly standard ideas floated out: We need more neighborhood organizing, better code enforcement, more opportunity to talk to each other. Nothing terribly unusual about these insights, true as they may be.

But those ideas were just the ice breaker. As though all of us gathered were testing to see what points of commonality we had on these topics. And pretty quickly it became clear that, though we represented a certain cross-section of Goshen (by no means a complete cross section), we all agreed that we want more than just the usual proposals for how to address these topics.

As we warmed to our task, and the juices got flowing, and we felt more and more comfortable with each other, the conversation moved from merely good to intriguing. We were talking about why rental housing has to feel like a second-class option. We were talking about what it would take to revitalize some of the large, 19th century houses in the off-downtown neighborhoods. We were talking about corner groceries on our blocks, to help us get to know each other. We were talking about the way that gardens and streetscaping can help us get over walls of language and culture.

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  • THE NATURALIZED MID-AMERICAN: Master wood craftsman shows the inner beauty of trees I am still surprised by the beauty I see in these lengths of wood, and suppose I always will be. They are testament to the carefully-wrought, intricate, and deep craft of creation. They are testament to Don’s generous craftsmanship, too — for which I am very grateful — which was an expression of the joyful Craft that created him. He and those beautiful boards were cut from the same living tree.

    July 27, 2014

  • Briefly ELKHART‘Dog Daze of Summer’ Aug. 2The Pillars of Elkhart will host the fourth annual Dog Daze of SummerAug. 2 from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Civic Plaza in downtown Elkhart. Dog Daze will feature two local bands, High Gravity and MR Z Band. Hot Dog vendors

    July 27, 2014

  • GN140726 Queen Kaahumanu GLOBAL FAITHS: Hawaiians' conversion to Christianity helped women A recent trip to Hawaii to visit family drew my attention again to Hawaiian religion. Original Hawaiians are Polynesians who came to Hawaii from Tahiti, Samoa, Easter Island and other Pacific islands between 500 and 1300 A.D. These Hawaiians were polytheists who worshiped and built shrines to various nature deities. But on the big island of Hawaii they came to revere especially Pele, the fierce and violent goddess of volcanoes.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Briefly SYRACUSEThe Book of Job presentation Aug. 1The public is invited to experience the Book of Job at a one-man dramatization by the Rev. Dave Marty Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. The event will take place in the auditorium of the Oakwood Resort Event Center, 702 E. L

    July 26, 2014

  • THE PLAIN SIDE: A hunter finds his delight in God's nature with deer There, in the grass, lies a 12-point buck that the neighbor hit with his van. You quickly estimate the deer at 170 or better. No way. You ask a few tight-lipped questions and yes, the driver affirms the direction the deer was going. He points a still

    July 26, 2014

  • PASTOR'S PEN: Try to 'make every hole count' in life It all started with my attempts to reach out to a young girl who had recently faced some difficult challenges. Ann’s grandfather had faced life-threatening illness. Now after many months of rest and recuperation, Grandpa was back home again. And though his daily regime included loads of therapy and multiple new restrictions, he was able to resume a favorite activity. He could once again coach his granddaughter’s golfing practices and encourage her as well.

    July 26, 2014

  • The value of water to corn I stumbled across some interesting information on eXtension.org about the water needs of corn.

    July 25, 2014

  • GN140725 Garden Walk THE DIRT ON GARDENING: Gardening brings pleasure year after year Gardening is about doing the things that bring you pleasure. Whether it is growing vegetables and fruit for your family’s consumption or tackling a landscape design or simply planting your favorite flowers year after year, it’s the joy and labor of love that we get while working with the soil and watching nature bring our efforts to fruition.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Red Cross in urgent need of donors

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give.

    July 23, 2014

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