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Oh, Lordy, it’s pastures of plenty! Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Black Licorice Addicting

By: John Carlson— It’s not easy being a black-licorice addict. See, you might love that stuff, but you never get enough. The reason you never get enough is, the photo above notwithstanding, you don’t always find it on store shelves. Sometimes when you think you have, you must examine it…

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Eating well means food should make you wince. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Gotta Love Hot Sauce

By: John Carlson— What is it about hot sauce that’s so addictive? I’m sure there is a scientific explanation, something about the heat molecules pumping up your brain’s pleasure sensors until your turgid tastebuds can only find sweet release in hotter and hotter foodstuffs before they go haywire and leave…


My Uncle Jim explains the whiskey distilling process. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: A Distiller In the Family!

By: John Carlson— Full confession: On exceedingly rare occasions and for medicinal purposes only, I have been known to take a teensy-weensy sip of the corn whiskey known as “bourbon.” What’s more, I don’t dislike it. You can imagine, then, the excitement with which I greeted the news that by…


Gotta wear a tie? Bolo’s the way to golo. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Bolos Are Ties That Bind

By: John Carlson— If it’s true, as some say, that you are what you wear, then at heart I am a square-dance caller. It’s not that I like square dancing. I don’t. Like most guys, when it comes to any form of dancing, if I were given the choice of…


Acquiring chickens is a beautiful dream. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: For the Love of Chickens

By: John Carlson— My wife has a recurrent dream. It’s about chickens. In this dream, Nancy actually owns chickens. Rather, we own chickens, an assortment of dutiful, fancifully feathered cluckers that reside out back. Sometimes she will go for eight or nine months without even mentioning chickens. But then, out…


Here comes … er, I mean … there goes the sun. Photo by: John Carlson

John Carlson: It’s Out of This World

By: John Carlson— One thing you can say about outer space is there’s a helluva lot of it. This profound observation occurred to me over years of casual star gazing. But a recent visit to Ball State University’s super-cool Charles W. Brown Planetarium left me with lots more observations, not…


This log will sprout some tasty stuff. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

Carlson: Another Reason to Shop

By: John Carlson— Have I mentioned how much Nan and I love Minnetrista’s Farmers Market? If not, I should have long ago. That’s because it is undoubtedly one of the coolest things about living in Muncie, being a great place to buy wonderful food, slurp excellent coffee and meet old…