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Grand opening: Festival season kicks off with two-day event at amphitheater

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Break out the hula skirts, shake off the leis and get ready for some of those island vibes.

Lori Borgman: Screens fly searching for boundaries and good mental health

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Every day my inbox fills with emails from public relations firms, angling for a plug for an author’s book or a new study on children. I delete most of them as quickly as they appear, but I nearly always read the ones on youth and mental health.

Banner day: Franklin adds artist-designed decor to downtown area

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Around Franklin’s courthouse square, visitors find themselves face to face with a hedgehog sailing in a teapot, a grizzled old sea turtle sailor and a beagle depicted as a flying ace.

Janet Hommel Mangas: Decades later, bushhogging and Baby John

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I hadn’t done either for quite a number of years — but once I got in the groove it felt instinctual.

Work in progress: Exhibit shows the whimsy, depth of Franklin artist

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The big, bold, red letters stood out against the white wall, proclaiming: “Not Yet.”

Janet Hommel Mangas: Sage advice on Mother’s Day

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I asked a couple of my favorite Johnson County mothers two simple questions: What is some of the best advice you ever received, and what legacy do you hope to leave your children or what legacy from your own mother are you trying to pass down?”

Exotic experience: Photographer shares love of travel through art exhibition

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The trip on an African safari was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s most majestic animals up close.

Lori Borgman: The best and hardest job you may ever have

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It was C day in kindergarten recently. C being for career, kids came dressed as the career they wanted to have when they grew up.

Green thumb

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The spacious dirt patch, taking up a significant chunk of the southside Indianapolis backyard, has been weeded, planted, tended to and cared for since the 1970s.

Janet Hommel Mangas: Yard work turns into wildlife hunt

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Last weekend one of the hardest working young men in Johnson County came over to lend his Auntie a hand on the ranch. I forgot how fun working can be when we both headed outside after taking a water break and my nephew yelled out, “Beat you!” as he ran downstairs out one door as I raced out another and down the steps to our meeting area.