Just in time for the holidays…

mark-in-gear-editedMy friend, Mark Hunter, is having a books signing at the Noble County Public Library in Albion, Indiana.  He’ll have copies of all his books on hand, including his latest, The Notorious Ian Grant.

The library is at 813 E. Main St. in Albion, and the event will be from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17.  Stop by and pick up some great books, chat with the author, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the history of Albion.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page or Mark’s blog.

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Photo 365 #98: Warmth

I used to go to a lot of horseshoe tournaments.  My ex-husband played in as many tournaments as he could get to (still does), which meant I spent the summer baking in the heat at tournaments all over the state.  It was a lot of fun, if you don’t mind the heat and the humidity, and sometimes I miss going.  It was fun sitting around chatting with the other horseshoe wives (the ones who didn’t also pitch), and sometimes I’d go exploring whichever town we happened to be in.

The tournaments that were probably the most fun were at the state fair.  They hosted tournaments everyday, with the state championships on the weekends.  The horseshoe courts there used to be in a high-traffic area right across from the nicest bathrooms on the fairgrounds and close to food, so it was about as perfect a location as you can get.

One Last Conversation on the Courts

But eventually, the fair board decided something else should occupy the space next to Little Hands on the Farm, something more farm-related than an old farmers’ game, and the horseshoe courts were relocated, making way for an animal nursery.  It’s a very nice nursery, but I do miss the courts being centrally located.

As we were leaving the fairgrounds after the last tournament at the old courts, I snapped this picture of the scoreboards.  The way they were all out there in the middle, I had the feeling they were a bunch of old friends, standing around discussing all they’d seen in the past ten days: all the ringers, the near-misses, the celebrations and heartbreaks.  Despite its bittersweet quality, this is one of my favorite pictures ever; it just feels so dynamic, as if the scoreboards had really come to life.

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