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These days you see zombies on billboards, in crawl spaces ..." Photo illustration by: Mike Rhodes

John Carlson: What Do I Hear Down There?

By: John Carlson— There is a certain level of spookiness encountered at night when one’s old kitchen is torn out in order to put in a new one. This is especially true when – in terms of personal courage – you are an unapologetic chicken, and indeed, the sort of…

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These cabinets are so out of style, they’re scary. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Redoing The, Gulp, Kitchen

By: John Carlson— After 36 years of marriage, I have finally figured out what separates the women from the men, the ladies from the gents, the chicks from the dudes, the babes from the … well, you get it. Redoing your kitchen. Greg, our neighbor and head guy from Richard’s…


A burrito capped by thickly folded tortilla nearly did him in. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: Breathe Easy, Darling

By: John Carlson— An interesting thing happened to me the other night. I nearly died. OK, that’s probably a little too dramatic, a slight exaggeration. But within three or four minutes, had my wife Nancy not been around, I might have drifted up to my heavenly reward. Given my history…


The Star Follies included some beautiful young dancers. Photo by: Robert Dirden

John Carlson: It’s a fact! Burlesque is back!

By: John Carlson— One recent Saturday night, Nancy and I and a couple hundred other people attended the Star Follies burlesque show. I am pretty sure the production made a nice haul for Muncie Civic Theatre, and in doing so fulfilled a worthwhile goal. Was it fun? Sure. Was it…


Cross-country skiing is very good for you, supposedly. By: graphicstock

John Carlson: Skiing to Heck And Back

By: John Carlson— The other day I was nursing a beer at The Fickle  Peach while watching a preliminary Winter Olympics qualifying event for the biathlon. You know the biathlon, right? It’s the event that combines cross-country skiing with shooting. The contestants scoot long distances over the snow with rifles…


Nobody ever said that giving up cigarettes would be easy. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

Carlson: Addiction? No Butts About It

By: John Carlson— Opioid addiction is far more horrific, I know, but I’m always amazed by the addictive power of cigarettes, and what big business fighting that addiction has become. Kicking cigarettes was the hardest thing I ever did. I have a creeping feeling this was because I had my…


Nothing’s prettier than a plump, tasty chicken gizzard. Photo by: Nancy Carlson

John Carlson: In Praise of Chicken Gizzards

By: John Carlson— Every now and then I get an overpowering urge to eat a food so deliciously down-home and wholesome, I just have to go out and chomp some. By that, of course, I mean chicken gizzards. No, no. Not livers. Can’t say I’ve ever been much of a…