Thankful for my memories

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You have to admire this time of the year, if for nothing else, the changes it brings.

The kids are back in school, staying busy and competing. The train that crosses 116th Street will become a rarity once again, and the yellow school bus will be commonplace.

Thinking about how things change often comes with mixed emotions. I pride myself on being able to remember and observe the little things. While some may be happy that the FairTrain is no longer causing (brief) disruptions on 116th Street, I’m saddened. Every time I hear the train horn I’m instantaneously transported home to a little town criss-crossed by train tracks. I know how frustrating it is to be stuck behind a real train carrying industrial doodads and materials, but that horn just reminds me of simple times. It’s quite soothing.

I’m lucky that little things like that trigger soothing memories most of the time, and that the worst of those memories involve me getting agitated about how long the train must be and when it will be done crossing the street.

Why am I, and so many others, lucky because trivial memories like waiting for a train are triggered by a simple sound?

Read this week’s cover story and you’ll understand.

Other notes from around Fishers

In this week’s issue, you’ll see a story on the Youth Mentoring Initiative’s Ultimate Dodgeball Challenge. I spoke with Darren Heil, the executive director of YMI, in depth about the project, and I think it’s a cool cause. I hope that FFD Chief Steve Orusa was onto something with this fundraiser, and I also hope as many town leaders get involved with it as possible. That way I’ll get to take pictures of the movers and shakers pummeling each other with dodgeballs. Don’t be shy; it’s for a good cause.

I’m excited to see ground break on the mixed-use development in downtown Fishers. What kind of changes do you think it will bring?

If you’d like to chat about it or anything else that’s on your mind, visit me at Hearthstone Coffee House & Pub from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays for coffee hours.


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