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Author Amy MaganAmy Magan has called Indiana home since arriving on the campus of Butler University in 1988. Now the mother of a tween and two teens, she can't think of a better place to raise her family than Central Indiana. Amy writes for several websites including her own blog, The 4th Frog.


Mini-Mart US in Carmel Like a Tasty Visit to Russia

#CarmelIN — Maybe it’s the candy Babushkas. Maybe it’s the full-size herring in the deli-case. Or maybe it was the seed packets for homeopathic herbs found only in a part of the world I had to Google. But the “Mini-Mart US” at 1323 S Rangeline Rd in Carmel is anything but your typical small-scale American convenience store. […]

Carmel Laundromat is Frozen in Time

#CarmelIN — Outside, it’s 2014. But inside the Kwik-Kleen Laundromat, it just might be 1960. City planners from around the world have looked to Carmel as the vanguard of development. It stands as proof that small towns can dream big. The city now has more roundabouts than London; and an entire world-class cultural center arose […]

Last Chance Outdoor Concert at Coxhall Gardens

#CarmelIN — Coxhall Gardens in Carmel, Indiana is a serene park operated by Hamilton County Parks & Recreation. It’s a great place to head when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But even quiet respites can surprise us sometimes. Between the park’s two matching clocktowers is The Centerpiece, […]

Adaptive Programs at Monon Center Mean Everyone Has Fun

The Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana takes the “community” part of its name seriously. The host of adaptive programs offered for people with special needs is evidence of that, as is the fact that the Monon Center employs an Inclusion Supervisor. The list of available adaptive programs fills 5 pages of the Carmel Clay […]

Roundabouts Make Life Better

They’ve been the subject of debate. The object of scorn. The butt of jokes. They are Carmel, Indiana’s series of roundabouts — traffic circles designed to more efficiently move traffic. And I love them. Google “Carmel, Indiana” and “roundabouts” and you’ll learn that the city has more roundabouts than any city in the United States. […]

5 reasons to love Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

Confession: I am a theatre geek. It started in high school when I was cast in a handful of school plays. It continued through college when we could get cheap last-minute tickets to performances that hadn’t sold out. As an adult, I’m still drawn to the theatre. I love the storytelling, the music, the costumes. […]

Genealogy volunteers on hand at Carmel library

Where in history do your ancestors turn up? The California gold rush? The Civil War? The Titanic? My father-in-law is always telling us about how his side of the family is six degrees of separation from Daniel Boone and something about some guy named William Field. I don’t pay much attention because I can’t keep […]