Cauli Le Chat

Cauli Le Chat
Cauli Le Chat, MPL Roving Reporter

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hope You Were There

Last Thursday, my Library hosted a program featuring world-famous Danville, Indiana author Philip Gulley.  The Decorinator and the BizMeister  created an amazing backdrop for his presentation in our Bonita Marley Community Room.

Philip Gulley Reads to a Spellbound Audience 
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 Chatting With the Author

Hey, That's OfficeMeister (Right)

My minions took a few snapshots before the program so you could enjoy the wonderful decorations.

The Decorinator said that this was the best adult program our Library has ever had.  Hope (get it?) you were able to attend.  If not, you can always read Mr. Gulley's terrific, thoughtful, and insightful books, such as his latest.

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We have his other books, too, in our Evergreen Indiana catalog, in all your favorite formats (print, audiobook, playaway, digital, etc.)  You know where to click.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

My Golden Ticket, If You Please

Fans of the children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl, will appreciate our Willy Wonka elevator.  It's magical, thanks to the wondrous work of the Decorinator and the BizMeister.  I know it's not glass, but, hey, it goes up and down to and from the library basement.

Willy Wonka Elevator
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We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964).  If you have a golden ticket, you could get a free ride in the elevator.  I'm not sure where you get tickets, however. Ask at our youth services desk.  If you have minions, as I do, just order them to find tickets.  It's grand being boss cat around here.

My Library has many Roald Dahl materials available to check-out with your Evergreen Indiana library card.  You know where to click.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Near and "Deer" To Our Hearts

By Gracie ("Baby")
MPL Special Correspondent
Homeland Security News Beat

Cauli occasionally visits us at Junior's Farm, a few miles southeast of Mooresville, Indiana. She calls us her country cousins.  Since I'm in charge of Homeland Security around these parts, I wanted to alert Cauli's loyal readers to an adventure near and dear to our hearts. Perhaps that should be "neer and deer."  To-wit:

Deer Munching Corn at the Winged Dinner Feeders 
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 Where's "Lefty" Going?

HEY!  Lay Off the Hostas, Bambi!

As a show of bravery, I charged these visitors--I just wanted to get a closer look--and they were startled, "barked" warnings to one another, and jumped about.  Seeing that I was comparatively tiny, they returned to eating.  I wasn't looking for a brawl or anything.  Playful romping, really. They're huge and can kick quite hard, after all, so no kitty would ask for trouble from them.

We're happy to have our dear friends (who are deer friends, naturally) drop by for din-dins. Last winter we saw 13 simultaneously eating in our yard. Quite a crowd!  I expected a 20 percent tip, but I was stiffed.  The food industry is a thankless job.

The Lady With the Red Hair says we need to cut back a bit on the corn because of some financial crunch.  But the only crunch those deer care about is the crunch of the corn as they're munching it.  So I think we should regularly spring for some chow for them.  Just as long as I don't have to foot--or, rather, paw--the bill.

Ready to Meet the Challenges to Home and Hearth,

Gracie ("Baby")
MPL Extra Special Correspondent
Homeland Security News Beat

Monday, September 29, 2014

Exploring Morgan-Monroe Forest

Yesterday my minions, "Flat" Cauli VII (Flat Seven for short), and I explored Morgan-Monroe State Forest, just a few miles south of Martinsville, Indiana.

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We explored many interesting places.  Here I am at Cherry Lake and its shelter house.  You can see Flat Seven peeking out the window.  That's the Lady With the Red Hair walking toward the shelter house.

What a beautiful area for hiking and camping.  Not too busy, either!  I recommend a visit there, especially in the coming weeks, when Fall colors will be in full splendor.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Taking a Stepp Into the Unknown

Halloween is still a month away, but it was such a nice day to visit a haunted cemetery.  So this afternoon, my minions and I, along with "Flat" Cauli (probably Flat VII, although they all look alike, even to moi), visited famous Stepp Cemetery in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest, just a few miles south of Martinsville, Indiana.

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According to the History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana: Their People, Industries and Institutions (Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Co., 1914), Reuben Stepp purchased land patents in sections 21 and 6 (1835 and 1836, respectively) of Benton Township (later split off as Marion Township) of Monroe County, Indiana.  Savoy Stepp purchased land in section 9 in 1837.  The cemetery is located on one of Reuben Stepp's tracts.  The State of Indiana acquired the land in 1929.

Monroe County, Indiana Map (1876)
(Showing Marion Township Above Benton Township)

Since at least the 1950s, people have claimed to have experienced paranormal events in the cemetery near the grave of "Baby Lester," who died in 1937.  According to folklore, night visitors have seen a spectral "woman in black" sitting on a tree stump near the grave.  This was supposedly the ghost of Baby Lester's mother, who purportedly haunts the cemetery.  It has become common practice for visitors to leave tributes or relics at the grave site.  We saw many such items on display.

Baby Lester's Grave

Since Baby Lester's grave is situated among many Adkins graves, we presumed that Lester was a member of the Adkins family.  There seems to be some discrepancy between the older and newer headstones for Joseph and Florence, however.  Just saying.

The tree stump has long since rotted away, but folks continue to claim to experience haunting phenomena after dark in the cemetery.  Some claim to have photographed orbs floating in the air and to have recorded electronic voice phenomena (EVP).  (My Library has books about orbs and EVP--you know where to click.)  We didn't see or hear any such activities, but it was daytime.

We found a YouTube video that summarizes the haunted history of Stepp Cemetery.

"Stepp Cemetery" Video (2008)
by Robert Greg Lyon

Unfortunately, many of the oldest tombstones were vandalized over the years, damaging the cemetery both genealogically and aesthetically. Cemetery vandalism is a disgrace.  People should show more respect for the departed.  Happily, thanks to the efforts of cemetery revitalization groups, we saw many new or restored grave markers.  There were also several recent burials (within the last 20 years--a few as recently as two years ago).  My minions snapped a few photos.

Also living in the cemetery were two partially rotted trees that have been hollowed out--one struck by lightning--and would make great hiding places for small critters.  The Lady With the Red Hair, "Flat" Cauli, and I investigated.

It's amazing that the lightning tree is still alive, given the severity of the burns.  Ironically, the tree's in a cemetery.  Go figure.

Maybe Stepp Cemetery is really haunted, but I don't think we'll be going back after dark. Those trees would look plenty spooky at night.  Not that I'm a scaredy-cat or anything.  I am a black kitty, after all.

Your Roving Reporter On The Go,

Cauli Le Chat