Louisville Magazine

JUL 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 25 A bi-weekly newsletter? Not a sexy concept. Details on road pavings, committee hearings, meet and greets. An informed citizenry is important, but, man, bureaucracy is dry — although Metro Councilman Brandon Coan and his legislative assistant, Jasmine Weatherby, don't think so. Their newsletter for District 8 (the Highlands and Tyler Park, mainly) keeps it light and pun-y. In "The Notorious B.I.D. Edition" Coan advocated for a Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) in the Highlands. Others have included "Tree's Company," referring to the city's tree ordinance and, more recently, "Stuck in the Middle with You," in reference to the city's budget process and other Highlands-area projects being halfway between start and finish. The newsletter's crime report typically nails a zinger: "Here Kitty, Kitty" (about a "cat burglar" stealing from unlocked cars) and "Take Me to Church" (with Coan begging, "Please for the love of G-d remember to lock your vehicles"). Coan and Weatherby have even delivered a "Haiku Edition." A taste: Here we sit like birds, like the Castleman statue in the wilderness. — Anne Marshall I first tuned in by accident, while trying to find a static channel so I could connect my iPhone Bluetooth transmitter. Fumbling through the airwaves, I stopped on 88.1 when I heard Cher's heart-wrenching "Love And Understanding" from 1991. I hadn't listened to that song in years. Up next was "The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows," by Brand New. I immediately jolted back to my early high school years, when I dyed my hair red and wore too much eyeliner. Then came Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup." I added the station to my presets. 88.1 WNAS-FM, broadcast from New Albany High School, was founded in 1949, which, according to its website, makes it the nation's first high school FM station. Unlike other stations, 88.1 plays every genre, in no particular order. I can hear Don Henley, Paula Abdul and the Pointer Sisters in the same 10-minute block. (Call the request line at (812) 542-4702.) I listen on my drive to and from work. The station tends to get fuzzy around my home in Germantown but is clear near my office in the Portland neighborhood. The random blocks of songs are interrupted by advertisements for local orthodontists targeting mouthfuls of crooked teenage teeth and interjections from teachers ("I listen to 88.1 when I'm grading papers," NAHS teacher Mr. Townsend says). A few weeks ago, my heart skipped a beat as I ducked into the bathroom at the MerryWeather in Schnitzelburg and spotted a small red radio mounted to the wall. It was playing 88.1. — Katie Molck A BREAK FROM THE TO-DO LIST I unknowingly passed this sacred space on Hubbards Lane en route to Target countless times — a fact that pretty well sums up my state of mind pre-meditation: unaware, in a hurry, on a mission for something. Then, a few years ago, I searched online for local meditation resources to help me cope with mounting stress, impatience and general grumpiness. I embarked on a six-week intro to meditation course at the Drepung Gomang Center, a simple ranch-style house adorned with a few bursts of red and gold that set it apart from the rest of this residential stretch. It's difficult to succinctly sum up what I learned at the center, but I'm pretty sure I used the words "life-changing" in attempting to convey the experience to my husband. Drepung Gomang offers mindfulness instruction, classes on Buddhism, compassion-themed camps for kids, community meditations and more. It's free to drop by the stunning shrine room, though donations are always welcome. Just be sure to take off your shoes, silence your cell phone…and remember to breathe. — Sarah Kelley EVERYTHING FM CIVIC PUNS

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