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Ted Kooser: An American life in poetry, April 27, 2014

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laurete 2004-06

Let's celebrate the first warm days of spring with a poem for mushroom hunters, this one by Amy Fleury, who lives in Louisiana.

First Morel

Up from wood rot,

wrinkling up from duff

and homely damps,

spore-born and cauled

like a meager seer,

it pushes aside earth

to make a small place

Working in shadows of deadly volcanoes

There are a few occupations that require such courage that I am amazed anyone ever chooses them. Firefighters, for instance, and police officers, and school bus drivers are, I am convinced, among the bravest people in the world. After reading Elizabeth Rusch's nonfiction work "Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives," I added volcanologists to my list of intrepid heroes.

Library events, April 27-May 4, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette offers a selection of events provided by area libraries:

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

Richard J. Leskosky: Get insider film info online

One of the many great things about EbertFest is that, with so many film industry people in attendance, you can hear the stories behind the films and the careers. If that whets your appetite for more insider info, there are several websites you might want to check out.

Chorale concert will feature scholarship winners

CHAMPAIGN — Several young artists who have received scholarships from The Chorale will perform at the community choir's spring concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Faith United Methodist Church, 1719 S. Prospect Ave., C.

This year marks the 22nd for the Chorale awarding scholarships to senior high school students who plan to pursue music in college.

Suggestions to avoid the self-esteem trap

"The Self-Esteem Trap" is an interesting look at parenting today by psychologist Polly Young-Eisendrath.

Oliver Stone hits town


CHAMPAIGN — Oliver Stone said his anti-Vietnam War movie “Born on the Fourth of July” opened on the worst possible date — Dec. 17, 1989.

'A Simple Life' an extraordinary film

CHAMPAIGN — During the last seven years of his life, Roger Ebert had caretakers who lived 24/7 in his and his wife's home in Chicago.

Check out the coverage provided by this UI journalism class here

Spike Lee Q and A

Some highlights from the Q&A session after the screening of “Do The Right Thing” Friday night at Ebertfest:

— Director Spike Lee praised Roger Ebert for supporting the film when other white critics concentrated on the damage done to a white-owned pizzeria instead of the death of a major black character at the hands of the New York police.

Who lives here? April 26, 2014

Each week, The News-Gazette will show a screen shot of a home from a movie or television show and ask readers, "Who lives here?" The first person to email wholiveshere@news-gazette.com with who resides in the featured house will get a shout-out in next week's section. Be sure to include your full name and town of residence in your submission.