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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"The Self-Esteem Trap" is an interesting look at parenting today by psychologist Polly Young-Eisendrath.
CHAMPAIGN — Oliver Stone said his anti-Vietnam War movie “Born on the Fourth of July” opened on the worst possible date — Dec. 17, 1989.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.