It's wonderful when a very young person discovers the pleasures of poetry and gives it a try. Here's a poem by first-grader Andrew Jones of Ferndale, Wash., who, if we're lucky, will go on to write poems the rest of his life.
The Softest Word
The softest word is leaf
in the air and
falls on the yellow ground
Mitch Albom, once a sports writer and now international bestselling author thanks to the popular and heartwarming "Tuesdays with Morrie," has a new fiction novel out: "The Time Keeper." The cover states that it's a "compelling fable about the first man to count the hours. The man who became Father Time."
I must admit, I am a doodler. Not just occasionally. I doodle while on the phone, watching TV and listening to music. If I'm out for lunch, I doodle on the paper place mats or napkins.
Snowflakes floating down,
accompanied by the soft sounds
of honking geese.
— Pat Gallahue, Rantoul
Although Valentine's Day is still a couple of weeks away, you'll want to get these books in advance so you and your children will have plenty of time to enjoy them.
"The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever" is a new book by Illinois author Brenda Ferber (2012, Dial Books, illustrated by Tedd Arnold).
Two local organizations have made significant staff changes at the top.
At WEFT 90.1-FM Radio, the last day for manager Mick Woolf — long the face of the community station — will be Thursday. It's also the final day for membership services coordinator Marty Booth Hodges.
CHAMPAIGN — "Fleeting," a group exhibition on the theme of impermanence, will open Friday, with an artists' reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Indi Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.
There also will be a performance piece, "Trim," by Sarah Beth Woods at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
LeROY— Running a small-town movie theater is a rarity, but when the Hanafin family tackled LeRoy's Princess Theatre in 2006, they fell in love with the business.
These women give new definition to the term "soccer moms."
Oh, they've done their share of carpooling and cheering for kids from the sidelines at soccer matches, hockey games and baseball tournaments.
But this is their turf. Er, pitch.