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Gloria Loring is probably best known for her work during the 1980s when she starred in "Days of Our Lives" as Liz Chandler, co-wrote popular TV show theme songs like "Facts of Life," and had a hit song with "Friends and Lovers."
Robert Morgan, who lives in Ithaca, N.Y., has long been one of my favorite American poets. He's also a fine novelist and, recently, the biographer of Daniel Boone. His poems are often about customs and folklore, and this one is a good example.
It's said they planted trees by graves
to soak up spirits of the dead
through roots into the growing wood.
The iris tightens her grip
— Samira Didos, Champaign
This week, I'm sharing two more Golden Kite Award Winners from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators:
New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter visiting to perform with UI group
URBANA — Phil Smith, the principal trumpeter for the New York Philharmonic, will perform as a soloist with the Illinois Wind Symphony on Tuesday evening in Urbana in the world premiere of a piece by Aaron Jay Kernis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer.
Each week, The News-Gazette will offer a selection of events provided by area libraries:
Champaign Public Library
Main library, 200 W. Green St.
Douglass branch, 504 E. Grove St.
In journalism, the Five W's — who, what, when, where and why — constitute the generic formula for getting the story.
Applied to Deep Throat — the super-secret news source for The Washington Post — the Five W's purported to tell the tale of the man who helped keep alive the scandal — Watergate — that ultimately drove President Richard Nixon from office in August 1974.
As usual, once again I procrastinated on sleep with my nightly ritual of checking Pinterest.com. An hour (and many re-pins later) I was almost ready to go to bed when a quote in thick white letters against a brilliant red background caught my eye.
"Most of what makes a book 'good' is that we are reading it at the right moment for us."
CHAMPAIGN — The University of Illinois Press will host the annual Book, Jacket and Journal Show from Monday through April 12.
Sponsored by the Association of American University Presses, nearly 100 books and jackets — the best of university press publishing — will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the UI Press, 1325 S. Oak St., C.
URBANA — IJPAN, the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network, will present on Monday evening a webcast of a staged reading of "Strolling Invader," a new play being performed at the Japan Society of New York.