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Inspirational stories for women fighting cancer

Most of us are familiar with "Chicken Soup for the Soul" books — in the last few years, it seems as if there is one of these books for every profession, age group and hobby —from nurses to teens to dog lovers.


Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Feb. 17, 2013

Mark Sanders, who lives in Texas, is not only a good poet, but he's an old friend to the poetry of my home ground, working hard as a teacher, editor and publisher to bring Great Plains poetry to the attention of readers across the country. Here's an example of one of his poems.

The Cranes,

Texas January

I call my wife outdoors to have her listen,


Library events Feb. 17, 2013

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.


Canines rule in books and in life

There are a lot of stereotypes about librarians out there, and while I have never worn my hair in a bun, I must admit that I do fit the description in some ways. I've always been rather quiet and serious, I like comfortable shoes and my house is overflowing with stacks of books.


C-U Haiku

Seed catalogs arriving

Out the window there is snow

Hurry cries my cold bones.

— Laura Shuler-Battle, Champaign


Poets scheduled to visit Illini Union Bookstore

CHAMPAIGN — Kathleen Graber, a former high school English teacher who was inspired to write poetry after taking students on a field trip, will read from her critically acclaimed collections at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St.


You'll love the library's romance collection

As we're confronted this month with a manufactured commercial holiday full of hearts and flowers and a barrage of xxooxxoo, you can read stories featuring your ideals of romance with a variety of themes.


Amara Yoga & Arts hosting new exhibit

URBANA — Amara Yoga & Arts at Lincoln Square Village will present on Saturday the exhibition and opening for "Colorful Spirit," featuring work by Lee Boyer, Michael Hoag, Evelyne Tardy and poet Natalie Kettleson.

The opening will be from 6 to 8 p.m.; the show will remain on view through April 11.

Information on the four artists:


Short story features complex characters

It doesn't take a tome of 500 pages to tell a powerful, gripping and captivating story. Jessica Bell has managed to do this in less than 150 pages in her latest work, "The Book."


Ted Kooser: American life in poetry Feb. 10, 2013

It seems that love poems have a better chance of being passed around from person to person than other poems, and here's one by Richard M. Berlin, who lives in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, that we'd like to pass along to you.

Einstein's Happiest Moment

Einstein's happiest moment

occurred when he realized

a falling man falling