Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, April 10, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Richard M. Berlin is a doctor and poet, or a poet and doctor, and in this poem from his book "Practice," from Brick Road Poetry Press, he honors the wisdom each of us gains through experience.

A Lobsterman Looks at the Sea

His new hip healed in, we're working

Susan McKinney: Immortals living among mortals

In "The Immortals" by Jordanna Max Brodsky, Selene DiSilva is a private investigator who lives in New York City; she also is the former Greek goddess Artemis, the virgin huntress. Her specialty is helping women and innocents. If a woman is being terrorized by a man, DiSilva will help her take care of the problem, usually by scaring the man away.

Area update: Monticello superintendent pledges new plan

MONTICELLO — With a twice-defeated high school referendum behind him, Monticello Superintendent Vic Zimmerman admits the district is without a long-term plan to address its aging facilities.

But after a short break that follows four years of facilities studying, he promised a new plan would emerge.

That's Entertainment: Spotlighting events around the area

Theater scene

Holy Cross School will present its 31st annual student production, "Shrek the Musical Jr.," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the school gym, 410 W. White St., C.

Joan Griffis/Illinois Ancestors: Spanish soldiers helped colonists win Revolutionary War

Historians have long included details of France's assistance to the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. However, evidence shows that the Spanish Empire also provided aid in the form of money, ammunition, personnel, and medical supplies as early as 1776.

Library events, April 3-10, 2016

Selected events at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 9:45, 10:15 and 10:45 on Mondays mornings, the main library hosts Babies Love Books, a time for stories, songs and bounces for children 18 months old and younger accompanied by a caregiver.

C-U haiku, April 3, 2016


Rough tongue of new grass

Pants for spring to come, to stay

Crocus — sweet candy

— Will Reger, Champaign

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, April 3, 2016

By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

Susan Aizenberg lives and teaches in Omaha, and the following poem is from "Quiet City," published by BkMk Press. My father and perhaps yours, too, found a little pleasure in an early morning walk.


Before the train screamed him through tunnels

to his windowless office, the idiots

Ask 'Mimi,' April 3, 2016

Did you know Stephen West is coming to C-U?

Kelly Strom: Chick lit is good for the soul

Last week, I was fortunate enough to go away for spring break. In between theme parks, nature preserves, swimming in the pool and shopping, I was able to squeeze in a little reading.

The following novels are pure guilty pleasures. They're light (for the most part), feature engaging characters and follow entertaining, if somewhat predictable story lines. Perfect for a little time away.