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.

Ruth Siburt: Compelling tale appropriate for the younger set

"A Green and Ancient Light" by Fredric S. Durbin may be best described as a gentle fantasy crossover tale. Saga Press will release the nearly 300-page novel in June as adult fantasy; however, I don't hesitate to recommend it as an intriguing and appropriate read for upper middle grades or high school readers who enjoy fantasies embedded with intricate puzzles.

C-U haiku, April 10, 2016

Edited by Jim O’Brien, Ann Hart and Will Reger

Whispered green gossip

spreads through yards, branch-to-branch. (It's

definitely spring).

— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono

Library events, April 10-17, 2016

Selected events upcoming at local libraries

Champaign Public Library

Main library, 200 W. Green St.

Douglass Branch, 504 E. Grove St.

At 2 p.m. today at the main library, enjoy a free hour-long Latin jazz concert by the Tito Carrillo Group.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.