People today like to talk about the good old days on the family farm. Actually, before the coming of mechanization, daily farm life was a lot of unrelenting, often heavy and isolated work all day long. This made occasional social and other activities all the
Jennifer Chiaverini writes a historical novel rich with details of the relationship between President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and her personal “modiste,” Elizabeth Keckley. Elizabeth was a freed slave who moved to Washington, D.C., after living in several other cities. Through hard
Everyone knows that libraries have storytimes so young children can hear good stories read aloud. People who have attended storytimes know that, in addition to stories, children will learn action rhymes, songs and even dance moves. It is all great fun and leads
Afghanistan has been the setting for volumes or espionage fiction in recent years and small wonder. It’s got terrorists, warlords, drug and arms dealers, corruption, countless hiding place and untold treachery. And for at least five years ending in May 2011, it was home to
If you think you have an idea what life is all about and you’re pretty sure you’re making all the right choices, “Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6” sets out to challenge that notion. Susan Jackson Rodgers illuminates the everyday lives of everyday people in “Ex-Boyfriend
In celebration of Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, a volume of the Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition is on display through Sunday at St Thomas More Catholic Church. The Bible is not only a copy of the New Revised Standard Version
I’m a mostly peaceful person, but I get irrationally angry about certain things. President Barack Obama on ESPN/talk shows — We get it. You like sports, music and talking like the common man. Go fix something. The White House to-do list is growing quite
Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots make up my favorite vegetable combination. I started my broccoli some time back under florescent lights. They have been in a holding pattern waiting to be planted outside. Vegetables don’t like to wait any more than I do. The cauliflower
To the Editor: I want to thank the Mercury for reporting fundraising information for the upcoming City Commission election. I am not surprised that John Ball has self-financed the vast majority of his campaign.
To the Editor: Karen McCulloh has been a tireless, principled leader in our community for decades.
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