As we wander through our evenings, missing the movies, McCain, and sports, many of us turn to television “streaming.” We use streaming services to bring selected programs to our televisions.

“Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope” is a timely and insightful book on a wide range of contemporary social issues in the United States, including drugs, joblessness, homelessness, incarceration and much more. The authors are Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, husband and wife recipi…

If you’re anything like me, staying home sounds like a lovely idea, but after a while … the cabin fever sets in. Audiobooks pair wonderfully with a walk around the block. Here are some library resources for downloadable audiobooks you may not have used yet. You can access them all from kslib…

Let’s go to a city council meeting. City council members are listening to a presentation about perceptions of their community. Is this presentation being made by an expensive consultant from halfway across the country? No, this presentation is being made by a local group whose average age is…

Thinking outside the box is an ability that comes in handy, especially now, when we are all encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing. As an introvert, I feel like I’ve been preparing for this moment my whole life. However, I know staying at home can lead to cabin fever, so I’d …

Suketu Mehta, an associate professor of journalism at Columbia University, was born in India and grew up in New York City. In his book, “This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto,” he makes the best and most comprehensive argument I have seen for why immigrants should not only be welco…

Many books have been written concerning the Trump administration. “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America” is one is the most detailed and thorough so far. The authors, Washington Post writers Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig who have won Pulitzer Prizes for their previous…

Larry and Terri Mangiaracino of St. George will celebrate their 50th anniversary on April 4.

Andrea Dizmang and Hayden Wolf were married March 22 at Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan.

Do you like raspberry pie? I do. Today we’ll learn about a different kind of raspberry pie – the kind spelled P-I, as in the mathematical symbol. In this case, Raspberry Pi is the name of a type of computer used by students who are learning to do computer coding. This high-tech project is an…

Readers may have heard something about the controversy associated with the new film “The Hunt.” Its original release was — ironically — pushed back to the middle of the virus furor because of cluster killings last fall. You see, the movie is about folks shooting their neighbors.

Patricia “Patty” Dees will celebrate her 80th birthday March 24. She was born and raised in Manhattan.

Schools buildings have been closed, stores and restaurants have reduced hours or closed dining rooms and events have been canceled — all in the name of social distancing, and for some, quarantine, to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Within the past couple weeks, coronavirus has swept the country, affecting most aspects of our lives. Schools have closed, the library has closed, and businesses are increasingly encouraging their employees to work from home instead of coming into the office. All of this is to encourage soci…

Brandon Shimoda, an American of Japanese descent, is an acclaimed poet and cultural critic. A decade ago, Shimoda began to write what he described as a lyrical picture of his paternal grandfather, Midori Shimoda, whose life as a child migrant to America encompassed the history of Japanese im…

Let’s hop on a transatlantic flight to London. A woman is placing a spinning wheel on the floor in front of her seat and will spin yarn while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The spinning wheel is a handmade, portable spinning wheel which was built by a pair of craftsmen in rural Kansas. These b…

Family has been one of the largest influences in Kari McCune’s life. Whether it was pursuing a career in sales to support her son through college or being inspired by her grandparents to start a business specializing in refurbishing and selling mid-century modern furniture, her loved ones ar…

“The Body: A Guide for Occupants,” the 20th book by this popular American writer living in England, is likely to be one of his most popular. Bill Bryson has previously written on a wide variety of topics, as seen from his titles “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” “Shakespeare: The World…

“Invisible Man” is a suspense film, almost a slasher movie. But it also is related to the series of “tough women” films we’ve been seeing the last couple of years — movies in which female protagonists are willing to engage in violence to advance their own interests.

Viewers looking for a feel-good basketball story might find “The Way Back” a little too heavy for their tastes, but they would be missing out on a deep performance from one of Hollywood’s most under-appreciated stars.

Since Manhattan’s early days, when the city was made of westward-expanding settlers and dirt roads, women have been instrumental in building up and forming the community. In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, The Mercury is highlighting local women, from the distant and recent pas…

Carolyn (Fortner) and Rudy Besa will celebrate their 60th anniversary on March 26.

Nancy (Repp) and George “Tim” Gorman celebrated their 50th anniversary March 7.

Many Americans know Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the host of the genealogical TV program, “Finding Your Roots.” He is a Harvard professor and director of the Harvard Center for African and African American Research. He is an award-winning author or co-author of 24 books and creator of 20 documen…

At some point in our lives, most of us will be caregivers, either for our children, our friends, our parents or our spouses. Amateur caregivers have a lot to learn, but perhaps we also have a lot to teach the medical profession. In his 2019 memoir, “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a…

Unsung heroes. They can take many forms, from a hard-working single parent to an inspirational teacher to your local firefighter or police officer. Today we’ll learn about a Kansas-based educational center which is seeking to share examples of unsung heroes so as to improve our communities a…

K-State’s McCain Auditorium series runs a few shows every year in the Wareham Opera House downtown. Last weekend, we got the annual McCain St. Patrick’s Day show, and it was presented at the Wareham.