Mike and Linda (Hadley) Thomason of Manhattan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Jan. 24.

Glenna (Adolph) Berry will celebrate her 80th birthday on Feb. 4.

Edna Peterson will celebrate her 90th birthday on Feb. 4.

Join us at the Manhattan Public Library for Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) book discussions on March 19, April 23 and May 21. The theme is “Living with the Land.” (The following descriptions are provided by Humanities Kansas.)

Those of us attending the recent Troika-managed touring production of the musical “The Color Purple” probably already knew the show’s story. After all, Alice Walker’s celebrated novel has been around since 1982. And there was a movie version, in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg and starrin…

Cash Travis Mayer was born Jan. 10 to Travis and Audry Mayer of Manhattan.

“I’d like a non-smoking room for one night, please – with plenty of prairie hay in it.” That probably doesn’t sound like a typical request at your local lodging establishment. It demonstrates the unique needs of someone traveling with horses.

The new movie “Dolittle” is a children’s film rather than an entertainment “for the whole family.” But adults may be delighted by the demonstration of what filmmakers can do now with assisted animation and special effects.

Bee Erickson will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 30.

Just the picture on the cover made me reach for the book — Mel Brooks with his distinctively crazy look. “Funny Man” by Patrick McGilligan is a captivating biography of the comedy giant, covering his rags-to-riches life and triumphant career in television, films and theater.

The new film “Bad Boys For Life” again pairs Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami police detectives. Perhaps more significantly, it was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer but was not directed, as were the first two films in the trilogy, by Michael Bay.

Let’s go to the 2019 National Restaurant Association Expo in Chicago. Food suppliers are displaying products from across the nation. Only one of these suppliers is a producer of a healthy, fermented drink called kombucha that promotes health in a person’s gut. This remarkable business is own…

The animated family movie “Spies in Disguise” displays some of the strengths we associate with recent non-Disney animated films. “SID” was made for the Blue Skies label, so it is a Disney product. But it is not one of their widely promoted, big-budget offerings.

There’s a quote in one of my favorite books, “Love in the Time of Cholera”: “She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.”

The new year often brings a desire for change, and for many people that change is health-related. Thousands of diets promise to help you shed weight, but if Google’s top annual searches are any indication, people in the United States are interested in a few trendy methods.

Bob and Bonnie (Hofman) Edwards of Olsburg celebrated their 65th anniversary on Dec. 27.

The future belongs to Asia, said geopolitical strategist Parag Khanna. In “The Future is Asian,” Khanna argues that a tectonic shift in global power is occurring. If the 19th century belonged to Europe, and the 20th century to the United States, then the 21st century now belongs to Asia, sai…

“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days.” That nostalgic song describes good memories which many people have from their school times of yesteryear. One author has captured the history of many schools from the past across the state of Kansas. It’s today’s Kansas Profile.


Hudson Mattis Cox was not only the first baby born to new parents Derek and Bethany Cox. He was not only the first infant welcomed in Manhattan in 2020, but also the new decade.

It proved to be all too easy to come up with a list of the worst movies of 2019 without including “Cats.” Some readers may be astonished by that statement.

Onette (Isaacson) Shannon celebrated her 90th birthday Dec. 27.

Drop seed. That’s what I do to plant my garden, right? When we put those words together, that is also the name of a beautiful grassy plant called prairie dropseed. Now it is the name of an innovative Kansas business. Today we’ll learn about a Kansas technology company which is designing soft…