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New at Peter White Public Library

The holidays have always meant extra reading time for me. Without large family gatherings, this is even truer this year. With so many amazing new books this year, why not make the best of a bad situation and settle into the coziest spot you can find with one of the Peter White Public ...

Tom Hanks is doggedly heroic in ‘News of the World’

Tom Hanks rides a horse and blasts a six-shooter in his new film, “News of the World.” Some of you might be thinking this must be his first cowboy role. To those, we respond: Have you forgotten about Woody so soon? All of Hanks — not just his voice — is employed in this second cowboy ...

A new era at the park: Funding awarded for new inclusive playground

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette was recently awarded $300,000 to build a new inclusive playground at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The grant money was awarded through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, which provides funding to projects that involve natural resource protection and ...

Taking note: A hopeful season

The winds are howling. A fresh new blanket of snow has transformed the world overnight. This seems to be a picture-perfect restoration of winter weather after the previous day’s unusual warmth transformed the area’s lawns from a crisp white to a soggy green. It’s seemingly ideal ...

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ joins mid-life crisis, jazz fantasia

Pete Docter’s “Soul” features stairway-to-heaven visions of the afterlife, a pre-birth “before” realm where souls are glowing turquoise orbs and an in-between spiritual realm trafficked by some kind of psychedelic pirate. And yet, kind of magically, it’s about “just regular old ...

‘Solstice to Equinox’: 100DayProject changing for 2021

MARQUETTE — The 100DayProject, which invited participants in recent years to take part in a creative undertaking daily for 100 consecutive days, is changing a bit for 2021 — as is the case with many events and activities. Local artists Ann Russ and Catherine Benda are once again launching ...

Taking note: Shining bright

The wind’s powerful gusts were lending motion to tree branches, power lines, and even the festive decorations that adorned many homes in the area. It was a frigid day, but amazingly, the sun was out. Even though it didn’t seem to provide much warmth in the face of such intense wind, it ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Lots of new “true crime” books came in recently. As those are replaced with newer titles, “true crime” books are moved upstairs under the call numbers 363 and 364. Feel free to browse through the online catalog (www.pwpl.into) to place a “Hold” on a book. Then schedule Curbside ...

AP Breakthrough Entertainer Anya Taylor-Joy living in Narnia

LOS ANGELES — In a span of seven months this year alone, Anya Taylor-Joy played a meddling British brat in “Emma,” a Russian mutant with teleportation powers in the latest “X-Men” film, and an American orphan who turns out to be a chess phenom who can checkmate grown men by the time ...

Wonder Woman combats a huckster’s rise in ‘1984’

If you’re going to make a movie about wish fulfillment, 1980s America is about as good as you can do for a setting outside the Arabian Desert. “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins’ time-traveling sequel to 2017’s record-setting “Wonder Woman,” shuttles Gal Gadot’s warrior to ...

What’s Flying: Short winter days are a challenge

“How did it get so late so soon?” — Dr. Seuss It is that time of year when it seems to get dark so early in the afternoon! Next Monday is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. The sun will rise at 8:30 a.m. and sent at 5:05 p.m. with 8 hours, 34 minutes, and 11 seconds of ...

Courageous Nate: Donkey takes center stage to help children

HAMILTON, Mont. — Debora Lay had no idea where her decision to adopt three Bureau of Land Management donkeys a couple of years back was going to lead. Dr. Irmak Birey certainly didn’t know that one of those donkeys was going to lead her to author a book that could change the lives of ...

New at Peter White Public Library

What’s New at the PWPL: Norwegian Author Jo Nesbo If you are looking for a break from holiday cheer overload, Jo Nesbo has your back. He is a Norwegian author best known for his series of Harry Hole (pronounced hoo-la) detective crime novels. These page-turners are engrossing and, while ...

No drama corona-Christmas has some secretly jumping for joy

NEW YORK — Corritta Lewis has a huge extended family. Her mom is one of 12 siblings. Usually, Christmas means that she, her wife and their 2-year-old son dig out their cold-weather gear for the schlep from home in sunny Southern California to Ohio and days of holiday chaos. Not this ...

Taking Note: Sunset reflections

The clock didn’t even read 5 p.m. yet, but the sun was already sinking, hanging low above the horizon. When I looked straight ahead, the sky was already a deep, dusky blue. But as I turned to peer through my rearview mirror, I could see the rainbow of sunset hues lighting up the sky, a ...

What’s Flying: In life, comfort can be a two-edged sword

“When you become uncomfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life.”— Eckhart Tolle Being comfortable in life can be a two-edged sword. Critics report it prevents one from exploring new realms and reaching new potentials. But in nature, a level of comfort can ...

Scene from ‘Elf’ comes to life as Buddy meets dad in Boston

BOSTON (AP) — Just like a real-life movie, the story of Buddy the Elf meeting his biological father has come to life, just in time for the holidays. Doug Henning wore a costume like the one actor Will Ferrell’s character wore in “Elf” while meeting his father face to face for the ...

Ho, ho — Whoa! Virus keeping most Santas at a distance

MIAMI — Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It’s hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat. But before sliding it on, the gray-bearded 61-year-old ...