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In “The Buddha Knot” by Michael McManus, the poems cover a period of 20 years of the author’s life. They explore, among other things, his close friendship with a Vietnam veteran and poems about what is wild and true because nature never lies. Published by Prolific Press ($16.95. 84 ...

Powerful words to live by

I confess. I love words; writing them, speaking them, playing games with them. Because of this, I’ve been delighted to discover a plethora of word games available on my smartphone. My all-time favorite is Ruzzle, in which a player locates words by linking together letters on a puzzle board. ...

Spiritual notes

The Academy of Sacred Music Choral Institute concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 344 Baynton Ave., Altoona. The concert features Durufle Requiem plus contemporary selections. An offering will be accepted to benefit voice and instrument scholarships ...

Streisand approves Lady Gaga’s version of ‘Star is Born’

LOS ANGELES — Barbra Streisand’s “A Star Is Born” is being reborn online with scenes she’d cut from the 1976 movie. Long known as a perfectionist, Streisand tinkered with the film to restore an exchange between the star-crossed lovers played by her and Kris Kristofferson and an ...

DelGrosso’s continues traditions of food, fun

TIPTON — DelGrosso’s Amusement Park in Tipton is open for the summer with entertainment, food favorites plus a few new additions. Amy Mearkle, the park’s marketing director, said the Ride Park and Water Park is open seven days a week through Aug. 26. This month will round out with a ...

The key to decluttering

Clutter happens; sometimes insidiously. Other times, clothing, furniture and photographs roar in like a hurricane. When papers and mail camouflage countertops and clothes overflow drawers and closets, finding space for something new often proves difficult. How to start to clear countertops, ...

Bicycling across America created fond memories

By John Frederick Earth Matters Forty years ago last week, I set off on a grand adventure, aspiring to see a cross-section of America by bicycle. As a college graduation gift, my parents gave me $300 in travelers’ checks for the trip and bought me a one-way bus ticket to Astoria, Oregon. ...

‘Little Women’ resonates 150 years later

CONCORD, Mass. — A century and a half before the #MeToo movement gave women a bold, new collective voice, Louisa May Alcott was lending them her own. Society had far different expectations of women in 1867, when publisher Thomas Niles asked Alcott to write a “girls’ story.” At a ...

Grapevine

McGowan faces charge LEESBURG, Va. — A grand jury in Virginia has indicted actress and activist Rose McGowan on one felony count of cocaine possession. News outlets report a Loudoun County grand jury handed down the indictment Monday. Charging documents say cocaine was found in a ...

‘Little Women’ resonates 150 years later

CONCORD, Mass. — A century and a half before the #MeToo movement gave women a bold, new collective voice, Louisa May Alcott was lending them her own. Society had far different expectations of women in 1867, when publisher Thomas Niles asked Alcott to write a “girls’ story.” At a ...

Grapevine

McGowan faces charge LEESBURG, Va. — A grand jury in Virginia has indicted actress and activist Rose McGowan on one felony count of cocaine possession. News outlets report a Loudoun County grand jury handed down the indictment Monday. Charging documents say cocaine was found in a ...

‘Band’s Visit’ takes 10 Tony awards

By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press NEW YORK — A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes. “The Band’s Visit,” about an Egyptian police band that gets ...

RailTowne to play Frontier Festival

Attendees to the Altoona First Frontier Festival will indulge in a “visual and audio feast,” said Eric Wertz, of the local country band RailTowne. The first annual festival will bring artisans, food trucks, refreshments and great Americana music to Altoona Pa.’s Railroaders Memorial ...

Exhibit shows country music’s outlaws, poets, pickers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If the term “outlaw countryã evokes images of Willie Nelsonás hippie braids or Waylon Jenningsá âHonky Tonk Heroes,ã then youáll want to see a new museum exhibit offering a deeper look at the poets, pickers and characters that revolutionized country music in the ...

Are road trips trendy again?

Suddenly, old-fashioned road trips are trendy again. Surveys show they’re on the rise. Websites, newspapers, magazines and even books are featuring road trips like they’re the next big thing — even though they’re actually a longstanding American tradition steeped in nostalgia and pop ...

Some items just don’t mix

Some things just naturally go together; peanut butter and jelly, love and marriage, buttered popcorn and movie theatres. You get the idea. Conversely, some things do not. I realized this the other morning while attending a community breakfast. I should probably note here that, unlike my ...

Ministry collecting Socks for Soldiers

BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry has launched its Socks for Soldiers project. The nonprofit group will be collecting black crew socks and black ankle socks through the end of August to send to troops serving in the Middle East and monetary donations to help cover shipping costs. ...

Spiritual notes

The Royer United Methodist Church, Williamsburg, will join millions of people nationwide with the “Harvest America” simulcast at 6 p.m. Sunday. Using the internet to simulcast live HD video from AT & T Stadium in Texas, this an annual outreach is similar to the Billy Graham ...