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Area Life

Theron, Craig among Golden Globe presenters

LOS ANGELES — Charlize Theron, Octavia Spencer and Daniel Craig are among the first presenters announced for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced Thursday that other presenters will include Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Tiffany Haddish, ...

New offering

Kick off 2020 with the eighth session of Nashville Songs and Stories at Altoona’s Mishler Theatre Jan. 17 with songwriters Brian Davis, Cliff Cody and David Lee. All three country boys have penned multiple hits and toured nationally, according to organizers at Round the Mountain Music, ...

Beware of growing sin

Have you ever had the experience of something you thought was going to be a little thing becoming a big thing instead? It happened to me last week. It all began with a toothache in one of my bottom molars. It wasn’t too bad at first, but in a short time it went from mild discomfort to ...

Spiritual Notes

Revival services First United Methodist Church Hollidaysburg, 801 Allegheny St., will host revivalist/evangelist Ric Wright of Resurrection Lifestyle Ministries during special services Thursday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 12. The first worship, teaching and equipping session begins at ...

Look for the good and you’ll find it

The world isn’t always what it seems. Nor is it always what you would like it to be. Sometimes it’s a picture painted by people who only see what they want to see — and ignore everything else. On the flip side of that, there are those who choose to see the good in the world while ...

What to do with leftover bubbly

From early December through Jan. 1 (or beyond, depending on how fervently you hang on to the holidays), the pop of a Champagne or sparkling wine cork is a welcome and frequent sound. Fizzy wine is just the most festive of drinks, whether sipped straight up in a flute or mixed into cocktails. ...

Writer shares her grandfather’s journal from 1915

On January 1, 1915 Flo Kelly made his first entry in the journal he would keep on and off until 1934. He was 37 years old and had been married for 15 years. He had a wife, Rose, and eight children. He owned a 55 acre farm right outside of Chest Springs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. ...

Ecologist helps refashion Barbie

SALT LAKE CITY — When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book. That time in the treetops set the tone for the rest of her life: She’s now a forest ...

Efron: ‘I bounced back’ from illness in Papua New Guinea

LOS ANGELES — Zac Efron said he has has “bounced back” after an illness while filming a show in Papua New Guinea. On his Twitter and Instagram accounts Sunday, the 32-year-old “High School Musical” actor addressed recent media reports that he had been rushed to the hospital in a ...

Controversy hits Romance Writers of America

NEW YORK — There’s not a lot of love at the Romance Writers of America this holiday season. Lots of passion, but not too much love. The organization, which bills itself as the voice of romance writers and cites 9,000 members, has been upended over the way it has treated one of its ...

Characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists. The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a ...

Blankets to put you in the comfy zone

Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, of “Anne of Green Gables” fame, loved a good blanket. “I like to hear a storm at night,” she wrote. “It is so cozy to snuggle down among the blankets and feel that it can’t get at you.” Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once mused that the world would ...

Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small

Another growing season is building momentum with the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, and gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though, especially among novices. Beginners can achieve their best planting results by thinking ...

Political writer Greider dies at 83

WASHINGTON — William Greider, a longtime political writer for The Nation, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post, died at his home in Washington Wednesday at the age of 83, according to his former editor. The Nation’s Editorial Director Katrina vanden Heuvel tweeted Thursday that Greider ...

Annual tradition

A new decade is on the horizon. Casting out your bad habits and launching the resolutions to start a fresh chapter is just the beginning. Ringing in the hopefulness of the New Year with others who share a passion for change, arts and entertainment is possible at First Night State College. The ...

Spiritual notes

All night prayer meeting, sponsored by Blair County Pastors Network, will be held from midnight to 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. People from churches in Altoona will gather at host church, Altoona Alliance Church, for an all night prayer gathering. This prayer gathering is open to anyone ...

New Year offers new possibilities

Do you believe that God intervenes in the affairs of mankind or do you consider the philosophy where He stands back and calmly watches everything happen? I admit that sometimes it seems like He chooses to not be involved, but I’m convinced the Bible reveals His passionate desire to ...

SAMA features ‘Women in Art’: All-female artists works’ on display

LORETTO — Several regional artists have works included in “Women in Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection” at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The museum will close for the holidays but will reopen Jan. 2. The exhibit runs through Jan. 18 along ...

‘Sacred Sisters’ exhibition also on display

Also at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Loretto is “Sacred Sisters” a 9-work exhibition by Philadelphian Holly Trostle Brigham, a figurative painter who creates mythical allegories of contemporary and historical subjects in watercolor. Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Trostle ...

Making room for Jesus

There’s one question you’re likely to hear from most people this time of year — “Are you all ready for Christmas?” Granted, this usually refers to the material, as opposed to the spiritual, and it makes perfect sense, when you think about it. Christmas, after all, requires a lot of ...