A friend who had once taught a blind person how to play golf gave up on me after two lessons. Much as I can lose track of time when strolling through Pinterest, my abilities in the make-it, bake-it, craft-it world are abysmal. And how much more time can I spend with family before we all start throwing leftover Jell-O salad at each other? Ah, yes, retirement.
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I still remember the thrill I got years ago when I finished hanging wall shelves in my bedroom closet. It was the first time I’d actually drilled holes in walls and the first time I’d ever attempted a home improvement project. Michelle Janning, author of The Stuff of Family Life, would, I think, be proud of me.
“The last person who did this job,” the floor manager told me, “mangled several fingers in the machine. So do not reach into it!” Good to know.
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The writer, producer and host of the ArtCurious podcasts compares her unpaid evening and weekend work on the show to a different activity. “I basically tell everybody that it’s kind of like my golf,” says Jennifer Dasal ’04M.A. “It takes up a lot of my time, and it’s too expensive.”
Ask any college graduate what their commencement speaker said, and chances are you’ll get a shrug in return. On May 26, 2016, however, James Ryan, dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, managed to keep his audience charmed with an address that then went viral online. An expanded version of that speech has since been turned into a book: Wait, What?: And Life’s Other Essential Questions.
From snarky to sweet, this memoir by lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly gives readers plenty to chew on.
The images of the millions of displaced people living in refugee camps can be overwhelming to those who wish to offer assistance. It hurts even more to know that, as the Refugee Council USA says, “Over half of all recorded refugees are children who have been deprived of their material possessions, statehood, and sometimes even loved ones.” Steve Lehmann ’14MBA had an idea for how to ease the distress of dispossessed children.
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The same day I started reading The Girls, I heard that Charles Manson, age 82, had been taken from his jail cell to the hospital. A fitting coincidence of timing, as the actions of a Manson-like cult form the backdrop of Emma Cline’s unsettling coming-of-age novel.
Will the Cleveland Indians, that other team in the 2016 World Series, earn another run at the baseball championship this year? We’re bad at predictions here, but if that were to happen, Jeff Manship ’08 probably will not again be part of it. The right-handed pitcher signed with the Indians in 2014 and was one of the five relievers used by the Tribe in game 3 of its American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays. In game 2 of the World Series, he was the fifth pitcher of the night. But Manship, who turns 32 this month and previously played for the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies, was not offered a new contract by the Indians. . . . A house designed by Chicago architect Patricia Craig ’82…
Olivia Godby ’16 once spent four hours pretending to be a cat, meowing as people walked by. Not your typical high school student’s summer activity, but Godby was a counselor at a camp for those with developmental disabilities and that playful diversion was all one camper wanted to do. Volunteering at the camp and with Special Olympics, says Godby, made her passionate about supporting those who might be unable to speak on their own behalf.
For 14 years, Anne Perry, known for her Victorian-era mysteries, has offered the yearly Christmas gift of a holiday novella. Her A Christmas Promise, released in 2009, evokes a world familiar to fans of Charles Dickens.
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A mix of entertainment and education to tell the story of slavery in America and the anti-slavery efforts of whites and blacks is the foundation of the Ray of Hope Project, launched by Alika Hope Bryan ’99 and Ray Morant in 2013.
“You’re a poopy head,” some say in tweets and Internet comments. OK, the foul tirades go beyond the language a 5-year-old might use, but the messages are a match in eloquence. The malicious invectives spewing forth online these days make me long for the era when contempt had some class.
Parade magazine reported in its September 9th issue that 10 percent of college grads polled thought Judge Judy was on the U.S. Supreme Court, but it was an actual Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who showed up on campus on September 12th to address Notre Dame students and members of the public.
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When Alison and Kyle meet in high school, something clicks. But their on-again, off-again relationship is usually more off than on, and the dreams they pursue eventually lead to their parting. This may sound like the plot for a romance novel, but author Theresa Rebeck has more complex matters in store for the reader.
When asked once what he produced, director Alfred Hitchcock replied, “Goosebumps.” Filmmaker Greg Kohs ’88 wants viewers of his documentaries to get goosebumps, too. But while Hitchcock, a master of suspense, was talking about hair-raising dread, Kohs is talking about the shivers one gets from a strong emotional reaction.
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“We wanted to write the kind of high-tech hard-science thriller where you can’t just make up stuff to solve your problem — where you have to deal with the real lemons that life hands you, to make your lemonade,” John Sandford and Ctein say in the authors’ note that appears at the end of Saturn Run.