All The Light We Cannot See Review
By Alexis Mercer
“You’re reading THAT book?” said my sister with wide eyes and actual shock in her voice.
“What? Why? What’s wrong with it?” I replied.
“Well, uh, yah, it’s just not your kind of book,” she said, while trying to backtrack after knowing I wasn’t kidding.
“What’s my kind of book?” I asked, offended.
“Oh, it’s going to be great. I have just heard that it’s realistically terrifying.”
It was after this exchange with my well-intentioned sister that I shelved the book for a later date. Maybe I wasn’t ready for it.
But after a series of books that were entertaining but lacking in depth, I decided the time had come. I was going to stretch my limits and venture into a book that might be outside my comfort zone.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr turned out to be nothing short of perfection.
I so far stretched my limits that I became a new person after reading this novel. My mind was entranced.
The words of the book brought me to another world. Another time. Another place. I felt what the characters were feeling. I dreamed with them, cried with them, ached with them.
Five hundred and thirty pages are in the hardcover version I had acquired. Most of the pages I stopped to re-read sentences. Not because those sentences were hard to understand. But because there was so much beauty in them that I longed for the words to seep into my brain another time before letting them go.
The story itself was not easy. I most definitely found myself stretched beyond the limit of comfort. And it was in that stretching that I grew.
The tale is of two young people beginning in 1940: Marie Laure, a blind girl from Paris, and Werner, an orphan growing up in Germany. Their stories are told separately, and yet from the very beginning I knew they would collide with the force of two trains at full speed.
Only once every great while do I read a novel I feel changes me forever. All The Light We Cannot See in one of the few. If you haven’t read it yet, find yourself a copy and settle in for a tale that won't soon leave you.
Mental Health Treatment Through the 21st Century
Grand Rapids – The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) just announced a new exhibit, The Life of the Mind,opening Saturday, October 21, telling the story of mental health treatment from the late 18th century through to today.
The Life of the Mind explores the evolution of mental health care based on an increase in knowledge of how the brain and mind works and on society’s changing perspectives of mental illnesses.
Featured artifacts from the GRPM’s extensive Collections provide fascinating evidence about the progression of medical intervention for mental illness from radical treatments of the 19th and 20th centuries, to the more research-based therapies of present-day practice.
This new exhibit will accompany the traveling exhibition Brain: The World Inside Your Head offering visitors a deeper dive and local angle on the subject matter.
“The Museum continuously works to add a Grand Rapids component to all of our experiences for the community. With the Brain exhibit, it’s a natural tie to the topic of mental health, and is a collaboration with local students at Calvin College,” said Dale Robertson, President & CEO of the GRPM. “The exhibit is unique as it tells the story of nationwide changes to mental health treatments over time using Grand Rapids artifacts.”
Many artifacts featured in The Life of the Mind were generously donated to the GRPM by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Hospital where they had been originally used. Established in 1910, Pine Rest is one of only a handful of private, independent, free-standing behavioral healthcare institutions that remains in the United States, and is one of the largest with 198 inpatient beds.
The Life of the Mind exhibit was developed by GRPM staff, based on a student project from Calvin College, where Historical Research and Writing students presented the concepts of a mental health exhibit to tell of the technological and societal changes in advancement of mental health care. The GRPM has worked with the History Department at Calvin College since 2011 in various capacities, including provided Collections access for several classes.
This exhibit is running in conjunction with the Museum’s current traveling exhibit Brain: The World Inside Your head.Both exhibits are included with the cost of general admission to the Museum, and run through January 7, 2018.
Stuff happening this week
By N3 Entertainment Team
We at N3 want you to be in the know so you don’t miss some of the goings on in our area. In that spirit we’re tossing out a few things we’ve heard about to let you in on or remind you of.
Oh and the Bear? He has nothing to do with anything. He’s just become kind of a mascot here at N3WH
There are a couple of events in Newaygo on Monday and both begin at 6pm.
“I Am Newaygo” gives residents and others with ties to the city the opportunity to weigh in on the future of this gem of a town along the Muskegon River from
The Newaygo Economic Development Office (NEDO) will be gathering input on walkability and have posed questions for consideration on the I Am Newaygo facebook page. Do you have ideas about walking and biking around town? Perhaps a thought about increasing accessibility for pedestrians and those who travel on non motorized two wheelers?
The meeting will be at the old museum building on the pathway by Riverfront park. More info can be gathered from the article on our home page.
Got something to add to the discussion?
Show up and share.
From 6-8pm Monday the Newaygo Fire Department will be hosting their Fire Prevention Open House and will be dispensing advice on developing an escape plan for your residence. Got kids? This is a chance for them to see a firetruck up close, partake in an obstacle course and see a little water spraying.
Free food too.
The fire folks in our community are a dedicated crew who would much rather prevent fires than put them out. And we’re coming into the season that is going to require heating of some kind so it’s a good time to have a plan. Their firehouse is located at 177 Cooperative Center Dr. which is the street off M-37 where Great Lakes Energy resides. Check out the article on, of course, our home page.
We at N3 are acquainted with the fine work being done by the Wellspring program at Reeman CRC located in, of all places, Reeman. They provide adult day care services, a necessary respite for caregivers.
Caregivers bring their loved ones to Wellspring for the day so they can get some rest, run errands, take a walk, or do whatever they need to do so they can be renewed and refreshed. While at Wellspring, guests enjoy lots of laughter and friendship as they play games, drink coffee, work on crafts, do exercises, sing songs, listen to stories and go for walks. At a time in life that can often feel lonely, our guests enjoy being part of a community of friends.
Your chance to support these efforts comes Thursday when there will be a Soup/Chili Cookoff and Auction.
Dinner is from 5:30-6:30pm with a silent auction then at 6:30pm the fun gets started with a Live Auction.
Come out and enjoy some seasonal eats while helping the folks who help others.
Like country music? Well you’re going to love the Sweet Tea Trio coming to the Black Box of the Dogwood Friday night. Beyond their substantial talent these three Alabama born entertainers have an incredible stage presence . Last month they opened for Kid Rock at the first concert performed at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the new home of the Wings and Pistons for you sports aficionados out there. Check out their website and listen to their cover of “Chains” the song Fleetwood Mac made famous. Call the Box Office at 924.8885. Tickets are just 15 bucks for an up close look at an up and coming country sound.
Oh and you can check it out (drum roll) on our home page.
Friends are holding a fundraiser for Nathan Wolford who was struck by a car while working for the city of Fremont. Since Nate is a skater the organizers are putting on ‘Skate For Nate’ a skateboarding and BMX competition held at the Fremont Skate Park. Details can be found at the ‘Skate For Nate’ facebook site.
By N3WH entertainment team
It’s finally fall I guess. Has a little rain, a bit of a chill and the resultant barrage of leaves determinedly dropping at N3 World Headquarters signaled the end of the eccentric meteorological experience the past month or so has given us?
Who knows? There just might be another little heat wave tossed our way by a teasing Mom Nature setting us up for a lengthy visit with her cousin Old Man Winter.
At any rate there’s still time to enjoy some of the natural beauty that abounds in these parts.
Here’s a couple of hints for the coming weekend.
"Shine On, Shine On Harvest Moon........"
The latest in the fall festival series presented by the River Country Chamber of Commerce gets underway Friday afternoon when the Kids Carnival, food vendors, and arts and crafts folks set up shop at the Harvest Moon Festival Friday and Saturday in Grant
Love a parade? Of course you do. Who can possibly not like the occasional parade?Friday at 6pm you can experience the Homecoming/Harvest Moon Festival parade a collaborative effort that celebrates the Grant area and the fine schools the town enjoys. Parade route will begin at the high school proceed west to M-37 where it will head South turning left on Commerce and again on Elder where it will make its way back to the school.
Then, of course, is the homecoming game for Grant. Not just any game but the storied Newaygo/Grant clash that this year yields a playoff spot for the winner.
At 8:30pm until closing time the Old Iron Bar and Grille Beer Garden will be open with live music for a little post game partying.
Saturday morning gets things rolling with the BBQ competition as grillmasters take to the coals to put their personal touch their creations. Judging takes place at 5pm.
The carnival and crafters return along with the food vendors and the afternoon includes an apple eating competition for ages 7-14 at 1pm and an onion eating contest at 3pm.
And be sure to take some time to peruse the pumpkins on display because at 2:30pm a winner will emerge in The Great Pumpkin decorating contest.
Old Iron’s Beer Garden will open at 11am and run through closing time and there is a Teen Dance at the Community Center from 7-10pm.
An Exploration Into Walkability
Live in Newaygo? Or have ties to the town through work, school, church, etc? Interested in helping plans to make the city more ‘walkable’? Have some ideas on how to continue to improve what already is a very cool town?
On Saturday from 9-10:30am a meeting will be held at the old museum building along the river by Riverfront Park. The event is part of the “I Am Newaygo” initiative fostered by the Newaygo Economic Development Office and aimed at giving the citizens of this fine city a major voice in city planning.
We really like this idea on a couple of fronts:
1.The Newaygo Economic Development Organization is more than likely just a name to most people. These sessions provide a venue to meet, listen to, and engage in meaningful dialogue with the folks who are tasked with looking at future growth in the city.
2.This is a golden opportunity to ask the questions you might have, bring forth your ideas, listen to the concepts being presented by others, and become aware of how your city is evolving. A chance to be an engaged citizen and part of the process rather than a detached bystander uninvested in the inevitable changes.
Information on this meeting has been all over local social media and an article with more details can be accessed on our home page titled “A More Walkable Newaygo?”. There is also an “I Am Newaygo!” facebook page and city council member Eric Johnson has posted a great deal of info as well.
Oh, and if you are perhaps tied up with soccer games, family obligations, planned events and such?
There’s another meeting Monday 6:00 - 7:30pm.
PORTRAIT OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, HEARTSIDE COMMUNITY MEAL AND RED DIRT RUG WIN ARTPRIZE NINE
1,346 artist entries vied for a combination of public vote and juried awards at ArtPrize Nine, and tonight the winners of $500,000 — including two $200,000 Grand Prizes — were announced.
GRAND RAPIDS— ArtPrize, the international art competition recognized as the world’s largest annual public art event, tonight held the Ninth Annual ArtPrize Awards ceremony, powered by the DTE Energy Foundation, revealing the winners of $500,000 in prizes live on NBC affiliate, WOOD TV8. 20 Monroe Live in downtown Grand Rapids was filled with event supporters, partners and collaborators to celebrate the artists who shared their work with hundreds of thousands of visitors during ArtPrize Nine. Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded, through smartphone-enabled public vote to ‘A. Lincoln’ by Richard Schlatter, and by a jury of art experts to ‘The Heartside Community Meal’ by Seitu Jones.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
The entry that ultimately captured visitors’ imaginations in the public vote was ‘A. Lincoln’ by Richard Schlatter, a portrait of the icon and president who put an end to slavery in this country. The entry is on display at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Schlatter’s win garnered him the $200,000 Public Vote Grand Prize, presented by Meijer.
“The public has chosen work that is large scale, iconic and familiar, and one that reflects qualities that are widely admired — patience, skill and considerable labor. ” said Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director. “Though this work depicts an image we've seen before in myriad ways, when we see it at this epic scale we’re invited to stop and reflect on our 16th president who set in motion the abolition of slavery in the United States.”
The ArtPrize Nine Grand Prize Jurors — Gaëtane Verna, Director of The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto; Christopher Scoates, Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Detroit; and Gia Hamilton, Director at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans — spent a whirlwind two days in Grand Rapids viewing each of 38 total finalist entries in the four entry categories, half selected by public vote and half by expert jury. They selected ‘The Heartside Community Meal’ by Seitu Jones, which united over 250 local community members at a 300’ long table in Heartside Park for a healthy, locally-grown meal — revealing the food rituals of the cultures that gave birth to our diverse population. A video recording of the meal and an installation component are on display at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). Jones will take home the $200,000 Juried Grand Prize, presented by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.
“Seitu’s work speaks to some of the key issues in America now,” said Gaëtane Verna. “Access to food, access to community, and people being able to create a space of conversation, exchange and synergy for everyone. He speaks to what is important in the context of the ‘now’ in his practice, not just the ability to paint or draw.”
“Seitu Jones shows us how artists can have an expanded social and political role,” said Kevin Buist, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director. “Jones crafted this artwork by deftly orchestrating a network of individuals and organizations to create a poetic and fleeting monument to the power of community. For many, it’s a new way to think about what art can be: the artwork is one big, beautiful moment made of the many small moments that happen when strangers and friends share a meal.”
Newaygo High School is proud to present the 2017 Homecoming King Mitchell Karrip, Queen Dana duChemin, Prince Nathan Biegalle and Princess Jaylee Long.
The royalty was crowned at the Homecoming game vs. TriCounty High School on Friday, October 6.
By N3 Entertainment Team
The Staff at N3 World Headquarters and Seemingly Eternal Leaf Depository weekend plans (other than criss-crossing between a pair of Friday Homecoming games held in Newaygo and Fremont) look to be floating toward Fremont to take in some of the festivities surrounding this year’s Harvest Festival (see our home page ad).
The parade was outstanding Thursday night and a great way to kick-off the doings in Fremont this weekend. My favorites were the lawn mower dancers who, while not yet polished, still performed admirably and drew rave reviews.
The action continues on Saturday with kid’s activities in Veteran’s Park from 10am-2pm including all the pumpkin bowling, seed spitting, face painting fun you can possibly imagine. There’s also an inflatable obstacle course for the young-uns to challenge.
Meanwhile, one can stroll about the park and take part in A Taste of Fremont an event that delivers the opportunity to sample the offerings served up by the fine local folks who supply us with eats. The staff of N3WH have always been in favor of such activities given the ongoing tendency to experience hunger when covering festivals (or sports, politics, entertainment, board meetings, community events, etc.) so forgive us if we tend to linger a bit too long at the tables.
The park will also be home to the Antique Tractor Show giving aficionados of this intriguing machinery a chance to get an up close glimpse at some of the beauties that went rolling by during the parade.
While you’re in town check out the Hay Art. The area is rife with of the most ingenious creations you can imagine. Voting continues through October 13th and here are the details from the fine folks at the Fremont Area Chamber office:
To place your vote is very simple! Voting is done by canned goods. Bring your votes to the Fremont Area Chamber office during the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Some of the participants will be collecting votes at their place of business to make it even easier for you to cast your vote for your favorite creation! All the food is donated to the True North Food Pantry.
The display that has the most weight per pound from the canned goods collected is determined the winner! So you will want to make sure you place your vote or canned good in hopes of ensuring your favorite takes first place! Voting will run for two weeks starting on Wednesday, September 27th and staying open through Friday, October 13th
The Fairgrounds will be the scene of some major merrymaking (and a beverage tent) from 5-11pm and the fun kicks into high gear early on when N3WH most favored stand-up comedy artist (and N3 columnist) Megan Wirts takes to the stage beginning at 6pm. She will be followed by stand-up colleague Jason Bazzett then at 8pm the nearly legendary Braunschweiger Blues Band a group notorious for providing listeners with a really good time will be commanding the stage from 8-11pm.
This all looks to be some major kind of fun. It’s 10 bucks to get in but hey, you get a souvenir cup, a hot dog, some snacks and besides you’re seeing a comedy show and a concert.
That’s what we call a bargain.
See you there.
Rising country group, Sweet Tea Trio, brings their fresh sound and beautiful harmonies to the Dogwood Black Box on Friday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The group is opening nine dates for rap-rocker Kid Rock in September throughout Michigan and Indiana. Earlier this year they were chosen by LiveNation to be the opener for Bon Jovi in Birmingham, AL and most recently they wowed fans at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville. Later in October they will open for Deana Carter in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
The three young ladies, Victoria Camp, Savannah Coker and Kate Falcon were named Alabama’s Country Female Artist of the Year for 2016 and are winning the hearts and catching the eye of fans across the country. Their sound is unique, unlike what you hear on country radio today.
The Trio’s self-titled EP debuted on the i-Tunes Country Chart at number 11 this past June and has continued to delight audiences and the country music industry alike.
Originally from Alabama, the now Nashville-based trio met in January of 2014 through a Birmingham artist development program called Nashville Bound. Each artist sang individually when they initially entered the program but quickly felt an instant vocal connection once they sang together. The Trio has been performing together ever since. For more information and a taste of their music, visit www.sweetteatrio.com.
Tickets are $15.00 and are available through the Dogwood Center Box Office, NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont, or on-line at www.dogwoodcenter.com. For information, phone 231.924.8885. The Dogwood Center is located one mile east of downtown Fremont.
Why Not Me Book Review
By Alexis Mercer
Book Club went on a slight break. Who knew five women with families, kids, pets, jobs, and many interests wouldn’t be able to find a mutual date that worked for everyone within the last month of summer? We had a few dates set, only to have last minute issues come up. And we really wanted everyone to be there, as Book Club time is good for the soul.
We finally settled on an early September date. Sadly it was short one member, but four of the five of us enjoyed Trini’s tacos, burritos, salsa, chips and guacamole. Lots of guacamole.
The new book was chosen. It was just the kind of book I needed being in one of the busiest times of the year. A lighthearted, relatively short, hopefully humorous book.
Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me proved to be all of those things.
I hadn’t read her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) so I really wasn’t sure what kind of author she would be. But I am a huge fan of The Office...and I don’t have Netflix, so my love comes from back in the day when the show was actually on tv. I was hoping her writing she had done for the show would translate well into a book.
The only real problem I had with the book was that I kept waking my husband up as I laughed out loud while reading with my book light in bed. Mindy Kaling is funny. Laugh-out-loud-while-trying-to-be-quiet-funny.
Kaling does a wonderful job of taking advantage of the self-deprecating humor without making it uncomfortable and inappropriate. I enjoyed reading about the many ways she isn’t a stereotypical Hollywood star, and the situations that arise in her life as a result.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you entertained without weighing you down, I highly recommend Why Not Me. Perhaps over a bowl of guacamole from Trini’s. You won’t be disappointed.
Head to the Cloud this weekend.
The place where the north begins and the pure waters flow will be hosting a humdinger this weekend with a one-two punch of Homecoming and the new, improved and prepared-to-knock-your-socks-off Trail Town Celebration sharing time in the county seat.
Homecoming in the Cloud is special and the Trail Town celebration happening at the same time gives the whole city a pretty festive atmosphere. Couple that with what will undoubtedly be a stirring halftime performance by the always uber-entertaining White Cloud Band and you have got yourself a party folks, complete with a parade, a little tailgating and the ever popular Braunschweiger Blues Band pounding out some crowd pleasing tunes at the beverage tent in the park.
There will be vendors in the park (including N3WH staff favorite Two Hot Tamales) a scavenger hunt from 4-6pm, free wagon rides to a Haunted Hollow in the park from 6-9pm and the beverage tent (and band) stays open til 10.
And there is also a football game being played as the Indians take on the Holton Red Devils.
Sounds like a lot?
Well that’s just Day One. Warm-up day.
On Saturday there are the running events (latecomers can still jump in starting at 7:30am) with a 10 mile, a 10K, a 5K and a 5K walk to choose from as well as a kayak race. Non-runners who find themselves a bit hungry can partake in the pancake breakfast being served up by the Knights of Columbus 7:30-10:00am
Meanwhile from 10am to 10pm the celebration continues. Food vendors will be serving up some serious grub and the beverage tent promises to quench the thirst that can be worked up when havinga good time. There will be workshops on orienteering, fire making, and shelter making as well as guided hikes, a chili cook-off, a duck race (N3WH invested in a quartet of the little buggers) , and of course, the ever popular rock-painting ..
It will be a day filled with great music from a variety of performers including Dennie Middleton, Sandra Bernard, the Pryer Sisters and the Denise Anderson Connection who will close out the festivities.
This event has grown dramatically from it’s beginnings 2 year ago and provides a fitting tribute to not only the remarkable length of real estate known as the North Country Scenic Tail but of the White Cloud area and the wealth of natural wonders that surround the city.
You know, with a bit brisker fall-like weather on tap this has the makings of one of those classic autumn weekends and what better way to spend it than celebrating the abundance of nature, communing with some friends and neighbors and taking advantage of perhaps one of the last opportunities of the year to hear music played the way it sounds the best…
Check the ad on our home page for Trail Town details and get yourself up to the Cloud for a seriously good time.
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