Day: December 28, 2015

“My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman

“My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman c.2015, Atria $25.00 / higher in Canada 372 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER “I forgive you.” Are there any three more powerful words?  Can “I love you” – also used for countertops, couches, or coats – bestow such mercy?  I don’t think so. “I forgive you.” In release and relief, those words put things back on track – although, in the new book “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman, the transgressions hardly need absolution. Every grandmother’s house smells a little different. Some smell like cookies or old magazines, soup or stale perfume. But seven-year-old Elsa’s granny’s flat – the whole building, in fact – smelled like coffee, cigarettes, a “very large animal of some sort,” and Granny. For her entire life, Granny was the only friend Elsa had. Granny played games with Elsa, gave her rides in Renault (the car Granny said she won in a poker game), told Elsa stories (Granny loved stories!) and she taught Elsa how to get to the Land-of-Almost-Awake, the magic kingdom of Miamas , and a troubled knight named Wolfheart. Granny had a lot of superpowers, one of which was always being on Elsa’s side. And that, perhaps, was why she never mentioned the word “cancer” to Elsa. She didn’t want Elsa to know, or...

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Boys surge to sixth on win over Vikings

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In one of the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team’s most controlled wins in years, the Celts handily defeated the Forest Grove Vikings 76-62 Friday, Dec. 18. The victory sent the Keizer team soaring up the state rankings to sixth in the OSAA 6A classification. “Forest Grove is a very talented team, but our kids have practiced and prepared with a sense of purpose that they can win regardless of the situation. They’re not arrogant or cocky, but they are very confident in their abilities and have a strong belief in themselves,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “It was just beautiful to watch them at times tonight.” The Celtics started the game with a 5-0 lead but soon found themselves trailing the Vikings 12-5. Three-point goals by Harry Cavell, Easton Neitzel and Alex Martin help close the gap to 23-18 by the close of the frame, but Forest Grove still led. A three-pointer by Chandler Cavell kept the Vikings within reach shortly after the beginning of the second period. Coupled with another trey by Martin, McNary then kept the game close. The Celts finally retook the game lead with a two-point goal by H. Cavell with 3:30 to go in the half. The Vikings took the lead back on their next possession. As the clock was winding down, C. Cavell...

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