Day: January 11, 2016

“Raising the Barre” by Lauren Kessler

“My Grandmother asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman c.2015, Da Capo Press $24.99 / $31.50 Canada 254 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER A snazzy red sports car just wouldn’t do it. A torrid love affair was also out of the question, as was a wild roadtrip via convertible. No, when you reached That Certain Age, there was no crisis – just a dream that called to you, and you had to find it. Then, as Lauren Kessler describes in her new book “Raising the Barre,” you had to do a grande jeté into it. When her husband said he was taking a business trip to Paris and didn’t invite her along, Lauren Kessler decided that was okay. Instead, because three weeks solo was too delicious to waste, she devised a plan. Kessler boarded a plane, too, and flew criss-cross-country to catch The Nutcracker in as many cities as she could. She’d loved that ballet since she was five years old; it made her want to take lessons then, and become a ballerina. She’d seen more than twenty productions of it, and she wanted to binge on more. But then the unexpected happened: two days after arriving home from her mission, Kessler claims that a voice “whispers in my ear: Dance The Nutcracker, it says…. Take a chance.” But even for a middle-aged woman in...

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Swimmers sink Vikings

The McNary High School boys and girls varsity swimming teams started off the new year dousing the North Salem High School Vikings at the Kroc Center Tuesday, Jan. 5. The boys won their side of the meet 100-19 while the girls beat the Vikings 128-22. Celtics won all but one varsity race. In boys events, winners were: Brock Wyer, Georgio Corrieri, Isaiah Holt and Jake Wyer in the 200 medley relay in 2:09.49; Parker Dean in the 200 free in 2:15.61; Harrison Vaughn in the 200 yard individual medley (IM) in 2:26.39; Grant Biondi in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:08.27; J. Wyer in the 100 freestyle in 57.66; Evan Alger in the 500 free in 6:16.51; J. Wyer, Biondi, Vaughn and Alger in the 200 free relay in 1:46.42; B. Wyer in the 100 backstroke in 59.25; Dean in the 100 breatstroke in 1:16.38; and Dean, Biondi, B. Wyer and Alger in the 400 free relay in 4:07.40. For the girls, event winners were: Lizzie Bryant, Emma Garland, Bailey White and Haley Debban in the 200 yard medley relay in 2:19.19; Kiana Briones in the 200 free in 2:19.49; Bryant in the 200 IM in 2:56.32; Sarah Eckert in the 50 free in 28.05; White in the 100 butterfly in 1:14.81; Debban in the 100 free in 1:05.65; Marissa Kuch in the 500 free in 5:18.32; Eckert, Briones, Abby...

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