Month: November 2017

“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs

“It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree” by A.J. Jacobs c.2017, Simon & Schuster $27.00 / $36.00 Canada 338 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The woman in the cubicle next to yours is a real piece of work. No tidbit is too small for gossiping. Unsolicited advice is her expertise, and she seems to think complaints are in her job description. Ugh, she’s so hard to work with but be aware. As you’ll see in the new book “It’s All Relative” by A.J. Jacobs, she’s probably related to you. And so is everyone else, says...

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Shakespeare Festival visits McNary

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Kaileela Hobby and David Huynh, two professional actors in New York City, were back at McNary High School for a week of teaching and performing Shakespeare. Working for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival school visit program, Hobby and Huynh spent Nov. 13-17 leading workshops for English and intro to theatre students. The two workshops, Words and Macbeth, were meant to get students over any fears they may have of Shakespeare. “A big reason that this tour exists is to help demystify Shakespeare because people have so many fears about it and they think it’s...

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Democrat, Republican to co-sponsor fix for reporters

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A change to mandatory reporting guidelines in the Salem-Keizer School District to include instances of consensual sex between teens has ended up uniting a Democratic state senator and Republican state representative. Sen. Sara Gelser, a Democrat representing Senate District 8, and Rep. Bill Post, representing House District 25, are co-sponsoring a bill they plan to introduce during the legislative session in February. “I am a Democratic female senator from Corvallis, the Republican is from Keizer with a conservative talk show and we’re co-sponsoring a bill about teen sex,” said Gelser. Prior to...

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“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann

“The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann c.2017, Atria $26.00 / $35.00  Canada 378 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Alakazam. Watch closely and see before – poof! – the hidden object is gone. Abracadabra, it reappears right in front of you. You know it’s all an illusion. The hand really is quicker than the eye but, as in the new novel “The Trick” by Emanuel Bergmann, the spell may take several decades. Max Cohn’s best friend, Joey, knew all about the problem. He’d been through his own parents’ divorce and so Joey told Max how things would go down at home. Sadly,...

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Copy Cats opens on River Road

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A new store on River Road is aiming to be the one-stop shop for all of Keizer’s business and home office needs. Copy Cats, owned by Michelle and Ken Adame, opened at 3800 River Road N., Suite 160, on Nov. 1. In addition to printing services spanning the gamut from personal photos to business banners and vinyl wraps, Copy Cats offers pre-made signs, trophies and plaques, laser engraving, medals and ribbons, mailing services and office supplies like printing paper and envelopes. Teachers, real estate agents and contractors get a 10 percent discount...

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