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Time Travel Minnesota Style at the Brainerd Public Library

Calling all time travelers! The Brainerd Public Library is proud to present Time Travel Minnesota Style. Time Travel Minnesota Style is four week after school adventure for youth ages 9 to 13 on Tuesday’s in April from 3:30 to 4:30pm.

Lies We Tell Our Children

I know I did it to my kids…and now I’m watching my daughter do it to hers. Those little white lies that don’t really seem to harm anything. I suppose we could get into an ethical debate about whether lying is ever acceptable, but sometimes the things I would tell my kids would cause hours of endless amusement – at least for me. The lifelong damage I did to them is fair game for what my parents (and grand parents) did to me. Pay it forward, right?

Mosquito bites in March

If you're like me, the title of this blog post alone has you annoyed — and me straining not to itch. It's true, after a visit home to the Twin Cities I have developed the unthinkable, the unfathomable and most of all the unwelcome mosquito bites.

Now normally I am not one to complain. Living in Minnesota where the unofficial state bird is widely known to be the pesky little blood suckers I have realized that there is very little you can do about them and one way or another you'll eventually end up with itchy red bumps covering your legs but it's March!

Composer Rick Sowash at the Brainerd Public Library, April 10

Composer Rick Sowash will visit the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30pm. Sowash was commissioned by the Heartland Symphony Orchestra to write "North Country Suite" which will be premiered in Brainerd on Sunday, April 15 at 2:00pm at the Tornstrom Auditorium. Join us at the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30pm as Rick gives us insight to how “North Country Suite" depicts the landscape and the character of the people of northern Minnesota. Rick will describe the five movements in “North Country Suite”:

I. Spirit of the North
II. Northern Lights

Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music

What is it about some songs that just make you smile? The weather outside could be raining — or even worse snowing — and your tire could have just blown on your way to work where you are already running 10 minutes late and then out of the radio speakers comes a song that just makes it seem like it can be alright.

For three to five minutes it’s like there is a peaceful escape on a still very real level, with lyrics singing as though they were meant just for you on that exact moment — “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Review of "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" at the Children's Theatre Company

A friendship blooms amidst the weedpatch of life in a coastal community in Maine in 1912. Turner Buckminster is new to town and doesn't quite fit in. He doesn't play baseball the right way. He wears too nice of clothes, and besides that, he's the preacher's son. Lizzie Bright Griffin is kept on the fringes because she's a colored girl from Malaga Island. The two meet while they're both trying to find some thinking space along the shores. Lizzie has rowed over from the island to dig for clams, and Turner has escaped the heat, from the sun and society.

Review of "Hay Fever" at the Guthrie Theater by Mary Aalgaard

In the play "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward, playing now through April 22 at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the quirky Bliss family has a lovely cottage in the English countryside and each of the four members has invited a special guest for the weekend, but didn't tell anyone else until just before they all arrive. The family members are all eccentric, artistic types who are extremely self-absorbed, especially the mother Judith, played by the amazing comedic star Harriet Harris (Bebe Glazer from "Frazier", his conniving agent).

A winning season, two years too late

Being an avid Minnesota sports fan, I'll admit I'm used to defeat. The Vikings, Gophers, Wild, Timberwolves and Twins tend to end their seasons in similar fashion year after year, never quite reaching the epitome of sports stardom with a victory dance as championship title holders and leave me hanging my head and stomping my jersey every time.

Taking a bite out of the bucket list

I have loved tennis for years. While I can't keep a ball in the court or serve to save my life, I find the sport fascinating. It's not just the physical effort or stamina required. Tennis is a mental challenge. For singles players, it requires the fortitude to go out on a large court in front of thousands of people without a teammate for comfort or cover. It requires problem solving on a grand scale and at a fast pace. Points and sets may go by quickly. Or a match may hinge on a few points in a tug-of-wills that last for hours or days.

Virginia Mae Hope at historical player at the Library on March 20

Take a step back in time with Virginia Mae Hope, portrayed by Melissa Friedmann of the Minnesota History Players. Virginia was a pilot and was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots. She will be at the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, March 20th at 3:30pm. Her life was short but exciting. Learn what it was like growing up on a farm in Winnebago, Minnesota during the Great Depression and serving as a female pilot during World War II. There will also be information about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its national impact, and the changing roles of women during World War II.