Birder's Guide To Everything

Tessa’s DVD Dis: A birder’s guide to everything

The new release DVD A birder’s guide to everything was missed by most people when it was in theaters for a couple months. That’s probably just as well. This pic should be missed. Even though reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes seem to like it, I simply can’t agree. This is a movie about a father-son relationship…

A variety of Summer Coolers from the program.

5 Healthy Towns — Summer Coolers

It’s recipe recap time from the latest 5 Healthy Towns program in Grass Lake. July brought Brad West again, this time with a rainbow of breezy summer drinks for all to enjoy. Try your hand at some of them below. The next 5HT program features Brad again, in the ‘Return of the Salsa King’, teaching…

Instagram Class at Carnegie

Are you a photographer looking to share your photos with the world? Do you want to document your travels or feature your art or hobbies? Instagram is a social network that lets you share photos and videos with friends and family. If you have a smartphone or tablet and an eye for detail, Instagram is a great way to…

Tessa’s Rave Review of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is a near-perfect read that fails to get 5 stars due to a couple jarring anachronisms in this early 60’s setting–one character’s name is Ariel, which wasn’t used in the early 60’s, not really. Then, at a crisis point, one character is thinking, “God, just kill me now.” Again, that…

Tessa’s Juvenile Series Review: SYLO by D. J. MacHale

The first book in a new series, SYLO is action-packed with twists and turns that keep you guessing. This book will appeal to boys, since the main characters are boys, there isn’t a lot of romance, and there is heart-pounding, nonstop danger and suspense. Set on an island similar to Martha’s Vineyard, the story begins…

Joyce’s Book Review The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

I love Fannie Flagg’s books. Even the character’s names make me smile. For example: Sookie Poole who is looking forward to relaxing and traveling with her husband after just marrying off the last of her daughters, Lenore Simmons Krackenberry, Sookie’s mother who, to most people is a lot of fun, but for Sookie she is…

Tessa’s New Book Review

The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld Chosen as Amazon’s Best Book of the Month for March 2014, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is widely described as magical, a fantasy, with mythic beauty. This description brought me to read it with some skepticism. And I was right—it isn’t really a fantasy. That isn’t to say I didn’t…

The Rural Library Conference: An Island, Librarians, Ice…

What happens when you try and stuff Mackinac Island with 500+ librarians for three days in May? This isn’t the start of a joke. No punchline is coming. Even I didn’t know what to expect walking into Michigan’s Small and Rural Library Conference this week. What to expect, as the cliché goes,  is the unexpected. Sometimes…

How To Make Rolled Sushi

Prepare sushi rice according to directions Put the sushi rice on the nori Place a sheet of nori shiny-side down with the lines in the nori running vertically on a sushi mat. Cut off the top piece of the nori as shown in the picture below to get the perfect sized maki roll. Put a…