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Time for HYGGE*

A sign above a book display near the Children’s Room in the Olney Library read, “Hygge with a Good Book.” I thought, “Oh, no, not another new acronym I’m supposed to know and I don’t.” Then I noticed another sign…

Mike at the Movies

Gone Girl (R) **** This one has been out for some time, but it is still getting much discussion so we include it this week. This is a film for adults but maybe not newly marrieds, since it portrays marriage…

More Holiday Delights

More wonderful, unusual, treats to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy! Brownie-Stuffed Tollhouse Cookies I love Marcy’s recipes and always look forward to her new books. When she gave me this recipe, I made it, and secretly ate all the cookies…

Mike at the Movies

Unbroken (PG-13) ***** “Everyone in town wants you put away,” says a cop to Louis Zamperini, who is growing up in Torrance, California, as a delinquent, smoking, drinking, stealing and running away from most attempts to capture him. Zamperini’s brother…

New Holiday Delight

Here is a wonderful, unusual treat to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy! Spiced Wine Springtime in Paris is beautiful. The crisp, sunny weather is ideal for walks along the city streets. Winter in Paris is a different story. It can…

Mike at the Movies

The Theory of Everything (PG-13) **** Everything you have heard about Eddie Redmayne’s performance in this film is correct. It is mind-blowing. Dr. Stephen Hawking’s story is so unlikely that it beggars belief to begin with, but this film and…

A Santa Saga

Santa Claus was almost Gospel truth in my family. All the questions about him that occurred to me over my early years just hung out there in the blue unknown for my first eight or nine years. I kept these…

A ‘Roots’ Book Launch

If it takes a village to raise a child, it took all my remaining family in Missouri to help me launch my recently published children’s book, “Noni’s Little Problem,” in its setting of Springfield, Missouri. I had no idea of…

Mike at the Movies

Horrible Bosses 2 (R) **** Watching this movie gave me the same feelings I used to have watching Steve Carell and the cast of “The Office.” Everyone was so stupid, and that irritated me despite the fact that I was…