Art and Culture

Likely Stories Book Review
7:40 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Likely Stories: The Bees

Jim McKeown

An absorbing story of Flora 717 born as a sanitation worker in a beehive described by the author with interesting allegorical overtones.

 

The Bees reviewed July 31 on Likely Stories.

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Baseball
4:02 am
Fri July 25, 2014

'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is introduced before Game One of the World Series in 2011. La Russa will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:14 am

Tony La Russa's tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals is legendary. La Russa, who on Sunday will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, won a total of 2,728 games — more than any Major League Baseball manager in the past 60 years.

And when he hung up his jersey for good after the Cardinals made a historic late-season run in 2011, La Russa became the first manager to retire immediately after winning a world championship.

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Likely Stories: Why I Read

Jim McKeown

An interesting excursion into the mind of a reader, writer, and inveterate “book smeller.”

 

Why I Read reviewed July 24 on Likely Stories.

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Art and Culture
4:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Tomlinson Hill: Book Explores a Family History of Slaves and Slaveholders

Chris Tomlinson in the KUT studios.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 1:10 pm

Chris Tomlinson spent most of his life comfortable that he knew who he was and where he came from. After all, a small part of Texas was named after his ancestors. Tomlinson Hill is a small town community in Falls County. It's a place where generations of his family carved out a comfortable living from the land.

Before the Civil War, they also owned slaves. But Chris grew up believing what he'd been told: that the slaves his family owned were happy – so happy they took the family name and settled the land after they were free.

It was not until after he returned from 11 years in Africa as the Nairobi Bureau Chief for the Associated Press that Tomlinson decided to delve into his family history. What he learned not only changed his sense of family, it changed his sense of history as well. The result of his search is the book, "Tomlinson Hill."

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Likely Stories Book Review
7:47 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Likely Stories: The Chocolate War

Jim McKeown

Classic Young Adult novel with an enticing title and relevance to the epidemic of bullying grabbing the attention of educators today.

 

The Chocolate War reviewed July 17 on Likely Stories.

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