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Nov 2013 Best Tmes

Nov 2013 Best Tmes

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 Amazing entrepreneurGood, better, ‘Betts’Fixer-upper becomes star of block 
The power of stories 
November 2013
 
November 2013 2
Bookshelf .................................................Page 3Opinion ....................................................Page 4 Savvy Senior ............................................Page 5Big Sky Birding .......................................Page 17Volunteering .............................................Page 19On the Menu ............................................Page 20Calendar ...................................................Page 21Strange But True ......................................Page 22
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Bathroom quest leads to school lockdown
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town say an elementary school was briefly locked down when a woman who really needed to use the bathroom tried to get in.Norton Police say on their Facebook page that J.C. Solmonese School was locked down recently because a suspicious person tried to get in several doors.School staffers called police. The woman said she just had to use the bathroom. She was deemed not a threat but told she may face charges.
College says squirrel vandalized bicycle
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A squirrel roaming a communi-ty college in northern Iowa has become the No. 1 suspect in a vandalized bicycle incident.Officials at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville say the rodent chewed through two tires, a bicycle seat, a headlight and a taillight in the span of two days.The Sioux City Journal reports the bicycle owner, an associate math professor, reported the incidents to Estherville police. Another professor later came forward with a photo that shows the squirrel attacking the bike.
Woman who donated kidney weds recipient
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana woman who promised to donate one of her kidneys to a man she barely knew has married him three years after his successful transplant surgery.Chelsea Clair and Kyle Froelich met at a 2009 car show when he was 19 and she was 22. Clair learned that day that Froelich had a serious kidney disease — and she told him then and there she would give him one of hers.She underwent the necessary tests and ended up being a near perfect match. Three years ago, she donated one of her kidneys to Froelich. The Indianapolis Star reports the couple was married Oct. 12 at the Danville Conservation Club, the venue that hosted the car show where they met.
 
“Blind Curves — One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What Now?”By Linda CrillOpus Intl. (March 2013)256 pages • $16.95
Bookshelf 
November 2013 3
 
By Jace Evans
McClatchy-Tribune/MCT
“Blind Curves, One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Her-self and Answer: What now?” by Linda Crill tells the story of Crill’s struggle to move on following her husband’s death and her subse-quent journey of self-discovery.The story, told in an effective narrative form, follows Crill’s prepa-rations and 10-day motorcycle journey along the coast of the Pacific Ocean that spans from Vancouver to Mendocino, Calif., and back. Crill agreed to the 2,500 mile journey 18 months after the passing of her husband, Bill, from cancer.This book is a good read because of the story’s dual purposes. Sure, Crill’s journey to both learn how to ride a motorcycle and then actually go on a massive bike trip is a good, often humorous tale, but the underlying points of the book make it much more enriching.For Crill, this trip was one of self-discovery. Crill’s story is one of accomplishing goals and how you can examine and reinvent yourself when life gives you a curveball. Crill’s trip was, in many ways, an examination of life and love. While her journey allowed her to fully move on after being widowed at 57, the lessons Crill imparts are sure to resonate with any reader who has experienced sadness or loss, or who has reached a crossroads in life and doesn’t know where to go next.Written in first person, Crill allows the reader to get inside her head on her journey. Given the subject matter, this is an effective technique that gives the reader a greater emotional attachment. Each chapter is broken up into numerous easy-to-read sections. Humorous illustrations done by Kevin L. Miller help to further break up the text, making the 256-page “Blind Curves” a quick read.Crill employs the use of flashbacks periodically throughout the book. While an effective technique for the most part, it can get a little confusing from time to time. Crill uses flashbacks to tell the story of meeting her husband Bill, his diagnosis and eventual death from cancer. While some may want this story more upfront rather than two-thirds into the book, its placement in the narrative is effective and well done.All-in-all, this is a good book about life and learning from a first-time author. Prior to going on her journey and writing this story, Crill had worked in the corporate world, most notably as the vice presi-dent of organizational development and training for the private bank-ing division of Citicorp for five years and as the founder and CEO of Opus Development, a consulting firm.“Blind Curves; One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Her-self and Answer: What Now?” (Opus Intl., $16.95) can be found on Amazon and other online retailers.
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