W.S. Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died Friday. He was 91. A Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books, from early works inspired by myths and legends to fiery protests against environmental destruction and the conflict in Vietnam to late meditations on age and time. He wrote rhymes and blank verse, a brief report on the month of January and a book-length story in verse about colonialism and the birth of modern Hawaii. Like his hero, Henry David Thoreau, he was inspired equally by reverence for the planet and anger against injustice. He died in his sleep at his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui, according to publisher Copper Canyon Press and the Merwin Conservancy, which the poet founded. "He is an artist with a very clear spiritual profile, and intellectual and moral consistency, which … [Read more...] about W.S. Merwin, Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. poet laureate, dies at 91
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Travel back to the Dark Ages for a thrilling adventure, help solve a batty mystery at an old tower, and enjoy a story full of magic, mayhem and muck as publishers roll out an exciting assortment of new children’s books. Age 9 plus:She WolfDan SmithJourney back to the Dark Ages where death, darkness and prowling wolves are never far away in a thrilling new adventure story from Newcastle-based author Dan Smith.The star of this compelling and atmospheric story is Ylva, an unforgettable Viking girl whose mission of revenge through a wild, dangerous and untamed landscape is guaranteed to win the hearts and minds of spellbound youngsters.In Northumberland in the year 866AD, a young Viking girl is swept away at sea by a storm and washes up on a frozen and desolate beach in northern England. Ylva has survived and she will not cry… she is meant to be strong because she has Viking blood.But when her mother is killed by a three-fingered man with lupine teeth, and the wolves of the … [Read more...] about Vicious Vikings, a cowgirl sheriff and a cat and dog double act
When Rebecca van Dijk was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer last year, she thought she would be a little bit creative and name it “Brad Pitt”. The 33-year-old former Oamaru woman knew it was going to be a mental challenge as much as it would be physical, and naming her cancer gave her a way to separate herself from it. “It also doubled as a way for people to talk to me about my cancer without getting really awkward,” Mrs van Dijk said. “Lets face it, when you talk to someone with cancer, would you rather say ‘how’s your cancer?’ or ‘are you kicking Brad’s ass?’.” Why Brad Pitt? “In my 20s, I named the ‘girls’ Thelma and Louise – who doesn’t name their body parts after a few cocktails?” she said. “In the movie Thelma and Louise, Brad Pitt is mean to Thelma [and] because my cancer was in my right breast [named Thelma], I called it Brad.” “I felt a lump … [Read more...] about When Bad Brad messed with Thelma
Alia E. Dastagir USA TODAY Published 2:48 PM EST Feb 5, 2019 "Young and the Restless" actor Kristoff St. John died on Sunday at the age of 52. The cause of death has been deferred "pending additional investigation" after an autopsy was completed Monday, according to the coroner's official website. St. John was at increased risk for a number of mental and physical issues due to the the death of his son, Julian St. John, who died of an apparent suicide in 2014 while in a mental health facility. Kristoff St. John became a "suicide loss survivor," part of an unwilling group of millions of Americans left behind by loved ones' deaths, who take on a mantle of grief and often shame and guilt. Evidence shows exposure to suicide can lead to substance abuse, according to the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Losing any first-degree relative to suicide increases the mourner’s own chance of suicide by about threefold, according to the action … [Read more...] about Kristoff St. John dies 4 years after son Julian St. John’s suicide
This is a story about a horrific massacre and a death row inmate's claims of innocence. Kevin Cooper's case has drawn worldwide attention, including from Pope Francis and Kim Kardashian West. The heartbreaking story about the brutal assault that left four dead and one young survivor in Chino Hills, Calif., also raises questions about the initial police investigation, the loss of key evidence, and whether someone else is actually the killer. "Nearly 20 years ago, I got a stack of letters from an inmate at San Quentin Prison," "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "His name is Kevin Cooper – and he wrote that he had been framed, as he put it, 'for something that I didn't do.'" Moriarty and "48 Hours" began exploring the case, the investigation, and Cooper's claims of innocence when she got the letters, and her reporting continues to this day. In 1983, someone brutally murdered Doug and Peggy Ryen, their daughter Jessica, 10, and a family friend, Christopher Hughes, 11. … [Read more...] about Kevin Cooper case: Was the wrong man convicted in the 1983 Chino Hills massacre?