Since September of last year when the film won top prizes at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, it has been clear that Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” would dominate awards season. Mind you, awards season itself was in question, with all the delays and compromises that affect…

“It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”

One good thing about the year 2021 in movies is that we might get two Oscar seasons. Usually the deadline to qualify for a year’s Oscar race is the end of the calendar year, so December is often loaded with awards- chasers. But because there were so many releases pushed back in 2020, the Aca…

“I love reading books, I love the way they feel and getting through it. It’s like an event!” — Kate Nash

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Cooking and baking — is there a difference? Cooking can be sweet or savory and does not require a recipe. Baking is more of a science, where teaspoons and ounces need to be exact for a quality product.

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I have never been one to give gift cards. I steer away from them because I just felt like it was a cop out to not take the time to actually think about and choose a gift that fit a particular person and occasion.

I had particularly high hopes for “Promising Young Woman.” When I saw the first trailer in early 2020, my instincts told me that this was going to be one of the most exciting, unpredictable, maybe even terrifying films of the year. I made it a point to see the film on my 35th birthday becaus…

February is the month of love. We are having our Blind Date with a Book again this year. You may fall in love with a new book. And you may win a prize.

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Every month is a good month to focus on our health, but February is the month chosen to focus on two important aspects of our health — wise health care consumerism and heart health.

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We all know that 2020 was a weird time for the movie business (as well as every other business), but the weirdness started back in January, before everything went haywire. “Bad Boys for Life” made $206 million at the domestic box office and wound up as the biggest theatrical release of the year.

“The Marksman” has the unfortunate timing to come out less than a month after “News of the World.” Although the two movies are set over 150 years apart, the plots are very similar: a crusty adult has to go on a long, dangerous journey with a child they don’t know, to the point where they don…

“Happiness is … ignoring the world because you’re reading!”

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Even though “The War with Grandpa” won a weekend at the box office last October, knocking “Tenet” out of the top spot after a five-week run, the timing just never worked out for me to see the film in theaters. I actually felt bad about it, like I was missing out on the opportunity to review …

“Eating and Reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”

“I have lived a thousand lives and I have loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.”

I should have reviewed this movie three weeks ago, when it was No. 1 in the country. But my weekend work schedule was just too tight, and I had to settle for reviewing On Demand release “Greenland” instead. I wrote at the time that “Greenland” should have been released in theaters, and now I…

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, many people found themselves without stocked pantries. This led some shoppers to panic buy in large quantities. While panic buying is never recommended, the practice of bulk shopping can be both practical and economical. Consider these tips for whether…

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It’s winter. I don’t want to rain — or snow — on anyone’s parade but we all know it’s coming. Winter weather events will happen and like some local weather prognosticators, I try to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. It’s the smart thing to do.

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One of my favorite children’s books is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. There’s a scene where the main characters are driving through a lush green landscape. They comment on the view, saying that it’s beautiful, but then a new character chimes in and says, “If you happened to like d…

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If you are like me, you try to set goals at the beginning of each year in hopes of making improvements in your life such as better health, more secure financial situation, or lessening day to day stress. My enthusiasm for these goals tends to wain as January goes on, and by February I am pay…

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is the closest thing we’ll get to a theatrical blockbuster this holiday season. After only one weekend, the film already has the fifth-highest domestic box office ($16.7 million) of any film released in the last nine months of 2020. I was initially shut out of getting a t…

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“Greenland” was supposed to get a big theatrical release as recently as August. I remember seeing trailers for the film before “Unhinged,” the first movie I’d seen in theaters since March. Come to think of it, it may have been the first theatrical trailer I’d seen in months. I remember robot…

Going into “The Croods: A New Age,” I barely remembered anything from “The Croods” from 2013. I remembered that Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman voiced cave people, but that was about it. I had even forgotten that Ryan Reynolds was in it, mainly because I had wr…

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” — Jane Austen, Dec. 16, 1775 from Sense & Sensibility

• Low-income grandparents who are primary caregivers for a grandchild may be eligible to receive support from the Family Caregiver Support Programs. For more information, contact Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-866-844-4396.

• Low-income grandparents who are primary caregivers for a grandchild may be eligible to receive support from the Family Caregiver Support Programs. For more information, contact Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-866-844-4396.

• Low-income grandparents who are primary caregivers for a grandchild may be eligible to receive support from the Family Caregiver Support Programs. For more information, contact Pennyrile Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-866-844-4396.

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In “Fatman,” Mel Gibson plays Santa Claus on steroids. He actually does say that he’s on steroids at one point, but I mean it as more of an attitude thing. This Santa spends the better part of his days drinking, smoking cigars and working out — chopping firewood and beating the stuffing out …

“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” ~ Joseph Joubert

Medicare assistance available at senior centerACS-Trigg County Senior Citizens Center is offering assistance to those who have questions about Medicare. For more information call Cissy Lawrence at 270-522-8341.

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Traditions, rituals in which individuals, close friends, and families repeatedly engage, are important for overall well-being. Traditions often hold special places in our hearts. They give us something to anticipate. They guide us and connect relationships, generations of family, and communi…

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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Sara Jane Arnett, a Cerulean, Kentucky native, is a wearer of many hats. Some may know her as an author, while others may know her as a Soldier & Family Readiness Group volunteer and committed military spouse.

Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park Convention Center, Trigg County. All quality arts and crafts, originals, creative and handcrafted. All COVID-19 group requirements. For a vendor application package email info@…

“Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.”

The characters at the heart of writer/director Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire” are not as interesting as July thinks they are, but they do raise an interesting question: how have these people managed to survive for so long when they are complete idiots?

Without access to a theater this weekend, I resigned myself to watching “The Broken Hearts Gallery” On Demand. This is a movie I would have reviewed back in September had the theaters in New York City been open.

“Black Friday” is a day that never really thrilled me. It’s a day retailers used to insure that their profits are in the “black,” not in the “red.” Many adventuresome shoppers took advantage of sales to start their holiday shopping. I never saw the adventure to it and chose to stay home.

Due to public health concern the John L. Street Library will close its doors to the public at the end of the day on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. We will transition to curbside service beginning on Monday. This gives our patrons a few days to stock up on books before we close.

I wish this movie (“Freaky”) had been called “Freaky Friday the 13th.” The film is a cross between “Freaky Friday” and “Friday the 13th.” It also takes place on Friday the 13th and annoyingly insisted on opening on a Friday the 13th, causing it to miss a Halloween release during a season tha…

“We read to know that we are not alone.”

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Brad Brashears, 59, of Cerulean, Kentucky, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at his home.

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Angela Quinn Perry, 53, of Cadiz, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center in Paducah.

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James Eddie Graddy, 72, of Richmond, Ky., formerly of Hopkinsville, Ky., died at 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021, at his home in Madison County, Ky., following a year-long battle with cancer.

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Gerald Timothy Corbey Sr., 85, of Cadiz, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Mercy Health — Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Since September of last year when the film won top prizes at both the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, it has been clear that Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland” would dominate awards season. Mind you, awards season itself was in question, with all the delays and compromises that affect…

“It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”