courtesy of Alexandria Osborne

A year after her divorce, Alexandria Osborne decided to take a Pfizer fellowship program in Tanzania in 2009. Little did she know that she would meet her second husband, move to his rural hometown, and start her own organization dedicated to the health and education of rural Tanzanians. Osborne has written a book on her journey called The Black Mzungu. She’ll give talks at two local libraries next week. 

You might not know Chris Van Allsburg’s name, but you know his words. You may even read them to your children or grandchildren on chilly, holiday nights. The Grand Rapids-born author’s books like Jumanji and The Polar Express have been shared around the world, and he’s won two prestigious Caldecott Medals. Van Allsburg is coming to Western Michigan University’s Little Theater on November 15th to present the 30th-anniversary edition of The Polar Express.

courtesy of Heather Slomski

Heather Slomski recently released her collection of short fiction The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons. Now living in Minnesota, Slomski got her MFA at Western Michigan University. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Normal School, and other publications. She also won the Iowa Award for Short Fiction.

Western Michigan University Professor of Comparative Religion Brian C. Wilson says his research into the history of Battle Creek revealed a fascinating mix of religious faith.   

TV 'Hoarders' Host To Visit Portage

Dec 1, 2014
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The reality TV series Hoarders spent six seasons documenting the stories of people with compulsive hoarding disorder and their struggle to let go of the stuff that’s taking over their homes. The series ended in February 2013.