In Our Community
The Crime Club's host was Raymond Edward Johnson, the original raymond from Inner Sanctum Mysteries. This half-hour Mutual crime series, premiering December 2, 1946, had as producer–director Roger Bower, who seemed a bit anxious to cash in on the Inner Sanctum format, using Raymond as the club librarian. Listeners were invited into the library (as in Through the Creaking Door) for the week's tale. Unlike Inner Sanctum, the Crime Club opening was so low-key that it almost put a listener to sleep. The stories were just average, done in single-shot anthology style. Crime Club was a front for Crime Club Books, a series of whodunits that came out of the postwar years faster than you could read them. The series ran through the 1947 season.
On the other hand, Crime Classics was a neat little series of "true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land from every time." It came to CBS September 30,1953. Host was fictitious Thomas Hyland, played by Lu Merrill and described as "a connoisseur of crime, a student of violence and teller of murders." The production crew was among radio's finest: Elliott Lewis, producer–director, created the show from his large personal library of crime cases; Bernard Herrmann, composer, who duplicated authentic music of the era being dramatized; Morton Fine and David Friedking, writers. Cases ranged from seventeenth–century murder to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Both of these series may be heard on AM 1370 KDTH's Big Broadcast on Sunday nights from 6 to midnight. Please tune in and you may hear a good "who done it!"
From a Bucket List to a Washbowl List
In a doctor’s waiting room author Ann Voskamp read an article which promoted the value of having a bucket list. A bucket list is a collection of achievements or experiences that the list-builder hopes to accomplish before dying. “What’s Even Better than a Bucket List” is the title of a chapter in Voskamp’s book, The Broken Way, her response to the article.
I never considered the negative ramifications of having a bucket list, but I’ve given it a second thought since reading Voskamp’s reflections on the subject. My summary of her point? What’s even better than filling the bucket of life with personal experiences and achievements is emptying the bucket of one’s life in
No, there’s nothing inherently wrong with seeking new experiences or achievements. As Ann Voskamp points out, however, this approach can tend to be self-centered. A better way is to collect experiences and achievements of helping and serving others! I recall someone saying that the smallest package is a person all wrapped up in himself.
Jesus didn’t suggest a bucket list for self-actualization but a bowl and towel approach of self-giving, serving, and self-sacrifice. Jesus illustrated this in a beautiful and powerful way when, near the end of His time on earth, He took up a bowl and towel and washed His disciples’ feet.
The tendency, of course, is to want to look out for our own interests first. However, the irony is that we serve ourselves best when we serve others (though this shouldn’t be our primary motive for doing so, it just turns out that way). Yes, we find our life by giving it away. There is something better than a bucket list; it’s a wash bowl list!
“...He [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him… [Jesus said] ‘I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.’” (John 13:5,15)
Satterly Named Dubuque’s AmeriCorps Program Director
DUBUQUE, Iowa – City of Dubuque Leisure Services Manager Marie Ware has named Heather Satterly as the City of Dubuque’s new AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program Director. She will begin in mid-December and replaces Mary Bridget Corken-Deutsch, who was hired as a School Connections Specialist with the Dubuque Community School District (DCSD).
As AmeriCorps Program Director for Dubuque, Satterly will work closely with agencies including but not limited to the Dubuque Community School District, Multicultural Family Center, Carnegie-Stout Public Library, St. Mark Youth Enrichment, and Leisure Services programs. She will work with recruitment, training, and retention of over 50 AmeriCorps members each year as well as a new summer teen program.
Satterly comes to Dubuque after serving Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, where she was the AmeriCorps Program Director and Youth AmeriCorps Program Manager assigned to the City of Davenport. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for three years focusing on adaptive and inclusive recreation activities including programming for at-risk youth, low-income families, persons with disabilities, and seniors. Satterly holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration with a specialization in recreation therapy from Western
“In her previous experience, Heather established positive working relationships with community partners, community members, and other stakeholders to provide new opportunities for AmeriCorps members and the program,” said Ware. “Her successful work with the school district and community non-profits will allow her to step in quickly and take Dubuque’s AmeriCorps program to the next level with partners.”
The City of Dubuque’s Partners in Learning AmeriCorps Program has been extremely successful in its 15 years of operation. The partnership with the school district and community partners resulted in 89 percent (or 508 out of 571) of DCSD students tutored by AmeriCorps members improved their reading score from fall 2016 to spring 2017. Additionally, 88 percent of DCSD students tutored by AmeriCorps members had an attendance rate of 90 percent or more during the 2017-2018 school year.
“We look forward to the continued success impacting the lives of children and families throughout Dubuque,” said Ware. “AmeriCorps members have performed invaluable service to this community with many of them going on to leadership in a variety of roles in Dubuque. Heather has the skills and experience that will continue the excellence established in Dubuque’s AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program.”
For more information about Dubuque’s AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/americorps.
“Happy Birthday!” How often have you heard that yelled from a crowded room? I guess we never grow too old to celebrate our special day. Recently, my grandson, Tyler, asked me to share in a secret. He was planning to fly to Michigan to surprise his dad, Tom, on his birthday. But, it was to be a complete surprise. Only his mother knew because she was to pick him up at the airport after he stepped off the plane from Moline, Illinois, and then drive them to where his dad worked.
Ironically, he needed to stay with me the night before his flight from the Moline airport going directly to Detroit, Michigan. Therefore, he needed to tell me about, “The secret.” Now, this is usually not a problem for me. But, because of all the avenues of communication between family and friends via the computer, cell phones, and texting, it’s difficult to avoid letting something slip out when having a general conversation with anyone. I didn’t even tell my daughter Pam for fear she would tell her husband and he might spill the beans by accident.
I had a whole month to keep my mouth shut about “The Secret.” Soon, I was wearing an imaginary veil over my face so that I wouldn’t betray my “secret” with a telltale expression in my eyes. Whenever I talked with my son, I had to stay far away from his birthday conversation. And I had to think before I spoke so he wouldn’t hear my voice crackle to hide my nervousness.
Well, finally the moment of declaration arrived. My daughter-in-law, Janice, picked up Tyler at the airport and drove them to their destination. Tom left work and headed for the car. He was about to get into the vehicle when he heard a faint, “Sir.” Tyler had stepped out from behind the car and surprised his dad. Tom looked up in utter shock and said, “What are you doing here?” There was an immediate, father-son hug and “The Secret” was no longer a secret.
Needless to say, when I heard from my son, I knew “The Secret” that I had guarded for about a month could now be shared with others. I blurted it out to my daughter. We are close and I felt guilty about not telling her. But, if anyone had told “The Secret” the surprise birthday visit would have been nil and void. I hope to never have to keep a secret again. No way!
Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age.
If you are a film fan and enjoy mystery thrillers filled with suspense, Wind River (2017) is the one you have been waiting for. The film also takes us into a different culture and a setting of unforgiving cold and deep snow.
The film opens with the image of a young woman running barefoot in the frozen landscape of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. The elements begin to take their toll on the woman, and when she can’t go on anymore she drops in the snow and dies. It is the why that will become the focus of the movie.
Jeremy Renner plays Cory Lambert, an U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent and export tracker, hired to hunt predatory animals. It is on one of these hunts that he discovers the body.
Jurisdictional questions come to the forefront. Eventually rookie FBI agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) is sent up from Las Vegas to work the case.
For Jane, the first order of business is to get some proper clothes to handle the temperatures and team up with Cory for his knowledge of the terrain and his tracking expertise.
The film is rated R because of a sexual assault scene and a major gun battle, but the ending is beautifully serene and reflective. Two thumbs way up for Wind River, one of the best movies of the year.
This film is available at most Redbox and Blue Box locations.