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PagelO POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 27, 2012 Mid-Winter Book Sale at Copley Library Join us at the Copley Square library on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for our annual mid-winter book sale. This sale will feature a fantastic assortment of afford- able Art and Architec- ture books as Well as sheet music of varied styles and periods. As usual we will offer most of our stock at $2 for hardc0vers, $1 for paperbacks, Higher prices apply to our selection of premium books. VHS tapes, music cassettes, vinyl recordings, CDs and DVDs are also available. The sale will be held on the lower level of the McKim Building (Dartmouth Street entrance) of the Copley Library. We are handicapped/elevator accessible. All proceeds benefit the Boston Public Library and its branches. Sale sponsored by the Citywide Friends of the BPL, co- sponsored by the Friends of the North End branch library. For further information please call 617-859-2341. News Briefs (Continued from Page 1) ing to run end runs around Capitol Hill as if he were king of the world. He re- cently made a recess ap- pointment when the Senate wasn't in recess and said it was lawful. That opinion may end up at the US Supreme Court sooner than later. We have three co-equal branches of government and the guy in the White House needs to know his place inside our Democratic Republic. I heard Pat recently on the Sean Hannity radio show on 1200 Boston Talk. I have heard or read much of him lately. He mentioned he's on The McLaughlin Group on PBS and also that MSNBC has hired him for analysis recently. However, since I don't watch much on either PBS or MSNBC, that news from him was news to me. I wish the Boston Herald was still running his commen- taries as they did years ago. Republicans can't beat 0bama with a moderate Re- publican like Romney. His fate will be like Bob Dole in 1996 and John McCain four years ago. The best candidate should have been Texas Gov. Rick Perry but he simply wasn't ready for prime time this year. He can still come back in the future if he can get his Political act together. Founding Fathers Rolling Over in Their Graves Columnist Michael Barone of the Washington Examiner had a great column printed the other day in the Boston Herald on the president's recent presidential behav- ior. When he made "recess" appointments to the Na- tional Labor Relations Board but the Senate was not in recess as the Constitution requires. As Barone wisely printed, "The Framers thought it more important to limit power than for govern- ment to act quickly. Barack Obama disagrees. Republi- can presidential candidates have been praising the Founding Fathers. Obama has been defying them. In- teresting contrasts." The Tale of Two Cities? When I was growing up as a child back in the '50s, my father always listened to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen on the radio every week. When Sheen switched to televi- sion, his telecasts became a weekly staple at my house. As opposed to many televan- gelists today, he neither ranted nor raved but simply conversed with his TV audi- ence. Recently, while flip- ping channels, I came upon EWTN and there was a ghost from the past. This religious channel was showing a 1965 telecast by Bishop Sheen entitled "A Tale of Two Cit- ies." It was surely just as timely for today's viewers as it was 46 years ago when it ran for the first time. Sheen spoke of the captiv- ity of the suburbs when older Catholic immigrant groups left cities for the suburbs and forgetting their roots. They were captivated by their escape and many churches followed them out of "the cities of America. Those churches left behind served fewer people a.nd also poorer congregations. He questioned the priori- ties of urban churches 46 years ago. He said the steeples on the churches pointed upward like fingers gazing at heaven. He thought those steeples must be turned laterally and pointed out to the community of peoples surrounding them. It was after he was saying that while our final destina- tion was heaven, it was our job as a society to see those around us and make life bet- ter for those who struggled down here on Earth. He mentioned that in 1965 many social scientists be- lieved that by the year 2000, two-thirds of the American people would be living in 13 mega-metropolises. That didn't exactly happen but what did happen is that there would be a concentration of poor living in most of our large cities, Cities would be divided in half. There would be the good side of town and the bad side: Incredible wealth and incredible pov- erty intersecting but never meeting. Bishop Sheen it would seem was delivering us a sermon on how to actually live with each other right here and now rather than waiting to meet upstairs at the pearly gates. Praying and thanking God for what we had was not enough. It was the role of the church and all of us to be brothers and sis- ters to each other. I finally was lucky enough to see him when he came to Boston back in 1975. By then, he was much older and oh so much wiser. He was an Archbishop by then. His message that day was both powerful and inspiring. I thought someday this man would be a saint. As a jour- nal*ist, I know that St. Gabriel the Archangel was the patron of journalists but I truly think that honor might be more fitting for Fulton d. Sheen. He learned how to communicate with the world and had great im- pact in his time and beyond. He wasn't selling God or looking for any seed money, he was looking to enlighten others to a more positive view on Christian life. His vineyard was the world he saw that needed desperately to understand what our life should be about for yester- day; today and eternity. An Open Seat Quickly Closing When US Rep. Barney Frank announced he would retire and not seek re-elec- tion to a new 4 th Congres- sional District, many thought there would be a stampede of candidates running in the Democratic Party this com- ing September. That didn't materialize. The rumor that is keeping others out of this House campaign is that Joe Kennedy Three-Point Zero is scaring everyone away. Everyone it would appear except Boston City Councilor Michael Ross who has an exploratory committee out there checking out the territory. On the Republican side, Brookline School Commit- teewoman Beth Childs who also is a former DMH com- missioner has announced her intentions of entering this fall's GOP primary. Her opponent thus far looks like Sean Bielat coming back for one more bite of the apple. He gave Frank a tun for his money two years ago and wants to try again in a Frank-less race. Meanwhile Up in the Fifth District US Rep. Johnny "Pockets" Tierney is running for re- election once again except this time badly damaged by his wife's family business to say it nicely. It appears the GOP smells blood. This looks like a do-able district to win in. However, first in the race was former State Senator Richard Tisei from Wake- field. He could be a very strong Republican candidate with folks sick and tired of all the dirt coming out on the Democrat side. Foreclosure Bus Tour? I was reading a real estate newspaper from out in the middle of the state and a realty group has sponsored a bus tour of foreclosure list- ings. A two-family house in Winchendon is on the mar- ket for $30,900. "Needs work." Another home in Fitchburg is going for $139,900. There's another two, one is in Templeton and is called "an affordable jewel." Finally, there's Gardner, the furni- ture capital of Massachu- setts and home to a state prison. This place has "room to roam." There is some- thing very sad about a fore- closure bus tour of homes other families once dreamed of before their nightmares began, isn't there? I00ac reviewing ONE FOR THE MONEY - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK (CD) Lakeshore Katherine Heigl stars as iconic literary character Stephanie Plum in director Julie Anne Robinson's adap- tation of the hugely popul- ar Janet Evanovich novel One for the Money. Deborah Lurie, one of the most ver- satile composers and ar- rangers in Hollywood, de- serves the credit for the 21- track score from the motion picture, which is further en- hanced by the opening five tracks. The opener features the popular Cobie Caillat cashing in with her compo- sition of "Brighter Than the Sun," Vanessa Bryan & Mista Youngblood 'bite the bullet' with the power- ful "Love Gun," trailed by Kristina & The Dolls deliv- ering "I Got You." Chicago- born country music singer/ songwriter Amy Loftus, now a Nashville resident, serves up the disarming single "Surrender,  and finally, Delilah Bright loads up and fires off an explosive version of "Hit Me With Your Best Shot." ExceilentY JOSH KELLEY - GEORGIA CLAY MCA Nashville Josh Kelley delivers his debut country release with Georgia Clay, chock full of songs about his life story, in true country style. Kelley wrote or co-wrote the 11 songs on his album, which is an autobiographical state- ment. His marriage to ac- tress Katherine Heigl ap- pears to have made his songwriting ability flow eas- ily, as the lyrics in his songs will show. Opening with the album's title track and first single, he sings about his younger years, "Georgia Clay," then slows it down for the tender "A Real Good Try," the possible hurt of "Gone Like That," and gets drawn in by a female's "Baby Blue Eyes." The sentimental song he penned for his adopted daughter "Naleigh Moon" shows his 'soft' side, followed by the caffeine-laden, one- sided romance of the hard to digest "Two Cups of Coffee," trailed surprisingly by the raucous party song "Rainin' Whiskey," and reminisces to the thoughtful sound of "Great Idea." If the surname Kelley rings a bell, that is because his younger brother Charles has gained notori- ety with the highly success- by bob morello ' the rest ful group Lady Antebellum. Winding down his country collection, Josh turns on the romantic education with "Learning You," taking a turn with the pain of lost love and "Ain't Lettin' Go," and puts the finishing touches on the final track in the form of the pleading "Don't You Go." There is a future for Josh in country music! RUMER - SEASONS OF MY SOUL Atlantic Pakistan native Sarah Joyce uses the professional name Rumer, and her just released album Seasons of My Soul, is eleven songs strong, with a sound evok- ing memories of the late Karen Carpenter. The now, British singer/songwriter, has scored hit singles in the UK with "Slow" and "Aretha." Her light, fresh vocals float airily on cuts as, "Come To Me High," a convincing cover of Dusty Springfield's "Take Me As I Am," plus the powerful "Saving Grace." The soul-and-jazz feel con- tinues via, "Thankful," the comforting "Healer," soaring with "Blackbird," the haunt- ingly beautiful "On My Way Home," and puts the finish- ing touches on her outstand- ing effort with "Goodbye Girl." Mark your calendar for Rumer's February 10 th appearance at Boston's Brighton Music Hall! NICK MORAN TRIO - NO TIME LIKE NOW Manor Sound New York guitarist Nick Moran teams up with organ- ist Brad Whiteley and drum- mer Chris Benham to create the pleasurable "perfect 10" songs on No Time Like Now. Pick your favorites from tracks as the cover of Cream's 1967 hit "Strange Brewi" trailer by Moran's melodic "My Beautiful," the seductive "Intention," the funky gem "Slow Drive," and the bass-driven "Wish- ful Thinking." The mood changes continue with a tribute to one of Moran's late friends on the title track, a second tribute to the great New York blues singer Frankie Paris is titled "Say Hi To Paris," and the emotional funeral march "Natalya" is in honor of Chechen human rights ac- tivist Natalya Estemirova, who was assassinated in 2009. Yet another sendoff to a late friend results in the spirited "The Physicist Trans- formed," and the finale is the cohesive "Renewal." Superb! The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper from any court in each town that we serve. 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