HONORING DR. IRENE BRODIE

This last January, an MVCC former faculty member and dean passed away at age 86. Back on June 17, 1968, according to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Moraine, the college hired Irene Hale Brodie as assistant professor. Here she taught and administered for several decades.

Irene Brodie was a gifted individual. She and her husband began as educators; but after his untimely death in 1966, Irene received her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Chicago. Tragedy continued with the death of her daughter in 1976. From 1986-2013 Irene was the mayor of Robbins, Illinois, a village she dearly loved, and in the 1990’s she obtained a doctorate in education.

Throughout her life, Irene found her calling and success in public service of one kind or another. Additionally, she did not stint with her resources. Moraine, the Village of Robbins, and her church, Great Hope M. B. Church, have received of her generosity.

Interested in getting more information about this “Nationally-esteemed Educator, Philanthropist and Public Official” (from the book cover)? Check out the book entitled The Inheritance of a Dream: The memoirs of Dr. Irene H. Brodie by Irene H. Brodie, Ed.D, with Vincent Williams. The call number is     F 549.R58 B76 2015

Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Baroque in the Jungle

The New York Times recently reported on a little known musical tradition  that has been in existence since the early 17th century.  Baroque music, a European creation, has survived in the jungles and small towns of Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia.  The Spanish Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests, were responsible for bringing this music to areas of South America as part of their attempt to evangelize the indigenous people of this region.  Most of the Jesuits left but the music remained. It is fascinating for modern Baroque musicians and historians to see how the music evolved over the centuries.  Read the various links in this blog and be as amazed as I was.

FOR THE LOVE OF HORSES

Now that Justify has won the Kentucky Derby, we can all look forward to the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9. These three races constitute the Triple Crown. The horses are three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Triple Crown Winner Secretariat 1973

 

Click here for a link on last Saturday’s race.

Click here to see what the MVCC library has about horses.

Finally, are you a horse lover who wants to ride a horse from time to time? This part of Cook County has some wonderful opportunities. There are riding stables close-at-hand; you can just Google horse stables southwest suburbs of Chicago

Summer Bites

The warm weather has finally arrived in Chicago.  Baseball, barbecue, beaches, and bugs are part of the hot weather season.

Unfortunately, the downside of this season is the insects and the dangerous diseases they transmit.  The New York Times recently reported that “the number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years.”

The CDC site on this summertime hazard has additional information on how people in the Midwest can protect themselves from these treacherous bites.

Fast Food History

Most of us have eaten at McDonald’s. Do you know how the company started? Two brothers in California developed a system in the 1950s to serve just a few quality items quickly at their hamburger stand. They were the McDonald brothers and, at the time, they were pretty satisfied with their company and product. But a shake machine salesman from Illinois saw a big future in the business.

The Founder is a movie from 2017 that tells how Ray Kroc got into business with the brothers. At first, he had the job of setting up McDonald’s franchises around the country. After a few years, he took over the company. He then called himself the founder of the company. You can decide if you agree. Check out the DVD and see the performances by Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, and John Carroll Lynch.

Instapoet Queen Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kaur is one of the most popular poets in the world.  Do you know her? She is a (very) famous, (very) successful and (very) accessible poet who got her start by posting her spare poetry to her Instagram account (follow her rupikaur_). She has had 2 books published one of which – Milk and Honey – was a NYT #1 Bestseller.   The Sun and Her Flowers, which was just released last year, is also available for check out.

Read more about her in this Rolling Stone article and this from NPR.

Here are links to works in our catalog from a couple of the other poets mentioned in the Rolling Stone article:

Keep celebrating Poetry Month!

 

Tracy K. Smith, Official Poet of the United States

Start your Poetry Month celebrations by getting to know Tracy K. Smith!

She is the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.  Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden appointed her to the position in June of last year.  The Library of Congress has a wonderful web guide all about her.

In 2012, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for the out of this world Life on Mars. 

If you are already familiar with her poetry and would like to know more about her life, check out Ordinary Light: A Memoir, which we also have in  e-book.

Finally, if you’re nosy reader like I am you’ll get a lot of joy out of  Tracy K. Smith: By the Book.

Enjoy this American treasure!