For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 Americans' Adventures (continued): • Waggoner filmed on foot, on skis, on boats, on horseback and even while soaring through the sky on a paraglider. He faced tough weather conditions throughout without any of the comforts of normal travel. He and his group lived out of tents in driving rain and snow, occasionally for weeks at a time. •
The motley crew often hiked thousands of
miles in darkness before dawn to capture sunrise in these unspoiled vistas. They scaled broken glaciers in search of breathtaking vistas and climbed mountains in excess of 17,000 feet. •
When Waggoner arrived in South America to
start production on the film, he was greeted with terrible news. His close friend and intended star of the documentary, extreme skier Arne Backstrom, had fallen and died while attempting to scale the 18,897-foot Nevado Pisco. • “Solitaire” is Waggoner’s third project with his company, Sweetgrass Productions. He recently spent a season in Hokkaido, Japan, filming another upcoming nature documentary.
work in just three years has already won him awards, most recently at the International Freeski Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. •
For Willie and Damian Benegas, seeking
adventure is a family affair. This past year the two brothers collected samples of the highest living plant life on Earth. Samples were gathered from the flanks of Mt. Everest, over 22,000 feet in the air.
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back samples of rock near the summit of Everest for microbial study. It is hoped that these samples may provide insight into the effects of high levels of UV radiation on life at the microscopic level. • 65-year-old writer and Arctic explorer John Turk joined 26-year-old pro kayaker Erik Boomer in a 1,485-mile circumnavigation of Ellesmear Island in Canada. This was the last great adventure for Turk, but it was only one of many in a lifetime dedicated
“If Only” by Carole Geithner (Scholastic, $16.99) Reviewed by Rose M. Croke We all face loss in our lives, some earlier than others. In “If Only,” 13-year-old Corinna Burdette loses her mother to cancer in the summer before she enters eighth grade. An only child, Corinna must grapple with this monumental loss at a time in her life when she needs her mother the most. The story begins in the autumn after her mother’s death and follows Corinna as she struggles with the different stages of grief for a year afterward. The title of this fictional, young-adult novel, written by debut novelist Carole Geithner, comes from the unending hypothetical scenarios that Corinna silently ponders: If only her mom had been diagnosed with cancer sooner, if only her medical treatment had been successful, if only it wasn’t her own mother, and if only she could see her mother again to tell her she loves her. Geithner has more than 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker, working with children, adolescents and adults, many of whom had childhoods shaped by significant loss. Her professional experiences and losing her own mother at a young age authentically informs the story. Readers will truly empathize with Corinna’s grief process and the gaping hole that her mother’s death has torn in the fabric of her young life. Corinna asks, “How can I continue to put one foot in front of the other when I can barely breathe? How can I smile and talk to everyone like I’m the old me, like nothing has changed?” The book isn’t dark. It offers brilliant glimpses of light and humor. For example, Corinna will never look at baked ziti the same way again, thanks to her goodnatured friends and neighbors. “If Only” is a sensitive and uplifting novel that offers readers a glimpse into the world of a grieving teen and rewards them with a beautiful and hopeful story about the enduring power of love. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Plan Now for Emergencies Q: I wanted to write and remind your readers to have a plan in place in case of natural disasters. I live in a hurricane-prone area, so I keep what I call a “hurricane kit” ready at all times. It’s stocked with first-aid supplies, food, water and other items that I can grab and throw into the car in case my family needs to evacuate. I also know the location of important papers so I can grab those, too. And I reserved a corner of my garage to store post-hurricane supplies like tarps, a generator and basic tools. I learned to do all this several years ago when a Category 3 hurricane passed through my town, but not until after the storm. Now I’m prepared before the storm. -- Curtis F., Orlando A: Thanks for reminding us all, Curtis! Organization is key to surviving during and after a natural disaster, fire or other calamity. Here are a few tips to keep in mind: --Prepare your family for the most likely scenario depending on your geographic location: hurricane,
PHOTO: Arnold Schwarzenegger HOLLYWOOD -- Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The Gubernator,” is returning to action movies now that he’s no longer governor of California. For his comeback, he’s chosen “The Expendables 2,” alongside Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lungren, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis and “Thor,” Chris Hemsworth. Arnold kidded, “The Expendables 2’ has every action hero between 30 and 100!” It’s budgeted at $100 million and will be released Aug. 17, 2012. Come January 2013, we’ll see Arnold in “Last Stand” with Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville. He plays a small-town sheriff pitted against a notorious drug kingpin and his gang. Schwarzenegger is currently shooting “The Tomb” with Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, Vincent D’Onofrio and 50 Cent. Stallone plays a prison designer who must escape from a prison he built and find the person who put him there. Arnold’s character name in this one is Swan. It will be released sometime in 2013.
tornado, blizzard, wildfire, flood or other event. --Learn about and prepare for household emergencies, including fire, a gas leak, carbon monoxide leak, etc. --Create an escape plan and rehearse it with your family. --Create an evacuation kit that includes important papers, food, water, first aid, blankets and other essential items. --Include pets in your plans! Add pet food and medicines to your evacuation kit, along with a copy of their vaccination record and license. And keep their carry crate accessible. --If you must shelter in place during a disaster, designate your home’s safe spot (basement, central room, closet or bathtub, for example), and make sure everyone knows to get there quickly. --Create a post-disaster supply stash that includes several tarps (to cover damaged roof areas or create temporary shelter), a generator, canned foods, water and first aid, and store in a reinforced area if possible. Store gasoline away from the house at all times. HOME TIP: The University of Missouri offers a free disaster plan template. Download it here: http://extension. missouri.edu/p/EMW1011 Send your questions or tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.
Next month he shoots “The Unknown Soldier” for an April 2013 release. Then he goes into “Ten” and maybe a “Terminator” sequel. So much for those who said he couldn’t get elected dog catcher after his governorship and family scandal. Unlike politics, scandal fuels the box office, and he’ll “be back” with a vengeance! *** And now a tribute to real soldiers. The sixth-annual GI Film Festival was just held in our nation’s capital, and celebrities such as Lou Diamond Phillips, William Devane, Pat Sajak, Joe Montegna, James Cromwell and Peter Berg mingled with politicos such as Ross Perot and Reps. Jeff Davis (RKy.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.). The centerpiece of the Festival was the film “Doughboy,” which stars Terry Kiser (“Weekend at Bernie’s”). The term “Doughboys” originated after the Mexican-American War, and they too are veterans who should never be overlooked as heroes who sacrificed for our country. *** Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (“Kramer vs. Kramer” and “Rain Man”) hopes to change his luck after the sudden cancellation of his HBO series “Luck” by directing the comedy film “Quartet,” due out next year. He’s cast great actors: Tom Courtenay (Oscar nominated for “The Dresser”); Oscar winner Maggie Smith (“The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”) and all the “Harry Potter” films, as well as “Downton Abbey”; Michael Gambon (“The King’s Speech”); and Billy Connolly from TV’s “Head of the Class,” “The Last Samurai” (with Tom Cruise) and the “Hobbit” films. The “Quartet” live happily in a home for retired opera singers until diva Maggie Smith arrives to complicate matters. If Maggie channels opera-diva Maria Callas, we’ll get to see just how “callous” a diva can be! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.
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