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Robert McCool's Icon book review: Sooley

The novel is an elegant ode to the opportunities of living in America, and an indictment of civil war. Grisham writes with intense compassion for his characters and the world they live in. It is a joy to read while understanding a  different world exists

Review by Robert McCool
John Grisham, again.

First off, I apologize for being gone so long. Life throws stuff at us that alters our plans without warning. But that stuff is over now and I have time to read again. And what a book to begin with.

John Grisham's thirty-ninth novel, Sooley ( Doubleday, ISBN 978-0-385-54768-0) is a masterwork written by an author at the top of his game. And a game is just what this novel about. Basketball.


Abraham and Mary Ann Kohler Steiner

Our Swiss connection - part 30

• This is the 30th installment in this series. 
Click here for the previous installment.
• An index to this series is at the bottom of this column.

Abraham Steiner was the sixth child of John (or Johann) and Elizabeth Stauffer Steiner, a Mennonite couple both born in Alsace, France.


Icon music review - Five awesome songs about work

I take solace that my daily grind now starts and stops at my door

Reviewed/Written by Craig Hoffman 
My long work day got the best of me one late evening. I spent a good number of minutes griping to my lovely wife. I complained about my company, my boss, my coworkers, and even my lunch. 

“What would you like me to do about all that?”
“I don't know. Sympathize? Empathize?”
“What difference would that make?”

“Heigh-Ho”- The Seven Dwarfs, Disney (1937)

Workers around the world can relate to this classic tune. The daily slog can get the best of even the most dedicated of employees. 


Rudolf, Gotthard and Henry Althaus

Our Swiss connection - part 29

This is the 29th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

Three Althaus brothers Rudolf, Gotthard and Henry, each born in Landschaft, Bretzwil, Canton Basel, Switzerland, came to the America separately in the 1840s and 1850s. The village of Bretzwil is located about 25 miles south of Basel, Switzerland.

Rudolf lived in Bluffton. Gotthard and Henry lived on farms in the Swiss Settlement.


What I’ve learned this year

As a high school columnist on the Icon

By Amelia Alexander
Ada High School Icon columnist

I have learned so much from writing here in the Icon, so I wanted to reflect on this school year and everything that I have learned from this experience so far. 

1-  Giving myself grace and pushing through my own short-comings
I’ve had to learn how to produce two articles a month on top of school and sports. If I really needed to, I could take a break from this column, but I really want to stick with it, so I haven’t. 


John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger

Our Swiss connection - part 28

This is the 28th installment in this series. Click here for the previous installment.

This column's focus is John D. and Elizabeth Moser Bösiger.

Elizabeth's parents were Johannes and Elisabeth Müller Moser were both born in Switzerland. 

Johannes Moser was born in the late 1700s. He is not to be confused with Rev. John Moser (1826-1908), who was a minister in the community.