Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Richard P. Smith-Mean Mary with new books

   Richard P. Smith, Marquette, Michigan based outdoor writer and photographer as well as big game expert is out with a new book just in time for the fall hunting seasons.
   It's the 4th edition of "Deer Hunting," 438 pages, published by Stackpole Publishing. In it you'll find up-to-the-time news and tips about deer hunting.
   Whether you shoot cross bows, shotguns, rifles, black powder, or a compound, there is valuable and very useful information captured in this volume that should make you a better, more understanding hunter.
   When you step into the woods or that cornfield, you are entering the home of the whitetail. While you have some advantages, you actually are on the deer's ground and therefore subject to it's behavior.
   Reading "Deer Hunting," will help tilt those advantages and as they, level the playing field. By reading the book, there is no promise that you can go right out and bag a wall hanger buck. In fact there are no promises whatsoever.
   But it is definitely another tool in the arsenal of others that will help you become a better hunter. Just like the load you shoot in your shotgun, the kinds of clothing you wear on the hunt and the scents you use, "Deer Hunting, 4th Edition," is another tool in that arsenal.
   Beginning this Friday at 8p.m. and continuing throughout the fall, winter and spring, the atrium next to the Blue Note Cafe on Saginaw Street in downtown Pontiac is host for "Live From the Living Room," an acoustic showplace for local talent.
   "It's the cheapest and best entertainment and a well kept secret," long time Live host Maggie Ferguson said. For $5 you can listen for a couple of hours to some of the best talent around.
   Some of that talent comes in the form of Mean Mary who makes her home in Tennessee. Last winter she was on tour. Taking time out she put on a show at the Blue Note that left showgoers shouting and clapping for more.
   Mary James, her real name, is a one women promotional whirlwind. What with a website, radio show, live performances around the country all year long, along with writing songs and performing on the guitar, banjo, violin and other instruments she has found the time to write her first novel.
   "Sparrow Alone on the Housetop," 254 pages, by RV Publishing, the book was co-written by Mary's mom, Jean.
   It's a story about a wealthy business man who lets nothing stand in his way of making more money, not even his family.
   One daughter who is cut from similar fabric as that of her dad, works in the business. The other daughter has had an epiphany of sorts and is trying to help poor, hard working villagers in a small Mexican town who work for her father, develop skills and learn new, modern ways that will left them from the struggles and depressed poverty-driven life brought about largely at the employ of her father's company.
   While making and selling fudge seems more like it belongs in Mackinac, Michigan, Anne Sumner sees it as a  way out from under the corruption of her dad.
  With help from her pilot friend, Jim Orr, the two begin to unravel a tale of chemical use on crops that has taken the lives of several villagers.
   Once confronted, her father and sister try various means to silence what is surely to become a national incident.
   Copies of "Sparrow Alone of the Housetop," may be ordered at Mean Mary's music Cd's are found at Happy reading and listening.  

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