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Bats in the Boathouse Press reviews 'Bowling for Christmas'

by Jerry Woolpy

"The Preacher," one of Mark Dvorak's nicknames from his intriguing past, pitches a perfect game of stories and rhyme, in his recent book, "Bowling for Christmas and Other Tales from the Road." 

In a collection of twenty-five vignettes, mostly less than six pages, Mark shares intimate impressions of experiences in a way that puts you inside the head of a minor league baseball player, folksinger, and visitor to Lead Belly's gravesite, with much of the accompanying emotional and sensory feelings. You will even see what it might be like to play a concert at a nursing home on Christmas Eve, or try to catch a sinking line drive to your left. And when it is all finished you will wish there were more.

Jerry Woolpy is an Emeritus Professor of Biology and occasional book reviewer who lives with his novelist wife and Boston Terrier by a lake in the North woods of Wisconsin.

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'The Circle Game' a terrific album

by Mike Johnson

A nice opening title tune, "The Circle Game." I especially enjoyed the Iris DeMent cover from her "Infamous Angel" album, "Let the Mystery Be." "Lord, Lord I've Got Some Singing To Do" has a fun, bluesy and whimsical feel to it. 

Marge Weber's strongest suit is the authenticity and simple charm she demonstrates in the tune "Passing Through." I really enjoyed it. Her final selection, "On My Grandma's Patchwork Quilt," left me with a charmed, joyous sort of feeling. 

Marge aptly demonstrates that "less is more" on these final two selections. I like her lilting vocal quality and Mark Dvorak's accompanying vocals and instrumentals really rounds out the set. I enjoyed the whole album. I hope she does another.

Order "The Circle Game" here.

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