SPOTLIGHT this week: Author and illustrator Sheri Amsel has kissed a bear and snuggled up to a skunk! She says she writes books to open kids' eyes to a world of wonders right in their own neighborhood. Amsel has written many popular books about the Adirondack Park, including A Wetland Walk, Adirondack Alphabet, and Adirondack Nature Guide. She has a master's degree in anatomy and biomedical illustration, and the knowledge she has about animals helps her create highly detailed illustrations for the books she writes. See our interview this week on "Spotlight," a segment of Mountain Lake Journal Extra. The program airs Thursday night at 8:30 on Mountain Lake PBS. Repeat broadcasts: Friday at 6am & 12:30pm, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 10:30am.