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Fresno Bully Rescue: Rescuing a Senior

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Terese Shaw


We hear it frequently, “I want to adopt a puppy, so it can grow up with us.” Puppies are cute and can be molded somewhat, but do have their own personalities. There are many solid reasons to consider an adult as a first choice when you’re ready to add a four-legged member to your family.

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Food Mysteries For Your Thanksgiving Holiday

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow



This week we have a fun group of food mysteries for your Thanksgiving dinner reading-Asking for Truffle: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery by Dorothy St. James, Dead and Ganache: A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery by Colette London, The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams, Assault and Buttery: A Popcorn Shop Mystery by Kristi Abbott, The Great Chili Kill-Off: A Fresh Baked Mystery by Liv Washburn, and The Quiche and the Dead: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.

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Secrets and Pies By Jenny Kales: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post & Recipe

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Jenny Kales


It is such a delightful experience connecting with a favorite author, talking about their book, their motivation, style, and process, but when you are lucky to become part of that process, it just adds to the wonderful experience. I “e-met” Jenny Kales over a year ago, you know meeting someone online, when I read and reviewed her Callie’s Kitchen Mystery series highlighting On the Chopping Block and Spiced and Iced. She has been such a delightful Facebook buddy, and when she took me up on my offer to help in anyway I could with her next book, I was thrilled to become a beta reader for Secrets and Pies.

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Fresno Music Academy & Arts In Fresno

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mallory Moad SECTION

by Mallory Moad



Do you have a song in your heart but lack the confidence to belt it out? Perhaps someone you know has always wanted to learn to play a musical instrument but didn’t know where to start. Would you like to give your kids (or grandkids) a musical jump-start? I’ve got some good news for you: Fresno Music Academy & Arts has all the good stuff needed to achieve these goals and more.

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Rattie Ratz: Glenn & Gene

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Samantha Hull


I have been a rat lover since I was seven years old, when my second grade class adopted two pet rats named Boo and Bambi. Long story short, by the third grade, both Boo and Bambi came to live with me permanently. I adore all pets, but there is something about rats that keeps me coming back for more.

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Food! Wine! Sex! And Alexander Campion’s Capucine Culinary Mysteries

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Our most food-oriented holiday season approaches, and I am not alone in wanting new twists on the traditional foods we serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Luckily, we can research some of the techniques that make French cuisine a sensuous delight just by reading the mysteries Alexander Campion has written that feature Capucine Le Tellier, a Police Judiciare officer in Paris as well as her husband Alexandre Huguelet, a major food critic for Le Monde.

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A Chinese Thanksgiving

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Tiana Matson


Thanksgiving Day is a particularly big holiday in North America, especially for Canadians and Americans. It’s a special and festive time that brings families together, reminding them to be thankful, giving perspective and encouraging thoughtfulness in life. It’s so important that folks in foreign lands will rush back to be with their families for this holiday season.

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Surviving the Feast: A Thanksgiving Mystery Short Story & Recipe

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Joan Leotta


I hate turkey. So, it is easy to understand why Thanksgiving’s meal is not my favorite. The idea of giving thanks for bounty is great. I simply do not see the point in overstuffing one’s self with dry turkey meat and stale bread stuffing along with cranberry juice reduced to a can-shaped gelatin.

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Fixing to Die by Miranda James: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Mary Turner Catlin has asked the Ducote sisters, An’gel and Dickce, to visit her family home, now a B&B. This is their downtime when no guests are on hand. Mary Turner believes her house, like many Southern homes, is haunted, and she wants the sister’s advice. Unusual things happen now and again at the Ducote house. An’gel is sure there’s a good reason for them while Dickce is more inclined to believe in an invisible presence.

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#Giving Tuesday

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Helping Hands SECTION

by Tom Sims



You have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Those are relatively new. They follow a long tradition from England for the day after Christmas called Boxing Day. These are all about commerce, consumerism, and bargains. What do you do after the pre-Christmas deals and before the after Christmas exchange? Someone asked and answered the question several years ago and created Giving Tuesday.

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The Party Line By Karen Alkofer

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Christopher Lewis SECTION

by Christopher Lewis



“Living in a country torn apart by a revolution gives you a different perspective on the lessons you learn in history class,” says Lizzie, the main protagonist in Karen Alkofer’s first novel, The Party Line. It’s a young adult novel with an insightful twist. In addition to providing an interesting story, this book also gives the reader a different perspective than the lessons you learn in history class.

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Reedley History: Autorama

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


Since I was born just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, my first exposure to “gear-head-itis” was to the cars of the 1930s. At that time, all the car makers were vying for what few dollars there were available for new cars. During the Great Depression, many of America’s finest auto makers would perish from bankruptcy.

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Dipped By Elaine Macko: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE November 18 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa
& Elaine Macko


Elaine Macko starts us off with Alex Harris posing an interesting query…is it good to be passionate over something that involves the death of another? Well, Alex Harris sure has a knack for falling into murder mysteries, and this time, when she gets up covered in chocolate and finding a body also “dipped” in chocolate, it puts her right back into…what else, murder! I love it, but what a way to ruin all that chocolate!

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A Little Country Christmas Presented by The Kings Players

FROM THE November 15 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Christmas shows and celebrations have begun! This week we took a moment to interview Kristeina Wolfert, the co-director of A Little Country Christmas, opening this weekend in Hanford, presented by the Kings Players.

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Twelfth Night On Stage at Fresno Pacific

FROM THE November 14 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Twelfth Night is one of my favorite plays by William Shakespeare. It is a comedy that is believed to have been written around 1601-02 as a Twelfth Night’s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. So it seems appropriate that it be the fall play presented by Fresno Pacific Theater.

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Valley Animal Center: Walnut The Dachshund Mix

FROM THE November 11 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Joseph Riloquio


Walnut is an adorable six-year-old red merle Dachshund mix. He was rescued from our local CCSPCA and has been waiting patiently at Valley Animal Center for a few months now.

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Feral Paws: Thanksgiving

FROM THE November 11 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lupe Gore


November means Thanksgiving is near, and that means a time to remember, a time to be grateful, and to give thanks. Thanksgiving Day usually means a time to be with family for a festive turkey dinner. I would like to share some Thanksgiving stories that are possible due in large part to the tireless work of Feral Paws Rescue.

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Yellow Mug Coffee

FROM THE November 11 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathy Eide Casas



The aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air as soon as the door to this friendly, family owned neighborhood coffee shop opens. Welcome to northeast Fresno’s hidden gem…Yellow Mug Coffee.

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