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From Hell to a Slice of Heaven

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin


One day, Paula of Great Lakes Westie Rescue, received a call about a Westie with health issues that the owners wanted to turn over to rescue. The situation seemed a bit dodgy, but when Paula learned the Westie couldn’t walk and was most likely in pain, she made immediate arrangements to meet the owners and take the Westie.

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Rogue Festival 2017: Why You Should Start Your Own Religious Cult … Today!

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Jaguar Bennett


How satisfied are you with your current job? Are you really earning your full potential, or are you, like most of us, just slaving and struggling, hoping that someday you’ll get that “big break?”

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Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection By Barbara Venkataraman: Audiobook Review

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


This is truly a delightful, entertaining series! Jamie Quinn may be a bit quirky with some low self-esteem issues, but one can easily identify with this young woman just trying to find her way. She loves her family, is loyal to friends and clients, misses her mom who recently died, and discovers she is more capable than she ever imagined…very realistic from her engaging first-person narrative. These books are quick reads, or listens in my case, but not short at all on enjoyment.

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Barry Lancet’s Jim Brodie: Quite a Balancing Act

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sharon Tucker


Of course, it doesn’t hurt that author Barry Lancet had years of publishing experience behind him, as well as years of living in Japan before he began writing his Jim Brodie thrillers. He had an insider’s advantage navigating the choppy waters of approach letters, choosing a literary agent, and a clear knowledge of what worked on the page. This and his deep appreciation of Japanese arts and culture must have presented an irresistible formula for writing novels to anyone so inclined.

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Blown Away By Clover Tate: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Despite the dire warnings of her protective parents, Emmy Adler is thrilled for the Grand Opening of her own kite shop in Rock Point, Oregon. Combining her art schooling and store management experience, Emmy is fulfilling her dream of owning a store of customized, hand crafted kites designed for a more artistic crowd. The first cloud over her dream appears when Emmy discovers a body washed up on the beach, one later identified as being Miles Logan, a local celebrity chef and the ex-boyfriend of her best friend and new roommate, Avery Cook.

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Abstract Aliases By Ritter Ames: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Is there any better way to celebrate the new year than with hundreds of thousands standing by the Thames awaiting the midnight fireworks extravaganza? Then you are surprised by an amorous New Year’s kiss from a surprise visitor, hit in the jaw by an errant fist and ? unannounced ? a direct link to the criminal mastermind you are seeking shows up!

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California’s Deadliest Women By David Kulczyk: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Murder.
It’s not a pretty thing, yet we have a fascination with it. Thousands of mystery novels, movies, and television shows reveal whodunit, howdunit, and whydunit. Reality shows analyze the deaths, the investigations, the captures, and the trials. Usually, it’s men who kill, but there are times when a woman takes a life.

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Rattie Ratz: There’s Always Room for More

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Stephanie Cameron


Brittany contacted Rattie Ratz Rescue in October of 2015 after losing her last group of boys. While initially planning to take a break from owning rats, Brittany soon discovered that she missed having them in her life. Though their bodies are small and their time with us is short, the holes they leave in our lives are large.

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Suicide Prevention–Get Involved

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Noah Whitaker




Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. More than forty-four thousand people die by suicide annually. Each death leaves behind survivors of suicide loss, including partners, family, friends, co-workers, schoolmates, and others. Often, these survivors are in need of resources such as support groups, counseling, and opportunities to take action. In many areas these supports are not available. This creates an opportunity for survivors to turn their experiences into advocacy and help bring resources into their community and/or join existing efforts.

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Academy Award Nominated Short Films

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Joshua Ryan Taylor SECTION

by Joshua Ryan Taylor


Last weekend Fresno Filmworks hosted a mini festival showing all of the Academy Award nominated short films. The festival was broken into three segments—live action, animation, and documentary—and shown at the Tower Theatre.

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Whale of a Crime By Karen MacInerney: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


It’s been a busy summer for tourists on the Gulf of Maine, and the Gray Whale Inn is completely booked for the entire week. Ten Northern Spirit Tours guests are staying for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and owner Natalie Barnes is thrilled to be able to join them for one of their whale-watching ventures. The glimpse of majestic Humpback whales “bubble netting” and leaping out of the water is soured by the sight of one tangled in dangerous fishing gear, not to mention the boat captain’s too-close and illegal approach.

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Reedley School History Part 3

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Hometown History SECTION

by Jim Bulls


Here I am, continuing my school days saga, getting ready to start junior high school and evolving from adolescence into becoming a young adult. General Grant was the only junior high in Reedley, so both elementary schools attended seventh and eighth grade there.

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She Always Stopped: A Short Story

FROM THE February 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Selika Maria Sweet


Gracie Lou crossed the Pearl River Bridge on the way from her hangout, the coffee shop in Jackson, Mississippi, across from the medical center. It occurred to her that the bridge separated more than just the cities of Jackson and Pearl; crossing it was like going across a racial twilight zone. Jackson was mostly African American and Pearl was mostly white.

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Rogue Festival 2017: Discrete Packets of Song

FROM THE February 15 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Aaron J. Shay


The human brain is a story-machine. Our whole society is built around sharing, producing and consuming stories. Our species is a whole planet-wide story-factory.
When we catch up with old friends over a drink, we share the story of how we got from way back when to the here and now. When we are spending time with loved ones, we are recounting old stories, or maybe telling the story of how our day went.

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