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All articles published in 2011

The Art Of Sulking

IN THE December 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andDiana Hockley,
andRodent Ramblings,
andTerrific Tales
SECTIONS

by Diana Hockley



I rarely sulk, but when given to do so, it is necessary to make sure that it is done everywhere.
The lounge room is a good place if there is anyone else at home, as those in the house can’t miss what is going on. The loo is an excellent place to sulk, but only if my husband Andrew, the two cats and our four pet rats all know that I am in there expressly for the purpose of sulking.

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The Walls of Bitterness

IN THE December 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andChristopher Lewis,
andMinistry Musings
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by Christopher Lewis



I was reading over people’s statuses on Facebook lately and was amazed at how much hate and bitterness I saw. I read statements by conservatives expressing their disdain of liberals, statements by liberals expressing their disapproval of conservatives, statements by independents claiming the moral ground over both parties, Christians talking down on non-Christians, non-Christians talking down on Christians, and the list goes on…

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Plaid Tidings: On Stage In Aptos

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



If you’re headed over to the California coast anywhere near Santa Cruz, I highly recommend making a stop in Aptos for some Christmas fun. Plaid Tidings is on stage at Cabrillo Stage and it’s the most Christmas fun you’ll find anywhere.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



My daughter insisted we see the new Sherlock Holmes movie because of Robert Downey Jr.—she adores him and I have to say he is a favorite actor of mine as well. Originally, she was to be the one to review this movie but it would have mostly been filled with praise and adoration for him—which isn’t bad, just not really a review of the movie itself so here I am.

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by Sheryl Wall




Chipwrecked is the third Chipmunks movie. In this movie, Dave takes the Chipmunks and Chipettes on a family cruise and as is typical for Alvin he finds trouble wherever he goes because he always wants to have fun and doesn’t like following the rules

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Christmas Cookies

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMargaret Mendel
SECTIONS

by Margaret Mendel


Cookies are great to bake any time of the year, but my fondest memories of cookies are those my mother made for Christmas. The smell of butter and sugar, cinnamon, and ginger snaps will be forever embedded in my memory of the Holidays. Mom would begin to bake her cookies a couple of weeks before anyone else in the neighborhood even thought about getting started with making the holiday treats.

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by Diana Hockley



My position by the window in the family room was a splendid vantage point from which to observe next door’s cat when he came under the fence to dig holes in Fiona’s herb garden. I always tried to tell her, waving my arms in the air and bobbing up and down, but Billy usually disappeared before Fiona finally got to the window.

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Sanity Clause by Steve Brewer: Novella Review

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Pat Browning


P.I. Bubba Mabry needs Christmas cash to buy his wife, a newspaper reporter, a laptop computer. He takes an undercover job at Albuquerque’s new mall, where all he has to do is monitor Santa’s workshop for shoplifters, pickpockets, lost kids and perverts posing as Santa. “Albuquerque loves the ‘new’ the way a monkey loves a shiny penny,” he says of the hordes flocking through the doors.

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by James Garcia Jr.



If you have spent any time on Facebook at all, you may have seen some promotion from a restaurant in Fresno called Eureka Burger. Quite amusingly, they post a definition for themselves on their website. It displays the word Eureka, offers the pronunciation and adds that it is an interjection. It goes on to list the word’s definition: 1) Used as an exclamation of triumph at a discovery; 2) The enlightening burger experience, accompanied by fresh ingredients, craft beer and rock n’ roll. Recently, my wife and I visited the establishment and we can report that it is exactly this.

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by Patricia Brown



Here is yet another Christmas mystery short story, this one has never before been published and is set in Fresno. Patricia Brown is a member of the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters In Crime and this is her second published short story and KRL has another coming in 2012 in this same series.

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by Diana Bulls




For millions of children, the night of December 24 is the longest night of the year. While tucked in their beds, they anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus, the gift-toting, jolly visitor from the North Pole. But who is Santa Claus anyway?

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by Katherine Fast



For your Christmas pleasure here is another Christmas mystery short story. The Holiday Bonus was first published in 2007 by NEWN (New England Writers Network) where it won a Flash Fiction award.

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New Bakery Opens in Porterville

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andCommunity,
andFood Fun
SECTIONS

by Sarah Herrera



The artist’s hands move quickly but accurately as she molds together dozens of bright blue, pink and yellow miniature sculptures, adding details into each figure. Today’s masterpiece: a topsy-turvy Tinker Bell cake for a 13-year-old’s birthday party.

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Holiday Mystery Book Reviews

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy
SECTIONS

by Sandra Murphy



This is one of the most convoluted plots around, with rotating Virgin Marys, Josephs, and a cast of unknown numbers singing and dancing the “Twelve Days of Christmas” with multiple stage lefts, rights, exits and entrances. They’re all suspects! Three dead bodies, multiple puzzles to solve–full of clues—and you’ll never see the solution until the very last pages.

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White Christmas In Reedley

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andTheatre
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



No we didn’t have snow in Reedley, but White Christmas is on stage at the Reedley Opera House, presented by the Reedley River City Theatre Company and I had the pleasure of seeing it this past weekend.

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by Gary R. Hoffman



Gary R. Hoffman shares with KRL a fun Christmas mystery short story that was first published in Minute Mysterys in December, 2008.

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New Year’s Eve: Movie Review

IN THE December 12 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMovies
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham



Even though I love Christmas and Thanksgiving, I think besides Halloween, New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday! It’s the perfect time to reflect and look forward with hope to a new beginning! So a movie about New Year’s Eve sounded like fun, and it was just that.

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Students Remember Erin Bray

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2011 Articles,
andEducation,
andTeens
SECTIONS

by Aimee Lewis
& Stephanie Barnett



As we approach the one month anniversary since the tragic loss of former Reedley High School teacher Erin Bray, two of her former students share some memories of their teacher and friend.

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