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All articles published in 2012.

The Hobbit: Movie Review

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMovies,
andSummer Lane
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by Summer Lane



Bilbo Baggins, a respectable hobbit from Bag End in the Shire, doesn’t like adventures. They “make you late for dinner,” as he says. But when a nomadic wizard who we all know and love drops in with a company of dwarves on a quest to retrieve a lost treasure, Bilbo finds himself in the middle of a…well, an adventure.

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Les Miserables: Movie Review

IN THE December 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMovies,
andTerrance V. Mc Arthur
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by Terrance Mc Arthur


I just saw the Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directed film of the musical, and I cried in the emotional parts, grabbed on to the nearest hand at some shocking moments (Sorry, lady, whoever you are), and this movie is battering away at the brain cells of my memory, carving its way into permanent residence.

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by Jackie Dale



Things have been hopping at the Cat House on the Kings. We just had a film crew come all the way from Australia to film a segment for the show “Bondi Vet.” Normally set on the fabulous Bondi Beach in Australia, the Cat House proved so compelling a subject that the show made the arduous journey to California to film a segment for their television show. Veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown is quite handsome and had all the ladies in quite a dither!

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by Gail Farrelly


On the day after Thanksgiving the first bit of scary New Year’s poetry, printed by computer on plain white paper and enclosed in a plain white envelope, arrived at the office of the New York City Police Commissioner. Here’s what it said:

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To Resolve or Not?

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMental Health,
andMuffy Walker
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by Muffy Walker



As 2012 comes to an end, and a new year awaits, millions of us around the world will formulate our New Year’s resolutions. In fact, according to Statistic Brain, about 52% of Americans will make resolutions.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The Road to Cardinal Valley is Earlene Fowler’s follow-up to The Saddlemaker’s Wife, a departure from the Benni Harper mysteries named after quilt-block patterns (Mariner’s Compass, State Fair, etc.). Instead of trying to solve a murder, this book has secrets to reveal: Why would a mother abandon her children? Why would she never return?

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Top Ten TV Shows Of 2012

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJesus Ibarra,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTV
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by Jesus Ibarra


It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lists! Here is a list of my personal top ten for the best TV shows of the year. And man it was so hard to choose just ten; this was such a great, no fantastic, year for TV, probably the best in the last couple of years. So let’s get started from 10 to 1.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This past week we took a look at the awesome theatre that graced this Valley in 2012, and recently KRL chatted with several local directors about their thoughts on theatre in 2013.

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Local & National Sports Highlights From 2012

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andEducation,
andLarry Ham,
andSports
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by Larry Ham



2012 was an interesting year in the world of sports. From a local standpoint and a national standpoint, it was unpredictable and exciting, which, of course, is why we love sports! Here are my top stories from the year, in no particular order, beginning with the local scene.

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by Maria Ruiz



I was playing in the surf on the beach in Santa Barbara. The morning fog had cleared and it was a perfect day. Cool in the shade of the giant eucalyptus trees and warm in the sun. I was glad I had gotten away by myself and not had to drag my sister along. She could be a real pain in the butt when she whined. Today I was free.

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Choose Your Own Mystery!

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Natalie Buske Thomas



When I was a kid I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I was able to choose what happens next in the story and turn to the page number that matched the choice I made. It was great fun to make new selections even after solving the puzzle; I wanted to see how many different paths the story could take, and how many different ways “I” could die.

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by Marilyn Meredith
& C. L. Shore



The story centers around the kidnapping of a concert pianist who disappears before the rehearsal of an important concert. The author is an artist of words when it comes to showing the anguish Ally, the kidnapped woman, experiences. Set in Australia, the different word usage is an added plus as are the descriptions of the unfamiliar places.

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by Lillian Stewart Carl


Sir John Mortimer wrote novels, plays, and several volumes of autobiography, but the Rumpole of the Bailey stories are my favorites. So I was amused when I read in Mortimer’s part memoir, part collection of essays, Where There’s a Will, about an incident that occurred after the death of Leo McKern.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




Last night my son and I were able to sit in on part of a tech rehearsal for the California Public Theater production of Rent that opens tomorrow night. Since the show only has two performances I didn’t want to wait until it opened to write about it, so they were kind enough to let us sit in.

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