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All articles published in 2012.

by Tom Sims


Nestled between Café Corazon and The Hashtag in Fresno’s Tower District is The Succulent Shack. It sounds like a nice place to eat or drink. In fact, as you enter the door, it looks and feels like a nice place to eat or drink. It has all the rustic charm and simple elegance of a corner café.

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by Christina Morgan Cree


Agatha Christie spent her Christmases as a Child at Abney Hall, a picturesque, grand estate in the North of England. The entire family would come together to celebrate. She recalls it as a very happy time. The cousins would have a contest to see who could eat the most at Christmas dinner and they could have their fill of candied fruits and chocolates. The grounds of Abney Hall were a wonderland with gardens, a stream and waterfall, and all kinds of places to explore.

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Rent On Stage In Fresno

IN THE December 22 ISSUE

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andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Rent is once again on stage in the Valley–this time in Fresno on December 28 and 29. KRL sat down to chat with the show’s director S. Eric Day.

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by Gloria Feit


As I am among those looking forward to the upcoming film simply called Jack Reacher [or not, in view of the controversy surrounding the fact that Tom Cruise will play the lead], I thought I’d go back to the book, initially published in 2005 and now with a new “Movie Tie-In Edition,” before seeing the film. I tried to put everything that’s transpired in Jack Reacher’s life in the years since 2005 in the recesses of my mind to come at this book fresh [so to speak].

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by Summer Lane


Love INC stands for Love In the Name of Christ and we serve Reedley, Orange Cove, and the mountain communities–the reach of Kings Canyon Unified School District. We were closed for about six months and reopened in June of this year. The Clearinghouse is the core of all we do–people with difficult life circumstances can call and our volunteers gather their stories and information. We then decide how we can best serve them and assist them in getting out of those circumstances with the use of local churches, agencies, our own services (GAP ministries), and/or volunteers.

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Rat Tales: Cage Side Story

IN THE December 22 ISSUE

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andRebecca McLeod,
andRodent Ramblings
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by Rebecca McLeod



The two groups of does faced each other across the kitchen floor. Their beady little eyes narrowed as they squinted at each other nearsightedly. On one side, this was merely curiosity. On the other side, rage was building.

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Sanger Rotary Club Senior Christmas Lunch

IN THE December 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
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by Cheryl Senn


The Sanger Rotary Club’s 34th Annual Jim Craig Memorial Christmas Luncheon to honor the area’s senior citizens recently took place at the Sanger Community Center. In addition to the traditional free holiday lunch, seniors were entertained by Latin pop star Marilyn Fernandez. Santa visited with seniors while assisting with handing out Christmas gifts to winning ticket holders.

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by Cynthia Chow
& The authors of 4 Of A Kind



Poker is a game that revolves around skill, guile, and perhaps most of all, luck. In these four novella-length stories all play a factor in influencing the fate of their main characters, many of whom are often as deceptive as their opponents. While the successfulness of their heroes may vary, all the stories share a noir tone and enough twists and turns to surprise the canniest of mystery readers.

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by Brenda Williamson



Brenda shares with us in her first article in KRL, some perfect reading & movie watching suggestions for the cold winter nights–some are mystery, some are not! If you’re looking for things to do over your holiday vacation, or while you are stuck indoors because it’s too cold outside–check these out! There is quite the variety.

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by Jim Cort



“Jolly old Saint Nicholas, lean your ear this way. Don’t you tell a single soul what I’m going to say.”
“So my kid says, ‘I don’t think there is any Santa Claus.’” Detective Sergeant Stan Gawecki ate the last of his cruller and took another sip of coffee from the paper cup.

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by Suzanne Berube Rorhus



“Just buy something. Do you have to make everything such a drama?” His wife’s voice, after ten minutes, no, make that twenty-three solid years of lecturing, grated on Timothy’s nerves. He held his head and leaned against the Dillard’s necktie counter in Cordova, Tennessee. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and the store was packed with bargain-hunting shoppers.

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Kuppajoe All Ages Nightclub Celebrates 15 Years

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMusic
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by Lorie Lewis Ham



This weekend Kuppajoe in Fresno celebrates 15 years in business, so it seemed a perfect time to sit down and chat with Clayton Miears, who handles all of their bookings, to see what they have planned to celebrate and learn a little more about them.

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Fresno Monsters Hockey Weekly Update-Week 4

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
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by Fresno Monsters




The Fresno Monsters hosted the Wenatchee Wild this past weekend at Selland Arena.
On Friday night the Monsters played a very good game only to fall in a shootout to the 1st place Wild 3-2. Kyle Sucher and Trevor Husch scored goals for Fresno. James Mathias was named the games 3rd star for his high-energy play and big hits.

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by E. B. Davis



At seventy-nine years old, it was now or never, and I couldn’t let never happen. No, siree. The kids must never know. They’d be shocked and wonder about me for all eternity. Protecting them had come first. Now though, I had to protect myself. I’d planned and hoped that tonight’s task would resolve my problem.

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Ghostly Encounter: A Christmas Short Story

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

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by Herschel Cozine


I was ten years old. That was a long time ago, before television and all of the electronic gimmickry that permeate today’s world. We, my younger brother, Timmy and I, got our entertainment by listening to the radio, usually with the lights out as Inner Sanctum and some of the old, classic radio programs scared us out of our wits. Cool! There was nothing like a good scary radio program in the dark to get one’s creative juices flowing. Some of the best, deliciously awful pranks I pulled on Timmy were inspired while listening to the radio.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Here at KRL we love to put the spotlight on the tremendous amount of talent in Valley theatre. This week we are profiling Fresno boy Brent Moser, who has been acting and directing locally for many years.

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by Cynthia Chow &
Jeff Conner, Nancy Holder & Yvonne Navaroo



This week we have a review of a new fantasy/horror anthology Women on War: Zombies vs. Robots with an introduction by Buffy book author Nancy Holder and filled with great writers like Amber Benson (Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Nancy A. Collins, Yvonne Navarro & many others. There are instructions on how you can win a copy of the book at the end of this post & info on booksigings.
We also have a guest post about the book from Jeff Connor, Editor at IDW Publishing who published the anthology, Nancy Holder and Yvonne Navarro.

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A Tiny Merry Christmas: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE December 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
andJoyce Brandon,
andPets
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by Joyce Brandon



I’ve been feeling a little bah humbug about Christmas this year. I think the days have just gotten away from me. I haven’t done much to prepare and finances are never what I had hoped they would be. I was grocery shopping the other day and almost panicked when I realized carols were playing and there were only 15 days until Christmas. I called my husband and said “What’s wrong with me? I just can’t get into the Christmas spirit.”

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