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All articles published in 2013.

by Cynthia Chow


After passing on her first choices of becoming either the President or a ballerina, Minerva “Minnie” Hamilton’s dream since childhood has always been to be a librarian. She achieved her dream in Chilson, Michigan, where she now works as the assistant director for the Chilson District Library. And despite the best efforts by the director Stephen to discourage her with as many bureaucratic barriers as possible, Minnie managed to fund and now drives the first Chilson District Library Bookmobile.

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New Year’s Eve 1999

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Maria Ruiz



My partner and I ran away from home. Yes, that’s right. We sold everything, bought an old, used motor home and planned to see Mexico in six months.
Silly us. We spent three years and still had a lot more to see.

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by Carole Sojka


“Where the hell is Santa?”
“Shh! There’s a line of kids out there.” Maris adjusted her elf costume.
“What am I supposed to do?” Todd, the manager, asked.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




The Desolation of Smaug finds us back with our hero Bilbo Baggins and his Dwarf companions for more of their adventures, based on the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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by Lee Juslin




McGee was a stud. Now, though, instead of living in a kennel where he sired lots of pups, he’s in his forever home. But, that’s not to say that he isn’t still a very handsome boy!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Billionaire Blend is the latest coffeehouse mystery by Cleo Coyle, featuring New York coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi. This series is set in the charming Village Blend coffeehouse.

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It’s A Wonderful Life: An Animal Rescue Adventure

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

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by Joyce Brandon


Clarence the angel said to George Bailey in the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Have you ever considered the ripple effect of your life or the void left behind in your absence?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



December time, wintertime, Christmas time, fog-and-snow-and-bitter-cold time and my heart turns to thoughts of…Hot Chocolate, Cocoa or whatever you want to call a deep brown mug of warmth with whipped cream on top.

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Kitty’s Blessing: A Christmas Cat Short Story

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

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by Elaine Faber



Once, in a faraway land on a crisp winter afternoon, Kitty strode across a hillside, contented as only a cat can be, her tummy full and her breath pungent with the after-flavor of mouse?that morning’s breakfast. She jumped to the top of a warm rock, stretched out and prepared for a snooze in the sunshine. Nearby, a group of shepherds tended their sheep. The bleating of lambs faded as the flock moved on down the hillside. Kitty curled her tail around her nose and fell asleep.

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by Margaret Mendel


Arlene won’t be spending Christmas in our apartment building, as of this morning. And you wouldn’t exactly say she moved out. Our nemesis of so many years went feet first and in a body bag.

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