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All articles published in 2013.

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

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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

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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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Three British Mysteries for Christmas

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by Sharon Tucker


I’m a little envious of a couple of my friends who will be in London this Christmas season. I have been there during early spring and again in summer, but have always dreamed of having a British Christmas on the Isle itself. I consider making a plum pudding every year in December, but just don’t want to face boiling anything in cheesecloth. I’d love to have roast Christmas goose, Christmas punch, and play the Minister’s Cat with a witty group of Brits, but my dream has not materialized thus far.

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Christmas Greetings

IN THE December 21 ISSUE

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by Tom Sims


It seems so small to say, “Merry Christmas,” and leave it at that. It is merry. Our hearts are at their best when dancing between the realities of brokenness and giddy joy. We are warmed, we are delighted, carols surround us, lights invite us; we are caught up in the season of hope.

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by Gary Hoffman



As Susan was struggling to open her front door, she thought of her Uncle Theodore. He always had some cute little saying or adage from somewhere else. One of them he said came from Germany and translated into English as, “A lazy man will carry himself to death.” She was beginning to believe it as she tried to carry three bags of groceries, two more of Christmas presents, and another of wrapping paper and bows, just to save two trips to the car.

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by Cynthia Chow


If you’re going to ever be lost at sea, there’s no better or more original way for your body to be retrieved than by dolphins. After a mercurial trip where famed photographer Tom Tiburon managed to anger everyone on board and subsequently disappeared on one of his routine unauthorized night dives, his body was actually carried back to the Dolphin Diver II by bottlenose dolphins.

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