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Defying Gravity On Stage at FPU

IN THE March 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andTheatre
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The first thing many people think of when they hear the term “defying gravity” is the song from the musical Wicked. However, in the play Defying Gravity, now on stage at Fresno Pacific University, the term means exactly what it says–actually defying gravity by going into space.

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by Jackie Dale



The Open House is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. Please, please, please think of something you could donate to our silent auction. The auction is the big money maker for The Cat House and we really need your donations. With the number of abandoned, rescued, and injured animals coming in, we need your help more than ever. I challenge everyone to find something they can donate to our auction.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have reviews & giveaways of a bunch of fun food mysteries-Cold Pressed Murder: An Olive Grove Mystery by Kelly Lane, Kneaded to Death: A Bread Shop Mystery By Winnie Archer, Roux the Day: A Dinner Club Mystery by Linda Wiken, and When the Grits Hit the Fan: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of all 4 books, along with links you can use to purchase them.

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by Cynthia Chow


This week we are part of the Wedding’s To Die For blog tour with Maggie McDonnon & Marla Cooper. We have reviews and giveaways of their latest books-Bel of the Brawl: A Belfast McGrath Mystery and Dying on the Vine: Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries, along with interviews with both of them.

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by Terrance McArthur


Mari, of a wandering clan, can turn feline. She wants revenge on the man who unleashed ghosts that killed her family and kinfolk. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris was born dead, but lived. Now, he can battle and banish ghosts. He is known as the Dead’s Man.
Tris and Mari were made for each other.

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by Sunny Frazier


Kathi Daley has started a new series! Appropriately named First Case, it’s the first case in the Writers Retreat Series. Jillian Hanford’s journalism career is pretty much defunct when she gets a call from a former editor.

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by Cynthia Chow


Although a drastic hike in rent forced Winnie Johnson to give up her beloved bakery, an unexpected inheritance allowed her to create the Emergency Dessert Squad, where on-demand customized delicacies are delivered by a vintage ambulance. Less welcome is the gift that came in the form of hissing feline Lovey, who seems to love everyone except Winnie. Otherwise, prospects for the business look to be on an upswing; at least right until the recipient of one of the Emergency Dessert Squad’s latest deliveries is found poisoned to death by pastry.

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by Jessica Ham



March has been full of exciting video game announcements that have people buzzing. March is usually a slow time for games as people are just waiting for the big summer releases but this March has been an exception.

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New Shoes

IN THE March 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andMaria Ruiz,
andTravel
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by Maria Ruiz




Ted was never one to spend a lot of money on his clothes. He had a pair of sandals that he had purchased from a bin at Safeway before we left on our worldwide trip. The soles had once had ridges which had worn off years before. They now were flat and slick.

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HMS Pinafore: On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE March 20 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andTerrance V. Mc Arthur,
andTheatre
SECTIONS

by Terrance McArthur



Political crony rewards and class division: the stuff of which today’s headlines are made. Who would expect to find these themes in an operetta that’s almost 150 years old?
Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore—or—The Lass That Loved a Sailor has sailed into port at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre, 928 E. Olive Avenue, docking there through April 23. Director J. Daniel Herring has recruited a crew of powerful leads to set forth on the familiar waters.

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by Cynthia Chow
& VIcki Delany


Five years ago, Gemma Doyle moved to New England from actual England to take over half of her Uncle Arthur’s Sherlock Holmes Bookshop. Her uncle claimed to have a genealogical tie to the famous author, leading to a fanaticism that led to the purchase of a store on 222 Baker Street, West London, Massachusetts, for a bookstore devoted to all things Sherlockian.

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by Cynthia Chow


When Pasadena Homicide/Assault Police Detective Nan Vining is called to the scene of a drowning at the Casa de las Ventanas estate, she immediately knows something is hinky. Not only is the blind owner of the home, Teddy Sexton, making inappropriate jokes and not taking the crime seriously, he is acting flirtatious and a little too touchy with Nan. Teddy’s assistant/brother-in-law as well has Nan are on full alert, as the ex-con Floyd Johansing is so twitchy and ready to flee that he practically oozes guilt.

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by Tom Sims



Tara Hamilton has written another volume from her heart. The first was Cook, Grow, Love where she unfolded a legacy of sharing love through food that ultimately led her to become a chef and a farmer as well as a “farmacist,” and local food advocate in the Fresno area.

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by Sandra Murphy


Have you ever heard of a Rat Tea? Theodosia and Drayton are invited to one by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s well-known hostesses. The servers are dressed as rats in livery. Although it seems more than a little gross, it is part of Charleston’s long history—sponsored fundraisers by the elite for rat control. No longer needed as that kind of fundraiser, hostesses think of them as trendy.

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by Kathleen Costa


Our bewitching story begins with Caitlyn Le Fey sitting with her cousin, Pamona, savoring her tea and scones and pondering the somewhat shocking revelations of her birth. Her mother recently died in a tragic accident, and surrounded by her mother’s lawyers she was handed a letter—a letter that announced she was adopted, well, it turns out she was really found abandoned on the side of the road near a little Cotswold village called Tillyhenge with an unusual runestone around her neck.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s time for the Star City Film Festival in the resort town in Utah. Movie stars are shopping in all the boutiques and skiing the fresh powder. The townspeople treat them as any other customers instead of autograph or selfie seekers.

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Memoirs of an Immigrant

IN THE March 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andCommunity,
andEvelyne Vivies,
andTales of Diversity
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by Evelyne Vivies


I immigrated to this great country in 1974, from Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, as a seven-year old on the tailwind of my Syrian-born father’s dream of a better life for his wife and eleven children. My father was French by a twist of fate because Syria was under French Mandate.

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by Sandra Murphy


Jenny Weston and her mother, Dora, maintain the Little Libraries in Bear Falls. The town is too small for a regular library but the bigger-than-a-birdhouse replica houses contain popular books. Residents are free to come by and borrow one or leave a new one. When Dora finds snippets of poetry from the reclusive poet, Emily Sutton, she is excited to see the woman is writing again.

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