by Angelo DiGangi
Readers of all ages understand how attached we can become to the books we love. We hang on to them for decades, rereading them over and over again whenever we feel the need to reconnect with old friends or glean inspiration. Even in this day of online reading and tablets that can store tens of thousands of titles, there’s just something about a physical hard copy of a book that feels like home.
by Tess Mize
Cleaning is just not my cup of tea. I know some people who actually enjoy scrubbing dishes, windows and floors, but those people also probably get help dressing from birds and mice and have cordial relationships with various fuzzy woodland creatures. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit the number of hours I’ve spent perusing Pinterest for cleaning tips. If I’d spent half that time actually cleaning, my house would be immaculate. I need techniques that get the job done fast, so I can do other things that don’t involve rubber gloves and suds.
by Kristin Cosentino
Ah, springtime! In California’s Central Valley, as in many parts of the country, the months of spring are a welcome respite from the colder winter months. Actually, in the Central Valley it’s something of a bittersweet time because our spring lasts–if we’re lucky–a month.
by Lorie Lewis Ham
Reedley has begun to see a lot of unique businesses moving in and bringing new life to their downtown. One of those businesses, Urban Roots, brings something very different to the City–a store based on upcycling–something very relative to the world’s growing desire to be more green and an economy where we are trying to make better use of the things we already have.
by Clayton Bradley
Here at Dunlap Leadership Academy, a WASC Accredited High School, located in Dunlap California, part of Kings Canyon Unified School District; we have all anxiously awaited Monday, April 22, 2013. As most people know it to be, Earth Day.
by Cheryl Senn
More than 360 pounds of refuse and more than 60 pounds of recyclables were picked up by more than 200 volunteers during the recent Earth Day Celebration Kings River Clean Up, organized by the Sanger Boys & Girls Club. The number of community groups participating in the third annual event has increased each year, according to the Unit Director of the Sanger Youth Center Boys & Girls Club, Tammy Tucker. “I spoke to the Kings River Conservancy and we both agreed there was more people this year compared to last year.”
by Lorie Lewis Ham
I am very excited to present to you our faithful readers our first ever Earth Day issue! While not every article in this issue is related to Earth Day, a large portion of them are. From the very beginning, KRL has felt that Going Green and all it entails was very important. When we first started putting together the categories for the magazine Going Green was right there from the very beginning, and while some categories have fallen by the wayside and new ones have developed, Going Green has remained.
by Alicia Lieu
While conversing with a chef friend one day in the break room, we talked about the Greenmarkets in New York where she grew up, and recalled a time when there were no Greenmarkets. She remembers a time when Union Square was known as “needle park.”
by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy
One of the ways that KRL is celebrating Earth Day is to focus in this issue only on e-books. Check out these reviews of 4 different mystery novels/novellas that are all available as e-books, some only as e-books, and you can enter to win a copy of all of them at the end of this post: Fatal Debt: A Dana Mackenzie Mystery By Dorothy Howell, The Play of Light and Shadow By Barry Ergang, Flossed by Elaine Macko, and Justified Action by Earl Staggs.
by Cynthia Chow
& Mary Frisbee
After some very traumatic events in their lives, Montana University art professor and environmental activist Trout Brooke is happy to spend some recovery time with her mother Mary Beth during the December holiday break. Joining them is Tommy Sharpe, a twelve year-old girl who was kidnapped and molested, and who desperately needed some vacation recovery time. The Sharpe family believes that Brooke is uniquely qualified to provide empathy to the charming and precocious girl since Brooke was responsible for Tommy’s rescue, and was also a previous victim of sexual assault.
by Hannah Hudson
Reedley College Green Club members are already busy as bees this spring. While they’ve been busy helping other groups with their ‘earth friendly’ events, they’ve also been planning some great things of their own. Their biggest project: a native plants garden behind the Life Sciences Building at the college.
by Christina Morgan Cree
Earth Day is a big deal around here. It’s not just one day out of the year to raise awareness and make new environmentally friendly resolutions, it’s a celebration of a way of life and proclamation of deep convictions. We care about the planet and believe every individual’s actions make a difference.
by Kathy Bennett
During one of my first days at the Los Angeles Police Academy, I was taught the phrase, “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” At the time, I didn’t know the phrase had been ‘borrowed’ from the United States Marine Corps. What I do know is that the phrase served me well in my years working as a Los Angeles Police Officer.
by Aileen Pablo
What accessories are you using in your garden right now? Are you into Japanese lanterns, topiaries, or any type of indigenous materials? How much did you spend using those accessories? If you’re like me, I’d bet you’ve also spent thousands of dollars at one point just to beautify your garden.
by Sharon Tucker
Earth Day approaches and many mystery readers are nothing if not topical readers, often getting an added fillip of pleasure from reading Christmas mysteries in December, American (or British) Colonial Mysteries in July, or Halloween mysteries in October (not forgetting that Guy Fawkes Day is also celebrated in this season). A good way to wade into spring and celebrate the earth is to read the subtle Malice novels of Graham Thomas, whose writing brings the British terrain of his novels as vividly to life as a Constable landscape might.
by Cheryl Senn
More than 60 people attended the Kings River Conservancy’s (KRC) North Riverside Park and Incubator House grand opening on March 16. Speakers and guests in attendance included John Thompson, Resources Manager with the County of Fresno, David Orth, General Manager with the Kings River Conservation District, Louie Long, Environmental Resources Manager with the Kings River Conservation District, Deborah Lapp, vice-president of the Board of Directors with the KRC, and California State Assemblyman Henry T. Perea.