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House of Cards: Emmy Review

FROM THE August 18 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Terry Ambrose


Next week Monday are the Emmy Awards so over the next week we will be reviewing some of the nominees! If you have not yet seen House of Cards, be warned there are spoilers.

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A Family Affair At Fresno Bully Rescue

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Karey Wedemeyer


Volunteer Orientation Day is always fun at Fresno Bully Rescue. A new group of people interested in the bully breed and giving them the love and good life they deserve! It is always inspiring to see families at the orientations. I think of my own family and wish we could have shared this experience. Learning about volunteerism in anyway, whether it be with people, environment or animals could only be a positive experience for us all at any age. I have enjoyed watching families that have grown with FBR from the first day of orientation to working alongside them now.

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The Cat, the Vagabond, and the Victim: A Cats in Trouble Mystery By Leann Sweeney

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



Allison Cuddahee, owner of Mercy, South Carolina’s pet rescue/no-kill shelter, knows a cat who travels on his own to return home always makes national news. When a feline named Clyde treks over two hundred miles to find his cancer-stricken human, it’s sure to be a media sensation. The additional hook of owner Norm Jeffrey’s death before they could be reunited makes the story more irresistible.

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The Caregiver: International Bipolar Foundation Column

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mental Health SECTION

by Muffy Walker




Bipolar disorder affects 5.7million American adults. For each person with this disorder, or any other malady for that matter, there are millions more who are their caregivers.

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Healthy Eating in the Valley: Gone Fishin’ at Rubios!

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Healthy Eating in the Valley SECTION

by Tom Sims


How could I have missed Rubio’s for the last four years? Perhaps it was because I have been eating a vegetarian diet all that time. There have been plenty of options for bean tacos in Fresno and I have stalked them out.

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Dye, Dyeing, Dead By Bobbi A. Chukran

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow



After the end of her marriage and equipped with a college degree that usually requires additional doctorates to insure employment, the chance to live with her aunt was a godsend for folklorist Kendra Harper. The contrast between Austin and tiny Nameless, Texas was a bit of a shock, but it gives Kendra the chance to research and write about ghost stories and local legends. When Kendra isn’t at a cemetery photographing tombstones, she helps Aunt Jewel with gardening classes. The most recent is the prophetically titled Dyeing with Plants workshop.

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Spotlight Theory: A Local Band Profile

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Sarah Peterson



If you search the term “spotlight theory” online, you’ll find that not only is it the name of Fresno’s alternative rock duo, but that it’s an actual theory as well.

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Death Stalks Door County By Patricia Skalka

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



Dave Cubiak’s life is a mess. So is Dave himself. He’s lost weight, looks terrible, wears too-worn clothes and has no interest in anything beyond drinking. The love of drink is at war with a promise he made to his friend Malcolm who helped him get a fresh start.

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Kilcuddy Kitty: A Cat Short Story

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Elaine Faber


The first rays of sunrise streamed past posters taped to the butcher shop window, casting squares of shade onto the sunny linoleum floor. Beef Kidneys?$.39 a pound, Oxtails?$.15 a pound, Beef bones?$.10 a pound. No one complained about the poor cuts of meat because the best cuts were sent to feed the troops. Rationing and serving meatless meals was considered patriotic in the summer of 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Cross Purposes By Thomas B. Sawyer: Review/Interview/Giveaway

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy



This week we have a review of Thomas Sawyer’s new mystery novel Cross Purposes, and we also get to interview Tom which was a treat as he has a very interesting background both in writing novels and in TV (he was Showrunner/Head Writer for Murder She Wrote). Details on how to enter to win a copy of Cross Purposes at the end of this post.

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Doctor Who: TV Review

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Chris Lovato SECTION

by Chris Lovato



We can start in 1963, when Doctor Who first graced British televisions until 1983, when it was cancelled. Resurrected by Russell T. Davies in 2005, it’s captured the hearts of American audiences quite recently, and it has only grown in popularity since then.

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Winged Crusader: Fantasy Short Story

FROM THE August 16 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Bobbi A. Chukran



The little girl with the cerulean blue hair peered into the rosebush by the front porch. Because of her hair, which was natural, her grandmother called her “Blue.” An avid bird-lover, Blue had heard some peeping noises coming from inside her grandmother’s rosebushes the day before, and wanted to check to see if there were any baby birds living there. She knew it was almost Valentine’s Day, time for her grandmother to trim the bushes and she didn’t want the birds to be harmed.

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