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Christmas

by Mabry Hall


Rudolph sauntered into the bar, his red nose blue from the cold. “Gimme an Irish coffee, Bert. Gotta heat up the old schnozzle.”

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by Frederick Ramsay


The door slammed against the wall, bounced, shuddered, and slapped shut again. Darcie Starling, mouth agape, stood as her father’s picture in the foyer wobbled on its hook, seemed to hesitate, unsure if it should, and then plummeted to the floor with a crash, scattering glass shards across the floor. Seconds later, the Digby police, search warrant in hand, pushed their way in, this time more gently, and proceeded to search her house.

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by Mallory Moad



It’s time for the holidays in the Central Valley, and lights are a big, big deal. You can’t drive down a street after dark without multi-colored bulbs guiding your way. They’re wild and crazy and they’re everywhere, on homes, businesses and in at least 4 night-time parades. But in Fresno you’ll find one collection of illuminated displays in a place that’s a little out of the ordinary.

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by Barbara Schlichting



Maggie and I had been friends for over twenty years. Our moms were friends; they went shopping together, taking Maggie and me along. Our families lived side-by-side in a working class neighborhood in south Minneapolis, until the day that turned my life around. That was the day my parents were killed in a car accident. I went to live with my grandparents, Marie and August Ott, and fortunately, they lived nearby, so Maggie and I could still be friends and go to the same schools. We graduated and still do everything together.

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by Sarah Peterson


The holiday spirit is alive and well at Clovis’s Woods Elementary School, which has been sponsoring a Giving Tree charity drive every December for over a decade. Woods parent Heather Devany gave Kings River Life the scoop on what the program is all about, and the Giving Tree’s impact on Woods Elementary and its surrounding community.

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

IN THE December 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Amy M. Reade



I’m one of those people who always has her Christmas shopping done in September, who has half the gifts wrapped and handed out by Thanksgiving, who has the house completely decorated by the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and who is staying up late by this time every year baking, washing dishes, baking more, and washing more dishes. And making lists. Lots of lists.

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by Sharon Tucker


My university has a ten day to two week holiday between Christmas and New Year’s which gives us all a chance to unwind from the previous semester and ‘gird up our loins’ for the next. Although it is lovely to have time to relax, I find that I get a bit restless and anxious between the two holidays to get back to tasks I know are piling up—not to mention all the emails—and to hear about how we all spent the holidays. Everyone has at least one lurid anecdote to delight us all.

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by Elizabeth Zelvin



The new kid in town, the only Jewish girl in my class, and as far as I could tell, the only shape-shifter—high school was hell. On top of that, my parents seemed to be the only Democrats in the county. President Eisenhower was considered a shoo-in for re-election. Even though I begged them not to, my parents stuck a Stevenson bumper sticker on the car. I got to say, “I told you so,” when they got five parking tickets on Main Street within a month. But it didn’t give me much satisfaction.

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Buddy, the Christmas Husky~A True Holiday Miracle

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andBooks & Tales,
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by Dorothy Wills-Raftery


Christmastime is here. A time for shared tales of hope and joy, such as the story of Buddy, the Christmas Husky. On a snowy Christmas Day in 2011, a sick, freezing cold, and starving dog found himself wandering the streets of an Arkansas town and right into traffic. His magnificent breed of Siberian Husky was barely detectable.

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Christmas With Kathi Daley

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andKathleen Costa,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets
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by Kathleen Costa


Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Jingle all the way! Fans of Kathi Daley are treated to three new wonderful Christmas time stories. In the Zoe Donovan Cozy Mystery series, Zoe searches for the killer of bakeshop owner Candy Kane. In the Whales and Tails Cozy Mystery Clarence, another magical cat, leads Cait to a mysterious victim. In the Sand and Sea Hawaiian Mystery, Kailani finds a dead Santa in the alley. We enjoy holiday festivities, family gatherings, snow flurries, swaying palms, a little romance, and of course…mayhem.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Recently a new shop opened in Downtown Reedley called Sweet Destination. I went in to check it out and was delighted by what I saw! This place is so charming and filled with so many unique items. The owner, Shelly Henderson, shared with me that the theme of “destination” is showcased throughout the store as she showed me their tables with street sign tabletops (Shelly’s co-owner and husband Mike built the tables), an old luggage cart, their counter is made out of a 100 year old door, and even their business cards are shaped like luggage tags!

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David’s Not Just Your Ordinary Department Store

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

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andDiana Bulls,
andPets
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by Diana Bulls


David’s is a jewel of a little store, located right in the heart of Reedley. From the moment you walk in the door, you are in sensory overload—but in a very, very good way. Everywhere you look, there are wonders to behold, and Christmas is the best time of all!

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by Cynthia Chow


Camryn Brooks’ experience as the former legal affairs director for a senator in Washington, D.C., has accustomed her to the precarious and convoluted world of politics. Even she was caught off guard, when the hostilities stirred up by a small-town Minnesota City Council meeting continue to the point of her nearly calling the police the following day. Mayor Lewis “Frosty” Frost’s proposal to bring in both a microbrewery and a clothing manufacturing business to Brooks Landing has more than one resident up in arms, and they all seem to express their opposition in the Brew-Ha coffee shop.

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by J.R. Lindermuth



Jasper Greene shuffled to a window and pulled back the curtain, peered out, and saw a station wagon in his yard.
The driver was a stranger but one familiar with country ways. He sat in the car with the motor running, waiting, not coming up to pound on the door like some traveling salesman. The old man went back to his coffee and waited.

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Christmas Concerts at Immanuel Schools

IN THE December 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andEducation,
andMusic
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by Breanna Wood


Immanuel Schools has a long-standing tradition of performing the “All Is Well” Choir Concert during the holiday season, featuring all choir members grades 7-12. The name “All Is Well” was given to this performance in honor of the song, “All is Well,” that is sung every year to wrap up the performance, and welcome you into a holiday season centered on Christ.

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by Cynthia Chow


Merry Wilkinson once thought she had the dream life in Manhattan, but it took losing both a cheating fiancé and her job as a deputy magazine style editor to discover that her true place was back in her hometown. Now the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry fully endorses Rudolph, New York’s year-round celebration of Christmas.

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