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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


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by Dharma Kelleher


I’d been noodling the idea of doing a story like TERF Wars for a while. But there was always another story that I found more exciting to write.

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The Seasons of a Story

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Leslie Budewitz


Monday. Gray skies, again. Will the temp squeeze up to double digits this aft? Even the dog hates his walk when it’s below zero, the snow crunching beneath his feet and sticking between his toes.
And then I glance out the window. It’s a Saturday in June and the earth is painted green, in the words of the little poem many of us learned as kids. We don’t have a dog, but I hear the cat yowling, ready to come inside after hunting.

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5 Tips on Building a Dog-Friendly Community

IN THE June 16 ISSUE

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by staff


Dogs can bring a lot of good to the community; therefore, it is our duty to build a society that embraces dogs and recognizes their essential role in our lives. When dogs are present, the people and the community thrive. When you take your Frenchie puppies out on a walk, people will stop you just to pet them. Dogs have been shown to bring a positive impact in communities; therefore, it is the duty of the community members to make it good for dog owners if they want to thrive. Here are some ways to do so.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


This week we have another fun group of food mysteries for your summer reading fun-For Batter or Worse: A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay, Death Gone A-Rye: A Bread Shop Mystery by Winnie Archer, Southern Sass and a Battered Bride: A Marygene Brown Mystery by Kate Young, and Peaches and Schemes: A Georgia B&B Mystery by Anna Gerard.

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by Paula Hunsaker


Freddie was rescued from CCSPCA, a high-kill shelter. A shelter staff member at CCSPCA texted me to tell me about Freddie who was being pulled to be euthanized that day. He wanted to see if I would help Freddie because he was such a sweet boy that was born with a crippled front leg. He was good with the litter box and got along fine with his leg being crippled. The shelter had tagged him to be euthanized deeming him as being unadoptable due to being infirm, or crippled. He was not this perfect cat for the shelter to be concerned with as being adoptable. As if cats coming into high-kill shelters are perfect purebred cats!

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Player’s Encore is the second book in Joe Cosentino’s Player Piano Mystery series. In the first book, The Player, grade school music teacher Andre Beaufort discovers an old player piano in the basement of his building and has it brought up to his apartment. Much to his surprise, the piano is haunted by Roaring Twenties playboy Freddy Birstwistle, who was the original owner of the house that has been converted into apartments.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


While theatre starts slowly coming back to the stage, there still aren’t many shows to cover, so we are continuing to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with Fresno actor Donna Beavers, who has been the voice of three of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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by Stephanie Cameron


As a volunteer with Rattie Ratz Rescue, a non-profit pet rat rescue located in the Bay Area of Northern California, I have witnessed first-hand the affects Covid has had on the running of a rescue. Of course, as soon as Covid became publicly known, keeping the volunteers and animals safe was the Board’s primary concern. All public events were canceled as soon as the shelter in place was ordered back in March 2020, and they will remain cancelled for some time to come.

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by Kathleen Costa


The pandemic has directly effected our lives in many ways and we have tried desperately to find ways to keep ourselves engaged or distracted. We’re used to reruns, and in many cases don’t mind binging our favorite sit-com and movie series, but there’s On Demand, Netflix, Pay-Per-View, and a wide selection of streaming services for reasonable to “Ouch!” fees. For several years now, my “reasonable” membership in two streaming services has provided this Anglophile access to a wide variety of UK television shows and movies, some new and some longtime favorites.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresh Brewed Murder is the first in a brand new series by Emmeline Duncan. When I saw that the main character owned a coffee cart in Portland, Oregon I knew this book was for me. I love coffee, and Oregon is one of my favorite places!

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What Special Food Should You Feed a Puppy?

IN THE June 11 ISSUE

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by staff


Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time for your family! You have a new family member, but that family member requires a slightly different diet than the rest of you.

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Crossing Over in a Crossover

IN THE June 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Terry Odell


One thing I knew when I started writing—which didn’t happen until I had a well-worn AARP card—was that I would write the kinds of books I wanted to read. At the time, those were series mysteries. Robert B. Parker, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, and more. I hadn’t studied writing, had no desire to be a writer. I had stories in my head, but the one time I sat down to write one, the simple mechanics of typing—punctuating dialogue, for example—made it a chore. Eventually, I got over that hurdle and found that I enjoyed the writing process. I set out to write a mystery.

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The Social Media Hashtag Guide for 2021

IN THE June 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCommunity
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by staff


Are you making use of social media for your business or brand, and want to know what you should be doing in 2021 in order to make the most out of it? Are you new to social media and want to know how to use hashtags effectively and efficiently in order to get the most out of them?

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by staff


The current Pandemic has entirely altered our lives, and let’s be honest, none of us are enjoying it. Curfews and multiple strict lockdowns have left nothing to do for enjoyment. Trips to grocery stores are the only outing; sitting in front of laptops is equivalent to working. Video calls are the new meeting place with friends and family.

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