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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 Sandra Murphy

Hannah Swensen hasn’t been feeling well lately. Doc, her stepfather, prescribes a vacation to relieve stress. Oddly, he’s sending Hannah’s mother along. Delores is a major stressor in anyone’s life. Apparently, Doc’s prescription will help him relax, too.

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by Harvie Schreiber

Life hasn’t changed for the hundreds of cats at The Cat House on the Kings. They still wander our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River, enjoying the sunshine, the breezes, and the fresh air. They sleep curled in warm beds near our pellet stove in the Big House, and in the dozens of smaller buildings scattered around the property. Every morning, they wait for the arrival of staff for their breakfast of canned food mixed with supplements, as well as for some petting, companionship, and activity. The sameness of their daily routine is comforting to them because they know what each day will bring. The same cannot be said for the staff and volunteers of The Cat House on the Kings, or for the rest of the world.


by Jessica Ham

The world is scary right now, and the future is unknown, but there is one thing that you can rely on during a crisis, video games. Despite what is going on, video games are still being released and are a welcome distraction from the chaos.


by Sunny Frazier

April showers, flowers, and two new mystery series brings in spring. Plus, mysteries with recipes to try for Easter.


by Lorie Lewis Ham

Community theatre is a very important part of any community and the Valley has been blessed with a multitude of community theatre companies. A few weeks ago we sat down with Jim Kleigl, who is the current theater manager of the Lindsay Community Theater, to learn more about theirs. While their current shows have been canceled or postponed like all others in this time of crisis, they eagerly await being able to perform again. If you would like to help support local theatre during this difficult time, consider purchasing a gift certificate that can be used when theatre is able to return.


Layka The Little Spitfire


FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures,
andLee Juslin

by Lee Juslin

Layka, a little mixed-breed Terrier, came into Col. Potter Cairn Terrier Rescue Network after spending time as a stray on the mean streets of a poor section of Nashville, Tennessee. Very scrawny and obviously ill, Layka had chronic, severe ear infections and a coat in very poor condition. She was also blind and deaf. In addition, she had an obvious limp.


by Gary Hoffman

Five minutes had passed.
Detective Winston Elliot Browne, nicknamed WEB, admired the brass door knocker. He raised the ring being held in the lion’s mouth and let it fall. He smiled, picked it up again, and tapped it three times on the knocker plate. Several seconds passed before he heard a mousy voice from inside the mansion.


by Sandra Murphy

This week we have another pair of fun mysteries for your spring reading list-Murder in an Irish Cottage: An Irish Village Mystery by Carlene O’Connor and Murder Makes Scents: Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by Christin Brecher.

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by Sandra Murphy

Teddy Bentley is a zookeeper at the Gunn Zoo in California. Each day she gets to feed and interact with the animals, especially the newest addition, Poonya, a red panda. What could be a better job? Well, a great job except when the sloth pooped on her uniform, and then there was the incident with the third graders and…Well, no job is perfect.


by Terrance McArthur

I never planned to be in isolation. I figured my wife and daughter might, but me? What a surprise!
Now, what’s a restaurant reviewer supposed to do when he can’t go to restaurants because he’s supposed to avoid going out, which means he’s stuck at home, trying to put together meals from what he has on hand in the house?


by Sandra Murphy

Staying healthy and active is a goal most people have. However, daily life gets in the way of exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation. When a crisis like the coronavirus hits, worry and an excess of conflicting information can add stress and decrease focus. Dr. Carol Osborne, an integrative veterinarian in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, shares tips for weight loss, stress relief, and adapting for changes in your work schedule which in turn, affects your pets.


by Steven Sanchez

You hear the tapping sounds on a ride cymbal, the strums of a guitar, then chiming in is a funky bassline, accompanied by a second riff from a guitar, this continues on and builds up until you hear a guttural and primal scream shouting, “Are you ready?” These are the rhythms and lyrics stitched to the song “Blind,” that belongs to the band, Korn.


by Jackie Dale

It has been a brisk month for The CatMother. I currently have two bottle babies, Chuck and Lola. Their mother had four kittens on someone’s lawn and then she got up and walked away. By the time I was contacted, only two remained. So far they are doing well, and I’m hopeful. However tiny newborns are quite fragile and things can go downhill quickly and suddenly.


by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy

This week we have reviews of 3 fun food mysteries-Death by Chocolate Frosted Donut: Death by Chocolate Mystery by Sarah Graves, Egg Drop Dead: A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien, and Pies Before Guys: A Pie Town Mystery by Kirsten Weiss.


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