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Sunnyside Bicycles: Nighttime Riding

by Vanessa McCracken


We almost hit a bicyclist last night. As we were driving home, we came up on a guy riding his bike in the dark, wearing all-black clothing, with just one faint flashing red taillight. Carrying a backpack and riding a commuter-style bike, he was clearly on the narrow, unlit country road because he was on his way home from work or school. Luckily, we saw him at the last minute and were able to give him his three feet as we safely passed him.

Comforted by Soup

by Alicia Lieu


Soup is considered a comfort food for a reason. It is a great way to combat the cold in winter and a great way to combat a cold. Why is it that when I’m sick, I long for my mother’s chicken soup? Is it a myth that chicken soup helps cure your cold? In 2007, the New York Times cited two studies that showed that chicken soup has more than just a placebo effect and does, in fact, reduce cold symptoms, but it would be better not to discuss the unappetizing details of it here.

Doubt On Stage In Visalia

by Nancy Holley



Situations are not always as they seem, but sometimes they are. When the safety of children is at stake, the price is too high to take chances. The Visalia Players production of Doubt presents such a circumstance.

Hit and Run: Movie Review

by Jesus Ibarra


Dax Shepard (Parenthood) and Kristin Bell star in this sort of indie flick that got a pretty wide release and has some of the best star cameos I have seen in years. A former getaway driver for a gang that used to rob banks leaves the Witness Protection program to help his girlfriend get a new job in LA, while avoiding the former gang he helped put away.

Brave: Movie Review

by Jesus Ibarra


Pixar’s latest animated film stars hopefully a new Disney princess, Merida. Set in Scotland during the 10th century, the princess defies the old age custom of marrying the first-born son of the clan chiefs under her father’s rule by competing for her own hand to avoid getting married. All this much to the chagrin of her mother, the Queen Elinor, who has been preparing her, her entire life as a princess.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Movie Review

by Jesus Ibarra


What if arguably one of our best Presidents turned out to be a vampire hunter? Well now we know what that would look like in the film adaptation of the book by the same name. Benjamin Walker has the unfortunate task of selling Lincoln as not only a brilliant passionate legal mind but also a strong kickass vampire hunter, and I have to say he pulled it off.

Pirates! Band of Misfits: Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall



Pirates! Band of Misfits stars Hugh Grant as the voice of Pirate Captain, who leads a band of misfit pirates. They go to sign up for the Pirate of the Year awards with the hopes that this year will finally be his year, but he can't compete with the other pirates in the competition and gets discouraged until he meets Charles Darwin (David Tennant).

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