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Earth Day

by Gail Farrelly


The little green creatures have made up their minds that they aren’t going to sit silently through another Earth Day while their own planet remains unrecognized. No siree!

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by Mary Anna Evans


Garrett Levy already knew more than he wanted to know about composting toilets. Environmental engineering had sounded like a glamorous career when he signed up for it, but the reality had been…well, he should have known that cleaning up a planet wouldn’t be a walk in the park. Garrett had spent his years in graduate school learning how to treat various forms of toxic sludge, which meant that he’d spent an entire semester researching the intimate workings of composting toilets.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Duffy Brown


In this our Earth Day issue we are featuring e-books and books that somehow tie in to Earth Day. What could be more Earth friendly than bicycling, so this week we have a review & giveaway of Braking for Bodies by Duffy Brown, along with an interesting biking and Earth Day related guest post from Duffy. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Braking for Bodies, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.

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Sunnyside Bicycles: Earth Day & Bicycles

IN THE April 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by Vanessa McCracken


We have a sign in our front window that reads, “The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.” With Earth Day approaching on April 22, we are reminded just how true this statement is. Earth Day is a chance to bring renewed attention and energy to what should be an everyday conversation for those of us living in the Central Valley: What can we each personally do to help improve the quality of air that we and our loved ones are breathing?

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by Cynthia Chow


In this our Earth Day issue we are featuring e-books and books that somehow tie in to Earth Day. Here we have reviews of the following e-book mysteries from Penguin & Kensington imprints-For Dead Men Only by Paula Paul, Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting, Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon, and Raisin the Dead by Karoline Barrett. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win e-book copies of all 4 of these mysteries.

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by Cynthia Chow


The last person attorney Carrie Martin would have expected to see in her office on a Sunday morning was her mother. It had been twenty-six years since Charlotte Martin walked out on her family, and Carrie has had no contact with her mother since that heart-breaking day. Charlotte claims that she is fulfilling the promise she made to her husband; finally deliver a letter to Carrie explaining why Charlotte had to leave so long ago.

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by Cynthia Chow


If psychology professor Dr. Laura Murphy hadn’t allowed herself to be goaded into practicing for Onondaga Fall’s canoe regatta, she never would have discovered the body of her Upstate College’s president. Even though Laura had recently had a less-than-harmonious discussion with President Thomas Talbot regarding her office research space, there’s no dearth of suspects within the New York academic institution.

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by Cynthia Chow


Newlywed Pru Parke is happily settled in at Greenoak, the birthplace of her English mother. In this bucolic setting Pru is also working alongside her brother Simon, who only recently reunited with his American sister. Built-up tensions still simmer between them, as Pru can’t help but feel guilty for being raised by the parents who gave Simon up for adoption. Family ties and loyalty are at the core of Pru’s heart, and as a result she doesn’t hesitate to welcome her husband’s nephew Orlando, sent to visit due to the teenager’s Internet shenanigans.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This being our Earth Day issue it seemed a perfect time to feature another local business that does upcycling, and brings new life to antique and vintage items–the Two Sisters Vintage Home & Garden Antique Shop, which is located in Clovis, right on the Sanger border. We took some time to chat with Janet Mitchell and Suzan Blair who own Two Sisters.

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by Lois Winston


Back when I penned my first novel at the end of the last century, I thought that being an author meant sitting at my desk writing books. I also thought it was the publisher’s job to promote those books so that we both made money. Silly me! Once upon a time that was true, but by the time I sold my first book, publishers had abdicated this responsibility for all but a handful of their authors. Promotional efforts had become the responsibility of authors.

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DIY Solar Powered Projects at Home

IN THE April 16 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by Maria Rosemary


The last decade has brought a number of advances in clean, renewable energy, and its use is steadily increasing in the United States. Hydroelectric and biomass sources are among the most productive, but solar energy is also a clean energy source with tremendous potential. It’s cheap, it’s clean, and it’s available virtually anywhere-including around your home. If you’re not inclined to jump into the deep end with a full photovoltaic solar power system, there are still a number of projects you can tackle at home to harness the power of the sun.

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by J.R. Chabot


I don’t want to come off a snob, but really, what did she expect? Did she honestly think I’d… No, we’ll get to that later. First things first.

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by Tom Sims


I decided to follow up on the article I wrote about the upcoming Earth day events in Fresno by visiting Fresno’s Earth Day last Saturday at Radio Park. The result was that I ended up with far too many ideas and impressions to report, fodder for future articles, and inspiration for networking and implementing new ideas. It was worth the three hours I invested.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Betty Jean Craige



At the age of twenty I could not have imagined that in retirement I would write about a five-legged frog, a dog with un-descended testicles whose mother birthed him at the age of sixteen, two lovely post-menopausal ladies who got pregnant in their fifties, and twenty-four healthy centenarian gentlemen with swelling breasts. But neither could I have imagined back then that we’d be polluting our rivers, lakes, and streams with estrogen, anti-depressants, and tranquilizers. Who takes estrogen?

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