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‘Where Two Hearts Meet’ returns ‘Anne’ lovers to Prince Edward Island

Readers may be drawn to different books for different reasons, but pretty much all readers at some point have been the victim of a “cover” buy. Recently, I had the opportunity to request Liz Johnson’s “Where Two Hearts Meet” and the first thing that caught my eye was Prince Edward […]

Pumpkin seeds a perfect autumn snack with this easy roasting recipe

The autumn pumpkin parade continues this week with a recipe that readers can use after carving pumpkins this year. Before beginning, be sure to clean the pumpkin seeds well. It might take three or four washes before they are completely clean and ready to bake. Keep in mind, also, that […]

Arkalalah week heralded by USB garage cleanup, Medallion Hunt clues

The Kiwanis Club of Arkansas City spent Oct. 23/Sunday afternoon cleaning the Union State Bank parking garage downtown in anticipation of its pancake feed on Oct. 29/Saturday morning. While Kiwanis is not the only group that has begun preparations for Arkalalah, the cleaning of the garage signifies just as much […]

Hannon’s “Tangled Webs” a fast-paced, tension-filled thrill ride

Irene Hannon’s “Tangled Webs” is a fast-paced, tension-filled thrill ride. The story follows Finn McGregor as he recovers from a wound that conspires to end his six-year career as an Army Ranger. It also follows Dana Lewis, a book editor who is recovering from her own physical and emotional trauma. […]

Pumpkin butter offers citrus-y autumn alternative to apple butter

The fall weather may be a little warmer this week, but pumpkin recipes keep appearing on social media, in grocery stores and in restaurants. One of them is for pumpkin butter, which is an alternative to apple butter that has a slightly citrus-y twist to its flavor. This recipe doesn’t […]

Michiyo Yasuda’s work will outlive her in beloved animated classics

Those who follow this website know I mostly blog about books. However, when news of Michiyo Yasuda’s passing broke, I knew I had to write about it. Michiyo, 77, passed Oct. 5 after an illness. While her name might not mean anything to you, you probably have heard of some […]

Honigford masterfully uses atmosphere to propel plot of ‘Darkness Knows’

Atmosphere can make or break a novel. Unfortunately, many authors under-appreciate its value and therefore under-use it. Cheryl Honigford is not one of those authors. Her debut novel, “The Darkness Knows” (Aug. 2, 2016, Sourcebooks Landmark), is a masterful display in the use of atmosphere to add depth to a […]

Recipe for pumpkin spice truffles produces chocolatey fall delight

The parade of pumpkin continues this week with a pumpkin spice truffle recipe. This recipe features a rich mixture of pumpkin spice and white chocolate. To begin, the ingredients needed for the truffle are: 2 ounces full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar 1/3 cup pumpkin […]

Highly anticipated return of “Rick and Morty” reminds why I love this show

Season 3 of animated favorite “Rick and Morty” is supposed to be released this year, but no firm date has been announced yet. The waiting is torturous. I first stumbled across “Rick and Morty” on accident, probably while falling into the black hole that is the internet. I remember flying […]

Fisher offers ‘The Devoted’ iPad Mini giveaway

You’re invited back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred and hopes fulfilled in “The Devoted.” Bright, curious, and restless, Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family, but is stuck in a sea of indecision about her future: Should she stay Amish? Or should she leave? She’s done all she can […]