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  • Books | April 20, 2013

    Poetry: the underestimated summer feel-good read

    Rhonna.hargett

    I recently had a perfect moment. How often do we get to say that? As I was riding my bike down linear park surrounded by my family, with the sun on my face, I wished I could capture the moment, to acknowledge the wonder of

  • Books | April 20, 2013

    Mystery, murder and war go hand in hand in Flynn’s latest

    Mitch Rapp is one of those individuals who’s a great friend and a worse enemy. He’s CIA, the kind of agent who is sent on missions no one else can handle. In “The Last Man,” his mission is to find out who kidnapped

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    ‘A Week in Winter’ is a refreshing story about failure, life and following dreams

    “A Week in Winter” is a delightful read about a woman who had an upsetting turn of events but was able to overcome them to achieve happiness for herself and others. Chicky Starr left Stoneybridge, Ireland, to move to the United States when she was 20

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    The inside and out of a misunderstood mammal

    To set the record straight, an armadillo is a mammal - a warm-blooded, placental creature that bears live offspring and suckles its young. Despite its carapace, which somewhat resembles a turtle’s shell, it is not a reptile like a turtle, nor a cross between

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    How to thrive in the ‘happiest places on earth’

    A while back I wrote about “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest” a bestselling book by Dan Buettner, an explorer, scientist and National Geographic Fellow. The book grew out of a cover story he wrote for

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    ‘Gunfighter in Gotham’ highlights Bat Masterson’s life in the U.S.

    This interesting biography of Bat Masterson’s final 30 years by Robert K. DeArment provides a very different view of Masterson than how most readers think of him. There are few Kansans who haven’t heard of William Barclay (Bat) Masterson. The popular television show starring

  • Books | April 14, 2013

    Alcoholic, potty-mouthed cop solves yet another crime despite his size and faults

    Brainy crime thriller “Standing in Another Man’s Grave” is a good place for unfamiliar readers to enter the long running series created by internationally best-selling author Ian Rankin. Detective John Rebus of Edinburgh first stepped up, prickly and incorruptible, in “Knots and Crosses.” After 20

  • Books | April 07, 2013

    Book asserts that the key to well-behaved pets is well-trained owners

    Many prospective pet owners view spring as an ideal time to bring home a puppy. If committing to a 10- to 15-year relationship with a four-footed companion is your plan for this spring, then also plan to look at “Barron’s Dog Training Bible.” This

  • Books | April 07, 2013

    Book suggests mental exercise keeps brain young

    Author Michael Shermer, adjunct professor at Claremore University, says beliefs come before explanations. The brain is a belief engine using sensory data that flows in through the senses. The brain looks for patterns, then meaning follows.  Once beliefs are formed, our brains seek out

  • Books | April 07, 2013

    One man’s list of top 10 western films for a rainy day

    Pecoraro

    What are the 10 best Western films of all time? Well, that depends on who you ask. You can find many lists of top Western films on the Web but no two lists will include the same films. Gayot.com, Reelz.com, Amctv.com, IGN.com,


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