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  • 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,

  • Books | April 07, 2013

    Readers find out kindness comes in all ages, shapes and sizes in ‘Wonder’

    Ignorance is not bliss. It is the leading cause of a disease that should not exist. It could have destroyed 10-year-old August “Auggie” Pullman had it not been for his bravery, gentle nature, intelligence, wit and kindness. Would someone please explain how facial disfigurements could

  • Books | April 07, 2013

    Western lawmen face unexpected heist off the clock

    Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen who have spent 20 years taming lawless towns throughout the West. In “Ironhorse,” by Robert Knott, they come up against an outlaw gang more formidable than any they have faced before. Cole and Hitch were created by novelist

  • Books | March 31, 2013

    Wheat farming has come a long way in Kansas but still provides challenges

    People today like to talk about the good old days on the family farm. Actually, before the coming of mechanization, daily farm life was a lot of unrelenting, often heavy and isolated work all day long. This made occasional social and other activities all the


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