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11 08, 2012

Review: The Amazing Life of Cats by Candida Baker

By | August 11th, 2012|Categories: Animals, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Few animals have effected humans as much as cats. Furry, frustrating, lovable, playful…they truly are one of man’s (and woman’s) best friends. They are there to entertain us when we are bored and nuzzle us when we are sad – and so are the great stories told in The Amazing Life of Cats by Candida Baker. A collection of dozens of cat stories, The Amazing Life of Cats makes you laugh, tear and smile with every furry tale. Whether it’s the story of the small cat who fiercely protected his owner’s baby or the cat that liked to climb through windows only to steal the neighbors pies and other baked treats, this book is filled with reminders of why we strive to make these furry friends such a close part of our families.

Story after story will take

1 07, 2012

Review: Garden Wisdom by Jerry Apps

By | July 1st, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

My afternoons this winter were spent reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series with the kiddos. I have to admit that Farmer Boy is one of my favorites. It speaks of her husband Almonzo’s childhood on the farm and provides detailed descriptions on how they planted, harvested, and ate the good things they grew. Jerry Apps’ Garden Wisdom is the adult version of Farmer Boy and inspires its readers to “go for it!” and enjoy the work and rewards of vegetable gardening for themselves.

Garden Wisdom is written in three parts. The first section describes the author’s heritage and experience with farming and gardening. Jerry Apps is a third generation farmer as well as a professor of Agriculture in Wisconsin. Apps draws a great