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Valley News & Views Page 7 June 27th, 2013 Comfort Zone by Clint Van Camp + Songs keep going through my mind as I think of this month. "June is bustin' out all over, all over the meadows and the hills." Or from Porgy and Bess: "Summertime and the livin' is easy." That one I argue with. Whose summer is easy any more?Yes, people take vacations but then they need to time to recuperate from the vacation to get back into the swing of things. But reading a good book goes on all year. Even though June is the kick-off month for Rescue Summer in Tehachapi, the Rescue Capital of the World, I'm getting my column done a bit ahead of deadline. I have resolved that when I finish a good book, I will write the column right away before another good book comes along and pleads for a column, too. Past Darkness by Laurel Woidode showed up in my mail box. I met the author two years ago at a Scandinavian Festival called Norsk Hostfest in Minot ND. She was helping her father, Larry Woiwode, who has written books set in the upper Midwest region for years. Laurel said she was working on book of her own. I said, "Send it to me. I'd love to read it when you finish it." So when the book showed up, I was glad she remembered. A beautiful buckskin horse on the cover insured that I would read the book. The dark clouds fit the title. The story, told in first person by Gabrielle, started gently, making me think ah, a coming of age story, as the heroine is fifteen years old. But not far into the story her life is ripped apart and the Chicago city girl is forced to go live with her aunt and uncle on a ranch in western North Dakota. I felt like I was living on that ranch with her, suffering with her, withdrawing right along with her and then learning to love the land in spite of herself. Grief is a terrible thing at any time, losing one's parents at fifteen can take years to grow into. Gabrielle's aunt and uncle are good people who don't know how to help her. As one reviewer wrote '?t wonderful story of hope, faith and forgiveness. And also courage - the courage to face our fears and overcome them." I heartily recommend Past Darkness for readers from teens on up. Laurel has done a superb job of weaving the love of the land into this young girl's life as she grows up. If I didn't alreadylove that part of this world, I would fall in love after reading this enthralling tale. I'm looking forward to more books from Laurel Woiwode. This one will be a tough act to follow. I also finished A Lion Called Christian, a true story that was quite a YouTube hit. Two men buy a lion cub from Herrods Department Store in London and when Christian gets too big to handle, they take him to Africa to be rehabilitated back into the wild similar to Born Free of so many years ago. In fact George Adamson of Born Free fame is the man; who teaches Christian to live the life of a wild African lion. Anthony Bourke and John Rendall return to Africa ayear later to see Christian again and then visit another year later. The blurb on the cover reads "The true story of the remarkable bond between two friends and a lion." While I've never wanted a lion of my own, I really enjoyed this little book. Hmm, another book came in the mail yesterday. I'm almost afraid to open it. I have to finish the one I am writing titled Heaven Sent Rain. It will come out next summer. This August Wake the Dawn will be released. And An Untamed Heart, the prequel of Ingeborg Bjorkund's life in Norway before she came to America, will hit the shelves on October 1. I know a lot of readers have been waiting for that one. Sohappyreadin' andwritin'~ and may your summer bring good memories and some kick back time. Lauraine You park the car and step out of your comfort zone. Walking across the parking lot you see their faces. Some smile, some greet you. A few offer a blank stare. Others are chatting among themselves. Most of them have eaten their breakfast at the Jesus Center in Chico, CA. Many of them are homeless. Entering the Jesus Center from the rear door you turn right into the Dining Hall. The servers are tidying things after serving breakfast for 200 people. A few people are at the tables finishing their meal. Meals are supplied twice a day every day. You walk over and sit at a Ray's table. Ray is a fair skinned African-American who has a friendly demeanor and a smile to match. Ray says he is from Los Angeles. After talking to Ray for 10 minutes you find that he has lived or worked in 4 or 5 states, including Michigan and Texas. With a few of the tables empty, a couple of the men carve out a section of the Dining Hall for Bible study. People are still hanging out at different tables after they have completed their meal. You move to the Bible study Hot Dish Author Jeanne Cooney To Be At Drayton's Riverfest on Saturday, July 20 Jeanne Cooney's novel, Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery with Recipes, published by North Star Press, is scheduled for national release in mid-July. But those Drayton Riverfest goers who stop by the park between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, can meet the author and buy a signed copy of this humorous mystery, set right here in the Red River Valley. When asked about her experience writing the book, Jeanne, who grew up in Hallock but presently lives and works in the Twin Cities, said, '?k few years ago, I started writing a quirky family cookbook. It turned into this story, which the publisher now wants me to expand into a series of funny mysteries that highlight the Red River Valley." This first story features Minneapolis cub newspaper reporter Emerald Malloy, who's assigned to gather "church food" recipes from the owner of Hot Dish Heaven, a fictitious caf6 in Kennedy, Minnesota. while collecting the recipes for hot dish, bars, and JeI1-O salad, Emerald learns of an unsolved murder. Certain that cracking the case will catapult her from "gopher" to investigative reporter, she interviews the locals while attending a benefit dinner- dance at the VFW. By night's end, she's heard a few Ole- and-Lena jokes, listened to some good music, and questioned everyone from the Irish-Catholic priest who lives among these Scandinavian-Lutheran farmers to the caf6 owner's nutty, octogenarian aunts and the hunky local deputy sheriff. She's even learned about curling in Drayton But has she solved the crime? And will she live long enough for it to matter? In addition to her appearance in Drayton, Jeanne will be signing books at the Kittson County Fair in Hallock on Friday, July 19, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., and the Pennington County Fair in Thief River on Sunday, July 21, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. If you can't make it to a book signing, purchase the book, selling for $14.95, through Amazon or at area bookstores or gift shops or ask for it at the library. Jeanne also encourages foils to visit her website,, where they can submit their favorite hot dish, bar, or Jell-O salad recipes, as well as their best Ole-and-Lena jokes. "Then," Jeanne said, "watch and see if your name, along with your recipe or joke, are included in the next book." You see, I want the residents of the valley to get involved and have fun with the books. So, am I open to ideas?Ya betcha, I am." To request a book signing, reading, book- club appearance, or other activity, contact Jeanne, atj e anne c o on ey@ymail. com. Commercial orders of thebookcanbemadethroug~ Partners, Ingrain, or Baker~ Taylor book distributors or by contacting the publisher, North Star Press, at info@ or calling the publisher at (320) 558-9062. effective July 1, 2013 MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. assistance by phone I 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ] tables with 10 to 12 other people while Ray stays put at his table. Others like Ray stay at their tables. The majority opt to stay quietly at their own table within earshot but maybe not wanting to participate. The Dining Hall quiets as the Bible study begins. The Bible study leader is a recovering alcoholic. He asks for prayer requests. One young man asks to pray for his children who are separated from him. A few more requests around the room and a prayer is given. As the man leading the study talks about John 17 you can feel his passion for Jesus. You can see the written words of the Gospel seared in the man's heart. He has experienced grace. After the Bible study you tour the Jesus Center. The first stop is the kitchen with its large walk-in freezer. Then you go past a laundry room and through the Clothing Store. The laundry area is available to the homeless. Tickets from the Clothing Store are given out monthly to allow the needy to pick out items from donated clothing. They can also pick up personal hygiene items at the store without cost. Another section of the building houses the Resource Center. It gives access to computers, telephones, and mail services. Volunteer staff assist in job related training programs such as resume writing and soft skills needed for specific industries. A Olivia Quibell and Ouinn Passa practice cleaning and dressing a wound. l I l I I l I I l I !/2 or I Acre Coverage Expires 7-3-13 I. ......... .I I 20% OFF On Your Next Meal I Call For Take Out and Daily Specials Expires 7-3-13 L __ __ ....... .I Ir" ......... "1 701 I I L IIIIIIm l l l l l l l m J r' ......... 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