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‘Before Summer’ by H. Arlo Nimmo

In a time when fantasy and cyberspace rule millions of 21st-century folks, anthropologist and writer H. Arlo Nimmo gives us a book of stories that is as real as life and as admirable as love. The sixteen stories in Before Summer let readers into lead character Lach MacLennan’s life as he grows up in the small town of…

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FLOW: For Love of Water

Irena Salina’s 2008 documentary Flow: For Love of Water takes audiences through the alarmingly dangerous problem of drinking water contamination and the resulting health hazards. The film addresses a number of the fundamental causes of water contamination, including the corrupt/corporate-driven attempts of industry to control the otherwise free and common natural resource of water. Among…

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

If we speak of mental health and film – or Jack Nicholson and/or Louise Fletcher – one film that jumps out to the front is the 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Miloš Forman. Now ranked 33 on 100 Greatest American Films of All Time by the American Film Institute (AFI), the film…

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Reena’s Bollywood Dream by Jewel Kats

Jewel Kats always writes special books addressing the most important needs of children, particularly of young girls. Reena’s Bollywood Dream is unique in that it takes an Indian girl as its central character and shows how her dream of becoming an actress in Bollywood makes her the pick of a sex predator. The story has a…

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M*A*S*H and the Army We Loved to Hate/Love

by Maria Ellis Ranking fifth in the Writers’ Guild of America’s 101 Best Written Series, the TV adaptation of Robert Altman’s 1970 film about a medical unit in the Korean War remains the only long-running series with a war zone as its setting. It ran for eleven seasons and the final episode on February 28,…

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Cinderella’s Magical Wheelchair

Major accidents, injuries, and illnesses in early life, all have the debilitating potential to run rings of fear around a child and imprison them in a cage of low-self-esteem and negative self-image. Here is one book for children that liberates them from fear and brings them the message of hope and confidence. Winner of the…