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Snowflakes - Snowflakes
WINTER HAS ARRIVED -BRRRR!


Greetings Dear Members!

I woke up today to a flurry of snowflakes. Indeed a most beautiful sight. This is my favorite time of year. Not really having grown up with snow, our nativity scenes were always made of sand.

But snow for some reason almost has a cleansing effect, don't you think?


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Author Spotlight


Title of Book: da bushes
Author: Rich Kisielewski
ISBN #: 1-59286-309-4
Publisher: PublishAmerica
Genre/Market: Fiction
Publication Date: 2003
Book Length: 251 pages
Price: $21.95
Trade Paperback

Rating: Highly Recommended

A Major League Talent!

Get ready for a wild ride with Harry Mickey Shorts, intrepid private eye, in the first of a series of Harry Mickey Shorts adventures. da bushes sets out to solve the mystery of why a seemingly unbeatable minor league team suddenly tanks in the middle of its first season and it is up to Harry to find out not only why, but who is behind it all.

Harry is a 31-year-old divorced father, private eye, and almost-was baseball player. After some hard times, Harry has made his way back into his children's lives and has developed a civil relationship with his ex after moving back onto Long Island to be close to his kids. He rents space in an office that his brother-in- law owns and gets by OK, although he is not in the greatest financial shape. Then out of the blue, he is suddenly handed a case that could make his career. One day, Mr. M. Randle Trundle, corporate and very wealthy CEO of a "major New York conglomerate" calls Harry and asks him to help him out with a situation he is having. It turns out that Mr. Trundle is the owner of the Bayport Schooners, a minor league team which started out looking as if it was ready for major league stardom in its first season. But halfway through the season, things mysteriously changed. The players suddenly weren't feeling right anymore - they moved more slowly, couldn't seem to hit or catch the balls the way they had earlier in the season, and it was obvious that something had happened, but Mr. Trundle needs Harry's help to find out exactly what.

Harry goes undercover to solve the mystery and becomes a player-coach for the team, earning the trust of the players while the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. He also gets to live his seemingly lost dream of playing baseball for a real team. Working for Mr. Trundle, Harry now travels in style to various ports of call. And Harry enjoys the ladies as much as he enjoys his Becks - and the ladies enjoy him in return. Readers be warned - there is a great deal of salty language in the book as well as adult situations, but none of those scenes are graphic or in bad taste. We come to know that Harry does have a heart of gold beneath his rumpled and cynical exterior. He truly loves his kids and we see how he enjoys his time with them. And once he knows he can trust someone, he will go the distance for them. He is like a bulldog, with a tough exterior, but a tenacious and loyal interior.

As Harry delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, certain things start becoming clearer to him while others become more confusing and dangerous. There is an interesting and eclectic cast of characters inhabiting the pages of this book and we are taken inside the world of minor league baseball on a detailed and intimate level.

Readers will enjoy the author's wry sense of humor as they try to see if they can fit the puzzle pieces together along with Harry. Rich Kisielewski's writing is snappy and fast-paced, honest and funny. He obviously has an expansive knowledge of and deep love for baseball, which comes through in the book. It is also apparent he has a deep affection for Harry, which, as the reader gets to know him, will be something the reader will feel as well. da bushes is a fun read and I will very much look forward to the next adventure of Mr. Harry Mickey Shorts.

Reviewed by Nancy Machlis Rechtman


. CELEBRITY ADDRESSES


This is for those readers who requested a way to obtain authographs. I figured I'd start at the beginning. Remember, be patient stars don't always answer right away.


Abbreviations: BH (Beverly Hills), LA (Los Angeles), NY (New York)

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Paula Abdul - 14646 Aubrey Road - BH, CA 90210
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 1436 Summitridge Dr. - Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Jensen Ackles - 3000 W Alameda Ave - Burbank, CA 91523
Brooke Adams - 245 E Van Nuys Ave. - LA, CA 90004
Don Adams - 2160 Century Park E #110 - LA CA 90067
Edie Adams - 8040 Okean Terrace - BH, CA 90212
Joey Lauren Adams - 8942 Wilshire Blvd. - BH, CA 90211
Julie Adams - 4605 Lankershim Blvd., #305, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Marla Adams - 247 S. Beverly Dr. #102 - BH, CA 90212
AC/DC - 11 Leominster Rd. - Morden - Surrey SM4 6HN - England
Forrest Ackerman - 2495 Glendower - LA, CA 90027
Deborah Adair - 1605 Lindamere Pl. - LA, CA 90077- 1905
Bryan Adams - 146 North LaBrea Avenue - Hollywood, CA 90028
Don Adams - 2160 Century Park East - LA, CA 90067
Douglas Adams - c/o Ed Fictor Ltd. - 162 Wardour Street - London W1V 3AT - England
Edie Adams - 8040 Okean Terrace - BH, CA 90212
Mark Addy - 76 Oxford St. - London W1N 0AX - England
Aerosmith - 584 Broadway, #1009 - NY, NY 10012
Ben Affleck - 405 S. Beverly Dr., #500 - Burbank, CA 90212
John Agar - 639 N Hollywood Way - Burbank CA 91505
Andre Agassi - 8921 Andre Dr. - Las Vegas, NV 89113
Spiro Agnew - 10000 Coastal Hwy. #1108 - Ocean City, MD 21842
Danny Aiello - 4 Thornhill Dr - Ramsey NJ 07446
Troy Aikman - P. O. Box 630227 - Irving, TX 75063
Anthony Ainley - c/o Incoming Mail, - Wood Lane London W1R 7RJ - England
Anna Maria Alberghetti - 10333 Chrysanthemum Ln - LA CA 90077
Eddie Albert - 719 Amalfi Dr - Pacific Palisades CA 90272
Edward Albert - 1930 Century Park W., #403 - LA, CA 90069
Alan Alda - 641 Lexington Ave #1400 - NY NY 10022
Jason Alexander - 6230A Wilshire Blvd #103 - LA CA 90048
Kim Alexis - 345 North Maple Drive #185 - BH, CA 90210
Victor Alfieri - 3000 W Alameda Ave - Burbank, CA 91523
Kristian Alfonso - 3000 W Alameda Ave - Burbank, CA 91523
Muhammad Ali - P.O Box 187 - Berrien Springs, MI 49103-0187
Alice in Chains - 207 1/2 First Ave. South, 3rd Floor - Seattle, WA 98104
Krista Allen - 3000 W Alameda Ave - Burbank, CA 91523
Rex Allen - 3061 N Farm Hill Dr - Tuscon AZ 85712
Steve Allen - 15201B Burbank Blvd - Van Nuys CA 91411
Woody Allen - 930 5th Ave. - NY, NY 10018
Isabel Allende - 15 Nightingale Lane - San Rafael, CA 94901
Kirstie Alley - 132 S Rodeo Dr., #300 - BH, CA 90212
Carol Alt - 9169 Sunset Blvd - LA, CA 90069
June Allyson - 1651 Foothill Rd - Ojai CA 93023
Maria Conchita Alonso - P.O. Box 537 - BH, CA 90213- 0537
Herb Alpert - 31930 Pacific Coast Hwy - Malibu CA 90265
Madchen Amick - P. O. Box 48107 - LA, CA 90046
Cleveland Amory - 200 W. 57th St. - NY, NY 10019
Tori Amos - PO Box 8456 - Clearwater, FL 34618
Gillian Anderson - 10201 W. Pico Blvd. - LA, CA 90035
Harry Anderson - 422 292nd Ave., NE, Fall City - WA 98024
Loni Anderson - 3355 Clerendon Rd - BH CA 90210
Louie Anderson - 8033 Sunset Blvd., #605 - LA, CA 90046
Lynn Anderson - 514 Fairlane Dr. - Nashville, TN 37211
Melissa Sue Anderson - 1558 Will Geer Rd. - Topanga, CA 90290
Melody Anderson - P O Box 6919 - NY, NY 10128
Michael Anderson - 483 Southbank House - Black Prince Rd. - London, SE1 7SJ - England
Pamela Anderson - 9255 Sunset Blvd. #920 - LA, CA 90212
Richard Dean Anderson - 8942 Wilshire Blvd. - BH, CA 90211
Ursula Andress - Via F, Sac.38 - Rome 0-00137 - Italy
Mario Andretti - 53 Victory Ln - Nazareth PA 18604
Michael Andretti - 471 Rose Inn Ave - Nazareth PA 18604
Julie Andrews - PO Box 491668 - LA, CA 90049
Vanessa Angel - 9000 Sunset Blvd #1200 - LA CA 90069
Maya Angelou - 3240 Valley Rd. - Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Jennifer Aniston - 1122 S. Robertson Blvd., #15 - LA, CA 90035
Paul Anka - 10573 W Pico Blvd #159 - LA CA 90064
Michael Ansara - 4624 Park Mirasol - Calabasas CA 91302
Adam Ant - 24 Homefield Rd. - London SW19 4QF - England
Susan Anton - 16830 Ventura Blvd. #300 - Encino, CA 91436-1715
Fiona Apple - c/o HK Management - 8900 Wilshire Boulevard - BH, CA 90211
Christina Applegate - 9055 Hollywood Hills Rd. - LA, CA 90046
Appolonia (Kotero) - 8200 Wilshire Blvd. #218 - BH, CA 90212
Anne Archer - 13201 Old Oak Lane - LA, CA 90049- 2501
Beverly Archer - 606 N Larchmont Blvd #309 - LA CA 90004
Jeffrey Archer - 93 Albert Embankment - London, SE1 - England
Adam Arkin - 21 E. 40th t., #1705 - NY, NY 10016- 0501
Alan Arkin - 21 East 40th Street #1705 - NY, NY 10016
Bess Armstrong - 151 El Camino Drive - BH, CA 90210
Curtis Armstrong - 3867 Shannon Rd - LA CA 90027
Desi Arnaz Jr. - 12626 Ojai Road - Santa Paula, CA 93060
Lucie Arnaz - RR #3 Flintlock Ridge Rd. - Katonah, NY 10536-9803
James Arness - P O Box 49599 - LA, CA 90049
Tom Arnold - 638 Lindero Canyon Rd. #367 - Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Alexis Arquette - 9560 Wilshire Blvd. #500 - BH, CA 90212
David Arquette - 409 N. Camden Dr., #202 - BH, CA 90210
Patricia Arquette - 1122 S. Robertson Blvd., #15 - LA, CA 90035
Roseanna Arquette - P.O. Box 69646 - LA, CA 90060
Bea Arthur - 2000 Old Ranch Rd - LA CA 90049
Matthew Ashford - 9200 Sunset Blvd. #710 - LA, CA 90069
Elizabeth Ashley - 1223 Ogden Drive - LA, CA 90046- 4706
Ed Asner - 12400 Ventura Blvd #371 - Studio City CA 91604
John Astin - P.O. Box 49698 - LA, CA 90049-0698
Mackenzie Astin - 4526 Wilshire Blvd. - LA, CA 90010
Rene Auberjonois - 8426-C Melrose Pl. - LA, CA 90069
Alan Autry - 15301 Ventura Blvd #345 - Sherman Oaks CA 91403
Frankie Avalon - 6311 DeSoto Avenue #1 - Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Dan Aykroyd - 8455 Beverly Blvd. - LA, CA 90048
David Aykroyd - 273 N Many Lakes Dr. - Kalispell, MT 59901
Hank Azaria - 2211 Corinth, #210 - LA, CA 90064


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