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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, June 20, 2012 15B 10, 000 pages dm,,n, :00nly O0 ) -00ore co go When I started my Relay for Life challenge in March, I knew I couldn&apos;t walk the track and didn't have time to organize a team but I still wanted to participate insome way. While it all helps, I want- ed to make a significant con- tribution. I decided I could do what I love best: read. My plan was to encourage per page read donations, but suspect- ed there would be no tak- ers: I read a lot and I read every day. Sure enough, there have been no takers for per page read, but plen- ty of flat donations to meet my modest fundraising goal: $250. Despite a few interruptions in my reading schedule, as of last Friday I've read 10,360 pages; my target is 12,246 pages. I thought I would share some of those books 'with other gentle readers who are looking for some light reading. Robert B. Parker died in January 2010. I describe Park- er's style as Chandleresque Hemingway. Parker wrote modern, tight and well-crafted hard-boiled detective novels with a twist: Boston PI Spenser is an objec- tivist, feminist, compassion- ate and generally equal oppor- tunity kind of guy. His word is his bond and he never quits. Spenser has an unusual love interest, psychiatrist Susan Silverman, from whom he lives separately but to whom he is committed. To call Spenser's friend Hawk a sidekick would be to diminish his role in Spenser's life. Hawk is physi- cally impressive, well read on a variety of subjects and has a shadowy criminal back- ground. He and Spenser are two sides of the same coin and their loyalty to each other and to Susan is without question. For me, the best of Parker's writing is in the dialog. He had the knack for dialog that rings true. Exchanges be- tween Spenser and Hawk are spare and exceedingly funny. During my challenge I read (and in some cases re-read) "Back Story," "The Profes- sional," "Now and Then" and "Brimstone." I was surprised to find "Brimstone" is a Western; the second or third in a se- ries featuring Cole and Hitch, who are pretty much Spenser and Hawk in the role of the Earp brothers -- if the Earps had operated in Texas. One reviewer labeled this series as updated, mod- ern Westerns. I moved on from Westerns when I was in my early teens, but I enjoyed Parker as Zane Grey. Enough to buy "Ap- paloosa," the first book in the series I'm also partial to Tony Hillerman's books featuring Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn, Navaho lawmen in modern- day Arizona. Hillerman's mysteries offer readers in- sights into Navaho culture, family and tradition. Hiller- man died in 2008 and I've missed the series. While browsing for some- thing to read in Epilog Books, I happened on the novels of James D. Doss. The shelf talker said Doss does for the Utes what Hiller- man did for the Navahos. I'm sorry to say I disagree, at least based on the novel I read. Charlie Moon is a well- crafted character and I en- joyed reading "Dead Soul." Doss writes well and the sto- ry's pace never lags. Howev- er, there is little of substance about Ute culture. 6ifts of music and food The first Gift of Music event will be a free picnic concert Saturday, June 23, from 6 - 8 p:m., featuring renowned Ch,co voffd guitarist Steve Johnson. The concert will be held at 207 Main St. in Greenville, behind Donnell's MusicLand. Hot dogs, chips, non-alcoholic beverages and basic picnic items will be supplied at no cost. Folks are welcome to bring a potluck dish to share, plus any personal beverage they desire. 3"he Greenville sub-committee of the Taylorsville Community Grange is a co-sponsor. Photo submitted I ?The Daughters of Cain" by Colin Dexter is pure Morse and Lewis as longtime fans know them. Morse's abuse of tobacco and alcohol is finally beginning to take its toll in this story, with Lewis left to do much of the legworkwhile Morse is in hospital. Clearly, the handwriting is on the wall for Morse. Michael Connelly's Lincoln lawyer series, featuring Mick- ey Haller, is always entertain- ing and "The Reversal" is more of the same: an easy read that hooks. I've spent much of the last three months reading some of my favorite authors: James Lee Burke, Lee Childs and John,Sanford. I readily admit I'm not reading "War and Peace" or "Ulysses" for my Reading for Recovery chal- lenge, but these are still good authors and it's nice to revisit old favorites. I'd like to challenge Plumas County readers to help Relay for Life meet its fundraising &00credJ-teart T'aris n goals. Head out to the Feather River College track June 23 - 24 and support the work of so many volunteers. t_:et00tennial Celebr,00t00ion &00tl00r&t9, June 23 Dinner and ©cinch! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 6-10 pm Monsignor Moran00lall $25/per person  Limited tickets, available at: * Haws Theobald & Auman • Leslie's Jewelry • The Mark . • Beauty Corral • E1 Tepeyac Grille 00Furtday Mass Celebration- 11 am ©edicating a historic bell donated by the f.gdies of SacredJ-Ieart ] Special program and luncheon will be held at the haU folloming the Mass. J Capitol grand ,:i opening June 29 Plumas Arts will mark its 30th year as a community cul- tural organization by cele- brating one of its greatest ac- complishments with a grand iiii opening of the Capitol Arts Center at 525 Main St. in !g Quincy. The public is invited :iii to attend the •reception from 5 lilt to 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 ...... • This will be the second ex- liii hibition in the newly renovat- ed space and the first group ii! N! showing of the many and tal- i!i ented member artists of i:: Plumas Arts. The exhibition ilil will feature 2-D and 3-D fine  art and artisan creations in ii wood, basketry, pottery and jewelry in a variety of price :: ranges. :.; Plans for the evening will :!ii!!-" also offer recognition of the ll many individuals and groups i! that offered financial and vol- unteer support to recreate this historical facility to serve the next generations of Plumas County citizens. The Capitol Art Gallery is now open Wednesday, Thurs- day and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "My wife and I decided to shop our home and auto coverage after the insurance.company we did business with for some 20 years decided to ii; close its local office. And are we glad we did! Stan Carr was able to save us nearly 20 percent on our annual premium. Not only are we saving lots of money, it's equally important that we're doing business locally." Scott Davis i:: Quincy !i F!anigan-Leavitt<,00,000000,,ce A00>cv, iii!:iiii! of. Pennie is a orange-white female kitten about 5 weeks old. She is so sweet and loves to show off her pretty colors. Dallas is a neutered male • DalmatiomShep mix about 6 years old. He's on his best behavior hanging around just checking things out. He says 'see I'm such a good boy'. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8am-5pm, closed l-2pm for lunch and  closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopting party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered In completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, call 283-3673 or visit @,, countyofplumas.com or peffinders.com. D ,Sponsored by: 283-04"80 I Your local downtown full service pharmacy /  E, ST 187.5 including veterinary compounding l