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There can be an unconditional bond when it comes to our pets. For centuries, dogs have been coined as “man’s best friend” as bonds of unfailing love, devotion and loyal companionship deepen with time.

Mirror Image

“I still find it amazing how much wildlife you can find within the city, and you don’t need to travel far to find things that many people otherwise miss,” photographer Rod Smoliak says. “It’s always a thrill to find a nest or a den that is currently occupied.

The Golem and the Jinni

The novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker experiments with several different genres but is primarily fantasy historical fiction. Taking place in New York in 1899, the story follows the paths of two supernatural characters.

Swan Sunrise

Rod Smoliak says that a part of capturing wildlife is luck; however, with a little patience and preplanning of the environment one can photograph something remarkable. “Composition is an important element of photography.

Mary Catherine Solberg, Day Dream III

“Beauty is inner and external, but when you feel grounded in your thoughts and who you are, there really isn’t anything more beautiful.” Marking the beginning of the new year, this mixed media piece by artist Mary Catherine Solberg captures a blissful state of mind as

Arbor Lakes Christmas

Arbor Lakes Christmas placed first in the Activities and Events category of our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

Maple Grove Sun Light by Rod Smoliak

Maple Grove Sun Light, by Rod Smoliak, received first place in the City Landmarks category in our annual Focus on Maple Grove photo contest.

The Big Four

If your idea of a good read is a story to help you your mind unwind, then try The Big Four by one of the world’s greatest mystery authors, Agatha Christie.

Emily Frank, The Secret

“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see.” These song lyrics by [Irving Berlin] feel so appropriate as we soak in these last days of summer sunshine.

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest

On the Fence, placed first in the wildlife and nature category of the Focus on Maple Grove photo contest. Rod Smoliak took the photo on a baseball field at Cedar Island Elementary.

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