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Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest | MercatorNet | March 24, 2017

Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

| MercatorNet | March 24, 2017

Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

A new Pumpkin Falls mystery
Jennifer Minicus | Mar 23 2017 | comment 
Yours Trulyby Heather Vogel Frederick
written for ages 11-14 | recommended
published in 2017 | Simon & Schuster | 336 pages

Truly Lovejoy is still adjusting to life in New Hampshire. Only in a small town like Pumpkin Falls can the maple sap flow overshadow a girl’s thirteenth birthday. To compensate, Truly has the long-awaited visit of Mackenzie, her cousin and best friend, whom she hasn’t seen since her family moved from Texas.
When they were younger, Truly never noticed the physical differences between her and Mackenzie. Now, compared to her blond, petite cousin, six foot tall Truly feels awkward. It doesn’t help that all the boys in town are tripping over themselves to get to know this attractive visitor. Tensions between the girls rise as the visit progresses, in spite of the discovery of a 19th century diary under the floorboards of Truly’s closet and a hostile rivalry between neighboring maple syrup farms. Torn between her loyalty to Mackenzie and her own insecurities, Truly finds herself at odds with nearly everyone except for her beloved older brother Hatcher, who always seems to make things right. Eventually Truly overcomes her pride and becomes the heroine her family needs her to be.
Heather Vogel Frederick’s second mystery in this series reminds readers of the importance of family relationships. The Lovejoy family includes not just Truly, her parents and her siblings, but also grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins – and even close friends. Truly has grown up in a loving atmosphere where the human person has more value than anything else. Sibling interaction is wholly realistic, but sacrifice for the good of the others, and the happiness that accompanies it, is taken for granted in this home. Truly comes to better appreciate this lesson as she reads the diary of the original Truly Lovejoy whose courage placed justice before personal comfort.
While the first book in this series, Absolutely Truly, is aimed at a younger audience, pre-teens will enjoy this second installment of Truly’s story.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is currently a full-time wife and mother.
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March 24, 2017

It has long been a mystery to me why Denmark stays at the top of World Happiness Day country rankings -- actually, second this year, after Norway. Cold and dark with a high divorce rate it doesn't seem to stand a chance compared to, um, Greece. But somehow "the Nordic model" of society keeps everyone happy -- or does it? The World Happiness Report 2017 contains the results of a study that, although it doesn't include the Nordic countries, set me looking at their mental health statistics. You can read about what I found in my piece below.
Mathew Otieno, writing from Nairobi in Kenya, also has some interesting country rankings. Would you believe? -- Kenya ranks before Germany, Israel and New Zealand for internet speeds, and Rwanda has one of the cleanest capitals in the world. I don't know where they come on the happiness list but fast internet would be some people's idea of heaven.

Carolyn Moynihan

Deputy Editor,


What’s the secret of the world’s happiest countries?

By Carolyn Moynihan
Judging by a new study it might be as prosaic as popping a pill.

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Parental leave for grandparents

By Shannon Roberts
Cuba is desperate for babies.

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Africa is topping the right lists

By Mathew Otieno
The continent ranks ahead of the world in some good things too.

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Addiction or compulsion: our love/hate relationship with technology

By Heather Zeiger
Is existential angst driving us to connect?

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Sticky competition spoils maple syrup harvest

By Jennifer Minicus
A new Pumpkin Falls mystery

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Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

By Philip Reed
Why should I be tethered to the rest of the world 24/7?

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Loving the difficult child

By Mary Cooney
There are times when it can be a real challenge.

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Is it possible to reform Islam?

By Michele Brignone
Yes, of course. But reformations can sometimes move in a conservative direction

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‘Servant of God 2.0’

By Chiara Bertoglio
A normal Italian teenager is on his way to being declared a saint

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