When the Arizona Broadway Theatre staff started planning for the fall, there was something they knew they needed to do—provide a place for patrons to see shows in person.
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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
After reopening classrooms for kindergarten through second grades the previous week, Peoria Unified School District has welcomed back the rest of its students.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Ten years ago, our granddaughter Tessa was born in critical condition. Her lungs were full of infection. She almost died. My wife Becky and I were called in the middle of the night to come to Banner Thunderbird Hospital and say our goodbyes to 1-day-old Tessa. It was a horrible experience.
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
Thursday, October 01, 2020
Most of us have heard about Jonah the prophet. He was the prophet who got swallowed up by what the Bible calls a “fish” and got a whale of a taxi ride. The name Jonah means dove. God called him to be the messenger dove to a rough-and-tough, truth-hardened group of people who lived in the cit…
The effects of COVID-19 can be seen across many industries, but not many are as categorically impacted as the Valley’s educational system. Parents and educators are especially concerned about special needs students and those with individualized education programs (IEPs) getting the services …
Sunday, September 27, 2020
You may have read my article from last week, entitled “Come Together, Right Now, for Your Community.” I received many “atta boys” on it. You may have noticed that I kept using the word “values” in various forms in the article. I used phrases like character core values, traditional values, ch…
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
State officials are trying to stave off what they fear could be a spike in suicides, possibly linked to the COVID-19 outbreak and the depression that can go along with that among victims and family members.
The Peoria Unified School District will once again provide breakfast and lunch meals free to any child, age 18 and younger. Lunch and breakfast curbside service will be served at 36 school sites through Dec. 31.
Have you ever thought about how communities, cities or nations were created and designed to operate? Let’s explore this idea in our communities. Every community has what I call the five pillars. The pillars are specific spheres of influence that a community requires to reach its potential. T…
Monday, September 14, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
On Friday, Sept. 4, Dr. Jason W. Reynolds, the new superintendent of the Peoria Unified School District, sent an update to families of 37,000 students in Peoria and Glendale.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
In a recent study, people were asked what institutions they trusted the most. Who do you think was rated the highest? The military was ranked highest at 72%. Much of this rating came from the fact that the military completes what it starts and does what it says it will do in more cases than …
Friday, September 11, 2020
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Thursday, September 03, 2020
This week’s thought concerns two words that can change our outlook for the better when said to others and God. Those words are “thank you.” Speaking courteously to others is good medicine for both the sender and the receiver. In challenging times, our human tendency is to focus on what we do…
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Like other districts around the state, Peoria Unified School District began the school year with online teaching. And, like other districts, PUSD has not decided when students will be able to return to Peoria and Glendale classrooms.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
“Emily tried to see the images from around the corner where she was spying, but mostly saw only the back of the strange woman’s head. ‘Look at those trees, Robert. That reminds me of our trip to New Orleans,’ Mrs. Jones said and leaned her head against her husband’s broad shoulder, gazing lo…
Thursday, August 27, 2020
A mother looked out a window and saw Bryson playing church with their three kittens. He had them lined up and was preaching to them. The mother turned around to do some work.
Catholic Charities Westside Head Start recently began virtual learning programs. To ensure that all students can participate, staff members are delivering supplies to children and families who request them.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Friday, August 21, 2020
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Let’s start with a great thought on something we all can relate to. Here it is: The primary purpose of your pinky toe is to periodically check if your furniture is still hard. Some of you are groaning right now, remembering when your toe confirmed your furniture is still hard. Am I right abo…
As social distancing and isolation continue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many states across the country are reporting an increase in reported drug overdoses and suicides, including Arizona.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
The Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) awarded its most prestigious honor, the Gold Award, to 33 local girls this year. The award challenges Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 to take action in their communities by tackling an issue they are passionate about and developing sustainable …
Like you, I have different labels that people who know me use about me. I’m known as a columnist, author, speaker, father and pastor. But to my 5-year-old granddaughter Madeleine, I’m Oupa. That means grandfather in the Afrikaan language. That name carries all kinds of responsibilities with …
Monday, August 10, 2020
Though the young students were not able to fully experience the college’s labs and Glendale campus, a July 13-17 virtual version of Midwestern University’s annual Health Careers Institute provided an opportunity to explore a variety of health professions.
Sunday, August 09, 2020
Carly Strole of Avondale won the PING Invitational July 16-17 at Grand Canyon University Golf Course, which will soon become her home course in the fall as a member of the Lopes women’s golf team.
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Last week, I presented the idea of the necessity of mental toughness to you. Let me explore “A Lesson on Mental Toughness from a Car Named Malfunction.”
Peoria Unified School District and Peoria businesses launched “Project: Bandwidth” to help give students a safe space to do their work if parents can’t or don’t want to leave children at home.
Wednesday, August 05, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Thursday, July 30, 2020
In June 2018, I wrote an article on mental toughness, “True Grit: It’s Tough to be Mentally Tuff.” The response, from the readers of the article, was a bit overwhelming in a significant way. Little did I know then that mental toughness would be even more of a need for all of us two years lat…
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Though COVID-19 created dramatic changes in education, it didn’t change the fact that elementary school children at Title I schools in Maricopa County need uniforms, backpacks, supplies and clothes.
Monday, July 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a fluid situation for school districts around the state. Gov. Doug Ducey, who closed schools due to coronavirus in March, in late June ordered schools not to teach students in classrooms until Aug. 17.
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Though he started overseeing a district with over 37,000 students and more than 4,000 staff in the middle of a pandemic, Dr. Jason Reynolds is confident in the work he and his team plan for the district.