Black Bottom Lighters singer Ryan Stilwell just wants to provide for his family. He knows he’s not different from anyone else, but he tells the story differently than others. 

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

The title of this article is quite a concept, isn’t it? Sometimes we get blinded to the reality that the things we do today can affect tomorrow adversely and painfully. Creating a comfortable but unwise present has a real possibility of sacrificing tomorrow’s future. Here are three short sto…

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How are you doing? I think about you all the time. Lately, I have been thinking of what to write for you that would be an encouragement to you in these chaotic times. Today’s article is a historical account of a people who “suddenly” went from the outhouse to the penthouse. Read on!

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Deer Valley Academy is offering free high school classes during the month of July. The July session will blend direct, teacher instruction with online assignments and Zoom meetings.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Thanks to the USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children, the Peoria Unified School District will provide lunch with breakfast for the next day for free to any child 18 and younger this summer.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Eliminating high fives and coaching in groups of more than 10 and administering regular temperature checks are among the recommendations the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is endorsing for high school athletes as they begin practice for the fall sports season.

I like communicating with people. I’m a pastor, speaker and author, but really, most people say that I do much more than that. I communicate. I don’t preach, teach, beseech or screech. I communicate or at least attempt to communicate. My goal is to connect the message with the audience engag…

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The West Valley Art Museum (WVAM) reopened May 18. Located inside the lobby of Peoria City Hall, the WVAM is slowly opening again to visitors and plans to resume regular hours of operation with some precautionary measures in place. For hours and more information, visit or call 623-9…

Monday, June 01, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Arizona voters are increasingly seen as a pivotal swing vote in national elections, in part due to large-scale grassroots efforts at voter registration over the past few years. Those voter registration drives have been largely aimed at getting young voters and those from minority communities.  

In Tim Hansel’s book “You Gotta’ Keep Dancing,” there is a life-lifting poem that has transformed my life when my life becomes frustrating and intense. It’s called “Did You Ever Doodle, Lord?” 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Catholic Charities Westside Head Start is enrolling students for the 2020-21 school year, which will include expansion into the Littleton School District serving Avondale and Tolleson, for Head Start, Early Head Start, pregnant mothers and home-based programs.

This week let’s take a moment to bring our attention off our present situations and pause to honor those who honored us with the ultimate sacrifice. I’m referring to Memorial Day here in the United States. Think for a moment. They served, fought, died and went through unimaginable hardships …

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Many folks are going through real challenges in their lives these days. If that is you, here is a story that I think might inspire you and us today. Author Charles Donoghue ( gave me permission to use this story.   

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Each year, more than 200,000 people die unnecessarily in U.S. hospitals. Worldwide, 4.8 million lives are lost. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) is a global nonprofit organization offering free tools to help achieve zero preventable deaths from hospital errors. 

We are in uncharted territory right now with uncertainty all around us. The stay-at-home order recently implemented in Arizona and social distancing have made it extremely difficult to maintain relationships with friends and family, stay active and ultimately find things to keep ourselves busy.

A few weeks ago, my wife and I went shopping at a large Costco store. We were there with heaps of other masked “gray hairs” on a quest to find, among other things, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. While waiting in line for a takeout hot dog and cola, I spotted a millennial-aged employee. Cur…

Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Thursday, April 30, 2020

About six months ago, I had a colonoscopy. Don’t laugh—someday you’re going to be as old as me, and then you’ll discover “colonoscopy happens.” Then you will have the same REVEAL-A-TION as me. Having a colonoscopy is a down-under experience. But the procedure is nothing compared to the prep.…

Highland Prep, which has students who live in Glendale and Peoria, has earned accreditation by Cognia, a nonprofit organization that provides quality assurance for schools, school districts and education service providers.

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