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A colleague of mine just came back from a romantic trip to Italy and France with a new lady friend. I boldly asked him if he fell in love. He replied, “What is love?” Then he challenged me to\ describe love, because he couldn’t be sure if he would “know it when it happened.”

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The open letter to President Biden, written by hand and released on the Fourth of July, tore at the heart. This is the unfortunate plight of Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner, wrongfully detained for 143 days and counting in a godforsaken gulag 6,000 miles from home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

She was a 12th grader on the afternoon she got the news she was pregnant, in the humid summer days of 1964. The girl was 17, with a beehive hairdo piled to the sky and dreams of going to nursing school. She told her boyfriend the news after he got off work at the bicycle shop. The first of m…

Saturday, July 09, 2022

Roe vs. Wade. Three little words. Millions of opinions, celebrations, protests, anguish and jubilation. We have entered a new era, like it or not. Maybe our views on the ruling, pro or con, don’t matter as much as our actions, especially in the days ahead. Political lines have been drawn. Ch…

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

We live in dangerous times for children in Arizona. In 2020, 838 children died in our state, including 53 kids murdered and 49 lost to suicide. Firearms were to blame in 51 of these fatalities. Fentanyl claimed 57 young lives. In all, substance use was indicated in 157 child deaths.

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When I moved west in 1995 to be a newspaper scribe, one of the challenges was getting acquainted with the Valley’s geography. The grid system was easy enough, as were major cross streets like Broadway, Southern, Indian School and Van Buren. But the finer distinctions eluded me.

Monday, June 13, 2022
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Isn’t summer wonderful? So, are we all ready for donning a swimsuit? Hmm… some of us would rather walk a plank with a gang of blood-thirsty pirates behind us and a bunch of sharks with their jaws wide open waiting for us to jump before going “public” in a bathing suit. About 80% of American …

Tuesday, June 07, 2022
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You needn’t worry about a politically correct naming process for the latest malady that might be headed our way — unless a real-life Dr. Doolittle steps forward to translate and advocate for the animal kingdom.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

No matter where you look in 2022, prices have surged. The cost of a gallon of gasoline is hovering at record levels. The prices of household staples like poultry, beef, eggs and milk have shown double-digit increases. And here in Phoenix, the cost of rent has risen by as much as 30%, accordi…

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Through the mists of memory comes this observation from the now-retired Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson: “When one side deliberately distorts and misstates the arguments of the other, the intent is not to debate, but to destroy.”

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The man who raped and murdered Deana Bowdoin was put to death by the state of Arizona on May 11 at 10:30 a.m. This was 44 years, four months and four days after the homicide in question — or about 44 years too long by my reckoning.

Monday, May 16, 2022

T.S. Eliot made the celebrated observation that “April is the Cruelest Month” in his critically acclaimed poem “The Wasteland,” published in 1922. A century later, a small group of U.S. senators gathered late in that cruel month to formulate a cruel fate for our nation.

Saturday, May 14, 2022
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Mother. One small word. One universal meaning. We are all bound by the shared realty that we had or have a mother. This is a central person in our lives. The foundation of our history. A huge part of our personal journey and earliest memories. She is the reason that we are here and the perso…

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Mickey Mouse has turned Leftist Louse…due to circumstances beyond his control, and the long love affair that Disney has enjoyed with almost every American family appears headed for the rocks. The company has chosen to go “woke,” and that decision could conceivably leave the entertainment gia…

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Are you ready? Because the deadline for filing your taxes is looming, causing quite a few Americans to become upset (if they owe) or happy (if a refund is coming). Since people tend to procrastinate, the ones who owe money usually file at the last minute, request an extension, or rush to the…

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Did you watch the fight last week? Oops, I meant the punch (more like a slap) that Will Smith planted on Chris Rock during the Oscars. While I don’t really care too much about award shows, it was a doozy of an altercation between two very big stars. Yikes, then there was the profanity and sc…

My initial response to witnessing Will Smith’s “Slap Heard Around the World” at the Academy Awards was embarrassment for Smith. Not for his absurd display of machismo and profane tirade against comedian Chris Rock but for how woefully ineffective the slap was.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

I saw a spider. I went to the bathroom at 2 in the morning and there, sitting on a wall, was a big brown spider. She had eyes like the devil, glaring at me. It so unnerved me that I ran into the bedroom and told my husband, Doug, to please get up. “A spider is in the bathroom,” I yelled. He …

Saturday, April 02, 2022

As we head toward April and the Arizona legislative session winds down, the fierce competition for the dumbest idea yet appears to be over. This year’s honors go to Apache Junction Rep. John Fillmore for his tireless efforts to destroy the state’s voting system with his masterpiece, now know…

Friday, April 01, 2022

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