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Monday, November 29, 2021

In my first newspaper job 30 years ago, I worked for higher-ups who were, to put it mildly, cretins. One boss, dead now, stood out for his screaming, insults, and the glee he took in being outrageously offensive.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021

Have you ever wondered, what is the real purpose of the kitchen’s center island? Ponder this question no more, dear readers, as I think I have found the answer. It is a place to collect, stack, put, place, spread, leave, toss and lose things! It is a trap for all things unrelated to cooking.…

Saturday, November 20, 2021

If you want to conduct an experiment in the sociology of pandemic behavior, try a quick jaunt to Las Vegas. Always a petri dish for freaks, Sin City has gotten stranger in these strange times since it continues to have a mask mandate for everyone, vaccinated or not, gathered indoors.

Friday, November 19, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Monday, November 08, 2021

It’s a scary world out there. Sometimes, we just need a friend. A buddy who will walk miles through a scorching desert, escape the perils of predators, suffer through the wind, rain and dust of monsoons with no map, GPS or cellphone, just to make it up your driveway, saunter in through your …

Thursday, November 04, 2021

Every story requires a headline, so when Grant Woods left us Oct. 23 at age 67, the headline writers called him “Former Arizona Attorney General.” This is absolutely true — Grant served two terms as AG between 1990 and 1998 — but also a wretchedly poor summation of everything he encompassed …

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

The city of Peoria has become synonymous with the idea of a great place to live. Residents across the city can expect a high quality of life in every aspect of their daily life. 

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

If airline and orbital miles were interchangeable, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) would never have to purchase a plane ticket. Kelly, who logged more than 22 million miles orbiting the earth as an astronaut, hopes voters will upgrade his status and grant him a full six-year term in November 2022.

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Friday, October 29, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Do all dogs go to heaven? Yes, of course they do, along with all of our other beloved pets. Sometimes, they just get there too quickly, leaving us bereft and broken. Maybe we love our dogs so much because they love us unconditionally and completely — flaws and all. 

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
Monday, October 11, 2021
Friday, October 08, 2021

Dr. Michael Crow has completed almost two decades as president of Arizona State University.  He spent a portion of that time co-authoring a book that encapsulates what could be considered his mission statement for the institution: “Designing the New American University.”

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Used to be, college was a place where new adults smacked face-first into life. You met people unlike any you’d known before. You confronted new ideas and cultures. You got challenged a little. You learned a lot. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

I found something. When my parents died a few years ago, I was left boxes of recipes, photos and papers to sift through. I have browsed through everything but recently came across a file folder of old recipes and found a letter my father had written to his mother. The letter was dated Sept. …

Monday, October 04, 2021
Saturday, October 02, 2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Monday, September 27, 2021
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
Thursday, September 09, 2021

If you go back to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, January of last year, you discover that in this state so far, we have lost 36 young people to this stinking virus. Three dozen in 20 months. Every loss like this is tragic, but such losses also demand perspective.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Monday, September 06, 2021
Saturday, September 04, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021

The scroll of the dead contains 49 names: 48 men and a woman killed between April 2004 and December 2014 in Afghanistan. To my way of thinking, each of these Arizonans is a hero — a neighbor of ours, a defender of freedom, killed nearly 8,000 miles away in a fetid foreign hell.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Sunday, August 15, 2021

Don’t look for a Broadway revival of Irving Berlin’s musical “Annie Get Your Gun” anytime soon. New York’s “Great White Way” has become the “Great Woke Way,” so the show’s title would prove offensive to gun control advocates. 

Friday, August 13, 2021

America has long been a stronghold of freedom. The first few amendments to the Constitution guarantee freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, freedom to assemble, the right to bear arms, freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to due process, and the right no…

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Friday, August 06, 2021

Lord, could we get some rain? Our prayers were answered. OK, can it stop for a while? Because it was a doozy of a storm that trounced Arizona. The destruction to lives, livestock, trees and property that comes from a “100-year monsoon event” showed us that Mother Nature can be fierce. In Ari…

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Missing a few neighbors and friends? We might all be in San Diego. San Diego locals call us “Zonies,” poking gentle fun at us. Californians claim that every other person in their state is a vacationing Arizonan from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Sunday, August 01, 2021

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