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There is smoke in the sky. Our State is on fire. Desert Hills, just north of Carefree Hwy and I-17 lost almost 1,000 acres in the Aquila Fire.

By Judy Bluhm July 7, 2020
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Homeschooling. The trials and tribulations of parents as the nation homeschools their children has brought some pretty funny tweets, messages and pictures to social media.

By Judy Bluhm April 14, 2020
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Bluhm: What will isolation bring?
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Our calendar still has the dates, but the plans we made have been canceled. Work, weddings, classes, ballgames, trips, parties, luncheons, business meetings, dinner dates, and concerts are all scratched out.

By Judy Bluhm April 5, 2020
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Social Isolation. Continues. The self-quarantine of Americans goes on with unexpected outcomes.

By Judy Bluhm March 29, 2020
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It has been another week of uncertainty. Human beings need social contact! So we may be “social isolating,” but we are not alone.

By Judy Bluhm March 22, 2020
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Meanwhile in America, the hunt is on for toilet paper.

By Judy Bluhm March 15, 2020
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Don’t you love birthdays? This is my family’s “birthday season,” when four grandsons and one daughter have birthdays within a few weeks.

By Judy Bluhm March 1, 2020
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My broom failed me. It would not stand up.

By Judy Bluhm February 23, 2020
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Can you substitute half-and-half with sour cream? Yes, dear readers, this was the Big Question that I had to answer yesterday.

By Judy Bluhm February 16, 2020
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Love is in the air! Check out the stores and see all the heart shaped candies, cookies and cakes. Buy a bunch of red roses.

By Judy Bluhm February 9, 2020
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How does a small (less than 10-pound) dog with an attitude become a world-class guard dog?

By Judy Bluhm February 2, 2020
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We don’t like cheaters. And it has no place in baseball!

By Judy Bluhm January 26, 2020
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Where were you the weekend of Jan 11 and 12? Perhaps riding the Phoenix Light Rail pantless to “celebrate silliness” (more like madness) with folks in about 30 cities all over the world?

By Judy Bluhm January 19, 2020
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There’s an old saying, “Be careful of what you ask for – you might get it.”

By Judy Bluhm January 12, 2020
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There were plenty of ground-breaking, interesting stories that graced the news in 2019.

By Judy Bluhm January 5, 2020
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The next chapter starts now. Get out the pad and pen, because the new year is upon us. Ready or not, here it comes. Might as well take the time to jot down a few things you want to do, see, eat, touch, hear, experience and achieve in 2020.

By Judy Bluhm December 29, 2019
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Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the ship, Most sailors were sleeping, while the radar went blip.

December 22, 2019
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Do you believe in Santa? Yes, of course you do. Who can honestly say that there is no Santa?

By Judy Bluhm December 15, 2019
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What can you get for a buck? How about a house in Italy?

By Judy Bluhm December 8, 2019
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I got on a ladder. Breaking all of my own rules, I was home alone when I marched up three steps, grabbed a platter off of a shelf, and I am thrilled that I am alive to tell you about it!

By Judy Bluhm December 1, 2019
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Freedom. What we all want. The ability to live freely, go where we want to, speak our minds, not be oppressed and be able to engage in the pursuit of happiness.

By Judy Bluhm November 24, 2019
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My home is my castle! Isn’t that how we’re all supposed to feel?

By Judy Bluhm November 17, 2019
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The monster is dead. Thanks to the U.S. military special operations raid in Syria, ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was eliminated. He was responsible for the torture and death of so many innocents, including Kayla Mueller, our hometown young woman who set out to make a difference in the world. And she did.

By Judy Bluhm November 3, 2019
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Do you want to grow as fat as a pumpkin? Yikes, I meant to say, dear readers, do you want to grow a fat pumpkin? This year’s winner of the distinguished Largest Pumpkin in North America contest is a 2,294-pound beast!

By Judy Bluhm October 27, 2019
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There is an itty- bitty mouse, Who is living in the White House! Who one day fell from the ceiling, Sending forty reporters squealing.

By Judy Bluhm October 13, 2019
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Keep the faith! Never give up! Always believe! Because just when you think the game is over, all is lost, things will never be the same, a small miracle might occur. And it gives us hope.

By Judy Bluhm October 6, 2019
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The wait is over! After a long, 17-year slumber, buried underground, the cicadas have finally crawled out of their hiding places to have one big love-fest (or whatever insects do). Less than an inch long with red eyes, Brood VIII (as they are called) have arrived in the millions . . . yes maybe billions in a swath of about 400 miles in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

September 29, 2019
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Oh Hillary, how we worried about you. Yes, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, as Hillary, the stranded donkey who was marooned for three years on a tiny island, has now been successfully rescued. It took many caring neighbors to keep the lonely donkey alive.

By Judy Bluhm September 22, 2019
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It’s been a long, hot summer. Have you been outside lately? It might be safe to venture out, now that temperatures are dropping. This unrelenting heat we have been having has given new meaning to the term “hot flashes.”

By Judy Bluhm September 15, 2019
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Has anyone seen Manuel? We are in an all-out search for the “special” friend of New River resident, Diane Wilson.

By Judy Bluhm September 8, 2019
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Finally a holiday that honors, we, the hard-working American people. Gotta love Labor Day. Let’s face it, we need to rest and relax. And if you are retired, you can feel proud of all those hours you logged in and celebrate by doing nothing. I love this holiday!

By Judy Bluhm September 1, 2019
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Yes, we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

By Judy Bluhm August 25, 2019
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What’s for dinner? Three little words. Spoken over a billion times a day, in millions of places, in thousands of languages, all for one reason: people like to eat. No politics, culture, customs, religion, geography, income, age or race can divide us!

By Judy Bluhm August 11, 2019
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He was just a horse. I realize that there are more important losses, like the death of a child, parent or spouse. Still, heartbreaking grief is the result of love. And I loved him.

By Judy Bluhm August 4, 2019
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Why do you live in Arizona? This was the question I was asked with great frequency while in San Diego last week. Usually, I just smile and shrug it off, knowing that most folks who ask really don’t expect an answer.

By Judy Bluhm July 28, 2019
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I bought my husband, Doug, a pair of yellow shorts. Who knew that color was so important? I was walking through a store and was picking him up a pair of his usual (khaki) shorts when this pale, yellow color caught my eye. So I took my purchases home, and excitedly showed Doug his new pants.

By Judy Bluhm July 21, 2019
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After many hugs and a few tears, he got in his truck and drove east towards Norfolk. Military families know the emotional ups and downs of enlistment, deployment, hellos and goodbyes. They all swirl together with joy, pride, worry, sadness, relief and wonder. S

By Judy Bluhm July 14, 2019
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Are you ready for swimsuit weather? Because it has arrived, ready or not. Hmm . . let me guess, you’d rather walk a plank with a gang of bloodthirsty pirates behind you and a bunch of sharks with their jaws wide open waiting for you to jump, before you’d like to go “public” in a bathing suit. Don’t worry, you are not alone!

By Judy Bluhm July 7, 2019
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What does the Fourth of July mean to you? Sometimes, in the rush of ordinary living, we forget the huge sacrifices and courage it took to form a nation. Clearly, back in the mid-1700s, parades and marches set the stage for peaceful protest against the oppressive rule of the British Empire.

By Judy Bluhm June 30, 2019
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The summer travel season is here! Before you hop on an airplane, please be aware (in case you haven’t flown lately) that there is a new report out by flight attendants that reveals that flying is more terrifying than ever.

By Judy Bluhm June 23, 2019
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Pay attention! These words are spoken (or shouted) every day. It seems we humans, have a hard time keeping focused on one task at a time. We are easily distracted. We try to multi-task (another term for do everything at once, rarely finishing anything).

By Judy Bluhm June 16, 2019
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Do you believe that the way we look has a lot to do with the way we feel? If so, read on.

By Judy Bluhm June 9, 2019
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Bluhm: Weekend misery on I-17
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It happened again. I was stuck in the misery on I-17 over Memorial Day weekend.

By Judy Bluhm June 2, 2019
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There was a death in the family. Those cruel words have been spoken and experienced by all of us. A parent, spouse, child, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent departs from our life and we are catapulted into a different space. The grieving zone. That place that no one cares to be and yet somehow none can completely escape.

By Judy Bluhm May 26, 2019
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It wasn’t supposed to happen this quickly. All the school years racing by, blurring together, class photos, field trips, homework, teacher conferences, new school clothes, supply shopping ... and now this. A grandson graduating from high school leaving me to ponder, where did 12 years go?

By Judy Bluhm May 19, 2019
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How was your Mother’s Day? The “Big Day” is usually a joyful celebration, reflection and acknowledgement of the moms we love!

By Judy Bluhm May 12, 2019
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I am artist. Here me roar. Bending, reaching. Now I’m sore. After years of practice, last Sunday I became “one with my paintbrush.” I finally found my calling.

By Judy Bluhm May 5, 2019
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Look around. Spring has arrived! Some poets call it the most romantic time of year, when tree blossoms, mild breezes and songbirds stir up positive emotions.

By Judy Bluhm April 28, 2019
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What has been lost? And can it ever be replaced? The heart and soul of Paris, Notre-Dame Cathedral, reminds us that our greatest treasures are not permanent.

By Judy Bluhm April 21, 2019
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What’s under your kitchen sink? You might have the cure, fix, solution or repellent that does just about everything.

By Judy Bluhm April 14, 2019
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The tax man cometh. And for many Americans, the pain and suffering begins. The deadline for filing your taxes is looming, causing many folks to become upset (if you owe) or happy if a refund is coming.

By Judy Bluhm April 7, 2019
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College admission? The rigorous process of entering an elite college has become a sad mess. When college “consultant” and con man Rick Singer cooked up the multi-million dollar scheme to cheat on admissions tests and bribe coaches, it resulted in wealthy parents getting their under-qualified kids in the country’s most prestigious colleges, like Yale, Stanford or Georgetown.

By Judy Bluhm March 24, 2019
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Happy Birthday Barbie! Yes, the iconic Barbie doll has turned 60 years old! And she shows no sign of slowing down, moving into a retirement community, or letting her hair go gray. Mostly, she still wears high heels.

By Judy Bluhm March 17, 2019
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Did you survive Arizona’s hail, sleet and snow storm? I hope so, because it was quite a doozy. You didn’t even have to live in the high country to see snow, since areas in the Valley were hit pretty hard.

By Judy Bluhm March 3, 2019
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Rap, tap, tap.. My cardinals are going a bit crazy, constantly rapping on my house windows. The red birds are territorial so whenever they see their reflection in a window, they try to peck it to death.

By Judy Bluhm February 24, 2019
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I ate chocolate. No guilt. It was Valentine’s Day and a small box of truffles landed in my lap. What was I to do?

By Judy Bluhm February 17, 2019
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Brrrr it’s cold! Yes, even here in Arizona we have had a frosty, wet winter. But it is sometimes hard to grasp the wrath of Antarctica weather that has been wreaking havoc on more than 100 million Americans, causing them to shiver, shake and run for cover. Baby, it’s cold outside!

By Judy Bluhm February 10, 2019
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I wore mouse ears. And felt the magic. Two days at Disneyland with three little girls under the age of six can really change your perspective on life. When you see The Castle, parades, Mickey Mouse, beautiful princesses and a place built entirely for the imagination and joy of children, it is easy to believe. Magic is contagious, but it isn’t cheap.

By Judy Bluhm February 3, 2019
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It seems we Americans cannot get enough of Marie Kondo, Japanese de-cluttering guru, whose book and teachings are showing us the way to a neater and more joyful life.

By Judy Bluhm January 27, 2019
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Do you like keeping your pants on in public places? Dear Readers, if you said “yes” to this simple (absurd) question, perhaps you are sane.

By Judy Bluhm January 20, 2019
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Eat, drink and be merry? Oh yea, finally, a group of health researchers have come out with a study that we might like. Yes, Dear Readers, a 15-year study on longevity has revealed that everything about “being healthy” might be subject to speculation.

By Judy Bluhm January 13, 2019
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Pegasus is gone. He was 30 and we were blessed to have him for 12 years.

By Judy Bluhm January 6, 2019
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Soon the Whiskey Row Boot will drop and usher in another New Year.

By Judy Bluhm December 30, 2018
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Hold back those reindeers. Unpack the sleigh. Take down the tree. That’s what I say. Keep the roast in the freezer and the candles unlit. Santa stay home. I don’t care one bit.

By Judy Bluhm December 23, 2018
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O Tannebaum! O Christmas Tree! Who knew you were so buggy? Your branches green delight us! The sight of thee, at Christmastide spreads such joy and bugs among us!

By Judy Bluhm December 16, 2018
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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go. And we Arizonans have had plenty of places to go and still have many more carols and songs to enjoy.

By Judy Bluhm December 9, 2018
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Uh oh, it is that time of year to turn the scale back five to seven pounds. Because that is how much weight the average American gains during the holidays! Can this be possible? Well, I guess we start stuffing ourselves (and the turkey) on Thanksgiving Day and the food-fest just keeps on going through New Year’s Day.

By Judy Bluhm December 2, 2018
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How was your Black Friday? If you were one of the brave souls who headed out to shop, I hope you survived the ordeal.

By Judy Bluhm November 25, 2018
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She called me Stephanie. Well, my mother is 96 years old and is allowed a bit of confusion.

By Judy Bluhm November 11, 2018
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Want a $1,220 cup of coffee? No, I don’t mean an extra-large, special Pumpkin Spice Latte served in a golden mug.

By Judy Bluhm November 4, 2018
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Are you scared? If I told you that Americans spend a whopping $9 billion on all things related to Halloween, would it cause you to shake in terror?

By Judy Bluhm October 28, 2018
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Autumn is the season of longer nights, cooler weather and plenty of giant-pumpkin growing contests. And Pumpkin Spice Lattes, which might make us grow fat as a pumpkin because each cup “weighs in” with around 430 calories!

By Judy Bluhm October 21, 2018
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Do you look forward to your next birthday? My mother just turned 96 and she didn’t seemed too thrilled.

By Judy Bluhm October 7, 2018
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I have always wanted to go to Greece. Eat delicious food. See the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Maybe have a sip of ouzo. And see spiders.

By Judy Bluhm September 30, 2018
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She liked her ham. Yes, dear readers, it seems a woman who works in the deli at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Ohio was reported for “stealing” $9,200 worth of ham. How did this happen?

By Judy Bluhm September 23, 2018
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I don’t want to grow old. OK, so I know the alternative is not exactly a pleasant thought. And my minister says that, “Old age is a privilege denied to many.” Yes, this is true. It’s just that old age is rough.

By Judy Bluhm September 9, 2018
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Hold your horses! Air travel just got a whole lot more fun.

By Judy Bluhm August 26, 2018
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Seventeen days. That is how long an orca whale carried the corpse of her dead calf.

By Judy Bluhm August 19, 2018
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Have you given much thought as to the sex of papayas lately?

By Judy Bluhm August 5, 2018
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Did it rain enough? Probably not.

By Judy Bluhm July 29, 2018
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I am a surfer. Alright, I should clarify: I have surfed. Yes, dear readers, I caught one wave, hung ten and went on the long board.

By Judy Bluhm July 22, 2018
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