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At last count, there are approximately 2,741 in-home exercise machines available to sculpt, chisel and mold various parts of one’s body. Each of these actions sounds excruciating.

By Wil Williams October 20, 2020
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To young boys of my generation, there were only so many professional advancement plans on our radar screens: policeman, fireman, astronaut, to be the next Johnny Unitus, etc.

By Wil Williams October 13, 2020
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The United Kingdom has already prepared its list of names for hurricanes that may occur this coming winter in the North Atlantic Ocean. I don’t object to being prepared. Generally, I don’t object to the contents of this list that includes names such as Heulwen, Phoebe, Fleur, Saidhbhin and Naia, except that I can’t pronounce some of them.

By Wil Williams October 7, 2020
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The United Kingdom has already prepared its list of names for hurricanes that may occur this coming winter in the North Atlantic Ocean.

By Wil Williams October 6, 2020
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As we all know, in December of this year, Chino Valley Mayor Darryl Croft, Councilman Mike Best and Town Clerk Jami Lewis are retiring from public service and trundling off into the sunset.

By Wil Williams September 29, 2020
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This column will address some issues that are seldom contemplated today. Who gives generations names? Why?

By Wil Williams September 23, 2020
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I’ve worked during my life to develop a reliable vocabulary. Don’t know why, particularly, but it was kind of fun adding an obscure word to my verbal arsenal even if I rarely used it. I have at last reached a point in my tenure that I can understand most of what I hear but less and less of what I see on TV each night, but that’s another issue.

By Wil Williams September 22, 2020
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Did you know there are anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 Patron Saints … or more? I’m led to believe that this broad count also includes blesseds and venerables.

September 8, 2020
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I think it’s time we had a different kind of demonstration in the streets. A peaceful but passionate one with a theme that most American citizens can support. It’s a theme that would help us put many of today’s news reports in perspective.

By Wil Williams September 1, 2020
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You’ll be gleeful that you chose to read this column. Today in only one lesson, I’m going to tell you how to elevate your self-esteem to dizzying heights.

By Wil Williams August 26, 2020
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In past columns I’ve freely admitted that my wife and I are retired folks living the dream and the simple life here in Chino Valley.

By Wil Williams August 25, 2020
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Chino Valley resident Tony Saverino become a businessman very early in life. In the early 1930’s, he operated a shoe shine box promoting “Free shoe shines with a 5-cent tax.” He sold

By Wil Williams August 18, 2020
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There, it’s happened again. I was just regaling friends with a fascinating experience I’d had just a couple of years ago when my animated narrative hit a brick wall.

By Wil Williams August 11, 2020
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Especially during these times of COVID-19 shutdown, one seeks activities to keep the mind and fingers busy. I was probably first introduced to the phenomenon of knitting when my parents told me I should “tend to my own knitting” rather than be concerned about what others were doing, saying and thinking.

By Wil Williams August 4, 2020
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I recently read the Black Lives Matter website. The most glaring problem I saw was that the expressed justification for the group is demonstrably false.

By Wil Williams July 29, 2020
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Each and every one of us has been dared by colleagues to do something, go somewhere, or to act in some way that is outside our normal behavior pattern.

By Wil Williams July 28, 2020
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A few days ago, my wife introduced a new concept for dinner called a shrimp mooshoo … burrito-type thing. Not only is the wife mighty capable and creative as a master gardener in landscaping around our house, she is equally imaginative in the kitchen.

By Wil Williams July 21, 2020
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I thought we as a nation were facing severe enough challenges during the heights of the coronavirus scourge.

By Wil Williams July 15, 2020
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In a ceaseless crusade to redefine my life, I’ve been thinking about becoming a philanthropist. My unique brand of self-serving and superficial research indicates that this occupation might be the best kind of “thropist” out there.

By Wil Williams July 14, 2020
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Recently, I visited the hospital for a corrective procedure followed by two weeks of very gentle living as prescribed by the surgeon.

By Wil Williams July 6, 2020
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When Joe was born in 1847, his family was respected among the merchants and shopkeepers of Mako, Hungary. Just six years later, Joe’s father retired and moved his family to Budapest.

By Wil Williams July 1, 2020
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Harri was born Jan. 24, 1635, in Wales. His village of birth is reported to have been Llanrhymny, which is completely unpronounceable in the modern world, as are most Welsh geographical locations.

By Wil Williams June 30, 2020
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I probably wouldn’t have written this column about the history of and importance of tickling in our modern-day universe, but Joe, a friend in the Valley, sent me a column penned by now-deceased Arizona Republic reporter and columnist Clay Thompson.

By Wil Williams June 23, 2020
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OK Listen, for some time now, I’ve sought that huge financial windfall that would put me in the chips. I’ve run at least two columns promoting myself for a multi-million-dollar contract to be a national spokesman for whatever product or service.

By Wil Williams June 16, 2020
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I think this column is a sequel to a recent column I wrote about memory. Problem is, I don’t remember what the first column was about so the possibility that this column is actually a sequel may be an illusion.

By Wil Williams June 9, 2020
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I probably met Santa Claus somewhere around 1950 in Indianapolis, Indiana, where our nuclear family was living at the time.

By Wil Williams June 3, 2020
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Memory can be a real challenge. I had a really powerful title for today’s sermon, but for some reason, it now eludes me.

By Wil Williams June 2, 2020
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I feel confident accusing you of being a pusher in your past life (lives). I was. My wife was. Of course, I’m not talking about pushing drugs. I’m referring to pushing pins: push pins.

By Wil Williams May 19, 2020
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Although my wife and I don’t have dogs at the current time, I still have a number of pets in the house. I’m talking about pet peeves.

By Wil Williams May 12, 2020
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I’m not talking about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical production that first performed in 1980. I’m talking about the domestic kind that sleep on your living room couch.

By Wil Williams May 6, 2020
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Astrologists explain that folks born under the same Zodiac sign usually share similar traits, personalities, abilities, and so forth. If that’s true, why aren’t I more like Julius, Bill, John and Giovanni in the following paragraphs? I ask since they and I were all born on May 24 at one time or another.

By Wil Williams May 5, 2020
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The last few weeks have changed life. Major changes in life’s routine used to take months or years to manifest themselves. I miss the gradual, almost imperceptible mutations that I didn’t notice until someone pointed them out to me.

By Wil Williams April 28, 2020
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It may have been on June 21, 1963, when I became a man. I was standing in my parents’ kitchen over a skillet of sizzling bacon … without a shirt.

By Wil Williams April 22, 2020
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Johnny Carson, Conan O’Brian, Jay Leno, Harry Truman. Wait, what? Harry was never a late-night jokester on TV, but he delivered a snappy punch line now and then.

By Wil Williams April 21, 2020
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I don’t believe in making the bed every morning. But I don’t think that’s a real fault or character flaw. I mean, taking up valuable time to smooth out a bed that I’m going to unsmooth that night reduces the time I can employ to do angelic things for my community and my country, right? T

By Wil Williams April 14, 2020
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I’ve spent several columns over the years kvetching about the blockbuster novel that I’ve never written. If I could sit down, say, over a long weekend, and compose an intergalactic best seller, my life would change.

By Wil Williams April 8, 2020
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When I first ran across a fellow named Joseph C. Gayetty online, I thought his was a great name for a major newspaper publisher with millions of readers and a man who wielded great influence in his home city and around the country.

By Wil Williams April 7, 2020
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I recently woke up at 2:30 a.m. This sudden and unexpected launch into a new day at such an uncivilized hour was jolting, but I took advantage of the situation by beginning a to-do list for all the things I wanted to accomplish during the upcoming hours.

By Wil Williams March 31, 2020
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I’d only want to be an inventor if the things I invented came true.

By Wil Williams March 25, 2020
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It’s been a busy two weeks already. Meetings cancelled.

By Wil Williams March 24, 2020
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I’m nostalgic when it comes to keeping things. I still have (and wear) shirts and shoes that are older than most high school seniors in this town.

By Wil Williams March 17, 2020
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I recently spoke to a very special person.

March 11, 2020
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To amuse myself recently, I looked up the acronym “DNA.”

By Wil Williams March 10, 2020
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Not long ago, I happened to watch the 1957 movie “Gunfight at the OK Corral.”

By Wil Williams March 3, 2020
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Way back in April of 2015, I wrote a column announcing the decision to name my much dreamed and schemed about book “Breakfast with a Three-Legged Dog.”

By Wil Williams February 26, 2020
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If you persist in reading this column today rather than doing something worthwhile with your time, you’ll learn about a number of words that you have never heard of and will never use. I’m on my knees thanking the vocabulary gods that English is such a target-rich language.

By Wil Williams February 25, 2020
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Last week’s column left you, David, his brother, mother and grandfather departing Singapore and heading for Vietnam where they anchored off shore for three weeks since, in 1965, the country wasn’t receiving civilian visitors.

By Wil Williams February 18, 2020
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Most of the time, life is a crap shoot, so I let the doubloons land where they may.

By Wil Williams February 12, 2020
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This column is about a friend of mine, a boy who embarked upon a global pilgrimage at the age of 15.

By Wil Williams February 11, 2020
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The last few times we’ve breakfasted at Skillets Café, my wife couldn’t focus on her scrambled eggs, it seems, she was seriously distracted by the dog paintings displayed on the wall above our table.

By Wil Williams February 4, 2020
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I’ve been led to believe over my life that with reincarnation, the “non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death.”

By Wil Williams January 28, 2020
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My wife and I have never been technophiles. Although we did get brand new cell phones just a few months ago. Eh, flip phones.

By Wil Williams January 21, 2020
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The end of 2019 has encouraged me to assess where I am as an American male and where I want to go in 2020.

By Wil Williams January 14, 2020
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Just before Christmas, my wife and I drove to Tucson.

By Wil Williams January 7, 2020
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Just this morning, my wife and I were discussing prefixes as a part of speech. As a young boy, I thought a prefix was something you did before you broke something. Pre- fixing something still sounds like a good idea to me.

By Wil Williams January 1, 2020
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My wife tells me I should have written about seasonal topics in December.

By Wil Williams December 31, 2019
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Christmas gift-giving is now past.

By Wil Williams December 24, 2019
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Writing columns is one of the greater joys of my life.

By Wil Williams December 17, 2019
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Chino Valley is a great place to live. That’s why there’s a thriving sense of community hereabouts. With that said, however, I have a brilliant way of making our fair town even better.

By Wil Williams December 10, 2019
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Over the past few years as a substitute teacher at our Chino Valley High School, I’ve come to know the School Security Officer, Glenn Koester.

By Wil Williams November 26, 2019
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Two or three times a week, when buried deeply in conversation, my wife and I utter the words, “Let’s Google it.!” when we need to check a fact. It seems that no matter what we ask of the Internet, we get a response that satisfies our curiosity and our conversational requirements.

November 20, 2019
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In a column long ago and far away, I discussed a ludicrous clothing accessory, the necktie.

By Wil Williams November 19, 2019
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If you look up what happened on Jan. 13, 1885, you’ll see two entries: the death of Schuyler Colfax, an American politician who was born in 1823, and the birth of Alfred Carl.

By Wil Williams November 12, 2019
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I went to the Dollar Store here in Chino Valley the other day to buy party supplies.

By Wil Williams November 5, 2019
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For some reason, when my mind escapes the rigors of the here and now, I drift back to my early years in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

By Wil Williams October 29, 2019
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Headline in the Sept. 17, 1871 Dodge City Times: “U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon Resigns in a Huff!”

By Wil Williams October 22, 2019
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Until this column, there haven’t been a lot of men’s fashion breakthroughs to talk about in the past, say, 57 years.

By Wil Williams October 15, 2019
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I had occasion recently to interview the ‘Mysterious Mr. Q.’ We met in a room with black-out shades over the windows.

By Wil Williams October 8, 2019
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I was preparing my breakfast of gruel/oatmeal the other day.

By Wil Williams October 1, 2019
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You did it, again, Chino Valley and Paulden!

By Wil Williams September 24, 2019
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The average life span of the American male is 76 years.

By Wil Williams September 17, 2019
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Enough with the socks, ties, belts, aftershave and underwear as birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day gifts.

By Wil Williams September 11, 2019
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Patricia Earle knows something about horses. She grew up with horses in California.

By Wil Williams September 3, 2019
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I think it’s time for the concept of “level” to go. For years, in business and in business advertising, I’ve heard about taking it to the next level. What’s wrong with the level I’m already comfortable with?

By Wil Williams August 28, 2019
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When Hans Vang was 11 years old, he helped his Danish grandmother make bread and prepare meals for the family.

By Wil Williams August 27, 2019
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I know an amusing joke featuring an interview between Noel Coward and William Shakespeare.

By Wil Williams August 20, 2019
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Some years ago, I met a fellow by the name of Bill McMahan. He’s the guy who tortured me with physical therapy exercises as I recovered from shoulder and hip replacement surgeries. I hasten to add that due to his diligence and knowledge, as well as the skill of the surgeon, both replacement procedures were totally successful.

By Wil Williams August 14, 2019
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Half this column will be serious. Half won’t be. It’s up to you to decide which half is which.

By Wil Williams August 13, 2019
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I recently met with Chuck Wynn, Chino Valley Chief of Police.

By Wil Williams August 6, 2019
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It was a windy day in late April when I strolled into the Mad Dog Saloon.

By Wil Williams July 17, 2019
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Terry and his wife, Christina, immigrated to the U.S. from South Africa, in 2005. I spoke with him recently to ask why.

By Wil Williams July 16, 2019
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Neighbor Phil drew my attention to a quote recently that read, “Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school.

By Wil Williams July 9, 2019
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It’s no secret that I love movies and TV series set in the Old West. I was, therefore, emotionally aflutter when I discovered that our cable programming included a 24/7 Western channel.

By Wil Williams July 1, 2019
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Growing up I had no brothers and one sister. I’ve never mourned being part of a small family. But I mourn today. Based on 2017 statistics, I mourn that I have over 325 million brothers and sisters in this country, but we’re not close.

By Wil Williams June 24, 2019
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In a recent column, I sought to realize my full true life’s potential by offering my services as a national spokesman for some product, service or whatever else. My supplication fell on uncaring ears, it seems.

By Wil Williams June 18, 2019
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Fifty-three years ago, I came into the possession of a wooden footlocker, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

By Wil Williams June 4, 2019
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There are mystical forces at work in the universe. One of them that receives too little attention is the verity that if two of something make up a set, one will always be missing.

By Wil Williams May 28, 2019
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Father Fred has been the pastor at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church here in Chino Valley since 2003....

By Wil Williams May 20, 2019
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Throughout history, we’ve learned about famous people who made significant contributions to the world’s societies. But I ask you, just how much do we know of these personalities? Who were they, really?

By Wil Williams May 13, 2019
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This is the first of a two-column report on how a Navy airman survived almost seven years as a POW in North Vietnam from 1966 to 1973.

By Wil Williams May 8, 2019
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Whether on a personal or national basis, we have faced tragedies before.

By Wil Williams May 7, 2019
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I’ve decided it’s time for some self-improvement. I could take a class on something. I could read a non-fiction book...

By Wil Williams April 30, 2019
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I’m amazed by a variety of things in life: the love of a devoted wife (even though it took three attempts to experience it); the lifelong loyalty of a dog; the warmth and power of the sun, which is over 93 million miles away (an orbit average); and, the frigid Phoenix Suns’ inability to reach the NBA finals in the past 25 years.

By Wil Williams April 24, 2019
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We’ve all seen movies, TV shows or read books about a person who is down and out, but through grit and doggedness has overcome the challenges and become fantastically successful....

By Wil Williams April 23, 2019
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During the course of my life, I’ve noticed that when children don’t get their way, they want to change the rules.

By Wil Williams April 15, 2019
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The title of this column was misleading as soon as I wrote it. I suspect that most folks already know Scott Bruner, director of the Chino Valley Library.

By Wil Williams April 8, 2019
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Life doesn’t have to be as complicated and convoluted as it is.

By Wil Williams April 3, 2019
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I’m always stunned when an investigative congressional committee asks a witness a question about some innocuous event that transpired several years previously....

By Wil Williams March 25, 2019
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I’m outraged that as a popcorn enthusiast also of the most energetic proportions, I didn’t know there was a National Popcorn Day until I heard about it on the radio.

By Wil Williams March 20, 2019
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Nothing is predictable in today’s world. Well, except for a young boy’s curiosity. ...

By Wil Williams March 19, 2019
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I wish to announce that I am available to be a spokesman for a national TV advertising campaign. For one thing, I can fake sincerity as well as anyone...

By Wil Williams March 11, 2019
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I’ve finally cleaned up my act, but it may be too late. When we had two or three dogs in the house, I spent a fair amount of time discussing important issues with them.

By Wil Williams March 4, 2019
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It was another quiet celebration of the New Year this year. Oh, we did join with some neighborhood friends to usher in the new calendar page, but most of us were comatose long before the magic ball/boot, or whatever else fell.

By Wil Williams January 2, 2019
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The Democrat Party has just streamlined our legal system.

By Wil Williams November 21, 2018
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When you turned 50 years of age, you may not have made a big deal out of it. But that’s not the case with Chino Valley.

By Wil Williams November 20, 2018
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In the spring of that year, 19-year-old Tommy went to war. It was his choice to join the army, even though he knew he’d be sent into an armed conflict overseas.

By Wil Williams September 25, 2018
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I’m growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of quality public discourse of the last few years.

By Wil Williams September 25, 2018
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Passion is an important thing. I’m not talking about the heavy-breathing kind in the backseat of a two-tone 1957 Chevy.

By Wil Williams September 18, 2018
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I like to keep things in my life simple. When I go to the barbershop here in Chino Valley, I (almost) always ask for the same type of haircut.

By Wil Williams August 7, 2018
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The answer to the question of who invented the man purse should be an easy one.

By Wil Williams July 17, 2018
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