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Oh Betty, how we miss you. That mischievous laugh, perfect comedic timing, beautiful smile and funny zingers are just a few of the reasons why the whole world is in mourning. These days, it seems people disagree on just about everything, but the entire country is in total agreement that Betty White was a national treasure.
Brrrr it’s been cold! Yes, even here in Arizona, it has been frosty. But it is sometimes hard to grasp the wrath of Antarctica weather that has been wreaking havoc on over 100 million Americans, causing them to shiver, shake and run for cover. Baby it’s cold outside!
Another year. And another year older. It is my granddaughter, Bella’s birthday today. She is thrilled to be 6 years old. My husband, Doug’s birthday is Friday. He has little enthusiasm for being a year older, but Bella has enough excitement for all of us.
Are you ready to board Flight 2022? Well, fasten your seat belts because we are on the verge of saying “hello” to a New Year. Ready or not, it is coming, so we might as well pop the cork, pour the bubbly and watch the ball in Time Square (or boot in Prescott) drop.
In Arizona, it was Christmas Eve night. The town streets were empty, with ono one in sight. Out on a field, under a moon shining bright, Was a wee lonely donkey with a big wish tonight.
This week, as we make the Big Approach to all things Christmas, we might be flooded with memories of days gone by. The kids who grew up, the parents that passed, reliving the special moments we shared with friends and family around a table or a festive tree.
Do you believe in Santa? Yes, of course you do. Who can honestly say that there is no Santa? As we approach Christmas, there are so many reasons to believe.
How was your Black Friday? If you were one of the brave souls who headed out to shop, I hope you survived the ordeal. It may be the Season of Giving, but the spending happens first.
It seems we are all thankful for the ability to get together this year. Last year we had to cope with words like “social distancing” and “nuclear family gatherings,” with suggestions of holding dinner outdoors. Well, good riddance to 2020!
Have you ever wondered, what is the real purpose of the kitchen’s center island?
Will you enjoy a Veterans Day Parade? November 11 is the One Great Day to honor our men and women who served, watch the bands, the flags and the display of pride as we are reminded just how much we owe those who wear and wore the uniform.
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 cell phone, just to make it up your driveway.
It is time to get spooky. The approach of Halloween may cause a whole lot of ghouls and witches to come knocking at your door and it also brings the joy of candy!
Do all dogs go to heaven? Yes, of course they do, along with all of our other beloved pets.
Does Big Government come from small minds? Which might then lead to dumb laws? All over this great nation there are laws “on the books” that reflect just how much our legislators like to make up laws.
Are you good with money? Yes, I thought so. We have to watch our pennies even more closely with inflation. However, it seems there are a few folks in the “art world” who have money to burn.
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.
Oh, Emma Raducanu, let’s count the ways we love thee. First, the improbability of a tennis player to emerge from qualifying status to win a Grand Slam tournament, is a stunning triumph.
How long will you live? Hmm, maybe you would prefer not to know. While there are many medical claims on how to prolong our lives, there also seems to be “predictions” on how to shave off a few minutes here or there by simply eating.
Are you there, God? Just checking. We have troubles from the Afghanistan war. Hard to read about, much less comprehend what just happened.
Time flies when you are having fun. Especially when you are stuck for four hours on I-17, on your way out of Phoenix. The hands of time move very slowly.
I wear lipstick. And I dye my hair. There, I have said it — all secrets are out — I am admitting to you, dear readers, that some of my “beauty” comes from a tube and a bottle. Guess I am not alone.
Oh, those Olympics. Inspiring, incredible, heartbreaking, fun and heartwarming. No other sporting event on Earth can produce so many plots, twists, turns and moments to enjoy and ponder as the Games of Summer.
Stay alert! Watch the crosswalks! Yes, school has started again and parents everywhere are rejoicing.
Lord, could we get some rain? Our prayers were answered. Okay, can it stop for a while?
Missing a few neighbors and friends? We might all be in San Diego. The 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 through Labor Day.
Oh to be a billionaire. They seem to have all the fun. When Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galatic, launched his Unity 22 rocket plane last week, he went where few have gone. Into space on his own spacecraft.
Endless training. Dashed dreams. Heartbreak. Crashes. Disqualifications. Injuries. Just reading about sports lately will either leave you scratching your head, enthusiastically cheering (Go SUNS!), or discouraged.
Have people become barbarians? I guess if you read the incidence of Americans behaving badly on airplanes, you might believe that the end of civilization, as we know it, is fast approaching. Pushing, shoving, screaming, spitting, punching and trying to open the exits (while in flight) or storm the cockpit, is a road too far.
Looking for easy solutions to common household problems? There’s a whole world of uses for the stuff we keep in our cupboards.
Seventeen long years they have been waiting. Now trillions of cicadas making a racket as loud as lawnmowers have emerged from their slumber throughout the Midwest and Eastern States.
Did you enjoy this past Memorial Day weekend? It signifies the remembrance of those men and women who served in the military and did not return home, so that we could have the remarkable freedoms that we enjoy.
One beautiful May morning two years ago, with spring bursting forth and the sun shining, birds singing and flowers blooming, the unthinkable happened.
Have you had trouble trying to open anything up lately? Hmm . . . I thought so.
Last year we had no toilet paper or hand sanitizer.
It’s that time of year again. The tax man cometh. And the IRS extended the deadline so we could procrastinate a bit longer.
Alexa never seems to stop listening.
Music. It is a huge part of our lives. Every day we listen to something. Our life is often enhanced by the music we listen to, the melodies we love and the symphonies we cherish.
Love is in the air! And so are the doves, finches and hummingbirds.
When my husband asked me last night, “What’s for dinner,” I wondered how many times in one day those three precious (evil) words are spoken.
Sorry, Pepe Le Pew, you are canceled! The devilish little skunk, who has been romantically chasing after Penelope Pussycat for way too long, cannot seem to take “No” for an answer.
Did you watch the Royal Rumble? It was quite the show. I didn’t want to see the spectacle myself, but the drama has made headlines everywhere until it is impossible to avoid this sad, steaming mess.