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Judy Bluhm

Stories by Judy

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Around the Bluhmin' Town: Great tests allow humanity to rise to the occasion

First came the wind. Trees dropping, howling, swirling terror that tore off roofs and downed telephone poles. Then came the rain.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Not hard to locate the signs of the times

Have you read any good headlines lately?

Around the Bluhmin' Town: This tarantula makes a fantastic houseguest

Manuel, where art thou? Our kind and friendly tarantula has not yet arrived at my friend Diane Wilson’s house for his annual visit!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Why is there so much labor on Labor Day?

Are you feeling rested? Just wondering how your official “Day of Rest” ... otherwise called Labor Day ... is turning out.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Oh, what a special day for a total eclipse of the sun

Protect your eyes! Grab those crazy “eclipse glasses.” Then quick, run outside and look up at the moon slipping in front of the sun for a total eclipse.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Step away from the dangerous kitchen sponge

Throw out your kitchen sponge immediately!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: The dreaded, ‘Does this make me look fat’ question

Does this dress make me look fat? Hmm ... this is evidently one of the most frequently asked questions that wives pose to their husbands. Sadly, there is no correct answer.

Around the Bluhmin' town: Best place to ponder life’s mysteries? The beach

Have you been missing a few friends? We might all be in San Diego.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: We’re better when we work together

Eighty. This is the number of people who formed a human chain in Panama City, Florida, to save a family.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Americans sure do love their hot dogs

How was your hot dog? Well, I figured you might have eaten one over the past holiday weekend, since Americans ate approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Time for sentimental packing?

What would you take? The smoke and flames are approaching, you are being evacuated and you have minutes to grab things.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Most humbling experience: Buying a bathing suit

So, are you ready for swimsuit weather?

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Celebrate summer solstice with party, strawberries

In case you are wondering if summer is here yet (as we all swelter in this heat wave), fear not, because tomorrow evening marks the summer solstice.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Why is this water hose writhing like a, uh-oh

I touched a snake. Actually, I grabbed onto the beast thinking he was a garden hose and picked him up.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Well, Arizonans can at least spell their state right

How do you spell stupid? Oops ... not what I meant to say.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Today a day to remember things we shouldn’t forget

Are you enjoying this Memorial Day weekend?

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Silverware 'smuggler' finds fast security checkpoint not so quick

I almost got arrested. Okay, or possibly taken into a windowless room with two frighteningly big, uniformed men who never smile.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: We should live like orioles, and eat grape jelly

Do you like grape jelly? If so, come on over to my house, because this time of year I buy two-pound jars by the case.

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Around the Bluhmin' Town: Legendary spacecraft nearing its final journey

Farewell Cassini! We appreciate your efforts and are saddened that The End is near.

AROUND THE BLUHMIN’ TOWN: Paying too much for a pair of blue jeans

Do you wear blue jeans? Yes, I thought you might. Me too.

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Around the Bluhmin' Town: Tall tale: Giraffe gives birth to a 6-foot tall baby

News was pretty strange last week. From airplanes to a certain giraffe, it was a lot to absorb.

Around the Bluhmin Town: Allergies: Spring is best experienced from a distance

KaCHOO! Oh, excuse me, dear readers, because it seems I cannot stop sneezing!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Look into the closet to see who you really are

Spring has arrived! It’s not the weather, the calendar, the cooing doves, appearance of humming birds or flowers in bloom that tell me the season — it’s the beating of rugs, washing of windows, cleaning of pot shelves and organizing of closets.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Take a swim across the Pond for a taste of Britain

The British are coming! Yes, it is that time of year again!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Hunt is on for that ever-elusive perfect NCAA bracket

It’s not impossible! Sadly, it is just unlikely.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Spring is in the air, and golf balls are in the lake

The rules of golf have changed and it’s about time!

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Rain is terrific, but we could live without the mud

Don’t you love the rain? The Navajos claim that when the clouds are formed like sheep in the sky, then the heavens are ready to open up and cleanse the earth, wash the grounds, refresh the trees, grow the grass, nourish the critters and give us life.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: There are a lot of stupid laws on our nation’s books

Does big government come from small minds? Which might then lead to dumb laws?

Around the Bluhmin' Town: Gray divorces are on the uptick, and so are regrets

Have you ever made a mistake so huge that it was life-altering?

Not always easy to pack away a lifetime of memories

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She baked her last pie. It was with the usual flaky homemade crust and as Mother likes to say, “real cherries.”

Around the Bluhmin' Town: It takes a cold winter to truly appreciate living here

Brrrr it’s cold! Yes, even right here in Arizona we have experienced quite a bit of cold, wet weather.

Around the Bluhmin' Town: All Americans great at moving forward

Are you feeling okay? It seems that the inauguration left a whole lot of folks elated, giddy, joyful, hopeful, vindicated, depressed, discouraged, dismayed, angry, confident and enthused.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Gone to a galaxy far, far away

Princess Leia, why did you have to leave us? You, the one woman who would not only stand up to evil but sought out Darth Vader in order to destroy the Death Star, left an indelible impression on millions of us.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Time to reflect

By now the presents we had carefully wrapped have been ripped open.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: A Christmas Poem

Twas the day before Christmas at the North Pole ...

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Selfie world - how would we survive otherwise?

I took a selfie. It didn’t turn out very well, because I have decided that most photos of scenery, people or grandkids seem to look better if I am not in them.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Thanksgiving is more than the big bird

How is your Thanksgiving shaping up? I hope delicious and restful. I had a surreal experience because I mentioned I might not be cooking a turkey. ...

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: ‘For better or worse, till spider do us part’

I saw a spider. I went to the bathroom at 2 in the morning and there sitting on a wall next to the sink was a big brown spider.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Titans tangle, only one wins!

There is a winner and a loser. Defeat and victory. Cheering and jeering. Hopes rising and dreams dashed.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Halloween is long, scary tradition

Boo! Are you scared yet? Well, it’s time to get in a spooky mood. I like Halloween, because it is a long tradition.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Fall is not just about cool weather; think: pumpkins!

Autumn is the season of longer nights, cooler weather and plenty of giant-pumpkin growing contests.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Do thieves read?

Do thieves read papers? Well, I doubt it, but just in case, here goes. Would the thief who stole my grandson’s tile saw out of the back of his pick-up truck please return it?!

Around The Bluhmin’ Town column: For the ‘real deal,’ watch wrestling ... or debate

My teenage grandson, Brandon, made me watch it. He laid out his case, as if he were practicing for a debate (telling me it would be fun), so that I had no excuse except to turn on the television, make a bowl of popcorn and suffer through the back-biting, insults, below-the-belt, half-truths, bold lies and entertaining spectacle that played out before my eyes.

Around The Bluhmin’ Town column: Procrastination problem?

My motto? Why do something today when you can put it off until tomorrow? Okay, I suppose that makes me a procrastinator.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town: The charm of going home: Nothing ever changes there

I am leaving on a short trip. I will be taking a time capsule (Southwest Airlines) to a faraway land (Ohio), a place of my youth (family home) where nothing much changes and a million memories will greet me.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Freeway travel & travails

I was stuck in the misery on Interstate 17 over Labor Day weekend.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: Labor Day should be labor-less

I am not working today. No cooking or cleaning either.

Around the Bluhmin’ Town column: To the Olympian in each of us

I want to be an Olympian. To run, jump, swim, pedal, shoot, throw, kick, punch or soar through the air is an inspiring thought.