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As Father’s Day approaches, and as my last column in this newspaper before I change careers, I’d like to share one of my favorite poems by Dee Groberg.

By Richard Haddad June 16, 2021
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“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.” — Author Tom Clancy

By Richard Haddad June 7, 2021
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Under command of Captain Briggs, the ship Mary Celeste docked on New York City’s East River on November 5, 1872, and took on board a cargo of 1,701 barrels of commercial alcohol. The spirits were intended for fortifying wine in Italy.

By Richard Haddad May 31, 2021
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When I was young, a teacher gave me a three-ring binder that contained assignment projects.

By Richard Haddad May 24, 2021
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May 14, 1988, marks the anniversary of the Carrollton bus crash that killed 27 people when a drunk driver went the wrong way down Interstate 71 and struck a church bus. Twenty-four of the victims were children.

By Richard Haddad May 13, 2021
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I was recently shopping at a local small business where the owners have a sign posted that says, “Masks required,” with a footnote explaining that they are trying to protect at-risk staff and customers.

By Richard Haddad May 10, 2021
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On a windy, rainy day a few years ago my wife and I found paper money smearing across the windshield of our vehicle.

By Richard Haddad May 3, 2021
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In 2002, American writer Margaret J. Wheatley wrote, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about... In our daily life, we encounter people who are angry, deceitful, intent only on satisfying their own needs. There is so much anger, distrust, greed and pettiness that we are losing our capacity to work well together.”

By Richard Haddad April 19, 2021
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When I was young, an author named L. Tom Perry shared a story that later played a role in my choices about giving and taking offense.

By Richard Haddad April 12, 2021
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On this Easter morning Christians around the world celebrate what some hoped would be forgotten.

By Richard Haddad April 3, 2021
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Two men were out on the ocean in a boat.

By Richard Haddad March 29, 2021
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Brian Randal honored by Finding and Making the Good
Local businessman dedicated to ‘Making the Good’

Finding and Making the Good has recognized Brian Randal, owner of Leap of Faith Tattoo, for “consistently giving of himself to those in need in our community.”

By Richard Haddad February 24, 2021
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I’d like to personally congratulate Prescott fifth-grader Aliyah Alpert for winning the 75th annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee for the third year in a row.

By Richard Haddad February 22, 2021
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Movie shines light on abuse of police power against immigrants
Locally-funded film tells story of blurred truth and a dirty fight for justice

One of the most powerful ways to stop an injustice is to let people witness it with their own eyes and feel it with their own emotions.

By Richard Haddad February 18, 2021
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A number of years ago there was a man who worked at my office that everyone loved. For this story I’ll call him James.

By Richard Haddad February 15, 2021
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County to receive 9,400 COVID-19 vaccine doses, CDC stresses safety ahead of Super Bowl
41 more COVID-19 cases, 2 additional deaths reported in Yavapai County overnight

Health officials at Yavapai County Community Health Services said they are encouraged to receive 9,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for next week.

By Richard Haddad February 5, 2021
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Vaccine supply shortage: No new appointments available at local POD sites
26 more COVID-19 cases, 4 additional deaths reported in Yavapai County overnight

Because of a shortage of Moderna vaccine doses, no vaccination appointments are currently available at local, large Points of Distribution or POD sites.

By Richard Haddad February 3, 2021
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Last week we published a story by Courier reporter Nanci Hutson about a local family that opened their home and their hearts to become foster parents to a 4-day-old newborn baby girl....

By Richard Haddad February 2, 2021
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I was recently asked why I do not write columns about politics or politicians. The fact is I do, but not in a traditional manner.

By Richard Haddad January 16, 2021
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Haddad: A bride, a book and a journey almost missed
How do you get a boy to start reading?

I was not a very honest child. I can confess it now, but at the time I thought I was clever when I cheated on book reports. I fooled teachers for years — but at what price?

By Richard Haddad January 4, 2021
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“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

By Richard Haddad December 21, 2020
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Earlier this year, the One Voice Children’s Choir (featured on America’s Got Talent, Season 9) released a cover of the Maroon 5 song, “Memories.”

By Richard Haddad December 15, 2020
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Thanksgiving 2020 may taste bittersweet for many of us who have been impacted by the pandemic or felt distressed by violence, racism, political tensions and what feels like a growing lack of civility.

By Richard Haddad November 23, 2020
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When I was a young boy my grandfather Ralph told me a story — a story he had told my mother when she was young, which my mother also repeated to me on several occasions.

By Richard Haddad November 14, 2020
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Support kindness, shopping locally during Festival of Trees Nov. 13-22
Vote for your favorite tree at Prescott-area businesses

Kind Defined, whose mission motto is, “A small act of kindness can make a world of difference,” is bringing the quad-city community a whole new holiday festival from Nov. 13 through 22 — the Festival of Trees 2020.

By Richard Haddad November 11, 2020
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When I was a young man, I joined the military a few years after high school.

By Richard Haddad November 4, 2020
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Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze has become a Halloween season tradition for many area families.

By Richard Haddad October 26, 2020
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I recently came across a screenshot of a social media post that told of an interesting high school classroom teaching experience.

By Richard Haddad October 26, 2020
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There’s something special about this symbol of the United States that swells far beyond our borders. Even when America may be the target of criticism and ridicule, the U.S. flag rises above the clamor.

By Richard Haddad October 21, 2020
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A man feared his wife wasn’t hearing as well as she used to, and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family doctor to discuss the problem. The doctor told him there is a simple, informal test the husband could perform to give the doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

By Richard Haddad October 19, 2020
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During this election cycle there has been an increase in the propagation of conspiracy theories designed to embed doubt, spread fear and influence voters.

By Richard Haddad October 5, 2020
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The story is told of Samuel Shapira, a distinguished rabbi who lived in the Polish village of Prochnik in the 1930s. Rabbi Shapira was in the habit of taking long walks into the countryside each morning. Throughout his life, the rabbi tried to be loving and compassionate. He made it a point to greet everyone he met with a kind “hello,” “good morning” or “good evening.”

By Richard Haddad September 21, 2020
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This week, my wife and I took two of our grandchildren and one of our sons to see the Healing Field in Prescott Valley. They had never visited the field, and now I hope they will never forget what they saw and felt.

By Richard Haddad September 10, 2020
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The extremely popular Empty Bowls fundraising event usually takes place each September in downtown Prescott. And while the pandemic may be changing the process, residents can still purchase a unique handcrafted bowl made by local artisans and support a worthy cause.

By Richard Haddad September 7, 2020
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While waiting in a fast food drive-thru lane with a friend Tuesday night, a 29-year-old man stopped breathing from an apparent drug overdose. A single dose of NARCAN given by first responders gave him back the breath of life.

By Richard Haddad September 3, 2020
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Like many of you, I am growing ever more disappointed by the divisiveness that permeates our society, elevated by bad behavior from certain politicians, commentators, leaders and the people who support them.

By Richard Haddad September 2, 2020
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As the fire spread and smoke filled the home on Walnut Drive the residents were able to escape, but their cats were trapped and choking to death.

By Richard Haddad August 26, 2020
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Two goats came face-to-face while crossing a narrow bridge. “Let me pass,” said one of them. “Never, you get out of my way,” said the other goat.

By Richard Haddad August 24, 2020
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Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

By Richard Haddad August 17, 2020
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On Saturday, Aug. 1, my wife and I attended a virtual, live-streamed funeral of a friend, a lovely older woman from Dewey who died from COVID-19.

By Richard Haddad August 10, 2020
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In the grim darkness of the night, during a heavy rainstorm many years ago, a ship was discovered in distress just off the coast of Holland. A rowboat went out to rescue the crew. The waves were enormous, and each of the men at the oars had to give all his strength and energy to reach the unfortunate sailors.

By Richard Haddad July 27, 2020
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The City of Prescott held a “Topping Out” ceremony Monday for the new Prescott Regional Airport terminal currently under construction.

By Richard Haddad July 20, 2020
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Last week I received a letter from a retired caregiver who lives in Prescott. She was a practicing, registered nurse for 50 years. Oh, the stories she could tell.

By Richard Haddad July 20, 2020
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On August 10, 1628, the Swedish warship Vasa set sail on her maiden voyage. At the time, she was the most powerfully armed warship in the world, carrying 64 bronze cannons on two gun decks. The wooden warship was a breathtaking sight.

By Richard Haddad July 6, 2020
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The story is told of a Hindu merchant who dreamed one night that he had died. To his bewilderment, he found himself standing in a large room, entirely bare of furnishings.

By Richard Haddad June 22, 2020
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Chino Valley man arrested, charged in cold-case serial rapes in California
Crimes span 11-year period, dating back almost 25 years

A Chino Valley resident who allegedly committed a series of cold-case rapes in California has been arrested following a coordinated, interstate law enforcement effort.

By Richard Haddad June 17, 2020
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During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, American rifle shooter Matt Emmons was about to use his last bullet and win his second gold medal of the games.

By Richard Haddad June 2, 2020
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Years ago, when I was running another Arizona newspaper, we published a story about a boy who lost half his hand playing with fireworks.

By Richard Haddad May 25, 2020
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There was once a wise Chinese man who had one son, one horse, and one acre of ground on which he made his living. One day his son went out to feed the horse and left the gate open...

By Richard Haddad May 18, 2020
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“This too shall pass.” This proverb has no doubt been repeated millions of times in many different languages since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The sentiment may be difficult to accept amidst so many hardships from lost jobs, lost businesses and lost lives.

By Richard Haddad May 4, 2020

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