In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.
When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.
Hello class of 2014 and congratulations! Now, for some of you, this may be the first graduation commencement speech you have attended; but, I’m sure many of you have heard others, filled with the clichés that are common for this occasion. Well I am honored to speak tonight and my address will also be filled with clichés. In order to make this a little less painful, I’d like you all to participate in a little game of BINGO. If all students could mentally mark off the clichés on your BINGO card — Version A, B, or C — while those in the audience play along on their smart phones at phs.2014.com, hopefully we can find a winning group.
Wherever I go in the country, or the world for that matter, if there is a music-related site I take the trouble to visit it. When I was in Rio de Janeiro, I made a beeline for Garota de Ipanema Café and Bar, where the great bossa nova song “The Girl From Ipanema” was written. Last year, while in Nashville, I visited the new Johnny Cash Museum and in New York strolled by the Brill Buildings, where folks like Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”) and Ellie Greenwich (“Da Doo Ron Ron”) wrote the songs we remember from the 1960s.
Gaining a better appreciation for cultural all over the world can be an exciting venture, and Desert Garden Montessori has been spreading the love of cultural diversity through its annual Multicultural Day.
The recent death of Nelson Mendula has put Apartheid back in the news. “The Housemaid’s Daughter,” by Barbara Mutch, is a fictional account of this turbulent time through the voice of one young and humble black girl whose story speaks volumes for the nation.
A rough beginning in Africa has led a group of children to a unique opportunity in America this Sunday when they’ll share their message of hope through song and dance at a free concert at Horizon Presbyterian Church.
This is in response to Don Crook’s letter on Oct. 11, “Obama is destroying America.” Where does this guy get his information? Obviously he informs himself from the extreme right-wing media where these mindless morons believe everything they are told. HUD is not going to Africa to recruit Muslims to house in non-integrated neighborhoods, and more importantly President Obama is not a Muslim. Anyone who believes that nonsense and anything even close just shows their ignorance by spouting it like it was true when it is patently false. He is very lucky to live in a country where he can say such derogatory things about our government and our President and not suffer any consequences other than to look very foolish.
In its sedulous efforts to accelerate the already rapid dumbing of America, Fox News is intensifying its suppression of economic facts. In John Stossel, Fox evidently has a sincere but stupid dispenser of preposterous misinformation.
In the old days, an immigrant to America would go down to the docks and find a boat going to America. Because he didn’t have any money, he would have to sign up to be an indentured servant for five years to get a place on the ship.
Forty executive MBA students from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University were granted a deeper look at how government functions during a two-day event at the State Capitol last week.
A country once identified largely by its strict division of black and white, South Africa has now been a democracy for almost 20 years, and is home to some 50 million people who proudly lay claim to their diversity of ethnicity, culture and 11 official languages. Thus, dubbed “the Rainbow Nation” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this incredible country has also been declared one of the 17 mega-diverse destinations in the world by Conservation International.