When Alexa Rogers was only 5 years old, she met a little girl named Sam who was very similar to herself. Sam was bright, happy and always trying to give back to others. There was only one glaring difference between the two.
Escapism is an underrated part of life, something devalued from a combination of cynicism and a lack of pragmatic purpose. But flights into fantasy are invaluable when coping with something large and frightful, or simply trying to stave off impending doom.
CK’s Tavern and Grill was able to collect Christmas gifts for all 100 kids on its Wish Tree. Last year the restaurant provided gifts for 60 kids at Crisis Nursery. This year, with help from the community, they were able to help 100 kids.
It takes less than 30 seconds for a dried-out Christmas tree to become fully engulfed in flames and it’s one of the quickest and most difficult fires to put out, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.
Captain Tony Mure shows the what is left after the trees have gone throught the wood chipper during the Phoenix Fire Dept. Christmas tree burning demonstration at A to Z Equipment Rental and Sales on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Captain Tony Mure explains how quickly a dry christmas tree can ignite during the Phoenix Fire Dept. Christmas tree burning demonstration at A to Z Equipment Rental and Sales on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013.
Snowball is a beautiful adult, short-haired white cat. She’s also known as “Dame Snowball” because she is one in every sense of the word. When she wants something she will sidle up to you and swing her big fluffy behind at you and give one of her hilarious meows. Snowball loves to give “butt bumps” and at feeding time turns into a disco princess bumping and grinding for her kibble. She will love you but on her own terms. She loves to be at the center of it all — in the middle of the bed, in the middle of the sofa, in the middle of the chair.
Back in 1994 — long before Oprah announced her desire for brown angels and her fans then flooded her with brown angels — I wrote a piece, “Angels of Color: Divinely Inspired or Socially Constructed?” that appeared in Diversity: A Journal of Multicultural Issues.
What you want on Christmas morning — a house that effortlessly fills itself with joyous sounds and delicious aromas. What you usually get on Christmas morning — towers of wrapping paper, hermetically sealed toys that can be opened by no human, and a kitchen that demands way too much of your attention.
The state bird of Arizona is a sweet little fowl called the cactus wren. We also have a state gemstone (turquoise), a state reptile (ridgenose rattlesnake), and I’m willing to bet we even have a state predatory arthropod, which would be that scorpion I killed under the Christmas tree yesterday.
Each year, Ballet Arizona rings in the season with Ib Andersen’s “The Nutcracker,” when dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s score performed by The Phoenix Symphony.
The city’s Public Works Department offers Phoenix residents a green way to take down their Christmas trees. Trees can be dropped off for recycling at any of the participating Phoenix parks anytime between Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]