My wife and I do some baby-sitting for a single mom we know so she can have some well-deserved “alone” time. Recently, we took her two munchkins to the dollar theater and watched “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”
When the trailer for “Edge of Tomorrow” hit awhile back, everyone seemed to have the same reaction. “So what, it’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ meets ‘Transformers?’” In a nutshell, yeah, that’s exactly what the film is. The good news is that “Edge of Tomorrow” is also one of the summer’s more surprising blockbusters. As an action picture, it’s infinitely smarter and more entertaining than any of the “Transformers” movies. While not as funny or heartfelt as “Groundhog Day,” it does have a very welcome sense of humor and genuine affection for its characters. It’s kind of a shame that this $178 million blockbuster is likely destined to get lost in the shuffle of summer movies as it’s really worth checking out.
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Vinna “Lee” Brimmer, 70, was chosen to receive the honor of Arizona’s 2014 Outstanding Senior Volunteer as part of the Salute to Senior Service program. Sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, the program celebrates the many contributions senior volunteers make in local communities across the United States.
Like most people, I had a variety of jobs growing up before finally settling into my career. Two of them in particular stand out to me. The first was when I became a food server for Texas Roadhouse. I loved their food, I loved the fun and upbeat environment, I even loved being the one to shout out the birthday ritual.
Even though we’ve moved around a lot, we keep some things close. These items are packed and unpacked without negotiation, because the truth is they’re like old friends, our favorite walking boots that cradle our feet and never rub, or a pair of relaxed jeans that fit perfectly. There’s something comforting about knowing that we can still pull these things out when we feel the need.
Owning a dog is a lot like playing golf. By this I mean there are rules and appropriate behaviors/etiquette that correspond to dog ownership. Dogs are natural followers and want to please. With the right leadership and guidance, you can establish an amazing bond with your dog. To find this connection, it’s necessary to establish a routine to let your dog know the rules.
On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day — a day devoted to education and action on environmental issues. As a citizen of the world, you may have a keen interest in protecting your physical surroundings. And as someone trying to reach long-term financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you’re probably also interested in improving your investment environment.
In honor of Earth Day, Sprinkles Cupcakes is teaming up with local tree planting and environmental care organizations. From April 21-25, 100 percent of proceeds from Sprinkles tree-adorned vanilla cupcakes sold in Scottsdale will be donated to Desert Botanical Garden.
Ouch! After 22 years at the same golf resort I got my walking papers. I guess the new owners felt like new faces will bring in new sources of revenue. OK… since this is a spiritual column I won’t tell you what I really think of that idea.
In a state full of wonderful and beautiful topography, Arizona also boasts a number of places to see nature from a different perspective — underground. The most famous of these sites is Kartchner Caverns, about 9 miles south of Benson.
I drove by the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course the other day when the wind was up. It was odd to see dust blowing across the course. There was something forlorn about it. On the other hand, it seemed like the desert was reclaiming its own. On Ash Wednesday, millions of Christians received the sign on the cross on their foreheads in ashes with the admonition, “remember you are dust and to dust you shall return.” It is the spoken decree of God in Genesis 3:19 as Adam and Eve are tossed out of the garden. There is something powerful yet troubling about those words. I remember one year marking the cross on a beautiful baby and nearly choking on what seemed to be such a dark proclamation. She was not a year old, just how depraved could she be?
The Hollywood blockbuster “Noah” will hit the theaters later this month. It cost $130 million to bring it to the big screen and it depicts the destruction of everything on earth with a crisis of what could only be the original biblical proportions.
Often in doing research to write a book review, the story behind the story can be as interesting as the story itself. I found this to be the case in “The Light Between Oceans,” by M.E. Stedman. It began as a short story of 15,000 words written in three weeks. After sending it to an agent, the author was told it had the makings of a novel. So began Stedman’s intensive research on lighthouses, including a visit to the bleakness of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse to find living inspiration for Janus Rock, the setting for her story off the Australian coast.
Rose Royce exploded on the music scene in the summer of 1976 thanks to “Car Wash,” a No. 1 song from the movie soundtrack of the same name starring the iconic Richard Pryor. Considered by many to be one of the most underrated groups to hail from the 1970s soul music era, Rose Royce is back.
The East Valley Recycling Alliance, Trex, Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets, as well as the City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department, will host the “Bench the Bag” Plastic Bag Recycling Challenge now through March 31.