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How does a piece of literature become a “classic?” How is the “very best” of any culture determined, and, by whom? Is there a checklist? Who creates that checklist? What values are inherently connected with any kind of “best” lists? And what is “quality?”
LOS ANGELES — Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn't be blamed for fights that involve their masters.
Arizona made national news again, but it was not necessarily in a good way. My sister back in Indiana called me last week. She was watching the news and wanted to know what on Earth was happening in Arizona. When SB 1062 passed both chambers of the legislature, a friend from high school who connects with me via Facebook wrote, “Chalk up another one for religion.”
Jack Piorkowski, a fifth-grade student of Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School, will head to the Arizona Spelling Bee to compete at the state competition.
For years Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have flexed their political muscles and pushed through legislation that represented what she calls “fundamental principles,” often those espoused in the Bible.
Concert-going can be a pricey hobby, but the Hits Deep Tour coming to Grand Canyon University Arena on Feb. 28 gives you more bang for your buck. Hosted by the multi-Grammy-winning hip-hop artist TobyMac, the concert features a hit-parade of contemporary Christian music from stars like Mandisa, Matthew West, Brandon Heath and Matt Maher.
The year was 1976, and Gary Ernst was a fresh-faced coach at Chandler High who’d taken his young Wolves’ deep into the big-school boys basketball state tournament.
To be perfectly upfront, I’ve never been a huge Kevin Costner fan. That’s not to say he hasn’t been good in a few movies such as “Field of Dreams.” He’s even directed some great movies … well one great movie at least. Then in the late ‘90s, Costner seemed to go on a major ego trip, constantly casting himself as mankind’s savior in movies like “Waterworld” and “The Postman.” Now he’s riding the comeback train with effective work in “Hatfields & McCoys” and “Man of Steel.” “3 Days to Kill” is unfortunately a step backwards for Costner. It won’t kill his career again, but it certainly won’t help it either.
It’s an inspiring story of a boy who, against all odds, continues to battle and continues to win.
It’s hard to believe that almost 55 years has elapsed since The Osmonds started as a barbershop quartet in Ogden, Utah. More than a half-century and 100 million records later, they are one of the most legendary families of the entertainment industry.
State senators voted Wednesday to let businesses refuse to serve gays based on owners’ “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
The parents of a brain-damaged Mesa boy have a right to ask court permission to be able to buy and administer marijuana extracts for their child, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled late Friday.
In the weeks leading up to Saturday, Lyndsey Fry tried to prepare herself for the excitement and emotion of stepping on the Olympic ice for the first time. Proudly wearing the U.S. jersey on her sport’s biggest stage was, as Fry said, what made it all real.
To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, temples are the most sacred spaces on earth, where we seek to feel close to God, to make promises to follow His Son, Jesus Christ, and where we learn about life’s purpose and our part in God’s plan. What a privilege it has been for us during these past few weeks to welcome our friends and neighbors to the temple. I have been touched by the response of so many in our community who have come — sometimes repeatedly — to see and understand why temples are so important to our faith.
After 31 years, Phoenix Fire Chief Bob Khan will retire his helmet to spend more time with his family and ailing father.
For more than 10 years I have been attending an Alzheimer meeting at the Lutheran church. I’ve been attending because I’ve experienced Alzheimer’s in my mother, Martha, my friend, Gordon, his wife, Goldie, and my wife, Grace. Each one was affected in a different way. I want to help caregivers (CGs) who are suffering.
After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma last June, I was forced to cut back on reviewing movies every week. In between chemo treatments and sleeping for days on end, I’ve made an effort to see as many new releases as possible. Now at the start of a promising new year, I am happy to announce that I am virtually cancer free. Even better, I have a lot of truly great films from yesteryear to talk about.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Lori Cairns knows what it’s like to receive a disappointing diagnosis about the mental health of her toddler. She also knows it’s possible to overcome that diagnosis. Now, through a new documentary, she’s sharing her story of hope and success.
In celebration of my birthday, it’s become a fun tradition to rerun an article I first wrote in 2007 (with a few slight modifications). May you be blessed by these reminders for yourself, too!
There’s a good film somewhere in “The Truth About Emanuel,” but unfortunately, you won’t find it in this muddled hour-and-a-half of tired movie tropes and big ideas gone haywire. Tossing around plot twists and clunky dialogue absent of any sensible logic or reason, what once appears to be a Stepford-esque horror story soon turns into a meditation on grief, completely devoid of any actual emotion.
Two years after he made his directorial debut with "Coriolanus," the terrific actor Ralph Fiennes arrives with his second effort, an exploration of an illicit liaison that Charles Dickens had with a young actress.
It’s hard to imagine anyone not liking Disney. Sure, many of us go through a phase where we think we’re too old and sophisticated for Mickey Mouse. This typically leads to our pretentious cynic phase in which our college professors open our eyes to all the stereotypes and “hurtful ethics” Disney has endorsed over the years. Films like “Escape from Tomorrow” haven’t exactly helped the company’s image either. At the end of the day, though, nobody can outrun the magic, good will, and sheer lovability attached to Disney. There isn’t a cold-hearted soul that can’t be completely won over by the mouse house … except maybe P.L. Travers, the author of “Mary Poppins.”
Seeing Todd Ford at a basketball game was just an odd sight.
WARNING: Don’t leave this lying about for unattended children to read. Management is not responsible for dashed illusions, broken dreams, or crushed hopes.
Eight years ago, my daughter Jasmine asked if she could audition for the Ahwatukee Foothills “Nutcracker” performance. She was new to the world of ballet and dance, but I relented, and she was thrilled to get parts as a Baby Mouse and a Mini Bon Bon. And the next thing I knew, her Saturday soccer games now had conflicts with “The Nutcracker” practice — called “rehearsals,” I was quickly corrected. I kept hearing about how much fun Jasmine was having at these rehearsals, how many new friends she was making, and how she couldn’t wait for “Opening Night.” I didn’t pay too much attention. I just paid for the costumes, bought tickets for a performance, and occasionally picked her up after a rehearsal and raced her to her soccer game.