Research has shown that sugar is addictive … in fact, eight times addictive as cocaine. In 1821, each person consumed approximately 10 pounds of sugar annually. Today, that number is an astounding 160-190 pounds of sugar per person annually. On top of that about 55 percent of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, 95 percent of which have been genetically engineered.
Miranda Lambert is a household name in country music, and after increasing fan demand, she will be returning to Country Thunder this year. The Explorer chatted with her to preview her headline performance on Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m.
Thompson Square, the married country duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson who last played at Country Thunder in 2012, will this year be headlining day one of the festival. The Explorer caught up with Keifer by phone to get his thoughts on the upcoming performance, as well as what it’s like working with his wife.
The winner of season three of The Voice, Cassadee Pope has quickly made a name for herself in the country music industry, as marked by her platinum-selling success in “Wasting All These Tears.” Now, she’s continuing to ride wave that brought her to success as she gears up to take part in her first-ever Country Thunder music festival from April 10-13 in Florence.
Thousands of people are within days of a long awaited, country style vacation. Country Thunder 2014 is just around the corner, and with a star-studded lineup, the four-day country music festival will likely attract a record crowd.
After years of simple solids and geometric prints, the lowly flower is making a comeback in decor. Floral patterns have been blooming all over fashion runways in recent months, and they are slowly finding their way back into the world of home decorating, too.
Perhaps it’s because this desert of ours is such a bizarre looking place already that the otherworldly spires, orbs and bursts of brightly colored hand-blown glass that have cropped up amid the flora of Desert Botanical Garden fit right in. Like Sonoran Desert natives cholla and ocotillo, the works of art are at home here, yet still mind-blowing as all get out.
While many gardeners scan the newly arrived seed catalogs to plan their next growing season, the industry’s visionaries are pouring talent and resources into products and ideas they hope will be sown in years to come.
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.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 26 percent of Americans eat vegetables three or more times a day. One of my favorite morning rituals is blending a mixture of leafy greens and vegetables for an incredibly delicious, nutrient-rich and energizing smoothie.
Many health complaints, inability to lose weight and underlying causes of disease, can be attributed to poor digestive health. The digestive system is responsible for breaking down the food we eat into tiny particles that can be used for energy, maintenance and repair. The digestive process also involves creating waste to be eliminated.
Humanity's home planet hardly merits the name-check in "After Earth," M. Night Shyamalan's sci-fi survival tale whose shipwreck action could (with the exception of a scene where our hero scrawls a crude map over Lascaux-like cave paintings) take place on any old life-supporting globe in the cosmos. The disappointingly generic film, which strands a father and son (Will and Jaden Smith) on Earth a thousand years after a planet-wide evacuation, will leave genre audiences pining for the more Terra-centric conceits of "Oblivion," not to mention countless other future-set films that find novelty in making familiar surroundings threatening. Will Smith's presence, not just as co-star but as originator of the story, seems likely to carry box office receipts beyond the benchmark of Shyamalan's previous picture, the wretched "The Last Airbender," but those hoping for a franchise should navigate elsewhere.
Mango is a sweet love bug. He enjoys giving hugs and relishes his time walking. Mango delights in belly rubs and will reward you with big kisses. He is very intelligent and knows basic commands such as sit and stay. Mango has an abundance of personality and aspires to be the family comedian. His tail never stops wagging and he is a jolly and joyful boy. He will make an excellent addition to a fun-loving, energetic and loving family. Mango is great on a leash and understands basic commands. He is a bit of a clown but is a well-tempered dog. He is going to make a great family member. Mango is looking for an active home with daily walks/jogs, weekend hikes and playtime at the dog park. Another canine friend would be great, too. Of course love for a big lap dog is a must for this love bug.
While Thursday's opening day at Country Thunder was the shortest day concert-wise, there was no disappointment in the four acts that took the stage – especially not when it came to headliner Brantley Gilbert.