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I’ve made a habit lately of studying the Amish. I use the word “study” loosely as this is not a simple curiosity of mine or some kind of theological experiment. My exploration flows out of a deep respect and admiration for their faith and spirituality. We English (that’s what the Amish call us outside their communities) recognize them because of their familiar beards, horse-drawn buggies, fine woodworking, or barn-raisings, but there’s a lot more to this group than sturdy furniture and firm dispositions. They have a lively, vibrant faith despite their archaic lifestyles.
It’s time to clear out the notebook with some quick thoughts and notes.
We know all about past financial histories of failed governments. Every government with a fiat currency, like America’s, has failed. The maximum lifespan of fiat currencies has been 43 years. In America, we became a fiat currency in 1971, when Nixon took us off the gold standard. We are now in our 43rd year.
Brad Evans returned to the Sounders, jumped right back into game action and played the only way he knows.
Members of the Tempe Dance Academy recently journeyed across the pond for a dance retreat to Europe.
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.
Brad Evans kept his sense of humor in a time of disappointment.
Are you a big fan of Apple or Nike, or a hater of McDonald’s? A new study from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University shows love-it or hate-it brands probably won’t perform exceptionally well in the stock market, but they also offer investors less risk because you know just what to expect — the good and the bad.
Tony Darden has a tendency to standout.
NEW THIS WEEK
Resident Chris Cwierz was recently named 2014 American Culinary Federation (ACF) Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year. Cwierz received the award after winning a competition at the 2014 ACF Western Regional Conference in Oakland, Calif., March 2-5.
Many of us see several accidents and sometimes not think much of them, but when experiencing one yourself it’s a whole different story.
In this June 13, 2013, file photo, from left, bassist Gene Simmons , guitarist Tommy Thayer and singer Paul Stanley of the US band Kiss perform on stage in Berlin, Germany. Kiss and Def Leppard are joining forces for a summer tour. The legendary bands will embark on a U.S. tour June 23 in West Valley City, Utah. (AP Photo/dpa,Britta Pedersen, File)
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few could justifiably question the beauty of a Hayao Miyazaki film. A revered master of animation, the Oscar-winning director/writer makes something as simple as a hazy sky so ravishing, it can take your breath away.
There’s an old saying in show business that was tailor-made for Englebert Humperdinck: a singer needs songs, but an entertainer just needs a stage.
New York • Hollywood may be hoping for a little less drama in 2014.
Firsthand accounts of the most successful uprising and mass breakout from a Nazi extermination camp during World War II will be showcased in Take A Stand: Resistance & Survival on Saturday at Chandler Center for the Arts.
For years, scientists have been dogged by this evolution question: Just where did man’s best friend first appear?
Most of us have cell phones and likely have had a complaint or two about coverage, billing or spam. You’ve been letting me know about it for months.
Within our East Valley is a microcosm of a healthy community, a stronger nation. It’s an ageless pattern offering solutions to our national fiscal crisis, our narcissistic living and our growing proclivity for surrendering freedoms.
As you survey the political landscape, what do you see? Support for capitalism and liberty or an intransigent proclivity for control and political power? Intellectual pragmatism or crony capitalism? The truth of history or the lies of an imaginary future? The support of economic growth or the oppressive regulations of socialism?
Bill and Julie O’Brien of Ahwatukee announce the marriage of their daughter, Megan Elizabeth, to Bobby Don Smock, Jr., son of Bobby and Jill Smock, on June 1. The couple was married at Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona.
My assignment: In 700 words or less, I’m supposed to keep you and your money safe while you’re out buying for the holidays. How about I do it in 17 words and two punctuation points: do not buy gift cards, do not shop online, and do not get talked into extended warranties!
Rarely has a story about an angelic schoolgirl been narrated by Death. But such is the case in the dark, yet wondrous Nazi Germany-set "The Book Thief." ''Here's a small fact: You are going to die," we're told via voiceover by the Grim Reaper as we meet our young heroine, Liesel Meminger, played exquisitely by 13-year-old French-Canadian newcomer Sophie Nelisse.