I was in the hardware store when I first heard the news, though I did not know what I was hearing. As the cashier tallied my purchase, I overheard a reporter on the store’s radio make the peculiar announcement that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. At the time, I thought of it as little more than a curiosity. How wrong I was.
The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.
My youngest son started middle school this year. On the first day of classes, climbing on the bus with all his No. 2 pencils and three-ring binders, he also carried with them enough anxiety to fill a mama’s boy’s backpack. It wasn’t just the reality of a new school that put them on edge; it was middle school, and that is scary enough all on its own.
Words are powerful creatures. Sometimes sleek and smooth, sometimes coarse and rough. Once they’re out there, we can’t snatch them back, tame them, or change them. Of course, not all words are hurtful or intended to wound. But words that hurt can kill us slowly and painfully, like a torturer. They cut away at our confidence, they eat up our self-esteem. While we might be able to maintain outward façade of normality, we inwardly shrivel and die. In those hidden depths, we can look and feel like “The Scream,” by Edvard Munch.
Ahwatukee resident Corina MacIsaac spent her summer break working the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Arizona where she participated in a tissue engineering vascular graft project.
The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandments prohibit activities ranging from coveting your neighbor’s cow to wearing pants made from two different materials. The remaining commandments are positive: “Thou shalt.” These order adherents to perform in determined ways and means.
(L-R) Roxanne Taurisano and Taylor Cutchall run on the treadmills at Orangetheory Fitness on 54th St on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Throughout an hour-long workout, Orangetheory Fitness clients perform different interval workouts designed to produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at an 84 percent or higher maximum heart rate. This in turn increases a post-workout metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours.
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.
Sean Bowie published a letter on Aug. 20 (“Arizona must invest in education,” AFN) which made a plea to provide more money for Arizona education. What is missing in his plea is a discussion of how more funding will lead to a better education for our children. It seems to me that he falls into the trap for “education advocates” — that the relationship between money and education is so obvious that it needs no discussion. Money and education success are synonymous. Arizona is indeed at or near the bottom in education spending. So are other states that have good records in education. And I need not remind anyone of the school systems who lead the world in education spending — Newark, Washington, Chicago — are we trying to emulate them? However, completely contrary to Mr. Bowie’s assertion, average teacher salaries are NOT “among the lowest.” Arizona teachers, with an average salary of $50,000 per school year in 2013, ranked 30 out of 50 (NCES data). It’s also of concern to me how the money he proposes to spend on increasing those salaries of teachers will go to the hard-working teachers, as he recommends. My understanding is that all teachers, hardworking or not, would get those raises. Bowie also asserts that pre-school and smaller classes will inevitably improve education. These are truisms close to the heart of every member of the education system lobby and their desire for the opportunities that growth brings, but are controversial issues when data is examined.
This past weekend I had quite an interesting experience flying back to Arizona from a conference I attended. I had to catch a connecting flight in Los Angeles and after a long flight I was a little bleary eyed, but grateful to be making it home.
In Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the narrator speaks of his instability caused by the fever dream of the jungle this way: “(It) was the playful paw-strokes of the wilderness, the preliminary trifling before the more serious onslaught which came in due course.”
On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit. But however your grandchildren express their feelings for you, you undoubtedly have a very big place in your heart for them. In fact, you may well be planning on including your grandchildren in your estate plan. If that’s the case, you’ll want to do the best you can to preserve the size of your estate — without sacrificing the ability to enjoy life during your retirement years.
Inspirational sports movies are not uncommon, but the 12-year, 151-game winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team — the longest consecutive winning streak in American team sports history — is extraordinary. That story and the story of Coach Bob Ladouceur comes to the big screen Friday, Aug. 22, in director Thomas Carter’s film “When the Game Stands Tall,” based on Neil Hayes’ book of the same name.
Five hundred years ago there was a group of Christians living in Europe known as the Anabaptists. These are not to be confused with today’s Baptists, though the groups do share points of common history. The name Anabaptist was not so much a description as it was a condemnation.
I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no mixed-bathing (a prospect that intrigued my teenage mind), no Sabbath-breaking (though we did not actually gather on the Sabbath), and absolutely no questioning of religious authority.
It took all of two seconds for me to lose any enthusiasm for the “Expendables 3,” and an additional three seconds to realize how stupid the additional two-plus more hours of screen time would be. It came from on-screen text to inform the audience the train they’re seeing on screen is an “armored prison transport,” which is made quite clear once star Sylvester Stallone and his compatriots start shooting the heck out of that thing. What that reveals is a supercilious attitude of the audience's ability to decipher the action on screen – a habit the filmmakers fall back on repeatedly – and an overarching inability to do something interesting with staid material.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald