We hear a lot about forgiveness, but do we really know what it means? Webster’s dictionary defines forgiveness as a release from the guilt or penalty of an offense. Wikipedia says forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.
While 2014 brought us a ton of tremendous blockbusters about superheroes, LEGOS, and talking raccoons, it was also a banner year for smaller movies about life itself. No matter what the budget, this year had no shortage of great films. Today we’ll be taking a look at my 10 personal favorites.
Running is what helped Ahwatukee Foothills resident Angela Cochran cope when her son began having seizures at just 2 years old. And now, with the seizures under control, it’s running that is helping her pay it forward to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
According to a 2013 article from ESPN The Magazine, approximately 21.5 million kids between the ages of 6 and 17 will participate in a team sport each year. As a former youth football and baseball coach and current father of two girls between the ages of 2 and 7, this number couldn’t be high enough. The enormous benefits of competitive sports are too long to list, but suffice it to say that every child walks away from this experience armed with a set of skills that will serve them well, both in future sports and more importantly, in life.
At Arizona’s Vision, Dr. Mark J. Page, OD, clinic founder and chief optometrist, leads a skilled team in providing comprehensive eye care services—including basic checkups, corrective procedures, emergency care and a wide selection of eyewear and contact lenses—in a recently remodeled, state of the art facility.
An Illinois bishop who performed a “minor exorcism” on the governor of that state over same-sex marriage will be the guest speaker at the annual Red Mass here marking the beginning of the legislative session.
During the last 50 years, the average person’s health has been significantly challenged and weakened due to unhealthy food choices, poor food quality, depleted soils, antibiotics, GMOs, NSAIDs, and altered gut bacteria. Many are completely unaware that leaky gut is the root cause of their health problems.
Roxanne Taurisano and Taylor Cutchall run on treadmills at Orangetheory Fitness in Chandler on 54th Street near Ahwatukee on Aug. 27, 2014. 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. [David Jolkovski/AFN file]
There’s nothing like a brisk morning hike to get the heart pumping, especially if you venture up Camelback Mountain’s strenuous Echo Canyon Trail. The trail takes hikers on a difficult 1.2-mile climb to the top, rewarding them with camera-worthy, 360-degree views of Phoenix. Casual hikers looking for something a little easier should consider taking the less-trafficked Cholla Trail, which meanders up the mountain in a more leisurely fashion. No matter which hike you choose, be sure to pack plenty of water. Trailhead locations and hiking tips can be found on ClimbCamelback.com or Phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/camelback-mountain.
After a long and exhausting year of toy making and book keeping, Santa and Mrs. Claus are ready for a post-holiday vacation. And what better way to spend time than splashing around the Kiwanis Recreation Center’s Heated Indoor Wave Pool. All of those young and young at heart are invited to ride the waves with Santa, have story time with Mrs. Claus, enjoy complimentary milk and cookies and participate in reindeer games while holiday music plays in the background on Sunday, Dec. 28., 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Recreation Center of Tempe, 6111 S. All American Way, Tempe.
Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps — and today in the Daily News-Sun.
Not too long ago, Brad Pitt starred in “Fury,” a good, but not great wartime survival epic. Now his wife Angelia Jolie has directed “Unbroken,” another wartime survival epic that has moments of greatness, but is mostly just good.