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Denial’s worked pretty well for me so far. But as I type with trembling fingers, reality is seeping in. Just after Christmas, my family is moving. To Seattle. I know. From sunshine to rain. But then, change is as inevitable as the lights that twinkle along Chandler Boulevard during the holidays each year. And so, I have to embrace one more in a long lifetime of transitions.
I have a Bible verse propped up on my desk as a great reminder throughout the day. It reads, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Of course the answer to that is a resounding NO! I would like to share a few encouraging stories that illustrate how nothing is impossible for God.
T.W. Lewis company founder and CEO Tom Lewis has been recognized as the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Award Hall of Fame. Lewis is being recognized for his overall contribution to the housing industry and for his overall impact in the field of quality home building.
Peter R. “Bob” Ethington, 84, passed away Oct. 27 at Royal Park Care Center in Spokane, Wash., succumbing to complications of a stroke suffered Sept. 16.
Desert Car Care Centers and MADD want you to “Tie One On For Safety” to ensure the safety of our community during the holiday season by raising awareness of drunk driving. The kick-off is Tuesday, Dec. 17 to sign the Pledge to Drive Sober and receive a “Tie One On for Safety” MADD Ribbon to display on your vehicle as a reminder to drive safe and sober. Those who pledge will get a free set of windshield wiper blades and a voucher for 20 percent off any repair or service up to $100 through Jan. 1. Tie One On For Safety “virtually” by sharing the button on Facebook and Twitter. Visit www.desertcarcare.com fsocial media links, locations and hours of operation.
Gus is a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who will seek out attention and loves getting pet. He would like to find a home with a nice lap to sit on all day. When people at the shelter see him they call his name and he gets so wiggly and happy and he jumps into their arms and gives them kisses.
Making a list and checking it twice, as you manage home, family, friends and business during the holiday season? Do you feel sometimes like you are not giving enough? Do you feel you need more time, energy or money? You are not alone! Think about what you can do that serves family, friends and business.
HERE: Mountain Park Community Church’s Yoga Ministry to host Night of Yoga and Worship
WARNING: Don’t leave this lying about for unattended children to read. Management is not responsible for dashed illusions, broken dreams, or crushed hopes.
Mike McClellan asks why we are so shocked that 6,500 reports of child abuse were not investigated (“Why won’t our government think of the children?” AFN, Dec. 6). I am not surprised. I came to Arizona over 20 years ago as a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker. I had been a part of a unit in California in which all of the workers had master’s degrees in social work or family therapy. Most of our cases were families who had come to the attention of the agency but were not severe enough to involve the Juvenile Court. Families voluntarily accepted prevention services. Not surprisingly, we had the lowest per capita foster care placement in the country. Even when our cases were in court, the system — from the judge to the attorneys representing the parents — held as a central principle the best interests of the children.
Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again. The holiday traditions take us home for the holidays to reunite with parents, siblings, cousins and old friends. Often this experience is joyous and as it should be, a time to appreciate one another, reminisce about the past and enjoy food, wine, gifts and conversation.
Ahwatukee resident Betty Giles is currently trying to find the owner of a light-tan Chihuahua that her daughter, Paula, found on Ray Road Monday around noon.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors has selected Joe Garagiola as the recipient of the 2014 John Jordan “Buck” O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to an individual for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball’s positive impact on society.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — Arizona State Chapter will host two memorial events in honor of the 20 children and six adults murdered one year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) seeks nominations for its 2014 IMPACT Awards, which honor the accomplishments of outstanding Valley businesses. Nominations, which can come from anyone in the community, are open until Jan. 8, 2014 and can be submitted through the chamber’s website at www.phoenixchamber.com/impact. The 2014 IMPACT Business of the Year recipients — one nominee with 250 or fewer employees and one with more than 250 employees — will be selected from the category award recipients and announced at the 27th Annual IMPACT Awards Luncheon on May 15, 2014.
Center Pointe Dance in Ahwatukee will perform its 10th Annual Holly Day Benefit Show at Desert Vista High School this Saturday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Dr. Joe McDonald Auditorium, 16440 S. 32nd St.
While viewing George and Laura Bush being interviewed recently on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” I was reminded that we once had Presidents and First Ladies with class. It was refreshing to recall how they represented our country around the world with respect and dignity. Two people who can enjoy a joke and face up to negative press.
Alexander Ryan Jones, 19, of Ahwatukee, passed away Nov. 21. He was born on Dec. 30, 1993 in Fayetteville, N.C. He moved to Ahwatukee in October of 2000. He attended Kyrene Cerritos, Estrella and Akimel schools, and was a 2012 graduate of Desert Vista High School where he played football. He was an active participant with Horizon Presbyterian Youth Group and participated in several mission trips. He was currently living and working in Dallas, Texas. He was getting ready to go to Iowa in February with AmeriCorps.
Keystone Rewinds the ‘50s was not only a huge fundraising success for Keystone Montessori, but also a family fun event for the 590 who were in attendance.
This 7-month-old kitten is sure to steal your heart. Crystal was named for her gorgeous crystal blue eyes. She is a Calico Point Siamese cat with a great personality. This sweet cat is very affectionate and loves human attention. She loves to play with toys and enjoys lap time with her human companions. She enjoys the company of dogs as well as other cats.
A local company’s toys have won several awards this year including “Best Tech Toy” from Consumer Report but this toy isn’t something loud and battery operated — it’s a book, puzzle or wall poster.
Tang has a mellow personality and will get along with other laid-back cats. He never gets in trouble. His life is not complete without a squeaky mouse toy, perching on high places, and rolling in fresh litter.
The holidays are here. If you have the financial resources to provide a comfortable life for your family, you have reason to be thankful. And if you can afford to share some of your “bounty” with charitable organizations, you may want to be as generous as possible — because your gifts may allow you to both give and receive.