On Veterans Day, my children made cards to cheer their grandfather, who is in a VA hospital. My first-grader drew the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. He named these symbols he learned about in school and explained why he thought grandpa would be cheered by these symbols due to their meaning. He included a thank you because his teachers taught him why Americans are grateful for veterans’ sacrifices. My fourth-grader recently participated in a patriotic celebration at school honoring parents who serve in the military and who are firefighters and police officers. This prompted a thoughtful discussion at home about why Americans feel proud of their country and honor those who serve.
Stephen Hawking is somebody we often view as a deep thinker, but not necessarily a deep feeler. Most people seem to assume that he’s just a giant brain and a voice box. Anyone who’s seen Hawking in interviews, though, will tell you that he has a wonderful personality and sense of humor. In “The Theory of Everything,” we learn that Hawking’s life isn’t merely defined by his contributions to the scientific community. Rather, his life is truly a love story about family, finding passion in your work, and celebrating human existence.
As a person who speaks in front of crowds on a regular basis I often get into funny conversations with people I meet. We have five campuses across the Valley so most people in our church hear me preach at a distance. When all you know is what you see from afar, or on video, real life has a way — evidently — of surprising you. I’ve been told that I’m shorter than they thought and even that I have more gray hair than they’d expect. I’ve been told all manner of observations that catch me completely by surprise. People tend to turn off their regular social filters in moments like these. Normal etiquette falls by the wayside as blunt truth takes over.
Nov. 1, surrounded by her family, Brittany Maynard fulfilled her desire for a physician-assisted death. The world has watched her story and many, of course, have weighed in, some in support, others wishing she would have found another way.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend, Charles, and missing him. He was a husband, father, English teacher, social worker, canoeist, bluegrass player, therapist, connoisseur of green-apple moonshine, and a good friend.
Although I do not write book reviews in the summer months, I do continue reading, perhaps more than ever. Lucky enough to spend summers in the cool pines of northern Arizona, I walk a lot and an audio book is my constant companion. I was having a difficult time trying to choose which book to review as I start a new season, so I elected to do mini reviews instead of one long one. I’ll try to capture their essence briefly.
Ahwatukee real estate agent and longtime chamber member Christie Ellis was named 2014’s Business Woman of the Year at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Fifth Annual Palo Verde Women in Business Gala on Saturday, Oct. 25.
That faint noise you hear is the sound of pint-sized spooks, banshees, and vampires gathering on your lawn. They will soon be knocking at the door plastic pumpkins outstretched. Spare yourself the tricks and go ahead and give up the treats - the unhealthy, sweet, nougat-filled goodies in your cupboard.
Mayo Clinic has added Catherine Ivy to its Arizona Leadership Council. Ivy is the founder and president of The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation), the largest privately funded brain cancer research foundation in North America. It is based in Phoenix.
Have you ever considered purchasing fine furniture and/or accessories from a consignment shop? I didn’t until recently, when I took a tour of the huge selection of consignment and thrift shops in the Valley. I was truly amazed at the selections, styles and most of all, the prices.
My friend’s daughter just turned 8 and I was recently reminiscing about having attended her baby shower. I arrived at the party, set my purse in a room with everyone else’s and joined the activities. Most of the women in attendance went to my friend’s church.
Hello Ahwatukee readers! Although I do not write book reviews in the summer months, I do continue reading, perhaps more than ever. Lucky enough to spend summers in the cool pines of Northern Arizona, I walk a lot and an audio book is my constant companion. I was having a difficult time trying to choose which book to review as I start a new season, so I elected to do eight mini reviews instead of one long one. I’ll try to capture their essence briefly. Here’s the first one:
A husband and wife had been married for many years when the husband began to fear that his wife was going deaf. He implemented an informal exam. While his wife was in the kitchen cooking dinner, the husband in a normal, conversation tone asked from the den, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” She didn't answer. So he moved closer to the kitchen and repeated the question; no response.
When you’re married and committed to a lifetime together, everything revolves around three little words. Not all words have that kind of power; some words are just empty air. But these three … they’re special.
It’s great that we’ve been getting so many stories these days that intelligently address dynamics between siblings. The best recent examples include Richard Linklater’s all-too-authentic “Boyhood,” Disney’s beloved “Frozen,” and the brilliant animated series “Gravity Falls.” “The Skeleton Twins” is another strong look at the relationship between a brother and sister.