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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.
The “Interrupteds” are remodeling, which is a pleasant way of saying that we have ripped off the back end of our house and have been single-handedly air-conditioning the neighborhood for the last month or so.
Fernando, a 2-year-old Poodle mix, may be a little guy but has a big brain. He already knows a few tricks and loves to play with toys and will cuddle with anyone. He does pretty well with other calm, polite dogs and might even do OK with cats. He is neutered and his adoption price is $175.
My wife and I do some baby-sitting for a single mom we know so she can have some well-deserved “alone” time. Recently, we took her two munchkins to the dollar theater and watched “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.”
A resale franchise is thriving in the Ahwatukee Foothills.
The 39th Red, White and Boom Fireworks show was canceled Thursday night as a dust storm came through the area about two hours into the festivities.
One of Chandler’s finer dining options is undergoing a revamp that will result in a new interior and a more comfortable menu for diners.
More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.
For the past three weeks, nine students have worked on their late-night show during Desert Garden Montessori’s Movie Camp.
Hidey is a very beautiful 8-year-old snowshoe Siamese cat with a shy but very loving demeanor. She was given her name by her previous owner because when he first took her home, she liked to hide. Unfortunately her owner passed away last year. She will require a calm home where she can socialize, given plenty of tender, loving care and slowly introduced to her new surroundings. She is good with other cats and maybe dogs.
While the Fourth of July is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and socializing with neighbors, local animal experts warn to leave the furry family members at home.
The Mountain Pointe Pride boys basketball team has about four months until the regular season gets underway. For head coach Hosea Graham, that time is all about one thing: work.
The movie “The Matrix” features a computer hacker called Neo, and deals with the themes of reality and freedom. In the movie, most of humanity has been enslaved and locked into a virtual reality called the matrix, which is controlled by intelligent machines. A dawning awareness has led some to escape from the matrix and form a resistance group to fight the ruling machines. Neo joins the rebellion, and struggles to free humanity from the grand illusion of the matrix.
Jordan is an adorable 8-year-old Jack Russell terrier who wins the hearts of everyone he comes in contact with, humans and canines alike. Jordan likes to be held and enjoys warming laps; add belly rubs to the mix and you will have one happy dog on your hands. He loves to play and if it involves tennis balls, he will play fetch for hours. Jordan loves being outside; he’ll stand facing the sun with the wind in his face. Walks are huge on his list, which isn’t a problem because he has impeccable leash manners and does great during car rides. You’d never know Jordan is deaf and probably has been for a long time, for it doesn’t stop him from enjoying each day to the fullest. This smart guy is doing great learning sign language — he’s already mastered sit, down and will come in from outside when you flick a light on and off. He is also house-trained. Jordan is the perfect package — a fun, affectionate, easygoing dog with a big personality. If interested in learning more about Jordan, please fill out an application at www.azrescue.org.
When the subject of retirement comes up, it often conjures up images of lazy afternoons on a hammock, leisurely walks in the morning sunshine, floating peacefully on a raft in the pool, and other such restful, relaxing ways to spend time. Or retirement often implies completing all of the things on a “bucket list” before becoming too old to do so. Although these can certainly be some of the well-deserved choices of retirement, they don’t necessarily have to define the entire experience. Creatively and conscientiously spending one’s time in retirement is worth a little thought and consideration. One of the ways to create a meaningful retirement is volunteering. It offers purposeful activity and a sense of giving back to loved ones and the community.
We celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday this month, unless we count from the year of the Constitution’s adoption. If so, then it’s a young 227 years old. Too young for a nation to die? Not according to history. We learn civilizations generally collapse within 200 years, so we can wonder if the USA is overdue to “tap out.”
As somebody who spends a whole lot of time thinking about grilling, I love that so many Americans celebrate the Fourth of July by busting out the grill.
In a partnership with 104.7 KISS FM and the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation, Barefoot Pools awarded a custom fence to a Valley family. The fence was provided to the couple in order to further their goal of adopting a foster child. In order to qualify for foster care, a family’s house must have a fenced-in pool, and this process brings the couple one step closer to their new addition.
Fourth of July is right around the corner, and to celebrate a day filled with independence, chef William Herzberg hosted a cooking demonstration for residents at Mountain Park Senior Living where he made strawberry shortcake on June 23.