This is embarrassing, or at least it would be if I had any hope of pretending that I wasn’t doing a perfect impersonation of an ex-nun. But my feckless, impetuous youth has recklessly sailed and sunk in the harbor, so you may as well know the truth.
Thinking about putting your property on the market? In today’s real estate market, buyers are looking for move-in ready homes. For most people, a home is the biggest purchases they’ll ever make. That means they don’t want to spend a lot of money updating and fixing the property as well. “Staging” a home is easy, cost little to no money, and is one of the most effective things you can do to ensure that a buyer makes an offer. Before you put the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, here are a few simple tips to get it looking better than the competition.
Andrew Pittz of the Sawmill Hollow aronia berry farm offers samples and sells aronia berry products at Whole Foods Market in Omaha, Neb., Friday, April 25, 2014. A few years ago, few people had ever heard of the Aronia berry, a pretty, but tart fruit. Now, the berry has set its sights on becoming the next "superfood" and is in hundreds of products worldwide. [AP Photo/Nati Harnik]
One of the most reliable sights from a Red Mountain High School softball game over much of the last four years was Jane Macha, sitting in the stands and cheering on her daughter, Breanna. She had a lot to cheer about during those days: The Mountain Lions had won four consecutive state championships, with Breanna contributing mightily during the last three matchups. Breanna dominated game after game after game, taking her mother’s advice to give it all she had to heart.
DreamWorks Animation has always been great at being timely, but hasn’t always been that great at being timeless. Some of their films have stricken a decent balance between timely and timeless, like “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Several of their films, however, feel very much like products of the time that probably won’t hold up phenomenally in another 20 years. Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon” was a different kind of film from DreamWorks, being one half action/adventure and another half heartwarming tale between a boy and animal. In some respects, it was like a few of their earlier 2-D animated features, but done a million times better. It was the first DreamWorks film since “The Prince of Egypt” that felt completely timeless with no pop culture references and little modern talk, even rivaling some of the best efforts from Disney and Pixar.
Even if Arizona lucks out and elects a lion hearted governor, it’ll still take herculean commitment to cut controlling ties to various federal programs. With summer primaries revving up, think of the gutsy governors of Utah, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Texas. Their courage is remarkable.
Justin Hunsaker graduated from Skyline High School in May, but senioritis doesn’t appear to have been on his to-do list. Besides being named to speak in the school’s graduating ceremonies, he won several essay competitions.
Annalisa is a beautiful 1-year-old Sharpei with great markings and a great personality. This charming, sweet, affectionate girl loves attention from people, big and small, and is very willing to trade kisses for kisses. Annalisa enjoys snuggling with or napping next to you. She knows basic commands such as sit and takes treats very gently from your hand. She can also drink water straight from a bottle. Show Annalisa a toy box and she’ll get right to work carrying each toy into a different area of the house. Annalisa likes to fetch tennis balls, play with rope toys, and gnaw on bones. One of her favorite games is playing with a running water hose — she’ll jump into the spray, chase the water, and after the water is shut off, she’ll paw at the hose trying to get the water to reappear.
PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK — "Excuse me, coming through, sorry, thank you!" I kept repeating loudly and urgently as I hiked up Picacho Peak, which rises like a Western saddle from the endless desert just off I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
I find it fascinating that the Lord sometimes asked people what they wanted Him to do for them. He already knows everything. Everything. Nothing is hidden from him. Matthew 6:8 says, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
A tour of Michael Pollack’s three museums show a man who revels in a past that started well before his entry into the world. One is loaded with memorabilia from bygone days, things that used to linger behind the glass panes on department storefronts to convert window shoppers into spenders. A couple other pieces have a “one of these things is not like the others” ring to it given their relative modernity, like the mini statue of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Meeko is an 8-year-old male Beagle/Hound mix that was picked up as a stray. He is a super mellow guy who likes to take it easy and has a Zen approach to life. He loves to take long naps and snuggle. Meeko is crate trained, can use a doggy door, but is also a complete angel if allowed to free roam the house. Meeko is great on a leash and likes to walk at a leisurely pace so he can enjoy the sights and sounds of the world. He gets along great with other dogs, kids, and doesn’t seem to mind cats.