Working in real estate I have worked with many clients who have traditions when it comes to buying or selling their home. One of the most fascinating is the art of feng shui. I really didn’t know much about it other than a few clients have chosen, or not chosen, a property based on certain floor plans.
The high school sports scene in the East Valley featured a mix of continued dominance for some teams, along with others finally breaking through after years of being very close. Some teams failed to survive adversity, while others found a way to thrive through their difficult times.
When another possible government shutdown was threatened recently, not everyone was living in fear and dread. During the previous shutdown in October 2013, furloughed government workers went looking for love. The dating site Zoosk reported a 46-percent jump in business in the Washington, D.C. area.
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.
Monica Rose Wallin, 52, of Ahwatukee, passed away on Dec. 10. She was born in Tempe on June 4, 1962 to Richard P. and Gay (Nichols) Ziegman. She graduated from Gerard Catholic High School in Phoenix, and attended Mesa Community College.
Some years ago I read about Charles Brown, a World War 2 pilot on his first mission, just before Christmas, 1943. His B-17 had been shot to pieces by German fighters and anti-aircraft guns. Half his crew was wounded, his tail gunner was dead, and he was flying alone over Germany, barely able to keep the plane aloft.
No lie, real estate is a really fun career. When I tell people what I do, they almost always say: “I’ve always wanted to do that … I love looking at houses.” Of course as Realtors we do much more than that but yes, we do look at a lot of houses. Checking out styles, design, décor, pricing and keeping up with the market seems to be a fun topic in general for many people. We get creative ideas, find out what houses like ours are selling for and just overall find it entertaining.
“Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” So said Red Redding to Andy Dufresne in that masterpiece, “The Shawshank Redemption.” If you have never seen the film, that is your immeasurable loss.
Of all the movies released in 2014, none has had more hype, anticipation or secrecy backing it than Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.” Now that his ninth feature film has at last landed, reactions are likely to be split. Some will call “Interstellar” a pretentious director’s desperate attempt to live in Stanley Kubrick’s shadow. Others will hail it as a science fiction masterpiece that will be praised for years to come. There will also be a fair percentage of audiences that won’t know what to think after just one viewing. As for my opinion, “Interstellar” is one of the boldest pictures ever made regarding nature, science and, above all else, the unknown.