ahwatukee.com on Facebook
Arts & Life
- Special Sections
In Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” the narrator speaks of his instability caused by the fever dream of the jungle this way: “(It) was the playful paw-strokes of the wilderness, the preliminary trifling before the more serious onslaught which came in due course.”
1. On Aug. 12 at 1:34 p.m. police took an assault report in the 5100 block of East Piedmont Road.
Most people believe that retirement begins around the age of 60, give or take a few years. It is a time when we are no longer at work, and we are free to spend our time doing whatever we want. That is likely true for many retirees, but it is also partly true for everyone with a job … at least for some of the time.
1. On Aug. 4 at 8:42 a.m. police took a residential burglary report in the 16000 block of South 12th Place.
I grew up with a lot of religious rules. To violate these rules was to subject oneself to the judgment of God. If you had a fundamentalist upbringing, you may be familiar with some of these restrictions. No drinking, no smoking, no dancing, no playing cards or going to the movies, no mixed-bathing (a prospect that intrigued my teenage mind), no Sabbath-breaking (though we did not actually gather on the Sabbath), and absolutely no questioning of religious authority.
For anyone interested in encouraging more play in the life of their child, the Cultural Wellness and Family Enrichment Center will be hosting a viewing of the film “Where Do the Children Play?” on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Pomegranate Café in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Isn’t it amazing that President Obama has appointed 33 czars and has overtaken the USA? Mr. Cook (“Obama is going to destroy us,” AFN, Aug. 13) wants Congress to go to the Supreme Court to remove all the czars. Cook said this is “hot” socialism. The extreme right blocks anything the president says or does, even though many of the ideas were from Republicans.
As the Valley’s fight against the summer heat enters its final leg, another battle has begun — the Gelato Wars. Throughout August, 10 Valley chefs are competing to find the next best flavor of Italian ice cream — and customers get to be the judge.
Why do you read? Maybe you like to enjoy a novel, where the hero always wins, or you could read to find out what history of governments are available. Everyone has heard of the World War II, and knows that we fought “strongmen” leaders of Germany, Italy, and Russia. Did you ever wonder why such dictators emerged? The people in these countries were no different than people of America. These countries had dictators as their leaders. These leaders had a fanatic need for power, and used this power to cruelly control their population. You might wonder what caused this to happen. If you read “The Road to Serfdom,” by F.A. Hayek, it is outlined in his book. These countries had, what Hayek calls, hot socialism. Hot socialism is when a government controls all production in the country (I think of this as communism). Segueing to America.
Local Girl Scout Troop 1156 has announced that all girls in the troop have been inducted into the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Girls in Troop 1156, which is led by Libby Bender and Anita Schanberger, include Schuyler Schanberger, Kacee Roberts and Erica Bender, who all attend Seton Catholic Preparatory High School; Anna Jacobs, who attends Horizon Community Learning Center; and Becca Waypa and Kyla Jacobs, who attend St. John Bosco Catholic School.
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to — provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other sources.
Throughout August, The Gelato Spot customers can select their favorite from the 10 new flavors created by Valley chefs as part of the 2014 Gelato Wars contest.
Rhoda Jane Claydor, 98, went to be with the Lord on July 21. She was born in Dickenson County, Va., grew up in Pikeville, Ky., raised her family in Oxon Hill, Md., and spent most of her retirement in Ahwatukee, with the past two years living at Mountain Park Senior Living. She was active at the Pecos Recreation Center and with Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA’s Outreach Programs for Ahwatukee Seniors (Y OPAS).
Smokey Bear turned 70 on Aug. 9.
I am a 35-year resident of Ahwatukee and I read with interest Ed Corona’s commentary on the golf course situation (“Save The Lakes needs new plan,” AFN, July 30). The overall gist was that since there seems to be no other solution on the horizon, we had best accept the Pulte program and move on lest the situation gets only worse. Win one for Mr. Gee.
I woke up this mornin’ and none of the news was good
Charlie, a 2-year-old Pug mix, is looking for his fur-ever home. He is full of energy and ready to play with toys, most of all tug-o-war! He is full of energy and would benefit having an active family. Charlie really enjoys treats, which can motivate him to learn new things. He is neutered and his adoption fee was $180, but since he’s the dog of the week it has been reduced to $90.
This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, “the beginning and the end of music in America.” Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans’ August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.
The meaning of Ike’s name is “he will laugh” or “laughter,” which perfectly describes this handsome, charming and friendly 1-year-old Dalmatian mix. Ike wears a permanent smile on his face and always looks like he has just told the best joke ever and can’t stop laughing! He is a sweet, happy, energetic dog who loves to interact with people, greeting everyone with a wagging tail, a wiggling body, a few kisses, and of course, a big smile. This snuggly guy solicits attention by nuzzling your side or rubbing his nose against your hand; Ike loves to be smooched on and returns the favor wholeheartedly. He enjoys going on walks and hikes and he likes other dogs, although he seems to be more interested in kissing dogs than playing with them. Ike is very playful — tag, hide-and-seek, tug-of-war, chasing balls around the yard, and chewing rope toys are some of his favorite activities. When the sprinklers go off, Ike tries biting the water as it sprays out of the heads and is totally oblivious that he is getting soaked. He also likes to cool off by lying flat on his belly with his legs stretched out behind him. Ike is a smart guy who knows basic commands, walks well on a leash and does well on car rides. Ike is also a fan of treats, which for him includes hot dogs. Ike will make a perfect companion to someone who is active but also happy to spend time snuggling with him. If interested in learning more about Ike, please fill out an application for him today at www.azrescue.org.
While the summer heat is on in the Valley of the Sun, PARC (Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children) remains on “Active Duty” and is maintaining its watch over the proposed Loop 202 project, preparing for the release of the FEIS (Final Environmental Impact Statement) due later this year.
A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.
Why is it I am still listening to the war chants of Dick Cheney? Seems when I turn on the TV or hear a radio interview lately, Dick Cheney’s voice is among those churning the war conversation.
Love others as much as you love yourself,” Jesus told his followers. These words are considerably more than a sugary Sunday-school story. For those who take these words to heart, “love others” has profound, life-altering implications, not all of which are warm and fuzzy. Consider the life of Bernard Lichtenberg, arrested seven decades ago. His crime: He loved. Lichtenberg was a Catholic priest serving in Berlin before the outbreak of World War 2. When Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, he recognized the coming terror better than most, and made it his ambition to help the Jewish people and other persecuted groups.
While “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a surprisingly enjoyable reboot/sort-of prequel to the 1968 classic, the film at times came off as a trial run. It seemed like the filmmakers had a grander, richer story they wanted to tell but had to lay the groundwork first. Now that the exposition is out of the way, they’re free to tell that grander story in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Like “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the latest “Apes” film is a perfect example of how to make a sequel. It couldn’t have come at a better time considering how “Transformers: Age of Extinction” brought the summer season down a whole letter grade a couple weeks ago.