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Thursday 07/10/2014
Mom, Interrupted: Lessons learned from remodeling my home
Posted: July 10, 2014

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.

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Saturday 07/05/2014
Exit Strategy: Maricopa Freeway changed the face of the landscape
Posted: July 05, 2014

Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history of the Ahwatukee streets.

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Friday 07/04/2014
Freedom: Ponder and pay it forward
Posted: July 04, 2014

Every American knows that the Fourth of July is Independence Day. If we’re honest though, the first thing that comes to mind is, “Sweet, I get a day off work.” We plan our social calendar with pool parties, barbecued burgers and homemade ice cream.

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The roads we traveled: Ahwatukee streets changed over the years
Posted: July 04, 2014

In the beginning there was dirt — and roads that were mere afterthoughts of other East Valley cities. For the most part, they didn’t lead to much of anywhere, as they dustily meandered west toward South Mountain.

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Sunday 06/29/2014
Mom, Interrupted: Give me a hand
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Let’s begin, shall we, with The Story of the Ham.

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Monday 06/16/2014
Please, don’t EVER call me Liz
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 2:12 pm

When I was born my parents, who were by now naming their fifth kid and may have been out of ideas, opted to name me after my grandmother. My grandma, bless her oatmeal-raisin-cookie-baking heart, was awesome, but her given legal name was Bessie.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Derewicz: A century of living
Posted: June 02, 2014

When you were a kid, did you ever think, “I want to live to be 100 years old.” Yep, me too. Well, I am fortunate enough to know someone very special to me that is closing in on that giant milestone, my grandma. She is 99 1/2 years old, she will be turning 100 in December and I am hopeful that she makes it. I’ve been telling my boys how lucky they are to have a great grandmother and all the amazing changes she has seen in the world during her lifetime. Imagine growing up without electricity, indoor plumbing, a car, television, computers, iPhones, and more.

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Saturday 05/31/2014
Dale: Kyrene is one of the most teacher-engaging districts in Ariz.
Posted: May 31, 2014

I have experienced the Kyrene School District from many different aspects for the past 26 years. I was once a Kyrene kid and today I am a Kyrene parent and a Kyrene teacher. I proudly teach seventh-grade science at Akimel A-al Middle School. I have always been a Kyrene fan, but my loyalty and trust in the district has been strengthened immensely during this last school year. In November I was honored by the Arizona Educational Foundation when they named me one of their Educators for Excellence. In this role I have visited several districts around the state and met many teachers, administrators and parent leaders. The common theme when I meet someone new is how wonderful a district Kyrene is.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
Pity the poor parent at the airport
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 2:12 pm

It is everyone’s worst traveling nightmare, played out at an airport gate.

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Monday 05/12/2014
Inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 2:12 pm

With gratitude and apologies to the Man of Mystery himself, Edgar Allan Poe:

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Saturday 04/26/2014
Education has progressed since I was in school
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 5:05 pm

I have written this particular column many times over and over in my head, it was time to just sit at the computer and do it! Today’s column is all about teachers and what a fantastic job they perform. I found this quote on Facebook and thought it was perfect: “Teachers — not in it for the income — they are in it for the outcome. “

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Wednesday 04/23/2014
Good thing being a mother isn’t a job
Updated: June 29, 2014 - 9:43 am

"Thank you for coming by my office, Elizabeth. Can you shut the door behind you and have a seat?”

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Saturday 04/12/2014
It didn’t take a genius to expose our little scam as working mothers
Updated: June 16, 2014 - 8:48 am

The jig is up. We’ve been found out.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Crisis of biblical proportions take place at my own house
Updated: May 27, 2014 - 5:01 pm

The Hollywood blockbuster “Noah” will hit the theaters later this month. It cost $130 million to bring it to the big screen and it depicts the destruction of everything on earth with a crisis of what could only be the original biblical proportions.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Ultrasound technology has come a long way since the early ’90s
Updated: May 27, 2014 - 5:01 pm

When I was pregnant with the oldest Son, Interrupted, my insurance covered only one ultrasound examination. Conducted relatively early in the pregnancy, the exam produced the standard 1994 fetal image of what I like to call “Still Life: Doughnut in a Blizzard.”

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Tuesday 03/11/2014
Mountain Park Ranch’s 30th: 1 man’s influence
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Editor’s note: This is the final in a two-part series on the history of Mountain Park Ranch.

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Sunday 03/09/2014
Mountain Park Ranch: 30 years and a whole lot more
Updated: July 04, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on the history of Mountain Park Ranch. Part two will appear in Sunday’s AFN.

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Thursday 02/27/2014
You’re only as old as you tweet
Updated: April 22, 2014 - 9:30 pm

As a life-long procrastinator, it’s no surprise that I waited until I was 52 to have my first mid-life crisis.

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Friday 02/14/2014
Tukee Talk: ‘Mom Olympics’ is a year-round event
Updated: June 02, 2014 - 5:05 pm

I have Olympic fever, I love the Winter Olympics and so far in the first week, I haven’t been disappointed. Since my dream of participating in the Olympics was nothing more than a pipe dream, I’ve decided to create my own. I’ve watched many Olympians that thank their mom (and dads) for all the support over the years to help them win a medal. Why should the kids have all the fun, why not have our own Olympics or “Mom Olympics.” We don’t need to worry about a winter or summer season since being a Mom Olympian is a year-round pursuit.

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Getting caught up in my family tree
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 9:47 pm

As I write this, it’s Sunday night. The last time I got up from the couch it was daylight out, but I’m reasonably sure that I was navigating with yesterday’s daylight.

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