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Friday 11/21/2014
Putting Thanksgiving to the test with 23 guests
Posted: November 21, 2014

It’s the end of November and there’s too much to do.

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Friday 11/14/2014
Best Of Ahwatukee 2014 kicks off Sunday
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 10:39 pm

Dear Ahwatukee,

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
A day in the life of a Phoenix firefighter
Posted: November 11, 2014

The stories I enjoy writing the most don’t necessarily depend on the subject matter, but on the passion or the friendliness of the person I’m interviewing.

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Monday 11/10/2014
Tukee Talk: Medical marijuana is here whether we like it or not
Posted: November 10, 2014

It’s been four years since Prop. 203 was passed in Arizona, the proposition that made medical marijuana legal in the state and tasked the Arizona Department of Health Services with creating a medical marijuana program.

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Tuesday 11/04/2014
What, me worry? Yes, about everything possible
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:03 pm

When we were newlyweds and my husband had a long daily commute to Casa Grande, I worried. My only defense of this is that I was young.

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Sunday 10/05/2014
The right time to reinforce marriage with 3 little words
Updated: November 25, 2014 - 3:42 pm

When you’re married and committed to a lifetime together, everything revolves around three little words. Not all words have that kind of power; some words are just empty air. But these three … they’re special.

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Tuesday 08/26/2014
We are The Sandwich Generation at my house
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:03 pm

It took only six words to propel me firmly into The Sandwich Generation. Notably, those words were not “I’d like fries with that, please.”

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Friday 08/15/2014
The importance of popcorn should never be underestimated
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:03 pm

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.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Ahwatukee will not be the same without Barnes & Noble
Updated: October 07, 2014 - 9:38 am

Books are written to help readers change their perspective on life, to go after their dreams, and to help shape us all to become the people we are going to ultimately become someday. They are written to help us learn about the past, give us insight to current events, and to prepare us for the future. When children are given a book, they are given a key to another world that will help expand their mind and start to show them what their interests are. And what better place to exercise their creativity than by that of a bookstore.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
Online grocery shopping is my savior
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Today let’s consider the locust: it looks like a grasshopper, but is something scientists call “gregarious,” which means it joins up with its friends, creates swarms that together cover about a fifth of the Earth’s land mass and eats up to 423 million pounds of food a day.

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Thursday 07/10/2014
Mom, Interrupted: Lessons learned from remodeling my home
Updated: November 04, 2014 - 11:11 am

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
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 9:42 am

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: October 04, 2014 - 9:21 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: September 08, 2014 - 6:41 am

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
Updated: October 29, 2014 - 9:42 am

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.
Updated: October 14, 2014 - 1:47 pm

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: September 08, 2014 - 6:41 am

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: September 08, 2014 - 6:41 am

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

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