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The wings of eagles dazzle

DJ's Music Trivia

In the early spring of this year, during the second week of April to be exact, two little kids were born at Woods Canyon Lake. Well, technically, it might be more accurate if I said two little eaglets were hatched.

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To prepare for travel expect the unexpected

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There are some things we just cannot prepare for. Why? Because people — you, me, everyone — are “experts” as long as we stay home, but when we travel? Sorry!

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A shaggy dog tale of the osprey and the wolf

Travels With Lobo

The shrill whistle cut through soft lapping of Woods Canyon Lake on the forested shore. I looked up, as I stepped over a gnarly ponderosa pine root.

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Late July the perfect time to pick blackberries in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

By the third week in July it is the time to start picking blackberries from your favorite patch. Residents who have picked in previous years know when to make that first trip with bucket in hand.

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Remembering coach Jerry Daniels

Commentary

I didn’t know Jerry Daniels in 1971 when I enrolled in “Theory of Coaching Football” at Arizona State University.

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When weather reigned in song

DJ's Music Trivia

The long-awaited monsoon season is here. And boy, what a relief it is for our parched land and thirsty vegetation.

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What it takes is caring

Your Turn

Lolly and I are well into the ninth year of her illness, a rare form of Parkinsonism, which is debilitating, progressive, and — so they claim, and I do not believe — fatal. Once in a while someone will say that I must be a special person to have been a 24/7 caregiver all these years. I don’t really think that’s true.

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Great Blue Heron chicks fledge

DJ's Music Trivia

Except for a dozen Canada geese, a handful of mallards and two coot families, there isn’t much bird watching going on lately at Green Valley Park, especially with our resident Great Blue Herons away from the lake most of the time during their nesting period.

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If you live long enough you can be all wrong

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Back in 1943 I discovered O. Henry, a writer famous for his surprise endings. I was just 11, and I liked his stories a lot. In fact, I started out to read every O. Henry book in the library.

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‘You can come home’ again

DJ's Music Trivia

They came from all over the state of Arizona. Some came from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Washington, and Missouri. They all came home to Payson.

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A blessing we don’t even realize we have

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As I write this, it is a Tuesday in early April. I drove from Pine to Payson this morning, something I do once a week when I go shopping for groceries.

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Fourth of July a great time in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

Summer is in full swing and the 4th of July, Independence Day, is already upon us.

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Superintendent of education race takes a bizarre turn

The Greasy Pole

Wow: The normally staid and predictable mud-wrestle for the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction job has gotten downright bizarre.

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‘Jersey Boys’ is a movie worth breaking the rules

DJ's Music Trivia

For the last 20 years or so, I’ve always had a movie-going policy of not attending R-rated movies. I just don’t care to see violence or listen to potty-mouth language.

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Sometimes ‘rest of the story’ is most important – Part II

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Last week I said it sometimes seems as if American history teachers forgot to tell us the “rest of the story.” What did they leave out? A major reason why American colonists were so often angry with England: Most colonies were the private property of absentee landlords who ran them as their personal cash cows.

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