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Blackberries ripe for the picking through Labor Day

Outdoors Under the Rim

If you are an outdoor person, there seems to be a season for everything. Well, by mid-July it is time to get the old berry bucket off the shelf in the garage. As with the wildlife, the spring rains have really given a boost to the plant life, especially the blackberry bushes under the Rim. This year could be a real bumper crop with lots of fruit ripening on the vine from now until Labor Day.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone – Part 2

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Those of us living today haven’t a clue what it was like in 1871 Africa when Henry Morton Stanley set out to find aging missionary David Livingstone.

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Stanley did more than just find Livingstone

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About all that most of us know about Sir Henry M. Stanley is that he is the man who trekked through darkest Africa, found an aging missionary that no one else seemed able to find, and asked him a polite question that people will be chuckling about until the Earth quits rolling around the sun:

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Memories of treacherous treks along the Rim

Another Week in the Creek

The Christopher Creek area is replete with history, from Indian attacks to floods and fires, along with famous Western authors and proximity to the Pleasant Valley War. Over the next couple of weeks we will revisit several events which happened 50 years ago this summer.

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Home is not just a word; it’s a feeling – Part 2

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Last week I left off at the point where my new friend Rick and I were driving north toward Sedona on I-17, a first for me because I had only been here in Arizona for about three or four weeks.

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Home is not just a word; it’s a feeling

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Yesterday evening I happened to open an anthology of “Famous American Short Stories.” I was on page 412 and just starting to read “The Courtship of Sister Wisby,” written by Sarah Orne Jewett, in 1888.

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Be alert this time of year for calf elk in Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

Late spring and early summer in the Rim Country means that the cow elk that were bred during the rut in September are now having calves.

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Words that captured the meaning of America

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After the defeat and exile of Napoleon Bonaparte in April 1814, the British turned their eyes upon a still young nation across the seas that had dared to defy them.

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Life doesn’t work that way, Part 3

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Life has a way of humbling us when we get overconfident. Some learn early. Some never learn.

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Life doesn’t work that way, Part 2

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When it comes to future events, life has a way of making us pay a price for overconfidence.

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A great adventure to say goodbye

DJ's Music Trivia

“Of course, I will!”

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Heart more crucial than skill in Paulson’s great season

More Than a Game

All season long, I marveled at Arissa Paulson’s powerful bat, not to mention her curveball, riseball, dropball, screwball and blazing fastball.

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Life doesn’t work that way

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A few weeks ago I was writing about a Hi-Li paddle, a toy you could buy for a nickel when I was a kid. I mentioned that if you had one now you could get $29.95 for it on eBay. As I wrote that, a thought crossed my mind.

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Youth carry on rodeo tradition

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The rodeo is back in town!

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Fond memories of a game 39 years ago

More Than a Game

As I sat in the press box at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland on May 26 watching the Detroit Tigers wrap up a 1-0 win over the Athletics, my phone chimed.

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