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Some signs can put a smile on your face – Part 2

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Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen many signs that put a smile on my face.

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Some signs can put a smile on your face

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Over the course of a long, happy life I have seen a lot of signs. Some were hanging on restaurant walls, some were stuck on the back bumper of a car, some printed on tiny tags sewn to household items and some were even splashed across a huge highway billboard.

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Opening of archery deer season ends months of painful waiting

Outdoors Under the Rim

The months of waiting have come and gone since the closing of archery deer season on the last day of January.

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How can we achieve happiness? Part 2

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Last week we talked about how miserable some of the troops in my outfit were while we were stationed up in Iceland. In our tiny 198-man outfit we lost three men in six months.

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Sun Devils back at Camp Tontozona this week

More Than a Game

They’re back.

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I may have stumbled across the key to happiness

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Are you happy? I am. Been that way all my life.

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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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