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‘Thinking something’ can be good or bad!

Your Turn

There are three little words that scare the pants off me. When I hear them coming out of the same person too often, I keep my distance.

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Squash: Veggies of mass production

Is there anything more prolific than squash? Gardeners can count on these powerhouse veggies to produce a bountiful harvest. Their requirements are few and easy to accommodate.

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past – Pt. 2

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This column had its birth when I ripped up a finger and used some of the handy things we all have around the house to fix the mess I had made — a little peroxide, a Band-Aid, some antibiotic cream, and — especially — a pair of handy-dandy nail clippers.

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Payson wildlife manager honored

Outdoors Under the Rim

It is always gratifying to hear of success stories from the graduates of Payson High School when they enter the careers of their choice. Obviously, there have been many.

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Amazing how little we know about things in the very recent past

Your Turn

This column had its birth in a thought that passed through my mind when I was using some hydrogen peroxide to clean a cut on a fingertip.

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Guns, background checks, dark money — they got it all

The Greasy Pole

House Speaker David Gowen has ruled that reporters must pass extensive background checks before they can get onto the floor of the Legislature to cover the session.

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Why the heck do I still love this game so?

More Than a Game

Harried, harassed and hungry, I finally found my seat for the Diamondbacks’ season opener, already wondering why I’d come.

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Authors and their creations: Who controls who? Part 2

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As I said last week, it has always seemed ironic to me that much the same thing happened to the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries.

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Newland, Wong made lasting impact on outdoor fraternity

Outdoors Under the Rim

In the last month, two life-long outdoorsmen passed away that made a lasting impact on the fishing and hunting fraternity in the Rim Country.

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Authors and their creations – Who controls who?

Your Turn

It has always seemed ironic to me that almost the same thing happened to each of the two most widely read writers of detective mysteries, two people whose books and short stories are still bought and read today — Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Paulson’s super-human performance best I’ve ever seen

More Than a Game

I’ve seen plenty of memorable moments in my 31 years as a sports writer for newspapers in Arizona, Michigan and Alabama.

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You can learn something new every day when you read

Your Turn

By now I guess that you know I like to read. I picked up the habit when I was young and have been at it ever since

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Broken leg leads to valuable lessons

More Than a Game

I climbed to the top of a boulder and stood there wondering how to get down the other side. The rock’s surface sloped down at a 45-degree angle. I didn’t know how to navigate the 10 feet to the ground.

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Sometimes we have no idea how close we are to a bit of history

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A few weeks ago I finished up a column about a close call I’d had on a Navy aircraft, which ran out of fuel taxiing in after a mid-winter flight over icy seas. A few gallons less and we’d have crash-landed in the North Sea. Chances of survival? Probably few and none.

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Seeing some admired pioneer’s picture can be a shock

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Whatever you do, don’t let your kids read about an American hero, get a glorious image of him fixed in their heads, and then see a photograph of him. Oh, well. Go ahead, but plan on having some disappointed kids!