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You can learn something new every day when you read

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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!

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A tale of Teddy

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If you’re thinking that the Teddy in the title to this column is a teddy bear or Teddy Roosevelt, think again.

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Bigfoot sightings abound in early Rim Country history

Things that go ‘snap’ in the night

A while ago someone posed a question about why there aren’t any Sasquatch stories from any of the early Rim Country pioneer families.

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Plan on being surprised visiting a foreign country – Episode 2

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Five or six weeks ago I mentioned that if you go abroad you should plan on “enjoying” a few small surprises — and maybe some not-so-small ones.

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking – Part 3

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Last week we talked about the original “Star Trek” series, some very fine science fiction by the way, and we came across a small glitch in the thinking of the writers over which — if it were ever to come true — there would be hell to pay.

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Bouncing along on a historic road

Jeepin’ in Rim Country

Today we have the fifth part of our series about the route the old-timers drove when they wanted to go to the Valley in the early 1950s. In this segment we will travel from the Slate Creek Divide, at the Gila/Maricopa County line, on down to Sunflower.

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Grand Canyon Monument could affect game management

Outdoors Under the Rim

The area north of the Grand Canyon is called the Kaibab Plateau and Arizona strip country which has some of the best mule deer hunting in the West.

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking – Part 2

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Last week I mentioned something I once read in a book written by a philosopher named Descartes — namely, “I think, therefore I am.

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There’s thinking and then there’s just thinking you’re thinking

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We are always telling school kids to think. Nice idea, but ...

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The trip back home isn’t always a boring nothing, Part 2

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Both of my “interesting” trips back home happened on aircraft. I deserve no blame for the mess I told you about last week; it was a routine flight back home. But the mess I’m going to mention today was my own dumb fault.

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The trip back home isn’t always a boring nothing

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It’s an odd fact — but a very human one, I suspect — that we usually remember the outbound trip to somewhere, but not the homeward bound trip.

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Plan on being surprised if you ever visit a foreign country

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If you go abroad plan to “enjoy” a few small surprises — and maybe some not-so-small ones. I sure did, so let’s have some fun.