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The flip side of ‘free’ is ‘broke’

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Last week I talked about the way we jumped at a chance to get anything free during the Depression. The reason was simple; most of the time it was the only price we could afford. Everything is so different today.

Neighbor is one of the really good guys

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There are good guys in this world, and then there are really good guys. My neighbor, Ron Unrah, just happens to fall head over heels into the really good guy category.

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Back when a buck was a buck – ‘free’ sounded mighty good

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Because people had almost no cash during the Depression, anything that was free, or almost free, got a lot of attention.

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Volunteers key to wrestling tourney success

More Than a Game

From the weigh-ins and seeding meeting at 9 a.m. Friday morning until the final awards were presented at about 8 p.m. Saturday, this year’s Payson Wrestling Invitational was a success.

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Of mules and men: Lessons in acceptance

“Sandy” set her ears and planted her mule shoes.

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Great music for dancing at fun evening

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This Saturday night the Mazatzal Casino is hosting one of Rim Country’s most elegant affairs — the eighth annual Black and White Ball, sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance.

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Lucky, lucky, lucky me

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In 1952, along with the rest of my Air National Guard outfit, I waited at Camp Kilmer in New Jersey to board a troop ship for Iceland. A male vocalist on a live radio program sang a song that made me think. It was called “Lucky, Lucky, Lucky Me.” The words really stuck in my head.

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Sophomore ignites comeback

More Than a Game

The Wilson Dome scoreboard told the story: Show Low 40, Payson 27.

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Bye Bye Phil

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Just a week ago, singer Phil Everly, one-half of the groundbreaking, smooth-sounding, record-setting duo, the Everly Brothers, died in a hospital in Burbank, Calif. He was 74.

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When someone really loves you

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I’ll bet that humans, both male and female, have asked that question from the beginning of time. It’s a good one. I don’t even pretend to have the answer, of course, but 81 years of observing my fellow man — and woman — have led me to suspect that there are part answers.

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Movies and TV programs have strange effects on some people

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Back when I was a kid of 8 or 9, just old enough to go to the movies by myself, it was exciting to listen to my brother Frankie each time he came home from the Victory Theatre and told about the latest adventure film.

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Time for New Year’s resolutions

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It’s now the third day of 2014, which means that many of us are off to a flying start on our New Year’s resolutions. This is the time of year that many of us are excited about making some long overdue changes in our lives.

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Friend writes another chapter in rags-to-riches bowling saga

More Than a Game

So I was sitting on the couch trying to find a second NFL game to watch on my picture-in-picture set up last Sunday when I stumbled upon bowling on ESPN. I was about to switch the channel to one of the Sunday Ticket games on DirecTV when I noticed a familiar face on the screen.

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At 21 even the greatest among us may not be done growing up – Part 3

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In 1895, arriving from New York City, Winston Churchill landed on the sweltering island of Cuba where a revolution had dragged on for more than 30 years. Churchill’s goal in going to Cuba was twofold: He was a soldier and wanted to see what war looked like, but a second problem nagged at him.

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A look back at 2013 music highlights

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The old saying really is true. “Life is like a roll of toilet paper — the closer one’s life is to being over, the faster it unrolls.” And, boy, 2013 seemed to just fly by for me!