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Plan on being surprised if you ever visit a foreign country

Your Turn

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.

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A day that changed my life – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I left off where a friendly, helpful librarian lady had astounded Tommy Garrett, age 8, by granting him a privilege that even adults didn’t have back then — the privilege of going through the latched gate behind the librarian’s desk and wandering through the books until I found what I wanted.

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Political twists and turns: Education, Endorsements and Scandals

The Greasy Pole

Our own Sen. Sylvia Allen (R-Snowflake) offered all kinds of encouraging tidbits for educators upon taking over as head of the Senate Education Committee, making her one of the three most powerful people in the state when it comes to education policy.

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Remembering a day that changed my life – forever

Your Turn

A while back we talked about what science is. Any scientist would say that science is nothing just observing the world and trying to understand how it works.

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Give yourself a very special Christmas present

Your Turn

You are reading this sometime near Christmas Day. I wrote it back in September, but today feels like Christmas. Why?

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Christmas is only a few days away

Outdoors Under the Rim

Are you still struggling with what to get as a gift for family members or your friends?

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Sea Devil or Sea Eagle? – Part 3

Your Turn

Last week we left Captain Felix von Luckner attempting the seemingly impossible: Slipping his tall masted sailing ship through multiple rings of British ships blockading German seaports.

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Sea Devil or Sea Eagle? Part 2

Your Turn

Since my youngest days I have believed George Santayana when he said that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

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Cool temps draw hunters to shotgun quail and dove seasons

Outdoors Under the Rim

The big game seasons are drawing to a close for 2015 but there are still opportunities to be in the field in pursuit of game.

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World War I ‘Sea Devil’ learned the lessons of history

Your Turn

Since my youngest days I have felt that history teachers too often fail to keep in mind the words of George Santayana, a man famed for saying that those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

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We occasionally have the wrong idea about someone

Your Turn

Sometimes we see the name of someone from the past, yawn, and move on to something more interesting.

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Characters Under the Rim - Henry Irving, Part 2

Back When

The old army scout Henry Irving had retired and after living for some years with relatives at San Carlos and Camp Verde he settled with his wife and other relatives on Indian Hill in the center of Payson. [1]

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Giving thanks for family, football and Rim Country

Outdoors Under the Rim

The Thanksgiving weekend is often a time for our family gathering, with an abundance of great food, plenty of football games on TV, and so many stories that seem to focus on the outdoors in the Rim Country.

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Daypacks the answer for many one-day outdoor adventures

Outdoors Under the Rim

Arizona is a state with abundant sunshine and weather, which allows for plenty of outdoor activities.

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Private enterprise is the heartbeat of America - Part 3

Your Turn

Last week and the week before we talked about freedom and private enterprise here in America, but I’m happy to tell you that in most parts of the world I have been privileged to visit, the concept of “a man and an idea” is still alive and well.