Columns

Column: Motivate Yourself

As we enter into February a lot of us have settled back into what passes for normal in our lives. The hype of the holiday season is long gone and so is the newness of this year. Not that the year is all that old, mind you, but by now it sure doesn’t feel very new either. So we are …

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Column: Course corrections

I was going to write a column about how important it is to be on time in the new year but decided that would be a bad idea given I’m late on this column! Okay, not really, but I am late. Even when you factor Parker Time into the equation I’m still late. There’s a very good reason for that …

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Christmas Gifts Can Come In Unexpected Packages

It’s that time once again everyone – Christmas is coming soon, whether you like it or are ready for it or not. Most of our Christmases have a lot in common. From year to year we gather with friends and/or family, we eat and possibly drink too much, and of course we exchange gifts as well. The old tradition of …

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We just make… noise

We all live with a lot of noise. All the noise of our machines, like trucks, automobiles, motorcycles etc. Then there’s the noise that we constantly choose to listen to, since most of us are almost always connected to something. YouTube videos, streaming music, radio, TV. You name it, it’s there twenty-four hours a day, constantly pumping noise into our …

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The Art of Compromise

When do you stand firm and when do you compromise? Always a tough decision and during this election season it’s front and center in our lives. People love to criticize politicians for never taking a unpopular stand, but how many of us can distinguish between what’s really important and what’s trivial in our lives? Consider this quote: “Compromise where you …

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Keep on Walking!

Believe it or not this month’s column is deliberately late. Its lateness has even been approved by the editor. How cool is that? I, the guy who hates being late and almost always early, am now officially late! The reason it’s late is because I wanted to write about what I did on my Fall vacation. When I was a …

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In defense of the 4-day workweek

Column, Op-Ed Politics sometimes provides a forum for issues to emerge in public that would otherwise be chattered about in more private settings. One such forum came into existence last week in the form of the Meet the Candidates event in Parker, which was very well handled by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce and deftly moderated by Mary Hamilton. …

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Desert people don’t sweat, and other reality denial

Last month I went to the annual Marine Raider Reunion (my father was a Raider in WW2, check out his site here) in Wilmington North Carolina. Needless to say the climate and culture is quite different back there when compared to good old Parker, AZ. When I’m in different places I like to learn new things if I can, and …

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Stopping the Facebook Pout

I’m just going to admit right up front here that this month’s column is going to be a bit of a rant. A well-deserved one to be sure. But I’ll do my best to keep myself more or less in control and try to actually have a good point to all this. What am I peeved about? If you are …

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120 degrees is uncommon, epic, and dangerous

UPDATED to add Monday’s temps. The number is kind of legendary around here. ‘A hundred and twenty degrees’ is one of those numbers that people throw around when they talk about life in the desert. People in the Parker area act like they own it, but the truth is that people talk about 120 degrees in the same reverent tones in …

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