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Parker Stripped: Sticky Wicket

Have you ever wondered where the ideas that pop into your mind come from? I do, quite often in fact, but usually can’t really figure it out. The other day, though, I did manage to remember where I had first encountered an expression that will probably sound odd to you. I was thinking about how difficult it is for most …

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On Making Mistakes

So it’s another new year and it seems like I’ve seen quite a few of them actually. Given what always happens every year I thought this might be a good starting place for 2016: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. 

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, …

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Top Ten Parker Live Stories of 2015

Spray-painting, boats sinking and fake skeletons: there’s no place like Parker, Arizona, and nobody covers it the way Parker Live does! Dear readers: The Parker community is huge, and includes a ton of people who come and go from our shores all year long. Most of you don’t live here on a permanent, year-round basis, but consider yourselves river people …

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Parker Stripped: A Judgmental Christmas

One of the odd things about language is how certain words start out one way and end up another and do so in a fairly short period of time. How and why that happens fascinates me and I want to talk about one such word this month. The word for the month is “judge”, or “judgmental”. When I was young, …

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Parker Stripped: Feeling nagged by the media?

I remember hearing on the news a couple of weeks ago about an “important new finding” in a study. Of course my immediate reaction went something like this, “Oh no, not another stupid study!” I don’t know about you but it seems to me as if a large segment of our population must do nothing but conduct studies and report …

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We The People: Speaker of the House

As you may or may not have heard, John Boehner announced that he would resign as Speaker of the House at the end of October and it was speculated that Kevin McCarthy was favored to take over the position. However, McCarthy announced that he was not going to seek the position, throwing the mainstream media into a frenzy of speculation …

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Is it better to be trusted than to be loved?

I love reading quotes. Not just ones I agree with either. In fact I believe the best quotes are the ones that make you think. Here’s a good example and the catalyst for this column. [Note: there are several versions of this quote – as there are many well-known quotes – I’m using the one most familiar to me.] It …

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A Vacation Education

This column is late because I took two weeks to get away. Week one I spend running around like crazy at the Marine Raider Association’s annual Reunion. It’s always a busy time, but a good one, and this year was no different. As things ended up I’m now more involved in the Association than ever before. Not what I had …

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4 places to cool off this month

  Nine months out of the year, Parker, AZ enjoys beautiful weather. But like other desert cities, it gets really hot here, and it doesn’t cool off until late September. River rats aren’t bothered by this; we love the cool water as a lifestyle and join the thousands of visitors to our own stretch of paradise on many summer weekends. …

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School Zone Flashback

Traffic slowed to an unbearable 15 mph as I listened to Hall & Oates sing “I Can’t Go For That” on my playlist. I typically enjoy driving by my alma mater (Class of ’96!), but this morning I found myself growing impatient as the car in front of me came to a complete stop to allow a group of backpacked, smiley faced students …

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