You wouldn’t know it from all the parking lots and shopping centers in our immediate vicinity, but out on the fringe of suburbia, acres of peaches are growing fat and juicy in the warm spring sunshine.
Even with a healthy appreciation for the arts and a career that puts me in close proximity to them — not to mention a cousin who’s an accomplished professional ballerina — I can’t say I clamor for a night at the ballet.
Among the not-so-favorite memories from high school, standing in front of the class to deliver a presentation ranks right up there. Remember, the clammy palms, racing heart, dry throat and jumbled nerves?
A smattering of butterflies have flitted through my yard this spring, loitering briefly around the lantana and aloe stalks before moving on to lusher landscapes. Those fleeting backyard glimpses are nothing compared to the up-close and personal look you get at hundreds of butterflies inside The Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden.
The road to Florence isn’t long when country music stars are in town. People flock from the East Valley to the Country Thunder music festival, spurring the question: What else is there to see in Florence? It didn’t take long to find an answer — alpacas.
Practically a childhood right of passage, “A Wrinkle in Time” is a book a lot of adults can credit with sparking a love for science fiction and fantasy — or at least introducing words like “mitochondria” and “tesseract” to their vocabulary. Whether you want to acquaint your own kids with the beloved story or just take a trip down memory lane, you can see the stage adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery Medal-winning book in Tempe.
Just about everyone has them — family stories. Yours may be a sweet account of how Grandpa proposed to Gram, or only a whisper of something bad that happened that no one ever seems to want to talk about.
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Engaged Voter -- You might still be able to make it. The silent auction begins at 5:30pm; the film screenings begin at 7pm. Get all the details at audubonfilmfest.eventbrite.com11 months ago
Mandy here. That's great to hear, Steve. Thanks for the feedback. Tim, the producer, and I certainly appreciate your input. In fact, we'd like to invite you and any other viewers out there to let us know what you'd like to see more of in the weekend video.
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I am the writer of this article, and the omission of the Vietnam War in the quote early in the story was my mistake. Upon reviewing my notes, I see that Mr. Edmonds, who served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, did mention it. My typing error caused the unfortunate omission from his quote.
I apologize for my mistake. I have amended Mr. Edmonds' quote to reflect the word ("Vietnam") that I unintentionally overlooked on the first go-round.
Please note that the Veterans History Project seeks the stories of veterans from EVERY conflict who wish to share their experiences.Oct 25, 2010