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Column: Garage sales coming to a close
One of my favorite things about living here are the garage sales and flea markets that abound throughout the county.

On any given weekend you can't drive anywhere without seeing signs pointing the way to a sale where one person's trash can become your treasure.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Commentary: Small acts of kindness go a long way
I noticed a letter to the editor in the Daily Courier this past week in which a family thanked the gentleman who paid for their meals at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Prescott Valley. He didn't want to be known, he was just engaging in one of those random acts of kindness.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bobby's plaque in place, a bit out of the way
July the 8th was Bobby's birthday, and a most appropriate day for Chris to place the plaque by his memorial tree. When we walked out with Skye Graham to see the trees available for adoption, he seemed a bit taken aback by the location we chose.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Commentary: The court, clubs and discrimination
"I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."

That familiar one-liner has been attributed over the years to the late Groucho Marx, but in light of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision this week in the case of Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez (UC Hastings), the sentiment it contains may have some contemporary legal relevance.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

'City girl' conquers Cordes Lakes lizard
Many of my best columns never get written. This is mainly because I will not betray a confidence, but also because I try not to write about anything that might bring embarrassment to innocent involvees.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Commentary: Loose lips sink generals - and wars
The World War II slogan "Loose Lips Sink Ships," which was intended to encourage Americans to keep quiet about any information pertaining to that war, could also apply to modern generals and their staffs.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Crystal Lake, and a plethora of 'surveys'
I really enjoyed Heidi's column last week, about the great variety of birds she and Randy have spotted by our little lake. It got me to thinking back to the good old days, when we could sit under the shade of the great cottonwoods and just enjoy what nature offered.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Emergency response team on tap for Cordes area
Josie Garcia is starting a CERT program here. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team, and is just what it sounds like - a group of local residents trained and ready to respond when needed by law enforcement or fire department personnel.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Commentary: Schools' actions undermine civil rights classes
To find out how the First Amendment is supposed to work in public schools, don't ask school officials. Ask the kids. Strange as it may seem, many students actually believe what they're taught in civics class about their constitutional rights.

Consider Raymond Hosier, a seventh-grader in Schenectady, N.Y. He doesn't buy his school's argument that his rosary beads are a "gang symbol" that should be banned.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Commentary: Why licensing journalists is a bad idea
Licensing journalists is an idea that surfaces from time to time. But it's always a bad idea.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Thanks to those who care for trees at lake
We have finally been able to order the memorial plaque for Bobby's tree by the lake. Chris went down to see how the tree is faring, and reports that it is alive and well, flourishing even, and has been staked and tied to ensure straight growth.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Commentary: Helen Thomas resigns not a moment too soon
Anti-Semite: "a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews."

Some prejudices are tolerated by elites in this country.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A little inconvenience for big library update
Cordes Lakes Library patrons will experience major service disruptions at the Cordes Lakes Library from June 25 to June 30, as the Yavapai Library Network replaces its aging Integrated Library System (ILS).
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Commentary: Sometimes, free speech doesn't win
The First Amendment's five freedoms ensure that government doesn't run roughshod over our religious-liberty and free-expression rights.

But sometimes, the First Amendment doesn't win out.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Read those labels - you'll be amazed
Some thoughts here on "hidden" sugars. I have never been much of a label checker. In the first place, we never ate much processed food in our house, and in the second place none of us had any special problems. But now I am a label reader.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Commentary: States can curb growth of big government
From Roman coliseums to Chinese communes, history shows repeatedly the devastating loss of freedom and humanity that can be wrought by unchecked government power. As survivors of religious and political oppression, America's Founders were determined to provide their families and fellowmen with a system of governance that would avoid the tyranny of the past and protect life, liberty and property in the future.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Found dog returns home, lost dog still at large
This week we have a lost dog and a found dog. Unfortunately, they are not the same dog. The found dog had a collar but no tags. Thanks to the "Wagner's connection" (what would we do without 'em?) she has been reunited with her family. And thank you, Janet, for sheltering her until you could locate her family.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Commentary: Don't make me laugh - they might sue you
What is it about humor that all too often results in situations that decidedly are not a laughing matter?

Free speech in comedy attracts controversy as well as belly laughs, and in the case of two "South Park" television episodes this season that attempted to feature the Prophet Muhammad, even death threats.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Beloved uncle made big impact on niece
How do you write an obit for someone you have loved from the moment of your birth; a love that has only grown and strengthened through nearly 70 years now?

Although Brison Tucker was my Mom's "little" brother, to me he was always larger than life itself, my hero in every way. He was always the rock we all leaned on.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Commentary: Taking 'national' out of Day of Prayer
Last month U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb dared go where no judge has gone before and declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. Don't look for her name on the short list of Supreme Court nominees anytime soon.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Josephine Riggs on the essence of a cowboy
Congratulations, Phyllis Willman, on your graduation from TIPS (Trauma Intervention Program). This is a team the first responders can call to assist with a "second victim" of any incident - fire, accident, death and so forth. They provide a valuable service, and free the first responders to deal with the main issue.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Commentary: Use slash program to ease fire danger
This is my first update and I plan on doing many in the future.

We at the County are of course wondering if the one cent sales tax is going to pass and some of the implications if it doesn't, such as the transfer of 618 prisoners from the Department of Corrections to Counties, a $540 million hit to school districts annually, plus many other impacts mandated from State control to our pocketbooks.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A few 'happy happenings' from the week
I love weeks like this. I have a whole handful of happy happenings to write about.

Here's some nice email to lead off with. "Hi Peggy, I was wondering if you could put the following in your column: I just want to thank everyone who supported the Mayer Elementary Cookie Dough fundraiser.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Aunt Betty home, not happy about missing luncheon
Never before in recorded history have Betty Digges and her bevy of beauties missed the annual Ladies' Luncheon. But this year the big day found Betty firmly ensconced in ICU at Yavapai East, with her bevy (and her boy-children) all in attendance there. Even amidst the tangle of tubes and wires, Betty said, "Do you think we'll be home in time to make the luncheon?"
Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Legion wins Peg's first 'Cactus Flower'
Several weeks ago I had mega computer woes, which resulted in my losing all of my email. If you had emailed me and I had not responded, please re-send. I do remember one lady in Black Canyon, seeking health fair news.

I am initiating a "Peg presents" feature here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


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