Kuma’s Great Adventures

Secret Canyon, Sedona Told by Kuma and written by Lorraine Bossé-Smith What a spring we have had! With all the rain, the desert is happy and blooming. Officially, the hot season isn’t here yet, but we always have the option of heading to Sedona where it is a bit cooler. That’s what we did the other weekend. Sedona is jam packed, and we got up really early—too early for me. Yawn! My dad opted to drive throug ...

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Mindful Crafts

Inspire health thinking habits with these projects By Shannon Fisher May is Mental Health Awareness Month. As a counselor, I see the need for this awareness and for kids to work on learning ways to cope with things that are bothering them. Here are fun crafts that can inspire healthy thinking habits as well. “I am” art is an easy way to express the positive things you feel about yourself. We took painter’s ...

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Teaching life lessons

By Pastor David Bowen, Standing Stones Community Church, Standing Stones Christian Academy Author William Arthur Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” The greatest teaching and learning experiences come from being in a family. Families help us learn valuable lessons about life. God creates each of us with the d ...

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Banana Chessman Cookie Pudding

By Jan D’Atri It’s as pretty as it is delicious! This banana pudding with a Springtime twist makes a fantastic everyday dessert, or for something very special like Mother’s Day!   I often tell the story of how I’ve always used certain brand names throughout my life like Clorox Bleach and Gold Metal Flour. Why? Because they were the brands that my mom used, and so for me, there is a built-in brand loyalty. P ...

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Might As Well Jump

By Octavio Serrano The Boulder Creek Mountain Bike Club ready to hit the trails this summer   Veteran and Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Mike Harrelson fell in love with the trails in Anthem. He sought out anything bike related. “There’s so many trails here. We saw people on bikes, and we began talking to the local bike shops and found out there was a mountain bike team at Boulder Creek High School,” Ha ...

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Sharing Positivity

By Megan Marples Desert Lotus Boutique promotes affordable wellness Healing, wellness, serenity. Those words aren’t often used to describe women’s clothing stores, but at Desert Lotus Boutique and Gifts, sharing positivity and love is all in a day’s work. In addition to clothing, the store offers wellness products and gifts that are responsibly sourced from around the world. Boutique owner Kwailan Barsotti ...

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Take A Trip Back in Time

Pioneer Living History Museum recalls the Territorial period By Megan Marples Turn onto a dirt road off the I-17 freeway, and you might just find yourself in another century. The Pioneer Living History Museum transports visitors to the Wild West with period-themed buildings. The structures are a far cry from the gas-guzzling vehicles whizzing by on the nearby freeway.   The buildings on the 90-acre property ...

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Tears in Heaven

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Matt and Lindy Rodewald reflect on sons’ deaths Lindy Rodewald knew something wasn’t right. After a failed IVF and miscarriage, she and her husband, Matt, were looking forward to the birth of their twin boys in 2014. Lindy was in pain. Although she was worried, she was comforted by her Illinois physician’s lack of urgency.   She didn’t realize she was in labor—at 22 weeks. Nor ...

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Vulture Feast

Veterans-only shooting tourney encourages friendship By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   Christopher McCaghren is bringing former soldiers together for the first Vulture Feast 2019, a veterans-only shooting competition at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. Scheduled for 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, the event is about more than just about a contest of accuracy, speed and reaction to contact. Registration continues ...

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Saint Valentine

By Pastor David Bowen, The real meaning of the "sweethearts" holiday Standing Stones Community Church The date many people circle on the month of February is the fourteenth, Valentine’s Day. Some circle it so that they can completely avoid it, but others look forward to this special day. What makes this day special? Valentine’s Day has its origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia, which was a fertility festi ...

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