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Churches. Movie theaters. Shopping centers. Hospitals, Concerts. Schools. We watch with horror the news coverage of mass shootings and then with further disbelief the fall-out of blame, outrage, opinions, accusations, analysis and all manner of political warfare.

By Judy Bluhm June 12, 2022
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Isn’t summer wonderful? So, are we all ready for donning a swimsuit? Hmm … some of us would rather walk a plank with a gang of blood-thirsty pirates behind us and a bunch of sharks with their jaws wide open waiting for us to jump, before going “public” in a bathing suit.

By Judy Bluhm June 5, 2022
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Naomi Judd. Robin Williams. Katie Meyer. Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade. So many more and too many to count. Loved ones, neighbors, friends and celebrities.

By Judy Bluhm May 22, 2022
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Oh, Rich Strike, how we love thee!

By Judy Bluhm May 15, 2022
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Mother. One small word. One universal meaning. We are all bound by the shared realty that we had or have a Mother. This is a central person in our lives.

By Judy Bluhm May 8, 2022
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Would you marry your pet? Hmm, I didn’t think so. Sure, they might be loyal and loving, but isn’t marriage between two humans? Evidently not.

By Judy Bluhm May 1, 2022
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And so it begins. The Crooks Fire in Prescott and the Tunnel Fire near Flagstaff have grown to monsters, as high winds and plenty of fuel keeps them rapidly growing and moving.

By Judy Bluhm April 24, 2022
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Uh oh, it’s allergy season. Kachoo! Excuse me, Dear Readers, because it seems I cannot stop sneezing! And I guess I am not alone.

By Judy Bluhm April 17, 2022
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Are you ready? Because the deadline for filing your taxes is looming, causing quite a few Americans to become upset (if you owe) or happy if a refund is coming.

By Judy Bluhm April 11, 2022
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Did you watch the fight last week? Oops, I meant the punch (more like a slap) that Will Smith planted on Chris Rock during the Oscars.

By Judy Bluhm April 3, 2022
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I saw a spider. I went to the bathroom at 2 in the morning and there sitting on a wall was a big brown spider. She had eyes like the devil, glaring at me.

By Judy Bluhm March 27, 2022
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Brother, can you spare a dime? Actually, 30 trillion might help.

By Judy Bluhm March 20, 2022
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What is the greatest invention of all time? No, not the wheel. Not the combustible engine. It is the round sphere, better known as a ball that has dominated the world.

By Judy Bluhm March 13, 2022
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Have you been taking many road-trips lately? Hmm ... maybe not. Now that gasoline is around four bucks a gallon, it appears we’re all trying to find ways to drive less.

By Judy Bluhm March 6, 2022
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How is your year shaping up? With so much tension swirling around in the world, mental health experts claim that people often get into a “February funk.”

By Judy Bluhm February 27, 2022
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Sports. We have been able to sit back and watch the greatest shows on Earth. The Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, the Super Bowl, and Winter Olympics. Almost too much to comprehend in the span of a few short weeks.

By Judy Bluhm February 20, 2022
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Are you ready for love? I hope so, because Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and it is time to order flowers (red, of course), buy a box of chocolates and get the best bottle of champagne that you can afford. Prepare to celebrate love in honor of the “most romantic day of the year” that actually got started in the fifth century as a pagan holiday.

By Judy Bluhm February 13, 2022
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What are you doing next Sunday? Let me guess, you might be joining about 100 million other Americans to watch the Super Bowl, where the Bengals and Rams lock horns (no pun intended).

By Judy Bluhm February 6, 2022
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The weather has been chilly. And most of us enjoy warm clothes, heated homes and maybe a fireplace burning to help us through a winter season. Yet, many families and children are not so fortunate, living in conditions that are unstable and below the poverty level.

By Judy Bluhm January 30, 2022
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Been to a hospital lately? My husband, Doug, has been there for the past week with pneumonia.

By Judy Bluhm January 23, 2022
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Oh Betty, how we miss you. That mischievous laugh, perfect comedic timing, beautiful smile and funny zingers are just a few of the reasons why the whole world is in mourning.

By Judy Bluhm January 16, 2022
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Brrrr, it’s been cold! Yes, even here in Arizona, it has been frosty.

By Judy Bluhm January 9, 2022
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Another year. And another year older. It is my granddaughter, Bella’s birthday today. She is thrilled to be six years old. My husband, Doug’s birthday is Friday. He has little enthusiasm for being a year older, but Bella has enough excitement for all of us.

By Judy Bluhm January 2, 2022
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Are you ready to board Flight 2022? Well, fasten your seat belts because we are on the verge of saying “hello” to a New Year. Ready or not, it is coming, so we might as well pop the cork, pour the bubbly and watch the ball in Time Square (or boot in Prescott) drop. Time, once again, is marching into the beginning of a new calendar, dragging us along with it.

By Judy Bluhm December 27, 2021
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This week, as we make the Big Approach to all things Christmas, we might be flooded with memories of days gone by.

By Judy Bluhm December 19, 2021
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Do you believe in Santa? Yes, of course you do. Who can honestly say that there is no Santa? As we approach Christmas, there are so many reasons to believe.

By Judy Bluhm December 5, 2021
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It seems we are all thankful for the ability to get together this year. Last year we had to cope with words like “social distancing” and “nuclear family gatherings,” with suggestions of holding dinner outdoors.

By Judy Bluhm November 19, 2021
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Have you ever wondered, what is the real purpose of the kitchen’s center island? Ponder this question no more, dear readers, as I think I have found the answer. It is a place to collect, stack, put, place, spread, leave, toss and lose things! It is a trap for all things unrelated to cooking.

By Judy Bluhm November 12, 2021
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Will you enjoy a Veterans Day Parade? Nov. 11 is the one great day to honor our men and women who served, watch the bands, the flags and the display of pride as we are reminded just how much we owe those who wear and wore the uniform.

By Judy Bluhm November 5, 2021
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It’s a scary world out there. Sometimes, we just need a friend.

By Judy Bluhm October 29, 2021
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It is time to get spooky. The approach of Halloween may cause a whole lot of ghouls and witches to come knocking at your door and it also brings the joy of candy!

By Judy Bluhm October 23, 2021
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Do all dogs go to heaven? Yes, of course they do, along with all of our other beloved pets.

By Judy Bluhm October 15, 2021
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Does big government come from small minds? Which might then lead to dumb laws?

By Judy Bluhm October 12, 2021
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Are you good with money? Yes, I thought so. We have to watch our pennies even more closely with inflation.

By Judy Bluhm October 5, 2021
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I found something. When my parents died a few years ago I was left boxes of recipes, photos and papers to sift through.

By Judy Bluhm September 28, 2021
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Oh, Emma Raducanu, let’s count the ways we love thee. First, the improbability of a tennis player to emerge from qualifying status to win a Grand Slam tournament, is a stunning triumph.

By Judy Bluhm September 21, 2021
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Are you there, God? Just checking. We have troubles from the Afghanistan war. Hard to read about, much less comprehend what just happened.

By Judy Bluhm September 10, 2021
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I wear lipstick. And I dye my hair. There, I have said it – all secrets are out – I am admitting to you, dear readers, that some of my “beauty” comes from a tube and a bottle.

By Judy Bluhm August 31, 2021
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Oh, those Olympics. Inspiring, incredible, heartbreaking, fun and heartwarming. No other sporting event on Earth can produce so many plots, twists, turns and moments to enjoy and ponder as the games of summer.

By Judy Bluhm August 13, 2021
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Missing a few neighbors and friends? We might all be in San Diego. The locals call us “Zonies,” poking gentle fun at us. Californians claim that every other person in their state is a vacationing Arizonan from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

By Judy Bluhm August 10, 2021
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Stay alert! Watch the crosswalks! Yes, school has started again and parents everywhere are rejoicing.

By Judy Bluhm August 6, 2021
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Oh to be a billionaire. They seem to have all the fun. When Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galatic, launched his Unity 22 rocket plane last week, he went where few have gone. Into space on his own spacecraft.

By Judy Bluhm August 3, 2021
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Lord, could we get some rain? Our prayers were answered. Okay, can it stop for a while? Because it was a doozey of a storm that trounced Arizona.

By Judy Bluhm July 30, 2021
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What would you take? The smoke and flames are approaching, you are being evacuated and you have minutes to grab things.

By Judy Bluhm June 26, 2021
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Alexa never seems to stop listening. Evidently, our “helpful” devices never turn off, meaning that your private conversations are not so private.

By Ju April 23, 2021
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Love is in the air. And so are the doves, finches and hummingbirds. Spring brings the promise of hope, new life, fresh beginnings, green leaves and babies. Lots of them.

By Judy Bluhm April 9, 2021
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Ah, 2021 is feeling like a breath of fresh air. So many of us are delighted to move on, yet this past year has probably made us stronger. Maybe even taught us lessons.

By Judy Bluhm December 31, 2020
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The promise of a “better life,” sounds pretty darn good. Perhaps our lives have become too mundane.

By Judy Bluhm December 28, 2020
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Moms and Dads, we know this has been a tough beginning to the school year. As our governor likes to say, “Arizona is open for learning.”

By Judy Bluhm August 18, 2020
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Have you ever been lost? Yes, I guess at some time or another most of us have taken a wrong turn, had trouble reading a map, or just gotten mixed up about where we are headed.

By Judy Bluhm July 25, 2020
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Hmm, lately it feels as though we are in the midst of the “dog days of summer.”

By Judy Bluhm July 18, 2020
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Teenagers who are 15 count the days until they hit 16 – the blessed (and dreaded) day of driving. Young people actually hold their breath until they turn 18, believing that being “legal” will transform them.

By Judy Bluhm February 29, 2020
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Love is in the air. Check out the stores and see all the heart shaped candies, cookies and cakes. Buy a bunch of red roses. Maybe champagne. Jewelry is nice too. Grab a card that professes “true love” to that “special someone” in your life.

By Judy Bluhm February 9, 2020
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Where were you the weekend of January 11th and 12th? Perhaps riding the Phoenix Light Rail pantsless to “celebrate silliness” (more like madness) with folks in about 30 cities all over the world? No, I didn’t think so.

By Judy Bluhm January 18, 2020
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The next chapter starts now. Get out the pad and pen, because the New Year is upon us. Ready or not, here it comes.

By Judy Bluhm December 28, 2019
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Freedom. What we all want. The ability to live freely, go where we want to, speak our minds, not be oppressed and be able to engage in the pursuit of happiness.

November 21, 2019
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Do you want to grow as fat as a pumpkin? Yikes, I meant to say, Dear Readers, do you want to grow a fat pumpkin?

By Judy Bluhm October 31, 2019
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Alexa, are you spying on me? Evidently, so, because the latest analysis of how our “devices” never turn off, seems to allude to the fact that your private conversations are not so private.

By Around the Bluhmin’ Town Judy Bluhm October 22, 2019
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Keep the faith! Never give up! Always believe!

October 5, 2019
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Oh, Hillary, how we worried about you. Yes, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, as Hillary, the stranded donkey who was marooned for three years on a tiny island, has now been successfully rescued.

By By Judy Bluhm September 21, 2019
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We are in an all-out search for the “special” friend of New River resident Diane Wilson.

By By Judy Bluhm September 7, 2019
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I bought my husband, Doug, a pair of yellow shorts. Who knew that color was so important?

By By Judy Bluhm July 20, 2019
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It happened again. I was stuck in the misery on I-17 over Memorial Day weekend. What should have been an easy drive became the nightmare called “going nowhere fast” for more hours than I care to consider.

By Around the Bluhmin’ Town: Judy Bluhm June 6, 2019
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