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30 Years Later, Baseball Card Collection Still Treasured

Shortly before Thanksgiving I was re-reading* Peter Walsh’s book “It’s All Too Much“, a treatise on de-cluttering home, office and life. (*Actually, I was re-listening to it as an audiobook. Nevertheless…) Walsh, who is a regular on Oprah, TLC and other TV shows, made one particular point in this reading that hit home: If something … Continue reading 30 Years Later, Baseball Card Collection Still Treasured

Getting Real About, and Ready for, NE Valley Wildfire Threat

By Mike McClaryThe Arizona Republic Like many Arizonans, I’m not originally from here. I hail from Michigan and have spent time in Colorado and Texas, places that have distinctive summertime threats. Whether it’s a tornado, severe thunderstorm or a Houston chemical plant explosion, you eventually learn how to prepare and respond. When I was living … Continue reading Getting Real About, and Ready for, NE Valley Wildfire Threat

Everywhere You Look, NE Valley is Going to the Dogs

By Mike McClaryThe Arizona Republic Note: This is an updated version of this column. Orginally the paper rejected it claiming it didn’t have a news angle. Recently, in response to a heroin bust, the Scottsdale school district voted to allow drug-sniffing dogs in the high schools next fall. I had found my news peg and … Continue reading Everywhere You Look, NE Valley is Going to the Dogs

Led by the Comish, NHL Owners Living in Denial

My gut feeling since the NHL lockout began on Sept. 16 was that the season would get canned and commissioner Gary Bettman himself would suffer the same fate shortly thereafter. As our friend Jack Walsh told The Duke in the film “Midnight Run“: “John, you’re in this mess because you’re in this mess. I didn’t … Continue reading Led by the Comish, NHL Owners Living in Denial