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I like those really corny jokes and sayings you find on little pieces of paper or small objects. For some reason, they are always there when you need them. …


All the things that we welcome with each new season are the same things we long to see go away by the end of the season. As the heat of summer leaves us, so do the mosquitos and the monsoon rains. The long days are not long anymore. The trail…


Pages of people looking to connect with other people.

I like those free trading post newspapers you see in gas stations and restaurant waiting areas. They are the kind of publications that don’t seem like they have much to say until you open them and give them a chance.

In the fast-paced back and forth way we like to…


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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and one of the important aspects of celebrating the Latino culture is the passing down of old motherly superstitions.

The kind of superstitions that are really believable when you are young and only kind-of believable when you get older. And yet, we still believe them because…


A quiet November morning on a college campus.

Sometimes I like to get to my work office a little early just to sit and stare out the window. I’m lucky to have one of those corner offices with two big windows. It’s one of those perks that we call perks but that we take for granted.

Now that…


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Before our current fears over germs and spacing, coughing and handshaking, most of us still remember a time when we did things that now seem out of the ordinary.

Not just everyday things like greeting people with full-on embraces and bear hugs, but also the kinds of things that got…


Nadya is a Russian name meaning Hope.

I never thought I would be so anxious about a cat. The last few days, coming in and out of the veterinarian office has been a bit taxing. Now, Nadya is home, and I know she’s happy to be here.

When I adopted Nadya from the humane society in Silver…


This yummy-looking casserole was made at the Good Neighbor Alliance Soup Kitchen where I met Sean and get to see him each month.

A lot of people have said goodbye to old friends in the last year. Fortunately, many new friends have also been made.

I met a guy named Sean who works at a homeless shelter in Sierra Vista, Arizona. I see him there during the evening hours when the residents line…


It’s that time of the year that we traditionally think about new beginnings. Kids are back in school. Bus drivers have returned to their old routes. Moms are packing lunches. Sports teams are on the field for morning practice.

Maybe the beginnings aren’t so new. Maybe we are going back…


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I’ve been thinking lately on why it’s so easy to get fixated on the bad side of people rather than the good. We all have a bit of both sides in all of us. Maybe it’s because it makes it easy for us to find a reason to say no…

Abraham Villarreal

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