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Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Planting a garden? The merits of raised, in-ground beds

Planting a new garden? Are you torn between what type of garden bed you should use? When establishing a garden, you can either choose a...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: In emergencies, preparedness instills confidence

It’s that time of year when we are reminded by Mother Nature that emergency situations can happen quickly with limited warning. Although Arizona has...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Alzheimer’s, dementia, take huge toll on families, economy

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This year’s theme — “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s” — highlights the importance of support for those diagnosed with the...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: The pandemic’s emotional toll

School is in session and, hopefully, a routine has been established and the children are adjusting well. But there may be concerns that loom...

September is Suicide Prevention Month — and perfect time to learn signs, symptoms

Every 11 minutes, a person dies by suicide. In 2020, 45,979 individuals took their own life. Almost as many people who live in the...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: Understanding mental health – and the stigma of mental illness

Defining mental health or its opposite — mental illness — is a daunting task. Mental health includes our emotional state: how we feel, how we...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Walk-in tubs: what you need to know

I recently had a reader ask for information regarding walk-in tubs. My experience with them is limited to a neighbor who purchased one for...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Aging population expansion will challenge all of us

Aging is inevitable. Like other transitions in life, changes can be physical, psychosocial and mental. Understanding the differences between those changes can assist in...
Harriet Phelps

Master Gardener: Prepare that new vegetable garden now

It’s August, and we have not quite given up on summer and are wondering when it will end. The temperatures are consistently in the...
Harriet Phelps

Phelps: How to keep our students safe

This month, our children will return to school. The concerns we have about safety have been heightened recently by more school shootings by mentally...
Chris J. Scoggin Chaston Tax

CPA: A business owner’s guide to inflation

Everything I need to know about inflation, I learned in grade school — too much money chasing too few goods and services. Supply and...

Expert: How to play the credit score game

If you know the rules of the game, you will win the game. With credit, the rules are not easy to understand because of...

Master Gardener: Chia is not just a fuzzy tchotchke!

You may have seen the TV commercials, but there is more than meets the eye with chia (Salvia hispanica), the iconic seed of the...

Koczor: The explanation of a complex topic, inflation

Here’s a simple explanation of inflation: a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Inflation corresponds to a reduction...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Advanced Math for elementary students, please

In January 2016, I began this education column with two purposes. First, provide readers with new ideas about teaching and learning through the lens...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Heat can be fatal

June has baked us to a crisp and July isn’t going to be any better with temperatures in the triple digits. As bad as...

Morgan: Foreclosures not expected to change the market

Historically speaking, foreclosures have played a role in Maricopa’s housing prices. A foreclosure, in a nutshell, is when a homeowner falls behind on their payments...

Phelps: Keys to effective communication

Getting others to understand our needs and ideas can be complex. The desired outcome is understanding, but how do we get there? What is...

Master gardener: Smile-making sunflowers

Plant sunflowers for a garden that will make you smile! Find a sunny place with well-drained soil and plant seeds in early spring or fall,...
Murray Siegel

Siegel: Instead of ending Algebra 2 requirement, redesign it

Earlier this year, the Arizona Legislature considered House Bill 2278, which would end one requirement — Algebra 2 — that causes problems for some...

Morgan: Keeping your monthly payment low amidst interest rate hikes

The price of housing is on the rise. In and of itself, that statement is nothing new these days. A severe shortage of housing inventory...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Long-term care system broken for those in ‘gigantic middle’

Last month, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins wrote in the group’s bulletin “the system for helping people who can no longer care for themselves...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Brandenburg: Fend off threats to Social Security now

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated many of the issues faced by Social Security, which provides at least 70% of income for about one in six...

Koczor: A focus on men’s health

June is Men’s Health Month, a national observance which began in 1994 to raise awareness about health care for men and encourage boys, men...

Morgan: While helpful, home warranty only goes so far

Of an estimated 21,000 existing houses in the city limits of Maricopa, nearly 8,000 of them are at least 15 years old. At that age,...
MPD Chief James Hughes

Chief: Community valued partner on police beat

It has been a few months since my last column on how the Maricopa Police Department is policing your community. In that column, I discussed...

Master gardener: Purslane packs a nutritious punch

I love plants. They helped save my life in their own special and unique way. They have also introduced me to some of the...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Watch out, I have things on my mind!

I’ve had a bunch of interesting tidbits running through my mind the last few weeks. InMaricopa magazine’s focus last month on volunteerism struck a nerve...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: What does an academic coach do?

Most everyone knows what an athletic coach does, yet many are ignorant about the duties of an academic coach. By next school year, all Maricopa...
Joan Koczor

Koczor: Aging – it happens

Not many like it, but, eventually, it happens to all of us, whether we like it or not. We get older. The aging process is long....
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