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Siegel: As seniors graduate, plenty of others deserve recognition

It is May and time for graduation ceremonies, which are generally called “a commencement,” meaning a beginning. This year’s ceremonies will truly be recognition of...

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...

Maricopa seniors should be prepared for disasters to augment city plans

While images of hurricanes and wildfire destruction have been in recent news coverage, homeowners, renters and business owners can ill afford to ignore other...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Smith: Dealing with uncertainty, leave them laughing!

Back when I was hiring employees, I would always add a couple of extra desired skills to the job description— the ability to deal...
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...

Master gardener: Keep poinsettias bloomin’ and beautiful through holidays

Poinsettias are one of the most symbolic plants of the holiday season. So popular, they account for about one-quarter of all flowering potted plant sales. With...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Preparing for rapid technological development

There are many difficult challenges facing the United States, yet one vital problem receives little coverage by politicians or the media — the growing...

Remember seniors who might be alone in your holiday plans

The holidays are upon us. With the chaos of running back and forth getting ready to celebrate, it is important for us to remember...
Ron Smith Maricopa

5 tips to avoid falls, including over your pets

Most of us can’t live without our cats and dogs, but sometimes they literally just get in the way. About 85,000 people suffer nonfatal injuries...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

RAM Academy proof of MUSD override success

In 2016, the voters of Maricopa approved a budget override for the local school system, Maricopa Unified School District. The funds were used to...

Smith: Steps toward a more meaningful, enjoyable life

At some point after retirement, we may start questioning what to do with our free time. We may have accomplished some anticipated travel and...

Seniors, avoid bone fractures by taking preventive steps

Every year, seniors fall and break their hips or other bones and then face serious potential illnesses and possibly death as a result. The...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Aging expert: More years in good health a gift, not burden

The gift of time is very real. Life expectancy has increased dramatically because people are in much better overall health than prior generations. In...

Expert: How to keep that summer glow

No matter how much we love the feel of the sun on our skin, we must acknowledge the sun can damage our skin. That...

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,...
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American Heart Month: Taking care of your ticker

The first American Heart Month was marked in February 1964 following President Lyndon B. Johnson’s proclamation on Dec. 30, 1963. At that time, more...
Ron Smith Maricopa

Holiday gift suggestions

In an attempt to reduce holiday stress, I’m going to provide you with some gift suggestions for friends and loved ones. Of course, in...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Danger in the air for older Americans

Here in Arizona, we are all exposed to desert dust every time the wind blows. This can lead to lung problems such as Valley...

Coping with stressful news: Keep things in perspective

Today’s news reports have been less than encouraging for exiting a globally traumatic event, such as the COVID crisis, to cope with.  While feelings...
Joan Koczor

Traveling by air just got easier

Traveling by plane is one of the safest and fastest ways to get to your destination. But crowded airports, long waits at security checkpoints,...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Technology helping more seniors age at home

By Al Brandenburg Americans are living longer, and most would prefer to age in their own home and community, rather than going to a hospital...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Siegel: Expanding STEM success: 2 simple steps

Last month’s column looked at how the teaching of math in the elementary grades has reduced the number of students taking advanced math classes...
Murray Siegel

Algebra a tough equation to solve

Algebra (specifically, high school algebra) truly is a gatekeeper to a student’s future. Non-technical college degrees generally require completing a college algebra course, which might...
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Koczor: May is a month to celebrate older Americans

Every year in May, older Americans are recognized for their contributions to our communities and nation. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy...
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: 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...
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...
Murray Siegel

Learning to read in Maricopa schools

For several years, emphasis has been placed on the learning of mathematics and science in the elementary grades, yet nobody disputes that the most...
Al Brandenburg Maricopa

Hot! Hot! Hot! Gardening in July

By Al Brandenburg Another year and again I am watching my plants wither in the 100-degree-plus heat. Gardening in Arizona in July can be difficult...
Murray Siegel Maricopa

Accelerated learning program to kick off in kindergarten

In recent years, the Maricopa Unified School District has made a concerted effort to improve the assessment of the learning that occurs in its...
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