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Tempe Sister Cities: Changing the world, one friendship at a time

Valley attorney Dick Neuheisel was a member of the Tempe City Council in 1971 when he saw a National League of Cities magazine article...
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Learning at home: measure up!

Measuring --- whether in the kitchen with measuring cups and spoons, or a ruler, tape measure or 10-foot pole --- is an ideal way...
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Learning at home: Old-school skills rule on alphabetizing

Old-school learning skills are still valuable. Learning to spell a word, alphabetize a list or use a paper dictionary is good for your child's brain.
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Learning at home: how to memorize

Children need to memorize their address and phone number, just in case. Here are some "learning at home" exercises that help the brain retain information.
Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC, child advocacy

A conversation with early childhood advocate Rhian Evans Allvin

Saying goodbye to friends, family, colleagues—a cross-country move when you’ve lived most of your life in Arizona can be bittersweet. But for longtime early...

Roller Derby: These girls are rough, tough and really fast

Roller derby is a fast, physical sport infused with lots of fun, family and great iconic style. But for these girls and their parents, derby isn’t just a sport. It’s a lifestyle.

National Park Service children’s music CD gets kids thinking about the...

Here's a fun way to get kids thinking about the environment. “Songs for Junior Rangers,” a National Park Service CD, features 20 catchy tunes...

What it means to be family

My staff needed a quick consult during a week when I was out of town. As the text message popped up on my phone,...

Give me back my vote!

I had a moment of entrepreneurial exasperation yesterday that has me seriously regretting my "yes" vote on Proposition 100. The measure, which passed easily on...
Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice

Sandra Day O’Connor: Cyber civics from an irrefutable source

Since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired from her seat on the Supreme Court in 2006, life’s been busy. Recently, the Arizona native has been...

“Finding Susie” is Sandra Day O’Connor’s newest pet project

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by open desert, cattle and wildlife. So does the Sandra...
Christine Hoffman Ryan House Phoenix

Ryan House – Palliative care for kids, respite for weary families

Most parents know the feeling — the mixture of anticipation and guilt at the prospect of a vacation without the kids. You work hard...