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By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

Local writer and owner/breeder/exhibitor of Shih Tzu dogs, Connie Warnock, recently collected all her articles and stories about her beloved pups into one charming and hilarious book called, “Dogs; The Best Medicine: The Kitchen Kennel Kronicles.”

Connie’s relationship with Shih Tzu’s began in 1978 with two puppies; a black and white female named Ping Jai Hua “Ping” and a male named MingSong Shu Si Ling (which roughly translated to “squirrel commando”!) Over the years, she made a name for herself in the dog show world earning many Best of Breeds and Best in Shows as a breeder/owner/handler (the triple threat!)

As her “herd” of Shih Tzus grew, she began to write for The Shih Tzu Reporter about her experiences as a breeder and about the everyday experiences of homelife with a multigenerational family of dogs. Her dog articles and stories eventually made it into local town newspapers such as the Sandy Profile, where she was a regular columnist for years. Continue reading

Artwork by Thom Maguire

Frank Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Boustrophedon(from Greek for ox-turning ) is writing that proceeds in one direction in one line (such as from left to right) and then in the reverse direction in the next line (such as from right to left).
Some ancient languages, including one form of ancient Greek (650 BC), were written this way.
The term derives from the way one would plow land with an ox, turning the ox back in the other direction at the end of a row. (It could be argued that boustrophedon is a more efficient way to both write and read, especially if your lines are very long.)

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When I was a junior in high school in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, I took Driver’s Ed. I was in no rush to get my driver’s license in Massachusetts where the weather was horrendous during the winter months (and I had been in 2 accidents as a passenger), but this seemed like an easy class to take and it allowed me the time to think about much more important things: Boys, and Cheerleading!

When I moved to Arizona the summer before my senior year, I changed my mind about getting my license. No snow or ice in Arizona – so I was ready to experience the freedom that most teenagers crave! Continue reading

By Marlon Furtado, Board member Apple Of His Eye Charities

Do you sometimes feel as though your faith needs a boost? Hebrews chapter eleven is often called the “Hall of Faith.” It is meant to encourage us, but sometimes I find it discouraging when I compare myself to the people listed. Take Abraham, for instance. Can you imagine if one morning you told your wife that God had instructed you to sell the house and pack the trailer for an unknown destination? Wouldn’t go over well in my home.

Or compare your faith to that of Noah. Try convincing your kids to spend most of their lives helping you build a monstrous ship in preparation for a flood God promised to send in 100 years. (Mind you, it had never even rained up to this time.) And what about Moses? His faith moved him to trade in a life of luxury for one filled with hardship, like giving up a lucrative job for minimum wage. And how about Joshua’s faith? He simply walked around Jericho for a week, gave one shout, and the walls of Jericho crumbled. Continue reading

We face a difficult reality when we try to help a hurting person find hope and healing, but they refuse our efforts. We have a certain advantage when dealing with our children, because we have the power to enforce a certain response. That is not necessarily a good thing, because eventually they will make their own choices. We want them to learn how to make good choices.

The power of personal choice is amazing, because our choices can take us to the greatest life imaginable or to a life of loss and failure. While many of our choices are affected by the influence of other people, as adults, we are responsible for the choices we make, including how we will respond to the poor choices others made for us earlier in life. Continue reading

While Scripture does not say as much as we’d like about circumstance-control, it says a great deal more than we like about self-control. Scripture warns, “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls” (Proverbs 25:28). Such a city, and such a person, will be left unhappy.

Without self-control on the inside, our lives are made vulnerable to innumerable assaults. That’s why God commands us, “Make every effort to supplement your . . . knowledge with self-control” (2 Peter 1:5-6). The Spirit-controlled believer is a self-controlled believer: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22–23). Continue reading

When people try to tell you that science and the Bible are in conflict, don’t believe them.

Now, to be sure, there can be a conflict between bad science and good theology, or between bad theology and good science, but it is impossible for there to be a conflict between good science and good theology, for the simple reason that God is the author of both. Continue reading

Art Crino

The regionalization that has appeared world-wide might be traced back to 1913 when a young revolutionary named Joseph Stalin wrote the short essay, Marxism and the National Question. The question posed was: how to do away with nationalism. The answer was Regionalization. (It’s on the internet in English.)

Jean Monnet, known as the father of the European Union (EU), herded the EU goal through The European Coal & Steel Commission and the European Common Market on to the EU. Continue reading

Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

We surely live in a fog these days that has nothing to do with weather conditions. On the best of days many are unable to see the obvious in front of them, let alone anything the least bit sophisticated. They are prisoners of a mindset, a swamp, so thick and so vast that they have little chance of escape.

Welcome to the “Deep State.” Here are three examples where the fog has begun to clear, even as it continues to roll back over us.

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Continue reading

In a huge win for religious liberty, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today in favor of the First Amendment. The justices rebuked the Colorado Civil Rights Commission for their dismissive and contemptuous ruling against Christian baker Jack Phillips.

Phillips had politely declined to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual “marriage,” on the constitutionally protected grounds that it would violate his conscience to do so. Phillips did this, it should be noted, at a time when same-sex “marriage” was not even legal in Colorado. The couple had gone to Massachusetts where, thanks to Mitt Romney, sodomy-based “marriage” has been “legal” since 2004. Then they came back to Colorado to celebrate. Continue reading

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