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Labor Day 2016

Here we go again! Revving up to celebrate another holiday most Americans know little to nothing about, but hey, a day’s break from labor? I’m in! Labor Day was actually declared a national holiday in 1894 after President Grover Cleveland failed to break up a massive railroad strike led by the American Railroad Union’s Eugene…

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Reflecting on the 4th of July

The 4th of July is right around the corner and for many of us, that means partaking in one of America’s great pastimes—fireworks.  Why do we celebrate with these rockets of firepower anyway?  Consider a letter written by John Adams.  Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of…

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Yuletide Greetings!

What’s your idea of a perfect holiday?  Is it gathering together with friends and family?  Cooking the perfect meal perfectly?  Kicking back next to a fire with a glass of eggnog?  How about listening to Wham’s “Last Christmas” 24 times on repeat?  Oh, right, that last one is everyone’s perfect holiday! If you’re imbibing in…

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Feasting, Drinking, and Driving

Family and friends gather around the table and its centerpiece, a giant turkey overflowing with stuffing, ready to be slathered with gravy or cranberry sauce, accompanied by sweet potatoes, and washed down with beer and wine.  As the food is passed around and the green bean casserole stays mysteriously intact, the conversation begins: “I told…

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Prost, Arizona! It’s Oktoberfest!

It’s October in Arizona, which basically means we’re entering into the best weather of the year!  We are all excited to exchange our air conditioned offices, movie theatres, and restaurants for hiking, biking, and weiner-dog races. Weiner-dog races, you say?  Yes!  On Sunday, October 11, 2015, you can watch 32 little dogs dash for a…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Arizona!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Arizona!  Whether you’re thinking of checking out the last night of the Pot of Gold music festival in Tempe, heading to Kelly’s At SouthBridge in Scottsdale or visiting a classic pub like Rosie McCaffrey’s, we wish luck of the Irish to everyone! Thinking of sharing a pitcher of green beer with some friends this evening?  You…