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Barbara Russek

Without help, mini-mishap could easily have turned major

I don’t know if the term “bicyclist’s high” exists, but what I do know is that once I’ve built up a little momentum on my vintage Triumph bicycle (circa 1970) a feeling comes over me that is simultaneously invigorating and relaxing.

March 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Obamas set a good example for other couples

My valentine to Barack and Michelle Obama has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with admiration for them as a couple. Since I’m not very politicized, I’ll leave commentary on issues both foreign and domestic to the political pundits — with one caveat. There is a domestic issue…

February 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Barbara Russek: Do these conversational bugaboos bug you, too?

During some of our crisp January afternoons, I’ve been enjoying a steaming cup of peppermint tea al fresco at the neighborhood coffeehouse. Tables there are placed fairly close together, and I can’t help but overhear snippets of others’ conversations.

January 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

A little piece of paradise in the desert

Where do you go to get away from it all — where you can infuse a little tranquility into your stressful holiday schedule? Perhaps it’s at the crest of North Campbell Avenue with its expansive desert view. Maybe it’s a relaxing walk after work, when you pause to admire one of our orange sherb…

December 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Barbara Russek: Here's how to enjoy holiday gift exchanges

Halloween has been over just a few short weeks, but the merriment continues with December holidays, which are getting a November jump-start this year. To confirm this all one has to do is:

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Here's why we love and live in the Old Pueblo

Back in the dinosaur days when the school year started after Labor Day and ended around Memorial Day, a joke circulated among faculty members as the year drew to a close: What are a teacher’s three favorite months? June, July and August!

October 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

People are as beautiful as sights, sounds of beach town

I have many great memories of the time I spent in Pacific Grove, Calif., this past summer:

October 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Doves are gentle vacation memory

One of my favorite things to do while spending time in a new town is to take a long, leisurely walk, meandering along city streets, delighting in discovering shops with intriguing names that gently coax passersby inside.

August 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Book in right hands after circuitous trip

In one of my favorite "Seinfeld" episodes, Jerry shows Elaine the label maker he has just received as a thank-you gift from their mutual friend Tim Whatley. Examining the gift, Elaine realizes it's the label maker she had given Tim for Christmas. During that episode, "regift" was introduced …

August 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Golden oldie movie lines sometimes get it just right

Do you ever wonder who would buy any of those obsolescent VHS movies donated to thrift stores? I can name at least one person: me. I add them to my collection of favorite movies that I want to replay during our scorchingly hot summer afternoons. At this time there's nothing like the escape o…

July 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Beat the heat: Sleep all day, then do business overnight

Dog days of summer here in the Old Pueblo have hit with a vengeance. As if part of some masochistic ritual, we obsessively listen to the daily weather report in the hope of hearing a news flash about an upcoming cold snap.

June 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Some Tucsonans share their restaurant faves

Choosing a restaurant reminds me of the first few lines of the old Girl Scout song: make new friends but keep the old. New friends (i.e., places to dine) can easily be made with the help of various Tucson's polls, reviews in the paper and the best advertisement of all - word of mouth.

June 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Gratitude one of many Mother's Day blessings

Many of us look forward to this Sunday as a day to celebrate Mother and honor connection. For others, however, it's a day to accept Mother as she is and honor reconciliation.

May 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Soul-searching, stumbles led me to a new passion

I'm an arts-and-crafts-fair junkie. But at the most recent fair I attended, I got something much more valuable than a piece of pottery or turquoise jewelry.

May 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Getting to know your neighbors - a step toward fostering community

Tucson is still healing from the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting and one of the lingering topics is: Is there anything we can do to help prevent another such tragedy in our city?

March 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Unlike in Midwest, February is lively time here for a birthday

Growing up in the Midwest I always thought of early February as a rather blah time for my birthday. It was just another gray day in the middle of a cold, damp winter - way too late to take its place in the festive world of December holidays. Mother tried her best to give my birthday parties …

February 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Inauguration framed many inspiring American stories

I got a few shivers while watching President Obama's second inauguration, but they had nothing to do with the weather - it was a beautiful day in Tucson and Washington, D.C.

February 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Thank-you note: Still good manners

Santa's back at the North Pole with an empty sleigh. Gifts have been used, enjoyed, or maybe exchanged. Wrapping paper and ribbon have been tossed or added to the stash. There is one thing that may be left to do - acknowledge those gifts.

January 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Words, however simple, hold power to keep one going

One day some years ago while substitute-teaching in public schools, I noticed a poster taped to the wall of a middle school classroom. It said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may break my heart."

December 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Notable locals talk Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Nothing makes folks feel more like family - even an extended family of 314 million - than partaking of a festive meal on the same day.

November 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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