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Bonnie Henry: Spring tests bird ingenuity and determination

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it.”

April 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Cut the poor woman some slack: Barbie is not the enemy here

She may be the most hated blonde in America after Gwyneth Paltrow.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Way out in the sticks, sameness rears its redundant head

Where were you when I needed you? Hmmm?

March 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wrinkles, schminkles — Helen Mirren, you rock

Cut it out, Christie. Knock it off, Raquel.

February 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: The future is here, and it's advertising

Someday we’ll all be outfitted with contact lenses, even those of us with 20/20 vision. And it won’t cost a dime. In fact, if you don’t really need the lenses, their manufacturers will pay you to wear them.

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Snap, Crackle, Pop – how could you?

OK, here I am back in December getting ready to crank out these peanut butter balls I only make, for good reason, during the holidays. Peanut butter? Check. Powdered sugar? Check. Butter? Check. Chocolate chips? Check. Parafin? Check — though getting harder to find all the time. Doesn’t anyo…

January 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Reality TV needs a reality check

The only modern-day reality show I’ve ever seen was the first episode of “Survivor.”

January 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

When rutabagas will fly: Bonnie’s 2014 forecast

Hello, 2013 survivors.

December 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Bonnie's list for Santa

Dear Santa,

December 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Memory of 11/22/63 still fresh 50 years on

Friday, Nov. 22, 1963: University of Arizona classes were over for the morning and I was driving to lunch at the Alpha Phi house, a sorority I had pledged as a freshman two months earlier.

November 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ciao Italy

We ate, we drank, we stood, open-mouthed, in front of some of the world’s greatest monuments.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Here’s an insider’s guide to what’s hip in Tucson

It’s always nice to be praised by out-of-towners, especially by a San Francisco writer who popped into Tucson earlier this year, did a quick look-see, and pronounced our little burg “hip.”

October 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Imagination... Is there an app for that?

Once upon a time, my kids had what was then considered a high-tech gizmo: one of those See ‘n Say toys, where you dial an image of a certain animal, such as a cow, pull a string, and out would come something along the lines of, “The cow says ‘moo.’” 

August 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: I'm getting happier all the time - at least, the pros say so

Where do they come up with these studies? The latest to be bandied about asserts that we are happiest at age 23 and again when we reach 69.

August 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: In order to shun your 'friends,' you must find them

Garbo said it best: "I vant to be alone." Good luck with that in today's overconnected world - both for movie stars and ordinary folk.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: GPS directions (into nearest arroyo) helpful

Score one - or maybe two - for the Luddites.

July 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Eat patriotically - your toaster is watching you

OK, so it's all out there. My emails, my phone calls, my ceaseless surfing on the Internet.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Mickey and Minnie, the rodent billionaires

Just about every day now, I send up a silent hosanna along the likes of: "Thank you, Oh Great One, for allowing me to raise my children before texting, sexting, Facebook, rap music and 'Gangnam Style.' " To that I must now add, "the exorbitant admission price for theme parks."

June 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Some days, teachers are first responders

Some took a bullet for the children. Months later, others would shield them with their own bodies under an avalanche of brick and lumber. They were the first of the first responders: the teachers of Newtown, Conn., and, later, Moore, Okla.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: 'Comfort animals' make me a bit uncomfortable

Think flying with a squalling child in the seat next to you is hell? Try flying with a goat. Or maybe a monkey. Could happen, thanks to the animal's status as a certified emotional-support animal, or ESA, as it's known in the lingo.

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: The, er, sole of good service: knowledgeable clerks

Hey, I put my new shoes on - thanks to what may be a dying breed.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: We mark seasons of year, of our lives, through trees

It is a great, gnarly beast, its roots burrowing deep beneath the caliche, its boughs reaching up to the heavens.

April 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: 2+2=4. Really. Is a calculator essential for that?

OK class, today's math problem is: Joe is buying a bottle of water that costs $1.97, total. He gives the clerk a five-dollar bill. Joe's correct change should be:

April 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Life with a semifunctional proboscis is no bed of roses

I'm a drip. So are you, and you, and all you multitudes of miserable souls who dare not stop to smell the roses, lest your nasal passages begin to hydrate in some socially unacceptable way.

March 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: There's only 1 password for me: thisisridiculous

If you are reading this without first having to remember a password, congratulations - and may the printed word never die.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Making eye contact a lost art - let alone actual conversation

Just about every day I give thanks that I am no longer the mother of teenagers.

February 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Why dogs bark, or don't, and other great mysteries

Some time back - OK, it was 20 years ago - a couple of researchers posited, as researchers are prone to do, that dogs can and do bark "at everything and nothing, anytime of the day or night."

February 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Stop, look, listen for these drivers

Ah, it's that time of year again. Time to welcome all those who come to the desert seeking its warmth, its mayonnaise- and jalapeño-slathered hot dogs, and its gargantuan array of "Old West" souvenirs - quite possibly the largest assortment ever seen this side of China.

January 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Wakefield's closing doesn't mean it'll be forgotten

We used to call them junior highs, reserved for kids who'd reached the seventh, eighth, and - in earlier days - ninth grade here in Tucson. None of that middle school or K-8 stuff we largely have today.

January 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Pay attention now: Here's what'll happen in 2013

Here in the Old Pueblo - also known as 50 Shades of Beige - the last tamale has finally slid down the old gullet and all that remains of Christmas are the 347 needles (fake or real) that you'll be vacuuming out of the carpet until our first 100-degree day.

December 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Email notes can't match thrill of green, red envelopes

Every year, I drag out the list, dog-eared and faded - and so ancient that it originated on a typewriter, rather than a computer keyboard.

December 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Yes, in ways that matter, there is a Santa

The question I knew would eventually come arrived the day after Thanksgiving, halfway between the movies and the walk to Santa's workshop in the mall:

December 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Thanksgiving memories: not exactly what Rockwell envisioned

Every year, someone trots out that Norman Rockwell painting showing a family from the 1940s gathered at the Thanksgiving table. Centerpiece, of course, is the turkey, all fat and golden, waiting to be carved.

November 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Everyone has a political take, so why not me?

No matter who wins on Tuesday, there will be cries of impending doom, along with a great gnashing of teeth, rending of clothes, and a run on sackcloth and ashes down at the local "dollar" store.

November 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Down by the sea: Zonie drawn to peaceful shores

We come from the sea. We return to the sea. It's a draw I've felt nearly all of my life, mainly in the San Diego area. For years we camped along its beaches - beaches in some cases soon to be smothered in golf courses and fancy resorts.

October 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Return of avocado kitchen surely a sign of end times

What?!! Are you out of your minds?!! A few weeks ago, an article ran in this very paper promoting a young, obviously delusional couple who had remodeled their kitchen back to the Avocado Epoch.

October 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Sweet smell of bacon cooking under the pines makes this camper happy; no glamour required

My first "tent" was a bedspread. My first "bed" a blow-up mattress with a leak of undetermined origin. No need to ask why I no longer go camping.

September 23, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: We won't return to bad old days before the pill

Maybe it's a good thing. Was it just a couple of years ago that women of a certain age were lamenting the fact that young women had little idea - or appreciation - of the battles that had been fought for equality?

September 09, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Granny, Gramps want security for their kids, too

Timing is everything. As the first swell of what has now become a tsunami of retiring baby boomers, we've enjoyed the benefits of Medicare for a couple of years now.

August 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: One of childhood's joys has melted away in Scottsdale

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Well, except for Scottsdale, that is.

August 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: When summer was for Archie, Jughead - and Dubble Bubble

Summers, not winters, are what I best remember about being a kid. Winters were sensible shoes and scratchy sweaters, multiplication tables and trudging to school.

July 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: It needs work: America can't rest on laurels

Come Wednesday there will be parades. There will be watermelon busts and pie-eating contests. And there will be bombast - both pyrotechnic and oratorical in nature.

July 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Journey into family history begets a long list of begats

They are the sturdy, no-nonsense names parents once bestowed upon their sons. Names like Elijah and Elihu, Johannes and Gustavus. And they are all father to me - many generations removed.

June 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: If you sound mad, scornful, here's the job for you

It is a voice that would never sell diapers. Or cosmetics. Or remedies for erectile dysfunction. Yet we know it instantly, dripping with sarcasm and scorn.

June 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: C.E. Rose made it happen for me, too

You done good. When I read the other day that C.E. Rose K-8 School had won a national education award for excellence, I just about busted my buttons.

May 20, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: 'Mommy wars' weren't even a soft rumble back in my day

I was a stay-at-home mom. I was a working mom. I was lucky. Both were by choice. If there were any "mommy wars" out there, they raged far from my consciousness.

May 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Wastin' away in kitchen-gadget heaven - or hell

My mother was a wonderful cook. She used four electrical kitchen "gadgets" that I remember. One was a toaster - the heavy chrome kind that was worth repairing if it broke. The other three were a small hand mixer, a turkey roaster that she only used once a year, and a waffle iron so heavy it …

April 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Distant train, coyote's howl, Johnny Cash: sounds to treasure

Johnny Cash sang it best: "I hear the train a comin,' it's rollin' 'round the bend."

April 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Tide in the drug world: 'Getting clean' has new meaning for addicts

Tide? Seriously? I thought my husband was joking when I came home from running errands and he said, "Lock up your Tide." Then I heard the news.

March 27, 2012 2:00 pmLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Let's talk about what 'skin in the game' means for students

I grew up on Tucson's south side, in one of the town's poorest neighborhoods. But it was a working poor neighborhood, filled with fathers who worked with their hands, and mothers who raised kids but often worked outside the home as well.

March 13, 2012 2:00 pmLoading…

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