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Joy comes to Happy Jack

Religion | In rural Arizona, congregants at two churches forsake rivalry to pursue unity
by Victoria Johnson
Posted 10/08/20, 03:50 pm

They will know we are Christians by our love,” sang 40 gray-haired members of Blue Ridge Community Church in Happy Jack on a brisk Sunday morning. The refrain could be the motto of the church, but it wasn’t always so.

Happy Jack, an unincorporated area in rural northern Arizona, is home to about 900 year-round residents (mostly retirees or semi-retirees), not including the hunters, campers, and snowbirds.

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To Hollywood, with Legos

Lifestyle | Creativity and teamwork led Tyler and Amy Clites to a Lego Masters championship
by Victoria Johnson
Posted 5/21/20, 05:17 pm

Be in the world but not of it: A familiar concept for Christians, but easier said than done if the world is Hollywood reality TV. Just ask Florida couple Tyler and Amy Clites, champions of Fox’s new show Lego Masters.

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Library fines—gone with the wind?

Law | Many libraries have stopped charging for overdue books
by Victoria Johnson
Posted 10/10/19, 01:27 pm

The antechamber of the Mesquite Library in Phoenix, Ariz., is full of natural light and potted palms. Sporting a ball cap, Valerie Jones strides through, but turns back to give her opinion on library fines. Would a library without overdue book fines help her? “Yes!” 

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