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Month: July 2017

Market Report – Distressed Residential Properties June 2017 ARMLS

 Permission is granted only to ARMLS® Subscribers for reproduction from 2017 ARMLS® STAT – with attribution to “ARMLS® COPYRIGHT 2017”.   Foreclosures pending month-over-month showed no change (0%) while the year-over-year figure was down 21.5%. Considering selling your Arizona home but not sure how to go about it? Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can share with you our proven home selling process.  No hype. No gimmicks. No nonsense.   Just Results!        —————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Click the button below to Subscribe to our Arizona Real Estate blog!   All images purchased and  licensed from Shutterstock , shared from YouTube, sourced from Vectortoons, or were taken by the author unless otherwise noted....

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Why Does Freemasonry Support Public Schools?

Each year the California Grand Lodge and its constituent Masonic lodges throughout the state proclaim one month to be “Public Schools Month.” A proclamation is routinely delivered by the sitting Grand Master, read aloud in each constituent lodge during one or more monthly stated meetings. Its purpose has always been to encourage lodges to plan a program publicly supporting Public Schools in a way that reveals for all to see the depth of Freemasonry’s commitment. Until 2011, each constituent lodge was generally left to decide for itself what to do without the benefit of also embracing a statewide Masonic project in which it could become involved. That effort has been a rather haphazard implementation of a series of different activities by different lodges working independently of each other. The programs ranged from elaborate and energetic interaction with selected Public Schools to nothing at all. There are many various reasons why certain lodges have done little or nothing. In some lodges the members have not been particularly active outside of lodge ritual or lodge social events. In other lodges the past leadership simply did not provide adequate vision. And in yet other lodges financial resources were inadequate to do much more than struggle to support the bare minimum of activities. But all of that changed in 2011 for California Masons and their lodges. Grand Master William J. Bray III led...

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Medical Marijuana and Employment Issues

It should be noted that this article is for information purposes only and should not, under any circumstances, be accepted as legal advice or health advice. Though many states have chosen to pass medical marijuana laws, this does not mean that all companies are supporting its use. Scientific studies have shown that medical marijuana, when used appropriately, can help some medical conditions, but employers who are concerned about employee drug use may not agree. Some medical marijuana patients may find themselves in trouble with their employers if they are not careful about their use, and documenting their usage. Every employer and situation is different, but being aware of possible issues is a good idea for any medical user. The Legality of Medical Marijuana Many states in the United States allow patients with a medical marijuana card to be able to use marijuana without any issue. The patients need to carry the card with them and only purchase the marijuana they use from licensed sellers. It is also the patient’s responsibility to use the drug as directed by their doctor, while also using the drug within the confines of their own home. Since the federal law in the United States has not legalized the use of marijuana, the state laws can only go so far to protect patients. Sometimes, the patients may still find themselves in legal trouble if the...

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Reflections on an Introduction to a Poetry Anthology Entitled ‘Africa, Where Art Thou?’

It is very hard to fall in love with something and give yourself over to it completely. Why do I write? I pay attention to what came before and then I fast forward to a time when I sense people will come after me (when I am no longer here) who will survive their own possession of a third World War inside their minds more than anywhere else. I think about their lives and what impact my writing will have on them in the future. Nothing has really seemed to change for the teenagers, the so-called phenomena of the ‘lost generation’. I write for them too (those who have not known any happiness or peace of mind in their lives, any warmth or emotional sensitivity. I feel love for them and empathy and this is the only way that I can express what I think and feel because when I speak, the words are not often there) who are growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in my neighbourhood. It has made me want to claim an identity for myself that is not a bitter pill to swallow. I am an African writer who represents a disenfranchised, marginalised, underprivileged youth who are on the whole ignored, seen as an unwanted burden because we do not seem to fit the mould of being rich and educated. Our lives...

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tom bird, tom bird retreat, ryan hightower,craigslist book

“How I wrote My Book in 4 Days….And How You Can Too” An Un-solicited Testimonial and True Story ….By Ryan B. Hightower 12/14/09 5:07 am-6:38am 1 hour and 31 minutes….3903 words (2602words/per hour) Have you ever had one of those nights when God woke you up with something to tell you? You know…where you go to bed after a long day or long week…just as tired as can be….totally sure that you need your full eight….and then two or three hours in….you wake up…totally alert…totally wide eyed….and can’t get back to sleep for the rest of the night? Last night….was one of those nights for ME. What I’m about to share with you….may “rock your world”. It did mine. It may change your life forever….it certainly did mine. I hope it changes yours too. My name is Ryan Hightower. I’m 34 years old and I live in Phoenix, Arizona. I have 4 beautiful daughters. Im just a regular guy…with a lot of great ideas. I have no college degree…no formal writing experience to speak of. I have been mostly self employed since the age of 14 (the last 20 years)…mainly because I wasn’t willing to settle for the wages and satisfaction that a regular job pays….and because I had little interest in selling out of my own dreams at the expense of helping someone else achieve theirs (the bosses)....

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