“God, what is poor?” – Chapter 5

by Esther Turner Cotton In fond remembrances of Mother and Daddy Dedicated to Nadine, my sister Chapter 5 Nadine and J.T. attended Junior High – or South School – across the railroad tracks and south of town out on the ChuiChui Highway.  Nadine was in sixth grade and J.T. was in seventh. Mother took us into … Read More…

“God, what is poor?” – Chapter 6

This final chapter of Esther Cotton’s memoir is poignant for me. Since the early 1930s, my grandparents lived on Peart Road at the base of the Casa Grande Mountain and my father’s closest friend was Cline Sligh, Mary Rugg’s brother, who became my father’s Best Man when he married my mother on November 30, 1947 … Read More…

“God, what is poor?” – Chapter 4

by Esther Turner Cotton In fond remembrances of Mother and Daddy Dedicated to Nadine, my sister Chapter 4 On Sunday morning, we – the kids – got cleaned up and dressed in our best clothes and went to Sunday School. Mr. Ethington came by in his big Plymouth sedan, picked us up, and we made … Read More…

REMEMBERING TO FORGET

  by Donna McBride I remember drawing pictures in grade school that ended up on the refrigerator, no matter how ugly they really were. As a teenager, I tried other ways to score some points with my mom so I could stay out late on Saturday night. And as I moved into my twenties, I just … Read More…

CAN THEY DO IT?

by Richard O’Neil, CPA (and proud Grandpa to one of the team members) Can the Casa Grande Dream Team really make dreams come true? This team of young Casa Grande dancers formed in August of 2015 with three goals in mind – to fulfill their own dreams of competing on an international stage, to take … Read More…

TEN THOUSANDS DOLLARS LATER…

What Happened After Winning Arizona Gives Day? by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator Last April we competed in Arizona Gives Day – a 24 hour online giving campaign for nonprofits across Arizona – and won $10,000 in prize money! It was the support of our community that put us on top, so we returned the favor … Read More…

CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE

by Donna McBride Rain, snow and ice – it sounds like the winter storm everyone back East has been experiencing. It actually describes one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. Alaska cruises once had the reputation of being an “old people” cruise, but I can tell you, it isn’t! We had the good fortune … Read More…