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A Peaceful Presence
June 6, 2015 0 12

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center of Phoenix by having a “Draw Mohammed” contest, burning Qurans, and yelling inflammatory things at the members of Muslim community as they entered for prayer. They claimed this was in response to the shooting in Garland, Texas, in which two Muslim men opened fire at a “Draw Mohammed” cartoon contest. Those two men were shot and killed by police officers, but one security guard was injured by the shooters. The cartoon contest was incredibly disrespectful, and the violent response by those two men was unspeakably destructive. Those two self-proclaimed supporters of ISIS put many people in harm’s way, including the many peaceful Muslims in America who would have to deal with the backlash. I posted one of...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center of Phoenix by having a “Draw Mohammed” contest, burning Qurans, and yelling inflammatory things at...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center of Phoenix by having a...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center...

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed last Thursday, I saw a few articles that greatly discouraged me. They described a group of armed bikers who were planning to protest the Islamic Cultural Center of Phoenix by having a “Draw Mohammed” contest, burning Qurans, and yelling inflammatory things at the members of Muslim community as they entered for prayer. They claimed this was in response to the shooting in Garland, Texas, in which two Muslim men opened fire at a “Draw Mohammed” cartoon contest. Those two men were shot and killed by police officers, but one security guard was injured...

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Skate After School
May 27, 2015 0 14

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix. The kids are part of an after school program called Skate After School, and they’re using their school gym in a way most P.E. teachers have never dreamed. Founded in 2013 by three veteran skateboarders, Skate After School aims to use skateboarding as a way to engage school kids in underserved neighborhoods using a sport that is usually associated with punk teenagers united in angst-ridden rebellion. The program takes place in the school gym, and the echo of wheels on the rubber gym floor means it’s loud, as at least 30 kids circle their way around the gym on donated skateboards as if it’s an ice skating rink. “It’s pretty chaotic here,” said Ryan Lay, Executive Director of...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix. The kids are part of an after school program called Skate After School, and they’re...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix. The kids are part of...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in...

Every Wednesday afternoon the unmistakable sound of skateboards smacking on hard ground and the rowdy yells of elementary school kids filter through gym doors onto the otherwise empty campus of David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix. The kids are part of an after school program called Skate After School, and they’re using their school gym in a way most P.E. teachers have never dreamed. Founded in 2013 by three veteran skateboarders, Skate After School aims to use skateboarding as a way to engage school kids in underserved neighborhoods using a sport that is usually associated with punk teenagers united in angst-ridden rebellion. The...

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Growing Together
May 20, 2015 0 13

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on Glendale Avenue in central Phoenix, it feels like a sanctuary. Secluded. Safe. Annie Mittelstaedt, the garden’s co-founder, smiles when she is asked about how her vision transpired into the “holy” place where she is sitting today. Although her sunglasses cover the emotion reflected in her eyes, the smile that appears could tell a hundred stories. Stories that, if she had the time to share them all, would speak of countless moments orchestrated by the hand of God and the kindness of people, coming together to bring forth something unexplainable. garden1 “Nine years ago, my husband and his brothers acquired this property to build on,” she begins. “The market wasn’t great...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on Glendale Avenue in central Phoenix, it feels like a sanctuary. Secluded. Safe. Annie Mittelstaedt, the garden’s...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on Glendale Avenue in central Phoenix,...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on...

It’s a balmy spring day, and we sit in the lulling stillness that garden settings often afford in the morning hours. Although a steady stream of traffic buzzes just outside the Growing Together gates on Glendale Avenue in central Phoenix, it feels like a sanctuary. Secluded. Safe. Annie Mittelstaedt, the garden’s co-founder, smiles when she is asked about how her vision transpired into the “holy” place where she is sitting today. Although her sunglasses cover the emotion reflected in her eyes, the smile that appears could tell a hundred stories. Stories that, if she had the time to share them all,...

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Transforming Schools, Transforming Communities
May 13, 2015 0 6

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many different places all at the same time, and we began to discover each other." Tracey Beal, Pastor of Community Development at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship, wrote these words in a blog post last September as she and a few friends launched SchoolConnectAZ.com, a website dedicated to "blowing wind into the sails of this movement to love schools." Jill Hicks, Community Engagement Specialist for Washington Elementary School District, believes the time is ripe for this new kind of collaboration. "With the current political climate and the changing nature of public education funding in Arizona, things are looking bad,” she says. “But this forces us to look around and engage in a way we haven't before. At one time,...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many different places all at the same time, and we began to discover each other." Tracey Beal,...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many different places all at the...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many...

"I don’t think there was a moment in the very beginning [when] a bunch of us gathered and decided to try to make a difference in education. This concern for schools popped up from many different places all at the same time, and we began to discover each other." Tracey Beal, Pastor of Community Development at Pure Heart Christian Fellowship, wrote these words in a blog post last September as she and a few friends launched SchoolConnectAZ.com, a website dedicated to "blowing wind into the sails of this movement to love schools." Jill Hicks, Community Engagement Specialist for Washington Elementary School District,...

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Going Analog
November 25, 2015 0 4

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely a thing of the past. Independent photo labs like Phoenix Photo Lab and Tempe Camera, as well as a few large companies, such as Walgreens and...

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely a thing of the past. Independent photo labs like Phoenix Photo Lab and Tempe Camera, as...

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely...

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely a thing of the past. Independent photo labs like Phoenix Photo...

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely a thing of the past. Independent photo labs like Phoenix Photo...

Nearly everyone has a digital camera or at least a phone with a camera these days, but that doesn’t mean that film photography is completely a thing of the past. Independent photo labs like Phoenix Photo Lab and Tempe Camera, as well as a few large companies, such as Walgreens and Costco, still offer film processing in the Phoenix area, and some local photographers prefer film photography over digital. “[My friend] let me use her camera one day and I just fell in love with it over digital – I don’t know why,” local photographer Sheldon Chambers said. “It brought back that...

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