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2014 Stories by Rob Kroehler

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  • Rock 'n' Readers

    published September 18, 2014

    Most of us who are raising young children in 2014 are grappling with a lot of challenging questions. How do we raise our children in the age of... More >>

  • Dimming Diamonds

    published September 11, 2014

    When the Arizona Diamondbacks and Padres kick off a three-game series at Chase Field, 401 East Jefferson Street, on Friday, September 12, the... More >>

  • A Brazilian Reasons

    published September 4, 2014

    In a funny sort of way, the word “Brazilian” sounds more like an unfathomably large number than an ethnicity. Well here in the... More >>

  • Heat Waves

    published August 28, 2014

    The words “endless” and “summer” probably conjure up an idea that most Phoenicians aren’t too hot on. Given our... More >>

  • Boldly Going to Avondale

    published August 21, 2014

    Perhaps the coffee is particularly potent, or maybe it’s all those late night Moons Over My Hammys, but when a group of science fiction... More >>

  • WTF WWE

    published August 14, 2014

    What do you get when you cross soap opera melodramatics with unbelievable muscles? World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. of course. Throw in some... More >>

  • Lynx to the Past

    published August 7, 2014

    It'd be pretty easy for sports fans to slouch into the doldrums of summer right about now. No NFL, no NBA, no NHL, and -- as the Diamondbacks... More >>

  • Fully Booked

    published July 24, 2014

    Bookworm without a clue? Let the experts at Scottsdale bookstore Poisoned Pen, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 101, pick your poison for... More >>

  • Hula-La

    published July 24, 2014

    Shot in the dark here: Hula dancing is trickier than it looks. Not buying it? Consider the last time you took a stab at that deviously complex... More >>

  • KITH on the Lips

    published July 17, 2014

    The Canadian comedy sketch show Kids In The Hall had one major flaw -- it was too good, too ahead of its time. Consequently, the show never... More >>

  • Francy Pants

    published July 10, 2014

    There's a reason why average Americans can't name more than a few French bands or musicians, past or present. It's because French music has... More >>

  • Hot Flashers

    published July 10, 2014

    Crazy as it sounds, there's a lot of animals and creepy crawlers that are actually indigenous to the very desert that, well, most of us aren't... More >>

  • Designated Drivers

    published July 3, 2014

    Just recently, the Valley welcomed its first Topgolf location. If you aren't familiar, Topgolf is like an international goofy golf franchise... More >>

  • Stripped Fridges

    published July 3, 2014

    In a world run amok with GIFs and hashtags aimed squarely at your funny bone, it's easy to forget that people used to get their chuckles from... More >>

  • White's Delight

    published June 26, 2014

    Jack White has a record label, Third Man Records. As one would expect, his roster comprises primarily bands and solo musicians. So when Mr.... More >>

  • D-Listers

    published June 19, 2014

    The Arizona Diamondbacks are having a tough year. Mark Trumbo, the team's best offseason acquisition, was leading the National League in homers... More >>

  • Mediums Go Big

    published June 19, 2014

    Ever since Apple introduced all of us to Siri, the once lucrative business of clairvoyance has been reeling. Not really. But for most of us... More >>

  • The Bloom of June

    published June 12, 2014

    Nearly a century ago, Irish author James Joyce penned what would become a classic of modernist literature in Ulysses. So much so that an... More >>

  • Django Explained

    published June 5, 2014

    Clapton, Hendrix, Page, Montgomery, Christian, Reinhardt. Don't worry, most folks glazed over while reading the back half of that sentence.... More >>

  • Bloody Good Books

    published May 29, 2014

    For Britain, most of the 19th century was marked by peace, growth, and, above all, opulence. We layfolk might be familiar with that time in... More >>

  • Seeing Red

    published May 29, 2014

    It's tough to think of an analogy that conveys how quickly and efficiently Phoenicians recede indoors for the summer only to emerge in late... More >>

  • Need for Speedo

    published May 22, 2014

    There aren't a lot of sports institutions whose rulebooks explicitly state, “speedos only.” Thank God. Sure, the Cards' linemen are... More >>

  • Making Waves Pools

    published May 15, 2014

    It certainly feels like there's a lot of events using the First Friday model nowadays, but keeping track of Second Saturdays and Twelfth... More >>

  • The Wreck Center

    published May 8, 2014

    If you can imagine a sport that combines the brutality of the NHL with the recklessness of NASCAR, only with more fisticuffs, more collisions,... More >>

  • The Royal Chi

    published May 1, 2014

    A good rule of thumb for Cinco de Mayo: If you can correctly spell “chihuahua,” then you need another margarita. In fact, if you... More >>

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