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Fewer kids today doing chores, by any definition

Fewer kids today doing chores, by any definition

Chores may not be fun, but contribute to family life.

November 15, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Tuesday elections may bring respite from 'Political Commercial Overdose.'

Tuesday elections may bring respite from 'Political Commercial Overdose.'

Tucsonan diagnosed with Political Commercial Overdose.

November 01, 2014 5:00 pmLoading…
Bonnie Henry: Civics test needs civil unrest component

Bonnie Henry: Civics test needs civil unrest component

Lack of student knowledge more alarming than proposed exam.

October 18, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…
Bonnie toasts a Golden anniversary.

Bonnie toasts a Golden anniversary.

Bonnie celebrates 50 years of marriage and memories.

October 04, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Memorizing math problems adds up to better memory

Memorizing math problems adds up to better memory

Relying on memory - instead of app - boosts brain.

September 20, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…
Looking for the right starter husband — and podiatrist

Looking for the right starter husband — and podiatrist

Shoe ad sparks a bit of controversy over finding "Mr. Right Now" 

September 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Robots will never write this column, Bonnie said.

Robots will never write this column, Bonnie said.

Years ago, when all the manufacturing jobs were being outsourced to third-world countries, we ink-stained wretches used to joke, “Well, at least they can’t do that with our jobs.”

August 24, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Luxury homes going to the dogs

Luxury homes going to the dogs

Forget wine cellars, trend is now luxurious suites for dogs.

August 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Bonnie Henry: Go organic while you’re still breathing

Bonnie Henry: Go organic while you’re still breathing

Attempts to spin cigarettes as environmentally friendly go up in smoke.

July 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Lesson learned in the discovery of a worm

Lesson learned in the discovery of a worm

Letting kids explore is a valuable, difficult part of parenting.

July 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Earning the look of a well worn pair of jeans

Earning the look of a well worn pair of jeans

The eternal jeans question: to wash or not to wash

June 29, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: A tale of a throbbing toe and a crisis of conscience

It began with a pair of flip-flops and a stubbed toe. It ended with a .45 perched on the hip of a very angry man in line in front of me at the prescription counter.

June 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie and the bear

I lived in the desert five decades before I saw my first rattlesnake not behind glass — one up close and all too personal.

June 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: The one that got away, and the experience that stuck

Oh, it was a beauty, a silvery flash flecked with rainbow hues. And it was mine, all mine, if only for a minute or so.

May 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Spilled sodas aside, wait until a meatball rolls under your seat

‘Sticky and disgusting” used to be my youngest granddaughter’s favorite assessment of certain things she found objectionable. I told her it would also be a great name for a punk girl band.

May 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Spring tests bird ingenuity and determination

“Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it.”

April 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Cut the poor woman some slack: Barbie is not the enemy here

She may be the most hated blonde in America after Gwyneth Paltrow.

March 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Way out in the sticks, sameness rears its redundant head

Where were you when I needed you? Hmmm?

March 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wrinkles, schminkles — Helen Mirren, you rock

Cut it out, Christie. Knock it off, Raquel.

February 23, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: The future is here, and it's advertising

Someday we’ll all be outfitted with contact lenses, even those of us with 20/20 vision. And it won’t cost a dime. In fact, if you don’t really need the lenses, their manufacturers will pay you to wear them.

February 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Snap, Crackle, Pop – how could you?

OK, here I am back in December getting ready to crank out these peanut butter balls I only make, for good reason, during the holidays. Peanut butter? Check. Powdered sugar? Check. Butter? Check. Chocolate chips? Check. Parafin? Check — though getting harder to find all the time. Doesn’t anyo…

January 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Reality TV needs a reality check

The only modern-day reality show I’ve ever seen was the first episode of “Survivor.”

January 12, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

When rutabagas will fly: Bonnie’s 2014 forecast

Hello, 2013 survivors.

December 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Bonnie's list for Santa

Dear Santa,

December 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Memory of 11/22/63 still fresh 50 years on

Friday, Nov. 22, 1963: University of Arizona classes were over for the morning and I was driving to lunch at the Alpha Phi house, a sorority I had pledged as a freshman two months earlier.

November 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Ciao Italy

We ate, we drank, we stood, open-mouthed, in front of some of the world’s greatest monuments.

November 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Here’s an insider’s guide to what’s hip in Tucson

It’s always nice to be praised by out-of-towners, especially by a San Francisco writer who popped into Tucson earlier this year, did a quick look-see, and pronounced our little burg “hip.”

October 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Imagination... Is there an app for that?

Once upon a time, my kids had what was then considered a high-tech gizmo: one of those See ‘n Say toys, where you dial an image of a certain animal, such as a cow, pull a string, and out would come something along the lines of, “The cow says ‘moo.’” 

August 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: I'm getting happier all the time - at least, the pros say so

Where do they come up with these studies? The latest to be bandied about asserts that we are happiest at age 23 and again when we reach 69.

August 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: In order to shun your 'friends,' you must find them

Garbo said it best: "I vant to be alone." Good luck with that in today's overconnected world - both for movie stars and ordinary folk.

July 28, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: GPS directions (into nearest arroyo) helpful

Score one - or maybe two - for the Luddites.

July 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Eat patriotically - your toaster is watching you

OK, so it's all out there. My emails, my phone calls, my ceaseless surfing on the Internet.

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Mickey and Minnie, the rodent billionaires

Just about every day now, I send up a silent hosanna along the likes of: "Thank you, Oh Great One, for allowing me to raise my children before texting, sexting, Facebook, rap music and 'Gangnam Style.' " To that I must now add, "the exorbitant admission price for theme parks."

June 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Some days, teachers are first responders

Some took a bullet for the children. Months later, others would shield them with their own bodies under an avalanche of brick and lumber. They were the first of the first responders: the teachers of Newtown, Conn., and, later, Moore, Okla.

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: 'Comfort animals' make me a bit uncomfortable

Think flying with a squalling child in the seat next to you is hell? Try flying with a goat. Or maybe a monkey. Could happen, thanks to the animal's status as a certified emotional-support animal, or ESA, as it's known in the lingo.

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: The, er, sole of good service: knowledgeable clerks

Hey, I put my new shoes on - thanks to what may be a dying breed.

May 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: We mark seasons of year, of our lives, through trees

It is a great, gnarly beast, its roots burrowing deep beneath the caliche, its boughs reaching up to the heavens.

April 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: 2+2=4. Really. Is a calculator essential for that?

OK class, today's math problem is: Joe is buying a bottle of water that costs $1.97, total. He gives the clerk a five-dollar bill. Joe's correct change should be:

April 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Life with a semifunctional proboscis is no bed of roses

I'm a drip. So are you, and you, and all you multitudes of miserable souls who dare not stop to smell the roses, lest your nasal passages begin to hydrate in some socially unacceptable way.

March 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: There's only 1 password for me: thisisridiculous

If you are reading this without first having to remember a password, congratulations - and may the printed word never die.

March 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Making eye contact a lost art - let alone actual conversation

Just about every day I give thanks that I am no longer the mother of teenagers.

February 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Why dogs bark, or don't, and other great mysteries

Some time back - OK, it was 20 years ago - a couple of researchers posited, as researchers are prone to do, that dogs can and do bark "at everything and nothing, anytime of the day or night."

February 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Stop, look, listen for these drivers

Ah, it's that time of year again. Time to welcome all those who come to the desert seeking its warmth, its mayonnaise- and jalapeño-slathered hot dogs, and its gargantuan array of "Old West" souvenirs - quite possibly the largest assortment ever seen this side of China.

January 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Wakefield's closing doesn't mean it'll be forgotten

We used to call them junior highs, reserved for kids who'd reached the seventh, eighth, and - in earlier days - ninth grade here in Tucson. None of that middle school or K-8 stuff we largely have today.

January 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Pay attention now: Here's what'll happen in 2013

Here in the Old Pueblo - also known as 50 Shades of Beige - the last tamale has finally slid down the old gullet and all that remains of Christmas are the 347 needles (fake or real) that you'll be vacuuming out of the carpet until our first 100-degree day.

December 30, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Email notes can't match thrill of green, red envelopes

Every year, I drag out the list, dog-eared and faded - and so ancient that it originated on a typewriter, rather than a computer keyboard.

December 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Yes, in ways that matter, there is a Santa

The question I knew would eventually come arrived the day after Thanksgiving, halfway between the movies and the walk to Santa's workshop in the mall:

December 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Thanksgiving memories: not exactly what Rockwell envisioned

Every year, someone trots out that Norman Rockwell painting showing a family from the 1940s gathered at the Thanksgiving table. Centerpiece, of course, is the turkey, all fat and golden, waiting to be carved.

November 18, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Everyone has a political take, so why not me?

No matter who wins on Tuesday, there will be cries of impending doom, along with a great gnashing of teeth, rending of clothes, and a run on sackcloth and ashes down at the local "dollar" store.

November 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bonnie Henry: Down by the sea: Zonie drawn to peaceful shores

We come from the sea. We return to the sea. It's a draw I've felt nearly all of my life, mainly in the San Diego area. For years we camped along its beaches - beaches in some cases soon to be smothered in golf courses and fancy resorts.

October 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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