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What's Wickenburg Like?

That’s the question I got from a woman living in Sonoma, CA. She was sending her college-age son to live in Wickenburg for the summer and wanted to know what the town was like.

For a moment, I didn’t know what to say. Then the information started spouting from me like water from a fountain.

It’s a small town of about 4,500 year-round residents. Most of the residents are retirees, but there are also a lot of ranchers, builders, and health-care professionals. The people in town are in all income brackets, from very low income to millionaire status. Homes are …

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Legumes Without Fumes

In 1959, U.S. Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield said, “We stand on the threshold of rocket mail.”

Right. But nobody answered the doorbell. It seems we never predict the future accurately.

At the end of World War II, Life Magazine predicted that soon, each of us would fly his personal aircraft. These planes would fold up so we could store them easily in our plastic houses. Those houses would be wondrous places. When the woman of the house wanted to change decor, she could flip a switch and the walls would change colors.

Those dream years are long since past. We …

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