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The List: The Most Horrible Farm Jobs January 30, 2013

By Julie Murphree and Brent Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air Editor’s Note: Our latest list involves jobs on the farm (Originally published in 2006). Life on the farm is not all happiness and fresh air. There is a lot of hard work and not a few really crappy jobs. So here’s our latest list. Special note: [...]

We’ll Be Forever Telling the Story of Arizona Agriculture January 28, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air The New Year has already begun feel old. Yes, it’s only January but it’s speeding by. Pretty soon we’ll be reflecting on 2013 with all the milestones arranged for remembrance. Ever since I started at Arizona Farm Bureau, it’s just sped by. There is one constant, [...]

Roots: What’s In A Name? January 25, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article, originally appeared in Julie’s Fresh Air in 2006, gives more insights into a family’s history via the naming of their children.   By Pennee Murphree, guest blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air Names are so interesting. When you examine the names within your family tree you discover that they say a lot [...]

Ancestors’ Given Names Become History Lesson for Modern-Day Family January 23, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared for Julie’s Fresh Air in 2009   By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air Every time I look through the 10,966 people I have in my “All My Family” file on my Family Tree program, I get a history lesson. Since Julie has asked me to occasionally write [...]

Surfers Will Get Their WetSuits from the Arizona Desert in the Future January 21, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the January 2013 issue of Arizona Agriculture By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau You certainly won’t miss the irony here. Thanks to a unique plant that thrives in the Arizona desert, surfers will be getting their “all-natural” wetsuits from the Arizona desert. Patagonia Inc., a leading designer of [...]

Roots: Preacher Grandma Survives a Runaway Horse January 18, 2013

Editor’s Note: If you dig into your family roots, you’ll discover you have a lot of awesome Grandmas, like mine. My Grandma Holcombe was a preacher. Now I understand that tendency to get on a soap box and preach … This story was originally published for Julie’s Fresh Air in 2006.   Family Research From [...]

Roots: When Outlaws Pop Up in Your Family Tree January 16, 2013

Editor’s Note: As you dive deeper into your family tree, you discover the good, the bad and the downright ugly. It’s not only a lesson in history, but in what families must overcome namely bad reputations. Since Mom had already found outlaws on her side of the family tree, it was time to uncover some [...]

Liberated from the Ironing Board January 14, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article originally ran in Julie’s Fresh Air in 2008. By Pennee Murphree, guest blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air This morning I decided to put a pretty new ironing board pad on my old ironing board. I bought it about a month ago and am finally getting around to putting it on. I [...]

Aerobatic competition enhances father-son bond January 11, 2013

Editor’s Note: The Arizona Republic’s Chandler edition in 2007 published an article about my Dad, Pat Murphree, and brother, Curt. It’s about their aerobatic flying written by Jim Walters. Since this week I’ve been talking about Dad’s flying adventures in Julie’s Fresh Air, I republish this story here. Currently, he trains young aspiring pilots to get [...]

I Grew up Hanging Upside Down in the Seat of an Aerobatics Airplane January 9, 2013

Editor’s Note: The following story originally ran in Julie’s Fresh Air in 2010. Recently, Aunt Sandy and I took the nieces and nephews down to Da and Pappa’s (Mom and Dad’s) to hang out on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Whenever we’re there the lazy Sunday afternoon turns busy and fun. Mom and Dad live in [...]

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