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TUCSON SALVAGE: A Mother’s Love for the Abandoned

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Ho-Ho-Holidays! Your guide to seasonal shopping in a pandemic

CURRENTS: COVID Cases Continue to Skyrocket

CHOW: Where To Get A Thanksgiving Dinner

CINEMA: The Loft’s Outdoor and Online Short Film Fest


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Supreme Court weighs case against Affordable Care Act

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University of Arizona will return to remote learning after Fall Break

TUCSON SALVAGE

A tree grows in Tucson

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WITH COVID CASES RISING ACROSS the state—and the country—the holidays are certainly going to look different this year. Health officials are urging us to avoid big gatherings so that our celebratory parties don’t become super-spreader events. Many of our favorite Christmas events—moments such as strolling through Winterhaven—have been cancelled. And with so many of our fellow Tucsonans out of work, it seems that cheer is in short supply. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a fun holiday. In this week’s Holidaze insert, we share some ideas about where to shop and how to bring some happiness to strangers through gifts for those who have little this holiday season. Please shop local and help those small businesses that have taken a terrible hit this year. Elsewhere in the book this week: Staff reporter Nicole Ludden has the details about the Supreme Court weighing a case against the Affordable Care Act, and catches up with Rex Scott, a Democrat who pulled off an upset victory in his race for the Pima County Board of Supervisors; Tucson Salvage columnist Brian Smith introduces us to Lynda Hudman, who has dedicated her life to raising kids abandoned by others; UA Journalism School

intern Quinn McVeigh catches up with former Tucson Weekly contributor Dave Devine, who has written a new book, Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson: 1854-1912; another of our UA Journalism School interns, Madison McCormick, previews this week’s outdoor short film fest at The Loft Cinema; Cannabis 520 columnist David Abbott looks at how prosecutors are giving up cases of marijuana possession after voters legalized marijuana use by adults; and calendar editor Emily Dieckman offers some safe activities if you are going stir-crazy inside your house. Plus we have details about where to order a Thanksgiving dinner if you don’t feel like cooking, Savage Love columnist Dan Savage has some advice about improving your sex life and Rob Brezsny predicts your future in his poetic horoscope. Plus, cartoons, puzzles and more in our pages! Stay safe out there! — Jim Nintzel Executive Editor Hear Nintz talk about the latest on the outbreak and other news at 8:30 Wednesday mornings on The Frank Show on KLPX, 91.1 FM.

RANDOM SHOTS By Rand Carlson

The Loft Cinema is replacing their annual Film Fest with a Short Film Fest, which you can watch online

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January Contreras: “Many experts who are not biased don’t believe this litigation ever belonged in court, because Congress has had its say, and Congress did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they kept it in place with the exception of one provision.”

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As Supreme Court weighs case against Affordable Care Act, advocates discuss the importance of the nation’s healthcare law By Nicole Ludden nicolel@tucsonlocalmedia.com AS THE NATION’S HIGHEST COURT heard oral arguments last week in the Trump administration-led lawsuit to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), proponents of the Obama-era health care reform law were spreading awareness about what repealing the act could mean for a country overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Protect Our Care Arizona, a healthcare advocacy organization, held a virtual press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 10, to discuss what it means if the Supreme Court overturns the ACA, which the group says would put 2.8 million Arizonans with pre-existing conditions at risk of losing their healthcare coverage. The ACA currently prevents health insurance companies from refusing cover-

age based on pre-existing conditions. If it were repealed, many of the unknown, long-term side effects of COVID-19 could be used by private insurance providers to deny care. The argument against the ACA, made by the Republican Attorneys General of 18 states—including Arizona’s Mark Brnovich, is that the entire act should be thrown out because its individual mandate that most U.S. citizens have health insurance is unconstitutional. The healthcare bill has been upheld by the Supreme Court twice before, but now—a week after the presidential election—it’s facing a majority of 6-3 Republican-appointed justices. Will Humble, the executive director for the Arizona Public Health Association, said at the Protect Our Care press conference that he’s worried about the ACA’s fate, and pointed to the Supreme Court’s minority opinion when the act

went to trial in 2012 and four dissenting justices agreed it’s illegal in its entirety. “There are things that we need to think through and prepare for in advance so that if the court does end up striking down the Affordable Care Act, we’re prepared as a community to have an alternative plan that handles many of the aspects, if not all the aspects that the Affordable Care Act took care of,” Humble said. “A lot of that’s going to depend on the nuances of what the court actually decides in the event that that the ACA is stricken in its entirety, which, by the way, I wouldn’t be surprised to see.” Given the possibility the ACA could be overturned in a court with a majority of Republican-appointed justices, Humble believes there’s a need for a solid replacement to the health care bill that has directed health insurance policy for 10 years. “I think we have to operate under the assumption that there’s a good chance that the Affordable Care Act is going to be stricken by this new court, and we’ve got to be prepared for some kind of plan B at the national level,” Humble said. “I don’t know exactly what that is, but hopefully a lot of people are thinking about that and documenting it so that there’d be some shovel ready work to be done in the event that it’s necessary in 2021.” A viable replacement to the ACA would start at Congress, but Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran says it’s difficult to create a backup plan without knowing any of the parameters in doing so. “The next phase, we are thinking about it, we’re trying to understand. But until we get the decision and the opinions that are written for that decision out, we’re not going to know exactly what we have to plan for. So in other words, we have to plan for everything,” O’Halleran said. The U.S. Representative for Arizona’s first congressional district says within his own experience in Congress, Republicans have failed to deliver an adequate health care replacement plan and said “there is no plan B right now for the Republican side of the aisle.” When it comes to the Democratic side, O’Halleran said, “We are trying to understand fully that we have to have something potentially up and going as quickly as possible in the house, and see if we can work with the Senate to get something through.” Though he didn’t spare any details on what a new health care plan would entail, O’Halleran says he’d rather make changes to America’s current health care

bill instead of upending it all together. “I would rather see us start to make the ACA more appropriately fit into the future health care of the American people,” O’Halleran said “It’s recognized that there are some deficiencies in it, but you don’t throw it all out, you work with it. And the idea that it ever even had to come to the Supreme Court shows the dysfunction that we have to address within Congress on addressing an issue.” If the ACA is repealed, the nearly 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions could face diminishing healthcare coverage, according to Protect Our Care. When Arizona native Jeff Jeans was diagnosed with stage four cancer, he accredits the ACA for saving his life by allowing him to receive the treatment he couldn’t afford on his own. Now, Jeans worries about the fate of other cancer survivors, as well as the new category of those facing coronavirus complications that could be considered pre-existing conditions. “There are 392,000 cancer survivors in Arizona, and we all rely on the pre-existing condition protections that are given us in the Affordable Care Act,” Jeans said. “And now we’re getting a new demographic—COVID-19 survivors.” January Contreras, an Arizona attorney and former assistant director at AHCCCS—Arizona’s Medicaid agency—says protecting the ACA is “just the right and legal thing to do,” and has confidence in the attorneys “vigorously defending” the act at the Supreme Court. Listening to oral arguments in the Supreme Court case against the ACA, Contreras says she felt “a little optimistic,” especially given the fact Congress denied repealing Obamacare in 2017 when the former United States Senator John McCain cast his notorious thumbdown vote against overturning the law. “We heard questions that do talk about, maybe they have concerns about one piece of this bill, which, of course, is the individual mandate. But does that really mean that in fact, the whole bill should be dismantled, when Congress didn’t choose to dismantle it?” Contreras said. “Many experts who are not biased don’t believe this litigation ever belonged in court, because Congress has had its say, and Congress did not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they kept it in place with the exception of one provision.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 21


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BLAST FROM THE PAST ‘Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson’ recounts early stories of the Old Pueblo By Quinn McViegh tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com DIVERSITY, THE ROLE OF WOMEN in businesses, false claims about tuberculosis cures, an early Confederate territory supporting women’s suffrage—these are all key points of Tucson’s history that local author David Devine covers in his newest book, Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson: 1854-1912. Devine came to Tucson in 1973 to attend graduate school at the University of Arizona, where he earned a master’s degree in urban planning. His experience documenting Tucson’s history began in 1995 when he started writing historical articles for Tucson Weekly. Nine years later, Devine published his first book about the building of the second transcontinental rail line. Devine then published his second book, Tucson: A History of the Old Pueblo from the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, in 2005.

Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson emphasizes some of the lesser-known personalities, trends and events of early Tucson. Some of these include the eccentric proclaimed remedies for snakebite wounds like cigar smoking and baking soda, the early history of bicycling in Tucson and celebrations of statehood and culture. According to Devine, the book is almost exclusively based on newspaper clips from the period. What drives your passion for communicating Tucson’s history to the public? I think we could learn a lot about our current situation if we look to the past for themes that have developed in this community over time. One of those themes is we’re a very diverse community, which likes to celebrate our diversity and we’ve been doing that since the Gadsden Purchase. That’s

one of our strengths. One of our weaknesses is, we’ve been dominated by European American men who initially were strong supporters of the Confederacy, lobbied for and made Southern Arizona a confederate territory—which a lot of people don’t know about—and that mindset of the European American male dominance is still somewhat existing in this community. From the very beginning of the book, you compare history to a jigsaw puzzle. How does viewing history through this lens encourage a better understanding of trends and how to go about the future? A lot of people look at one factoid as indicating trends and obviously, a trendline is not developed by one point. You have to step back and view a much broader picture to see the path that’s being taken by a community or society. That’s where a jigsaw puzzle comes into play, that to see the picture you have to stand back from it and take a look at the whole thing. My view is, currently people who talk about Tucson, we have our boosters who like to always talk about the good things and then we have others who say, “Well, let’s take a look at our poverty rate.” And that’s part of who we are, and we’re one of the poorest communities

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in the United States. So that’s got to be part of the jigsaw puzzle of what Tucson is, but that doesn’t mean we’re a bad community, it just means we’re poor. I think we need to recognize our strengths but we also need to acknowledge our weaknesses and say, if we’re going to improve, we have to take a realistic look at all of this stuff. What are some of the main messages you look to portray about Tucson’s history in this book? I think our history is important to know because while some people for instance, want to hide our confederate history, I think that’s very important for people to understand. The European men who came here were confederates and supporting slavery and that was part of who we were as a community. On the other hand, we also were a community that was one of the strongest supporters of women’s suffrage as statehood approached. So we have to know this stuff about our past to say, this is why, in part, we are where we are today. “Historic Tales of Territorial Tucson: 1854-1912” is available via Arcadia Publishing. For more information, visit arcadiapublishing.com ■


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Democrat Rex Scott won a District 1 seat by 730 votes.

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Scott wins District 1 seat on Pima County Board of Supervisors By Nicole Ludden Nicolel@tucsonlocalmedia.com WITH ALL THE VOTES COUNTED IN Pima County, Democrat Rex Scott has won the District 1 seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors by a mere 730 votes. The district, representing Marana, Casa Adobes, Oro Valley, and the Catalina Foothills, has reliably voted for Republicans in recent decades but with an open seat up for grabs, the voters supported the Democratic candidate over GOP nominee Steve Spain, who had the endorsement of retiring incumbent Republican Supervisor Ally Miller. The Board of Supervisors is responsible for a wide range of public policy in the county. The five-member board represents each district, approves the

county budget, sets health regulations such as the current mask mandate to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The board also oversees development issues such as rezoning and permitting and manages the county sewer system along with roads in unincorporated areas, among other responsibilities. The board of supervisors is responsible for a wide range of public policy in the county. The five-member board represents each district, approves the county budget, sets health regulations such as the current mask mandate to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The board also oversees development issues such as rezoning and permitting and manages the county sewer system along with roads in unincorporated areas, among other responsibilities. Scott began running for District 1 supervisor in September 2019, three months before current supervisor Ally

Miller announced she wouldn’t seek another term. The new District 1 supervisor has worked in public schools as both a teacher and administrator for 30 years and said he felt “a combination of honored and humbled” when he learned he won the race. “It’s a tremendous honor to be able to represent people in a place that I know very well, and that has deep meaning for me, but I’m also very humbled because of the challenges that we’re going to be taking on, especially dealing with the remainder of the pandemic and the recovery from it.” Coronavirus recovery is Scott’s top priority when entering the office. As a supervisor, he says he’ll start by addressing “people who have suffered the most,” such as those struggling to make rent as coronavirus’ economic toll continues. “There’s some research by the UA that indicates that right around 75,000 people in Pima County have not been able to stay current with their rent payments during the pandemic, so that’s going to put them at risk for eviction when the national moratorium on evictions expires at the end of December,” Scott said. “Unless that is extended by the federal government— they might extend it into 2021—but if they don’t, that’s something we’re going to have to look at in terms of a local remedy to that issue.” Scott also mentioned the downturn small businesses have taken. “We need to do a lot of outreach and a lot of listening to individuals and organizations within the community to find out how we can best help individuals and different groups of people recover from the pandemic,” he said. The new supervisor says if Congress fails to pass a coronavirus relief bill that addresses lost revenue for local governments, Pima County may be in trouble. “Less than 40% of the money that funds the general fund comes from local property taxes, the rest of it comes from mostly state shared revenues. If there is not a coronavirus relief bill...that’s going to have an impact not just on the state of Arizona, but all 15 of the counties, cities, towns and school districts,” Scott said. “That budgetary impact, which we don’t know its extent or whether it’s going to be a significant concern, is something that we’re gonna have to be mindful of.” As coronavirus cases continue to increase both state and countywide, Scott

says the board of supervisors should rely on guidance from public health experts, and that he’s “100% in support of the local mask ordinance.” The new supervisor led his opponent Steve Spain by less than 1 percent in a largely purple district with 3,193 more registered Republicans than Democrats. Aware of the political landscape of his new constituency, Scott says he will lead the office without partisanship. “It seems to be that with regard to District 1, especially given the narrow extent of our win in this race, I need to demonstrate to everybody within the district that I am open minded, approachable and willing to listen to all our constituents before I’m making decisions,” Scott said. “With regard to my colleagues, if we keep the focus on service and results, and recognize that each of us represents a different district... but all of us are working on behalf of the entire county, if we keep the focus on surfacing results, then we’re less likely to get bogged down in personal or partisan issues, which detract from the work that needs to be done.” As he takes over former District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller’s position, Scott says while he admires her “reputation for getting into the details of policy,” he will take on the office in a more equitable manner. “Where I would like to improve on what people have seen out of the District 1 office, is the level of responsiveness and open-mindedness to everybody within the district, not just people who agree with me politically,” said Scott, who served as a Republican on the Athens, Ohio, City Council in his 20s. “I don’t think that’s something that you’ve been able to say about the District 1 office for the last eight years.” When he officially assumes the role of District 1 supervisor in January, Scott hopes those who voted him into office— as well as those who didn’t—ensure he lives up to the promises he made on the campaign. “Hold me accountable for what I said, how I said I was going to conduct myself. Public officials have to be accountable to the people they are representing,” Scott said. “I want people to know that I take very seriously my responsibility to be open-minded and responsive to everybody, and I expect to be held accountable for that by everybody, regardless of whether or not they voted for me.” ■


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WINTERTIME SURGE

COVID Cases Are Rising Rapidly Across the State and in Pima County By Nicole Ludden nicolel@tucsonlocalmedia.com AS CORONAVIRUS CASES AND hospitalizations increase across the state, public health officials are warning of a wintertime surge that could limit hospitals’ resources as it did this summer. Within the first 17 days of November, Arizona is averaging 1,997 new COVID-19 cases a day. Nov. 14 saw a case count of 3,476—the highest reported in the state since July. Pima County has contributed 33,444 cases to the total state count of 279,896 as of Tuesday, Nov. 17. On that day, the county reported 357 new cases. The county’s percent positivity for COVID-19 remains at 7.5%. A rate of 5% is a good indicator the spread of the virus is under control. Over 2,000 cases were reported the first week of November countywide, ac-

cording to a press release from the Pima County Health Department. Hospitalizations for coronavirus in this time period reached the highest one week total since the summer spike in cases, according to the release. “We are very concerned, especially with holidays like Thanksgiving upon us,” Pima County Health Department Director Theresa Cullen said in the release. “This is starting to look like the beginning of the huge spike that we saw over the summer.” The county health department expected COVID-19 cases to go up after Halloween celebrations and election events. But the remainder of the holiday season is yet to come, and case numbers are already rising. “Two thousand cases, that’s very similar to the number of cases per week the first couple of weeks of June when we really saw that huge spike, so that’s very

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concerning to us,” said Aaron Pacheco, the health department’s communications manager. Furthermore, Pima County’s COVID-19 Progress Report, which tracks local disease data, healthcare capacity and public health capacity, showed worsening conditions when it was updated last Thursday. According to the department’s press release, cases per week, percent positivity and COVID-19 hospital bed capacity all declined from previously improving states. However, according to Pacheco, the county is already in a state of widespread transmission even though metrics like percent positivity and cases over two weeks haven’t yet shown substantial spread on the report. “We are in widespread transmission, but the way that the state and our progress report to coincide with the state gets reported, it’s about 12 days in the past,” Pacheco said. “Whatever week we’re in now, we’re two weeks behind on the progress report....this week, we do expect that on Thursday, when the new report comes out, that we will have hit the red mark.” Last Thursday, one metric that did

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With Fall Break on the Horizon, UA Numbers Are Holding Steady but the University Will Return to Remote Instruction at the End of this Month By Nicole Ludden

nicolel@tucsonlocalmedia.com AS THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA conducts a pre-fall break testing blitz, its coronavirus numbers are remaining relatively steady, UA President Robert C. Robbins shared in a news conference Monday, Nov. 16. From Nov. 6 through Nov. 15, UA found 76 positive coronavirus cases after administering 8,651 tests for a positivity rate of 0.9%, the same rate the university reported the previous 10-day period. On Nov. 9, the university began its “testing blitz” to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as travel is likely to increase over the holiday season. Testing will run through Nov. 25, and students are asked to register for an appointment-only test after completing a survey with their traveling plans. Robbins said this week, the univer-

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sity has administered 7,541 tests as part of this program, a 34% increase in COVID-19 tests since last week. If students travel outside the Tucson area over fall break, the university is asking them to complete the semester outside the area or remotely online. Those who don’t travel can complete the semester from their student residences. All students will complete the semester remotely when classes resume Nov. 30. In January, the university will return to stage two of its reentry plan with up to 50 students attending classes in person, according to Robbins. All students who attend in-person classes in the spring semester will be required to get tested for COVID-19. Robbins said UA will only require tests for on-campus students because they “cannot legally mandate testing for other students as a prerequisite for enrollment.”

Reentry Task Force Director Richard Carmona went over statewide COVID-19 data that shows a 14-day increase in cases of 75%, a 29% increase in deaths and a 57% increase in hospitalizations throughout Arizona. Pima County’s R0, pronounced “R naught”—which indicates how contagious a virus is by showing the average number of people who will contract the virus from an infected person—was at 1.68 as of Monday, Nov. 16. The transmissibility rate for the zip code surrounding the university has decreased from 2.22 last week to 1.33 this week, according to Carmona. “We feel confident that some of our public health practices have been manifest in better numbers, but we are also very concerned of what’s happening in the bigger environment, and this is continuing to spread in spite of these good practices,” Carmona said. UA’s CART team, a collaboration with the UA and Tucson police departments that looks for noncompliance to COVID-19 precautions, responded to 14 incidents of large gatherings last week. The week prior, they reported seven incidents. “That tells us that there are still people in our university community who are

not taking this seriously,” Carmona said. “They’re going to social events, which are the cause of the spread... We must do all we can to prevent the spread.” With many expected to travel and meet in large groups over the holidays, Robbins encourages UA students and faculty to continue following safety protocol to help keep cases down as they rise across the state. “We’re doing quite well at the University of Arizona, and now the community around us is seeing a surge,” Robbins said. “I would stress that for our university community, stay as much in this semi-permeable bubble that we have... stay inside your dorm and only go out to those absolutely necessary things.” Carmona praised the university’s efforts but expressed concern about how the virus has been politicized and said wearing a mask and social distancing should never be political issues. “We’re still a nation divided when we need to come together...This is an invisible enemy who has permeated every part of our society and disrupted it,” Carmona said. “We need to face this challenge as Americans and stop this political tomfoolery that has nothing to do with the health safety and security of the nation.” ■


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are not final until a full forensic audit of Maricopa County is complete and when the state legislature certifies the election,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, in a statement Monday. “I am working with the state legislature to request a full Ballot count complete, but Republicans press ahead with challenges audit, which is different than a recount.” Gosar joined Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, and Rep. David Schweikert, R-FounBy Olivia Munson/Cronkite News transparently, right and legally.” tain Hills, in a separate move calling on tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com That suit, scheduled for a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 18, in Maricopa County the Maricopa County Board of SuperviARIZONA ELECTIONS sors to perform a “manual audit” of the Superior Court, claims that election officials finished counting the last of county’s ballots. auditing procedures put out by Hobbs’ more than 3.4 million ballots over the “Although Arizona conducts elections office conflict with state law. The law weekend and are vowing to certify the with far more transparency and accountsays at least 2% of precincts must be results in the next two weeks, despite on- audited, but counties that use voting ability than other states, there have been going challenges from state Republicans. centers instead of precincts can use 2% of some issues raised about the integrity of In the final unofficial count, President some of our election systems within the the centers for auditing purposes. Donald Trump narrowed the gap with state,” Biggs said in a statement Monday. But in a letter to legislative leaders President-elect Joe Biden, but still trailed last week, the office of Arizona Attorney “For this reason, I am calling on the by 10,457 votes, a slim margin of 49.39% Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to General Mark Brnovich—a Republito 49.09%. can—pointed out that the voting go above and beyond to assure the public But Republicans are not of the integrity of Maricopa County’s center provision has been about to give up, with elections,” Biggs said. “Let’s leave no approved by the last at least two lawstone unturned in the pursuit of accountthree secretaries of suits challenging ability and transparency.” state, two Republivote processing, But while Democrats eked out victories cans and a Demoincluding one crat, Hobbs. The at the top of the ballot, and were able set to be heard letter also noted to unseat sitting Sen. Martha McSally, Wednesday. And R-Ariz., their down-ballot successes were that strictly GOP members decidedly mixed. following the of the state’s After leading on election night in law would mean congressional no ballots would Maricopa County races for supervisor, delegation said be audited at all, they will push since there would for an audit of the be no precincts to Maricopa County pull ballots from. returns. A second suit by ReThose efforts were publicans—claiming that dismissed as “meritless” ink bleeding through ballots Monday by Arizona Secretary of led to them being rejected by voting tabState Katie Hobbs, who said she expects ulation machines—got a chilly reception to meet the legal deadline of Nov. 30 to Thursday, Nov. 12, in a Maricopa County certify the election results. Superior Court hearing. Judge Daniel “Our work should be to build, rather Kiley ruled much of the evidence in that than damage, public confidence in our case inadmissible and witnesses, when election process,” Hobbs said in an questioned, were not able to guarantee emailed statement Monday. “Arizonans that their ballots were not counted by the participated in record numbers and tabulating machines. the administration of the election went Attorneys for the state and county also smoothly despite unprecedented chalnoted that the case involved fewer than lenges—including a pandemic and an 200 ballots. That point was conceded array of frivolous lawsuits.” Friday by the lawyer for the Trump camThe attorney behind one of those suits paign who told the court the case was said it does not aim to delay the process, moot in the presidential election, given just make sure it worked correctly. the size of Biden’s lead, but that it would “We are not interested in moving any- still affect two state races. thing back that doesn’t need to be moved While the lawsuits work their way back,” said Jack Wilenchik, an attorney through the courts, state lawmakers are representing the Arizona Republican pushing for legislative challenges. Party in its suit against Maricopa Coun“The ballot count may be coming to ty. He said the state GOP is just trying a close but the Arizona election results to make sure elections are done “fairly,

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recorder and attorney, Democrats ended up losing in the final count. Democrats were not able to gain ground in Arizona’s U.S. House delegation or to take control of either chamber of the Legislature. Jason Rose, an Arizona political consultant, said he is “disappointed” in Arizona Republican lawmakers who are “buying into a political conspiracy and playing politics when none is necessary.” The lead Republican cheerleader for those charges is Trump, who has tweeted a constant stream of allegations of voting improprieties—most of which have been flagged by Twitter as disputed. Those claims have been refuted by the government’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which said in a report Thursday that it found “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost vote, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Public officials like Brnovich, a Republican, and Hobbs, a Democrat, have insisted that there is no evidence of voting irregularities in Arizona. Rose said critics need to listen. “There is no fraud here. There’s good people in charge of the elections. Are mistakes made? Small mistakes periodically, I’m sure there are,” Rose said. “There was no grand conspiracy here in Arizona.” ■


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A tree grows in Tucson “WHAT CAN YOU SAY TO A GIRL who asks, ‘Where is my mom?’” Well, one thing you don’t say is she tried to kill you. Other than the victims, who can begin to understand the internal traumas of abused children, born addicted, or into bone-breaking beatdowns, rapes and tortures, as intimately as the mother who took them in? Whose hands soothe feverish skin, soothe despairing recall, soothe desperate hearts racing in fright and aloneness? I know nothing of it and cannot begin to understand the deviant nature and horror of a man or woman wrecking cruelty upon a child or baby. Neither you or I can put ourselves in any child’s place. All told, five daughters and the son of another, products of varying horrors, were fostered and adopted by 69-year-old Lynda Hudman as babies or little children. Listening to their early year biographies becomes a kind of non-fiction horror porn that rises from some veiled place inside and overtakes anything pure, where everything good threatens to wilt and die. Hudman is a black belt in combating such feelings. In fact, she owns a number of black belts, a martial-arts master, no small feat for a woman who has spent much of her adult years in a wheelchair. IT IS A WARM, BREEZELESS FRIDAY afternoon in November, and Hudman, with tremendous long gray hair and Joni Mitchell bangs, is sitting at a frontyard shaded table with her 20-yearold adopted son, Daniel. Hudman just ended a pandemic-era, remote-teaching session for her two boy grandchildren to whom she is now legal guardian, and grade-school books are stacked neatly here. The looming pine tree above us is mighty, aged and rare, leans and hangs

on, and reaches three stories up, the tallest goddamned tree in the neighborhood. It was first a Christmas tree, planted in the early 1970s, its roots so powerful the house’s foundation is beginning to lift, a parallel to the familial drive in its shade. Hudman talks of planting the tree with her own two siblings and dad, a man she watched die of a heart attack in the kitchen when she was 16. It is the house Hudman grew up in, her own mother and father purchased it upon construction in 1951, after moving here from Illinois. A brick-solid place in neareast Tucson in a neighborhood of safe, kept houses. Hudman is the adoptive mother of Jessica (Clover), a woman I wrote about in my last column (Tucson Salvage, Nov. 5), now living on the streets. Jessica was a child left to die; beaten, shoved into a drawer as a baby. She was taken in by Hudman at 9 months old, through social service center Casa de los Niños. In that story, Jessica could only profess her love for Hudman. “All of them were tough,” Hudman says. “They had to be for what they went through. That’s not to say there were points when I didn’t want to just give up. At least I know I’ve given them the best I could for as long as I could, until they are 18. With Jessica, there wouldn’t have been a home for her, she was just out of control. She would work her way out of the car seat and try to jump out of the moving car, many times. “Jessica’s sons are futilely out of control,” she continues. “What I can do is offer love and patience.” Hudman in her car sometimes spots Jessica on the street, and it fills her with a profound sense of loss, sadness and untenable emotional responses. She never thought it would come to this. How did this woman she loved and raised wind up living rough? Well, there is an X-factor, there was trauma and

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likely brain damage from baby beatings and horrible men. There were choices too and everyone involved suffered. Hudman shakes her head, understanding intuitively the truth of the common drug-counseling trope: You have to cut them loose. “I’ll go through a leap of emotions with her, for all of the children. Her siblings are angry, and I’ll take that on. But there is overall sadness, sadness that her boys have so much hurt.” She adds, “I’ve come further with Jessica. She was a reader, and we have her roomful of books. Yet she needed so much.” Hudman’s children were filled with love and opportunities, at the very least weapons against suffering life on the streets. She did everything humanly possible for Jessica: hospitals, doctors, support, care of her children. The last person to let her go was mom, two years ago. Beyond stealing her siblings’ valuables to sell, and manipulations, Jessica’s internals manifested into the unlivable, and she dived headlong into a life in which she could answer to no one, a longing for autonomy with a meth

elixir. She does not know how to exist. “She’d wave me down on the street and say she was dying, and that would weigh me down. I’d bring her food, things to help, we’d put together boxes and go to meet her where she’d say she’d be and she would never show up. I’d hunt her down when I’d get her social security notices, money that she needs, every alley, every street. She is invisible until she wants to be found.”

THE HUDMAN FRONTYARD IS ALL kid-joy, an enclosed trampoline, plastic guns strewn about, a busted wheelchair fashioned into a toy vehicle, and a homemade scare scene still greeting visitors days after Halloween, a blanketed zombie and a fright-face skull sit in chairs beneath stringed lights. A home with many pets, a snake, rabbit, dogs, turtles. “This ground under here,” Hudman says stomping her foot, “is buried with so many animals.” The screen door swings open and one of Jessica’s boys hops outside from the house, stops, greets us and looks


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to grandma for permission to hop on the trampoline. This son is a child born of rape. He is a handsome happy boy, he is polite to me, and shy. To me as to Hudman and the family, the boy is a beautiful thing in this world. Hudman grins as he speeds to the trampoline. When Hudman smiles it feels like reward. It is a break of calm, and life’s grim absurdities sometimes bring tears along with it. Sometimes the tears precede a laugh, which works like a guardian of her heart. The laughs bring sparkle to her very tired blue eyes, the years and the traumas she has made her own, for her children, because of her children. The PTSD, the horrific recalls, the acting out, the irrational rages. You love them with everything you have and then tap into some unseen source and never give up, she tells me, because the children are her own. The love is too great so there is no other possibility. “I was so naïve. I had this idea that if you’re a loving parent everything is going to be okay.” Hudman laughs. “I had no idea the issues and heartaches. Your heart is the same, when they push you away. Leaving home, relationships.” There are no well-established procedures, she says. Each kid is tended to in a different way, yet despite wide age differences, their bond lasts, they “can finish the other’s thoughts.” Gem steps into the yard, backpack, earbuds, cropped, purple-streaked hair, and a smile, returning from a bus ride to her volunteer job at Our Place Clubhouse, a mutual-support community for adults in mental-health recovery. She is 39 now. All of Hudman’s children are grown, the oldest is 40 and Daniel the youngest. Gem and Daniel live at home. It is difficult to believe Gem sur-

vived. She was 4 years old and weighed all of 15 pounds when first lifted into Hudman’s arms, wrapped in a body cast for the broken bones. Yes, 15 pounds, Hudman says, “like a 6-month-old.” Gem’s biological parents kept her caged, beaten and starved. No one knew she existed. The question of why goes unanswered, in this conversation or anywhere. “She was this little itsy-bitsy thing, with hair down to here,” Hudman says, and reaches to touch her lower back. “She was a doll, and a fighter. Everybody fell in love with her. Her capacity to love, to be very kind and caring taught me everything.” Part of Gem’s therapy growing up was driving by the old torture house, in rural Marana, AZ. Remembering how her biological brother, a young boy, tried to save her by sneaking her food, how her sister participated in the abuse. The parents never went to jail. Hudson remembers once attending a carnival and Gem’s biological mother appeared. Little Gem was on a ride. The mother hissed ugly words behind Hudman’s back, “compacting hate,” as she calls it. Gem noticed her too, turned white, frozen in terror. Three of Hudman’s daughters either declined or were not available to be included in this story, including Daniel’s mother. Two are married and with children and are doing very well. “Jessica and Daniel’s mother were the hardest,” Hudman says. Now Daniel’s biological mother is also his sister, that is, each were adopted by Hudman. Hudman talks of the prostitute mother of one she adopted, a lot lizard who offered up her toddler to truckers. Daniel was born in jail addicted to meth. Biological mom’s arrest record

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“The battle for me was not getting dragged into gang life.” The route dead-ended when he witnessed a kid get shot in the face and die in front of him. “Relative struggle I understand but I didn’t when I was younger,” he says. “I remember in school this kid was hurting because his parents were getting divorced, and I thought, if he would just stop for three seconds, and think—I’m put-together now, but man, then my sister just tried to commit suicide, my real dad is in prison, my biological mom was addicted and in jail when I was born and I could go on and on about what I thinking.” He looks to Hudman, says, “She, my mom would talk me through it. It took a while to let go of the anger.” Hudman smiles. “You were my easy child.” Daniel’s biological mother and adoptive sister is well now, two years sober, and the two get along. She was out of his life for years. Daniel works a good-paying gig for Amazon. He’s saving to move out with his girlfriend and to enroll in cybersecurity engineering school. The other grandson steps outside. He is lanky, handsome, in a Nobody Freakin’ Cares alien T-shirt, and shows off a curiosity with lizards, and the one he owns, a prehistoric-looking bearded dragon. Daniel adds as the boy walks off, “he has seen some stuff.”


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If you’re looking for a gift that will dazzle your sweetie, consider a visit to Caldwell Jewelers, 7225 N. Oracle Road. They’ve been in business for more than four decades and will not only sell you a diamond, but will take it back in trade if you’re looking to upgrade down the road. If your taste in jewelry runs more bohemian, consider Silver Sea Jewelry, a perennial Best of Tucson® winner. Silver Sea has a general nautical theme but there’s plenty for a land-lubber to love. While they are closed for in-person shopping, Silver Sea goes live most Sundays on Facebook for you to do some browsing, Home Shopping Channelstyle. If you’re more interested in something in Navajo silver or Hopi turquoise, consider a visit to Bahti Indian Arts (4330 N. Campbell Ave. in St. Philip’s Plaza), where you’ll find not only jewelry but a wide selection of rugs, Katsina dolls, Zuni fetishes and much more. This shop has been working with Native American artists for about seven decades, so you know they have the authentic stuff.

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to get the wheels turning. Or maybe you have a bike that’s been gathering dust. If that’s the case, take it in for tune-up. And if you’re looking for stocking stuffers, these guys have all the accessories you could need. With our winter weather bringing temps down to the chilly 60s during the day, the great outdoors are beckoning. Where else to find the perfect supplies for a hike or camping trip than Summit Hut? Tucson’s signature outdoors store has two locations, at 5251 E. Speedway Blvd. and 7745 N. Oracle Road. You’re sure to find some big presents and plenty of stocking stuffers for the outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman) on your list. Central Tucson’s delightful Blue Willow isn’t just a restaurant serving up innovative takes on comfort food.

It’s also a gift shop filled with stocking stuffers from local artists, from salt-andpeppers shakers to fun socks to jigsaw puzzles to jewelry. And there’s no better place in town to shop for Christmas cards. Wrap up your holiday shopping and then reward yourself with a crepe on the open-air patio. Who could use a little pampering these days? If you want to take better care of your skin, consider an appointment at Avant Dermatology, where you’ll find expert advice and a variety of treatments, from medical interventions for your acne or psoriasis to surgery for melanoma to less invasive approaches to ease those wrinkles and loose skin. Or if you just want to relax and look your best, take a spa day at Fuchsia at La Encantada, which offers massage, facials, manicure and pedicures and more.

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But Tucson is still home to Mildred & Dildred, the delightful toy store at La Encantada, where you’re sure to find something that will make a kid’s eyes light up, whether it’s a stuffed animal, new doll, thrilling book or any other wonderful playthings in stock. You’ll also find plenty of toys, along with cards, puzzles, needlework supplies and other great gift ideas at The West (5615 E. River Road). And shopping here won’t only make the people on your gift-buying list happy; it’ll also help the community, as The West is a nonprofit corporation that provides grants to local organizations such as Emerge! Center against Domestic Abuse, Mobile Meals of Tucson and Children’s Advocacy Center of Southern Arizona. Pop Cycle is one of those places that can make a person rethink their home

decorating strategy. Once inside and surrounded by these handmade, repurposed artifacts, it’s hard for the average person to resist acquiring a few items for their abode when at their shop, located at 422 N. Fourth Avenue. From kitschy desert-vintage homewares to large saguaro-schlacked artwork, and always with a truly Southern Arizona feel, Pop Cycle has something geared toward everyone’s liking. Looking for something special for that mallrat in your life who frequents Hot Topic, but still want to support local business? Look no further than Razorz Edge, located at 427 N. Fourth Ave., to have all your counterculture and pop culture needs. Did your significant other ask St. Nick for a Hogwarts purse? They got it. Your little brother wants a T-shirt of a saguaro wearing overalls and


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If ’80s and ’90s nostalgia is what your secret Santa is into, then Generation Cool is your place. Whether it’s original stock Bart Simpson sweatshirts, bootleg Gucci, all kinds of Jordans or a simple Power Wheels Wienermobile, this shop, located at 404 N. Fourth Avenue has it.

Everyone wants their home to smell nice. This year, make a commitment to stop stinking up the place with crappy gifts and hit up Rustic Candle (324 N. 4th Ave.) for the best scented candles, essential oils, windchimes and incense available this side of the Santa Cruz River.

Army-Navy stores, like Sixth Avenue’s Miller’s Surplus, always stocks some of the most unique presents for that person who has everything. But Miller’s Surplus (406 N. Sixth Ave.) is so much more than just military wares from yesteryear. They have everything you need for that outdoor recreational enthusiast on your holiday gift list and more. It’s not really a Christmas if you don’t get a new book. Let the folks at Antigone Books (411 N. Fourth Ave.) know what books you are after and they’ll have them ready for you when you pull up. Or else visit Bookmans Entertainment Ex-

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to get that special audiophile in your life. Trying to find that certain present in a sea of vinyl records can be intimidating—even to the most grizzled crate-diggers. The knowledgeable and friendly staff at Wooden Tooth Records, located at 426 E. Seventh Street, is always ready to help you find that rare copy of Joy Division’s 1979 masterpiece, Unknown Pleasures, for that special sulky someone in your life.

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Here are ways to brighten someone’s season Jeff Gardner Tucson Local Media

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lthough social distancing has defined this year, holiday generosity needn’t be cast away. For the upcoming season, Tucson Local Media has partnered with the Arizona Department of Child Safety for their Giving Tree Program. This program allows you to purchase holiday gifts for children in Arizona’s foster care system. For this annual program, children tell AzDCS what they want for Christmas, and then business partners and community members purchase and deliver the toys and gifts. For this atypical year, the program is going virtual, and Tucson Local Media’s partnership allows you to purchase Amazon gift cards which AzDCS will use to buy the gifts. Visit bit.ly/35xX2Mf to see our giving tree. “What makes this program unique is the fact people have the opportunity to buy what that child wants for Christmas,

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and can fulfill that Christmas wish,” said Rayetta Sanchez, community liaison for the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The program is currently in its fifth year, and has more than 50 partners throughout the state helping the thousands of children in foster care. The program’s first year helped some 200 kids, and has gradually grown over the years. This year, the Giving Tree program is sponsoring 2,400 kids.

All funds raised go to supporting foster children. The deadline to purchase Giving Tree gift cards is Friday, Dec. 4, in order to get kids their gifts in time for Christmas. “These foster kids are already going through a difficult time, and I think with the pandemic and the shutdowns and the school closures, it’s especially stressful,” Sanchez said. “So I think it’s really important for the community to come together

and partner with us, and make the holiday time fun for the kids and give them some normalcy, and communicate to them that they’re important and that people thought of them over the holidays.” You can also help the needy in a variety of other ways this holiday season. The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is always looking for donations and volunteers, and for this holiday season, the 12th annual Season 4 Hope campaign goes through Dec. 21. This campaign organizes live drive donation drop offs every Monday at multiple locations across town where you can drop off food, new boxed toys or new packs of diapers. For a full list of locations, visit communityfoodbank.org Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church hosts a variety of social services, including Joseph’s Pantry, a food ministry that has been offered to the public for more than 20 years. Locals experiencing homelessness or living on low income are able to receive monthly food bags from the pantry. According to Grace St. Paul’s, guests are offered cereal, canned meals, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meat or fish, canned beans and much more. To donate to the community food pantry, visit app.easytithe.com/App/Giving/gsp.


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hile we’re not encouraged to attend big Christmas parties this year, you may find yourself in need of some Christmas spirits (or Christmas wine or Christmas beer). Find fresh seasonal releases or traditional favorites at Tap & Bottle’s two locations (403 N. Sixth Ave. and 7254 N. Oracle Road). Store hours are limited but they do offer curbside pickup and even delivery a few days a week. If you happen to be shopping around the MSA Annex (located at 267 South Avenida del Convento), stop by Tap & Bottle’s other establishment, Westbound, for craft beer and bottles of wine. Likewise, midtown’s Plaza Liquors (2642 N. Campbell Ave.) has a wide array of beer, wine and liquors to make the season bright. Who doesn’t love a warm cup of coffee on a cold winter day? Consider picking up a bag of fresh beans at one of Tucson’s fine local roasters, including

EXO Coffee (403 N. Sixth Ave.), which offers a wide variety of beans both local and international. Tucson Coffee Roasters (250 S Craycroft Road) sells coffee beans by the bag, ranging from decaf to espresso, Guatemalan, Preuvian, Colombian and even house blends. Raging Sage (2458 N. Campbell Ave.) is a self-described “micro-roastery” that has coffee down to a science, offering specialty roasts from dark to light, French to Vienna. With all the cooking we do around the holidays, sometimes it’s nice to just dial up a pizza joint and order a pie. If you’re on the northwest side, there’s no better place to call than Rosati’s (2944 W. Ina Road), which offers pizza pie, salads, sandwiches and more, so there’s something to delight every appetite. If you’re central, there’s no better place than Rocco’s Little Chicago to pick up a classic deep dish pie. In downtown and want even more options, consider Fourth

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Avenue institution Caruso’s, which offers a wide range of Italian favorites for takeout if you don’t want to dine in. It’s too late to get Thanksgiving tamales at Tucson Tamale Company (they sold out last week), but you can still purchase some of their other tamales for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking

for traditional green corn or beef tamales or something more exotic (the New Delhi features curry, peas and carrots), Tucson Tamale has what you need and can ship anywhere in the United States, packed in dry ice. Give your East Coast relatives a little taste of Tucson! Two locations: 7159 E. Tanque Verde Road and 7286 N. Oracle Road.

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The Cup Cafe, housed inside Hotel Congress, (311 East Congress Street) has a wide variety of specials this holiday season. Not only are they cooking up some take-home Thanksgiving dinners, they’re also putting their merchandise on sale. The Cup’s Thanksgiving Dinner to-go feeds four-six people, and includes roasted turkey breast; a mixed greens salad of roasted squash, pecans, pomegranate, parmesan and mustard vinaigrette; sweet potato brulee; cranberry sauce; a whole pumpkin pie; and a bottle of red wine from Maynards Market. Hotel Congress itself is selling custom-branded jackets, ball caps, tote bags, and T-shirts. For information, visit hotelcongress.com.

For your loved ones with a more refined palette, REVEL Wine Bar (416 East Ninth Street) has a rotating menu of special vinos from all across the globe. Whether you’re looking for sparkling whites from Italy, reds from Argentina, or even some from California and Arizona, REVEL is the place to go. And if it’s too much for you to pick a flavor for someone else, REVEL also hosts a wine club. Purchase a membership as a gift, either for beginners or those experienced with “adventurous palettes.” Club members get complimentary tastings, wine pick-ups, discounts in-store, and access to exclusive member events. Visit reveltucson.com.


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Most Tucsonans know of the beloved local sandwich chain Beyond Bread, but their Speedway & Wilmot location holds a special kitchen. The Back Dough (6260 E. Speedway Blvd.) is literally in the back of a Beyond Bread, and offers a wide variety of homemade fruit, cream and pot pies all made from scratch. Even better, many of the pies come in small options, so nobody has to share! Whether you’re looking to buy a classic strawberry pie, a Boston cream, or key lime – or something more adventurous like a strawberry margarita pie or shrimp quiche, Back Dough is the place. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. beyondbread.com/backdough There is no better time to break bread with friends and loved ones than the holiday season and there is no better place to get bread locally than celebrated gluten factory Barrio Bread. Seriously, baker Don Guerra produces some of the finest baked goods to ever come out of an oven. EVER. With more than two-dozen different choices, Beyond Bread is sure to satisfy even the most discriminant bread lover or carb-counter. Guerra’ shop is located at 18 S. Eastbourne Avenue in the Village on Broadway shopping center.

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Everybody has that hard-to-please chocolate-lover in their friend list, so why not give them what they really want—Monsoon Chocolate. Tucson’s favorite confectionary is constantly producing award-winning world class chocolates that not only melt in your hand, but will melt your mind by how good it is. Monsoon Chocolate is located at 234 E. 22nd St. If the stuffing for the holiday turkey requires some alligator stuffing, the place to go is Dickman’s Deli (6472 N. Oracle Road and 7955 E. Broadway Blvd.). They have all manner of exotic meat (though we’d stay away from reindeer if you’re still hoping Santa will get you a little something), along with some of the best cuts of steak, chicken, pork and seafood in town. For the tea drinker in your life, The Scented Leaf (943 E. University Blvd. #165 and 308 E. Congress St.) offers drinks from all over the world. To really get into the season, they’re selling a “Fall collection” of teas, as well as a fruity collection, and classics collection. But if they think tea bags are old-hat, Scented Leaf also sells cold-brew tea packs, loose leaf, and gift cards. For more information, visit thescentedleaf.com.

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Is Christmas morning really complete with a fruit-filled Kringle? Our sweet tooth says no. Pick up a kringle with raspberry, blueberry, chocolate, cinnamon apple or several other flavors at Mona’s Danish Bakery (4777 E. Sunrise Drive), where you’ll find plenty of other cakes and pastries to make your party complete. If you’re looking for something more kosher for your

Hanukkah celebration, consider a visit to Nadine’s (4553 E. Broadway Blvd.), where you’ll find plenty of cakes, pies and other pastries along with challah bread and other traditional Jewish treats. —By Austin Counts, Jeff Gardner and Jim Nintzel

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A hummingbird flies around a mesquite tree, which Daniel and mom admire, so familiar to them it should have a name. Mom says the hummingbirds are “our family angels.” “If there is an injured bird here,” Daniel adds, “she will nurse it back to health.”

DANIEL MOVES TO THE HOUSE and returns proudly with an aviator-astronaut G-suit, designed to prevent black-outs caused by pooling blood in the lower part of the body, to stop blood deprivation to the brain. NASA created this suit for Hudman when she was in her early 20s. Fostering and then adopting traumatized children is one thing. Try it when you are physically restricted. At 19, in college, Hudman began suffering dizziness and headaches, which led to fainting. Cardiologists in Tucson thought it myxoma, a noncancerous heart tumor, but that wasn’t it. It is a rare form of ischemia, where not enough blood gets to her brain. Flummoxed doctors sent Hudman to

specialists in Maryland and Iowa. She had two open-heart surgeries by her 21st birthday, which did little to nothing to help. She was an Evel Knievel fan. In 1972, Knievel visited her at the UA medical center, and funded an ambulance and medical staff to take her to see him jump at Tucson Dragway. On a stretcher, Hudman had the drag strip’s best view. He kissed her goodbye after the event. Her one true love would visit her after her surgeries, but decided it was too tall an order to continue with a woman in a wheelchair. Hudman was so brokenhearted she stayed single, meanwhile forced to hang upside down in her spacesuit for 14 months, even to sleep. Hudman was a star gymnast at Salpointe High School. The physical grace and physical-force part of who she was and still is led to later attempt to earn her physical ed degree at UA. A dream stymied by discrimination, a woman in charge then said a person in a wheelchair would be a “disgrace” to the top-rated program. Hudman shakes her head, “It was a different time.” Hudman began thinking of fostering

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Three Hudmans (from left) Daniel, Gem and Lynda.

and adopting children at 29, but figured there was no way she could, an unmarried woman in a wheelchair living with her mother. The hoops to jump through were many. She laughs, “I had to talk my mom into it. It was basically her house!” Wheelchair odds be damned, Hudman at the same time embraced martial arts and rolled up to a taekwondo instructor,

explained her gymnastics background and he said “Okay, we’ll give it a shot.” Hudman had no idea what other students were thinking. The first time she was told to get down and do pushups, she knew she’d be treated like everybody else. She’d bring her first adopted child Gem to her classes — in her body cast — and set her down to watch. “Soon she’d


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other grandchildren. Native American folk art and myriad family photos decorate chartreuse-green walls, a well-aged standup piano with ivories worn to the wood of a million kid finger plunks. Grand matriarch Rose is in the kitchen, diminutive and unhurried, perhaps looking through coupons, before retiring to her half of the house. There is chaos, it is family, and it gusts on. Trooper, a 4-year-old mixed dog, noses this new visitor and soon curls next to Hudman on the couch. Listens as she talks of her children’s horrors returning in force when puberty hit, to haunt them, in different ways. Yet her presence calms, her articulation is soft, barely discernable over household ruckus. Here is certain dignity too, even as she demonstrates a taekwondo move with her arms, and she is one of the most powerful women I have ever met. Daniel says the same thing. Counselors and mental health experts said at least one of her children would be better suited to a mental health rehab home, until they visited Hudman’s. Is it any wonder? This home, whose foundation is lifted by family, and by the giant unending pine tree out front with its indifference to the odds. ■

of existing harmoniously in the world, one traced back to the Buddhists, that drew her in. The physical, mental and spiritual trip to a “Mastery of Self.” This was a key to helping her children. Hudman says, “Teaching them martial arts really helped with the traumas.” Rose stood amiably by her daughter with a firm hand as she created a family, one child at a time. Through elementary, middle and high schools, twice-a-year camping trips, mental health experts, joys and losses, and doctors and behavioral medications, suicide attempts and Christmases. Rose is now 95, still occupies a section of the house. Rose, Hudman says, is a champion cutter of coupons. The family has always been financially strapped, coupons come in handy.

Daniel Hudman at home

be crawling on her elbows.” By 1984 Hudman was teaching taekwondo, from a wheelchair—she can walk now but can’t stand still to teach or she’ll likely pass out. The money helped. She taught the entire family, even her

mother Rose who eventually earned her black belt. Hudman has her own studio (Hudman’s Taekwondo, shuttered now for COVID) under the N.T.F.A. (National Taekwondo Federation of America) umbrella. It is the taekwondo philosophy

A FEW AFTERNOONS LATER WE are inside Hudman’s home, Daniel’s girlfriend is taking Jessica’s two boys fishing at Lakeside park, as soon as one finishes his schoolwork, which is problematic; 15 minutes on a computer is all he can handle in one sitting. The other boy is in and out, and Hudman is day-caring one of her

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GRATEFUL FOR GRUB Local restaurants cooking special Thanksgiving meals By Quinn McVeigh tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com

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definitely be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it’s the unique assortment of local restaurants representing our food scene. Approaching Nov. 26, many eateries are gearing up to provide local families with Thanksgiving meals. Here’s your chance to support local restaurants that have been struggling with COVID losses, and enjoy some specialty dishes at the same time.

CUP CAFE Cup Cafe, the award-winning restaurant located within Hotel Congress, has prepared a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $55 per person or $25 for kids, 10 or younger. For the first course, choose between the butternut bisque with maple granola and ginger crema, or the autumn chopped salad, a mix of lettuce, chickpeas, brussels sprouts, squash, salami, provolone cheese and pomegranate all immersed in mustard vinaigrette. For the second course, choose between four dishes: herb-roasted turkey breast with a confit leg and pan gravy; beef short ribs braised in red wine along with pumpkin seed gremolata; tarragon crusted salmon with cranberry chutney; or stuffed delicata squash with tofu, brussels sprouts, caramelized onions and pecans. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie or apple-berry crumble, both topped with vanilla whipped cream. The meals were constructed by Cup Cafe’s executive chef Brian Smith and second-in-command, Chef Carlos Mendoza, and the culinary team behind them. THE PARISH At The Parish on Oracle Road, customers can grab a $125 fried or smoked turkey dinner for four, with a

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plethora of side dishes such as buttermilk mashed potatoes with garlic, butter or scallions and smoked andouille gravy, green bean casserole with mushrooms or blue cornbread stuffing. The Parish provides three Thanksgiving pie options all at $25. The pie options are pickleberry pie, dulce de leche pumpkin pie and maple pecan pie.

bourbon salmon, baked mac ’n’ cheese and lamb shank braised in red wine. To go with the entrees, Pastiche also holds a diverse selection of red, white and rose/ bubbly wines. The choices for dessert include three types of pie, pecan streusel bread pudding, crème brûlée, a chocolate brownie, cheesecake and more.

CHARRO VIDA If you are looking for a vegan option this Thanksgiving, Charro Vida will be serving up their fully plantbased, gluten-free and dairy-free “Plantsgiving” menu, with meals starting at $22.95. Charro Vida has composed two choices for their “Plantsgiving” entrees: mushroom and poblano crema gravy-covered portobellos stuffed with vegan chorizo, or their “Beyond Carne” picadillo enchilada. These can be served with a variety of side choices such as vegan smashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon or Hola Hemp tamale stuffing. To compliment the meal, the menu also includes a fully vegan dessert, Chef Carlotta’s dulce pumpkin tamales with cranberry chutney, a signature dish created by Charro Vida’s Chef Carlotta Flores. During Charro Vida’s “Plantsgiving Week” from November 24 through 29, there will also be a 50% off deal on choices of wine.

CHARRO STEAK & DEL REY Charro Steak & Del Rey in downtown is offering both take-out options for 4-6 people and dine-in options this Thanksgiving. The take-out option starts at $175 for family orders and the dine-in “Dia de Gracias” option starts at $39 per person or $14.95 for kids 10 and younger. For dine-in, the options include all natural turkey with Chef Gary Hickey’s smoked ancho gravy, or all natural 22-day dry-aged prime beef stuffing with bread from the local Barrio Bread and Charro tamale. Sides include Chef Gary’s poblano mashed potatoes or mexican street corn. Dessert options include Charro pumpkin tamales or pumpkin flan, and a pumpkin tres leches cake unique to Charro restaurants. ■

PASTICHE MODERN EATERY The menu at Pastiche is different from many of the others, in that it includes an a la carte Thanksgiving menu rather than any set meal. In their Thanksgiving appetizers, Pastiche includes five primary options, such as bacon-maple balsamic brussel sprouts, deepfried turkey wings, and their “smoked heirloom tomato caprese stack,” with locally grown tomatoes. For salads, you can order a caesar salad, Mediterranean salad, a house salad or a baby greens with green apple salad. You also have the choice to add grilled salmon, shrimp or chicken. For entrees, you can choose between their holiday special options or “Pastiche Favorites.” For special Thanksgiving dishes, Pastiche serves a traditional turkey dinner with mesquite-smoked turkey, rotisserie prime rib, pork osso bucco, pumpkin ravioli and balsamic braised short ribs. Some of the “Pastiche Favorites” dishes that aren’t unique to Thanksgiving include

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Firehouse Artisan’s Market. Would it really be the holiday season in Tucson without an array of artisan markets where you could get your gift shopping done? This one has watercolor art, jewelry, paintings, hand-sewn goods, masks, locally made jam and plenty more. Be sure to grab an infused craft lemonade while you’re shopping so you can power through the festivities. While festivity is a close second, safety is definitely first at this event, so masks are required, booths are socially distanced and capacity is limited. They even have some safe kids activities sponsored by Iskashita’s GAP program. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tucson’s Historic Firehouse, 1030 N. Fourth Ave.

Biosphere 2. Biosphere 2 has reopened! Maybe that means someday we’ll get to reopen more stuff here in the Biosphere 1 sometime soon. But until then, this sure is a cool way to pass the time. Download their app to explore the facility at your own pace while also keeping distance between you and other visitors. The app also provides lots of historical context, as well as archival photos and videos that you can’t find Outdoor Concerts at Little Anthony’s Diner. anywhere else. The trail is modified to be one-way for safety, and the 16 stops along the way all provide great views, either In 2020, maybe more than ever, aren’t we all longing to return to simpler times? Times from inside or outside the dome. Masks are required, of course. Hours when couples shared a milkshake from across are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the table at the town diner? When social media hadn’t taken over our lives? When there wasn’t a global pandemic? Ahh, those sure were the days, weren’t they? Well, these shows give you an opportunity to hearken back to the days of yore. Call ahead to reserve a reservation, then pull up to enjoy the classic car hop, live music and some good old fashioned diner food. This week’s performance is by RAW Band. Let’s boogie! 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Little Anthony’s Diner, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. Free. Say it! Sing it! Play it! In Cherokee. Valley of the Moon Tucson often hosts fun singalong events for kids. But this event is extra special because it gives participants a chance to help, in some small way, keep an endangered language alive. At this event with Chris Griffith, enrolled tribal member of the Cherokee Nation, and Z Puppets’ collaborator Shari Aronson, kids will sing along to songs in Cherokee! Learn how to count to three, say “hello” and “thank you” and make the basic sounds of the language along with your little one, if you’d like. Recommended for ages 3 and up. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Valley of the Moon Tucson. $25 per family, $10 per individual, 50 percent off for tribal members. Thanksgiving Blessings to Go. Gospel Rescue Mission has hosted a traditional sit-down Thanksgiving banquet for those in need for more than 30 years. This year, they’re doing the event COVID-19-style, with a drivethrough outreach event. Anyone is welcome to drive up and get a Thanksgiving meal at this safe handout the day before the holiday. So attend if you’re interested, or spread the word, or visit their website to register as a volunteer for the event. Cheers to a safe and happy Turkey Day. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. Gospel Rescue Mission, 450 S. Palo Verde Road. http://grmtucson.com/ holiday Fall Ikebana Floral Festival. We’re having a hard time even coming up with a phrase as peaceful and soothing as the “Japanese art of

Creative Energy. There’s still time to see the November exhibit at the Wilde Meyer Gallery. This month’s show includes art by Connie Townsend, Jim Nelson, Nancy Pendleton and Peggy McGivern, as well as sculptors Adam Thomas Rees, Larelea Kim and many more. The gallery is following COVID-19 guidelines, so you can feel safe as you enjoy the art—or even stake some out to buy. There’s a wine reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, with a performance by harpist Vanessa Myers. But the show is open through Nov. 30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Wilde Meyer Gallery, 2890 E. Skyline Drive, suite 170.

by Emily Dieckman Mosaic Ornaments. If you’re like us, maybe you picked up some sort of artsy hobby toward the beginning of quarantine and thought, “Ah, now that I’m settling in as a knitter/painter/master chef/ macrame artist/jewelry maker/basket weaver/whatever, I can hand make gifts this holiday season for all of my family members and friends! If you are like us, that also means your artsy hobby may not have lasted as long as you were hoping. No worries! Just head on over to Tohono Chul for this workshop on how to make Western-themed mosaic ornaments with glass tiles. You’ll end this class with three unique ornaments you can gift (or keep)! Please bring a lunch. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tohono Chul, 7366 Paseo del Norte. $80 GA, $70 members.

flower arranging,” which is just what Ikebana is. So if the stressors and pressures of this year are getting you down, this opportunity to stroll through Yume Japanese Gardens and marvel at dozens of signature floral compositions is probably just what you need. You’ll see a variety of styles, and even if you know nothing about Ikebana, you’ll see lots of beautiful flowers in a serene environment. Hightail it over there to get some peace of mind, stat! 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Nov. 29. Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, 2130 N. Alvernon Way. $16 GA, $5 for kids under 15, $10 for members. Includes entry to the whole garden. Wee Winter Wonderland at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Physicists have been trying to solve this conundrum for years: How is it that the miniature versions of things, though they take up less space, somehow contain more cuteness? Think of a Christmas tree? Cute, right? Now think of a tiny little two-inch tall Christmas tree, all decorated and lit up? SO CUTE. Lucky for us that our local miniature museum goes so big for the holidays, by going so small. The exhibit depicts holiday traditions from across the world and throughout history every year, and this year they’ve added a “Home for the Holidays” section to their website too, complete with crafts, recipes and holiday playlists. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays starting Nov. 25. Bring your mask and make reservations in advance. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. $10.50 adults, $8.50 seniors, $7 students and youth ages 4 to 17. Free for kids 3 and under. Gaslight Porch Concerts. The Gaslight Theatre has done an amazing job adapting to the times, offering all sorts of virtual and outdoor events to keep the people of Tucson entertained. And they’re not letting up! They’ve got several outdoor concerts on the schedule this week, all from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday is the Backroads Country Band, Sunday is The Best of Simon and Garfunkel, and Monday is You’re Lookin’ at Country. Order some food in advance when you make your reservation to make it a real night out on the town. The Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. $35 to $40. The Realness. Next up in Arizona Theatre Company’s digital season is this show about T.O., who moves from the suburbs to the big city to immerse himself in authentic hip hop culture. Along the way, he falls in love with Prima, an MC who’s supporting her family and, to T.O., is pretty much the definition of authentic hip hop culture. Of course, he learns some big lessons along this way in this show that takes on tough questions with humor, heart and some killer rhymes. Available on the ATC website, Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo from 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, through 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Free.


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focus on local filmmakers in the future. Ernie Quiroz, who has served as The Loft Cinema’s programming consultant since 2018, said they selected films from larger festivals, like Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW. They The Loft replaces annual Film Fest with Short Film Fest plan to screen about 45 short films, showing everything from documentary to animation. “We have a good mix of comedy, drama films about immigration, films about refugees, but there are Madison McCormick light-hearted comedies, there are romantic films, and tucsonweekly@tucsonlocalmedia.com there’s, of course, the weird late-night stuff, the horror, nice and bloody, crazy stuff,” Quiroz said. “These are just really great films that have been playing at other THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS UPENDED festivals.” everyone’s lives, but it has also inspired new, creative One of Yanc’s favorite films from this year’s lineup ways to preserve a sense of normalcy. The Loft Cinema, is a documentary titled Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible. a beloved hallmark of the Tucson artistic community, is Originally produced by ESPN as a sports documentary, taking this challenge in stride and embracing the new Yanc said the film is about a boxing club that trains “normal.” young women on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana This year, The Loft is taking an intermission from in self-defense. their annual Film Fest. Instead, the theater will host a “It’s kind of about teaching young women to sort Short Film Fest with COVID-friendly screening options. of take care of themselves in that sense and protect The arthouse theater has been hosting outdoor themselves,” Yanc said. “It’s really good and it’s really “Open Air Cinema” film screenings that allow people to inspiring watching these young women kicking butt.” safely view films while preserving the in-person expeYanc said online short film streaming is beneficial for rience. Program director Jeff Yanc said The Loft set up The Loft’s flexibility and its variety. Although this year a large screen in the theater’s parking lot with socially is the first time The Loft has streamed films virtually, distanced outdoor seating. Yanc anticipates the online screenings are here to stay. Those who attend the Short Film Fest this year will “This is an example of how The Loft is trying to be have the option to view films in The Loft’s “Open Air nimble and flexible and creative during this time,” he Cinema,” or to stream films online the day after they said. “This is something that – if it goes well – I would screen in-person. easily see us continuing to do as an annual event. We’re Yanc is optimistic about the evolving circumstances and not committing to that yet, but I think just what’s been excited about what this new Short Film Fest has to offer. great, to me, during this time, is just trying things and “What’s great about a short film festival like this is that you get to see such a wide range of different kinds seeing if they work and a lot of things, I think. are going of films, different voices, different styles, different coun- to stick around permanently as part of The Loft’s overall tries, different kinds of representation,” Yanc said. “And programming.” ■ it gives you kind of a range of experiences that you The Loft Short Film Fest this year will run Wednesday, probably can’t get in feature films because you can’t Nov. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 22, with Sunday as the final day show as many of them.” for virtual screenings. Tickets are available for purchase The Loft didn’t include any local filmmakers this year, on their website. but Yanc said they may do other shorts programs that

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Medical Marijuana

With expungement for low-level possession charges starting next July, some Arizona counties are dialing down enforcement By David Abbott david@tucsonlocalmedia.com ONCE THE 2020 ELECTION is certified and pot officially becomes legal in Arizona for adult users, Pima County will join two other counties that have announced early dismissal of low-level possession and paraphernalia cases. After the passage of Proposition 207, Smart and Safe Arizona, Maricopa and Yavapai counties announced their intentions to get ahead of expungement and Pima County was fast to follow suit. There may not be many cases to dismiss though, as the Pima County Attorney’s Office has treated possession

of small amounts of pot and attendant paraphernalia as petty offenses rather than Class 6 felonies for the past quarter-century. “We have very few felony marijuana possession cases,” outgoing Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall wrote in a recent email. “Because the initiative involves such a small amount of marijuana, the vast majority of Pima County personal marijuana possession cases involved will currently be in Misdemeanor Drug Diversion. Since I first was elected to office 24 years ago, we have prosecuted marijuana possession cases in amounts under 2 pounds as diversion eligible misdemeanors, not as felonies.”

LaWall, who is leaving her post as the county’s lead attorney on Dec. 31, has instituted some of the most progressive cannabis policies in the state under her leadership, allowing citizens caught with small amounts to enter the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP) program rather than being forced to do jail time. Anyone in a diversion program for misdemeanor possession will also have their charges dismissed. According to Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney Amelia Cramer, there are currently only a handful of cases where possession of small amounts has led to jail time. Those usually had extenuating circumstances such as DUI or intent to

sell. But as far as county law enforcement is concerned, pot possession is and has been a misdemeanor rather than something deserving of hard time. “County policy has been very progressive since [LaWall] took over,” Cramer said. “DUIs are treated differently, but Pima County has the most progressive [cannabis policies] in the state, so we’re not anticipating seeing a lot of them.” In the future, possession of more than 2.5 ounces—the upper limit allowed under the state’s medical marijuana laws—would be eligible for diversion programs in lieu of jail time. “We want to make sure the person is headed in the right direction,” Cramer said. “If they get a citation, they can go


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to a diversion class, show us a certificate of completion and then the charges are dismissed. If they can’t afford diversion we may be able to reduce or waive the fee.” According to the county website, the DTAP Program has helped participants become “productive members of society,” as well as saving taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for each individual diverted from the criminal justice system. The website states that the average cost of placing a defendant through DTAP, including associated housing costs and support services, is $12,593, which is less than half the average cost of 14 months’ imprisonment, weighing in at $30,162. Diversion has also been shown to be

preferable to imprisonment as a way to reduce recidivism by as much as 12.4%, compared to 6% of offenders returning to prison after serving time. Statistically, 67.5% of all drug offenders are expected to be rearrested within three years of release, with 41.2% expected to be rearrested on another drug offense after serving traditional jail sentences. The county reports that DTAP participants are nearly twice as successful in staying “drug and crime free,” as those who enter the criminal justice system. When the election results are certified, possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana will be legal, with 1 to 2.5 ounces to be considered a petty offense. ■

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By Rob Brezsny. Go to RealAstrology.com to check out Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY HOROSCOPE 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700 $1.99 per minute. 18 and over. Touchtone phone required.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Back in 1974, poet Allen Ginsberg and his “spirit wife,” Aries poet Anne Waldman, were roommates at the newly established Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. The school’s founder asked these two luminaries to create a poetics program, and thus was born the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Waldman described its ruling principle to be the “outrider” tradition, with a mandate to explore all that was iconoclastic, freethinking, and irreverent. The goal of teachers and students alike was to avoid safe and predictable work so as to commune with wild spiritual powers, “keep the energies dancing,” and court eternal surprise. I think that would be a healthy approach for you to flirt with during the next few weeks. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Any legal actions you take are more likely to be successful if you initiate them between now and the solstice than if you’d begin them at other times. The same is true for any contracts you sign or agreements you make: They have a better chance to thrive than they would at other times. Other activities with more kismet than usual during the coming weeks: efforts to cultivate synergy and symbiosis; attempts to turn power struggles into more cooperative ventures; a push to foster greater equality in hierarchal situations; and ethical moves to get access to and benefit from other people’s resources. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Never follow an expert off a precipice. Nor a teacher. Nor an attractive invitation. Nor a symbol of truth nor a vibrant ideal nor a tempting gift. In fact, never follow anything off a precipice, no matter how authoritative or sexy or appealing it might be. On the other hand, if any of those influences are headed in the direction of a beautiful bridge that can enable you to get to the other side of a precipice, you should definitely consider following them. Be on the alert

for such lucky opportunities in the coming weeks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Malidoma Patrice Somé was born into the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso. After being initiated into the Dagara’s spiritual mysteries, he emigrated to America, where he has taught a unique blend of modern and traditional ideas. One of his key themes is the hardship that Westerners’ souls endure because of the destructive impact of the machine world upon the spiritual world. He says there is “an indigenous person within each of us” that longs to cultivate the awareness and understanding enjoyed by indigenous people: a reverence for nature, a vital relationship with ancestors, and a receptivity to learn from the intelligence of animals. How’s your inner indigenous person doing? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to enhance your ability to commune with and nurture that vital source. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Psychologists have identified a quality they call NFD: “need for drama.” Those who possess it may be inclined to seek or even instigate turmoil out of a quest for excitement. After all, bringing a dose of chaos into one’s life can cure feelings of boredom or powerlessness. “I’m important enough to rouse a Big Mess!” may be the subconscious battle cry. I’ll urge you Leos to studiously and diligently avoid fostering NFD in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, you will have a blessed series of interesting experiences if and only if you shed any attraction you might have to histrionic craziness. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing,” wrote philosopher Baruch Spinoza. “Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.” Spinoza’s thoughts will be a great meditation for you in the coming weeks. If you go chasing phantom hopes, longing for absolute certainty and iron confidence, you’ll waste your energy. But if you

SAVAGE LOVE ADD IT UP

By Dan Savage, mail@savagelove.net

I’ve always been excited by BDSM but I’ve only minimally explored this side of myself until very recently. I’m a straight woman and it was difficult to find men who wanted more monogamish relationships on the traditional apps and a challenge to be honest about what I am looking for where kink is concerned. I’d often get through a month or so of seeing someone before finding out they wanted a completely monogamous relationship and that they were very vanilla in the bedroom to boot. I was tired of wasting my time and needed to find a partner who wanted to enjoy a kinky relationship

so I moved from traditional dating apps like Bumble and Hinge and to apps like #Open, Fetlife and KinkD. While I’ve had a few amazing conversations and meet ups, they’ve primarily been with men in open relationships, couples, or guys only looking to hookup. And it seems most people on kinky apps want to only talk about sex. While I do feel drawn to this lifestyle, I am also looking for a partner. I want someone to spend my life with who can also enjoy the kink community with me. How can I find a guy that wants a life partner and a fun and kinky sex life? —Seeks Partner And Needs Kink

identify what is most genuine and true and essential about you, and you rely on it to guide you, you can’t possibly fail. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika,” said Libran fashion writer Diana Vreeland. “We all need a splash of bad taste,” she continued. “It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. Having no taste is what I’m against.” I understand that her perspective might be hard to sell to you refined Librans. But I think it’s good advice right now. Whatever’s lacking in your world, whatever might be off-kilter, can be cured by a dash of good, funky earthiness. Dare to be a bit messy and unruly. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): To convey the spirit of the coming weeks, I’m offering you wisdom from two women who were wise about the art of slow and steady progress. First, here’s author Iris Murdoch: “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured so much the better.” Your second piece of insight about the wonders of prudent, piecemeal triumph comes from activist and author Helen Keller: “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Sagittarian statesman Winston Churchill said that he was always ready to learn—even though there were times when he didn’t enjoy being taught. That might be a useful motto for you to adopt in the coming months. By my estimates, 2021 could turn out to bring a rather spectacular learning spurt— and a key boost to your life-long education. If you choose to take advantage of the cosmic potentials, you could make dramatic enhancements to your knowledge and skill set. As Churchill’ s message suggests, not all of your new repertoire will come easily and pleasantly. But I bet that at least 80 percent of it will. Start planning! CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In accordance with upcoming astrological indicators, I’ve got some

P.S. One more question: I’m currently enjoying casual sex with a male partner who only buys magnum-size condoms but who does not need magnum-size condoms. It’s like fucking a half-empty grocery store bag. How do I tell him regular condoms would be soooooo much better without making him feel bad? Whether you’re on kinky dating apps or mainstream dating apps or both, SPANK, you’re gonna have a lot of interactions with a lot of guys who aren’t right for you before you find the guy (or guys) who are right for you. And since there are plenty of kinky people on mainstream dating apps—you were one of them—you should be on both. Of the happily partnered kinky people I

good advice for you courtesy of your fellow Capricorn David Bowie. You’ll be well-served to keep it in mind between now and January 1, 2021. “Go a little bit out of your depth,” counseled Bowie. “And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” For extra inspiration, I’ll add another prompt from the creator of Ziggy Stardust: “Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out.” In that spirit, my dear Capricorn, please take measures to expand your sense of wonder during the next six weeks. Make sure you’re on your way in. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Most of us aren’t brilliant virtuosos like, say, Leonardo da Vinci or Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. On the other hand, every one of us has a singular amalgam of potentials that is unique in the history of the world—an exceptional flair or an idiosyncratic mastery or a distinctive blend of talents. In my astrological opinion, you Aquarians will have unprecedented opportunities to develop and ripen this golden and glorious aspect of yourself in 2021. And now is a good time to begin making plans. I encourage you to launch your year-long Festival of Becoming by writing down a description of your special genius. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In 1969, humans flew a spaceship to the moon and landed on it for the first time. In 1970, the state of Alabama finally made it legal for interracial couples to get married. That’s a dramatic example of how we humans may be mature and strong in some ways even as we remain backward and undeveloped in other ways. According to my astrological analysis, the coming months will be a highly favorable time for the immature and unseasoned parts of you to ripen. I encourage you to get started! ■ Homework: Name something you feel like begging for. Then visualize in great detail that this something is already yours. Report results to FreeWillAstrology.com

know, SPANK, half met their partners in “traditional” spaces (bars, workplaces, mainstream dating apps) while the other half met their partners in kinky spaces (munches, fetish parties, kinky dating apps). And while no one should be meeting anyone in a bar or at parties right now—there’s a pandemic on—the more places you advertise online, the likelier you are to line up a compatible partner for when this is all over. And you shouldn’t be surprised—or put off—when someone you meet on KinkD wants to talk about their kinks. When you meet someone via a dating app that brings people together around a shared interest, it’s only natural that your initial conversations revolve around that shared interest. If you were posting ads on Farmers Only or Christian Cafe, your first


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chats would very likely revolve around, I don’t know, the price of corn or the exact moment you sold your soul to Donald Trump. Whichever kind of app you meet a guy on, you’re going to have to do the same two things—the same work, the same vetting, the same screw diligence—just in a different order. When you meet a guy on Bumble, SPANK, you establish baseline emotional compatibility first and then eventually you have a conversation about sex. With guys you meet on KinkD, you establish baseline sexual compatibility first—by talking about your mutual sexual interests—and eventually get around to determining whether you’re emotionally compatible. And, again, since you could meet someone with whom you are emotionally and sexually compatible on either kind of dating site—mainstream or kinky—you should keep your ads up on both. P.S. Loose condoms come off and loose condoms leak, SPANK, so a guy who uses XXL condoms on a medium dick puts you at greater risk of contracting an STI or having an unplanned pregnancy. And for what? To impress the checkout clerk at CVS? Don’t worry about making him feel bad. Tell him he gets condoms that fit or he finds someone else to fuck. I’ve lived with my girlfriend for over a year now till about a month ago when she moved to the East Coast so now we’re in a long-distance relationship. I supported her move because she’s following her dream career and we decided to stay together since communication nowadays is pretty easy. But every time I try to text or call she responds that she’s too busy or exhausted. I could understand if this was once in a while but it’s literally all the time. This has put a strain on our communication. I became irrational with these red flags and I looked up her address and a guy’s name popped up including his phone number. Then I did perhaps the most irrational thing ever

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can spare you a moment. I don’t know why she hasn’t done the right thing and ended it, IGNORED, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do the right thing for yourself and end it. I​ expect many of your astute readers will have written to you about this, but here goes anyway: You described the wannafuckmath when arranging a foursome as far more complicated than the wannafuckmath when arranging a threesome. But the wannafuckmath isn’t actually very complicated. For any n-some, the Wannafuck number = n • (n-1). So for the humble twosome, it’s 2 • 1. Two! Just what you’d expect. For a threesome, it’s 6. For a foursome, it’s 12. So a foursome is wannafuckmathematically six times more complicated than a twosome but only twice as complicated as a threesome. Even the rarely seen hundredsome only has a wannafuck number of 9900: large, perhaps unachievable, but not infinite. —Math Is Sexy Today and Yesterday

and looked up our phone bill and his number is everywhere on her section of the bill. I asked her who this dude is and she states he’s her landlord and employer. That’s not a red flag, but him calling at 1 a.m. when I was working nightshifts before she moved is. I confronted her and she became defensive and turned everything back on me. She called me crazy and hurled more than one “fuck you” at me and threatened to call the cops on me. I’ve admitted to my wrongdoing in violating her privacy and I’ve repeatedly asked her to talk about it but it always turns into a fight. We’ve been together two years and I’ve never met any of her friends or her 20-year-old son. What do you think? —I’m Getting Nothing Outta Relationship Except Drama I think there’s only so much time you

should waste on a person who doesn’t have time for you—to say nothing of a person who isn’t particularly kind to you and, after two years, hasn’t integrated you into her life in a meaningful way. I also think you need to ask yourself what’s more likely, IGNORED: your girlfriend—who can’t take your calls now but could take that guy’s in the middle of the night when you two were living together—is living with and working with a guy she knew before moving away or that your girlfriend is living with and working with and fucking with a guy she moved across the country to be with? I think the latter is far more likely. But even if she’s not fucking him—even if she isn’t holding on to you as a backup or doesn’t want to end things because you pay her phone bill—she doesn’t make time for you and it doesn’t sound like she’s particularly kind to when she

that the Supreme Court can find it in their hearts to come to the same realizations that Joe Biden came to, that John McCain came to, that I came to in my hospital bed, and that they do the right thing and protect health care for all of us,” he said. As the fate of the ACA hangs in the

balance, Contreras believes dismantling the ACA would cause unnecessary chaos during an unprecedented pandemic. “There has to be some recognition of where we are as a country. That we are in the middle of a once in a lifetime pandemic, that our cases are surging, that the Affordable Care Act reaches into our

I was once in a room where at least a hundred people were having sex—in Berlin, naturally—so I have seen the elusive hundredsome with my own eyes. Or the hundred-and-then-some, I should say. (And to be clear: I was a witness, not a participant.) But unlike a threesome or a foursome, a hundredsome isn’t an arranged-in-advance/ by-invitation-only affair. It’s more of a book-a-large-enough-space-and-advertise-it-extensively-and-they-will-come affair. So paradoxically, hosting a by-invitation-only threesome or foursome—or even a by-invitation-only tensome— where you establish in advance that everyone is attracted to each other may be more difficult to pull off than hosting a Berlin hundredsome. mail@savagelove.net Follow Dan on Twitter @FakeDanSavage. On this week’s Lovecast, Ask a Sub’s Lina Dune, and the anxious return of “Dr. Bummer.” www.savagelovecast.com lives in so many ways,” Contreras said. “When it comes to this Supreme Court case, it’s going to take five votes to cause all the havoc that could ensue, and I’m hopeful that that may not happen based on the questions we heard today. Cautiously hopeful, I will add.” ■


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