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A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

A Note From the Editor: Giving Thanks as the Holidays Arrive

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Jimmy Boegle

The holidays are here, and there are a lot of things for which I am thankful:

• I’m thankful for the  Independent ’s knowledgeable readers.  Our inaugural Best of Coachella Valley readers’ poll is complete, and the results are here! With a few categories excepted (In-n-Out has the valley’s Best Burger? R...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

The Potted Desert Garden: Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder—Sometimes

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Color is the most prominent element in garden design, and typically the first one considered. Color is what draws us into a garden and is often what draws us out of the house and onto our patio.

When you’re driving down a road, and you approach a bed of flowers, what draws your eye in? Color! However...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 20, 2014!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Nov. 20, 2014!

Thursday, November 20, 2014  |  Staff

On this week's classist Independent comics page: Red Meat prepares for a festive school carnival; Jen Sorenson examines complaints about hyperinflation on luxury items; The K Chronicles pays homage to pro wrestling; and This Modern World ponders sexual harassment.

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Know Your Neighbors: Sun City's Forum Club Offers a Model for Open, Neighborly Political Discussions

Know Your Neighbors: Sun City's Forum Club Offers a Model for Open, Neighborly Political Discussions

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  Anita Rufus

One is a banker; another is a Nobel Prize-winner, a third a teacher, yet another a writer. Many are happily retired. Some are well-informed on the news of the day; others are interested in exploring new ways to approach old problems; all are willing to engage with their neighbors for some good old-f...

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Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans and Gabachos So Similar?

Ask a Mexican: Why Are Mexicans and Gabachos So Similar?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  |  Gustavo Arellano

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans and gabachos resemble each other so much? Both are very conservative about sex, marriage and family. Both are very Christian, either Catholic or Protestant. Both keep similar attitudes toward immigrants. Both are very patriotic or nationalistic. Both deal with the same ...

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The Potted Desert Garden: Decorate With Cut Flowers From Your Own Yard

The Potted Desert Garden: Decorate With Cut Flowers From Your Own Yard

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  |  Marylee Pangman

Nothing beats fresh-cut flower arrangements—but why spend money on expensive arrangements? Why not start your very own cutting garden?

Your desert potted garden can serve two purposes when it comes to flowers: It can be a profuse garden to decorate your outside world, and it can fill your home with b...

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