Holiday Greetings


Well, it’s Christmas Day 2017, and another year is ending in the new Millennium on Earth.  Good health has been on my mind, as I fell twice this year by accident (of course), hurting my lower back and later scraping my right knee, with several bruises on my legs. Fortunately nothing was permanent or broken. I’m on the mend and in relatively good health, so that’s something to celebrate.  And my family is here this year in Tucson, in Southern Arizona.

It’s time to wish our Blog for Arizona readers Happy Holidays and cheer for the New Year (of the Dog, for us Asians according to our zodiac).  It’s been a tough year of the Rooster with the new Republican President and administration in power in D.C. and lots of Resistance efforts ever since Jan. 20, 2017.  Just take a look at our Blog for Arizona Calendar if you’re wondering what I do with my free time as an unpaid, part-time blogger. My goal is to help spread the news about progressive events in Southern Arizona (as far south as Nogales), and often up north (Phoenix and Flagstaff).

Season’s greetings to all.  Let’s hope 2018 is a better year than 2017 was, politically. Thank you to our loyal Blog for Arizona readers, as we continue to blog into the New Year.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    • Thanks for the Christmas in the Trenches video/song, Wileybud. It’s a good Christmas message for peace. I hadn’t seen it before. My father-in-law in Germany was on one side of WWII, and my Uncle and cousin-in-law were both in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, on the other side.

      • That’s interesting! When I worked as a six month temp at IBM in the mid-80s there was a guy there who was a Luftwaffe anti-aircraft gunner in Ploesti. And yes, he was there for Operation Tidal Wave.

    • Thanks Larry — yes, my husband is Native German, so I hear Frohe Weinachten often. It was eye-opening to fall twice this year — makes you realize how important stability in your feet/legs is, and also how scary it is to hurt your back. See you in the New Year at political events.

  1. Happy Holidays to you too, Carolyn. Thanks for all you do in keeping us informed of local progressive events. I suspect there will be an increasing number of those events in the next year. Well, here’s to fair elections, high voter turnout, and a major shakeup in November.

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