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Artists talk race, prejudice and music

Artists talk race, prejudice and music

Andy Galley, Big Park Community School’s middle school social studies teacher, stood before four dozen seventh- and eighth-grade students and belted out “My Girl” — a standard, written in 1964...

While I was thinking about the imminent approach of Father’s Day, my grandfathers popped into my head.

I am fortunate to have the world’s greatest dad, and even more blessed to be the granddaughter of two great men.

Sedona Red Rock News Managing Editor Trista Steers MacVittieMy grandfathers couldn’t have been more different.

My maternal grandfather, Orin Roper, was a business owner in town, and my paternal grandfather, Roy “Buddy” Steers, was a cattleman who lived on a ranch.

I spent summers camping with Grandpa Roper. He loved to fish and boat, and he loved even more to share his hobbies with his family.

Grandpa Roper only had four grandchildren so we were showered with all of his attention.

He took me driving miles of country roads when I had a learning permit, and he watched my soccer games. He was a second father to me growing up.

Grandpa Steers had many more children to share his love with. When I was a child, he had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Even though there were more of us to love, he always showed us a great time when we were at his ranch. We sledded in the back fields in the winter and drove the four-wheelers on the ranch roads in the summer.

Sometimes we would go up into the mountains with him to bring the cattle down to the ranch in the fall or put them out to graze in the spring.

He was always happy and interested in my future. He wanted me to be taken care of the same way he took care of my grandmother.

Although I am still young, I had no living grandparents left until I married my husband.

Now, I’m lucky to have Grandpa Dick MacVittie, who treats not only me like a granddaughter but now my sister as well.

From the moment I met Grandpa MacVittie and Grandma Thelma MacVittie they’ve made me feel like family.

Grandpa MacVittie taught my father-in-law, Rick MacVittie, many life lessons that were in turn passed down to my husband. They are both to thank for the wonderful life I know enjoy, and I am happy to have two more people in my life to say “Happy Father’s Day” to.

I’m a pretty lucky woman to have two great dads and a grandpa to celebrate.


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  • rick lipary

    I'm delighted that you love and have a great relationship with your father and the other men in your life. I just don't believe in the garbage about men taking care of you! You should be accomplished, professional, and able to care for yourself! Males are'nt chopped liver, and women NEVER offer to take care of us! Women who want to be supported come off to many men as ladies of the night! If they ARE'NT that way, than why do they expect the very men they would NEVER support to support them!? Forcing males (on pain of rejection) to support females oppresses males, and sends us to early graves from overwork. Please don't give me the childbirth routine. That's biological, and males can't do anything about that. However, I'm sure females would assign THAT to us also, if they could!

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