Though caught on the busy day before her scheduled departure to Phoenix Comicon’s Fan Fest, where she and husband C.M. Halstead will be promoting his science fiction books at a much-in-demand vendor’s table, Tonya June Moore was only to happy to provide a reporter with a frank and entertaining interview.

James Brown was once dubbed the hardest working man in show business. But with nearly 300 shows a year, Roger Blakiston may give the Godfather of Soul a run for his money for that title.

Blakiston, who moved to the Village of Oak Creek six years ago, has been entertaining people for nearly 60 years with his combination of magic and comedy. Originally from England, he’s performed under the stage name of Jolly Roger ever since moving to Phoenix more than two decades ago.

It may sound trite, but it’s true: Small towns hold some of the biggest secrets.

Arnold Leibovit is a writer, producer and director of feature films and musical productions. But for brief forays back to Los Angeles — “as Hollywood beckons,” Leibovit quipped — he has resided in Sedona since the mid-1980s. Though a longtime resident, he admits that he has kept a low profile.

Forget labor of love — for Coffee Pot Restaurant owner Emile Daher, feeding a Thanksgiving meal to upwards of 600 people is the culmination of a year’s worth of interacting with the people of Sedona.

“It’s the best thing we do all year,” the 73-year-old Sedona resident said Wednesday, Nov. 25. “I love it. I get a high, man .... All the employees get so excited.”

Walking into 95-year-old Holocaust survivor Nika Fleissig’s home in the Village of Oak Creek, one is immediately struck by the artwork on the walls: More often than not filled with color, exuberant, but now and then somber, cast in muted tones, they are in the majority Fleissig’s own work, a testament to decades of self-expression.

Rimrock, old purses and the holiday spirit of giving: What do these three things have in common?

According to Colleen Baldwin of Winnipeg, Canada,  — who purchased a holiday home in Rimrock several years ago — there is a lot used purses can do to relieve the suffering of others.

Sedona resident Tony Taylor recently won the Arizona Book of the Year Grand Prize, put on through the Arizona Literary Contest, for his novel “The Darkest Side of Saturn.”

The book was chosen as the grand prize winner after taking first in the same contest in the Published Fiction category, then taking top honors up against the Short Story and Unpublished Fiction categories.

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