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TNC is a group of bloggers with the collective goal of providing content and media that informs, helps, heals, educates as well as provides joy and solutions.

Formerly (Cactus News Online)

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We are not a source of "Hard News," or partisan political commentary. We cover the lighter side of news, offering insight  into hobbies, food and drink, pop-culture events, indie films, science and technology, community and social justice, travel, and "how to" videos.

Meet the Main Contributors


Rod Washington

Producer/ Blogger/ Writer 

Rod Washington:  Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator.


Michael J. Sliwa

Writer/ Blogger/ Contributor

Mike Sliwa: Mike speaks about justice and simple living while residing in his ger/yurt. He is also the co-host of Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network.


Mark Bennett

Writer/ Contributor

Mark Bennett: Bay Area boy living in the So Cal.  You'll usually find Mark playing some type of Blizzard game or tinkering with some electronic device in his house.

  Joshua Willingham: Joshua, a native Phoenician, lives in the west Valley with his wife and two sons. He has a BA in Management and 24 years of experience in Information Technology. He’s passionate in his career of combining healthcare and IT to help doctors provide the best possible healthcare to their patients. Joshua also has multiple publications for IT education, which are used in universities around the world. He is a true Arizona liberal, supporting both human rights, equality for all.

Rebecca Jo is a mother of four and is a creative soul from Phoenix, Arizona, who also enjoys new adventures. Rebecca Jo has a passion for the outdoors and indulges in activities like camping, fishing, hunting and riding rollercoasters.

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