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Colorful art sparkles after dark in Arizona

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Feb. 27, 2017 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Picture several displays of artistic creations illuminated from within by various colors. One display is a set of five helium kites hovering over visitors’ heads. In a nearby canal is a collection of 50 floating spheres. The imaginative creations were part of a busy outdoor art scene my Best Friend […]

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Forever Views in Red Rock Country North of Phoenix

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Dec. 12, 2016 Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett SEDONA, Ariz. – About 120 miles north of Phoenix are some of Mother Nature’s best creations. The absence of city noise and pollution and the contrast of towering red bluffs with the high desert’s greenery are good for the soul. Pack a picnic lunch and a […]

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New Stars Lighting Sonoran Desert Nights

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April 24, 2016 PHOENIX – Every evening after sunset, there are colorful new stars in the night at Desert Botanical Garden. The stars are eight distinct displays installed throughout the garden by British artist Bruce Munro. His creative work, “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden,” runs through May 8. Munro and garden workers […]

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Desert sentinels greet sunrise today in central Arizona

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Oct. 7, 2014   Photo copyright © Mike Padgett “This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round […]

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A Friend’s Birthday Cards and New Year’s Eve Campfire

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  April 22, 2014 MESA, Ariz. – For several days, I’ve been thinking about a breakfast meeting I had 16 years ago with a friend. He loved life and he wore many hats, including those of media executive and community activist. Our meeting was in the spring of 1998. Chuck Wahlheim was the first to contact […]

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Magical History Tours at Musical Instrument Museum

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  Feb. 22, 2014 PHOENIX – This musical time machine encourages visitors to follow musicians into history. Listen to their stories. Study their instruments.   The multimedia exhibits in the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) include the works of legends. Museum visitors, as they tour the exhibits, will hear music and narratives that likely will revive […]

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Soaring Metro Phoenix Home Prices Could Level Off Soon

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July 1, 2012 Press Release TEMPE, Ariz. — Phoenix-area home prices have been zooming up for months, and the streak continued in May. However, a new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University takes a closer look at the short supply of available houses, an increase in foreclosures, and […]

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Army Veteran Helping Others During His Journey Into Blindness

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June 15, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – The blind Army veteran depended on his nose to lead him to the pizza joint. But his guide dog, responding to his command, entered two doors too early. That wrong turn in the shopping center in 2004 became another turning point for the former Army captain. Tom Hicks was […]

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Memorial Day 2012 at Sunset in an Arizona Cemetery

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May 29, 2012 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Near the middle of the cemetery, out among the rows of headstones and small flags, I see a woman alone in a folding chair. She sits with her head down. She wears a wide-brimmed hat, so I cannot tell if she is reading a book or focusing on memories. […]

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Colorful Butterflies and Flowers, and the Pause Button

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April 21, 2012 PHOENIX, Ariz. – Poets describe butterflies as flying flowers, or elusive happiness on wings that might find you if you hit your pause button. I paused the other day. I made time to visit the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Through May 13, hundreds of colorful butterflies each […]

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