Archive for the 'Arizona' Category

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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Legacy of Long-Time Farming Family Includes New Homes With Unique Designs

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Feb. 13, 2012 GILBERT, Ariz. – Cruise the tree-lined streets of Morrison Ranch with co-owner Howard Morrison, and he’ll likely tell you what crops grew here for generations before his family’s farms sprouted houses a few years ago. And if he takes a short detour and stops next to his family’s four 80-foot-tall grain silos, […]

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Birthday Plan: Hugs, Reading Twain and Channeling Clapton

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Jan. 23, 2012 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – My birthday is approaching, so I expect to be asked about my plans for that day. I’ll dodge the question by saying I haven’t decided. I know many like to celebrate birthdays, and that’s fine. My celebrations are low key. It’s not my nature to buy something new or […]

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Evict Arizona Legislature for ‘infighting, brawling,’ says Phoenix Attorney

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Jan. 20, 2012 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Who says attorneys lack a sense of humor? I received the following email today from attorney Larry Lazarus, whose downtown Phoenix firm has represented land use and zoning cases for 30 years throughout Arizona. Maybe Lazarus is on the right track when he suggests the eviction of the Arizona […]

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Arizona’s Child Homelessness Echoes National Increase

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Jan. 14, 2012 TEMPE, Ariz. – Bright futures rarely shine on homeless children in Arizona. The young runaways fleeing family anger and short tempers hear their own double-time footsteps. Echoing in their ears are their parents’ impatient words clouded with the stress of work, debts, alcohol or drugs. Do your homework, say their sad-eyed parents, […]

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Nose to Beak With A Fearless Bird

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Nov. 6, 2011 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Taking out the trash this morning, I found visual treasure. I literally ran into it. I was walking in our breezeway when I had a one-second warning. I heard the hummingbirds before I saw them. I stopped and looked up. They were chattering and feeding in the tall flower […]

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An Arizona Sunrise With a Dose of Emerson

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Sept. 15, 2011 A September sunrise in the Arizona desert. Copyright © iPhone photo by Mike Padgett “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it […]

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Center to Study Race and Democracy Opening at Arizona State University

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March 22, 2011 OPINION TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s been a long time since Arizona had a good inning. Which is why a new organization at Arizona State University, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, is a positive sign in the state’s decades of economic and political struggles. The 1970s saw Arizona shamed […]

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Historic Arizona Hotel Offers Peace, Memories and Time to Recharge

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March 7, 2011 WINSLOW, Ariz. – The owner of this historic hotel in northern Arizona smiled as he and his dog passed me in the lobby. It was a little past sunrise. I was enjoying the ambiance of his charming La Posada Hotel. Opened in 1930, it was the last of the Fred Harvey Co. […]

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Snow Dusted the Mountains North of Phoenix

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Feb. 27, 2011 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Residents of metropolitan Phoenix received a visual breakfast treat today – snow on the mountains immediately north of the city. A Pacific storm, the latest in a series, dumped more than half an inch of rain across parts of the region overnight. But at higher elevations north of Phoenix, […]

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