Archive for the 'Greater Arizona' Category

‘Flying Jewel’ darts into photograph, then vanishes

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April 25, 2014   Hummingbirds collect nectar from about 1,000 flowers each day, according to a list of facts found on www.worldofhummingbirds.com. (Photo copyright © by Mike Padgett) SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The saying, “Blink and you might miss it,” applies whenever hummingbirds are around. I was focusing on the cactus flowers near our front door, preparing […]

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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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Memories of Joe and His Grave, Decades Later

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March 10,2014   Joe looked like he was sleeping. We didn’t know Joe’s age when we rescued him years earlier from the animal shelter, but he had aged gracefully. He was handsome and friendly, and he barked only when strangers approached our home.   There were no marks on his body from the truck’s impact. […]

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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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A Partial List of Pleasures Awaiting Visitors to Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada

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Sept. 19, 2013 LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – One of our most memorable journeys took us to a historic hotel in the Canadian Rockies. It is a place of soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers and icy lakes, this destination where nature’s beauty competes with hotel luxury.   Life is too short, so 12 months ago we […]

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To the Ocean, to Read and Recharge

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June 1, 2013 SAN DIEGO – Ocean, ocean, ocean, she chants softly with eyes closed and arms stretched in front of her like a conductor. She is resting her head back against the passenger’s seat. We’re racing west on the interstate to find a slow path on the beach. I’m anticipating salt air with my […]

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Stuck in Heathrow, by way of Ankara, Istanbul and a London Gothic Icon

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April 29, 2013 LONDON – The situation was grim. It was dark and raining. We were anxious to get home. But our British Airways jet, because one of its engines refused to start, was grounded at Heathrow Airport. We had expected to be airborne on this nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, from England to […]

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Hikes at Dawn from Historic Hotels in the Canadian Rockies

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Aug. 4, 2012 LAKE LOUISE, Alberta – Summer sunrises in the Canadian Rockies are among the best work of nature’s saints and angels. They make the air brisk and refreshing. They return colors to the forests and mountains. One morning in mid-July, before dawn, I cross a Canadian castle’s empty lobby. My goal is sunrise photos […]

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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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