Archive for the 'Greater Arizona' Category

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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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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Advertising Writer Shifts From Carving Words to Crafting Woods

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April 3, 2012 PHOENIX, Ariz. – When Richard Morris traded wordsmithing for woodworking, his creative energy shifted into high gear. He began stretching himself. He was on a new plateau of personal growth. It was about a decade ago when Morris began his career transition away from writing advertising copy. Today, Morris designs and creates […]

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Point Loma Lighthouse Offers More Than A Glimpse Into California History

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March 31, 2012 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – We need to slow down. Every time we see a lighthouse in the distance, I’m on cruise control and my Best Friend/Navigator  is checking maps and voice mail. By the time my brain alerts my foot on the accelerator, those beacons of history standing guard at the edge […]

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Stories and Memories in a Garden of Stone Overlooking San Diego Bay

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March 2, 2012 SAN DIEGO – Each time I drive away from Cabrillo National Monument and its view overlooking San Diego, the thousands of white headstones in neat rows capture my attention. This time, for the first time, I pulled over and parked. This garden of stone on the Port Loma peninsula is the 77-acre […]

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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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