Archive for the 'Phoenix' Category

Magical History Tours at Musical Instrument Museum

Mike Padgett -

  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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Memorial Day 2012 at Sunset in an Arizona Cemetery

Mike Padgett -

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

Mike Padgett -

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

Mike Padgett -

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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New High-Rise Crowned With Lights Hosts Downtown Phoenix Party

Mike Padgett -

Nov. 9, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – The backers of a $900 million high-rise development in downtown Phoenix and city officials partied for four days last weekend. On Nov.  4, a Thursday, Mayor Phil Gordon launched a four-day grand opening of CityScape’s first phase with his annual State of Downtown speech. Musical entertainment and a Sunday […]

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Of Odd Dreams, a Leg Infection and Dedication to Medical Careers

Mike Padgett -

Aug. 8, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The strangest dreams invaded my nights earlier this month. Instead of counting sheep, I encountered monstrous images. In a narrow tunnel with falling flakes of gold, I faced a smiling lime green snake large enough to swallow a bull. Under a black sky, I floated over an endless sea […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

Mike Padgett -

March 21, 2010 EDITORIAL Are Arizona’s leaders, struggling with an overpowering deficit, downsizing state programs too far? Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed the state’s fiscal 2011 budget of $8.9 billion, which is a reduction of  $1.1 billion. Budget supporters called the new budget a streamlining of state government. Critics say it is hardhearted, with […]

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Butterfly Exhibit Star Attraction at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Mike Padgett -

March 14, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – A few steps inside their sanctuary, while I was adjusting my camera, I was embraced by two tiny sparks of life as delicate as moonlight. They grabbed my hand with their tiny feet. All I could do, to avoid startling my two new friends, was stand still. They explored […]

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Arizona’s Sunrise Walks and Wildlife, Chimichangas and Historic Buildings

Mike Padgett -

March 7, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Just a few of my Arizona favorites: A lone bull elk grazing on the lawn early one November morning as I stepped out of El Tovar Lodge at Grand Canyon. I never had seen a bull elk, much less been so close to one. Lunch at the Arizona Biltmore […]

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Stories About Fishing, the Devil Sparked Boy’s Passion for Journalism

Mike Padgett -

Jan. 14, 2010 PHOENIX, Ariz. – I fell in love with writing several U.S. presidents ago when I was in grade school. My passion was unleashed by word pictures so powerful, they became mileposts reminding me where the adventure began. I remember reading an outdoor magazine’s story about a fishing guide on the Great Lakes. […]

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