Archive for the 'Scottsdale' Category

Birthday Plan: Hugs, Reading Twain and Channeling Clapton

Mike Padgett -

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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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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Arizona Desert Silhouettes During a February Sunset

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Feb. 17, 2011 Sunsets in Arizona, especially during unsettled weather, offer views that massage the tired psyche. This photo was captured at 6:16 p.m. MST on Feb. 16, 2011. The photo information is as follows: Canon 40D, 24-105 mm lens, a quarter-second exposure, f/14, ISO 800, 105mm focal length. Copyright photo by Mike Padgett (To […]

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A New Moon at Sunset in Arizona

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Jan. 13, 2011 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The distraction of Arizona sunsets from our back patio, like this one recently, often washes away the intellectual static created by local politics. I dream of the day when we have leadership with this much brilliance. Copyright photo by Mike Padgett (To avoid missing news, features and photos on […]

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Arizona Politics Trumps Economics; Students, Needy Families To Suffer

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

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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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Doctors Offering Five-Star Customer Service at New Cancer Clinic

Mike Padgett -

Feb. 10, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – When their doctors say those gritty words, “It’s cancer,” patients often see themselves heading down a one-way road. And it looks rough. They suck in their breath. Their fingers, searching for anything to hold onto, turn into white-knuckled fists. Their courage is challenged. They think about hair loss. Nausea. […]

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Collector Corvettes, Custom Street Rods Rumble at ASU SkySong

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Jan. 18, 2010 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Enthusiasts of collector cars, including 1950s Corvettes and 1930s street rods, displayed their hobbies on wheels at ASU SkySong to promote the upcoming 39th Annual Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction. Owners of about 75 of the classic cars turned out for the Jan. 16 display at SkySong at McDowell and […]

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

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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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