Fading Sentry

January 19, 2016

The iconic Saguaro cactus of the Sonoran Desert may grow it’s first arm around 75 years of age, and it may live 150 years. This fading sentry was probably here when Arizona became a state.

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Out on the Trail

January 3, 2016

Out on the trail in an old Willys, with the Chief, the Sergeant, the Princess…and the spirit of Tony riding along.     

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Out on the Trail

January 2, 2016

Out on the trail in an old Willys, with the Chief, the Sarge, the Princess…and the spirit of Tony along for the ride.

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2016: Find Beauty

January 1, 2016

In pursuit of a truly happy New Year in 2016, I resolve to find beauty more often, within me, within those around me, and in the marvelous universe around us…starting with watching the sun rise more often!

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David Peterson Expelled 2: Korte calls Kirby a “Bitch”

December 16, 2015

No sooner than I pushed the “publish” button on my last article, I received the latest missive from Virginia Korte in my inbox via the anonymous “Voice of Scottsdale” blog. I was rather shocked to see the normally-genteel Scottsdale city council woman refer to Scottsdale Unified School District governing board member Pam Kirby as an […]

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David Peterson Expelled from School

December 16, 2015

Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent David Peterson has apparently been sacked by the SUSD governing board. No reason for the expulsion was given by either the District or by Peterson. A cursory review of published agendas shows that the board met on 24 November 2015, …in Executive Session for: A. Discussion and consideration of the […]

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December 7

December 7, 2015

This year Arizona lost one of our few remaining direct connections to the events surrounding the Imperial Japanese Navy attack on the United States at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Betty Tackaberry Blake died in Scottsdale in April 2015. I’ve copied here the Wikipedia entry [link to article, which includes footnotes] I assembled in […]

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More Sky Harbor Noise Info

December 7, 2015

A ScottsdaleTrails reader sent this along: Sky Harbor data suggests that not many Scottsdale residents are voicing their concerns [about Sky Harbor airport traffic noise]. Some fear they will have to disclose it when they sell their homes, and many HOA’s won’t even broach the topic. Yet, complaints are integral to evaluating the problem areas. […]

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When Chickens Come Home to Roost

December 2, 2015

While I could, I don’t often say, “I told you so.” However, this is one of those times when I will. During the last Scottsdale city council campaign after I announced my council candidate endorsements, I was strongly derided by a couple of ‘friends’ for not endorsing candidates they endorsed AFTER my endorsments. One of […]

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Practice Freedom

November 19, 2015

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. — William Faulkner

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