The People’s Public Art

February 11, 2020

I had to run an errand over to Phoenix a couple of weeks ago, where I spotted a fun mural. With Valentine’s Day around the corner (it’s Friday), I thought I’d share the mural with my long-neglected readers. This is on the west side of 32nd Street, just south of Thomas Road, on the side […]

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Quote of the Day: Drunks and Lamp-Posts

January 9, 2020

Politicians use statistics in the same way that a drunk uses lamp-posts—for support rather than illumination. Andrew Lang, 1844-1912, Scottish poet, critic, anthropologist; best known for collecting folk and fairy tales like those of the Brothers Grimm. (quote often mis-attributed–in my estimation–to Mark Twain).

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Quote of the Day: The Great Ocean of Truth

January 4, 2020

“I don’t know what I may seem to the world,” he said before he died, “but, as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth […]

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Quote of the Day: Recognizing Oneself

December 24, 2019

The intimacy of friendship, Derrida writes, lies in the sensation of recognizing oneself in the eyes of another. Hua Hsu, citing The Politics of Friendship, by Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), French deconstructionist philosopher.

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Oh Christmas Tree

December 19, 2019

This year we set out to cut our own Christmas tree, something we have never done before. In earlier years, we purchased from local Christmas tree lots. A few years later, we gave in to the convenience of an artificial tree, and then (gasp) we permanently wired the lights. But this year we did our […]

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Trail Access Vehicles

November 17, 2019

(Images by Keri Kirby and Brenda Priddy) It’s that time of year when the weather in Southern AZ has cooled to the point where we Zonies can enjoy the outdoors a little more without having to set an alarm clock for 0400, or try to find an AirBnB in San Diego, or fight the traffic […]

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Quote of the Day: Understanding

November 11, 2019

If you ever hear yourself saying, ‘I think I understand this,’ that means you don’t.” Richard Feynman, 1918-1988, Nobel prize-winning physicist who assisted the development of the atomic bomb, made contributions to quantum mechanics, and served on the Rogers Commission investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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The Most Decorated Texan of WWI

November 11, 2019

On this Veteran’s Day, I reflect on someone who commented on a photo I posted a few days ago of an election sign that was printed in English and Spanish. The question was asked why do election materials have to be bilingual? The short answer is, it’s the law. Federal law. President Lyndon Johnson signed […]

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Ferrari Club of America in Scottsdale

November 7, 2019

For the second week in a row, I’ve managed to get my car fix… and car season hasn’t really even started yet in Scottsdale. The Legends of Speed exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum continues after it opened Sunday. And today, the Ferrari Club of America kicked off their annual meeting with a fabulous concours. […]

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Legends of Speed

November 5, 2019

I’m looking forward to “car season” in Scottsdale, which usually begins to idle with the cool weather after Halloween, and revs up to full-song with the car auctions and related events in January. To start it up for me this year, I made a short drive over to our neighboring city to the west, to […]

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