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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Quote of the Day: Photography and Music

November 1, 2019

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. Ansel Adams, 1903-1984, environmentalist and photographer of the American West.

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Triple A

October 25, 2019

We have AAA mostly because I used to drive a lot of “vintage” vehicles on long road trips to car shows, etc., and because (even though I have a tow dolly and I’m well-equipped for side-of-the-road repairs) I’m not always here for the family to call for dead batteries, flat tires, etc. But–call me old-school–I […]

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Mexican Bird of Paradise

July 24, 2019

‏ Wikipedia says that Caesalpinia pulcherrima is a species of flowering plant in the pea family It’s also known as “peacock flower,” and it’s the national flower of Barbados. The seeds are edible before maturity, but otherwise poisonous. 

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Remembering Joe Campos

June 28, 2019

Greg Moore did a great piece in the Arizona Republic back in April on Arizona veteran Joe Campos. I’ve been saving this to post on the day that Joe was killed, 69 years ago today at the start of the Korean War. Campos had left the dangerous copper mines and scruffy, segregated mining towns of […]

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Backyard Beauty: Puffballs

May 25, 2019

These are a couple of the dozen-odd, newly-hatched Gambel’s Quail chicks that are roaming the back yard this morning. According to Wikipedia, Gambel’s quail chicks are precocial: The yearly brood ventures out of the nest within hours of hatching, under close supervision of their parents. The species was first collected, and named for, William Gambel […]

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