Sunday, April 20, 2014 

Day is Done


We appreciate the response to the cd Day Is Done. The idea arose three and a half years ago with the birth of our first grandchild and finally got off the ground with the birth of our second—lullabies.   Two of the songs, “The Riddle Song” and “All the Pretty Little Horses”, were recorded in a classroom at Tucson Waldorf School late in the night as a baby was being born a couple of thousand miles east in Virginia, and I couldn’t ...

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  • Treasures in the Marketplace


    I first saw the bracelet at a music festival some years ago in Toronto.  The copper color caught my eye, and I was attracted by the beautiful design of the letters cut from metal. “What do these words say?” I asked the Tibetan vendor. “It’s a mantra,” he answered, “inviting enlightenment for everyone on earth.” That sounded good to me. I bought the metal wrist band and slipped it on. It felt good. It fit. I’ve worn that mantra on my wrist ever ...

    Teaching Moments in a Desert Garden


      When I arrive at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood community gardens, Josh Banno and a group of students are already working. They had taken the city bus from their downtown high school as they do every Friday afternoon as an after school option activity to work on their small piece of ground in the larger community garden. The Garden Class is one of a number of afternoon options for students offered by City High School in Tucson, Arizona.  Josh has been the ...

    Getting Out the Word


    Letters, the foundation of our literacy, the beginnings of our intellectual technology, lead the way in the study of history and art, traditions of the intellectual life of people on earth. The western Roman alphabet, A to Z, reached a design pinnacle with 23 letters in second century Rome. For 2000 years the identifying shape, with the addition of “J,” “U,” and “W,” of the Roman capital letter, has not changed. Calligraphers, type designers and font designers for computers have all ...

    11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancake Brunch, & Fiesta – A Neighborhood Event


    Nov 26, 13 Pedaling quietly down tree lined streets in the crisp autumn morning, we round the corner into Dunbar/Spring Community Park and meet the sounds of gasoline engines driving mills grinding mesquite pods. It is the 11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancake Brunch, & Fiesta at the Dunbar Spring Community Garden, Orchard and Mini Nature park in west-central Tucson, a celebration of the Desert Harvesters. Two milling rigs stand on the street along the park, each with five gallon buckets of pods lined up waiting ...