If you have visited Alcatraz, the island penitentiary about a mile off the coast of San Francisco, you might have heard a tour guide talk about how painful it was for the inmates to see and hear the sounds of San Francisco just out of reach.  When I last toured Alcatraz, I experienced what the guard […]

The Sonoran Desert is one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America.  It is home to a variety of unique plants and animals, perhaps most notably the Saguaro cactus. Phoenix is the largest city in the Sonoran Desert with a population of more than 4 million.  In 2007, the desert near and around Phoenix was […]

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After wolfing down an extremely early breakfast, my camera and I had 30 minutes to walk through the French Quarter at dawn at a cafe au lait-fueled speed before the flight home.  Even at that early hour, the second I left the air-conditioned lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, I felt as if I’d stepped straight into a sauna.  Here is […]

Rooms at the conference hotel here in Phoenix were sold out when I went to make my reservation a few months back, so our administrative assistant booked me at a nearby hotel.  Entering the Hotel Valley Ho is like walking onto the set of Mad Men.  The mid-1950s architecture is decorated in tangerine and teal […]

While I was denied the chance to watch the eggs hatch in the tree in our front yard, here at my sister’s house in Phoenix, a pair of turtle doves has a perpetual nest of eggs in one of the palm trees in their back yard.  You might also know the bird as a mourning dove, […]

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