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Make Something Beautiful

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018

Make Something Beautiful

You are a miracle, just as you are, just as you are.

You are a child of God, just as you are, just as you are.

God has done great things for us and prepared a place for you.

So, with the time we have left do something beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

Tom Booth/Carl Herrgesell


I’ve just returned from my most recent road trip. It was a journey of 800 miles more or less and took me through some fairly desolate Western geography where likely my angel was co-pilot as I experienced no mechanical or driving problems throughout the adventure. Without wonderous landscapes and natural markers to distract me, I was able to see something awesome, repeatedly. A variety of artists were fortunately scattered on my way and making something beautiful.  People have remarkable creativity. I cannot say whether this art came from a human response to return some of the beauty God has given us. It pleases me to think so.  

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Posted by on Jul 22, 2018

Down the Rabbit Hole

Each day on the trail
I pick up the trash.
  Restore order small scale
Clear debris with panache
Flush cottontail and quail.
That’s not a newsflash.

Discovery of the proverbial white rabbit, however, certainly is unusual. Like Lewis Carroll’s famous creature, I found myself fretting “Oh dear, Oh dear, I shall be too late.”  In this case, I feared I would be too late to save the poor little thing, obviously, a pet, escaped or abandoned, from our Arizona elements. With summer heat at its most intense, usually 105+ and that snow white coat, I figured its odds of survival at near zero. How to help it? I feared without intervention, it would not last a day. 

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Last Tour on the Watch

Posted by on May 31, 2018

Last Tour on the Watch

Every day past the school
I carried the sack,
Penny sniffed, Penny looked
And, we kept careful track
But, only trash filled the sack.
She watched me get fitter.
Sometimes begged for a treat.
No crime except litter
Ever found on our street.


Until one day, we did find one!

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A Mission of Mercy

Posted by on May 1, 2018

I don’t usually report on healthcare as it’s not my area of expertise. I suffer from believing just as much of the murky mythology surrounding it as anyone else. A Mission of Mercy is a classic in promoting the resilient community. In a way, the local volunteers aren’t delivering healthcare, they are delivering hope.

My reports more often describe the interesting places and quirky things you might see while touring Phoenix. I like to include adventures that fit the senior lifestyle or assist disabled tourists in some way. Let’s face it, we all want to see what’s out there. The more I thought about it though, A Mission of Mercy is, in fact, an interesting place…… places. It’s mobile, you see.   

Dr. Seuss once called “The Waiting Place, a most useless place.” He had an entertaining way of describing this level of broken. In his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, he described people

“Waiting for a train to go

or a bus to come, or a plane to go

or the mail to come, or the rain to go

or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow

or waiting around for a Yes or No 

or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.”

A Mission of Mercy volunteer chooses to wait not at all. They go. They serve. They deliver.

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Exploring Phoenix: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018

Exploring Phoenix: Boyce Thompson Arboretum


Sixty miles due east

A river runs through it.

Well, really a creek,

But as a creek, it’s a Queen

Bending sand into shape,

Coloring it green.

Needing escape,

I decided to visit.

Loaded the beast

And much water with it.

Dogs are welcome leashed.

Sometimes it really pays to use a little of your leisure time as a local tourist.  Arizona state parks are great places to visit although they might not be the first tourist venues selected. We just don’t travel to those amazing spots though, even within a short drive. Perhaps we think of “vacation” as a distant place. Unless, of course, the place happens to be on a visitor’s wish list while they are touring Arizona because it is a distant place.

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