SAINT PATRICK’S DAY 2018

HOW AIMED FOR IRELAND AND ENDED UP IN JAPAN This morning, I headed toward downtown Phoenix intending to see the annual Saint Patrick's Day parade, and spend some time at the fair that follows. Lo and behold, instead of in Ireland, I ended up in Japan.

BEETHOVEN’S NINTH AND WILLIAMS’ TALLIS FANTASIA

Last night, Elizabeth and I attended a marvelous performance by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and of Vaughn Williams' Tallis Fantasia at the Mesa Arts Center. The program was a perfect combination of mellow, dreamy and pastoral English composer's "fantasia," and the deeply moving and spiritual "Ode to Joy", arguably the greatest piece of music ever written.

OUR WEEKEND IN TUCSON, TOMBSTONE AND BISBEE: LOTS OF ACTION AND FUN

Part 1: A Disappointing Play Our weekend in Tucson, Tombstone and Bisbee was originally inspired by a play staged by the University of Arizona performing arts students and graduates. In the past years, we had enjoyed a number of good shows there on the Tornabene Theater stage, Not this time. The play "Tigers Be Still" …

SEDONA: BEAUTIFUL MORNING HIKE IN RED ROCK COUNTRY

This is the last day of our trip. We are already home, meaning in Arizona. And nature may have said the best for last on our 3,000-mile journey through the American West. Or not. Because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as Elizabeth remarked this morning on our 2.5 hour-hike on the Hiline trail. And what a hike it was! Take a look at these panorama shots first we took from the trail. I have not been hiking much this summer due to excessive and prolonged heat in and around our home in Scottsdale. Elizabeth had not done it all until yesterday (at the Walnut Canyon) and today in Sedona. So what had been a fairly easy trail for us in the past, turned into a challenge this morning.