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.

ANOTHER GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE ON CALVARY HILL ARIZONA

Today, I did my annual Good Friday pilgrimage on Calvary Hill Arizona.  It is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet, plus another 6-mile bike ride (see the map). It took me 3 hours to do this bike-hike--bike round trip pilgrimage from my Scottsdale home.  The temperatures were in the upper 80s, which is normal …

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – MY HOME TOWN AS SEEN THROUGH MY AND VISITORS’ EYES

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MY HOME TOWN AS SEEN THROUGH MY AND VISITORS' EYES Scottsdale, Arizona is my home town. Well, as much as any place on this planet is, I suppose. I have traveled millions of miles around the world and have lived in so many places and countries that I feel I have earned …

CANCELING THE “UNLUCKY” FRIDAY THE 13th, SUNSET FIRE CEREMONY FOLLOWED BY BLACKOUT

CANCELING THE "UNLUCKY" FRIDAY THE 13th Today is Friday the 13th. Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs at least once every year in the 2010s. In 2017 it is on January 13 and October 13. When I did my morning meditations and incantations, I became aware of the …