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Sharon Anck
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Found While Exploring
On Friday I took a drive out to north Scottsdale but along he way I decided to take the quieter roads instead of the main streets.  I turned on to a street just west of Scottsdale Road and followed it north for a while and then it suddenly turned into the S...

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The Piccolomini Library
Adjoining the Siena Cathedral by a narrow passageway is a small room called the Piccolomini Library.  My eyes must have gotten as big as saucers when I entered this room.  The sheer exquisiteness of this tiny space is hard to describe and even harder to con...

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Fire Engine Red
When I went to the Scottsdale Art Festival two weeks ago, I spotted this snazzy looking antique parked in the parking lot.  Unfortunately, I didn't look to see what make this is so I'll leave up to you folks to let me know if you recognize it. It's got a pr...

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Once again....
.....I find myself sending  love and sympathy to friends and all the people who were touched by another senseless act of hate and aggression. There are too many people out there who are so disenfranchised and bitter that they are willing to take innocent pe...

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Canal Convergence
The annual Canal Convergence Art Celebration has been going on along the Scottsdale Waterfront for the past month.  It's all about the art, water, and light.  I haven't been there at night yet so I haven't seen the what the light part of it looks like. Thes...

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Fragrant!
The acacia trees are blooming right now and sending their sweet aroma all over.  I know that some people don't like the smell of acacia blooms and some are even allergic to them but, I love the scent. It's a good thing because I'm seeing (and smelling) them...

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A Yellow Palette
So, yesterday I featured all the lavender flowers I saw at the Desert Botanical Garden and today I'm showing all the yellow I saw.  Above are some blooms on the Brittlebush plant.  Brittlebush grows everywhere in the desert so at this time of year, you can ...

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A Lavender Palette
I took a long walk at the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday and I found myself admiring a lot of lavender blooms in different places.  Above is a blue hibiscus.  I'm not sure how it got it's name because it's more lavender than blue. Nearby was some night...

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Poppies Everywhere
I had to run an errand back in my old neighborhood on Friday so I took the opportunity to drive the path I used to walk when I lived over there.  That's where I found a house that had a yard filled with bright yellow poppies.  They were so beautiful, I had ...

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Siena's Beautiful Cathedral
One of the things I wanted to see while in Siena Italy was the magnificent cathedral.  I had heard from other travelers that it was one of the most beautiful in all of Italy and I have to say, it lived up to that description. So after climbing up and down t...
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