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Monica Surfaro Spigelman
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Food tradition - the tamal & the tamalada in Tucson 
Potent memories of food are all-consuming at holiday time, as families explore and enjoy enduring cycles rich in taste, symbolism and shared experience. “Food and tradition at this time of year, no matter the culture, seems to have to do with bringing ‘light’ — both literal and symbolic — into the darkest time of the …
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I enjoyed writing this southern Arizona adventure to Coronado National Monument Thanks AAA AZ Highroads!
Delve into Spanish Colonial history in the southeastern wilderness
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Tucson shop favorites, check the Visit #Tucson site and thanks!
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Have you visited the Holocaust History Center and Jewish Museum in downtown #tucson ? Here's my BizTucson update.
By Monica Surfaro Spigelman – Holocaust Remembered Linking Past Tragedy to Current Human Rights Issues Along a downtown road less traveled, a campus celebrating the powerful and fascinating corners of Tucson’s Jewish history is emerging. Soon, the small 1880s barrio home that adjoins the Jewish History Museum at 564 S. Stone Ave. will debut as...
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This month of april am lifting
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Self-taught artists help define community place-making 
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Wealth of information here. Links to Italy and its history very
interesting. Never stop learning, eh? Thanks for sharing.
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Late at night and on weekends, the MTA stores subway trains underground in NYC in dedicated subway yards, express tracks, abandoned or never completed routes.
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We're all citizen folklorists, explorers of our everyday life, our communities and the cultures around us. For 4+ years the Southwest Folklife Alliance's BorderLore has been part of my folklife. A writing experience I treasure.
For more than four years I have been managing editor of an e-Journal called BorderLore, produced by the Southwest Folklife Alliance. All editions have a themed cultural focus — with stories, references and images emerging from the theme. It is a joy to explore elements of everyday folklife, ...
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We enjoyed this trek into a corner of Arizona we hadn't explored. Please check my story, thank you!
An adventure-packed bonanza of World War II history
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The Japanese Tea Ceremony beautifully blends design, structure,  cultural tradition and taste.
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Loved this road trip! Loved writing about this special corner of northern Arizona
A trip packed with beauty, endangered wildlife, and territorial history
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Sunday iPhone snaps, Tucson.
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I've met many who now live on the beautiful coasts, yet still hold a dear place for Tucson, in their hearts. 
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I enjoyed this trek to the nooks and crannies of Cochise County
Cruising Cochise County for arts and antiquity
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Tucson Writer
I'm Monica Surfaro Spigelman, an Arizona-based writer, editor, marketer, PR professional and free lancer who also loves to sew, quilt, embroider and craft lovely eco-friendly things here in the Sonoran Desert.

I moved to the Southwest in 2005 after a successful, 25-year career in NYC-based corporate communications and nonprofit management. For United Parcel Service, I traveled internationally and produced a variety of global employee communications programs. As Communications Vice President for nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, I managed a comprehensive editorial, marketing and public relations program while supporting the development efforts of this national organization.

Here in the Southwest via Tucson Cowgirl Communications  I am a writer and editor on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, the environment and logistics, to nonprofit, fiber arts and community revitalization.  I also
blog as Tucson Cowgirl.

I look forward to putting my passion to work for you — whether that be for your business or for your interest in my crafts.
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Tucson, AZ
Brooklyn, NY - New Yorker all my life. Manhattan gal and Westchester County. How the heck did I make it to the desert?