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Refined by Fire
We recently spent a day hiking in the Chiricahua National Monument enjoying the "Wonderland of Rocks" in eastern Arizona. A volunteer at the  Monument's Visitor Center recommended an addition to our planned hike which promised fantastic views and lots of wi...

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Telling Your Story: Genealogy 101
Who's hiding in your family tree? Someone famous perhaps or a notorious outlaw? Maybe an interesting army general, or the guy that lost the family fortune may lurk in your family history. My own family has some interesting characters--no surprise, and it's ...

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Camouflaged Christians
Lots of animals rely on camouflage for survival. One familiar resident in our yard is the horned lizard. They can be difficult to spot since their skin color is almost exactly the same shade as the dirt. They are perfectly colored for their environment. Pre...

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Cattle Rustling for Death and Profit
As I've written before, Cochise County doesn't have a long history of
law and order. From the early days of the Apache wars to wild times in
Tombstone, there's a healthy supply of interesting tales.  Cattle
rustling was one enterprise that the Indians, M...

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Bloom Where You're Planted
The high desert spring is in overdrive. Because of some significant winter rains, our area is unusually lush. The roses are especially nice, the first blooms just emerging. I was counting the buds on the bushes along with the red yuccas, excited about the p...

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Excellent post.

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Thoughts for today.

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In HIs Likeness
Bonsai is the fascinating Japanese art of shaping trees into miniature works of art. Tiny trees are potted, then trimmed, wired, and slowly formed into stunning displays. The process is not weeks or months, but years. Long years, patient years. It requires ...

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Death and Taxes or How to Plan for the Eventual With a Minimum of Fuss
Ben Franklin is credited with the quote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes." Cheery thoughts from one of our more colorful founding fathers. In this season of tax preparation--the gathering of documents and frustration ...
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