Arizona Veterans Memorials

For Veterans Day this year, I decided to go out and visit some of the unique Veterans Memorials around Arizona. It’s a time to honor those who served in the US Armed Forces, and having so many family members myself in the military, I decided to join in the celebrations here in Arizona.

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Hohokam Pottery

Arizona State University has a lot of cool things going on throughout the year. Near the start of the Fall, in a small room in the lobby of a large science hall, they brought out a collection of Hohokam Pottery and explained its importance in history.

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ASU Gammage: Cabaret Review

I’m not a bit musical theater person, but I’ve found myself surrounded by those who are very much into the scene. With the coming ASU Gammage season, I’ve decided to take the plunge and see if I could find some musicals that are more my speed. First on the docket is Cabaret. Note: There will […]

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Petrified Forest National Park

When my parents told me that we would try to visit the Petrified Forest when I was a kid, I imagined huge trees clustered together, like a grand redwood forest, crystallized and magnificent. While my expectations were a bit incongruous with reality, I was finally able to visit the national park this summer to see […]

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The Five Cs of Arizona: Copper

This article is part of the five Cs of Arizona, which are climate, citrus, cattle, copper, and cotton. Having lived in a copper mining city before, I was no stranger to what might be with Arizona’s copper industry. Something I noticed here, however, that I didn’t in Mongolia, is how much more copper is embraced […]

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Circles Records

There always exists a tension between how best to preserve the past while moving forward with the future. One building in the middle of such tensions is the historic Stewart Motor Company building, more commonly known to those in Phoenix as Circles Records & Tapes.

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Mongolian Script Art

Mongolian script can take many shapes and forms. There is a special kind of art that has developed from that script writing. Artists use the words of script to make the shapes of animals, nature, and people. They can also create circle seals, which contain an ornate rendering of a word incased in a circle. […]

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Parent Teacher Extravaganza

When my supervisor told me about the parent/teacher conference that was going to happen at my school, I mistakingly thought it would just be a large meeting of parents and teachers. I should have known that I can’t expect things like that out here. She informed me that  because we have so many students and […]

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