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‘Tis the Season…For Hummingbirds!?

The first holiday I ever spent in a warmer climate was: Thanksgiving, 1989 on Captiva Island in Florida.  I said to myself, “hmmm, this isn’t so bad!!

This year, I spent Christmas in Phoenix and we were visited by a winged angelic creature – a hummingbird.

I used to be bummed as kid in Chicago when I got a bike or skateboard and the streets were filled with snow — that, or it’d be so cold, it’d chase the likes of me back indoors in a hurry!!  In Phoenix, when you find out you’ve gotten photography lessons, you can run outside and practice for awhile with your newest lens.

Christmas flight:

wings

wings!

more wings!

green

the "usual" hummingbird photo

again

neck?

feet!

lovely.

satisfied

less than satisfied

It does get chilly here…this is frost on December 24, 2009.  Tee-times delayed by hours and hours!!

Troon Golf

I know, I know…life is rough!

Happy holidays wherever you may be…

(And joking aside, “please be safe”…just finished reading msn.com about weather hazards.)

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Phoenix 100 Club Tree

I popped out of Chicago just in time, what with the chilly temps!  I took a couple classes this past week in Phoenix and saw this little gem in an office window:

Phoenix 100 Club Office

cute

remember service professionals

sweet

Phoenix 100 Club Office

Interestingly, later that evening, I saw the front page of local paper, The Foothills Focus (Dec 9, 2009 issue), “Couple’s light show aids families of service personnel” – a story about the home of Mike & Barb Mulvenna which features over 70,000 lights and this year is accepting donations for the 100 Club.  “The 100 Club is a non-profit organization that comes to the aid of the families of police and fire personnel who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty.”

The Mulvenna home is located at 505 E. Desert Ranch Rd in Phoenix and the lights run nightly from 5:30 – 10 pm until January 9, 2010.

Now, that’s bright Christmas Spirit!  I’ll post pics from our future visit to see these lights!

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THE Buddha in Business, Sam

I’d written the phrase “Buddha in Business,” thinking of the ways of a buddha (one who is awake) and the qualities of enlightenment and “The Middle Way.”

I have now met THE Buddha in Business.  And he does massage!  Not only that, he makes affordable house-calls.  (So this is nirvana…)

THE Buddha in Business, Sam

THE Buddha in Business, Sam

His name is Sam &  he so perfectly embodies the qualities of which I’m speaking:

  • reasonable
  • generous
  • altruistic
  • personable
  • honors and values “the word” (his & yours)
  • believes in the barter system (he trades with several & it satisfies the needs of both)

He heals body via massage and spirit via his practices and principles.  An inspiration, he is.  He’s working on getting a website running but in the meantime, it’s word-of-mouth.  If you live in the North Valley (north of Happy Valley Road up to Anthem) or in Glendale and neighboring areas & want at-home massage, he’s the one.  An enlightened one.

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