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I was born long enough ago that I remember distinctly the election where Eisenhower was first elected President, and how much I hoped he would win. I even remember that he ran against Adlai Stevenson. But beyond that, I'm not telling! I grew up mainly in the American southwest, first in Texas, New Mexico, and then in Arizona. When I wasn't living somewhere in the area, I was figuring out how to get back. I have lived in Arizona for decades, and have traveled all over the state taking pictures, and also into southern Utah. In addition to photography, I also take part in other arts. I have a bachelor's degree in art. I was very much involved in pottery at the time, and learned glaze calculation as well. It was a lot of fun. I also did quite a bit with fiber arts. Nowadays, I also make digital landscapes, abstracts, fractal images, and Hubisms. Hubisms are promoted by Hubert Schaefer of Germany, and can be made in Bryce and Vue d'Esprit. My favorite program for digital landscapes is Terragen. For fractal images, I use Ultrafractal, Xenodream, Apophysis, and Chaoscope. I am married to John, the founder of CompuServe. We have seven children, all grown. And we have thirteen living grandchildren, so far. Two of our children are adopted (and two of the grandchildren as well), and three of the others were born at home. I studied midwifery for awhile. We also homeschooled, and I'm sure I learned much more than the kids did, though it's hard to say. Because of the things we did, I learned to play two new musical instruments (in addition to the two I already played) and I sang in the Masterworks Chorale. I also learned to read 15 languages (and counting). This was a result of attending German classes with our children. I learned the law well enough to operate in the courtroom, and defeat some lawyers now and then. And I learned about raising goats and other animals, including exotic Siamese cats, even doing a little veterinary medicine with the animals now and then, and I learned how to contract the building of a house. The family did most of the work, although we hired people to put in the slab and the outside walls, though our oldest son was part of the crew. Our house is made of rammed earth, and has passive solar heating. We have ten acres, mostly natural desert. I also have been writing a book on the uses of Sonoran Desert plants. We are inholders; our land borders a national park. I hold a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. In addition to all of these things, I was one of the founders of Feminists for Life I ran the organization for five years. It is still going strong, and has been in existence since 1972. Feminists for Life has accomplished some very worthwhile things. Among other things, the wife of our Supreme Court Chief Justice has been involved, and FFL submitted an amicus curiae brief in one court case on the subject of abortion, which resulted in a very strong ruling for women. The primary activity of FFL is going onto college campuses and presenting the feminist case against abortion, as well as starting college outreach programs, which help women who become pregnant while they are students. It is estimated that this program has helped 10,000 women and spared them and their children from unwanted abortions. Carrying on with this work on a lower level, I presently help women on the internet by making myself available in discussion groups, and web sites where women can ask questions. I also learned web development. My professional web site, built from the ground up, is Extraplicity. I tend to post my art on many different web sites. Most of my work is on deviantART I also post on Webshots, Red Bubble, Art Wanted, Art Mesh, 3D Commune, Renderosity, Saatchi Gallery, Flickr, and other sites. At Shutterfreaks, I am "Arizona Artist" and at Weather Underground, I am "Desert Nomad". I also have a web page on the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans site, where I am known as "Desert Nomad." I have a few T-shirts available for sale on Printfection. And I have a couple of small professional galleries at Creative Shake. I have won awards from deviantART, Upstream Gallery, Energy Gallery, International Color Awards, and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. I am nearly a lifelong Lutheran, and I am also interested in Christian apologetics. I like discussing religion and politics. My main web site, with thousands of pages of content, is here: Seghea. As you can see, I don't keep very busy! ;) I am delighted to be here. I look forward to getting to know many of you. For those of you who are interested, I am a transplant from Squidoo.

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  • Wild Desert Garden
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    Wild Desert Garden

    3 years ago

    I have a brown thumb, so I have to "grow" things that will grow all by themselves, where they naturally occur, or in similar conditions. I've tried lots of other things. Faggedaboudit! I prefer to let God do the...

  • Tucson Botanical Gardens - a Tour
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    Tucson Botanical Gardens - a Tour

    2 months ago

    Tucson has two major botanical gardens. This is the other one (I already talked about Tohono Chul Park). Founded by Harrison Yocum many years ago, it has grown to be a very interesting place. Among the features are the...

  • Birdwatching in Southeastern Arizona
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    Birdwatching in Southeastern Arizona

    2 months ago

    Aside from Texas, southeastern Arizona is the richest in bird species diversity in the United States. If you live in this region, you should become a birdwatcher! The United States has over 800 species of birds that...

  • Follow the Birds
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    Follow the Birds

    3 years ago

    Want to escape the heat? Follow the birds! The birds have left the desert and are now hanging out in the mountains. Well, most of them, anyway. Who wants to give up birding to stay in an air conditioned building when...

  • Night Birds
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    Night Birds

    3 years ago

    When birders (birdwatchers, in other words) talk about looking for, er, listening for, birds that make sounds in the night, but remain hidden in the darkness, it's called "owling". The English language is strange...

  • Hunting the Buff-collared Nightjar
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    Hunting the Buff-collared Nightjar

    3 years ago

    Buff-collared Nightjars are really birds of Sonora, so they are rare in Arizona. That makes them all the more sought-after by serious birders. And you probably won't find him in daylight, and if you find him at night,...

  • For a Friend, to Honor a Brave Fallen Soldier
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    For a Friend, to Honor a Brave Fallen Soldier

    17 months ago

    We honor those who died in defense of freedom. This includes personal quests, such as this one. We must remember them always. Friendships can be forged in these memories.

  • Birding - Another Quiet Adventure
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    Birding - Another Quiet Adventure

    3 years ago

    Dateline mid March, 2014. Here I come with another quiet adventure! Adventures don't have to be noisy. They don't even have to be exciting. And a quiet adventure can be very exciting anyway. I currently have 282...

  • The Sound of Music
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    The Sound of Music

    3 years ago

    This is one movie that has stuck with me for decades. I can't forget it. I find myself spontaneously humming or singing the songs. I find myself thinking about the movie and the family whose story it tells. I find...

  • Flagstaff - Hub for Scenic Beauty
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    Flagstaff - Hub for Scenic Beauty

    3 years ago

    Flagstaff, a city in northern Arizona, is a good place to stay while you explore the scenic beauty in the area. Discusses accommodations, attractions.

  • Strike Two
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    Strike Two

    2 months ago

    Some time back, I wrote about various misadventures I had had. One of them involved the time I was stranded in Florida Canyon, without access to a cell phone signal. My car broke! (My car doesn't like mountains, but I...

  • Boojum Tree
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    Boojum Tree

    3 years ago

    What in the world is a boojum tree? I have a perverse sense of humor. But this really IS one of my favorite plants. Problem is, most of you will probably never succeed in growing one. But regard that as a challenge if...

  • Become a Birdwatcher
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    Become a Birdwatcher

    3 years ago

    First, let's talk about insider terms. We call each other "birders". A birder is a birdwatcher. It's too much trouble to say "birdwatcher", you see. Then there is the famous greeting used to sign off on emails about...

  • Horton Hears WHO?
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    Horton Hears WHO?

    3 years ago

    Horton is the famous elephant created by Dr. Seuss, the children's writer. I have long been a fan of Dr. Seuss, for his silly verses and his amazing and silly drawings. My very first Dr. Seuss book was probably one...

  • The American Southwest
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    The American Southwest

    3 years ago

    For purposes of this article, the American Southwest is made up of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and (shhh! Colorado). One of the seven wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon, is in Arizona. It draws travelers from around...

  • The New Couch
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    The New Couch

    2 months ago

    A couple of years ago, we scrounged a couch from one of our sons. We wanted to replace one in the living room that is badly worn. But we hadn't gotten around to it, because it would be a major undertaking just to get...

  • Tohono Chul Park
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    Tohono Chul Park

    3 years ago

    No rip-roarin' danger-filled, terror adventure here. If you can't be quiet, you don't belong here. It's the quiet adventure, especially if there are people watching the birds. (Hey, for some people, being quiet IS an...

  • The Casserole
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    The Casserole

    3 years ago

    In this article, I will explain how to design your own casserole, using the ingredients you love best. Casseroles and goulash can be thought of as dishes where you can use up leftovers as well. Goulash, to my mind,...

  • Going Birding for the Holidays
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    Going Birding for the Holidays

    3 years ago

    I used to take a couple of trips a year. I was getting physical therapy treatments in northern Arizona, so I would plan several days, and I would travel to scenic spots and take pictures. Nowadays, my physical therapist...

  • Baptism in Christianity
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    Baptism in Christianity

    3 years ago

    Along with sharing some rather spectacular personal experiences, I concentrate on describing the differences in belief and practice of various denominations, and why I believe as I do, using supporting Bible passages. ...

  • Book on Atomic Energy for Kids
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    Book on Atomic Energy for Kids

    3 years ago

    When I was in sixth grade, my folks made a trip to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This is one of a handful of towns that was devoted primarily to the development of atomic energy and related research, in the United States. My...

  • Van Cliburn
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    Van Cliburn

    3 years ago

    Van Cliburn first broke onto the music scene when he won the first Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. He was ten years older than I, almost to the day, and by that time I was quite aware of his success at the...

  • Gnosis Chocolate
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    Gnosis Chocolate

    3 years ago

    Vanessa Barg has developed what I would consider the world's best chocolate, bar none (pun intended). Vanessa is a very personable lady, very sweet and friendly. She has personally exchanged emails with me a number...

  • The Birds and the Bees, er Butterflies
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    The Birds and the Bees, er Butterflies

    3 years ago

    Birdwatchers, or birders, as they call themselves, are notorious keepers of lists. The life list is the most important one. It contains the names of all the birds a birder has seen in the wild in his lifetime. In...

  • Marching to a Different Drummer - Reformation vs. Halloween
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    Marching to a Different Drummer - Reformation vs. Halloween

    3 years ago

    Joy or terror? You decide. I did. I chose joy. You might say I am a contrarian's contrarian. I seem to be going the opposite direction from everyone else on just about every topic. Halloween is no different. I...

  • Sabino Canyon Adventure
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    Sabino Canyon Adventure

    3 years ago

    All about my haps and mishaps in this wonderful canyon. Sabino Canyon is a gorgeous area located in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of the older part of Tucson, Arizona. It is closed to vehicular traffic, so for a...

  • Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham
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    Dr. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham

    3 years ago

    Green Eggs and Ham is a family favorite, a children's book that kept us in stitches and brightened what would otherwise have been an insufferably, fatally boring day.

  • Warning: His Taking a Psychotropic May Be Dangerous to Your Life
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    Warning: His Taking a Psychotropic May Be Dangerous to Your Life

    3 years ago

    Drugs sold to combat depression can make a patient homicidal or suicidal. Even if you never take such a drug, you can be the victim of someone who does. Be warned.

  • State-of-the-Art Vitamin C
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    State-of-the-Art Vitamin C

    3 years ago

    This amazing product has a delivery system for Vitamin C involving nanoparticles. Each particle of Vitamin C is coated with liposomes, which protect the Vitamin C until it is delivered to the intestines. From there, it...

  • Round and Round and Round
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    Round and Round and Round

    3 years ago

    Round and round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows. We all remember THAT line. So I decided to write a lens, and in order to do so, I needed a Round Tuit. A Round Tuit is something you get when you get a round...

  • Why I Am Not a Vegetarian
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    Why I Am Not a Vegetarian

    3 years ago

    The vegetarian diet leads to malnutrition. Human beings were designed to eat meat and animal products. The vegan diet is deadly. Discusses specific deficiencies of both diets.

  • Gecko
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    Gecko

    3 years ago

    Geckos are small lizards. People find them fascinating. Facts about geckos and other lizards of Arizona and Iraq.

  • Night Photography
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    Night Photography

    3 years ago

    Night photography seems to require a totally different set of skills from daytime photography. In this lens, I will offer ideas and thoughts about how to take pictures at night. Sometimes the exposure needed is quite...

  • Medical Terrorism
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    Medical Terrorism

    2 years ago

    Mainstream doctors use terror tactics to persuade people to take toxic substances. This violates primum non nocere. The result is many people live sickly lives with no recourse.

  • Imagine Hawai'i
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    Imagine Hawai'i

    3 years ago

    I have wanted to spend time in Hawai'i since I was a teenager at least. That's half a century! But I have never gotten to go. My other family members went. Five of them, in fact. But I had already left home when my...

  • Biblia
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    Biblia

    2 months ago

    The word "Biblia" is what the Bible is called in many languages. The word "biblia" or "bible" really simply means "book." The Bible contains writings which were made by individuals under the inspiration of God Himself....

  • A Precious Gift
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    A Precious Gift

    3 years ago

    A child with Down Syndrome is a precious gift. I will show you why. Do you remember the man who sold everything he owned to buy a precious pearl? Down Syndrome is like that. It requires more effort on the part of most...

  • Fatherhood
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    Fatherhood

    3 years ago

    Men, I am going to give you some straight talk. This isn't a popular discussion that is going to give you all sorts of warm fuzzies, but it says something many men need to hear, and many other men wish men would hear....

  • Visiting Sea Life
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    Visiting Sea Life

    2 months ago

    I can't go snorkeling or scuba diving, nor do I have an underwater camera, and I like to take pictures of fish, so I look for an aquarium. Ever since I went to the New England Aquarium, I have wished for a really good...

  • Orange-a-palooza
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    Orange-a-palooza

    3 years ago

    Being a collection of personally acquired images of all sorts, that feature the color orange, and a few stories. Oh, and a couple of other things I have collected regarding orange. As a color for art, I really dislike...

  • Teensy Weensy
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    Teensy Weensy

    2 months ago

    I love tiny things! I spend a lot of time out in nature, looking at things, and I always pay attention to the details, and the little things. I am sharing a little bit of my collection with you. I have a VAST...

  • Tuna Fish - Necessity for College
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    Tuna Fish - Necessity for College

    2 months ago

    Every college student MUST acquire or take a stack of cans of tuna fish to college. This is an absolute requirement! You simply cannot survive without it. It is cheap, nutritious, and you just have to have your daily...

  • Compassion Is a Moral Imperative
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    Compassion Is a Moral Imperative

    3 years ago

    Who can be compassionate? Under what circumstances? What is compassion? Can you compel other people to be compassionate? Does the government have a role in the issue of compassion? Do particular religions teach...

  • Playing the Piano
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    Playing the Piano

    3 years ago

    These are little things I learned about playing the piano, mastering it, learning to play well, and so forth, over the years. As I think of new things, I will add them. No special classification for these, they're just...

  • Appreciating Orchids
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    Appreciating Orchids

    3 years ago

    I have a brown thumb. For this reason, cultivating orchids is not my expertise. I am like the knight who admires the royal lady he can never have as a wife. So I have had to find other ways to appreciate orchids, which...

  • Flying Flowers
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    Flying Flowers

    3 years ago

    I am concentrating on yellow things found in nature: butterflies, birds, and wildflowers. There are yellow flowers, and then there are yellow flying flowers. Both birds and butterflies are flying flowers. Let a little...

  • The Mountains - A Place of Refuge
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    The Mountains - A Place of Refuge

    3 years ago

    My favorite place is in the mountains, next to being in the desert, that is. So we live in the mountains among desert vegetation. :) When I want to be refreshed, I go higher into the mountains. An alternative would be...

  • Off I Go!
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    Off I Go!

    3 years ago

    Join me from the safety of your armchair as I get into crazy scrapes and survive! I have a list of places I want to visit, and many of the places on my list are places I have visited already. Sometimes I have...

  • The Beauty of Northern Arizona
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    The Beauty of Northern Arizona

    4 years ago

    If I had the money, I'd rent a small place in Flagstaff and live there several months. There is so much beauty in northern Arizona, and this would give me leisurely access to all of it. Although I never had a lot of...

  • Apophysis Part 2
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    Apophysis Part 2

    3 years ago

    In my earlier, very popular lens, I presented a few of my images made in the flame fractal generation program, Apophysis. I have many more images to present, and rather than add them to that lens, I decided to make a...

  • Apophysis - Flame Fractals
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    Apophysis - Flame Fractals

    2 years ago

    Fractal images are calculated by a computer, from mathematical formulas, and designed visually by the artist. Apophysis is a favorite free fractal generation program.

  • Be Careful What You Pray For
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    Be Careful What You Pray For

    3 years ago

    My favorite saying is, "Be careful what you pray for, you just might get it." There is a history behind this saying, and it came out of situations in my own family. At various times, a person in the family would pray...

  • Sombreros and Mariachis
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    Sombreros and Mariachis

    3 years ago

    Cinco de Mayo is often considered to be "independence day" for Mexico. It is celebrated primarily in the United States, but also in parts of Mexico. In the state of Puebla, it is known as El Día de la Batalla de...

  • Close Encounters of the Bird Kind
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    Close Encounters of the Bird Kind

    3 years ago

    Sooner or later it had to happen: a wild bird approaching within six feet of me. These are stories of the birds who came to me or let me come to them. I am not good at estimating distances, but at least these birds were...

  • Glaze Calculation
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    Glaze Calculation

    3 years ago

    In this article, I give a short introduction for the topic of designing glazes for pottery. There are several possibilities. You can collect recipes or formulas for glazes, or you can design your own by knowing what...

  • Saving the Earth - A personal perspective
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    Saving the Earth - A personal perspective

    3 years ago

    Environmentalists are often wrong. Here are some different answers. We are stewards of the earth, and our actions are required for balance.

  • How to Manage a Goat Ranch
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    How to Manage a Goat Ranch

    3 years ago

    For folks who already know that in order to run a goat ranch, you have to buy or acquire some goats, build fences for them, and feed them. :) These are some personal tips I learned over the years, which I will pass on....

  • My Piano
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    My Piano

    3 years ago

    Being a history of my experiences as a musician, starting at age 3, on into motherhood, and passing it on. My mother tells me that when I was only 3, I would sing the Lord's Prayer, in tune. I remember singing in...

  • Creative Needlepoint
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    Creative Needlepoint

    3 years ago

    Needlepoint is done on painted canvases. Usually the artist buys an already painted canvas. Most people probably stick to one or two stitches. But it is possible to get very creative with stitches. I took a class to...

  • Asian Gardens in America
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    Asian Gardens in America

    3 years ago

    Asian gardens are probably the most aesthetically pleasing gardens in the world from the standpoint of artistry. All gardens are beautiful, but somehow, the Asian style of designing a garden appeals to me more than,...

  • The Green Packrat
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    The Green Packrat

    2 months ago

    And I am a packrat. For being a desert dweller, loving green is a bit odd, or is it? Well, I like any color from blue to green, and everything in between. This is a small part of my collection of green things. I am...

  • My Volvo
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    My Volvo

    3 years ago

    On second thought, Volvos aren't what they used to be, and I don't want you buying one of the good used ones. I want that one to be available when I need to replace my car! I buy used Volvos from someone I trust, who...

  • Beach in the Desert
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    Beach in the Desert

    3 years ago

    You've undoubtedly heard the expression, "All hat and no cattle." That would seem to fit the idea of having a restful day at the beach, in the middle of the desert. But hold on a minute! If your definition of a beach is...

  • Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch
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    Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch

    3 years ago

    One of the best roadside shows in the United States, the Ostrich Ranch boasts numerous animals to feed and pet. Designed with a sense of humor, and very enjoyable to visit.

  • Cream of the Crop - My Best Photos, with Hints
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    Cream of the Crop - My Best Photos, with Hints

    3 years ago

    The first rule for good photography is to be observant. The second is to study the work of famous photographers you admire, and analyze WHY you like their work. Since this is simply a collection of my best or favorite...

  • Humor in the Desert
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    Humor in the Desert

    3 years ago

    I see something funny, and I take a picture. Here, I share a few amusing shots, mostly from southern Arizona. Unique to the desert are the crazy poses of some of the saguaro cacti (Carnegiea gigantea). Books of photos...

  • Pysanky
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    Pysanky

    3 years ago

    The practice of using wax resist to paint designs on Easter eggs has been followed for centuries in Ukraine, but also by these other ethnic groups: Belarusians, Bulgarians, Croats, Czechs, Hungarians, Lithuanians,...

  • The Dawkins Deficiency
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    The Dawkins Deficiency

    3 years ago

    Wayne Talbot, whose background is IT (information technology), argues that Dawkins' book, The Greatest Show on Earth, is nothing but a polemic, with no real evidence or logic. Talbot uses mostly logic to debunk Dawkins'...

  • The Game of Go
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    The Game of Go

    3 years ago

    The board game commonly called "Go" in English, originated in Asia. It is basically a war game, where each side tries to take territory and capture the opponent's assets. A board (usually wooden) is crosshatched with...

  • Fish in the Sonoran Desert
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    Fish in the Sonoran Desert

    3 years ago

    Bet you didn't know there are fish in the desert. But if you know where to look, you can find them. Fish live in the rivers and lakes in the desert, and yes, there are rivers and lakes. They also live in the Sea of...

  • Snow in the Desert
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    Snow in the Desert

    2 months ago

    An unusual snowstorm on Easter Sunday in April, 1999, left snow in the valley in and around Tucson, Arizona. This is the story of my photos taken that day, with illustrations.

  • Fathers' Rights
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    Fathers' Rights

    3 years ago

    Early feminists, the suffragists, fought for the right to custody of their children in case of divorce. The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction. There are situations where fathers have essentially NO...

  • The Meaning of Red
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    The Meaning of Red

    3 years ago

    Except when I like it. Red birds are beautiful. Red carpets drive me up a wall. It depends partly on context. Too much red hitting the eyeballs causes me to go into a tailspin, wishing to be someplace else. I would...

  • Wild Animals in My Back Yard
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    Wild Animals in My Back Yard

    3 years ago

    These are photos of the various wild animals that have appeared in our yard. Most of them were taken by me, on our property. If not taken there, I will say so, but the reason for selecting these other photos is because...

  • Arizona Desert Flowers
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    Arizona Desert Flowers

    3 years ago

    This Lens will talk about the flowers, with copious photos, and the uses of the plants that grow, predominantly in the Sonoran Desert, which is in the southern part of Arizona. I have been gathering this information for...

  • Picking on the Little Guy
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    Picking on the Little Guy

    3 years ago

    If this reads like a Wild West tale, there's a reason. It IS a Wild West tale! Only, this one is real! Tombstone, Arizona made history of sorts when it decided to railroad over some small property owners in the...

  • My Favorite Recipes
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    My Favorite Recipes

    3 years ago

    It's too time-consuming. If I can pop something into the microwave and read while I'm waiting on it, that's my style. That said, there are some things I like to eat that are quick and easy to prepare, and I do them now...

  • Birds in Motion
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    Birds in Motion

    3 years ago

    Birds tend to move around a great deal. They fly, hop, and do other things. They are so quick that for the most part, and because it takes time to prepare a shot, no matter how quick, a photographer can usually only...

  • Birds Up Close And Personal
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    Birds Up Close And Personal

    3 years ago

    because he is a wonderful bird photographer who has graciously shared his work with us, and because he did a lens like this, and I wanted to show my own bird portraits. So without further ado, I dedicate this article to...

  • Terragen
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    Terragen

    3 years ago

    A digital landscape generation program is a computer program that will allow an artist to design a scene, and then instruct the computer to "render" the scene into an image. The computer sets a numerical value for the...

  • The Hiding Place
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    The Hiding Place

    3 years ago

    This autobiography is about a Dutch woman who grew up and lived in Holland during the Nazi occupation. The drawing on the left is a picture of the watch shop which the ten Boom family owned and operated. It was the...

  • Edible Desert
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    Edible Desert

    3 years ago

    While I have heard that there are maybe 50 edible foods in the Sonoran Desert, I think there are more like 450. I share my personal experiences with these foods. Most of them can and should be eaten in the wild, right...

  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
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    The Twelve Days of Christmas

    3 years ago

    People all over the world celebrate Christmas. A major way people celebrate is by decorating their homes. This lens focuses on lights and decorations on the outside of homes in southern Arizona. In the western world,...

  • Sedona, Arizona
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    Sedona, Arizona

    3 years ago

    Most people have heard of Sedona, a town in northern Arizona. The area is full of world-famous red rock spires, cliffs, mesas, and other formations. Sedona lies at the lower end of Oak Creek Canyon, another beautiful...

  • Organ Music for Christmas
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    Organ Music for Christmas

    3 years ago

    What can be more appropriate for Christmas than organ music for the aficionado of organ in the classical genre? There is a huge body of sacred literature for organ, of which much is attributed to Bach, a real genius....

  • Robin Hood & Captain Nemo
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    Robin Hood & Captain Nemo

    4 years ago

    These are both heroes that I admired when I was young. I don't remember what version of Robin Hood I read, because there are a number of them available. I read both Robin Hood and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, ten times...

  • My Nature and Scenic Articles - A Guide
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    My Nature and Scenic Articles - A Guide

    3 years ago

    I have pursued the activity of photography for over ten years, concentrating on nature photography. I have traveled throughout Arizona and into southern Utah. I photograph the desert and the mountains, the plants and...

  • For 3D Thinkers - Lytro, Printers
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    For 3D Thinkers - Lytro, Printers

    3 years ago

    These are the perfect PRACTICAL gifts for your geek, or, for that matter, the geek in you. Unlike many of the "new" products often promoted in various places on the internet which are merely re-designs of existing...

  • Dr. Seuss, best children's writer
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    Dr. Seuss, best children's writer

    3 years ago

    Theodore Seuss Geisel has written a number of children's books, and a handful of books for older folks. He writes under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. Not only are his written words witty, so are his drawings. Silly, too....

  • If You Hate Cold Weather, Spend Your Holiday in Arizona
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    If You Hate Cold Weather, Spend Your Holiday in Arizona

    3 years ago

    Arizona is the place to go if you hate snow, or are tired of being cold. We get many, many winter visitors. In fact, we get so many from cold places, we call them "snowbirds". So be a snowbird, and come visit! ...

  • Tropical Birds
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    Tropical Birds

    3 years ago

    Tropical birds are incredibly beautiful, often with exquisite bright colors, and have many interesting features. We are very fortunate to have a zoo in Tucson that maintains TWO tropical bird exhibits. One of them...

  • Charity Belongs to God
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    Charity Belongs to God

    3 years ago

    "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's." But WHICH things belong to Caesar, and which to God? This lens grows out of some discussions I have had with various people I...

  • John 3:16
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    John 3:16

    3 years ago

    This single quote from the Bible is probably the best known quote ever. In the King James Version, it reads: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not...

  • Stories of Hope and Transformation
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    Stories of Hope and Transformation

    3 years ago

    For years, I have followed the efforts and stories of missionaries who went to small and very obscure villages to write down the language of the people, teach people to read, and give them the Bible in their own...

  • The Beauty of Southern Arizona
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    The Beauty of Southern Arizona

    3 years ago

    Southern Arizona has many beautiful vistas, from mountains to deserts, cactus, spring flowers, and blue skies with or without clouds. And then there are the sunsets!

  • Fractals - Mathematical Computer Art
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    Fractals - Mathematical Computer Art

    3 years ago

    Fractal art grew out of the work of Benoit Mandelbrot. Mandelbrot developed fractal geometry. This has been applied to the use of computers to make fractal art. Not all fractal art uses the Mandelbrot set, but most uses...

  • Scenery in Utah
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    Scenery in Utah

    3 years ago

    So far, I have not had the opportunity to go further into Utah than the south, although I did go all the way up to Moab on one trip. The places I have visited include Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park,...

  • The Hummingbirds of Costa Rica
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    The Hummingbirds of Costa Rica

    3 years ago

    If someone you love is a birder, or particularly fond of hummingbirds, this is a wonderful book to give as a present. It has many wonderful photographs of the various hummingbirds that live in Costa Rica, as well as...

  • Maria Montessori Had a Good Idea
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    Maria Montessori Had a Good Idea

    3 years ago

    Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was a physician who devised a unique method of education. She lived in Italy. Her first schools were actually day care centers known as Casi dei Bambini (homes of the children). In these day...

  • Big Bird vs. Classical Music
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    Big Bird vs. Classical Music

    3 years ago

    In this Lens I describe the reasons why we should not support media with tax money, and show that alternatives are not only possible, but viable. I treat a number of different facets of this question, including what...

  • Colorful Architecture of Southern Arizona
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    Colorful Architecture of Southern Arizona

    3 years ago

    Southern Arizona is a rich and colorful place, with many different types of architecture. The Hispanic community likes to build homes and other buildings that are painted in vivid, contrasting colors. The photo on the...

  • Zenna Henderson
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    Zenna Henderson

    3 years ago

    Zenna Henderson (1917-1983) was a science fiction writer who wrote short stories and novellas. She was born in Tucson, Arizona, and was also a schoolteacher. She is best known for her books Pilgrimage: the Book of the...

  • Business Scams
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    Business Scams

    3 years ago

    This will be a difficult topic because most of the time, people who discuss this topic, they are out to make you a victim of a scam, so there are all kinds of safeguards in place that have to be overcome, but please...

  • Flowerscapes
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    Flowerscapes

    3 years ago

    During a year when there are abundant winter rains (or something vaguely resembling abundant), I travel in different parts of Arizona in search of scenery that has wildflowers in it, either a carpet of color, or...

  • Learning Foreign Languages
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    Learning Foreign Languages

    3 years ago

    I have loved languages nearly all my life, and have had a number of different experiences. This is a collection of recollections of my experiences plus tips that I developed over years of learning languages. My main...

  • Arizona Butterflies and Moths
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    Arizona Butterflies and Moths

    3 years ago

    This is a collection of my personal photos of various butterflies and moths which I have found in southern Arizona. Usually, I find butterflies when I am out looking for something else, such as birds or flowers....

  • The Key to a Nation's Prosperity
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    The Key to a Nation's Prosperity

    3 years ago

    The Bible tells us that some Christians lived communally. They shared everything. The Bible is silent on what happened next. A lot of people think that communal living is Christian and is the ideal. Here is an...

  • If You Can't Handle the Critters, You Don't Belong in the Desert
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    If You Can't Handle the Critters, You Don't Belong in the Desert

    3 years ago

    We have lived in the "middle of nowhere" in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona for the past three decades. During that time, we have had some *ahem* interesting experiences. This is about our experiences with the various...

  • Think-Outside-the-Box Photography
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    Think-Outside-the-Box Photography

    3 years ago

    I like to experiment and play around with my camera. This is about some of my experiments, and sometimes I will tell you how I did it. The image on the left is somewhat similar to one I entered in an art contest. I got...

  • Bellyflowers
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    Bellyflowers

    3 years ago

    Bellyflowers grow on plants that remain small and close to the ground. The flowers are so tiny, you have to get on your belly to see them. Hence, they are called "bellyflowers." Quite simple, actually. I got the idea...

  • Arizona Hummingbirds
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    Arizona Hummingbirds

    3 years ago

    The Sibley Guide to Birds lists 18 species of hummingbirds in the United States. Apparently there are 24 species in North America. Arizona has records of 16 of these, of which most are fairly regular visitors in the...

  • Artistic Philosophy and Adventures
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    Artistic Philosophy and Adventures

    3 years ago

    About twelve years ago, I was freshly retired from being a full time mom and caretaker for other family members, and got to thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. We needed for me to make money if...

  • Sonoran Desert Dragonflies - Arizona
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    Sonoran Desert Dragonflies - Arizona

    3 years ago

    Damselflies, too. Also known scientifically as "Odonata" or "Odes" for short. Dragonflies have some very interesting and unique abilities. The most obvious ability is how they can fly. They are even more agile than...

  • Tropical Butterflies
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    Tropical Butterflies

    3 years ago

    We are very lucky because we have a local butterfly exhibit that lasts from October through April. For this exhibit, they bring in tropical butterflies from all over the world, and they let them live in the tropical...

  • Seasons in the Desert
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    Seasons in the Desert

    3 years ago

    The Sonoran Desert has five seasons: fall, winter, spring, dry summer, and wet summer. This article begins to explain these deserts, starting with fall, with ullustrations.

  • Hubisms: Abstract Computer Art
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    Hubisms: Abstract Computer Art

    3 years ago

    Hubisms are made in computer programs normally made for rendering landscapes and indoor scenes. They have been promoted primarily by Hubert Schaefer of Germany, whom I have the privilege of knowing as an e-friend. He...

  • Genetically Engineered Food - California, Hawaii
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    Genetically Engineered Food - California, Hawaii

    3 years ago

    Genetically engineered foods are dangerous and poisonous. They also result in heavier use of agricultural poisons. The FDA has a duty to require labeling, but fails to do so. Be warned.

  • The Question of Marriage
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    The Question of Marriage

    3 years ago

    Marriage is now the subject of much controversy. It would appear that a relatively small percentage of the population is questioning the age-old understanding of what marriage is. In addition, a fairly hefty group of...

  • Explaining Censorship - Why We Need It
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    Explaining Censorship - Why We Need It

    3 years ago

    Only the government can commit censorship. Private entities have the right to refuse a platform to viewpoints they don't agree with. Censorship protects children.

  • Danny Hahlbohm - Christian Artist
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    Danny Hahlbohm - Christian Artist

    3 years ago

    Danny Hahlbohm was born in New York, and served in the armed forces overseas. When he returned, he began painting, and selling his paintings. He is self taught as a painter. The painting "Footprints in the Sand" is well...

  • The Complexities of Copyright
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    The Complexities of Copyright

    3 years ago

    Copyright has become a much larger issue with the advent of the internet. It is much easier to steal content than ever before. In fact, each new technological advance made things a bit easier. These might include the...

  • The Adoption of Kitty
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    The Adoption of Kitty

    3 years ago

    This is the story of a feral cat that became part of our household. Who adopted whom isn't clear. He was obviously able to survive on his own, which is not a mean feat in the desert with coyotes and owls always looking...

  • Art Is about Beauty
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    Art Is about Beauty

    3 years ago

    This lens begins with an essay I published in 2007 about the philosophy behind my art: When I first started using the internet in 1998, I immediately joined a discussion group that was made up primarily of Australian...

  • Featured Artists - Hyperborea
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    Featured Artists - Hyperborea

    3 years ago

    Hyperborea is a husband-wife team that makes digital landscapes with beautiful sculptural images. They work in Bryce, a digital landscape program, and produce their sculptures in programs like Xfrog, Amorphium, and...

  • Aurora
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    Aurora

    3 years ago

    Aurorae (singular "aurora") are lights in the sky, usually observed somewhat close to either of the poles of the earth. The ones in the northern hemisphere are called Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The ones in the...

  • The birds of southern Arizona
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    The birds of southern Arizona

    3 months ago

    Southern Arizona is home to over 400 species of birds, some of which live here year round, and others migrate through. We also get many rare birds. Here are a few of the birds I have seen.

  • Let's organize a BUYcott
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    Let's organize a BUYcott

    3 years ago

    This lens will concentrate on some of the actions of people who are using boycotts to coerce other people into changing their position on political questions. I will add new situations as they happen. The first one...

  • Harrison Yocum
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    Harrison Yocum

    3 years ago

    Harrison Yocum lives in Tucson, Arizona. He founded the Tucson Botanical Gardens, and is a recognized expert in botany. Last time we talked about it, he was still maintaining the indoor plants at Tucson International...

  • Featured Artist - Stephane Hette
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    Featured Artist - Stephane Hette

    3 years ago

    Stephane Hette is an artist on Art Limited. He's from France. He starts with a photograph, and then processes it to produce these gorgeous images. Sometimes he uses a chop on the image. I agree that his style is very...

  • kemscrima-doh
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    kemscrima-doh

    4 years ago

    Kemscrima-Doh is an eclectic martial art that is comprised of techniques and forms of kajukembo-kempo, Shantung kuntao, Filipino escrima, and Okinawan kobudo. Techniques are both soft and hard style. The developer of...

  • Traffic Cameras are Dangerous
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    Traffic Cameras are Dangerous

    3 years ago

    Traffic cameras are those neat little gadgets that a lot of cities, towns, counties, and states (not to mention other nations, except Italy, which took all theirs down) use to "enforce" traffic laws. They take a picture...

  • Smoking Rights and Wrongs
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    Smoking Rights and Wrongs

    3 years ago

    There are several basic issues involved here. The first one is whether or not smoking is an interference with the rights of the person who does not consent to breathe secondhand smoke. One can see this as a question,...

  • Talking to Abortion-Minded Women
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    Talking to Abortion-Minded Women

    3 years ago

    Abortion is a cry for help. We need to reach out and help women in need. Women deserve better than abortion.

  • Cast in Bronze
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    Cast in Bronze

    3 years ago

    Frank Della Penna and his associates perform on the carillon at various Renaissance Faires throughout the United States. The Renaissance Festivals are an occasion when people, who like to dress up like the folks...

  • Antelope Canyon - Abstract Landscapes
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    Antelope Canyon - Abstract Landscapes

    3 years ago

    Personally, I have wanted to go to Antelope Canyon for many, many years. I am particularly fond of abstracts, and this place just seemed different. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon. This is a canyon produced by rushing...

  • Awesome Arizona Sunsets and Sunrises: Taking Spectacular Pictures
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    Awesome Arizona Sunsets and Sunrises: Taking Spectacular Pictures

    3 years ago

    Pictures of the wonderful sunsets of southern Arizona, with tips on how to take good sunset pictures.

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