NEW YORK, PRINCETON… BUT MOSTLY “AIDA”

The main reason for this short trip is the performance of AIDA at the Metropolitan Opera. This is something I had been planning long before we left Maui. And now it is coming to fruition. We are finally going to see the "grandest of the grand operas" performed by one of the world's top opera companies.

ANOTHER GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE ON CALVARY HILL ARIZONA

Today, I did my annual Good Friday pilgrimage on Calvary Hill Arizona. Ā It isĀ a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet, plus another 6-mile bike ride (see the map). It took me 3 hours to do this bike-hike--bike round tripĀ pilgrimageĀ from my Scottsdale home. Ā The temperatures were in the upper 80s, which is normal …

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – MY HOME TOWN AS SEEN THROUGH MY AND VISITORS’ EYES

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - MY HOME TOWN AS SEEN THROUGH MY AND VISITORS' EYES Scottsdale, Arizona is my home town. Well, as much as any place on this planet is, I suppose. I have traveled millions of miles around the world and have lived in so many places and countries that I feel I have earned …

RETURN TO CALVARY HILL ARIZONA, PINNACLE PEAK, TOM’S THUMB

Yeah! I have finally returned to my favorite trails in the McDowell Mountains above Scottsdale - the Calvary Hill Arizona. ThisĀ is a 6-mile hike with an elevation difference of 1,600 feet that emulates the Calvary Hill in Jerusalem, including the 14 stations of the cross. The summit is at the exact same elevation - 2,500 …

TWO ENDS OF THE SAME DAY: ST PATRICK & SHAKESPEARE

TWO ENDS OF THE SAME DAY: SAINT PATRICK BY DAY, SHAKESPEARE BY NIGHT March 12, 2016 The morning in Phoenix at Saint Patrick's Day parade, the evening in Tucson at a Shakespeare's play Since this year's Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) falls on a weekday, celebrations of this uniquely Irish holiday started early. Ā TheĀ parades were …