Tag Archives: Arizona

No Legover and Mounting Frustration

“Were you raised around here?” I asked, gesturing widely.  It is bad enough to know the beads you are buying were mined in Michael’s without learning that your roadside reservation jeweler is an art student from Park Slope. “My mom … Continue reading

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Desert Diversions–the road to Tuscon

In Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1968 my sister and I learned to sing the Lead Belly song “Pick a Bale of Cotton”. We did not know who Lead Belly was, we barely knew what cotton was (we were a Brentford … Continue reading

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My Sister, the Saguaro and Customer Service

The barman had called last orders by the time we checked in but agreed to stay and serve us.  “Glass of wine? You’d better have two each since I’m closing” he said. Our kind of chap. Hearing that we planned … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop The Rock: Unaccustomed Amazement in Arizona

The fairies who danced at my christening brought many welcome gifts but forgot the parcels labelled contentment,patience and satisfaction: I go through life perpetually fretful and impatient. My habit of seeking more and better does not make me a relaxing … Continue reading

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Talking with a Tea-Partier

I like to  keep my nose firmly stuck in other people’s business and so one of the joys of staying in a hotel is the unrivaled access it gives me to people I don’t know at all. Last night, sitting … Continue reading

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Irish music in the Desert

  Yesterday, in honor of the saint who chased the snakes from Ireland, the Celtic Chorale provided musical accompaniment to the Crone’s breakfast at the Intercontinental Montelucia hotel in Phoenix Arizona.  Their music and singing were completely  beautiful and it … Continue reading

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A little part of Spain–in the Arizona desert

The Crone has been in two minds about the hotel in Phoenix Arizona where she is to spend the next week–the Intercontinental Montelucia. On many levels, it is quite spectacularly naff, a giant folly built under Camelback Mountain in the … Continue reading

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