Tucson Tuesday II ~ Cool Retreat

Tucson Tuesday II

Cool Retreat

In the desert
Tucked to the east
A park
Cool retreat

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park

Agua Caliente Park, a registered national historic place,  is an oasis in the desert. Agua Caliente, literally meaning hot water, is a 101-acre park with a perennial warm spring. An artificial stream links three ponds within the park. The ponds are fed by the spring water and support diverse wildlife and fish populations.

Agua Caliente Park is located on the far east side of Tucson and has a long and interesting history. Human habitation dates back about 5,500 years, based on archeological digs that unearthed archaic projectile points. In 1150 A.D., a Hohokam village extended into a portion of Agua Caliente.  In 1873, a ranch and health resort was developed to promote the curative properties of the warm springs. The ranch bunkhouse, which dates back to the 1920s and is still used for classes and exhibits.

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Flickr Friday II ~ Impressions

Impressions

Squint
or tremble

just a bit
and you will see as he
who saw beauty everywhere
and shared it

*I took this photo on a recent trip to Claude Monet’s water garden in Giverny, France. It’s a favorite because I moved my hand just a touch, creating an image similar in “strokes” to his famous water lily paintings. As his eyes failed, so too, did my steady hand. You can see more of my Giverny images here.

Yams

Yams

Yams. A Portrait in Pastels.

yams.
sweet
yams

from the garden
to the kitchen
she brought
simple roots
in trug

gently washed
and pared
them
~ prepared
them
with love

Red yarn
’round
her right wrist
intentions
of winged dove

She laid them,
warm,
on table.
smiled
from above

Nothing
Nourished
More

*Shared at The Imaginary Garden

Tucson Tuesday I

TUCSON TUESDAY!

A new feature!
Most Tuesdays I’ll share a post related to the city I’ve called home for more than two decades. Evolving in a most wonderful way, Tucson, Arizona is a small city with a big city vibe. Hip, diverse and unique, Tucson boasts lots of locally-owned businesses, restaurants to rival any others, a burgeoning locavore movement and an increasingly lively art scene. Add myriad outdoor and athletic opportunities and you’ll see why people may leave, but they always come back.
Featured in this inaugural Tucson Tuesday is a local treasure and non-profit:  Ben’s Bells
I LOVE Ben’s Bells. I love the handmade bells I see around town and the workshops this homegrown organization run. But mostly, I love their mesage: BE KIND
Simple. Profound.

Kindness changes minds and people, worlds and realities.

Kindness begins with me. And you.

1011410_620404524716224_8840310865345191256_nThe Mission of Ben’s Bells:

“To inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities.”

Heart Ornament 2013

 The Importance of Intentional Kindness

“Recent research demonstrates that kindness benefits our physical and mental health, and that recognizing kindness in others increases a person’s happiness and satisfaction. But just as solving a calculus problem requires advanced math skills, the challenges of daily life require advanced kindness skills. By focusing on kindness and being intentional in our personal interactions, we can improve our ability to connect. The mission of Ben’s Bells is to inspire individuals and communities to engage in kindness education and practice.”

Mini Bell 2013_0To inspire you, I offer a poem, simple and direct, about kindness. From me. To you. ;-)

She knew why     a caged bird sang
He knew what the dream really meant
Twain understood its power to relate
Truth to the blind and the deaf
It’s simple and eternal
Truth, profundity
Kindness
is key

Hand Ornaments 2013

Choose. Choose Wisely.

chooseThe great thing is that we get to choose. The important thing is that we do. ~K

Choose.
Wisely.
and then
Choose Again.
succeed or fail
fly and flail
no matter.
Prevail.
lessons learned
from failures
create strength
within.
lessons learned
from great success
build security
wherein
you can stand
a little failure.
Just

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*Shared here in The Garden