Tucson Tuesday II
In the desert
Tucked to the east
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.
*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.
just a bit
and you will see as he
who saw beauty everywhere
and shared it
Yams. A Portrait in Pastels.
from the garden
to the kitchen
her right wrist
of winged dove
She laid them,
*Shared at The Imaginary Garden
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
Kindness changes minds and people, worlds and realities.
Kindness begins with me. And you.
“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.”
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.”
To 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
The great thing is that we get to choose. The important thing is that we do. ~K
succeed or fail
fly and flail
from great success
you can stand
a little failure.
*Shared here in The Garden