Final Week For The SCVN Elementary Program In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Panning for Garnets In Sabino Canyon Creek — Imaged by kenne
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The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists will be conducting the final week of the spring semester for Elementary School children in Sabino Canyon. It has been another great year for the national award winning program, now in its 40th year.

— kenne


Believing In The Importance Of The Struggle — Robert M. Pirsig, Dead At 88   1 comment

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It’s just a little after midnight in Tucson, and I’m having trouble sleeping. It could be that Joy is having surgery later today. It could be that in this age of hand-held technology it was several hours ago I received news alert on the passage of Robert M. Pirsig at age 88.

In the 1970’s I was interested in motorcycles — own a couple. It was a time in which I loved reading about technology and philosophy. So, in 1974 when I read a review of a recently published book, “Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values,” I went out and bought a copy.

The inside cover jacket begins with a quote from the book:

“ The study of the art of motorcycle maintenance is really a miniature study of the art of rationality itself. Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon.”

What better way to write about the conflict between science and religion, and the nature of Quality in art than to have it as part of a motorcycle narrative of a trip Pirsig, his eleven-year-old son and two friends took from Minnesota to California? As it turns out, the real trip was not a motorcycle trip, but a philosophic trip that centers on an insane passion for truth.

In February of this year, I posted a blog entitled, The Zen of Visual Imagery – Balancing Passion and Obsession, in which I reference the novel I have worshiped over the years. Whether in my own teaching of educational philosophy or photography, I can’t talk about life without referencing Pirsig for the truth. It is time for a Chautauqua.


Houston International Festival, April 19, 2008   Leave a comment

It was eight years ago on this date that I posted our attendance at the Houston International Festival a few days earlier. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Image: Little Joe Washington at iFest – kenne (Photo Set)

Annual iFest in Houston

I must admit that Joy and I have become “fair-weather” festival goers. We still attend a lot of festivals, since it remains in our blood, but we tend now to use the weather as our excuse for not taking in some of the many area festivals. We are fortunate to have many great festivals in Southeast Texas each spring and fall, and this springs the weather been wonderful. One that always includes great local and international musicians is the iFest, and this year is not an exception. (This coming weekend will be the final weekend of the festival.) As always, with several stages and two weekends, it’s not easy to see all the entertainment at the iFest.

Since we regularly support our local musicians, especially Blues, we were able to see Sunny Boy Terry, Gloria…

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Greater Roadrunner Photo Essay   3 comments

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Greater Roadrunner Photo Essay by kenne

Alert and cunning

All business searching for food

This is not a show.

— kenne

Sabino Creek Above The Dam   1 comment

Sabino Creek above the Dam-1326 blogSabino Creek Above The Dam — Image by kenne

Desert Oasis
Shaded escape from the heat —
Nature’s waterhole.

Sometimes drying up
Before the monsoon season —
Desert high and dry.

— kenne

Sabino Canyon Children’s Program — “Strike It Rich”   Leave a comment

I’m reblogging this post since this coming Thursday the Naturalists will be teaching the “Strike It Rich” geology program, our last for the spring school year. — kenne

Becoming is Superior to Being

Panning for Garnets — Images by kenne (Click On Any Of The Images To See A Slideshow)

One of the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist’s programs is Strike It Rich. This program is designed to teach elementary school students about the geology of the Santa Catalina Mountains, which include panning for garnets is the Sabino Canyon creek.


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Posted April 22, 2017 by kenneturner in Information

Desert Grunge Art   1 comment

Desert Grunge Art blogDesert Grunge Art by kenne

“The more a person knows of himself,
the more he will hesitate to define his nature
and to assert what he must necessarily feel,
and the more he will be astounded
at his capacity to feel
in unsuspected and unpredictable ways.”

— Alan Watts

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