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Sabino Canyon Brings Joy To ASHA Members From Around The Country   1 comment

ASHA Group (1 of 1) blog framedMembers of American Senior Housing Association with SCVN Guides Dan (Dusty) Granger and Ed Rawl (November 7, 2014) — Image by kenne

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This past week executives belonging to the American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) attended a conference at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. Arrangement was made months ago for members interested in hiking in Sabino Canyon to be shuttled the short distance from the resort to the canyon. Thirty members spent approximately 2 1/2 hours hiking led by Dan Granger, Ed Rawl and myself. We divided into three hiking groups, one a less demanding hike led by Dan and two more difficult hikes led by Ed and me. The demanding hikes were four miles, combining a number of trails (Esperero , Rattlesnake, Phoneline Link, Phoneline and Bear Canyon trails) looping into the canyon with an elevation change of 600 feet. Ed’s group went counterclockwise and my group went clockwise around the designed loop. Meanwhile, Dan took those interested in a less demanding hike on trails the lower Sabino Canyon.

ASHA is provides leadership for the seniors housing industry on legislative and regulatory matters, advances research, education and the exchange of strategic business information, and promotes the merits of seniors housing. Located in Washington, DC, the membership represents businesses in north America and for most, this was a perfect time to be in sunny Tucson. We did our best to add to their brief time in the Sonoran Desert.

kenne

De Grazia — The Man Was In The Grove   1 comment

DeGrozia GalleryDe Grazia Gallery In The Sun, Tucson

One of my favorite places in Tucson is the De Grazia Gallery In The Sun — I go there every chance I get to learn about and admire the work of Ted De Grazia. The gallery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and houses six permanent collections of paintings that  trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest.

Having just learned of a new book, De Grazia – The Man and Myths, by James W. Johnson and Marilyn D. Johnson, I’m eager to buy it and learn more about De Grazia. In the following video, the authors talk about the making of their book.

Janie & David VisitFamily Visiting the Gallery While In Tucson

The Gallery In The Sun is a must stop for family and friends visiting us here in Tucson. 

DeGrozia GalleryOne of my favorite Ted DeGrazia paintings — Tambolero

De Grazia’s art work overshadows his skills as a musician and composer. A trumpeter, De Grazia had a “big band” orchestra during the 1930’s, which help pay his tuition at the University of Arizona where he earned a Master of Arts with his thesis, “Art and its Relation to Music in Music Education.” One of my favorite De Grazia painting is that of a drummer, “Tambolero,” which brings to mind Steve Gadd, one of the most well-known and highly regarded session and studio drummers in the industry. If you like big band jazz, you will love the following video, Steve Gadd & The Buddy Rich Big Band: Basically Blue.

Appalachian Mountain Club Hikes To Hutch’s Pool In The Santa Catalina Mountains   4 comments

Appalachian Mountain Club, April 8, 2014 Hiking the Hutch’s Pool trail in the Santa Catalina Mountains — Images by kenne
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The club members conducted this eight mile hike on a beautiful warm day (in the 90’s upon return). This was their third day of hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The heat began to affect some, but nothing we were not able to handle with the help of SCVN member, Ed Rawl.

On the return one hiker started having a foot problem — now I know Ed hikes with several inserts in his backpack, so he was able to reduce some of the hiker’s pain on the way back. 
Ed also came to the aid of a hiker having stomach pains on our return in the heat of the day. He had her sit down, poured some of her water on her and proceeded to pour water from one of his “old sock” covered bottles of ice water into her empty bottle. In no time the hiker was feeling much better — thanks, Ed. Now I know what to do with my old socks.

kenne

Appalachian Mountain Club Hikes Blackett’s Ridge – II   Leave a comment

AMC Hiking Blackett’s Ridge, April 7, 2014. — Images and video by kenne
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This is the second of two postings on AMC hike on Blackett’s Ridge. The 1st posting was on April 8th

Enjoy. The next AMC posting will be on hiking to Hutch’s Pool

kenne

Appalanhian Mountain Club Hikes To Romero Pools   Leave a comment

George Schott (co-leader) & Linda Moraski (leader)

George Schott (co-leader) & Linda Moraski (leader)

On April 6th, The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) began a week of hiking in the Tucson area. The first hike started in Catalina State Park, following the Romero Pool Trail in the Push Ridge area of the Catalina mountains. Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, Tim Ralph and myself, along with Mike Harris, lead guide in the Southern Arizona Hiking Club, shared the roles of hosts and guides for the hiking group from the east.  The AMC Adventure Travel group of sixteen was under the leadership of Linda Moraski (leader) and George Schott (co-leader).

Additional postings of the AMC time in Tucson will take place over the next week. 

kenne

 

Images & Video by kenne

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Artist Malcolm Alexander Moves Back To Santa Fe — Continuing The March To A Different Beat   9 comments

When we moved to Tucson three years ago, one of the first people we met and established a friendship was visual artist, Malcolm Alexander. Recently, for reasons of health, the 89 year-old Malcolm moved back to Santa Fe where he can be closer to family and friends.

Malcolm is very missed — sights of the lumbering (6′ 5″) big man walking around the Circle; conversations at the pool; knocks at our door seeking help in finding his cell phone and his proverbial question, “What’s the latest malicious gossip?” There were the times we went to lunch and he would ask me questions about my philosophy of life, or the knocks at the door, just wanting to talk, which for Malcolm meant listening and observing — when it comes to people and politics, Malcolm’s more into asking questions than telling you what he thinks, unless it has to do with living compositions.

“To this day I admit, I’m always arranging and rearranging living compositions in my mind: Always. It can be a bit disconcerting at a dinner party when I’m staring at a beautiful woman attentively and she feels flattered until I say, ‘Could you move three inches to the right and remove that goblet from the frame?’ Or to my hostess, ‘You know that painting behind you needs to be hung two inches lower to complement you, and the height of the candlesticks is wrong for it.’ “

Malcolm AlexanderMalcolm Alexander — Images by kenne

“I distinguish between ‘living’ and ‘life.’ Living is an encounter. Life can be a lifeless existence in many cases. My art has been the conduit linking me to people, people from all walks of life. I have traveled from boardrooms  to blue-collar environments, always looking, listening, and learning that each of us has a story to tell. In articles, I have been referred to as the ‘Studs Turkel’ of the art world.”
— Malcolm Alexander

Malcolm Alexander“. . . most people instinctively choose the security of harmony. An artist will choose chaos so that one can bring a new order and harmony to it.”
— Malcolm Alexander

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Images from our “farewell” dinner for Malcolm.

On August 28th, a few friends of Malcolm had dinner at our house, the least we could do to show our friendship and love for Malcolm. As with his work, we hope Malcolm “. . . keeps moving toward a distant, unknown destination seemingly always just beyond his horizon.”

bocce ball on the greenDiane, Malcolm, Steve and Marsha — Playing Bocce Ball On The Circle, March 2012

“My experiences in nature taught me that we are all One. There is peace and unity in Nature. When we destroy Nature, we destroy the soul.”
— Malcolm Alexander

In the brief time I have known Malcolm, I have learned about the man, an artist with a restless mind, yet comfortable in stillness while desiring a lot of social stimulation. In his memoir, To Reason Why, you can see the influence of his lifelong association with Native Americans —

“For from being a brained-numbed soldier,
our artist is actually our child within,
our inner playmate.
As with all playmates, it is joy, not duty
that makes for a lasting bond.”
— Malcolm Alexander

Yes, by friend — “It does not require many words to speak the truth.” (Chief Joseph Nez Perce) You are a man who excels in what you do with a quiet confidence.

May our paths cross again soon.

kenne

“There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.”
— Robert Henri

This is my third posting on our former neighbor:

https://kenneturner.com/2011/02/01/malcolm-alexander-nobody-ever-asked-me-how-i-felt/
http://tanuri.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/sculptor-malcolm-alexander-pens-his-memoir/

You can see images of Malcolm’s work at the Ventana Fine Art Gallery website.

http://ventanafineart.com/malcolm-alexander

Do You Know A Veteran Like, Phil? They Are Out There — Mostly Forgotten!   1 comment

US Army Flickr Photostream, “Waiting out the dust storm” 

One of the blogs I link to is SO FAR FROM HEAVEN: OLD JULES. I enjoy Old Jules’s take on life. In one of today’s post, “My Original Veteran’s Day Post,” Old Jules writes about his old running buddy, Phil:

“I hadn’t thought about my old running buddy, Phil, for a while.  That last blog entry got me chewing on thoughts of him.  I’ll tell you a bit more about him.

Phil went to the Marine Corps as the result of being a 17 year old driving from Temple, Texas, to Austin with a case of beer in the car.  A Williamson County Sheriff Deputy stopped him on a tail light violation, asked for his driver’s license and saw the case of beer.  Old Phil, being a clever youth, gave the officer a Texas Drivers License with an altered date of birth, so’s to keep from being arrested as a minor in possession of alcoholic beverages.” Read more . . .

kenne

Posted November 12, 2011 by kenneturner in Guests, Information, Life, Peace & War

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