Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Taliesin West Desert Living

Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright was named as the greatest American architect of all time by the American Institute of Architects in 1991. He called his architecture “organic” and believed buildings and the space they inhabited should integrate into one coherent whole. Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona was his winter home and test laboratory for desert living designs.

Today, Taliesin West serves as one of the campuses for the Frank Lloyd School of Architecture. Tours provide the public with the opportunity to see his desert masterpiece and gain insight into the man.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Roses in the Desert

Mesa Community College Rose Garden

You may not expect to find a rose garden in the middle of a desert, but at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, you can find nearly 9,000 rose bushes. The rose garden started in 1996 as a collaborative effort between Mesa Community College and Mesa-East Valley Rose Society.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Seeking Writing Words of Wisdom

Photo credit: Thor via flickr cc
Ah! The life of a writer. Up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea. Write it up quickly before the muse leaves, spend a few minutes cleaning it up in the morning, and send the masterpiece off to an eager, waiting publisher. Spend the rest of the day partying with friends and waiting for the next great idea.

As if! Writing is hard, lonely work. Sometimes the ideas don't come. Sometimes they come, but are half-baked and you don't know how to finish cooking them. Write and re-write and re-write and still the prose is awkward. Rejection after rejection. It is easy to get discouraged. So you turn to other writers for inspiration.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hopping On and Off Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi

water taxi

Fort Lauderdale, Florida has plenty for a visitor to see and do, but if you only have a day there prior to boarding a cruise ship, what should you choose to see? I spent my day on the water taxi, hopping on and off at stops along the way. It was an excellent way to get a glimpse of the city.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Time To Head North

Like the Canada goose my husband saw flying overhead last week, it is time for this Canadian snowbird to begin the flight north. After five months in Mesa, Arizona, my husband and I are preparing to begin the drive back home to Manitoba. My feelings are mixed.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Six East Mesa Eating Experiences

After several vacations and two full winters in Mesa, Arizona, I've discovered a few favourite eating locations. The restaurants below offer good food and fun times.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Last month I wrote a post about the impact of book covers on your reading choices. This month I am thinking about titles.