Congratulations, Bob Miller

Cinder cone and rainbow, Lassen National Park, CA

Cinder cone and rainbow, Lassen National Park, CA

Week one of our contest presented some tough decisions for our editorial team. We were all impressed with the variety, beauty, and technical accomplishments of this week’s entries. John Morey’s moody Breaking the Sorrows of the Storm, Lack of Precipitation at Willow Lake by Jag Fergus, and the serene Mid-winter at Bosque del Apacheby Dawn Santiago…

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Fall Photo Contest Week 2: Back to School

Fall Photo Contest Week 2: Back to School

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First day of first grade, bad hair, missing teeth, and all.

Thanks to everyone who entered week one of the contest. We judges have our work cut out for us! We’ll announce the winner tomorrow, but in the meantime, the people’s choice competition continues, so encourage people to like your photos.

Fall is a bittersweet time if you’re a kid, but it’s also exciting — new books, new shoes, new and old…

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Pretzels for Oktoberfest

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They could be prettier, but tasted just what you expect a fresh pretzel to taste like!

Ah, Oktoberfest. The scorching heat has finally broken here in the desert, and we also have a good excuse to eat brats and drink German beer. What could be better? Having experienced the real Oktoberfest in Munich, which has no match, I tried to think how I could bring a little of that to my home in Tucson…

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What We Are Reading: October

What We Are Reading: October

Here is what our staff is reading this month. We would love to hear what you are reading, love it or hate it, too!

Face of the enemyFace of the Enemy: A New York in Wartime Mystery, by Joanne Dobson and Beverle Graves Myers

review by Jim Turner

I told the owner of Book Tales, in Encinitas, California, that I like “bookworm mysteries” that cover bibliophiles, history, or time travel, like John Dunning’s Bookman se…

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Read about this week’s cover, “Fall Library,” by Tom Gauld. 

We can help you Get This Look.

housingworksbookstore:

newyorker:

Read about this week’s cover, “Fall Library,” by Tom Gauld

We can help you Get This Look.

Friday Photo 10/10

Lockett Meadows near Flagstaff, Arizona, in fall glory. Photo by Tom White.

Friday Photo 10/10

Lockett Meadows near Flagstaff, Arizona, in fall glory. Photo by Tom White.

Fall Photo Contest Week One: Precipitation

Fall Photo Contest Week One: Precipitation

Saguaro in the Snow by Barbara Carroll

Welcome to the first week of our Fall photo contest. Moisture, or the lack thereof, is always front-of-mind for people living in the West. Whether it’s a wildly dramatic thunderstorm in the desert, a paralyzing blizzard in the Rockies, or the parching drought in California, precipitation is a frequent topic of conversation.

For this week’s theme, show us…

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Drunken and Spicy Camarones Cerveza

Drunken and Spicy Camarones Cerveza

By Linda McKittrick

Sleeping is sweet here in the Old Pueblo this time of year, with doors and windows opened to October air. Of course, when we open to one thing, we open to others as well, and the smell that wafted in the bedroom door just now as a band of javelina meandered past was so potent it awakened me early this morning. I never saw nor heard them. Unable to return to sleep, I walked…

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From Lawrence Welk to Gorlock, Everyone Records “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

From Lawrence Welk to Gorlock, Everyone Records “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

burl Ives sheet music smallerBy Jim Turner

“Ghost Riders in the Sky” has to be one of the most recorded songs in history, its global popularity spanning more than half a century. The range of artists who recorded it is even more remarkable, from the Norman Luboff Choir and Lawrence Welk’s dance orchestra to Finnish black metal groups like Children of Bodom and Impaled Nazarene.

The original version by songwriter Stan…

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Time for another photo contest!

Time for another photo contest!

photo credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/brianauer/3287363288/">Brian Auer</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">cc</a>We had so much fun with our Spring photo contest that we decided it’s time for another one. We’ve changed the rules up just a bit, and we’re excited to see the creativity that will grace our Facebook page in the coming weeks.

Here’s how it will work:

The competition will run for four weeks, October 9 through November 5. Each week on Thursday we’ll present a different theme. We’ll accept entries…

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