Saturday, March 31, 2007


by Duda
I'm a fan of the carnaval, so well celebrated in Ovar, Portugal. It's in my lineage, celebrated still today by my blood relatives who reside there. I like throwing the seriousness of life offtrack like a clown does when she wears her shoes to a school event.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

pics by Duda

First things first... we found free parking by showing up right before the 10 AM start time. With a map in hand, we placed important spots, i.e. the food court and the way back to the car. The rest of the time was spent admiring the amazing art for sale, products made at home, and then dished out $10 for 2 ices.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


National Geographic

Skywalk at Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation

SMILE .... I could just bite you.

Mark Gamba for National Geographic
The creature was actually docile, as described by Mark. It reminds me of those smiles one puts on while thinking "I could just wack you silly right about now."

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Magic Tree House of Jack and Annie

Photos by Duda
Mary Pope Osborn visited the valley recently, on her 2 week book tour. Every elementary school aged kid knows about Jack and Annie and their magic tree house. We, ... well, I, decided we would wait as long as it took to get our books signed. The woman sometimes wears a wrist brace in order to accommodate her fans. Two hours worth of waiting for a 30 second experience. The books are signed and we even got a smile.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Art Masterpiece

Raoul Duffy

Have you seen the Chapels in Portugal? They are everywhere. I always liked the coziness of small dark chapels. So very different from the churches in Africa.