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August 17, 2007


10 Reasons to Love Living in the East Valley

1. I've gotten a chance to learn to shoot. Given Arizona's liberal gun laws, purchasing a weapon was quite easy. My target of choice has been rabbits, who insist on feeding in my garden.

2. I love being awakened in the middle of night when a neighborhood dog has escaped its yard and finds itself subsequently cornered by a pack of wild coyotes. For those who don't know, coyotes indulge in a lot of celebratory yapping before they feast on their prey.

3. There are no feral cats or dogs here. See above.

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Highway in the Red Mountain range in the East Valley are of Arizona

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August 15, 2007


Tucson, Arizona: a Guide for the Visitor

Tucson, located in the heart of Arizona's Sonora Desert is a surprising gem for any visitor, offering much more than its average of 350 days of annual sunshine. A city of about half million people, Tucson seamlessly blends its historic Spanish Colonial heritage with the modernity of the 20th Century. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson is a much more cosmopolitan city than its size might indicate, offering a vast array of entertainments.


St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson, Arizona dates to 1896 and is an example of the Spanish Colonial style of architecture.
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August 14, 2007


An Insider's Look at Chase Field, Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona opened ten years ago and is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks  baseball franchise. It is a "modern-traditional" ball park, a style that became popular after the success of Camden Yards in Baltimore. Chase Park, however, is unique because of the special challenges posed by playing baseball in the Arizona summer. And the best way to learn about it is to take a tour of the ballpark. They are given daily, year round.


View from a skybox at Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
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August 13, 2007


Sports Bar by Ex-Phoenix Suns Player Dan Majerle

When you're in downtown Phoenix and you're looking for an affordable sports bar where you can watch the game, drink some beer, and perhaps have a burger or sandwich, Majerle's Sports Grill is probably the place for you. Located in the historic Fry Building (dating to 1891, it is the oldest commercial building in Phoenix) less than two blocks from the U.S. Airways Center, home to the Phoenix Suns basketball franchise, it is named for Dan Majerle, who played for the Phoenix Suns in the late 1980s-early 1990s and proved to be one of the Suns' most popular players. Majerle is today a part-time color commentator for the Phoenix Suns.


Majerle's Sports Grill, Phoenix, Arizona
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August 10, 2007


Richardson's Trinity Church and First Baptist Church

Henry Hobson Richardson is, without argument, one of the most important architects in American history, and in Boston, Massachusetts, there are two of his most historically significant churches, the Trinity Church on Copley Square and the nearby First Baptist Church.


First Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts
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August 8, 2007


Revolutionary Churches of Boston: the Stories of the Old North Church and the Old South Meeting House

Though sometimes confused by tourists visiting Boston, the Old North Church and the Old South Meeting House, despite their cosmetic similarities, cannot be more different. Their histories, architecture, and the roles these two churches played during the period of the American Revolution offer interesting insights to the conflict that would break out into war in 1775.


Old South Meeting House on Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts
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August 7, 2007


The Homes of Nathanial Hawthorne

Nathanial Hawthorne is generally considered the first truly great writer of literature in America. His novels such as The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, The Blithesdale Romance, and The Marble Faun set the bar for 19th century literature. Born in Salem, Massachusetts on July 4, 1804, Hawthorne lived most of his life in Massachusetts, and thankfully for the "literary tourist," four of the homes that Hawthorne lived in are today house museums open to the public.


The House of the Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts
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August 6, 2007


The Literary Houses of Massachusetts

Massachusetts is well known for it Revolutionary history, but it also has a strong literary history, and this history can be experienced by the literary traveler today by visiting the historic house museums of some of America's greatest writers. Briefly reviewed here are the homes of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.


Orchard House, the childhood home of Louisa May Alcott, Concord, Massachusetts
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August 5, 2007


A Tour of the King's Chapel in Boston

The King's Chapel is not only one of the most historic churches in Boston, it has one of the most beautiful interiors in all New England. The King's Chapel was designed by Peter Harrison and dates to 1754; it served as the official Royal church of colonial administrators of Massachusetss. Located on the Freedom Trail at the corner of Tremont and School Streets, the church today is an active Unitarian church, but it is open to the public. A small donation is requested of all visitors.

When first entering the King's Chapel, a visitor is first taken by the church's elegantly fluted columns, which are topped off with beautifully hand-carved Corinthian capitals. Painted in a subdued yellow color, the columns create a warm welcoming environment.


Wine-glass pulpit at King's Chapel, Boston, Massachusetts
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August 4, 2007


Historic House Museums in Boston

In downtown Boston, there are five historic house museums open to the public. Most of them are not very well known, but all of them are truly special. A visitor can experience more than 200 years of Boston history and gain an appreciation of how Boston grew from a colonial town to a Federalist capital to a Victorian city.


Rear of the Paul Revere House, Boston, Massachusetts
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