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Alexis Powers: Dancing in the desert rain

Alexis Powers: Dancing in the desert rain

Embrace opportunities as they present themselves to you.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alexis Powers: Nature's beauty is something to behold

Alexis Powers: Nature's beauty is something to behold

Accept the summer heat, and you'll enjoy it so much more.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Organics store is no fly-by-night operation

Organics store is no fly-by-night operation

Trip yields bounty of fun and gardening information.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Early job taught more about life than work

Early job taught more about life than work

Alexis Powers looks back on cherished memories as a teen in New York.

July 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Alexis Powers: Don't let 'obligations' handcuff you

Alexis Powers: Don't let 'obligations' handcuff you

It's important to live an honest life, and others will appreciate it.

July 09, 2014 9:45 pmLoading…
Riches come in the form of friendships, experiences

Riches come in the form of friendships, experiences

Alexis Powers: Money really can't buy happiness.

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Alexis Powers: Critters have many admirable traits

Alexis Powers: Critters have many admirable traits

Animals are smarter than we give them credit for

June 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Alexis Powers: Animals hold a special place in our hearts

Alexis Powers: Animals hold a special place in our hearts

My good friend Jane McCutchen, who also happens to be a wonderful photographer, emailed me about an incident that happened with her cat. Since many of us have animals that amuse us, I’m sharing her story.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alexis Powers: Life in my backyard wild kingdom

Alexis Powers: Life in my backyard wild kingdom

If someone had told me I’d move to Tucson and be surrounded by wild animals, I’d have figured they were nuts.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alexis Powers: Procrastination generally doesn't work … but wait

H. Jackson Brown Jr. is famous for his quotes. One of them, “When there is a hill to climb, don’t think waiting will make it smaller,” caused me to put on my thinking cap.

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Alexis Powers: Wind, heat are two of Tucson's few drawbacks

On a recent morning when it was mind-blowingly windy, I was the lone soul out walking my dogs. Usually there are several folks around, so I have a chance to chat with neighbors while walking Charlie or Toots. The dogs have an opportunity to sniff each other, make eye contact and cavort with …

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Alexis Powers: 'Late-in-life' baby was a treaasure

Alexis Powers: 'Late-in-life' baby was a treaasure

The night my mother left for the hospital, I was playing mahjong with three friends. Interrupting our game, my mom whispered to me, “Your father and I are going to the hospital. Don’t worry.”

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Alexis Powers: Magic weight-loss potion eludes her

His kind blue eyes looked into mine. In a gentle voice, my doctor said, “May want to lose a few pounds, but take small steps.” A couple of days later he emailed me the Mediterranean diet. For three days I ate salads, roast chicken, grilled salmon and tons of olive oil.

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Alexis Powers: Words — made up or not — are magical

A good friend of mine recently used the word “faboo” in an email.

April 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

If you want blooms in Tucson, you have to be willing to work

Since I’ve lived in Tucson, keeping flowers alive has been one of my biggest challenges. Four sets of bougainvillea have perished, in addition to roses, petunias, pansies and even an aloe plant that practically passed away because I overwatered it.

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Alexis Powers: February is a month for frolicking

In Camelot they loved the merry month of May. But here in Tucson we frolic in the month of February. Snow, wind and ice are strangers here — at least so far this year. Instead, we have the sun in the morning and the moon and stars at night.

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Alexis Powers: Nothing beats a birthday with friends

Alexis Powers: Nothing beats a birthday with friends

Deciding to throw myself a birthday party at the Chantilly Tea Room turned out to be an excellent idea. People have been so kind to me since I moved here three years ago that I wanted to show them how much I appreciate each friend’s special meaning to me.

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Alexis Powers: Don't wait for the anvil to fall — move out of the way

Recently I came across a quote by Aldous Huxley: “Experience is not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” This struck me as being true.

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Alexis Powers: The thing about dogs is, they don't care how old you are

Alexis Powers: The thing about dogs is, they don't care how old you are

As my birthday approaches, I note another year has gone by. Not only do I miss the energy of my youth, I long for high heels, dancing the night away and the pleasures of being young and beautiful.

February 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alexis Powers: Touch base before it's too late

Alexis Powers: Touch base before it's too late

Once upon a time there were three little girls growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. All through school, Sandra, Carol and I hung out together, laughing, exploring the city and getting into mischief.

January 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Alexis Powers: Dream could be deep, meaningful. Or not

A few nights ago I dreamed the same scenario over and over again. I’d wake up, go back to sleep and dream I won a major bridge tournament. This occurred about six or seven times. Facing the day in the early morning, I was ecstatic to think I’d won.

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Alexis Powers: You can get lost in words for a lifetime

The other day I had lunch with Jane Peterson of Oro Valley Library fame. Sharing book titles stimulates us, as reading has been and remains a major part of our lives.

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Alexis Powers: The season of giving lasts all year long

Christmas has turned from a “what’s in it for me” experience to a giving experience. For the past several years, my gratification has come from finding meaningful gifts for friends, no longer contemplating what treasures will be bestowed upon me.

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Alexis Powers: With time, this town grows on you

January marks three years that I’ve lived in Oro Valley. Getting used to the Tucson area was difficult. Ten years ago, I left Los Angeles for Albuquerque mainly because I had a terrible car accident that caused a great fear of driving, particularly on freeways.

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Alexis Powers: Time is valuable — make it count, stay in the moment

Actually, years mean nothing. It’s what’s inside them.

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Alexis Powers: Could I have been better?

A remarkable, sensitive writer, Simon Von Booy, has been added to my favorite authors’ list. A line in one of his short stories moved me to tears:

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Alexis Powers: Not-so-smart-phone isn't for me

About a year and a half ago I went on a book-signing tour. Knowing I’d be in airports, I bought myself a smartphone, which I quickly nicknamed “not-so,” short for not-so-smart-phone. One of the reasons I bought the phone was a device called the Square, which you are supposed to be able to at…

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Alexis Powers: Don't overstuff your horn of plenty

The event that Americans commonly call “the first Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in 1621. This feast lasted three days, and was attended by about 53 Pilgrims and 90 American Indians, though sources vary on these numbers.

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Alexis Powers: A triumphant book signing

Alexis Powers: A triumphant book signing

Once in a while everything comes together perfectly. Not only is a dream realized but the facts exceed the expectation in ways one could never anticipate. That’s what happened to me the afternoon of Nov. 10 at the Oro Valley Library.

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Concept of abundance changes with age, maturity

There’s a part in “Auntie Mame” — a book that was turned into a Broadway musical and a film — where the main character says, “Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

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Alexis Powers: Join celebration of new published writers

Alexis Powers: Join celebration of new published writers

Two years ago I began facilitating a writers’ workshop at the Oro Valley Library. The first meeting brought two students.

November 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

With whom, not where, you live is the most important thing

This is the time of year I think about Albuquerque. More than 20 years have passed since the first time I attended the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

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Alexis Powers: Little things can throw a person off course

Did you ever have a week — or two — when things just went wrong? Not seriously wrong but you knew you were off-track.

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Alexis Powers: Blessings balance out lack of 'firsts'

A friend told me he hoped to go on a safari before he died.

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Here's something every desert dweller needs to know

The trouble started with Toots. Ready for bed, I let the dogs out for their last opportunity of the day. After 10 minutes, Charlie bounded back, but Toots was nowhere to be seen. After I called for her, she left her hiding place behind some cactus to come into the house, but she was chewing …

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Alexis Powers: Technology is tough, no matter how smart you are

A couple of weeks ago I asked my tech guru, Corey, to come to my home because I thought my computer had a virus. I also wanted to move a few of my much-played games to where I could access them more easily.

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Getting something often requires giving up something else

Sidney Howard is credited with saying “One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.” For years I’ve told people “You usually have to give up something to get something.”

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The difference between men and women

My brother and I are a year apart. Mom bathed us together until we were about 5 or 6, making it obvious that girls and boys had different anatomy.

August 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

An array of delightful friends gather for surprise party

Sometimes it takes extra effort to make a wonderful memory.

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Resolve to take charge of life

Years ago when things went wrong it was easy to blame someone. My boss didn't appreciate me; my mom couldn't possibly understand me; my friends acted mean because they were jealous. On and on and on.

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Grateful for rain, a bountiful life

Watching the abundant rain one hot, sultry afternoon, I ran outdoors, stood still and let the water pour down on me. What joy! Dripping wet, I returned to the house where the air conditioning was on. I quickly toweled my hair and face, changed clothes and felt deliciously comfortable.

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Unusual, complex or mysterious, it's captivating to me

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

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From a single idea, great things are born

Observing how the mind works is fascinating. After my experience this spring with a mother quail abandoning her babies, I kept thinking of those adorable baby chicks and how brave they were, even though they must have been really scared. Then I realized this could be a wonderful tale for children.

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Celebrate the courage of our Founding Fathers today

Being an American means a lot to me. When I sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," my voice cracks with emotion. Each year I watch the Memorial Day commemoration on PBS and get teary-eyed.

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Give me desert sunshine over a blizzard any day

About this time of year people start complaining about the heat. I am no exception. While at the dentist's office I complained and the technician said, "Would you rather be in a blizzard?"

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Kind words, actions can mean a lot to those who get them

Samuel Taylor Coleridge was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was the founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. Here is one of his quotes:

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Exploring the definition of 'stupidity' on 2 wheels

We've all heard the adages: "Never give up." "Keep trying until you succeed." "Practice makes perfect."

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Baby quail become a true rescue mission

Baby quail become a true rescue mission

Last spring a quail laid 18 eggs in a plant on my enclosed patio. After they hatched, seeing those miniscule creatures scurrying around my patio brought tears to my eyes.

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We remember these souls as family, not heroes

Editor's note: Columnist Alexis Powers teaches a writing workshop at the Oro Valley Library. One of the workshop participants, Gail Bornfield, wrote this essay.

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