I – is for Inca (Dove, that is!)


Today’s post is short and sweet – I haven’t found a trail close by that begins with the letter “I”, and there aren’t a lot of plants or animals whose name begins with the letter “I” either.  I was able to find one creature for us, so without further ado…

Ladies and Gentlemen, please meet the Inca Dove.250px-IncaDove


The Inca Dove lives in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central America, and Costa Rica. I couldn’t find out why the dove was named after the Inca Empire since it doesn’t live in any of the lands that the Inca Empire covered.

Inca Doves range from 6.5–9.1 inches long, and weigh between 1.1–2.0 oz. They are a slender bird, with a body covered in gray-brown feathers.  I’ve seen a few of these doves around, but we seem to have more Mourning doves where I live than these little ones.  I always love to see the many different species of wildlife we have here in the northern Sonoran desert!

Happy trails dear reader!  🙂



TODAY is letter H day!


H is for healthy, h is for hiking, and h is for Hayden Butte – which is where I hiked yesterday afternoon.  Hayden Butte (also known as “A” Mountain) is located in Tempe, Arizona.  It’s a nice hike when you’re looking for some outdoor exercise that won’t take too long.  What’s REALLY great are the views:  from Native American petroglyphs thousands of years old to being able to look out over the Valley of the Sun.  It’s not free, but at $2.00 for an hour, it’s not that bad either.

H is also for HELL – which is what wordpress has been giving me for the past TWO DAYS!!!!  I’ve got some cool pics to share with you, but wordpress is saying NO, NO, NO and my pics won’t post.  Unfortunately dear reader I am forced to simply publish this post and hope to get the pictures up tomorrow or Friday.

Please accept my apologies – apparently the internet is not my friend at the moment!  XP




It’s a G day, not a H day…

G 2014

So…I’m typing this post on my laptop at the library of Mesa Community College.  I was very proud of myself, because I had the post all planned out, even went and hiked the butte and took pictures to include in the post.  It wasn’t until I began to actually type the post when I realized…Tuesday is supposed to be a G day, not a H day!

Well, I am completely flummoxed right now, and my mind is struggling with trying to come up with anything that begins with the letter G.  It shouldn’t be this difficult – I’m a writer, and a teacher for pete’s sake!  I deal with words all day (and sometimes all night) long.  But the letter G escapes me.  The only things I can come up with are adjectives, and I haven’t done anything lately that I think would warrant the use of “grand”, “glorious”, or “gigantic”.

So, dear reader, what about you?  What comes to your mind for the letter G?  Done anything lately that was “grand”, “glorious”, or “gigantic”?  🙂




The letter F is brought to you today by…


Today’s post is about the wise in my theme of “Healthy, Wealthy?, and Wise”, because the letter “F” is for friends, and how really good friends can increase our inner wisdom.  I spent the afternoon today helping a dear friend as he hosted a Democratic candidate meet and greet at his home.  Attending a political meet and greet is not my idea of a good time, but having wonderful friends and maintaining those relationships are very important to me – hence my volunteering.

There’s a saying that I’m sure you’ve heard a million times – “…no man is an island…” by the 17th century English author John Donne.  This is so very true.  Humans are social animals, pack animals, and we need to be around others of our kind – some of us more so than others.  The interaction of ideas, beliefs, and emotions shared with others fires my brain and  helps me to think deeper, be more creative, and love more freely.  I don’t need a lot of friends –  I’m definitely not a social butterfly – but having a few close friends are crucial to my development to become the best person I can be.  I’ve lost friends over the years; some relationships ended by them, and some I ended.  But I’ve found that true friends are those who will accept you for who you are, will love you for being you, and are willing to lend a hand whenever a hand is needed.


My friends from belly dance class


One of my oldest friends whom I love to pieces!

Without my friends, I would probably become like this guy…


I hope you have at least one true friend who either keeps you sane, or goes along with your madness!  🙂



D 2014

It’s Friday morning, and that means it’s Friday Fictioneers time!  My submission for this week came in at exactly 99 words and is listed below. If you like flash fiction and want to learn more about Friday Fictioneers, here’s the link to their page for this week’s photo prompt.  http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/4-april-2014/#respond


The light beckoned to her. Donatella knew it meant trouble, but its siren song was proving to be irresistible. She took one step, then another, until she was almost close enough to touch it. Her dress fluttered around her legs in the breeze that always accompanied her. A faint smile played on Donatella’s lips, as she reached up with her hand towards the lamp, the light glowing warmly.

Footsteps echoed in the darkness, and the night watchman came into the pool of light. Everything was as it should be, just him in an empty studio. The silence was comforting.






A Prickly C Day

C 2014

It’s C day here in the Valley of the Sun, and that means we’re talking about…cactus!  The Sonoran Desert has some beautiful, and dangerous looking, plants!  These are some of the ones I see when I go hiking…


Jumping Cholla


Fishhook cactus when it’s blooming

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Saguaro cactus – our state cactus!

When you go hiking out here, you ALWAYS stick to the middle of the trail!  😉

Bbbbbb Blevins!

B 2014

Today is brought to you by the letter B!

We’re going to take a hike on Blevins Trail, located in Usery Mountain Regional Park.  This is not the first time I’ve hiked this trail – in fact it’s a popular trail for me to hike!  Usery Mountain Regional Park is about a 10 minute drive from my house, and it takes about 15 minutes total to get to the park, get to the trail, and start hiking!

blevin sign

I’m one of those odd people who always wonders how people name things.  After having done a little research, I found out that the names “Usery” and “Blevins”  have some interesting tidbits of history to them here in the state of Arizona.  The most famous name associated with the area is that of King Usery.  In 1891 he and Bill Blevins held up a stagecoach near Globe, a crime that earned them 2 silver bullion bars and 7 years in Yuma prison. So the park and nearby mountain are named after Usery, and one of the trails is named after Blevins.  Now, if only I could find one of those silver bars!  🙂

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Hmmm….I wonder if there’s a pot of silver at the end of this trail!  😉

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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