Category: Features

Mountains of the Heart

Paul Riggins I remember the mountains The mountains are my home I embrace their beauty I live in the meadows I linger by the lakes I smile with the springs I run with the rivers I wander through the wildflowers I smell the pines I hear voices I sense mystery I feel the challenges I…

Existential Reality

Paul Riggins Note: This poem was inspired by the words of my friend, Craig Simpson. On the edge We stood on the abyss We had come full circle Our beginning Became our end It felt like nothingness There was no reason We wondered We discovered Then we held hands Then our eyes met There was…

Happy Birthday!

Quail Creek Sunshine The Pima County Library offers a plethora (how’s that for a library word) of things to keep you entertained, informed, and busy. There are too many to discuss or even describe. Go to the website for information on checking out books (hard copy and electronic), downloading and streaming audio books, e-books, magazines, videos,…

Quail Creek Presents: Garth Tribute Live!

Nancy Planck, Member Services Garth Brooks—Garth Tribute Live! Wednesday, April 14 3:30 p.m. show’s ticket price is $27. 6 p.m. show’s ticket price is $29. The shows (produced by TAD Management) are held in the Madera Clubhouse Crystal Ballroom. Garth Tribute Live—Tribute to Garth Brooks is much more than your average tribute act. This exciting…

Word of the Month: Sublime

David Zapatka Friend Mike Schneider and I were recently discussing this quote from The Urantia Book, “Such spirit-born individuals are so remotivated in life that they can calmly stand by while their fondest ambitions perish and their keenest hopes crash; they positively know that such catastrophes are but the redirecting cataclysms which wreck one’s temporal…

In the Beginning

Paul Riggins Foreword Without words there would be no Book of Life Onward My writing is, perhaps, one of the great passions and joys of my life. I have been writing poetry for nearly 65 years. Unfortunately, many of my words go unread and unheard. True, I keep many of my words to myself, in…

Our Amazing Overlooked “Gardens”

Bonnie Nowicki I know I am spoiled living in Arizona with unlimited sunshine and pleasant temperatures. I turn my attention to a sometimes overlooked feature of our unique surroundings, the amazing pecan orchards we are privileged to live among. The trees are bare and dormant now until March, but Green Valley is appropriately named. Here’s a…

Matriarch of Quail Creek Has Left Us

Ruth McDermott, photo courtesy of Beagley Photography

Jack and Angie Davis Jan. 11 dawned with one of the most beautiful sunrises seen in a long time. It seemed to mark Ruth McDermott’s movement into eternity. Ruth Audrey (Nichols) McDermott was born Aug. 13, 1934, in Staples, Minn. She passed peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 11, 2021, at her home of almost…

Presidents Day

Ross Dunfee While Presidents Day is a federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday of February, it is not really a national holiday. Splitting hairs? In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holiday Act for observance of Washington’s birthday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day to be celebrated on a Monday, but the actual dates for the…

Led Zeppelin: March 27

Nancy Planck, Member Services Led Zepplified—Led Zeppelin! Saturday, March 27, 2021 3:30 p.m. show’s ticket price is $27. 6 p.m. show’s ticket price is $29. The shows (produced by TAD Management) are held in the Madera Clubhouse Crystal Ballroom. Led Zepplified brings not only the sounds, but most importantly the vibe of a Led Zeppelin…