Here's a great website, Storm Pulse, for getting the latest news on hurricanes. Thanks, Mike Fortin.
Archives for September 2008
Arizona Business and Professional Women's Foundation is hosting its gala Scholarship Benefit for the fifth year Saturday, October 4, 7-10 p.m. at the New Vision Center 9659 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale. This festive event will feature varieties of wines from five countries and delectable hors d'oeuvres and desserts. The Arizona BPW Foundation's purpose is to promote the advancement of Arizona's working women through scholarships, research, and education. The Mystery Wine Tasting will raise scholarship money for women attending over 30 community colleges and technical schools in Arizona. A raffle with a prize of a three-day two-night trip to the Santa Barbara wine country, highlighted by a hot air balloon ride and a silent auction of items in all price ranges will provide shoppers' appeal and more scholarship fundraising. Tickets for the event are $40 per person. Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. For more information, contact Roxanne Henderson Lefever (480) 821-0034 or visit us online. where you can pay for your tickets using PayPal. Note: Judy Vorfeld is webmaster for this wonderful organization.
Every year I'm overwhelmed by Hawaiian hospitality and beauty. This group of pictures is just touching on what I did and who I met this year. Highlights include seeing cousins David and Joanne Coon again, and meeting for the first time Holualoa postmaster, Tom McCarthy. He's a fantastic photographer and also enjoys writing in his spare time. We've been Internet buddies for quite a while. Here's the slideshow (just run the cursor over the pictures to see the captions):
I recently returned from a visit to Kona, where I stayed with the Vorfelds. They grow macademia nuts and coffee beans. Caturra coffee beans. There's a word Hawaiians use to describe "delicious": ono. And as I sat this morning sipping freshly ground coffee...it's okay: it went through a Mr. Coffee machine...I thought of what a special treat this was. Rich and flavorful, but now overpowering. Ono. Ted and Martha plant, nurture, harvest, and then send the beans through the processes to bring their caturra coffee into packaged perfection. That was the only kind of coffee I drank while visiting. It is sooo good. Here are a few pictures of what the beans look like while they're ripening: