Last Thursday I had the honor of being present at the Arizona court of Appeals Division One Investiture of Randall M. Howe. I've known Randy for years as a fellow board member of Arizona Center for Disability Law, and he was president at the time he was given this honor. The ceremony was held at the Disability Empowerment Center. The center itself is remarkable, and well worth visiting. The ceremony was wonderful: emotionally moving, and (for me) educational. After the ceremony, we went to the reception in the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center. We were in one-half of the entire gymnasium, which is a work of art. The entire facility is breathtaking. When I think of people like Virginia Piper and Nina Pulliam who gave so generously to support the community in so many different ways, I stand in awe of them. But I digress. Seeing a person of the caliber of Randy Howe sworn in to the Court of Appeals is a moment I will always treasure. We as citizens are blessed to have Randy Howe on the bench.
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Earlier this week I had a meeting in Phoenix with a colleague, Elsbeth Oggert. She introduced me to an amazing cafe on the corner of Roosevelt and First Ave. Fair Trade Cafe. "The Fair Trade Cafe & Gallery supports sustainable economic independence and fair trade for communities locally and across the globe. We brew only fair trade, organic, great-tasting coffees and espresso." Oh. Yes. It is a quiet, clean, pleasant place patronized by very nice people. Well, they seemed nice. And the people who run it are gracious and efficient. I enjoyed a sandwich that was unusually good. Stuffed with sliced turkey and sprouts and other good things, it was so filling I had to take half of it home. In a sustainable box, of course. Did I mention it has free WiFi? And a very nice bakery case? And best of all, I had an excellent meeting with Elsbeth Oggert. There is so much to learn in the area of Web development.
My daughter, Shannon, has been climbing/hiking a number of 14ers recently with her faithful Golden Retriever, Sunny. here are some pictures she took or had taken by fellow hikers. Colorado has 54 mountain peaks exceeding 14,000 feet (known as "fourteeners" or "14ers" by locally) — the most of any state. Outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels will find peaks ranging from easy to very difficult, with hiking trails for exploring the state's scenery, wildlife and rugged beauty. The first shot taken about 6:30 a.m. just as the sun is rising: Gray's and Torrey's. The remaining photos are of Shannon and Sunny and another dog. She held the leash while the dog owner shot the picture. And what did Shannon say upon her return? "GREAT hike of both peaks; perfect autumn day...the aspens are changing...beautiful...drove up this morning to Denver and then up into the mountains that way and then drove back through the mountains...nice drive back...but I am BEAT. No kidding.