What’s in a name?

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Today we are going to Muse about place names.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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 What is in a name?

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

My grandmother and my father were born in Prescott, Arizona in the Arizona Territory, before statehood.  My great-grandfather and great-grandmother owned lot number two in Prescott, the original capital of the Arizona Territory.  My mother grew up in Arizona.  My older brother,  my younger brother and my sister were born in Arizona.  One of my Great-Aunts was named Arizona.

Are you seeing a connection here?  My people were pretty much into Arizona!

I was born in Los Angeles.  Hmm!

But, I spent a lot of time in Arizona as a child and later as an adult.

In its day, Arizona was pretty gritty and names of places around the state show it.  I always found them intriguing.

Place Names

Heading north out of Phoenix (now part of Phoenix, I believe) you come to Deadman Wash.  I don’t know why the wash is so named, but I can imagine.

Bumble Bee, Arizona

Bumble Bee, Arizona

Still heading north on the Black Canyon Highway you will come to Bumble Bee, a ghost town.  This was established as a stage-coach stop in 1863 and an US Cavalry outpost.  Apparently the settlers found a bee hive, thus the name.

Big Bug

Not far from Prescott is a ghost town named Big Bug.  (Perhaps insects were in fashion.)  The town was a mining site established in 1862 and was involved in the Apache Wars.  This is what it looked like around 1900.  It played out mostly by the 1940’s.  Today there is very little left.

 

Near Miami, Arizona where my mother grew up is Bloody Tanks Wash.  This was the site of a controversial battle in 1864 led by King Woolsey, an Arizona pioneer and Indian fighter in which a number of Apache were ambushed and slaughtered.

All over the state there are interesting names.  In the Prescott National Forest there is an area called Wolf Creek.  I becha can guess what it was named for.  It is a great place for picnics, hiking and just getting away.  It has been for a long time.  This, my grandparents, parents, brother and others,  was taken around 1940.

Family Picnic at Wolf Creek

Family Picnic at Wolf Creek

West of Prescott is a small ranching community named Skull Valley, named for human remains found after a battle among competing Indian tribes.

Skull Valley

Skull Valley

Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma’s Castle

Then there is Montezuma Castle.  This National Monument is a pre-Columbian cliff dwelling. It was abandoned long before Montezuma II (also spelled Moctezuma) was born.

 

Nearby is another site known as Montezuma Well.  Around the rim are Indian cliff dwellings and other ruins.

When I was a boy, pottery shards were everywhere, laying on the ground.  You could easily pick them up.  I did. Others did.  You can’t do it anymore.  They are all gone.

 

Montezuma Well National Monument

Montezuma Well National Monument

These names are fanciful.  They suggest a connection that is not there.

 

 

Oatman

Oatman, AZ

Oatman, AZ

There is  Oatman named for Olive Oatman who at age 14 in 1851 was captured by Indians near where the town now exists. According to wikipedia, the Tolkepayas (Western Yavapai) massacred her family and “captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people.  After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, she returned to American society, five years after being carried off.”  If you watch the present day series “Hell on Wheels” you will recognize she was the inspiration for one of the main characters.

Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman

Olive Oatman on left, Robin McLeavy on right

Robin McLeavy, Hell on Wheels

 

For the most part, towns were named for early settlers.  Kingman, Mayer, Dewey, Wickenburg, Yarnell are examples.

Others are named for events.

Flagstaff was named for a large tree converted into a flag pole.  Tombstone was named for the cemetery in a violent lawless mining town.  Show Low was named for the means of settling a dispute.  Cards were drawn in a run-off and the low hand won the contest.  They still use that system.

So, what is in a name?  It can be fun to find out.

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Smart911

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Today we are going to Muse about being prepared.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Smart911

911 call

911 call

A friend told me about Smart911.  I think it is terrific so I am telling you.

Smart911 is a nationwide program, though it is not available in all municipalities yet.  If you click on the colored Smart911 above it will take you to the site.  You can find out if Smart911 is available in your town

The service allows you register your personal information with the 911 Service so, that in the event you ever need to make a 911 call, the call center will know about you, even if you are disoriented and can’t explain yourself.

I set my profile up.  Now, if I place a 911 call using my land line or my mobile number the call center will have a head start.  They will know my address and that I have a dog.  They will know my dog’s name.  They will know I am married and will know my spouse’s name.   They have a picture of me and my wife and they also know what kind of car I drive and what medications I take.  Even the hospital to which  I would prefer to be taken.

We never know when an emergency can arise.  When it does people are often flustered and unclear.  Having this information available may save time and your life.  Check it out.

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My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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No Wine Before Its Time

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Today we are going to Muse about wine making.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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No Wine Before its Time

One Sunday while we were in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Jeanette, our friend Janet and I decided to try a new restaurant, Café Virgil.  It is a bit out-of-town.

By Cafe Virgil

By Cafe Virgil

But it was worth the drive.

Inside the restaurant

Inside the restaurant

Cafe Virgil

Cafe Virgil

We sat outside in a covered patio.  Next to us sat a man by himself.  As we chatted away he listened and at some point made a comment and inserted himself into our conversation.

He seemed quite pleasant.  I’ ll call him Doug because that is his name.  He told us he was a retired surgeon from the Bay Area and now lived in a development just out-of-town.  And he was a winemaker.

Doug said his property consisted of  17 acres on which he had three different vineyards.  He went on to say he was in the process of building a vaulted tunnel, about 100 yards long, from his house to a out-building.  It would connect the production area to a storage area.

This was all quite interesting.  In the past ten years a number of vineyards have sprung up around San Miguel.  As we got ready to leave, Doug gave me his card and offered to show us his winery.  We said we would like that and made arrangements to meet a week or so later.

We arrived first at his home, down a long road by itself.  It was a large spacious home with great views of the wild hillsides and with a very impressive vaulted tunnel leading from the house to the out-building.  It was nearly complete.

Doug served us a glass or perhaps two of his wine.  I liked it.  Then off we toddled to Vinedo Puente Josefa.  Doug’s wife’s name is Josefa and on the property there is a bridge (puente) named for her.  And that is the name of the winery, Puente Josefa.

Vinedo Puente Josefa

Vinedo Puente Josefa

As we entered the vineyard we first came to a casual place to relax.

A Place to Relax

A Place to Relax

In the back, behind the tree, you can see some of the grape vines.

Grape Vines

Grape Vines

The vineyard has three areas of grape vines.  I think Doug said he had 1,000 vines.

We were there after the grapes had been harvested.  Some of the vines still had unpicked grapes.

Grapes on Vine

Grapes on Vine

These were dried husks of grapes.  It seems that when the grapes are ripe and full of sugar the bees feed on them, sucking out the juice.  That is one way he knows it is time to harvest.  But of course, those grapes cannot be used.

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

Here is a healthy vine from which all the grapes have been harvested.  I took this photo because I wanted a good shot of a grape leaf.  I’ll show you why in a moment.

Puente Josefa

Through the property runs a ravine.  It is traversed by Puente Josefa.

Bridge Across Ravine

Bridge Across Ravine

Jeanette and Doug at Puente Josefa.

Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge

The winery uses the bridge in its marketing theme.  Doug showed me several examples of labels from pervious vintages that featured the bridge.

Labels featuring Puente Josefa

Labels featuring Puente Josefa

Here are two examples.

In the course of our visit we discussed the fact that I am an artist.  Doug said “Well perhaps you could design me a label”.

So I did.

My Label

My Label

I think I’ll get a case of wine.

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Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Mon Ami Ma Ami

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Halloween Again

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Today we are going to Muse about Halloween, just past.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Halloween

Halloween Came and Went

This year Halloween was rather strange.  We had a basket of candy ready for the show.  By seven o’clock it had turned dark.  The doorbell rang as we were having our dinner.  By the time I got to the door the goblins were gone, running down the street like a mini mob.

That was it!  The doorbell did not ring again.  I’ll probably develop acne with all this candy.  Hmmm!

Halloween Croquet

At our club we had a bit Halloween, we mature folks did.

We had snacks.

Halloween Snacks

Halloween Snacks

Some came in costume.

Halloween waiting to Play

Halloween waiting to Play

Some had more snacks.

Halloween expecting cold weather

Halloween expecting cold weather

And of course we played croquet.

Group Play

Group Play

Halloween at play

Halloween at play

The pumpkin at play

The pumpkin at play

Discussing a shot

Discussing a shot

All in all, it was quite civilized but somewhat tame.

 Not like I remember it as a kid.

That's a ghost!

That’s a ghost!

More to come

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Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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The Changing City

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Today we are going to Muse about our changing city.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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The Changing City

I moved to West Palm Beach in 1990.  When I was three I lived for a year in Pensacola, which of course I do not remember.  Other than that I had been to Florida one other time, to Miami Beach for a three-day convention.  I remember the three days as quite humid.

So here I came to West Palm Beach knowing nothing of the area.  I bought a house in El Cid, now designated a historic neighborhood and began to become a member of this community.

The one constant has been change.  The town has changed and so have I.  I am now living in my fourth residence here.  I have moved away and come back.  And I have now lived here longer than I have ever lived anywhere, more than twice as long in fact.

Yesterday I was driving down Okeechobee Boulevard a main artery into West Palm Beach and I saw this.

Okeechobee Blvd

Okeechobee Blvd

Only one of the buildings seen in this picture existed when I moved here.  All around the city there has been growth, renewal and change.

Across from one of our main parks, Howard park, there is a low-end commercial area consisting of small businesses and warehouses.  One building, I think a warehouse, sits along a canal.  It was dirty white and ugly.  And then, a couple of years ago, it became this:

Along Parker Avenue

Along Parker Avenue

I don’t know what it is but I like it.  It is certainly better than what was there before.

That change has caught on.  West Palm Beach is becoming a city of murals.  Drive around downtown and this is what you will see.

Floral Display

Floral Display

City Mural

City Mural

Near a wine bar

Near a wine bar

Also near the wine bar

Also near the wine bar

And this one too

And this one too

The roar of the lions

The roar of the lions

Near the Lions

Near the Lions

On Clematis Street

On Clematis Street

The Golden Apple

The Golden Apple

Off Quadrille

Off Quadrille

At Clematis and Quadrille

At Clematis and Quadrille

These are fun and I hope we have more.  They are a welcome change.

more to come

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1.  Click on the link below.
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “LIFESTYLE”.  It will open up a menu of products.  If the mat is available for the image you chose, it will be at the bottom of the list.
5.  Click on “YOGA MAT” and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

           CLICK ON:  thomas-tribby.pixels.com

If you like Musings, take a moment and click the subscription button on the side-bar to the right so you will be notified by e-mail when I make a new post.

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available Click on title below to preview

Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

 *****************************

Original Monotypes available

Kimono Ten

Kimono Ten

Click to see

`Kimono Nine

Kimono Nine

Click to see

Kimono

Kimono

Click to see

For information about these or other original works of art, please feel free to contact us:

 

 

 

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