2009 Haunted Garage (Haunted Pirate Ship)

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Nov 032009
2009 Haunted Garage (Haunted Pirate Ship)

I’m still trying to get the video converted of this year’s haunted garage (Haunted Pirate Ship theme), so until then, I’ve posted a series of 58 photos in my image gallery, and a half-dozen images below: The underwater room; the first room you enter. Next: the headhunters island. Then, the witch doctor’s cupboard. And across […]

Oct 312009
Halloween Party 2009

Last night we hosted Civano’s Spooktacular Halloween Party and Haunted Garage (Haunted Pirate Ship Theme), and we had about 150 friends and neighbors stop by for tricks and treats. I didn’t take very many photos, and I hope to post a video of the haunted garage a bit later, but wanted to throw a few […]


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Jul 032008

Celebrating 15 wonderful years with my beloved bride Billie today. Here’s a photo of us from the night before our wedding, back in 1993 in Roswell, Georgia: Thanks for everything, babe, and happy anniversary!

Elgin High Desert Grasslands

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May 132008
Elgin High Desert Grasslands

This weekend we joined two other Civano families for a weekend in and around Elgin, Arizona, about fifty miles southeast of Tucson in high Chihuahuan desert grasslands (now mostly rangeland, though still beautiful). Below are a few photos from the trip, but be sure to see these and many others in larger format in the […]


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Jan 152008

A few quick updates before classes begin again this Thursday: My wife Billie has been nominated for Vail School District’s “Teacher of the Year Award.” Woo hoo, Billie! I know she’s not seen much on this blog, and that’s because she’s usually working while I get to scramble around with the girls. Fingers crossed, babe! […]

Neighborhood Holiday Party

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Dec 162007
Neighborhood Holiday Party

A few photos from yesterday’s Civano Holiday Party: Our older daughter plays viola in the local kids’ string group. Here she is concentrating as she plays. Our younger daughter, right, with a friend. Some good friends of ours: I love this photo! After the strings performance: the Civano Community School chorus, which both daughters sing […]

Calendars of Sun and Moon

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Nov 222007

My essay “Calendars of Sun and Moon,” about my trip to Alamos, Sonora last winter, is up at Weber Studies: Voices and Viewpionts of the Contemporary West (now Weber: The Contemporary West). Though it’s the Spring/Summer 2007 issue, it just came out. And now it’s also online at: http://weberstudies.weber.edu/archive/archive%20D%20Vol.%2021.2-24.1/Vol.%2023.3/Simmons%20Buntin%20Ess.htm The print version (the journal itself […]

At Apple Annie’s Orchards

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Oct 072007
At Apple Annie's Orchards

Three families and their gaggle of girls ventured out to Apple Annie’s orchards and vegetable patches near Willcox, in southern Arizona, today. And we lived to tell the tale. A few photos here, plenty more at the gallery: Still sunny on the high desert, but getting cooler. Making their way through one of many pumpkin […]

Happy Birthday Little Girl!

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Jul 152007
Happy Birthday Little Girl!

We celebrate the birthday of our younger daughter this weekend—tonight with a family party, and tomorrow with the bigger shindig. The theme of the weekend, not surprisingly, is Harry Potter. We took the girls to see Order of the Phoenix this morning, munched on HP cupcakes tonight, and have an HP party, including a game […]

Happy 4th!

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Jul 052007

Want to know what I did today? Oh, just 42 photos or so in Civano’s Independence Day parade this morning: http://civano.blogspot.com/ And since it’s Independence Day, let me just say: I don’t pardon the pardon. It’s wrong, and is just another example…..