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Journal of Disbelief

The Journal of Disbelief If Jim Cook were a blogger, and not a liar, this is what he would blog today.

In the 1950s, the Trailways bus station in Flagstaff was housed in the railroad depot. Many nights, I sat in a cafe across the street, drinking coffee with my buddies and talking about our dreams of the future.

If black people got off the Trailways bus and started toward the cafe, the proprietress met them at the door. She told them she couldn’t serve them.

The African-Americans did not act surprised, or outraged. They were refused service all across …

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What’s Blooming Now: Cactus Flowers

Here are some spring cactus blooms in our yard. I took the photos as soon as I saw the blooms, as cottontail rabbits eat every bloom they can reach!

Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers

This first show shows two different prickly pear cactus flowers. Prickly pear cactus flowers appear in a variety of colors, from pale yellow to bright fuchsia.

Cholla Cactus Flowers

There is also a wide variety of types of cholla. This one features large, pink flowers.

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What’s Blooming Now: Hedgehog Cactus

In this second installment of my “What’s Blooming Now” series, I begin exploring the many bright colors of cactus flowers, starting with the hedgehog cactus. …

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What's Blooming Now: Mexican Gold Poppies

But you have to admit that they’re a beautiful addition to our natural landscape for the few weeks we get to enjoy them each year. …

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Mexican Earthquake Felt in Wickenburg

I was sitting at an early Easter dinner with friends in a downtown Wickenburg apartment when my host, Warren, said, “Do you feel that? …

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