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Chasing A Dream

2014-04-06 | ImagesAZ | Inspiration


Photo Credit: Bryan Black
Writer Peni Long Photographer Bryan Black   When young, newly married Susan Thompson underwent the trauma of a radical hysterectomy in 1972, she began taking a prescription drug to manage her condition – a drug first created in 1942. Like anyone else at that time, she followed the doctor’s orders and had no idea of the source of the drug, just that she would need to take it for the rest of her life.   Six months after the hysterectomy, she and her husband moved to Lake Havasu to be near her parents. “Waiting for me there was a horse named Golden Boy. He was my first horse and really helped me survive pain and disappointment. He was part of my life for 33 years.”   Then in 2002, she saw a headline: “Premarin Horses Go to Slaughter.” That was her drug, the one that was supposed to be her life partner as a woman. But what she read was to change everything. What she read led her to believe that she had unknowingly contributed to the abuse and death of many mares and their... More

Xavier Prep Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

2014-03-10 | ImagesAZ | Community


  Xavier College Preparatory is pleased to announce five student athletes have signed collegiate letters of intent. Shelby Brown has committed to University of Mississippi in cross country / track; Lauren Pipitone will attend Creighton University in soccer; Audrey O’Sullivan will attend Rockhurst University in soccer; Carlie Wagner will attend Fordham University in soccer; and Kellie Peay has signed with Santa Clara University’s soccer program. “Xavier is incredibly proud of all of these exceptional young women,” said Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM, vice principal for activities and athletic director at Xavier College Preparatory. “We are thrilled to see their years of academic and athletic dedication recognized by these colleges.”... More

Preserving History at McDowell Sonoran Preserve

2013-12-15 | ImagesAZ | Community


Writer Amanda Christmann Larson Winding through the desert on dusty paths embellished with stones worn smooth by time and seasons, it is easy to feel the sacred connection innate to man and the natural world. Light breezes dance over skin, gently playing with strands of hair and grass, bringing scents of raw earth across ridges and expanses and into nostrils, where they fill the lungs with their ageless essence.   Indeed, passing through the vastness of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve land, it is easy to get lost in nature. But human history, too, has something to offer – something equally worth preserving.   In late October, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and the City of Scottsdale dedicated the Brown’s Ranch trailhead, which connects 60 official miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in the northernmost corridor of one of the largest urban preserves in the country. Brown’s Ranch trailhead, named for the Brown family who lived and worked on much of the land, is one of... More
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