This is a must see for anyone who has ever daydreamed in miniature, had fantasies of what it would be like if they could fit inside a dollhouse, or marveled, "How'd they do that?" Spent a couple of hours there with a visiting friend and was absolutely fascinated by the whimsical, technical details, historical correctness, and just plain charm of the various exhibits of dolls houses, roomboxes and fantasyland miniatures. My only complaint? More seating throughout the building for my weary feet and sore joints from bending and stooping to see all there was to see! Commit yourself to multiple visits!
I am a Life-Cycle Celebrant. Briefly, I write custom ceremonies for people who want to celebrate milestones of their lives. Mostly weddings and gay commitment ceremonies. My business is about half and half between the heterosexual and homosexual clients. I love writing commitment ceremonies for gay couples because they want to celebrate their love and futures (often their pasts as some have been together for 20 years!) happily and proudly regardless of the non-legal recognition of their unions. They know their marriage is not legal in AZ. But now that New Mexico recognizes gay marriages, I question the AZ couples about if they wouldn't prefer to drive to NM or CA for a legal marriage (at least recognized within the federal government). I educate couples from TX who seem to call a lot and don't realize they can stop their driving west in NM and be legally married. I want my potential gay clients to be legal where possible - I'm not making a dime for my advice, and certainly should the couples go to another state, I lose all the potential fees. But I'd rather they find a state that is more open-minded, and less mean-spirited than Arizona. And in a small, personal way, I'm encouraging them NOT to bring their money to AZ, even though it would have gone directly in my pocket. For those who wish to stay local or come to AZ anyway, at the end of their ceremony, I say, "By the powers invested in me by, well - no one except the love of these two people and their friends and family"....and then declare them partners for life.
I was a bit shocked to see your post "Twerks, Jerks and Pieces of Work" would include The Tucson Death Cafe. This is not a unique group. It is part of a forward looking trend that is taking route across this country and around the world. In general as a society, we have gotten to limiting our "celebrations of life" to equal graduation drunk parties and over-consumerism at Christmas. We have forgotten that death is ultimately a part of life and that there are many milestones along the path toward this end which are worthy of celebrating. There are also practical issues around death such as end-of-life decisions and dealing with the funeral industry. Your comment of just laying around ready to have death "be smacked in the kisser" speaks clearly of our society's attitude of fearing death. The whole idea of the Death Cafes are to deal head-on with topics and fears surrounding death. Not only is there the act of dying to be considered, but the life the person has lived and should be honored. You may be surprised to learn (if you bothered to do any research) that there is a growing Green Funerals movement that seeks to establish burials without embalming, never-rot coffins, or the high costs. There is a growing number of folks who are honoring their loved ones by taking care of the body at home and transporting to their cremations or burials with dignity and grace. Yes, there are rules and regulations and one place to ask and learn about it is at a Death Cafe. When we can again think of honoring death instead of horrifying it with Zombies, we will have reconnected with our humanness, just as our ancestors did. This coming Tuesday, the Tucson Death Cafe moves its gathering to a new location. Check the Tucson Death Cafe events page on Facebook - or better yet, come show up to learn what it really is all about.
I can't wait to read the rest. Not only a personal story, but the background of life in the Old Pueblo decades ago is fascinating.
I spend a lot more time at Caffe Torino with clients for breakfast and/or lunch with friends and family. There are always good - and even though I go less often for dinner, it will be nice to have them have a bigger potential clientele in the foothills. Good food, definitely.
There WAS a Popeye's off Shannon and Thornydale...maybe the NW people aren't as "spicy."
"Jan Brewer!" LOL! HAHAHAHAHA! Now I see the resemblance! Probably quacks about the same or does it cackle???
All Comments »
Tucson Weekly |
7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 |
(520) 797-4384 |
Powered by Foundation