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Re: “Tucson Salvage

I like the way you captured and held our attention by focusing on the childlike wonder that places like this inspire. Took me back to my own Arizona childhood. Thank you. Another great piece.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 01/25/2018 at 1:25 PM

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I love the way we are transported to the bar as readers, the palpable sense of place. The tone the author strikes - not too reverent and with zero trace of pity. Just compassion, subtlety, appreciation. A gentle and humane read for this new year.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 01/11/2018 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

Always look forward to Tucson Salvage and this is one of my very favorites. How much better would the world be if we set aside our own narrative and just listened - to the wind, to the traffic, to each other. Thank you, Brian, for reminding us all of the beauty and wisdom that awaits when we close our mouths and open our ears.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 11/18/2017 at 1:25 AM

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Dear Ex-Arizonan,
While I understand being a stickler for details in most cases, I fail to see why this single misspelling in an otherwise excellent column so incensed you.
Perhaps there are other, underlying causes to your anger that should not be taken out on the writer?
Throwing out "ignorance" is an extremely inflammatory and, apparently, unprovoked accusation in this case.
I sincerely hope that your day is better tomorrow and that your mind releases you of the need to find flaws in anything short of perfection so that you can relax and enjoy the beautiful content of pieces such as this one.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 09/09/2017 at 10:36 PM

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When I read this article and its deep understanding of finding sustainable peace in nature, and then read the comments, where minutiae and latinate root spellings are focused on more than the incredible content, I remember why I am an avid but not a Master Gardener.

Dig your hands in the dirt, share the joy of nurturing a living being as it grows, and don't worry - there's always someone who will know how to properly spell the plant you will come to know by heart

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 09/09/2017 at 12:34 PM

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As a person who benefits from said "roaring economy," I am fully aware that it is only the wealthy who are amassing more wealth under current leadership.

I felt so much better everyday waking up with social progress at the forefront, under President Obama. If we do not privilege civil liberties and environmental issues, we as a nation are being every bit as mercinary and reductive as North Korea or any of our "enemies".

Supporters who believe that an ultra-rich narcissist will ever help out the hard-working little guy, are sadly naive. The Almighty Dollar is not a valid substitute for morality and ethics.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 08/10/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Tucson Salvage

What a beautifully rendered piece. Another unsung hero who clearly deserves a spotlight after many years of hard times and hard work. Thank you for the kind gentleness and thoughtful reflection you put in each and every piece, Brian Smith. Your work is amazing.
As for the wayward negative comment above, it's clear that someone only reads the opening few sentences and looks briefly at the pictures. To you sir I would say, take the time to read the whole article before commenting. You'll see that the one you're lecturing on laziness in journalism is actually doing an excellent job.
Keep going, Brian! I can't wait to see what you come up with next week.

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Posted by Magdelena37 on 04/11/2017 at 9:10 AM

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