The Detour by Rick Smith
Oct15

The Detour by Rick Smith

October 14, 2017 The Detour By Rick Smith As detours go, it wasn’t that bad. Of course, it wasn’t really a detour at all. What it was, was my own lack of homework – otherwise, I would have known about the section of California’s famed Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) that had been washed away by a landslide from torrential winter rains. The story had been on CNN and all over the news back in January. But I missed...

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Images of Summer Fun 2017
Oct01

Images of Summer Fun 2017

September 30, 2017 Summer Fun 2017 is over but terrific images and articles remain. Thanks again to all those who entered this year’s photography and writing contests, and attended the Summit of Summer Fun.  Enjoy these photographs! They prove that we live in an exceptionally beautiful place.               The Peak Welcomes Your Comment The Peak invites you to share your thoughts about this...

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“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner
Sep30

“Unsung Heroes” by Edie Shannon, Write Stuff Winner

Winner, My Hero Category 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest Unsung Heroes By Edie Shannon August 27, 2017   Scottsdale is a wonderful place to visit and live. It has places to go, things to do. Great restaurants, art galleries, theater, mountains to climb, world class resorts. But Scottsdale is a lot more than Fashion Square, although that is a lovely place to shop. It is more than the art galleries, restaurants, theaters and...

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2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize
Sep30

2017 Summer Fun Photo Contest Winners – “One Love” Gets Grand Prize

August 30, 2017 Thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Summer Fun Photography Contest. In this issue, we are publishing all the entries that were selected by judges as the top photographs. In the next issue, the September Update issue, The Peak will publish the winner of the Diners’ Choice Award selected by guests at GPPA’s Summit of Summer Fun on September 9th. We will be publishing selected non-winning photographs in the...

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In Remembrance of a Golfer Named Palmer
Sep30

In Remembrance of a Golfer Named Palmer

September 13, 2017 By Dave Wells A reporter once asked actor Kirk Douglas, “Of the famous people you have known. who possessed the most personal magnetism?” The reporter then reeled off a list of celebrities that included John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and Frank Sinatra. The reporter, obviously not a golf enthusiast, was taken aback when Douglas instantly responded, “Arnold Palmer.” Many have said that Palmer brought the game...

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“Sail Away” is 2017 Summer Fun Diners’ Choice
Sep15

“Sail Away” is 2017 Summer Fun Diners’ Choice

September 15, 2017 By Les Conklin GPPA thanks former Scottsdale mayor “Sam” Kathryn Campana, Scottsdale councilman David Smith, and Evelyn Johnson, Executive Director, Cave Creek Museum, and all the other guests who attended the Summit of Summer Fun on September, 9th at the Summit Diner. Guests included most of  the winners of this year’s Summer Fun Photography and Write Stuff Contests.  Thanks also to GPPA...

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“The Western Lifestyle” by Barb Owings, Write Stuff Winner
Sep15

“The Western Lifestyle” by Barb Owings, Write Stuff Winner

Winner, What’s Worth Preserving Category 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest The Western Lifestyle By Barb Owings August 27, 2017   I thought about it long and hard Every day while sitting in my yard What, I thought, was most worthwhile That I should mentally file Through life so many things come and go To make me happy and sometimes low But it didn’t take too long to decide And it happened when I went out for a ride On a...

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2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Winners – “Say! Phoebes” Gets Grand Prize
Sep14

2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Winners – “Say! Phoebes” Gets Grand Prize

August 30, 2017 The Peak’s 2017 Summer Fun Write Stuff Contest ended on August 27th. This was the contest’s 14th consecutive year and again this year  we’ve received  excellent articles and poems. Thank you! And the winners are – “Say! Phoebes” by Stephanie Bradley – Liz Stapleton Ogden Award (Grand Prize) “A Western Lifestyle” by Barbara Owings – Winner What’s Worth...

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MORE Prizes for Photo & Write Stuff Winners, Deadline 8/27
Aug22

MORE Prizes for Photo & Write Stuff Winners, Deadline 8/27

July 14, 2017 Hit the Lottery, Gain Recognition Online and in GPPA’s Printed Annual Calendar, and More It’s summer. How does The Peak entice you to leave the pool and enter a Summer Fun contest? #1. Make the Grand Prize for each contest a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, including breakfast at the resort’s Proof Restaurant. Show a picture of the resort’s pool in articles about the contests...

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First Day in School: Dreaded Day by Manuel Germano
Aug18

First Day in School: Dreaded Day by Manuel Germano

Updated: August, 18, 2017 Prologue As my grandchildren head off to college, high school and middle school, I am reminded of “Duke” Germano  and the remarkable article that begins below. It is an incredible story. I hope my grandkids read it and I hope you do too. Manuel Daniel Germano did not go to school until he was seven, when he was “sent away” to Perkins School of the Blind, originally named the Asylum for...

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