Monday, January 28, 2008

Good Earth Rider

I had to drive to Quartzsite today on business. On the way there I took the shortest route, west from Phoenix on Interstate 10. Not the most exciting drive, but the desert all around me looked renewed by the recent rains - greener than I've seen it in years. On the way home I took the longer scenic route along old U.S. 60, through Brenda and Salome and Wenden and Wickenburg, then back down to Phoenix. On that return trip, I had John Stewart on the CD player: the "California Bloodlines" album in its entirety, most of "Willard", and highlights from "The Phoenix Concerts". Driving the two-lane road through those small towns, looking at the fields and orchards, the farmers in mud-covered pickup trucks, kids just getting out of school, the desert coming back to life, the massive hulk of the Harquahala Mountains wrapped in clouds, good Mexican food in Wickenburg, the Hassayampa River in flood... it was perfect. John Stewart's America is still out there, if you look hard enough. Get off of the freeways and out of the "stinking concrete cities" this weekend (or whenever you can) and you'll see what I mean.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Singer-Songwriter John Stewart Passes

Long time valley favorite, singer-songwriter John Stewart passed away early Saturday morning following a stroke on Friday. It's a great loss and a sad day. Here's a link to a very reflective letter about John from his long-time friend and fan, Tom Deluse, creator of, an official John Stewart site. John Stewart was scheduled to play his first date of a string of concerts this Sunday evening (January 27th) at The Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grill in Scottsdale. Instead this show will be a tribute concert to benefit his family. Radio Free Phoenix has been paying tribute to John, since Saturday morning with music and special programming. Today at 12 noon (January 21st, 2007) we will be rebroadcasting our music and interview special with John Stewart that aired just under two years ago. The show will also repeat this evening at 8pm (MST). Another special with Andy Olson will air this evening at 10pm (MST) on KWSS 106.7 in Scottsdale. This station is also broadcast on the web at:

Another reflective post I've found about John Stewart is at this url:

The Lonesome Picker Rides Into the Sunset

John Stewart was truly a Wingless Angel and touched so many in his lifetime. We wish him godspeed..

Andy Olson
Radio Free Phoenix

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Great Way To Spend A Sunday!



YOU: We are All part of the Human Family:
from All political parties / from All religious & spiritual practices /
All ages / All races / All professions / All All All...
In addition to our excellent speakers and singers listed on the attached flyer, we are honored to inform you that we will also be joined by former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, and by Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson.

~The First-Of-Its-Kind in Arizona & America!~

Sunday January 13, 2008
2-3 pm
(start gathering at 1:30 pm)

Arizona State Capitol
House of Representatives lawn
1700 W. Washington, Phoenix 85007
(free parking east and west of the Capitol)

* To anchor the positive energies of 2008 in Arizona as the year of Connecting + Collaborating + Cooperating with all our elected officials on the eve of the opening of the Second Regular Session of the 48th Arizona Legislature, to come together to create inclusive and proactive solutions to our internal and external challenges;
* To anchor the positive energies for the Super Bowl when billions of global viewers will tune into the game on Feb. 3, 2008, in Glendale, Arizona;
* To anchor the positive energies for the Beijing Olympics, when thousands of athletes and coaches from 90+ countries come together for 2 weeks in athletic excellence, in peace, Aug. 8-24, 2008;
* To anchor the positive energies for the local, state, and national 2008 elections on Nov. 4, 2008. You could be the next President; I could be the next President: we are ALL LEADERS, my friends!

* RSVP to
* Please let us know how many in your groups will attend.

* Check out our listing on the calendar:

* Check out our listing on Shirley MacLaine's website:

* See related articles in Arizona Republic Calendar, p.21, Jan. 3, 2008 /

and Paradise Valley Independent, p. 4, Jan. 9, 2008 edition /

and "Church Women United in Phoenix" newsletter, Jan. 2008

* For more information on our hosting organizations, visit and

Hugs of peace, love, light, laughter*****Terri


Terri Mansfield~Peace Ambassador~Executive Director, Arizona Dept. of Peace"CO-CREATING PEACE ON EARTH & IN SPACE = THE DEPT. OF PEACE IN ACTION"

The proposed Cabinet level U.S. Department of Peace will research, articulate, and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflicts...and hold Peace as an organizing principle in society.


Sharon Elaine Porter