Thomasson: raising future guide dogs offers a fun volunteer opportunity

Imagine getting a smart, adorable, 8-week-old puppy, being able to take it with you everywhere you go and getting free obedience lessons for a year and half? Welcome to puppy raising a future guide dog for the blind. Walking around town with one of my dogs, I’m often asked about puppy raising guide dogs. There […]

Tour the Town: my five favorite pieces of Paradise Valley art

When I’m talking with a cell center representative at some far-away location giving them my address, occasionally the rep will ask, “Is it really Paradise?” My Midwestern-self will fill with self-consciousness as I meekly say, “Well, yes, actually, it is.” When people ask why Paradise Valley is special, it hard to name just one reason. […]

Tour the Town: my five lessons in photography

While documenting my Tour the Town journey on Facebook, I knew pictures would make the posts more interesting. Except I’m not a photographer. Pre-digital photography, I was the one standing at the Walgreens counter with the sad look on my face as I rifled though the packet of photo duds in my envelope. Fortunately digital […]

Thomasson: walking every mile of the Town of Paradise Valley

We do live in paradise. In early April I decided that walking every one of our 144 miles of our town would be a great way to enjoy and learn more about our town On most days, I pick my route, leash up one of my three German Shepherds — Echo, Layla or Elsa — […]