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Photo Essay: Roof and Carport Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Up to post #6 in the Tucson Home Renovation series! And things are looking up — toward the roof and carport. This Middle-Aged House is 61 years old and still has the original roof. Although I’ve lived here for 13 years and have never experienced a leak, that doesn’t mean that my roof will…

Photo Essay: Ductwork Problem Solving

INTRODUCTION: Here we are, at post #5 in my Tucson Home Renovation series! And let me tell you, the renovation of This Middle-Aged House has been full of surprises. This post tells the story of one of them. After my electrical and HVAC upgrades were finished, it was time for a ventilation duct cleaning. So,…

Photo Essay: Bathtub Refinishing

INTRODUCTION: My poor old iron bathtub has seen better days. Some of its troubles were inflicted by a previous owner of This Middle-Aged House. Said owner attempted to give the tub a new look by repainting it. Epic fail. Time to call Alfonso and Alex, the Tub Tamers. In just two hours, they refinished my…

Photo Essay: Fence Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Daytime temperatures are now in the hundreds, but hot weather isn’t slowing my Tucson home renovation project. Here’s the third in a series of photo essays, featuring the fence that surrounds This Middle-Aged House! My old board fence was in dire need of replacement. As in, sooner rather than later. Time to do some…

Photo Essay: Electrical Service and Heating and Cooling Upgrades

INTRODUCTION: My Tucson home renovation adventure continues. Here’s the second in a series of photo essays, starring This Middle-Aged House! I’d like to start this post with some advice: Before you get too far into your home renovation adventures, hire a home inspector. A pre-renovation inspection will give you a big picture view of your property….

Photo Essay: Furnace Room Door Replacement

INTRODUCTION: Springtime can only mean one thing at This Middle-Aged House: It’s time to fix the place up! Here’s the first in a series of Tucson home renovation photo essays. After decades of service, my furnace room door was done. Falling apart. Kaput. Time to call Tucson’s Green Handyman, Jesse Micander. His mission: Replace the…

A Copywriter’s Fan Letter

This copywriter has a new ride, Bicycle Blue. I bought Blue back in May, and we just finished our first 1,000 miles. During the week, Blue gets me to and from work. We also go out and play on weekends. Now, you may be wondering about that reference to work. Does this mean that I’ve…

Collaborative Copywriting Earns Recognition

Since last summer, I’ve been a member of Connect Coworking. It’s a collaborative workspace in Downtown Tucson, Arizona. The Connect blog just featured my copywriting collaboration with a design studio CEO. He’s another Connect member. Quoting from the post, “These kind of connections are so crucial to both expanding and established businesses and freelancers.” Here’s…

Summer Copywriting Includes Eclectic Mix of Projects

Here in Tucson, summer is already happening. Hot weather outside? Doesn’t bother me. I’m still riding my bike and taking long walks. Hot copywriting assignments? Loving those too! Lately, I’ve been writing about: Engineering education Fund raising that benefits veterans Recreational boating I’m looking forward to adding your topic to this eclectic mix. Want to…

Copywriting Website Wins 2nd Place in Tucson Showcase

Yesterday evening, I entered my copywriting website into the Tucson WordPress Meetup’s annual showcase . And it won 2nd place in the Best Presentation category! Here’s a summary of my presentation: In 2015, I worked with an Atlanta-based web developer on a mobile-responsive redesign. We launched last April. Since this is a business website, it…

Copywriting for the Construction Industry

Summer’s latter half has been filled with construction-related copywriting projects. One was for a Phoenix-based company that restores residential and commercial buildings that have been damaged by fires, floods, storms or other disasters. My words will be used in their new promotional folders. The other project is ongoing and involves work for a design studio…

Bicycle Photography: El Tour de South Side

You’ve probably seen many photos of El Tour de Tucson – packs of cyclists hurtling past picturesque mountains or cactus-studded deserts. Can’t say that any of them have come from my camera. Why not? Because I don’t have a car! The bicycle is my main form of transportation, and that includes going to and from…

Bicycle Photography: First Fall Cyclovia

Cyclovia Tucson used to be one of those annual events. And then it became popular. Very popular. The spring 2014 edition attracted 20,000 people to Tucson’s South Side. The first-ever fall Cyclovia Tucson featured the central part of the city. I have a confession to make: I didn’t ride. Not one single pedal stroke. The…

Nature Photography: Monsoon Garden in the Fall

Before this summer’s monsoon season, I lost an entire barrel of spaghetti squash plants. Borers got to them. So, I re-planted the barrel with O’odham Vayo beans. I watered them. And watered. And watered. It was getting to the point of being ridiculous. Was this impressive growth of Vayo bean vines ever going to produce…

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