Oujournalist’s Blog

The blog of a freelancing journalist in Arizona

Who am I? May 17, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 3:13 pm

I used to find out through other people

I had fun going along for the ride

Never did I ask questions

until one day I did

I said: “Why am I doing this?”

It’s because he told me to

Now he doesn’t remember what he said

or he doesn’t want to recall it

“Why did you go to Ireland?” he asked.

“Because I wanted to,” I said.

Now I live in the Aran Island cottage writing my memoir

Of what it’s like as the daughter of Irish immigrants

Used to being treated with disdain — no rights — just do what you’re told.

“You can change the road you’re on,” said the song.

It was fun to ride that ferry from the island back to the mainland.

I laughed as I almost lost my glasses in the crashing waves.

I took them off and when I put them back on they were like new.

Emerging wet, I said: “I went to Ireland because I wanted to.”The Cliffs of Moher


Pinal County waterways under study May 11, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 2:44 pm

County staff & Az Game & Fish are working on the development of a mapping tool to better identify riparian areas within the county.img_1788


What has burned a hole in me?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 2:25 am

The experiences that have burned a hole in me include watching the mother morning dove feed her two tiny children, the pink sunset on the mountain, the early blooming saguaro, the baby desert cottontail rabbit and the aloe blossoms. 

I am also looking at how humans affect the environment such as with flood, increased heat and drought and other issues. The noisy planes and the auto and truck traffic also affect our environment.


The other things that have burned a hole in me include the sunshine, heat, Frost, snow, and the rain. I enjoy the Gila and San Pedro rivers, Boyce Thompson Arboretum state park, lost Dutchman State Park, Tonto bridge and Tonto national Forest.


I write because . . . May 4, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 2:28 pm

I write because I want to visit locations, photograph, interview and listen, walk, hike and keep a record as well as infuse it with meaning. I want to research and use a theme with threads to make a point similar to a topic sentence and five-paragraph essay that I used in teaching freshman English.IMG_1107IMG_1107


My purpose for writing is May 2, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 5:32 pm

I want to express my reverence for nature. I also want to make this into a valuable story that will inspire others, show courage, motivate, educate, have their lives change, help them to make a decision, learn something they didn’t know, be true to themselves, show why the message is important and to be open.


Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton confessional April 25, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 4:48 pm

We know that everything will be OK

But right now everything is not OK

Women are rushing to get permanent birth control

Before pills aren’t covered by their insurance

What did we do wrong?

To bring us to this?

Did Susan really say failure is impossible?

It was when we segregated the women’s movement

We failed to say we needed to include all people–black and white

We thought black men would hurt our cause

Now we see we need each other

More than ever

To protect all men’s and women’s bodies

We must admit our failure

And now we reach out to all.


April 20, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 1:07 am