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Stop and Smell the Pinyons

So when I woke up at 5:38 in the morning in my Sedona, Arizona room realizing that I had never seen the Grand Canyon (and I have been to Arizona more than 10 times in my life), I decided I needed to go. I had discussed it with my wife the previous day so my mind was made. I was out the door in less five minutes leaving my travel companions asleep in the hotel, grabbing only my wallet, phone, rental car keys and some vitamins. At that time the 89A drive from Sedona Arizona through Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff was very manageable and it was spectacular in and of itself without the heavy sightseeing traffic that route would see later in the day. The previous day we had visited Slide Rock State

I Can't Thank You Enough

I can't thank you, my family, my friends, my fans, and my fellow musicians, enough. That thought repeatedly crossed my mind as I tried to respond the many well wishers on June 10, 2018, my birthday. I realized again that I have many cousins not only on the Martinez side, my dad's family, and the Hernandez side, my mom's folks, but also the Gutierrez clan, my stepfather's family from Round Mountain, Texas. I realized that the friendships from my hometown are still there, as are the campus friends from Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas State and Arizona, as are the friendships I've made teaching school and coaching and playing tennis. And, of course, I'm still amazed at the number of souls I've colli

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