High Flying in Afghanistan

The sport of kite flying in Afghanistan known as ’Gudiparan Bazi’ was banned during the reign of the Taliban but it is once again ranked as a leading national sport. For more than a century kite flying was both a hobby and in the form of kite fighting, an intensely...

Harness The Wind, And Fly

You may have noticed that the wind blows often in the Colorado River Valley, northwestern Arizona, and in the California desert. Imagine how much fun it would be to harness the wind and fly across the desert, across Red Lake, the dry lake bed north of Kingman, or over...

The Kite Runner

Afghanistan is a land of ancient traditions including kite flying. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born physician turned novelist after learning that the Taliban had banned the sport of kite fighting in his native homeland. As he had grown up with the sport as a child in...

A New Year, New Adventures

It is the dawn of a new year. What an ideal time to take up a new hobby or dust of an old one! Let's start with painting or photography. Start with a stop at Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas for some new art supplies, and a bit of encouragement to take up the pallet. As...

Crafts & Arts For Fun And Profit

Kingman, Arizona is on the fast track toward becoming a dynamic haven for artists in western Arizona. The Kingman Center For The Arts located at 208 E. Beale Street hosts a variety of themed shows where local and regional artists display, and sell, their work. This is...

Painting the Town, And the Neighborhood

Winter is an ideal time to explore your desert neighborhood. The temperatures are mild, the snakes are hibernating, and with a bit of luck, the mountains will be tinged with snow. In short, it is a perfect time to pack up the easel and art supplies from Tumbleweeds...

The Fun Begins Before The Kite Flies

For the avid kite enthusiast the fun begins before the kite flies. One of my fondest memories associated with kites dates to my early childhood when dad took time to help me build one using wooden yardsticks, newspaper, and paste made from flour and water. Today, from...

Be A Part of History

It is coming soon, and the way time flies this historic event will be here before you know it. Volunteers from the American Kitefliers Association (AKA)  and the Kite Trade Association International (KTAI) work together to help promote the fun and sport of kite flying...

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