Fond Memories

It was the summer of '65. My dad had just returned from a six month deployment. I was just a kid and don't remember all of the details (it would be nice if I did) but after reading the Sunday comics, dad mixed up a concoction of flour and water to make some past,...

From Marco Polo to Mary Poppins

Some of the most memorable scenes, and songs, from the 1964 film adaptation of Mary Poppins by Disney Studios have to do with kites. This really is not surprising as kites, then and now, are linked in our minds with gaiety, childhood, and carefree times. However,...

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...

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