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StarShine Academy—History Making Innovations in K-12 Education

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Late in the afternoon of Tuesday the 12th of August 2014 it was a combination of all the above that permeated through the Los Volcanes convention and meeting facility on the 2nd floor of the Sonoran Sky beach front Condominium Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. To a group of 34 K through 12 education leaders of this quaint seaside village the anticipation was positively contagious as they assembled to learn as much as possible about the breakthrough StarShine Academy educational system that has received worldwide acclaim since it was introduced to the world over 12 years ago…

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How Tides Work

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Now that we’re two supermoons into the three in a row scheduled for this year, the third scheduled to happen on September 9th, it’s appropriate to talk about the effect our moon has on tides around the planet and how that works.

What’s interesting is that there are still conflicting beliefs about whether the moon actually affects our tides, especially when you consider that, in order to deny the effect, one has to deny the existence of laws of gravity, gravitational pull and other major scientific evidence explaining everything from planet rotation to orbital patterns that have been recorded for centuries as well as many other proven scientific theories…

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Beach Bum in Malecón Trending as a Favorite Eatery and All Around Party Hut

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When Jon Sharp, a computer network engineer, and his wife, Mary, a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix came down for the 2013 Super Bowl, they returned with a special momento of our little slice of paradise by the sea. While most visitors are satisfied with silver, serapes or straw hats, Jon and Mary came back with the ownership papers to a fully operational restaurant and bar business! And not just any restaurant and bar, mind you. This was the iconic two-story thatched roof establishment known at the time as Mexico Beach Bum, which had spent time under the name of Wrecked at the Reef and before that it was the La Palapa…

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Potpourri Page—Short Shorts of All Sorts

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Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention in our blog. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page to appear on our blog site and in Jim’s monthly newsletter to cover those short subjects that deserve updates, follow-ups and reminders that keep you out of trouble, make you 46% smarter, and 11% more likely to lead the conversation in a social gathering. Read on…

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Chef Julio’s Secret For Preparing Flavorful, Healthy Meals Even With Dietary Restrictions

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Chef Julio Velázquez has proven himself a gifted culinary artist, having worked and trained under such renowned Executives as Epicurean Chef, Eddie Matney and French cuisine icon, Chef Christopher Ross in Phoenix. He also served as Sous Chef and Head Chef of the award winning Cheuvront Restaurant in Phoenix.

It was this combination of hefty culinary experience, and the sage advice of a wise doctor that pulled Julio through the traumatic diagnosis of Lupus in 2009. By all accounts, his future was to be filled with massive changes in activities, diet, indeed, even his ambitions to become a…

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Special Event Caterer Jerry Cáñez Is Known for Quality and Service

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Jerry Cáñez was born with a passion for quality and service and knew his career was to be in the food and beverage business from an early age. Even though his love of the service industry came naturally, Jerry worked hard to earn his expertise in the culinary arts, restaurant management and organization, as well as the specialized fields of banquets and weddings. In fact, if you attended the Sonoran Resorts 3rd Annual Las Vegas Night for Charity on July 5th of this year, you’re already familiar with Jerry’s ability to put on a delicious buffet as he catered that affair…

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Peñasco Expats Hold Diaper Drive for Amores de Peñasco Children’s Shelter Again This Year

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Last year’s successful diaper and wipes drive, affectionately labeled as the Tea Party and held at Giuseppi’s Espresso Cafe on Fremont Boulevard in June netted 5896 diapers and 5488 wipes, nearly a year’s supply for the children of the Amores de Peñasco shelter—quite a feat for a first year effort. It was also a testament to the breadth of kindness by the foreign residents and loyal visitors of our little slice of paradise by the sea…

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Potpourri Page—Short Shorts of All Sorts

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Sometimes so much is going on in our little slice of paradise by the sea that we can’t address the many short subjects with proper attention in our blog. To handle the hodgepodge of dangling subject matter, we invented the Potpourri Page to appear on our blog site and in Jim’s monthly newsletter to cover those short subjects that deserve updates, follow-ups and reminders and keep you out of trouble, make you 46% smarter, and 11% more likely to lead the conversation in a social gathering. Read on…

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PART VI: Economic Impact of Home Port on Puerto Peñasco

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In Part V of our impact study we discussed ways a destination like ours could duplicate the very effective methods cruise lines have been using for forty years that have led to their continuous growth. That is to ask questions and listen to the answers, then give them more than they asked for.

Before we delve too deeply into the marketing science of garnering the valuable information that reveals what would make a cruise passenger a potential vacationer to our little slice of paradise by the sea, let’s take a macro look at the complex considerations of cruise operators just to select ports of call and itineraries.

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