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An Eclectic Mind



Web site and blog for Maria Langer, freelance writer and commercial helicopter pilot.



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Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: The Hot Springs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:12:28 +0000

Just a quick bunch of photos. These hot springs are right off I-8 near Holtville. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (the original BLM), they are clean and spacious. Two tubs: a large, deep one that’s about 105-110 degrees … Continue reading



Racism is Alive and Well in Quartzsite, AZ

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:20 +0000

A few thoughts about a startling experience. What a sorry thing to have to blog about on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr's 88th birthday. Continue reading



Learning about Milk Fat

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:49:43 +0000

I learned something new today, thanks to a debate with a friend. An exercise in critical thinking. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2017: Life at the Colorado River Backwaters

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:00:21 +0000

Back at the backwaters. The Colorado River Backwaters is one of my favorite destinations for off-the-grid camping. Continue reading


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Why I Prefer Twitter over Facebook

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:45:26 +0000

A few thoughts. In recent months, I’ve found Twitter a lot more pleasant than Facebook for social networking. When I mention this to friends, they tell me that they don’t understand why. They say that they just don’t “get” Twitter. … Continue reading






Photography: The Right Place at the Right Time

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:35:04 +0000

It's kind of like the stars needing to align just the right way to get the best shot. An illustrated discussion of how timing can make a better photo. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: Grand Falls

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 00:00:14 +0000

The Grand Falls of the Little Colorado River is a waterfall that formed where the Little Colorado River cuts through layers of sandstone where that rock meets ancient lava flows. The fall are indeed “grand” — when the river is … Continue reading









Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: Yarnell Hill Sunset

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:00:27 +0000

I happened to be driving from Prescott to Wickenburg around sunset when Mother Nature put on a good show. I stopped at the little rest area/lookout point on the downhill side of Yarnell Hill for a better look and a … Continue reading



Unlikely Tour Reservation Scam

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 15:04:13 +0000

How many times have I gotten these? Too many to count. Don't get scammed. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Continue reading



Some Thoughts on Drone Photography

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:56:39 +0000

If you can't beat them, join them. Although I still have safety concerns about drones, I'm now seeing how I can make drone photography part of my professional life. Continue reading



Mobile Devices, Passwords, and Security

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:10:07 +0000

A few words of wisdom from someone who has seen more than her fair share of hacking attempts. The more connected you are and the more you access your personal information and finances online, the more at risk you are for loss if someone is able to access an account. Continue reading



Snowbirding 2017 Postcards: Mormon Temple Christmas Lights

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 05:37:21 +0000

I’m spending a few days at a friend’s house in the Phoenix area and she suggested that we go see the Christmas lights around the Mormon Temple in Mesa, AZ. I’d never been to the Mormon Temple — in fact, … Continue reading