Sean's Park is a 2.5-acre park designed for Southern Nevadans with intellectual disabilities.

The first of its kind in the United States, Sean's Park offers those its serves new life-skills. Amenities and learning equipment include a "live" street crosswalk, a way-finding path, moonwalk pad, a full-size bowling lane and shuffle board, arts and crafts area, a solar demonstration station, tuned musical instruments, inclusive play equipment including a wheelchair swing, miniature golf course, and community garden. The park amenities encourage conceptual learning, personal awareness, physical activity and social learning. The park is also adorned with the personal art works of Sean Morrissey for whom the park is named.

Inspired by the land itself, Desert Contemporary design is reaching its highest expression at Ascaya. Desert sun, earth and stone inform every angle and dramatic line. The beauty of the native desert is on full display throughout this unique community. Rather than erecting boundaries designed to keep nature out, desert contemporary architecture honors native beauty by blurring boundaries and bringing the environment into the forefront of the community theme and design.




I recently heard a retired heart surgeon talk about his pioneering efforts in helping develop the heart lung machine.  He attributed much of the success of the development of this life saving machine to the free exchange of information between heart surgeons at the time.  Unlike today, when researchers are more concerned about notoriety than helping humankind.  Sharing what good you have is never a loss, it always comes back to you tenfold.   I came across this Farmer’s Tale that represents this principle well.


There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his...



A few weeks ago, I became quite frustrated with a client, or more accurately, how a specific situation on a particular project was being handled by our client.  The aggravations had been building up and this was the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, the “spark that lit the fuse”, and I blew up.  I started calling the client all sorts of names and letting them know how stupid the whole thing was.  Thankfully, I was alone, and all this quickly played out on the stage of my mind.  I immediately realized that this was not helping the situation in any constructive way.  I then decided to be more “win, win” in my approach and offer some solutions that could help solve the issue.  The frustrations of the previous...



There is something to be said for well-designed desert landscaping…


GOD: "Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But all I see are these green rectangles."


ST. FRANCIS: "It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds' and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with...

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