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The Freedom Rock 2013

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

There is a spot off the beaten path in rural Iowa where the true meaning of Memorial Day lives on in vibrant color.  While the paintings on the 56 ton, 12 ft granite boulder are truly a work of art, what is even more remarkable, is that the talented artist, Ray "Bubba" Sorenson II, was only 19 years old when he painted his first Memorial Day tribute.

Sorenson says he was inspired by the film "Saving Private Ryan", which he left feeling like patriotism was at an all time low and that too many of us had forgotten that Memorial Day is about the Veterans, not another three-day weekend.  Driving by that huge granite boulder he had the idea of delivering the message was that was burning a hole in his soul with a painting honoring the Veterans. 

People come from all over the United States and the world to visit The Freedom RockThe Freedom Rock.  However, it is much more than a well known painted rock.  For Veterans and their families it is a shrine to the brave people who have fought so valiantly for OUR freedom. 

There are countless touching stories about the Freedom Rock including one about a family of a deceased Vietnam veteran who came to visit the rock carrying an urn with the ashes of their son.  They wanted to scatter the ashes around the rock but it was too windy.  So Ray who was painting at the time, put the ashes in the paint so they would be affixed there forever.

This Memorial Day I hope the story of this young man will touch you as deeply as it has me, and you'll take time from enjoying the three day weekend to pay tribute in some small way to our Veterans. 

Green Valley AZ April 2013 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

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Sales in Green Valley, AZ continue to lag behind 2012 by 29%, with 82 sales in April 2013 as compared to 118 in April 2012.  Year to date (YTD) there have been a total of 277 sales as compared to 390 during the same time period in 2012. 

The number of active listings continues to climb with 965 homes on the market at the end of April as compared to 788 in April 2012.  158 new listings went on the market in April as compared to 105 a year ago.  YTD the number of new listings have increased by 25.7% over the same time period in 2012.

Despite these statistics, the average days on market dropped to 141 YTD as compared to 190 for the same time period in 2012, a decline of 25.79%.  

If you are thinking of selling your Green Valley AZ home give me a call, I'd love to hang an Another SOLD By Judi in front of YOUR house.  More than thirty of my listings are currently under contract or have sold this year--proving that the right agent can get your home sold even in a difficult market.   

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Green Valley Fine Art Network

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

The newly formed Green Valley Fine Arts Network has gone social with a Facebook page and its own website to showcase and sell its members' art rather than relying solely on the typical local art shows and social center venues. 

This network is a collective of artists who are masters in producing gallery quality creations in a wide spectrum of media. Their showcase includes unique works in clay, jewelry, sculpture, Raku, oil paint, watercolors, woodworking, furniture, textiles, photography, and organics.  Click through their gallery of inspired masterpieces and you'll discover a treasure trove of one of a kind art pieces.

As creative as their works of art is the network's company name, Third Act LLC.  It is a metaphor for life as a 3-act play.   In the first part of life we start to know/discover who we are. The second act is what we do with our lives, how we spend our time.   Finally in the third act we begin to make sense of the whole.  We understand the meaning and significance of the "play" we've been short, we finally get it! 

Retirement allows us to journey from the necessity of making a living to pursuing personal passions and fulfilling creative yearnings.  In Green Valley, Arizona we have an unique environment that has led to many of our retirees wanting to leave a legacy to this world. 

The Third Act is our "ah ha" moment.    Come and experience the joy of the members of the Green Valley Fine Art Network "ah ha" moments that are so magnificently captured in their artistic pursuits. 

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