One of the best feelings in the world is coming home after a long day and being greeted by your pet. Whether it be a cat, dog, even a bird or a fish, pets come in all shapes and sizes.

As soon as school lets out and the temperature gauge starts moving to where 100 actually starts feeling cool, there’s a mad dash to the I-8 and I-10 west in search of cool ocean breezes and double digit weather. I, like my fellow “zonies” as San Diegans affectionately refer to us, spent a nu…

The transition from high school graduate to new college student is an exciting milestone. Purchasing new electronics and moving away from home are typically part of the preparations for back-to-school.

Publisher’s Note: “Postcards from the Past” is a three-part series of unique postcards I’ve collected over the years. See our June and July editions ( for the first two parts.

Looking for a fun adventure with the kids? Arizona Science Center has a summer exhibition called Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature that will be here through September 4. Kids of all ages will love getting lost in an elaborate mirror maze, part of the immersive new exhibition that showcases the …

Every now and then, a person is fortunate enough to realize one of their lifelong aspirations.  Such is the case for me as I relaunch a journalistic tradition that my father — Ray Sr. — started back in 1949. 

Dizziness? Can’t sleep? Memory fog? These and flu-like symptoms just might be caused by your new laminated furnishings, flooring, upholstered chairs, and other décor that have been chemically treated. 

A good vacation can be one of the most relaxing things you can do for yourself. Whether you prefer the beach, camping, or grilling out in your backyard, down-time is something we all need. Unfortunately, we’re not all getting this much needed time to relax. Can you relate? 

Frank Gilbert was like any other Valley resident. Whenever he ran errands, he enjoyed taking his pets along for the ride. There was just one difference – instead of a dog or cat riding in the backseat, Frank brought along his pet cheetah.

Do they like you or don’t they? Usually a question like that would tempt you to answer “Yes! Of course they like me!”  However, in the case of bugs and the dreaded mosquito, we sing a different tune.


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The sound of firecrackers and the feeling of American freedom can only mean one thing—Independence Day is upon us. These six local Fourth of July festivities will be sure to add more sparkle to your celebration of our nation’s birthday.  

Our unique climate in the heart of the Sonoran Desert is home to a variety of animal species, most of which leave humans and pets alone. At the same time, it’s important to remember that the native species were here long before the houses, schools and shops. We’re in their territory and it’s…

Cities in the Valley are painting themselves red, white and blue in honor of the Fourth of July. There are endless choices of where to celebrate Independence Day, and if you don’t feel like traveling, have no fear, for the Arcadia Fourth of July parade is here. 

We may live in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, but that doesn’t mean we can’t cool off in our gorgeous natural surroundings. With summer in full swing, many Valley residents are looking for fun day trips or afternoon outings, preferably with a refreshing body of water to catch a break from …

For the last 10 years or so, a plant disease known as Oleander Leaf Scorch (OLS) has been spreading through the oleanders in the Arcadia and Central Phoenix area. The infection is caused by a bacterium known as Xylella fastidiosa, which overruns the oleander’s water-conducing tissue and star…

From the smell of burning coals to melt-in-your-mouth smoked brisket, nothing brings family and friends together during summer months like a barbecue. 

The summer is an exciting time for young job seekers. A new group of graduates has just been minted and are searching for their first full-time job. But, there are many pitfalls you may encounter along the way. Here are a few suggestions to help you in your search. 

The popularity of co-work spaces is on the rise, as remote workers, entrepreneurs and solo practitioners realize the benefits of membership in a shared workspace. Yes, it can be nice to work from home in cozy PJs, or settle in with your laptop at Starbucks, but sometimes human interaction wi…

Publisher’s Note: In light of summer travel, “Postcards from the Past” is a three-part series of unique postcards I’ve collected over the years. See our June edition ( for the first set. 

Sweets possess a magical power. Indulging in them can transport us anywhere from the first bite. The Valley heat may be here to stay for a while, but devouring treats in the delight of these six local spots may tame the sizzle of the Valley for at least a moment.

I fancy myself a pretty good planner, but as far as this year’s summer vacation, I am way behind the eight ball. One minute I’m putting away our holiday decorations and the next I’m counting the days before school is out.

Venturing to the movie theater doesn’t have to be just about seeing a feature and shelling out big bucks for concessions. Your next trip to the theatre can be used as the perfect excuse to check out an eatery you’ve driven by so many times but never tried. 

The Fourth of July was one of my favorite holidays when I was growing up. Our family home had a big backyard, with an open field of grass and a pool, perfect for hosting the party my parents would throw every year on the 4th. Those evenings were everything you could want Independence Day to …

It’s always amazing to read all the interesting reader questions we get each month—and we do our best to read and respond to them all. Sculptures, unused sporting event tickets and vintage Halloween items are just a few of the treasures we’ve had the pleasure of researching. 


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Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, it brings with it a desire for smoothies, salads, fruits, and anything cold! This increase in consumption of fruits and vegetables also brings a need for increased awareness of the proper methods for washing produce.

In the past, if you were looking for Jim Fox or his sons, chances are you would find them on the basketball court. These days, sons Mike and Jimmy aren’t so much playing on the court; instead, they are building courts as the owners of Sport Court of Arizona. 

If you’re like me, the adults in your life taught you early on, “Don’t talk to strangers.” You may have even heard the phrase, “stranger danger.” The idea is that strangers can harm you in some way. Staying away from strangers kept you safe from kidnapping or something else bad. 

While most of us are planning our summer getaway or packing the kids off for camp, other Phoenicians are figuring out how they and their families will have enough to eat over the long, hot summer.

This summer, you and your family could climb a mountain in an exotic land, explore an ancient, haunted castle or discover endangered wildlife in Africa, all without going to Sky Harbor and boarding a plane.