When I think of July, what immediately pops into my head is fireworks, the smell of burgers on the grill and wiping the sand from my feet after dipping my toes in the ocean. I have spent the better part of 20 years searching for the Arizona connection to every big celebration and even though…

For many people, June means we are that much closer to our anxiously anticipated summer vacation. For others, June means the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new journey. It’s graduation time and whether it’s from kindergarten, middle school, high school or college, these days are fil…

I believe neighborhoods are the cornerstone of every city, authentic and full of local flavor. They are where people come to gather, a place of comfort, familiarity and chock full of character and charisma. This is why my favorite thing to do when I travel on and off Arizona’s highways is ge…

One of the questions I am most often asked is, “What is your favorite place in Arizona?” I wouldn’t go so far as saying it’s like asking you to name your favorite child, but I always struggle with an answer because there are so many areas of Arizona that I love and for different reasons.

When most of my friends decide to hit the Arizona highways, they usually say, “I’m going up north to Flagstaff,” or “I’m heading down south to Tucson.” A lot of us, no matter how long we’ve lived here, rarely venture to the east or the west of Interstate 17 or Interstate 10. 

Whether you enthusiastically stayed up past midnight to kiss, toast and mumble your way through “Auld Lang Syne,” or were quite happy to fall asleep before the ball dropped, 2018 is behind us and it’s time to say hello to 2019.

I had barely finished putting away the spiders, cobwebs and Halloween pumpkins when my daughter enthusiastically asked if we could start listening to Christmas music. No, I emphatically said, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. 

Merriam Webster defines driven as very determined to succeed. That in a nutshell definitively describes the 2018 Phoenix Heart Ball Chairperson, Carolyn Jackson and hence why she is so passionate about making “Driven Hearts” this year’s Heart Ball theme. “When I searched for an adjective tha…

I don’t know how significant the month of October is in other parts of the country, but here in Arizona, we are celebrating. Pumpkin spiced lattes are back on the menu, there’s a chance we may need a sweatshirt for that early morning hike and it’s the perfect time of year for a road trip to …

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…

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.

For me, Mother’s Day is bittersweet, both my best day and my worst. Thirteen years ago, the greatest gift imaginable, 7 ½ pounds, brown haired and brown-eyed was laid on top of my chest and would forever own my heart. Sadly, nine years later, I lost my mom to a long battle with Parkinson’s d…

Everyone has their list of daring things they’d love to do that are perhaps just a little too intimidating, a little scary or just out of reach. Maybe it’s running the New York Marathon or hiking to the top of the highest mountain in Africa. Or maybe it’s skydiving.         

On January 20, 2018, hundreds of thousands of people in cities, towns and suburbs across the country flooded the streets for the Second Annual Women’s March.  This was a reprisal of the historic and revolutionary march of 2017, where women walked together to bring attention to issues like eq…

As early as I can remember, I adored musicals. Those larger than life films where they would break into some big, random song and dance number whether it made sense or not. They allowed you to suspend your disbelief, so that a family with seven children, who never knew they could sing, turns…

The other night, I attended the 58th annual Greater Phoenix Heart Ball, an elegant affair supporting an outstanding cause, the American Heart Association.

I realize there are exceptions to every rule. However, most of you reading this know that it’s our out of town relatives and friends who force us to be tourists in our own state. C’mon, how many New Yorkers have been to the Statue of Liberty? How many San Franciscans have taken the ferry to …

If you’ve lived in the Valley long enough, you begin to notice a little known phenomenon that starts to happen right around this time every year. The hiking trails get a little busier and more people seem to be switching from iced mochas to Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes. Everyone seems to …

Once upon a time far away from the Arizona Highways, in New York City, a 5-year-old girl in pigtails sat mesmerized staring onto the stage from her 7th row center orchestra seat. The show was the “Nutcracker” and to this day, I still remember that magical, tingly feeling I had deep down insi…