It can be tough getting into the holiday spirit when there’s no chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose and no folks here in the Valley dressed up like Eskimos. Then again, as much as I love traditions, why not celebrate the holidays in a uniquely Arizona way?  

As I was going through the drive-through at Starbucks the other day, I got to the window to pay and the barista informed me that my order had been paid for. Turns out, the car in front of me had bought me my drink. I immediately thought, do I know that person? I mean, why else would a strang…

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…