Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:45 am
This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious.
Friday, February 28, 2014 10:09 am
Garden centers, with their vast collections of plant colors, sizes and shapes, can be intimidating to inexperienced buyers. But you can become a discerning purchaser with a little homework and by quizzing the sales people as you shop.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 3:45 am
With the New Year, many people jump on board with the latest celebrity diet, cleanses, liquid detox diets and extreme fasting, which can be dangerous to your health.
Monday, January 27, 2014 1:45 pm
Let’s hope Charles Flanagan, the new director of Arizona’s Division of Child Safety and Family, fixes the former Child Protective Services (CPS) agency once and for all. It’s been broken for a multitude of reasons and for as long as I can remember. It’s hard to imagine the fix will come with the wave of a magic wand in the hand of the latest new director.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:16 am
This month we will discuss how there is no such thing as failure. Actually, we will discuss that the secret to success is failure. That is a pretty hard point to understand, but it is true. The founder of IBM (Thomas Watson) actually said it best, “The secret to success is to double your rate of failure.” Now when was the last time someone told you that? Let’s be clear about this concept. We are not saying that it is great to continue to fail. We all try to avoid failure at all cost. We are saying that you must continue to keep trying and LEARN from those failures and not give up. Eventually you will succeed.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 8:45 am
Just when you feel like Christmas decorations and gift wrap are taking over your home, the holidays are over and it’s time to get rid of it all. The City of Phoenix has a few tips to help.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 8:46 am
This year, like every year since 1996, thousands of lights will sparkle down Chandler Boulevard in Ahwatukee Foothills and the entire community will be welcome to attend a festival to kick off the holiday season, but there has been several times over the years when the future of the Festival of Lights wasn’t so certain.
Sunday, November 10, 2013 12:45 pm
Even my own mother scoffed at the idea of her obviously European-looking daughter confessing she celebrated Día De Los Muertos.
Friday, October 25, 2013 11:45 am
For some in our city, domestic violence is a daily problem. Councilmembers Nowakowski, Williams, and myself teamed together to make ending domestic violence a priority. As a city we embarked on a “Paint Phoenix Purple” campaign that was very successful. The goal was to continue raising awareness for this debilitating behavior and elevate domestic violence as an important policy issue.
Friday, September 20, 2013 1:45 pm
You want a better bathroom, but don’t want to put a drain on your finances? Worry not. This is one room in the house where little things mean a lot.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 5:37 pm
A pasta salad should be easy. It should be a just-throw-the-ingredients-in-a-bowl kind of summer food that doesn't require too much messing around.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 3:45 pm
Picture day has a feel all to its own.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 8:45 am
Who says salsa has to be made from tomatoes? Or dumped unceremoniously from a jar?
Saturday, July 13, 2013 2:42 pm
The round, white, paper light shades sold at IKEA for $5 are a familiar item in contemporary interior design. But these inexpensive lanterns are knockoffs of light sculptures created by the renowned artist Isamu Noguchi in the early 1950s.
Monday, June 3, 2013 6:24 am
After seeing her daughter, Delilah, graduate from preschool at the Foundation for Blind Children’s Chandler campus, one mother stood up and recited a poem for parents, staff and students on Thursday.
“The crooked stem no longer mattered, no one missed the leaves, all they saw was the exquisite rose, that someone was a teacher and that rose was my daughter.”
Moved with compassion and empathy, several parents wiped away tears at the Cooperative Preschool for the Visually Impaired during the small ceremony at the campus on Warner Road near the Loop 101.
Parent Christine Knots said the growth she has seen in her son, Cameron, this year has been huge. Cameron, 5, who has been visually impaired since birth, now dresses himself, feeds himself, uses a Braille writer everyday, and started potty training earlier than expected.
“He’s so independent now,” Knotts said.
The foundation graduated nearly 40 students from its preschool program around the Valley this past week, with some students now heading to elementary schools in the Kyrene and Chandler Unified school districts.
For teacher Jean Murphy, every year graduating her students is unique.
“For some reason it’s really hard this year, the changes in the kids have been over the top,” she said, with tears filling her eyes.
Murphy said some of the changes included seeing her students walk, learn American Sign Language, improve in motor skills, and more.
“It’s just about seeing the light bulb come on and take whatever tiny little step it is,” said Murphy. “It’s always so exciting for me.”
Certificates of achievement were handed out to each student on Thursday, along with single, yellow carnations for their parents as a “thank you.”
The preschool program packs in a wide array of services to the students in five-hour days during the week. Students are exposed to music, gymnastics, pet, physical and speech therapies as well as social and cognitive development.
One of the graduates, 5-year-old Aubrey Brock, could have easily been recognized as “Miss Congeniality,” after running off to the back of the stage giggling after receiving her certificate.
Her mother, Aria, said the past year at the preschool has made Aubrey more confident and was truly a “blessing.”
“She was already a social butterfly, but I’ve just seen her bloom here and it’s been amazing.”
Foundation for Blind Children’s Chandler campus is located at 2005 N. 91st Place. For more information, visit seeitourway.org.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 10:59 am
Last week was National Poison Prevention Week and the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is reminding pet owners to keep their pets out of harm’s way. According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), its Animal Poison Control Center answers more than 200,000 calls for help annually.
Friday, March 22, 2013 3:22 pm
Selling any home can be challenging, depending on the market. But if you have an old home and want to appeal to buyers in their 20s and early 30s, you may need to take some extra steps.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 11:49 am
From raisins to onions to acetaminophen, the typical Ahwatukee home is filled with items that can be toxic to pets.
Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:45 am
It’s a busy time of year but Valley organizations are reminding residents not to forget about safety during the holidays.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 9:49 am
One Desert Vista High School teacher is trying to start a campus-wide electronics drive to benefit the school’s sustainability efforts and programs.
Monday, August 20, 2012 4:49 pm
It may look and sound like a weed, but lemon grass actually is one of the most important ingredients in Southeast Asian cooking.
Sunday, August 19, 2012 8:49 am
With nods to nostalgia, exotic motifs and tailored contemporary looks, the fall season in decor has lots to inspire home decorators.
Friday, August 10, 2012 4:49 pm
If ever there was a vegetable dogged by misunderstanding, fresh fennel is it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 6:49 pm
Voters could get the right to overrule federal laws and mandates under the terms of an initiative filed late Thursday.
Saturday, July 7, 2012 7:45 am
Like many summer favorites, chicken salad has all the makings of a refreshing, light meal... except for all that mayonnaise.