During the holiday season, you no doubt have a lot going on in your life — work functions, gatherings with friends and neighbors, tracking down the elusive “perfect gift,” etc. But you may find it valuable to add one more event to your calendar: a family meeting to discuss those financial preparations that affect you and your loved ones.
The chatter doesn’t matter. It’s essentially the approach the Desert Vista girls basketball team has taken when it comes to the lopsided scores that have become common place as the Thunder prepare for the postseason and defending their title.
I am a retired Ahwatukee resident and worked as the business office manager at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) for 18 years. During that time I had a wonderful working relationship and regular interaction with the Ahwatukee Board of Management (ABM), and occasionally staff, in the capacity of my job.
One look in the sweet soulful eyes of this brown tabby, Kiki, and she melts and rolls over to have her belly rubbed. Kiki gave birth to kittens outside a nursing home last summer, and Cactus Cats Rescue saved her and the kittens, found them homes, and now it’s Kiki’s turn. She will politely sleep on a dresser top or the foot of your bed, is quiet and gets along quite well with other cats, not being a dominant cat. Kiki would probably do best in a quiet household. She is tested, fixed, and has all her shots.
‘Medical tourism” often carries international connotations — Americans seeking treatment abroad, for instance, where the cost of procedures for joint implants and pacemakers overseas may be a fraction of what it is in the U.S. But the economics of domestic medical tourism are catching up.
As you begin planning for the expenses of your child’s college education, it’s easy to overlook some of the extras that add up quickly. Trips home, activities, and sports can be a surprise if you haven’t planned for them.
A strange series of events, social media, and the kindness of strangers has lead to answers for an Ahwatukee Foothills family whose extreme Christmas light display was torn apart just days before the holiday.
What should East Valley residents expect from the local and state economies in the near future? One forecaster estimates a little sluggishness in the next 12 months followed by much stronger growth in the years following.
Here I am, twisted up in the same desperate situation again this year. It’s not my fault – I swear it’s not. Anticipating this jumbled mess, and having been stuck in it many times before, I planned carefully to avoid it. A year ago I employed a deliberate strategy to prevent this very disaster, and I put in painstaking efforts to manage my risk. But now I see that my preemptive planning was an obvious failure. Forces beyond my control have conspired against me to deceive and weave a tangled web. My dilemma? The annual hanging of the Christmas lights.