About Arizona Wine: Laramita Cellars Has Big Plans


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine Laramita means ‘The Twig’ in Spanish; Laramita Cellars has big plans for many of them. Have you ever concocted an extravagant brainchild while sitting at a bar sipping on a glass of wine? You weren’t sure you would make that dream a reality come morning, for […]

Valley Chefs Join Together To Raise Funds For A Fellow Chef


In a rally cry to support one of their own, the “Arizona Seven” are reuniting for the 7 Chef Fund Up, a pair of communal dining events hosted in support of fellow chef Kelly Fletcher (formerly of House of Tricks, Zen Culinary).  Fletcher recently fell seriously ill to a life-threatening infection that spread throughout his body, […]

Find Time To Re-create…You Need It


– By Pastor Paul Witkop Your life is a delicate balancing act. Our activities include work, family relationships, home repairs, laundry and other chores, exercise, recreation, worship, volunteering and eating. One newspaper polled experts from all these arenas as to the minimum daily requirement for each category. These minimum daily requirements totaled 35 hours. Ugh! […]

Male Call: Hacked, Duped And Dumped


By James Roberts – Having been pestered by a series of malware alerts on the Male Call computer, we were fascinated by a story recently related by a friend — we’ll call him “Mick” — who is still puzzling about what happened to him, especially the aftermath. We got the story in dribs and drabs […]

Enjoy Yoga in the Gardens In Carefree


The Town of Carefree and the Desert Foothills Family YMCA offer a free, community yoga class, “Yoga in the Gardens,” on Mondays this month from 9-10am. Held in the Carefree Desert Gardens, underneath the Carefree Sundial, this free, all levels class will explore yoga movement with the added beauty of Black Mountain and the sounds […]

Experience LDV Winery In Downtown Scottsdale – Discover wines that are true Chiricahua Mountain fruit


– By Darla S. Hoffmann, Certified Specialist of Wine The art of making wine has much in common with having a baby. Both creations bring joy and happiness yet are fallible existences that will endure many trials and tribulations throughout its lifetime. I have the pleasure of doing weekly wine tastings in LDV Winery’s Scottsdale […]

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit of Happiness…Or Not!


By Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz – Ever since we opened an American history textbook in school, we have been taught that American citizens are correct in expecting the privileges of living under our government’s “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” [LLPH] statement. But what is the “pursuit of happiness?” Where does my happiness come […]

Baby Eyes


– By Stephen Cohen, O.D. There are few things as wonderful as looking into the clear eyes of a baby, and seeing warm recognition in response. While it is easy to see a child’s development in other areas (e.g., walking, talking), we really don’t “see” a child’s eyes develop. Over time, we just recognize that […]

Asset Protection For Your Children’s Inheritance


– By Libby Banks, The Law Office of Libby Banks, PLLC The revocable living trust is a great estate planning tool that can provide asset protection for your heirs. How? By passing your assets to your beneficiaries in an irrevocable trust. With a trust, the children receive income for their health, education, maintenance and support. But […]

Let’s Focus For-d A Minute: 2016 Ford Focus RS Hatchback


– By Julia Droz Serafine  While glancing at this vehicle, I was a bit skeptical. Back in the day, the Ford Focus was considered a just plain vanilla or “regular” car. There was nothing special about it except the fact that my hospitality job at the hotel would cover the low payments. It was simple […]