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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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Make my day: feedback from a recent contest winner

This was the first thing I saw on my email this morning — a good way to start the day! Dena Hahlen of Phoenix won a set of tickets to Sea Life Arizona during a recent contest we hosted online. She sent this picture with the following message: “My family and I would like to […]

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Make my day: Dena Reany's summer vacation

Not a lot I can add to this, which came across my email in the middle of a challenging, get-the-magazine-to-the-printer day and gave me just the smile I needed. Dear Karen and everyone at Raising Arizona Kids, Just a quick thank you to all of you for choosing us for the MAY cover for your […]

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Who is your parenting guru? (part 2)

Following up on yesterday’s post, the remaining five parenting experts recommended by Raising Arizona Kids e-newsletter subscribers: KEVIN LEHMAN Kevin Lehman, Ph.D. is an internationally renowned psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books offering techniques, tips and insights on parenting, marriage and relationship issues. Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours is the one that first comes […]

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Who is your parenting guru? (part 1)

Two weeks ago I posed that question to the 15,000 readers who subscribe to our e-newsletter. It was wonderful to watch my in-box as many thoughtful responses came back. It all started when Marketing Director MaryAnn Ortiz-Lieb came to me with a unique opportunity. One of her clients has proposed partnering with us to bring […]

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A pleasant detour

I’m usually pretty eager to get straight home on a Friday night but this time I decided to make an extra stop. I had spent all afternoon getting caught up on recent contests we host through RAK Giveaways. I updated our list of winners on the website and emailed everyone to let them know their […]

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Make my day: feedback

I was out of town most of the weekend, so I missed Saturday’s cover shoot with our 2011 Mother’s Day Cover Mom Contest winner. I’m eager to hear about it from Art Director Michelle-Renee Adams and Photographer Daniel Friedman when I get back to work on Monday. Michelle notified our winner (whose name shall remain […]

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It could have been "Beastly," but it wasn't

A young girl who lives about as far north as you can get in the northwest Valley went to Tempe to see a movie with her dad. There are movie theaters closer to their house, of course, but this particular movie, on this particular day, wasn’t playing anywhere else. It was one of those movies […]

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Putting boundaries on "reader engagement"

When we started providing online content in a blog format that allowed reader comment, we had to decide how quickly we wanted that feedback to appear. Most news media entities allow comments to post immediately. The advantages of instant gratification and a “real time” dialog are important when the conversation is evolving with a real-time […]

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A community immersed in grief

I spent my lunch hour yesterday corresponding with parents who have lost children. A mother whose infant daughter was stillborn. A father who lost his son shortly following an emergency (and premature) Cesearean delivery that became necessary when his wife was involved in a horrible car accident. A mother whose 11-year-old son died of an “intercerebral […]

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A chance to play Santa

Except for a brief moment of restful regrouping during the Thanksgiving weekend, my staff has been working around the clock for weeks. It’s “that time of year” for us, an annual marathon that tests our energy, our stamina, our resilience and our shared sense of humor. Double-issue deadline time. Our 132-page 2011 Schools, etc. book went […]

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