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Sunday, December 17, 2017

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“Only” is not lonely: Choosing to have an only child

“Just one?” She asks the question with an air of familiarity, though we met just minutes ago. Somehow she sees my decision to have an only child as fair game for discussion during our kids’ Friday afternoon tennis practice. I pause before responding, watching as a single yellow ball bounces on the green court. With […]

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Get Savvy: Kathleen Buckstaff’s book for teens

Have you ever crossed paths with someone you just knew would be a cherished friend, if only a few circumstances were different? For me, Kathleen Buckstaff is one of those people. I’ve only met her once, to my recollection. So I don’t really know her that well. And yet I know her. This month, I […]

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Parents Night Out: May date-night ideas for couples

May is here, and it is a great time to sneak in some couples time before the kids are home for summer break. Here are a dozen date-night ideas parents might love to explore: 1. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit Don’t miss the only North American stop of the Kahlo and Rivera art collection […]

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Parents night out: 30 date ideas for Valentine’s Day and beyond

When is the last time you and your significant other went on real date? One with hand-holding and conversation that wasn’t all about the kids. It’s an important question for couples in the middle of parenting, demanding jobs and overscheduled households. One date night won’t be the single key to a successful marriage, but spending […]

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A place where LGBTQ youth feel safe

It’s been a couple of years since one•n•ten, a nonprofit organization serving the Valley’s young LGBTQ community, moved out of a cramped 900-square-foot former two-car garage off Seventh Avenue in Phoenix. Now in a spacious Youth Center on Third Street, the 21-year-old program serves an average of 250 youth—more than tripling its outreach to clients […]

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THEN and NOW: February 2008 “Gender Journeys”

EDITOR’S NOTE: When Mary Ann Bashaw wrote “Gender Journeys”—her February 2008 story about raising a child who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ)—she interviewed several students, including Kaleena Newman, then a 16-year old junior at Arcadia High School in Phoenix. She also visited one•n•ten, a Phoenix nonprofit that provides services to Valley LGBTQ […]

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Finding time as a couple…after kids

As all new parents find out rather quickly, having a child can completely shift the family dynamic. As first-time moms and dads begin to negotiate their new roles, they also find themselves viewing their partners in a different light. Setting aside the absolute bliss that new parents experience, there is also the sleep deprivation, the […]

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Confirmation craze

I know times are tough. I know Doctors have been given the shaft. They’re getting squeezed by the government. They’re getting paid less and less by insurance companies. Patients are suing them over mis-diagnosed hang nails. It’s not easy. Believe me, with a husband in the biz, I see the problems within the healthcare industry […]

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“Doing the right thing” or “How to get burned”

I didn’t kill anyone. This is what I’m choosing to focus on at the moment. I’ve come to realize that life is all about perspective. So I’m committed to having a positive one on my most recent mishap.

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Window of opportunity

I’ve been dreaming of this very scenario for over a decade. But, much like the Chanukah let down of being gifted with a Dyson vacuum cleaner a few years back, this feels shockingly depressing.

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