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Alexandra Arboleda has a passion for water

You could call Phoenix mom Alexandra Arboleda a water nerd and she’d be flattered. She’s passionate about water — specifically about protecting this precious...

Realizing dreams

I first heard the Patterson family’s story while attending an evening fundraiser for the nonprofit Equality Arizona. My husband and I were there with other...

Will you #WalkWithRAK?

One of the hashtags I follow on Twitter is #amwriting. Middle-grade author Johanna Harness started it more than five years ago to be a...

Coming full circle

It was still dark when I got up that morning to call Vicki Balint, a longtime friend and coworker. She was in Hershey, Pa.,...

Gratitude and change

This month’s magazine begins and ends with gratitude. We learn the benefits of a “gratitude attitude” on page 6. We meet a family whose practice...

The more things change…

Pushing a stroller around our neighborhood was a way for me to escape the “cabin fever” of a hot Phoenix summer—and to lose some...

THEN and NOW: Channeling the “magic”

There is a heart and soul behind what we do that doesn’t have anything to do with us. It has to do with a...

25th year? Bring it on!

We are very excited to welcome in the New Year. It’s a big one for us. In a couple of months, that nondescript volume number...

More ways to celebrate

As Liam Stefanek’s first birthday approached, his parents talked about finding a meaningful way to celebrate it. Chris and Melissa Stefanek of Phoenix were inspired...

Anticipating milestones

On the day this magazine went to press, an early morning email arrived from one of our youngest staff members, Account Executive Jennifer Craft-Hurst. “Did...

Why family history matters

I never liked my middle name. “Lucille” sounded prissy and old-fashioned. Even as a very young child I associated it with the ditzy side of...

My new “right arm”

When you spend as much time typing on a computer keyboard as I do each day, you’re bound to experience some version of repetitive-stress...

What it means to be family

My staff needed a quick consult during a week when I was out of town. As the text message popped up on my phone,...

RAK takes a record eight awards at 2012 Arizona Press Club competition

Five RAISING ARIZONA KIDS journalists took a total of eight awards at Saturday night's Arizona Press Club Awards event, which recognizes professionals from across...

Exciting possibilities

I was appalled one morning to read a question posted on a national mom-to-mom network site. The writer was describing a serious allergic reaction...

“Tipping the Scales” – an award-winning look at childhood obesity

I was at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Friday morning to be interviewed for a video presentation that I probably shouldn't...

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