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Reading tea leaves

Like many fans of Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School at a Time, I was glued...

A celebration at Phoenix Children's Hospital

As we approached the table where pediatrician and newly minted author Randy Christensen, M.D. was autographing copies of his book, we joked about being...

Inspiration from an author's real-life fairy tale

My mom introduced me to Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series of historical fiction. She and I both have enjoyed reading the first five...

Six word memoir

If you only had six words, who would you be? Can you hone a description of yourself to that fine a point? Without cliche? Without limiting all that you are?

Links to Arizona authors of literature for children and teens

Picture books Chris Gall chrisgall.com His artwork has been seen in almost every major publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and...

May the force be with(in) you

I am now going to officially eat crow, or my hat, or whatever it is that people eat in the name of contrition

School supply shopping is now a full-contact sport

But then I decided that her husband was probably a personal injury attorney and that she’d end up suing me for like 18 million dollars because I somehow managed to puncture her breast implant while attempting to kick her in the teeth. It just...wasn’t worth it.

What I learned from the daily funnies.

There’s always a window that’s lowered by a millimeter, a woman’s hair is slightly shorter, a man’s polka-dotted tie turns to stripes. It’s really not so hard. So why am I blinded to these seemingly obvious differences?

Hey Voldemort, watch out for Yoda!

What would happen if Luke Skywalker met Harry Potter?

“Finding Susie” is Sandra Day O’Connor’s newest pet project

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor grew up on a cattle ranch surrounded by open desert, cattle and wildlife. So does the Sandra...

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...