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Getting the Message

Getting the message didn’t used to be so maddening. My irritation isn’t over the technology of voice mail, it’s with the human side of the equation, those voices that speak so rapidly, so inarticulately on recorded telephone messages that they might as well be leaving an encoded transmission from Mars.

Pumpkin Cookies Two Ways

Chocolate chip cookies may be America’s favorite treat for most of the year, but they’re going to have to move over this month—or at least share the stage—with the real star in November, the pumpkin cookie.

Skiing with Mayor King

Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is nestled high in the sky, just 15 miles northeast of the city of Taos.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

The generation built on skepticism is now the prime target age for scammers. And the scammers are stepping up their game.

Boyle to Make Arizona Debut

Affable and laidback, Scottish singer Susan Boyle likes to poke fun of Arizona—and herself—while talking about her debut U.S. tour, which comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Oct. 17.

My Secret is Out

Over the years, readers with a left turn to their politics have pointed their pens at me saying that I’m essentially a zombie lackey writer who follows orders from some higher right-wing power.

Pan-Seared Pork Chop Casserole

Casseroles are amazing. Their make-ahead versatility is a great helper in the kitchen.

Journey to the Bottom of the Globe

As a travel journalist, I am constantly asked for my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless, but there is one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows...

Deformities

My right breast is deformed. Two surgeries and a five-day intensive radiation treatment have changed the structure of a perfectly beautiful breast. The skin is still smooth and the nipple looks identical to the original—it’s the implant itself that has dropped leaving the right breast lower than the left breast.

Prime Time Dating

When Martha Sipple-Stevens found herself back in the dating pool a couple of years after her husband passed away, she was initially frightened about re-entering the singles scene as a fifty-something widow.

Seniors Find Healthy Competition in Wii Bowling

Jessie Clark used to go bowling once a week with her husband Bill. They bowled in a league arranged by AT&T, where Bill worked in Reno, Nev. So when Bill retired from the company in the early ‘80s, the couple also hung up their bowling shoes. Jessie took up painting and figured that her bowling days were behind her.

Home Improvements for Growing Multi-Generational Households

The American family continues to evolve, with multiple generations living under the same roof in more households than any time since the Great Depression.

Journeys: Flo Blanchard

True-life tales from some of Arizona’s most fascinating residents.

The Old Bag: Advice for the Over-50 Crowd

Dear Old Bag: Is it judgmental to call someone who habitually lies “a liar”?

A Dance With Three Shoes

“It’s time,” my wife will say, and we exchange grim nods before I rise. It is then, with a loaded sigh, that I forsake couch, ballgame and the comforts of suburban life to don the attire of a killer. In dark jeans, long-sleeved shirt and covered shoes—three of them—I pause at the patio door.