For the Love of the Game 

As the president of sports management for FineMark Bank, David Highmark helps professional athletes achieve their financial goals. An athlete himself, David’s life has woven together his love of both sports and business for more than 30 years. Here, he shares four of his most memorable highlights.

What My Great Dad Taught Me

Growing up, my dad frequently shared with my sister and me that he had essentially grown up without a dad, and therefore, didn’t have a role model to inform how he would father us. Yet, today, as the father of two young boys, I strive to be as great of a dad as my dad was to us. The truth…

The Big 2-0

Last year, PBS called Phoenix “the most autism-friendly city in the world,” and a lot of that honor is due to the work of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.

Paint the Town

For discriminating homeowners in the Paradise Valley and Scottsdale areas who pride themselves on being on top of the latest home fashion trends and never settling for anything but the very best, AZ Paint Supply has recently arrived on the scene to help with home painting and window covering needs.

A Bouquet of Gifts

A bouquet starts with seeds of hope and inspiration, and that is exactly what I have given in my book, In My Wildest Dreams. . .I Never Imagined This Inspirational Bouquet of Gifts. With humor, compassion, love and healthy doses of Southern charm, I share the stories of my life which shaped, challenged and inspired me to become the woman…

From Paris, With Love

You haven’t experienced the immeasurable flavor of perfection until you’ve tasted an authentic French croissant. Now, there are many American versions of croissants, and for the untrained palette, they all taste pretty good. However, when you have the opportunity to relish a croissant that only the French know how to make, you will immediately taste the difference; as the crust…

My Best Friends

My two long-haired Chihuahuas, Autumn and Rocket, came into my life on October 19, 2010. My parents had thought that their dog was pregnant, then knew for sure after she gave birth in our guest room. My Dad told me that our dog had become a mom that night, so I ventured downstairs to the bedroom to see. The puppies…

Made with Love

Having, until this last year, spent the entirety of my adult life immersed in the hospitality industry, I have had the opportunity to indulge in some spectacular meals in all sorts of amazing settings. I will be the first to admit that I had been spoiled by being surround by talented chefs who could turn something as mundane as lunchtime…

Road Trip Memories

The year was 1974. The location was our living room, on a warm and muggy New Jersey day. Having just finished the second grade, I was ready to settle in for a few carefree months of watching cartoons, running through the sprinklers and visiting the local community pool, when my parents made a major announcement: We were moving to Oregon.

Outgrowing Daddy

Ever since my son began to speak, the majority of his sentences have been punctuated by the same word. “I had a great day at school today, Daddy!” “Can we have tacos for dinner tonight, Daddy?”

A Portrait of Mom

Moms, look around your home, at the pictures on your walls. How many of those pictures are of just you? Maybe there are pictures on your walls with you in them, but how long ago were those taken? Look at the photos on your phone. I’ll bet that you are typically the one behind the camera; that you have dozens…

New Beginnings

When I was a little girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the first signs of spring were always found in the garden. I have fond memories of visiting my grandmother’s house after school and dashing out in the chilly March rain to her backyard to look for the tiniest hints of green emerging from the soggy soil. My grandma,…

The Creative Process

I sat there for a couple of hours, doing yoga, eating lunch, thinking about writing this article. What inspires me to paint? Or write songs? The creative process. Hmmm, hmmm.... twiddle, doodle, blank page. Truth is, I don't know how the creative process happens, it just does. There is no one way that my creativity comes to fruition. Sometimes I…

The Power of 30 Minutes

A few months after I welcomed my third child into the world, I decided it was time to get back in shape. I had gained a whopping 40 pounds during my pregnancy, which seems to be the norm for my poor five-foot two-inch frame. I also worked full-time. Needless to say, by month seven or eight, the idea of taking…

The Gift of ‘Don’t Need To’

You know how some people get giddy at the sight of Christmas merchandise when it shows up in Costco in August? While others are bemoaning the appearance of St. Nick and his requisite team of reindeer long before the pumpkins and ghosts have made their annual October appearances, these holiday-philes are counting down the days until they can put up…

Home

Childhood homes are much more than our first stop on this earth. They are where we learn our names, take our first steps, come to love our family, and also who we are. My first home was a sturdy ranch in a now aging post-war subdivision. Although it seemed huge and completely familiar to me then, when I drive by…

Our Remarkable Brewing Community

Not long after taking a job with a brewery in Southern Colorado, we received a phone call from a sister brew pub in Illinois. Their community had recently suffered a tragedy with the death of a young firefighter who had lost his life in the line of duty. A group of his comrades and friends were organizing a 1,123-mile motorcycle…

The Healing Power of Animals

Griffin Door, Griffin for short, is a Goldendoodle covered with the most wonderfully soft, fussy golden fur—from his cuddly head down to his cute fluffy paws. He’s 85 pounds of adorable, and absolutely irresistible to any dog lover or child who walks by. But he has a very important job to do, so he’s not always available for his fans…

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

THE WONDER OF OUR NATIONAL PARKS

When I was a kid, our family vacations followed the same route between Colorado and Minnesota every summer. Our minivan followed the I-80 as it cut through the corn fields of Nebraska, and after recuperating over Godfather’s Pizza and a good night’s sleep at the Super 8 in Grand Island, we headed to Iowa early the next morning before shooting up…

A Tribute To Dad

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A Nice Day for a White Out Wedding

Words Denise Snodell | Photography Provided Dream gown? Check. Persnickety florist? Check. Top-notch wedding planner? Check. Unexpected glitches? Check-Check-Check. I have attended and participated in many different weddings across the country. Every blessed event had one thing in common: some sort of unforeseen mishap. Amazingly, not one involved a wacky uncle + booze. To all … Continued