Urban Wildlife of Phoenix

The last few times I've logged into WordPress, the typically blank page has been supplemented with a simple prompt. I've been lacking motivation lately, so I'll bite. When I was young, my father wore the same shirt every time he did yard work. The shirt had skeletons and read: "Arizona... but it's a dry heat."... Continue Reading →

The Scent of Nostalgia

I have a love/hate affair with the desert. I've lived all my life in Arizona and, after my first trip to forested mountains at age nine, declared that I'd be moving to the Rocky Mountains as soon as I turn eighteen. That deadline has long since passed, and I'm still surrounded by a spectrum of... Continue Reading →

The Hashknife Pony Express

I recently attended my first meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting. Within minutes of arriving, I had met a dozen older women, filled a bag of candies for first responders, and leaned about a dozen upcoming volunteer opportunities and fundraising projects. It's Constitution Week, so many women are speaking to elementary schools... Continue Reading →

Maples Were Never Meant for The Desert — Repost

Phoenix has been experiencing the coolest, wettest summer in recent history. And it's bringing back nostalgia for my childhood. as children we ran through the vacant dirt lotdaring one another to taunt the oversized cactusand bite into the tartness of its swelling purple fruitin august we watched lightning sprawl across the bay windowthough most afternoons,... Continue Reading →

Warm Winter Greetings From Phoenix

Rumor is that a cold spell is sweeping the country, blanketing cars and yards with snow and making otherwise excitable dogs anxious about going outside to do their business. Meanwhile, Phoenix has been dipping into shirts and t-shirts weather and enjoying the 10-week period during which it doesn't feel like we're living in an oven... Continue Reading →

The Desert Is Dancing

Ashen clouds billow and sprawl across the northern sky,sauntering slowly over Pike's Peak and Black Mountain.Elegant dress hems are momentarily caught on rising hilltopsas Phoenix welcomes her queen and savior. Clear blue skies bow to their guest and retreat,feathery white ice crystals trailing behind.The navy-gray scene becomes a black and white film,thick gray clouds fading... Continue Reading →

Maples Were Never Meant for The Desert

my dreams lie dormantamongst this rotting metropolisnestled beneath the 13th floor awningcramped in the crevice betweenthe croissant connoisseurs and the well-dressed menwielding pink tape measures my dreams are dying in this suburban shoe box,lined with thin, decorative paper depictingmidwestern corn fields and a whale journeying homebrown-tipped pothos dangle daintily from the ceilingpeering down at tiny... Continue Reading →

The Other “C” Word

Cancer is rampant in the world and in the media. Nearly all of us have been affected, whether personally diagnosed, supporting a loved one, or watching a friend's battle on social media. It's scary and it's disarming. And yet, it's a topic that comes up in the news and conversation. People understand, even to the... Continue Reading →

What is Valley Fever?

Valley fever is an infection caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of a particular fungus that lives in the arid soil of Arizona and California. For some, the infection is completely asymptomatic, while for others the disease can be fatal. My Story I was first diagnosed with valley fever 3 1/2 years ago. The fungal... Continue Reading →

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