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…

All That Glitters

In the three months that Spence Diamonds has been open in the Scottsdale Quarter, the diamond jewelry retailer has already earned a well-deserved reputation for its beautiful selection of engagement rings. While the stereotypical image of the nervous-yet-excited guy who is shopping for an engagement ring for his girlfriend still takes place at Spence Diamonds, Jason Wong says couples are…

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. “In 2016, we provided more than 60,000 treatment hours to our clients, allowing nonverbal children to say their first words; school-aged children…

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.

Giving, Getting, Growing

Some might say I was raised in a barn. And in many ways they’re right, but not because of my manners. Six months out of college, I traded heals for boots to manage the barn at Camelot, a North Scottsdale therapeutic riding center that teaches horsemanship to children and adults who have disabilities. I held many titles during the 14…

For the Love of Petey

I will always remember the day we met our rescue dog Petey. It was mid-March 2007, and my family and I were on the way to a reunion for dogs who had been adopted from the Arizona Border Collie Rescue. During the drive, my husband half-jokingly asked me how many dogs we would come home with that day.

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…

Memory Vacations

For many of us, our lives are just so busy that we can't seem to find the time to plan a full-blown, real vacation. You know, escaping for a week or two to a tropical island or taking a cruise to explore the history and culture of other countries. For some of us, mini-vacations are all we can squeeze-in. For…

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 navigated 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 north to…

A Tribute To Dad

My father, Lawrence Gibbilini, was born on the north side of Chicago in 1918. When the crash of '29 sent the country spiraling into the great depression, Dad, along with his six younger brothers and sisters, helped make ends meet by selling their mother's pizza door-to-door; some say the first pizza delivery ever.

A Nice Day for a White Out Wedding

 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.