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F RO M T H E E D I TO R The forecast for 2015 in Arizona is bright. We are emerging from the recession that slowed or stopped business growth over the last few years. Reports from The Economic and Business Research Center from the University of Arizona state: “The forecast calls for state growth to pick up speed during the 2015-2017 periods, with gains across most indicators far exceeding national results”. In 2015, Arizona will host a number of BIG events starting with the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl at The University of Phoenix stadium. The housing market is on the upswing and Phoenician’s are emerging to spread their wings in 2015. This issue of Discover the Phoenix Region will introduce you to the beauty in the design world of Ecology & Arcology with a 3 million dollar home in Carefree and the re-launch of Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture along with other stories and events in Arizona.


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Cactus, Couture & Fashion Capitals

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As a recognized authority on fashion, Kimberley Ashley has been a skilled haute couture designer for twenty-five years. She has owned and designed her own couture signature line and outfitted socialites and celebrities via private trunk shows in New York, Beverly Hills and Scottsdale. This fashion icon is re-launching Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture in 2015. ••• Photography by: Matthew DeYoung


To a nine-year-old who knew in her heart she was a designer, the couture capitals of fashion seemed a world away from Scottsdale, Arizona in 1969. Back then, Scottsdale was little known to the rest of the world. But both the city and the little designer girl would grow up to have their lives enlarged. Haute couture designer Kimberley Ashley’s life has been blessed with creating meaningful beauty and gobstopping glamour in a world of stars and style, celebrity and haute couture. Although raised in Scottsdale, she was destined to reside in both Beverly Hills and New York City, eventually hopping across the globe to Paris to find the finest silks and luxurious woolens for her couture collections. Kimberley’s parents, Duke and Dee Dee Davis, were entertainers who toured their music around the country. They performed for years with Arizona’s famed Dick and Libby Halleman Band at the illustrious Mountain Shadows Resort on Camelback Mountain.

Her parents also starred as the opening act for numerous music celebrities. Wherever they toured, fans would ask us, “Where are you from?” In the 1970’s Kimberley would respond with “Scottsdale.” It soon became clear they had no idea where it was, so she started saying Phoenix instead. Somewhere around the early 1980’s things changed. When she offered her stock answer of “Phoenix,” people would ask with admiration, “Oh, do you live near Scottsdale?”

Like the name of this magazine, the world actually did “DISCOVER the PHOENIX REGION.”

While one may think that this “Oasis of Beauty” might have been a “Siberia of Style,” the fact is, as a young girl, Kimberley created many ways to exercise her burgeoning design muscles. In 1976, she won a Vogue National sewing contest, held at what was then The Broadway Department Store in today’s Biltmore Fashion Square, currently Saks Fifth Avenue.

Kimberley won first place with an Yves Saint Laurent-inspired navy blue silk satin pantsuit she designed, made and modeled. Creating that suit during a sewing class at Saguaro High School was easy; it was modeling it on a department store runway that was daunting. She also won an honorable mention prize for design from a national Levi Strauss Contest promoted in Harpers Bazaar when she was 17. For her industry research, Kimberley spent weekends studying the garments on display in Scottsdale Fashion Square with childhood chum Susan Halleman, then reading up on industry financials at the Scottsdale Public Library.


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All of Kimberley’s waking hours were spent designing stage costumes for her most admired childhood celebrities. She met Elton John in 1976 at Scottsdale’s John Gardiners Tennis Ranch at the base of Camelback Mountain (now known as the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain). She was greatly influenced by her parents’ show biz lifestyle and dazzled by the glittering constellation of sequins and rhinestones on the garments of the famous stars they performed with. She noted how these garments themselves “performed” onstage—moving, shimmering and scintillating. She learned a lot. In 1989, Kimberley moved to Beverly Hills, and attended both UCLA and LA Trade Tech for fashion classes, while simultaneously working in the garment industry for a textile import firm. Happily, it did not take very long before she was attracting couture clientele for her own signature label, Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture. She began to sell her collection to international socialites and custom design stage costumes for celebrities, including Michael Jackson, who was brought to Kimberley by his oldest brother Jackie Jackson, both a friend and a fan of her work. Although living outside this state in the 1990’s, Scottsdale continued to play a role in Kimberley’s life when she referred her former longtime-boyfriend, Frank Sinatra Jr., to her friends at The Royal Palms Resort. They happily booked him for an ongoing gig and he brought “The Sounds of Sinatra” to that charming Arizona location for many years after, declaring it to be one of his favorite venues upon the globe. As Kimberley’s work expanded, she relocated to Scottsdale and began including Arizona clients into her mix of Beverly Hills clients. One such patron was Audrey Mennen, the wife of Bill Mennen, heir to the “By Mennen” After-Shave Empire. Audrey had an unfulfilled dream to become a fashion designer when she was young, so she especially reveled in soaking up all the delicious hand-worked details of Kimberley’s couture. Audrey was a voracious fan and a delight as a client. Kimberley enjoyed sharing her knowledge of style and garment construction with her. This joy of sharing her passion is why she decided to say “yes” to Scottsdale Community College (SCC) when she was invited to teach fashion after delivering a successful guest lecture. Kimberley taught evenings, after her business day was done. She developed the curriculum for multiple SCC fashion courses, and taught subjects that showcased her knowledge and passion: the Science of Textiles; Fashion Illustration; and Fashion Design. It has been said that “to teach is to learn,” and Kimberley gained a deepened understanding and much enjoyment from her students for the four years that she brought her passion and skills to SCC. In the spirit of “what goes around, comes around,” it was one of her SCC adult students, who, in 1997, brought an important career-changing event to her attention. Weeks earlier, at Kimberley’s urging, the student subscribed to WomensWear Daily, the fashion equivalent of the Wall Street Journal. She noted an article about a big industry event taking place in Arizona and asked her professor if she would be attending. Kimberley remembers thinking it could not have been very “big” if it was taking place in Arizona! New York, perhaps; Paris, perhaps; Milan, perhaps; but Arizona? Well, it’s not likely to be “big,” she thought. She could not have been more mistaken. This was no small event, but rather the inaugural event of the now-prestigious WomensWear Daily CEO Summit. The elegant, five-star Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona was about to house the full constellation of the entire fashion industry for four days. Kimberley joined the roster of the industry’s best and brightest CEO’s and designers to discuss branding, consumers and global concerns as related to the fashion industry. WomensWear Daily chose Arizona for the event and called the region “one of the most seductive spots in the country.” As if delivered by the fashion stork to Kimberley’s own backyard were fashion fellows such as Donna Karan; Terry Lundgren, then-COO of Federated Department stores (Macy’s); the chairman of Gucci, Domenico De Sole, a former attorney who championed the talents of Tom Ford; and Maurice Marciano owner of Guess Jeans. All four individuals were impassioned keynote speakers at this intimate gathering. Joining the discussions were Philip B. Miller, then CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue; the CEO of Bloomingdales; retail legend Burt Tansky of Neiman Marcus; Max Azria of fashion brand BCBG; as well as the CEO’s of fashion brands such as Givenchy, Escada, Liz Claiborne, Carolina Herrera, Levi Strauss, Ann Taylor, Italy’s Benetton, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Jeans, and Banana Republic. Also participating in this seminal summit were the president of Sears, Roebuck and Company; the COO of Kmart Stores; an executive from Louis Vuitton, Moet Hennessy (known as LVMH); retail stars Rose Marie Bravo of Saks Fifth Avenue and the


1980’s retail icon, Kalman Ruttenstein of Bloomingdales, (sporting his trademark gold lame sneakers). A profoundly rare Arizona gathering, Arizona’s elegant desert provided a fabulous forum where these fashion executives could let their hair down, trading in tailored suits for golf attire.

This was THE Arizona “Pow Wow.” WomensWear Daily is now celebrating its seventeenth year of Summits since the inaugural in 1997. Clearly, New Yorkers became as smitten with Arizona as Kimberley always has been with New York. So after providence brought the entire fashion industry to her feet, Kimberley made a transition to migrate her business to New York City to develop her production for a readyto-wear collection. It was while shuttling back and forth between New York and Arizona that Kimberley seized an opportunity too meaningful to pass up, in spite of the high price tag. During the time she had attended the fashion program at UCLA, she was brought into the world of Billy Travilla, the designer best known for his iconic designs for Marilyn Monroe. Although Travilla passed away in 1990, his business partner, Bill Sarris (an old friend of Kimberley’s) invited her to consider writing Billy’s biography and to re-develop Travilla’s trademark fashion collection. After deep consideration, in 2006, she decided the world would be robbed of some important and very entertaining film and costume history if she allowed the unwritten stories of Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford and others to go untold. Eight years later, and with a much-expanded platform, Kimberley feels blessed to have made that brave, but wise, decision to put her couture business on hold for the few years she imagined it would take to develop this important project. She has much to be proud of with these developments. Her Travilla projects are happily lined up to begin launching in 2017, giving her some time to catch her breath and resume her first love—Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture Collections. Fellow designer, Coco Chanel, was famous for bravely reopening her Haute Couture house after a fifteen-year absence, in December of 1953. In Coco’s case, it was World War II that intervened, not a business opportunity. Karl Lagerfeld, the brilliant designer who maintains the Chanel brand, calls Coco’s historical boldness The Return. Lagerfeld’s brilliant short film of this piece of fashion history, starring actress Keira Knightly as a young Coco, can be found on YouTube. [LINK] After an intense “work-hiatus” on her Travilla projects, Kimberley is looking forward to her own Coco-like return—a renaissance actually—with the relaunch of Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture this spring. The 2015 season will mark 25 years that she has been designing couture since first broadening her world outside of this elegant enclave of cactus called Arizona. When Kimberley first moved to New York a decade and a half ago, fellow New Yorkers would ask incredulously, “Wait a minute … you moved here to New York … AWAY from Scottsdale? Don’t you have it backwards? We all want to move TO Scottsdale!” Now known around the world for its casual chic, as well as its cacti, Scottsdale has become a global citizen, joining the world of most-desired destinations. It is a region discovered. Like her childhood home of Scottsdale, Kimberley has also embraced an expanded concept of herself … that of being a global citizen. After all, Scottsdale and Kimberley both grew up to embrace a broader, bolder, beautiful world … cactus, couture, fashion capitals and all.


[Watch for the debut of Kimberley Ashley’s 11-part series of articles to be written for the digital version of Discover the Region –The Focus. Next month see her article, “The Phoenix Bird Always Rises: The Renaissance of Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture.” Stay tuned for her upcoming articles on Billy Travilla and his design muse Marilyn Monroe.] To subscribe, go to

To see the collections of KAHC and more photos of Travilla and Marilyn Monroe visit Kimberley’s Facebook pages: Kimberley Ashley Haute Couture, The Ashley Travilla Foundation and The Gentlemen Preferred Dressing the Blonde


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The spiritual significance of depression by Julianna Lyddon, MC

As a society that is asleep, we often expect results without putting in the effort to achieve those results.

What is spirituality?

There are many ways to define this rather abstract subject. For the sake of this article, let’s call it “our opportunity to awaken”.

What does it mean to awaken?

What if I were to tell you that most of us are asleep? Being asleep is another way of saying that we aren’t living up to our full potential - or that we aren’t standing in our light and power. We often don’t believe we have the right - or even the know-how to get there, even if we could. Instead, we carefully color inside the lines, never moving too far out of our comfort zones. We spend our lives doing what’s expected of us and often leading a mundane existence. As a society that is asleep, we often expect results without putting in the effort to achieve those results. We have become impatient people who are walking around with out-of-control brains. To that end, we have a pill for almost everything - one to wake up, one to sleep, one to feel happier, one to get well - and on and on. We have relinquished control to the craziness of life. It is therefore no wonder that we don’t feel fulfilled. This contributes to how we treat illness and disease in our nation. We don’t always want to go beneath the surface of the pain or issue at hand, but instead, we want to use the Band-Aid approach to temporarily fix whatever the problem is. After all, we rationalize, some fix is better than none at all.

Who were you born to be? Are you living that life or is there more for you?

People who are asleep experience what I call a “dark night of the soul”. This is a time when our inner pain has erupted in such a way that we feel compelled to find a new way out. Our pain may manifest itself in a variety of ways –and one of the most common ways is depression. As a marriage, child and family counselor and life coach, I have seen many levels and severities of depression, clinical and otherwise. In addition to that, I have seen even more depressive symptoms. Often, those who experience situational depression, or other depressive symptoms, feel numb or asleep. For them, everything is in black and white - no color graces the landscape of their lives. Their sadness is often all-consuming and alters their entire world, leaving them feeling lost and without purpose. Those who suffer with depression long for just one day where they can feel what they believe is “normal”.

I always tell my clients, “Congratulations…you now have an amazing opportunity to connect with what lies beneath.”

As strange as this may sound, this experience holds a magnitude of growth and opportunity. I have found over and over again, through witnessing this in my practice, that something deep within us triggers a chain reaction. This reaction is like a boulder that knocks us over in order to break us, so we can transform into our best self. We can’t change, evolve, and shift, by staying the same. We must fall apart in order to come back to our center, our truth, our purpose. Certain types of depression, and/ or depressive symptoms, can truly be the genesis of our spiritual experience….an “awakening” to whom we were born to be. 14

What if when someone was depressed we looked at it as a rite of passage, a chance to do work on discovering the self? What if we nurtured the individual and encouraged an exploration into the feelings? Let’s step outside of the box of labeling “depression” for just a moment. When someone first feels symptoms of depression, what is happening? This refers to going beneath the surface of the feeling. When we feel sad, anxious, frustrated, angry, etc., these are all signs that something is wrong. A barometer that our body/mind system shows us as a warning sign to pay attention. It doesn’t necessarily mean “cure” me, but more about “heal” me. Ask yourself, what needs your attention? We have been taught to stop feeling the yucky emotions or do something else that makes us happy, or creates a distraction, in order to feel better. Negative feelings are not all bad. What if we turned the depressed feelings inside out and gave ourselves the opportunity to visit the pain. When the feelings of depression are honored, it becomes a way to see the pain as an opportunity to dig deep to discover what awakening is waiting to be born.

Depression…if it’s turned inside out, what’s it made of?

Something magical happens when we reframe an illness or mental condition that has had a label and stigma for so long. I’m not saying that all depression is an awakening, but many illnesses, diseases, emotional and mental disorders or conditions all have similar roots….roots that attach to a nucleus that was put in place when we were born. It is much like a GPS system that alerts us when we are far from home…urging us to wake up, listen, and honor the fact that there is more and you have the opportunity to touch it and find your way home to who you really want to become. People who are awake find a way to honor the challenges of life. They may stumble and make mistakes, but ultimately they believe there must be more out there for them, and they strive to find it.



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The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity – even under the most difficult circumstances to add a deeper meaning to his life Victor Frankl Neurologist, Psychiatrist Holocaust Survivor and Author

The Quest to RegainVitality

by Dr. Bret Wilson

The Declaration of Independence states that the pursuit of happiness is an unalienable right.

The poet Longfellow penned the line, “Into each life some rain must fall”. German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, stated: “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” We are familiar with these quotes and probably recited them. Episodes of depression and anxiety are common to the human experience. The valleys help us appreciate the peaks so much more. Some of us get stuck in a depressed state that we can’t seem to get through. Let us examine the differences between the normal ebb and flow of life versus the isolation of clinical depression.

Each day we face the daily challenges and stresses of modern life.

Some days circumstances get the best of us, causing us to feel overwhelmed, anxious, angry and fatigued. We get up the next day with our reserves replenished and get back to the good fight. Some days it works like we planned, some days everything goes wrong. We all get the blues now and then. Events such as loss of a job, a death of a loved one or the end of a relationship will cause us to be naturally saddened, anxious and depressed. This is the expected response to these circumstances; it is a temporary state that will improve. Depression is a normal emotional state that we all experience.

Clinical depression is a mental disorder that interferes with daily function and health. Signs and symptoms are common

to both conditions: feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, changes in eating and sleeping habits, body aches. However if the state of depression lasts for extended periods of time, causing inability of the person to function normally, the blues can cross the line into clinical depression. We find ourselves unable to get out of bed or concentrate on our daily activities. The severity, frequency and duration vary with the individual. The episode may begin as a normal response to a life circumstance or without any known cause or provocative event. Some cases exhibit strong or recurrent thoughts of suicide. Minor negative stimulus can provoke disabling anger, or an exaggerated emotional response to mildly unpleasant circumstance. Men and women experience and show signs of depression differently. Depression is not a normal sign of aging, teenage angst can lead to clinical depression. Clinical depression, as with most health conditions, involves a combination of genetic, biological, environmental and psychological factors. One of the challenges is to determine if depression is a normal healthy response or a clinical mental disorder that requires treatment.

What is the opposite of depression? Most people might say happiness. Happiness is also a temporary state experienced by everyone based

on a multitude of genetic, biologic, environmental and psychological factors. An emerging field in psychological research is authentic happiness. The goal is to determine and develop positive emotional and mental abilities that enhance health and prevent disease. Depression is also seen as a needed adaptive response of the brain to given circumstances. Withdraw from the outside world and focus on the stressor can provide a resolution to make changes and find a solution. The loss of a job and the temporary depressed state allows for self-reflection, motivation and the eventual action to find a new job.


Clinical depression is a breakdown of adaptive behavior.

Your get up and go has got up and went, and you do not care. Andrew Solomon, a writer who has personal experience with depression, contends that “the opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality.” Vitality is the pursuit of a meaningful life with physical and emotional vigor. We have experienced those who have remained vital through long periods of stressful circumstances. The patient with a terminal illness that maintains connections to loved ones and quality of life, despite bouts of depression and anxiety; contrasted to the person with a chronic illness that is complicated by clinical depression that impairs response to treatment and quality of life.

What can be done if you or someone you love is suffering from depression?

Take stock of the number and severity of the signs and symptoms of depression that are exhibited. Of particular concern are feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and intolerance. Thoughts of suicide should be considered genuine threats and a sign that urgent intervention is necessary. Early professional consultation and evaluation can help determine appropriate treatment measures. The best practice has been a combination of counseling and anti-depressant medication. Mental health is no different than physical health, proper evaluation diagnosis and treatment can help people regain their health. Pursuit of healthy stress management and mental wellness practices can help to reduce or prevent the blues from becoming a disease. Many of these same techniques can be shown as beneficial self- help lifestyle choices if outside treatment in needed.

Communication is one of the keys to resolving depression. Find a friend or family member that you

can confide in about what you are feeling and how you are dealing with your emotions. Embarrassment and withdraw from friends only feeds the depression and further impairs emotional health. Writing down feelings and thoughts has been shown to be therapeutic. Meditation and prayer is also a beneficial form of self- communication. If you want to help someone, offer to talk with them, be there to listen, offer support and encouragement.

Exercise and remain active. Walk, go to the gym, and work in the yard. Return to activities you

have enjoyed in the past. Schedule an activity with a partner to help keep you motivated. Physical activity is important for your mental and physical health. Get adequate rest and sleep. Try to schedule sleep at regular intervals. Avoid staying in bed all day or trying to stay awake for prolonged periods.

Eat a healthy diet. Eat meals and snacks at regular intervals. Avoid skipping meals and over eating.

Limit intake of sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine, white flour, and processed foods. Emphasize a plant based diet, lean proteins and healthy fats. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. Eating meals with family and friends is a healthy choice.

Give yourself time to work through the process. Most depression is temporary and a normal response to circumstances. Depression is treatable through self-help and health care interventions. Remind yourself that positive thoughts will begin to replace negative ones and things will get better. You need time to heal, be realistic in your timetable for return to a more normal state.


A better understanding of the signs and symptoms of depression, the factors that lead to greater risk of clinical depression, mental health measures and improved communication about depression can help us all live vital lives. 17

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Where the Rubber Hits the Road in by Celeste Crouch


Litchfield Park

he Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio has had a great impact on Arizona since the early days of statehood in 1912. Paul W. Litchfield of Goodyear came to Arizona in early 1916 and his purpose in coming was to plant cotton. In 1903, he had designed and patented the pneumatic tire. It required a cotton fiber cord to give it strength.

In 1916, during WWI, the best grade of Pima Cotton came from Egypt and the supply was cut off during the war by the German U-Boats. The major US cotton crops were in Georgia and So. Carolina and had been infested with boll weevils. The transportation industry was just getting started and Mr. Litchfield could see the great potential for cars, trucks, buses, etc. Cotton for his new pneumatic tire was urgently needed.


The only way to get the needed cotton for the tire cord was to plant it. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company took the unprecedented option of planting thousands of acres of cotton. Mr. Litchfield studied the US Dept. of Agriculture reports that said Arizona was compatible to Egypt in climate and soil conditions and that cotton would grow in Arizona. In 1916, Mr. Litchfield was looking for acreage to produce cotton and this brought him to the area of Litchfield Park. He purchased around 16,000 acres of land in the Litchfield area for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. The pneumatic tractor tires were designed and built in Akron and brought to Arizona for testing. The early steel wheels on farm tractors were replaced by the new rubber tired tractors tested in Litchfield Park. By 1935-41 the pneumatic tires used on farm equipment had increased from 14% to 96%. The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company considered leaving Arizona, but Mr. Litchfield loved it and wanted to stay. There had been many other exciting things happening on the ranch. Crop rotation was started to utilize the farms when Cotton production was out of season. Scientific food for cattle was produced and was a major use of the land. Other activities such as Tire & Farm Equipment Testing and other special activities started. At the same time the SW Cotton Farms were getting starting so was the Village of Litchfield. Mr. Litchfield was a visionary and created a very unique area that has become downtown Litchfield Park. In 1918, he hired architect L. G. Knipe to help him layout the design for the future city. A downtown area made with Adobe bricks included a Grocery Store, Barber Shop, Pool Hall and a Restaurant. The Organizational House which later became the famed Wigwam Resort was built in 19181919 for visiting Goodyear Executives. In the early 1930’s the Goodyear Blimp Resolute was brought to the Wigwam to entertain guests. It provided sight seeing trips over the Salt River Valley and also provided an opportunity for aerial photography for Goodyear.


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Mr. Litchfield loved the Hill north of town and bought acreage around it to build a home. He named it Rancho La Loma which means a Hill. He purchased the land in 1920 and built a home in 1927. He maintained his home in Akron, Ohio that he called The Anchorage. He and his family spent time between their two homes in Ohio and Arizona. In 1943, the name was changed from Southwest Cotton Company to Goodyear Farms. It remained Goodyear Farms until 1986 when Goodyear sold their holdings in this area. It became the City of Litchfield Park in 1987. In the early 1950’s the Goodyear Farms changed the local area from farms to planned villages. This was the start of the transition from a rural area to a thriving urban area. Goodyear owned Litchfield Park and The Wigwam Resort for 70 years from 1916-1986. Near Litchfield Park the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians Baseball teams from Ohio have Spring Training stadiums. Nearby Phoenix International Raceway hosts NASCAR that uses Goodyear Tires. This area has become a thriving and active area. Where there was Cotton there is now Rooftops.



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Carefree Arcology

A tour into the architecture of ecology

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troll through this beautiful private estate in Carefree, Arizona, and you’ll no doubt be impressed by its five bedrooms, six bathrooms and nine-car garage. The split-level main floor is gorgeous, with a master retreat on one side and three full bedroom suites on the other. The living room and dining room spaces entice guests to relish in the amenities, man-made and natural alike. Stunningly laid out, this mountainside beauty overlooks The Boulders Resort. One can see all the way to Pinnacle Peak, Camelback Mountain and beyond in what can only be called breathtaking splendor as the sun and moon cast their daily art in the Arizona sky.


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Sixty percent of this estate is either original mountainside formations or reclaimed and repurposed earth and rock. The huge boulder inside the master retreat bathroom is quite a sight to behold.

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The architecture of this home is an example of arcology, a word coined from “architecture” and “ecology” by designer Paolo Soleri. His work is showcased in Central Arizona’s Arcosanti, a pedestrian-friendly “arcology prototype” that has been evolving for decades. Arcology is so much more than incorporating the landscape into a structure or space. It is a demonstrable solution for urban sprawl and resource consumption.


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“Carefree is home to upper-income retirees and an enclave for artists and entrepreneurs.� Source: Wikipedia

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Gazing out at the city lights from the deck of this one-of-a-kind home brings one very clear thought to mind. Sustainable, zerowaste ecology never looked so good!

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Bad to the Bone by Eboni Lacey

Many women today claw through countless garments, search on the web for hours and visit nearly every store in the mall looking for the one piece of clothing that makes them look bold and daring. However, finding this unique piece goes way beyond the department store. It has to be perfectly constructed by a designer who understands the formality of the piece and can use different fabrics and sewing techniques so that the garment looks great on every body type. Fashion Designer, Delora Fuglem, built a clothing brand specifically made so that every women can not only feel fabulous, but can feel so fierce and confident that nothing scares her as she walks down the street.

Though Fuglem is only 24 and a self-defined country-girl, she became extremely interested in fashion, starting with putting concepts together and drawing things out around age 11. “It’s kind of funny – I grew up on a farm in North Dakota and I was a tom boy,” Fuglem said. “But I always wanted to do fashion. I would take tote bags and buy little patches and start hand-sowing them together and making dorky, dinky little things like that.” Even though she knew what she wanted to do pretty early in life, Fuglem feels that her education at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising really helped her mature into her craft.


“When I dress up, get ready and put clothes on that make me feel good, I feel like a whole different person,” Fuglem said. “My designs are very fashion-forward and futuristic – like you can be in an action movie. I want my client to feel fearless in her clothing. I want her to feel unstoppable.” Fuglem’s brand is called Kismit – meaning destiny and fate, and includes edgy, futuristic designs with minimal colors to compliment a woman’s natural figure and beauty. Her most recent collection, Bad To The Core, was showcased at Phoenix Fashion Week 2014 and featured black and white designs with an ultramodern look. “One of the themes for the season is called “Core” and it’s black, white and gray and minimalist,” Fuglem said. “Black just makes you feel edgier. It is a very sophisticated color – a strong, powerful color.”

“FIDM is a 2-year school for the associates of the arts – but the two years is like four pushed into two,” Fuglem explains. “I never went out. I literally think I went to one friend’s birthday party and left early because it was just too much work. FIDM is cut-throat and really challenging. It’s pretty much a glimpse into what the fashion industry is. It is so fast and you have to be so ahead of the game. You can’t screw around. There is no time to play. I was even working on my birthday.” The Kismit brand had a very successful show at Fashion Week and since then, her clothing has become extremely well-known within the Phoenix Community. Fellow Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Jenesis Laforcarde, explains how inspired and impressed she was when she saw her new collection on the runway.

“I think Delora is a talented designer and her designs are super edgy,” Laforcarde said. “Her clothing is made perfectly for the bold woman that is not afraid to go outside of the box.” Laforcarde also adds that Fuglem’s personality really helps in how she runs her business. “She is a very friendly and approachable person and can light up your day with every conversation you have with her,” Laforcarde said. “That’s the perfect quality to have as a designer.” When asked about her inspirations and how she comes up with her designs, Fuglem explains that a lot of her inspiration comes naturally. She further explains that she loves the idea of minimalism, lines and architecture, but she’s not a conventional designer – she envisions something, sketches it and then puts further influence in the final construction of the garment. She really feels that her abilities go far beyond her inspiration or her schooling. “It was honestly a calling on my heart,” Fuglem said. “I just knew what I wanted to do. “I feel like God gives you gifts – and this is the gift that God has given me.” To see the “Bad To The Core” collection and learn a little bit more about the Kismit brand, visit www.officialkismit. com of check out her video at:



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Gabriel’s Angels by Krystle-lee Dodson


abriel’s Angels - what a beautiful beacon of true humanity. Gabriel’s Angels is a non-profit organization that unites therapy teams and at risk youth. Therapy teams consist of a licensed therapy pet and their owner. They visit crisis nurseries, domestic violence and homeless shelters, self-contained classrooms, after school programs, and so on, servicing 120 agencies throughout Arizona. This organization has been growing in AZ for the last 14 years, now reaching 14,000 kids annually; but that is only 70% of the need. They do not receive Federal or State funding instead all of their funds are raised through what’s called the resource engine or individual donations, events, and grants when available. Gabriel’s Angels recruits, trains, places, and manages around 175 teams, and is governed by a board of directors. The essential mission of Gabriel’s Angels is to end the cycle of violence, domestic violence and also violence towards animals as the two often coincide. Most of these kids have been through trauma and have learned as early as age three to put up walls and not to trust, some of them have stopped talking and feel like they’ve lost their reasons to smile altogether. Animals can reach these children on a level that no person any longer can, the dogs bring out the joy and compassion and shine a bright, positive light in their lives. These therapy teams make regular visits to teach the idea that abandonment is not eminent, and they do activities designed to “turn anger into compassion and build life skills”. It is such an inspiring sight to be able to witness that moment when hope is restored in a child’s heart, words cannot do it justice. It is even just so heartwarming to listen to Pam Gaber, Founder of Gabriel’s Angels, talk about the work they are doing. Her passion is unmistakable and exudes from her with every word – “I believe a therapy dog can help a child. Someday those kids are going to be us, and we need to take care of our most valuable citizens”. She started the organization with her gentle gray dog, Gabriel, because she discovered a


need with these youth, a hunger for love and a thirst to be shown benevolence, and then she discovered the wonderful power of animals to fulfill that need. When a child has been hurt by an adult there is no way an adult can break down that wall, but there is something about those floppy ears and wet nose that can miraculously reach the vulnerability and melt away the anger. Gabriel’s Angels is set up so that anybody can be a part in some way or another. People can donate and those donations are eligible for the charitable tax credit, people can become a pet therapy team by getting their pet licensed, or can even become an assistant to a pet therapy team. If you feel moved to be a part of this organization or just want to learn more you can visit their website at “Trust is not a bad thing� and it is important every child has the opportunity to know that. 31

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T-3 Modernization at Sky Harbor Airport by David J. Ramirez


ravelers are increasingly yearning for an easy and efficient travelexperience while enjoying the shops, restaurants and amenities they’ve come to love and expect. With these goals in mind, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Terminal 3 will soon undergo a major transformation to provide a modern, customer-friendly terminal. The Terminal 3 Modernization Program is a major comprehensive construction effort that is already underway and expected to extend to 2020. It involves a passel of people and entities, but the ultimate goals are concrete and unambiguous: enhance the customer experience and create a more efficient terminal for passengers and business partners. Sky Harbor’s point person for the project is Art Fairbanks, an eightyear veteran of the Aviation Department whose previous stints included work in the Director’s Office and managing Phoenix Deer Valley Airport, among other positions. “People will notice the changes inside and outside the terminal, before and after security and even onto the concourse,” Fairbanks said. “The whole terminal is getting an upgrade.” Fairbanks notes that along with the new walls, new flooring and new equipment, the new look will also offer passengers a new perspective of the surrounding area.

The project will be developed in three 3 phases: Phase 1: Consolidating the north and south security

checkpoint into one expanded checkpoint, new ticket counters, more baggage handling capacity, new shops, restaurants and passenger amenities.

Phase 2: A newly rebuilt south concourse with additional gates. Phase 3: Upgrades to the north concourse, including new food and beverage, retail and other customer service amenities.

“We’re blessed to have more than 300 days of sunshine each year, and we want the climate of Arizona to be the star of the show,” he said. “So we’ll have plenty of large windows where people will be able to look out and see Phoenix’s natural landmarks, like the downtown skyline, Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain and South Mountain.” Eventually, the Terminal 2 airlines will be moved into Terminal 3, and Terminal 2 will be closed. For more information on the Terminal 3 Modernization Program and business opportunities, visit:

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A consolidated, bigger security checkpoint Additional ticket counters Additional baggage processing capacity Additional baggage claim carousels New and expanded food concessions and retail Additional gates Expanded curb for drop-off and pickup


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Crested Cactus RAW AZ By Matthew DeYoung & Justin Swartzentruber


Justin and I started our trip with the intention of shooting the cover for this issue of Discover The Phoenix Region magazine. It’s funny how life throws surprise opportunities at you when you least expect it. Our plan evolved into us finding a rare treasure of the Arizona desert and resulted in a multi-location shoot; the cover and a few photos of this beautiful Crested Saguaro Cactus. No one really knows how many Crested Saguaros are out there, but most of the sources I’ve found say that about 1 in every 200,000 Saguaros have this eye catching deformity. Needless to say, it’s pretty rare to find them. A quick google search will pull up quite a few websites built by admirers of this beautiful plant and many of them catalogue locations and pictures so you can go out and find them in the wild. Or if you keep your eyes open you might just see one close to the road like we did with this Crested Cactus. It just happened to be a few miles from our primary shooting location in Oro Valley, Tucson. Once we were done with the cover shoot we had to go back and capture this rear beauty. Biologists aren’t really sure what causes the crest. The most popular theories are genetic mutation, bacterial infection, freezing damage and lightning strikes. The estimated average lifespan is about 150 years. In 1893 Arizona participated in the Chicago World’s Fair by actually transporting a Crested Cactus as well as other landscaping as part of a display touting the territorial bounties. Over a 6-month period over 26 million people would flock to the Chicago World’s Fair and marvel at this majestic beauty. All in all it’s pretty rare to find one of these and probably even rarer to just happen to have your best camera gear with you when you do. What a great find! Another reminder of one of the many great and hidden natural attractions Arizona has to offer.

A lot of our photo shoots happen by seizing the moment, acting on a gut feeling or taking time to pause to enjoy. We see something we like and just decide to get out there and shoot it. I guess adventure is in our blood and we both happen to love the desert. Stay tuned for more articles in the digital version of Discover The Region (The Focus) with RAW AZ: A look at the adventures of 2 Arizona photographers and their sometimes odd, but fun little adventures getting out and capturing the breathtaking sights.


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Arizona Hiking Guide


2 miles This trail is a 2 mile multi-use path that runs parallel to N. 48th St. in Phoenix. It is a useful resource for the community, connecting nearby residences to schools, recreation facilities & shopping.


.5 miles This short trail parallels N 67th Avenue in Glendale, along a portion of the Thunderbird Recreation Area. The trail provides a connection between nearby residences and educational facilities. Crossing 67th Avenue gives users access to the Hillcrest Ranch Trail.


5.2 miles The AZ-51 Trail parallels Arizona Route 51/Piestewa Freeway on a paved route between Reach 11 Recreation Area and the golf course at E. Cactus Road near N. 42nd Street. The trail provides access to surrounding communities, county government facilities, schools, neighborhoods, hospitals and numerous parks and businesses.


19 miles The entire trail follows an historic railroad route offering gentle trail grades and beautiful scenery. Formerly the railroad hauled logs from various parts of the Apache National Forest and the White Mountain Apache Reservation and later hauled tourists from McNary on a tour of the White Mountains. It has been unused for 3 decades.


.3 miles The Arroyo Trail is a short trail from the Pine Knoll Trail at Pine Knoll Dr. to the north side of I-40 in Flagstaff.


16 miles The Arizona Canal Trail is one of the longer multi-use trails in Maricopa County. This trail runs for 16 miles between Phoenix and Peoria along the Arizona Canal, one of the counties vital waterways. The trail is largely continuous along a number of parallel pathsways adjacent to the concrete-lined channel. It provides access to a large number of residences, commercial centers, schools and other recreational opportunities.



817 miles The Arizona Trail stretches 817 miles across the state of Arizona (north– south), from the Arizona–Utah border west of Lake Powell to the Arizona–Mexico border west of Bisbee. The trail traverses a wide diversity of terrain, passing among canyons, desert, mountains and forests and linking wilderness areas, towns and cities, historic sites and points of interest.


3.3 miles This trail serves to connect the communities of Litchfield Park and Goodyear, just outside of Phoenix. This utilitarian-style path parallels Indian School Rd. and Litchfield Rd., passing parks, business, and residences along the way.


2.3 miles This trail has a more rural feel than other trails in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Located within the community of Queen Creek, and following the banks of Queen Creek Wash, this trail passes open space, farmland, and some smaller residential communities.


4.2 miles The Route 66 Trail in Flagstaff begins in the heart of the beautiful historic downtown district right next to the picturesque Flagstaff Train Depot. Parking is available right along historic Route 66 at the visitor center adjacent to the trailhead.


2.2 miles This trail runs along the south bank of the Salt River in Tempe. The trail connects the Arizona State University Tempe Campus with a number of parks. The trail offers a nice recreational respite of residence of the metropolitan area.


3.5 miles This trail runs parallel to Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale. The trail consists of two disconnected segments. The western segment has a much more suburban feel than the eastern segment, which is more rural. This trail provides a useful transportation and recreation corridor for the surrounding communities.


7.4 miles This trail parallels the Tempe Canal between Tempe and Mesa. The trail consists of two disconnected segments, both of which serve a large number of residents, businesses and public facilities.



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Sydney Paige McCutcheon:

Where is She Now


he had packed up the book she had spent the last four years working on, and decided she must have been wrong. This must not have been it.

Sydney Paige McCutcheon at the age of fourteen knew exactly what it was she was going to do in life: She was going to be an actress. She had also made her first attempt at writing a novel. Writing had started with Sydney at an early age but was more noticed in the fourth grade when her teacher taught poetry. She loved how words could flow like music, and it gave her a way to express thoughts and feelings at a time when friendships were hard to come by, and rejection was very familiar.


At ten years old she won first place (of her grade) in a Mayo Clinic Poetry Contest, and got second place the following year. As she journeyed through High School, ideas came to her like scenes in a film, and she started to write those scenes for books. Senior year came and she wrote a completed book over the course of the year. Graduation came, and that summer she wrote a second completed book called “Henry”. August came and she didn’t move to LA. She didn’t go to auditions during the day and then work as a waitress at night. She continued her part-time job in Arizona, waiting for the opportunity (she wasn’t sure what kind of opportunity) to come and change everything as she served customers in the day, and stayed up late writing. A year went by and during that time she sent out query letters for both books, got one close call, but the rest were rejections. She also was given the opportunity to write a monthly blog for Discover the Region, and though non-fiction seemed intimidating, it was a creative outlet. She would need it for the two years where there was no other writing on her part, except for the blog. In 2014, she decided to take a hiatus from the blog and focus on “Henry.” Chopping through the draft, she cut the word count, rewrote a query, and sent out more letters. In the past, people (even editors) suggested the idea of self-publishing.

But Sydney had a plan. She was going to get an agent, get a record book deal, and millions of people would soon be reading her books. That was fourteen-year-old Sydney talking, that was fifteen-year-old Sydney talking, and sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, all the way to twenty-two year old Sydney talking (except for the radio silence years when she wasn’t sure what was going on). But as months passed and more rejection letters came, twenty-two and a half year old Sydney took a look back at her life. She remembered her plan, a plan she had kept inside her heart for eight long years, and realized that it wasn’t going to be the way she thought it would be. So she decided to pack up “Henry”, and move on. Let that dream go. She had no plans for what was next. Day-to-day seemed full enough. Then the month of June came and she was sitting down at her computer, thinking over what to do with her life, with her writing, when the notion came back to her: Self Publishing.

It went against everything she said she would do, but suddenly in that moment, it was a branch to the authortree. And she grabbed onto it, researching different techniques, avenues, and tips. Ask her and she will give thanks and credit all to God for how everything worked out. From editing services, to a professional cover, things went smoothly. At the start of June she had only been researching the Self Publishing route, and then three months later, on August 26, 2014 her debut novel, “Henry” was published. The start of her dream had come true, and for Sydney Paige McCutcheon, this is just the beginning. [Where to Buy Novel “Henry”] — (Paperback/Kindle) [Currently Working On] — A Collection of Short Stories and Poems


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