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on the cover Read more about how local realtor Franca Amoroso-Chang embraces diversity and sustainability on page 14. Pictured: Franca Amoroso-Chang, her husband Fann Chang, and grandchildren Luca and Mia.

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he holidays are a cherished time of year. While I can be a bit of a Scrooge at times, I definitely appreciate sharing the holiday season with family and close friends, snuggling up by the fire with my dog and watching holiday movies, making meals together, and genuinely enjoying time spent among loved ones. I say I’m a Scrooge mainly over decorations being put up too early (this year I honestly saw a Christmas tree set up in someone’s window back in September), Christmas music played on loop 24/7, and the overall consumerism and materialism associated with the holiday. I enjoy picking out and giving gifts, especially those that are meaningful, handmade and locally purchased. But what drives me bonkers is the idea that giving and receiving gifts is the only part of the holiday season. Purchasing gifts just because they’re on sale or because you feel you have to is not the right attitude. Finding gifts for people that they will use, that will make them laugh, or that they will cherish are better alternatives. And don’t feel you have to buy everyone in your life something. Make a big batch of cookies or apple cider to bring to the office or give to relatives. Everyone enjoys feeling special and included, and giving a handmade food item is a great way to do that, without breaking the bank or attributing to more “stuff.”

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In Green Living’s December Unity issue, enjoy articles on overcoming mind clutter; a celebration of holiday culture; cooking with the Godmothers; Dr. Gladys McGarey, the Mother of Holistic Medicine; fur parents; and more. Don’t miss our holiday recipes on pages 40-41, featuring a fall cocktail to warm you up, roasted carrots and cucumber pumpkin appetizers, and homemade baklava. Also learn about local realtor Franca Amoroso-Chang in our cover story about why embracing diversity and promoting sustainability is important to her and her family. Please join us at our Simple Solutions Summit community event coming up on Saturday, December 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tempe Buttes resort. We will have a panel of local expert speakers from ASU, City of Phoenix, DLR Group, HonorHealth, Maricopa County Air Quality and SRP discussing their simple solutions on six pillars of sustainability: air, education, energy, food, water and waste. We will also have over 40 interactive booth exhibits, a kids’ area with hands-on activities, an Eco Tank competition where budding eco- and social-entrepreneurs can pitch their green and social good ideas to a panel of judges and win prizes and much more. For more information and to RSVP, visit Be sure to browse our Green Gift Guide on starting on page 22 for local inspiration! Just don’t forget to take time and enjoy the season with family and friends. It’s not about the gifts. It’s not about making the perfect meal. It’s about being together.

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he average human can survive one month without food, one week without sleep, and only 72 hours without water. The world’s most important resource is also one of the scarcest. Less than three percent of Earth’s water is freshwater, which is especially a concern in Arizona, where only 0.3 percent of land is covered by water, the lowest in the U.S. If anything were to put our water supply at risk, we would be in big trouble. Yet, some still do not know the dire situation we are dealing with. The documentary film from SRP and the National Forest Foundation “Protecting the Source: The Collaborative Road to Restoring Arizona’s Forests” tells the story of how neglected forests have fueled enormous fires and put our water supply at risk, and it also shows how we can turn it around. The forests where our water comes from are ticking time bombs. The trees are now dense and overgrown, which makes them burn stronger and longer. From 1980-2000 a little over one million acres of forests were destroyed or damaged by fires in and around the Salt and Verde watersheds. Since 2000, over two million acres have burned. Lin Sue Cooney, director of community engagement for Hospice of the Valley, former 12 News anchor, and host of the documentary, spoke about the importance of this project: “We absolutely have to protect this precious resource for us and for future generations.”

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The majority of water in the Phoenix metropolitan area comes from northern Arizona forests. The water that comes out of your sink, shower or garden hose starts as rain or snowfall up north. It travels from the high elevation forests within our watersheds and makes its way to reservoirs before SRP delivers it to farms, businesses and homes. These watersheds are in danger from catastrophic wildfires. “Unhealthy forests and watersheds up north have a direct impact on our quality of life in our own neighborhoods,” said Cooney. “If wildfires continue to ravage our forests every year, then the clean and sustainable water supply we all share, that we all count on to always be there, will be in jeopardy.” The key to solving this issue? Removing the fuel for the fire. “We need to cut trees. That’s a good thing,” said Bruce Hallin, director of water supply at SRP. “Tree density is currently at about 1,000 trees per acre, and we need to reduce that to less than 50 per acre, which is what it used to be. If not, we’re going to continue to have these catastrophic wildfires.” The health of our watersheds and forests directly affects the lives of everyone in Arizona. Outside of directly supporting the cause, it is important to stay educated on the issue and spread awareness. “At first glance, the scope of the issues plaguing Arizona’s forests can appear overwhelming,” said Rebecca Davidson, director of the Southern Rockies Region at

ENVIRONMENT “Tree density is currently at about 1,000 trees per acre, and we need to reduce that to less than 50 per acre, which is what it used to be. If not, we’re going to continue to have these catastrophic wildfires.” – Bruce Hallin, director of water supply at SRP

the National Forest Foundation. “But everyone can play a role in improving the situation: Donations to local efforts like the Northern Arizona Forest Fund that restore watershed resources in the very forests that protect our water supplies, understand the issues by connecting with this film, and when you are out camping and enjoying our National Forests, make sure to take care of your campfires,” she continued. The documentary was shown at SRP’s Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy conference in 2015 and recently won the 2016 Rocky Mountain Southwest Emmy Award for Special Environmental Program. The PBS documentary “Fire and Water: Restoring Arizona’s Forests” will play on KAET Channel 8 at 9:00 p.m. on December 7. To find out more and help support the cause, visit and Ludwig Ahgren is a journalism and English student at Arizona State University. He enjoys performing comedy, writing about new topics and eating local food. Read more environment articles at

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f you attended the fourth grade in Arizona, you learned about the state’s five core economic pillars that propelled it to statehood and beyond more than a hundred years ago. Do you remember them? COPPER was king in 1863 when one in four people in the state were actually copper miners. Arizona’s copper boomtown, Bisbee, was the largest U.S. city between San Francisco and St. Louis in those days. The high demand and value of copper today keeps this commodity an important part of Arizona’s economy. CATTLE numbered just shy of two million head at the time of statehood, as Arizona was a major beef provider for the nation. Today, cattle ranching remains a significant Arizona industry. At a little less than one million head today, Arizona provides beef to over 4.5 million Americans. COTTON is close to my heart as my grandfather was a cotton farmer in Chandler. Today, you see golf carts where John Deeres once roamed, as his farm became the Sunbird Golf Resort some years ago. Even without Grandpa Cecil’s farm, Arizona remains a leading cotton producer in the U.S.

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CITRUS entered the Arizona agricultural scene in the 1880s following the reconstruction of the ancient Hohokam irrigation canals. Peaking around 1970, citrus production continues to be an important cash crop. However, with suburban expansion, many groves turned into upscale residential home sites. Today, Arizona cultivates about 1/4 of its 1970 high. CLIMATE is the only “C” Arizona could not export. Every year, more and more folks decide they have shoveled their last snowfall and come to join all those before them who traded a lot of cold for a little hot. In 2015, Phoenix became the sixth largest city in the U.S. So what about the sixth “C”? Along with newer and even more modern math, what will future fourth graders have to memorize? CHAMPIONSHIPS! More and more major sporting events are finding Arizona to be a great destination for fans to cheer on their favorite teams. The NFL has elected Arizona three times in the past two decades to determine its Super Bowl Champion: first in 1996, then 2008, and most recently in 2015. Earlier this year, Alabama defeated Clemson in the


2016 College Football Playoff National Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Looking forward to 2017, we can hardly wait for the NCAA Men’s Final Four to play out and determine their next national champion, once again in Arizona. While all of these championships are sanctioned by different entities and even different sports, a single green thread runs through each of them. The NFL, the CFP and the NCAA all foster a serious effort to produce their events with minimal impact to the local environment. Not an easy undertaking considering the hundreds of thousands of people these events cumulatively involve. The 2015 Super Bowl XLIX was touted as the “Greenest Super Bowl ever” with SRP supplying all of the game’s electricity with 100 percent wind generated power. It was also the first Super Bowl to be played under 100 percent LED lighting! The 2016 CFP green initiative included composting, recycling, sustainability signage and utilizing recycled building material. In addition, excess prepared food was donated to local food banks and recovery programs. The CFP onsite sustainability plan of action took more than eight months of effort to develop. The 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four intends to take green sporting to the next level, beginning right here in Arizona. For months, a dedicated team of green-minded people has been meeting to develop a blueprint (or should one say greenprint?) for efficiency and sustainability. This will apply not only to the 2017 Final Four events in Arizona, but in future Final Four events to be held in 2018 (San Antonio), 2019 (Minneapolis), 2020 (Atlanta), and in 2021 (Indianapolis). It’s clear that the sixth “C” is here to stay in the great state of Arizona. It’s also clear that the respective sanctioning body’s intents are to leave our state better and greener than they found it. Eric Cohen grew up on a one-acre organic garden tended to by his father, who was also a regular contributor to organic gardening and farming magazines. Eric continues his father’s “green” traditions, living on one-acre in Mesa with his own organic garden. Read more environment articles at environment

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ver the past couple of years, Keep Arizona Beautiful (KAZB) has been working hard to visit communities throughout the state, to learn about their local environmental challenges, to share their stories, and to shine a spotlight on their successes. KAZB has developed the Environmental Resources Roadshow (ERR), a unique public/private partnership with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (Recycling and Brownfields programs) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (Adopt a Highway Volunteer Program) to let people in rural communities know what kind of resources are available to support their local efforts. The staff at KAZB has put in hundreds of miles traveling to 26 towns, from Bisbee to Kayenta, Somerton to PinetopLakeside, Kingman to Holbrook and many points in between. Along the way, they met and talked with people in small towns across Arizona who were eager to step up and work with others to tackle highway litter, illegal dumping, e-waste, household hazardous waste, cigarette litter, brownfields, and overall blight. The work being done is wonderful, and some of their success stories have been shared in these pages. But more is needed.

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Every city faces complicated budget considerations, and rural cities have the added challenge of limited access to facilities and equipment. Through the ERR program, communities are able to work together regionally to meet these challenges. These short presentations are offered to any city that requests it, but a new initiative called the Rural Environmental Action Planning program (REAP) is coming to the forefront. REAP focuses on identifying specific local problems (like illegal dumping, for instance), building organized, local coalitions, and developing specific action plans to address the issues. The REAP program brings together stakeholders throughout a community to form a coalition and to identify together what the critical issues are, what needs to be done, what resources are available, what resources are needed, and how to create a sustainable solution for the problem. An action plan is drafted and regular meetings are scheduled to move the work forward. Keep Arizona Beautiful and their partners at ADEQ and ADOT provide ongoing technical support and document the entire process. The goal is to have case studies that show how to create sustainable solutions to local environmental issues.


The staff at KAZB has put in hundreds of miles traveling to 26 towns, from Bisbee to Kayenta, Somerton to Pinetop-Lakeside, Kingman to Holbrook and many points in between.

The pilot project began in Kayenta in 2016, and the program will be rolled out to the rest of the state beginning in January 2017. Several communities are already lined up to participate, including the San Carlos Apache reservation, Safford and Globe. Thank you to everyone across the state who steps up and takes responsibility for keeping Arizona beautiful. No single person or agency can solely tackle the problems our communities face, but building strong coalitions of engaged citizens is an important first step. Here’s to a cleaner, more beautiful Arizona in the years ahead! If your community is interested in learning more about how to benefit from the REAP program, please visit or email Jill Bernstein is the Executive Director of Keep Arizona Beautiful, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering communities to take care of their environment through litter abatement, recycling and beautification. Read more environment articles at

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ith fewer than 9,000 and structures in the narrow valley, they have taken out sewer residents, Greenlee County and water mains and lift stations, leaving millions of dollars of is more a community than repairs each time. Climate change is coming with a price tag a county. If its residents don’t know in Greenlee County. each other, they certainly know of During the horrific southwest deluge of 1983, the each other. The giant Clifton-Morenci San Francisco River sent muddy, silt-filled water and debris copper mining complex (pictured into South Clifton, causing millions of dollars in damage. above) employs some 4,000 workers, Federal and state disaster funds poured into Greenlee County DAVID A. SCHALLER making the county one of those special for both recovery work and to build a massive $23 million places where people work together, achieve solutions together floodgate and a 20-foot-high levee. By the mid-90s, the project and, on occasion, deal with adversity together. was largely operational – its goal: keep the San Francisco Apart from its economic base of mining, Greenlee County River out of Main Street Clifton. The last time the floodgate enjoys a small but productive ranching and agricultural was closed to protect the town was in 2013, although officials heritage around the village of Duncan. Recreation, too, is conduct annual drills to ensure the structure remains in popular in a county with abundant public lands composed working order. The floodgate and levee are intended to protect of steep mountain zones of pine and oak Clifton from small and medium floods, but forests along with the high altitudes of nearly the entire town is subject to damage the Chihuahuan desert. Yet despite its by floods that overtop the walls. seclusion in far eastern Arizona along Climate risk is assuming a drier form the hilly New Mexico border, Greenlee in eastern Greenlee County where the County has not escaped the onset of ongoing Arizona drought has damaged changes linked to a warming climate. ranching interests. From 1995 to 2014, Flooding has been the dominant natural farmers and ranchers have been paid hazard in the county, owing to its steep almost $3 million in disaster-related terrain, narrow floodplain, and the high relief, with the majority of those funds rainfall events that can now come in any associated with livestock assistance season. Climate change is making things and aid. Drought is also increasing worse. Natural disaster declarations due risks of wildfire in forested areas as to flash floods have increased in frequency well as reducing the vegetative cover in recently, with three in the last five years watersheds, reducing rainfall absorption alone. Flooding in Clifton’s vulnerable in the soil, and amplifying the county’s Wards Canyon has not only destroyed roads existing flooding hazards. Greenlee county is highlighted in red

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Top: Clifton’s floodgates. Bottom: The 1983 flood in Clifton.

A joint program of: With the growing climate threats faced by Greenlee County, it is encouraging to see an all-in effort by the tightly-knit community to plan for what may come next. State hazard mitigation plans are now required to incorporate existing threats along with the effects of climate change as a threat multiplier. The Greenlee County 2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan update is now underway, and it includes new multi-hazard provisions addressing drought, flooding, wildfire and levee failure. Added consideration is being given to beefed-up emergency warning systems, tougher building codes, water efficiency steps, improved stormwater management, automated flood barriers, and an integrated public works/emergency management/ development services program to help prevent development in flood-prone regions. Greenlee County has taken a lot of abuse from Mother Nature over the years, and the future is setting up to be just as challenging. With its creative development approaches, sound planning, and a strong level of preparedness, the county is much better positioned for the surprises and disruption that climate change has in store for us all. For Green Living’s climate change series, each month we will focus on one of Arizona’s 15 counties and how climate change is affecting it specifically. Next month’s installment will focus on La Paz County.



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iversity is what the United States was built on. Living with people from all nationalities is one part of what makes our nation – and of course Arizona – so great. The opportunity to learn about different cultures through work and families is part of daily life for many Arizona residents, and that is certainly no exception for local Century21 realtor Franca Amoroso-Chang. Franca certainly understands diversity and multiculturalism, as it is part of her everyday life. She was born in Italy, and her husband Fann was born in Taiwan. They strive to make sure that culture and diversity are alive and well in their home. “It is not easy being in an intercultural marriage,” said Franca. “However, I think, first and foremost, you need to respect each others’ cultures, especially in our daily lives and with one another’s families.” Franca believes it is important for children to learn multiple languages and visit other countries starting at a young age. Her children speak English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Growing up, the Changs took their children to China, Taiwan, Italy and several other countries to experience their parents’ cultures in addition to others. Her young grandchildren are also in the process of learning a second language. Above: Grandson Luca, Fann, daughter Alisa, her partner Melissa, granddaughter Mia, Franca, son Peter, his wife Sharlyn.

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From 1987 to 2002 Franca volunteered at the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG), a nonprofit organization in Geneva, after moving to Switzerland. She has lived in multiple countries and also speaks several languages. Multicultural living isn’t the only focus for Franca and her family; they are also passionate about living green at home. “This is what we are going to leave our children, this earth, this land. If no one cares now about our landfills being crowded and overflowing, then there will be nothing left,” she said. For Franca, it isn’t just about teaching her family – it is about learning more about being environmentally safe and sound in her work. As a Realtor, sustainable living is a vital part of moving forward and growing within her industry. She recently earned her NAR GREEN designation. “It is a growth piece for me in my work for a number of reasons. I work with millennials, who are more environmentally conscious, so I understand what they are looking for when it comes to homes. Also, I have to become more knowledgeable about solar issues, water issues and recycling programs available in the Valley,” said Franca. These types of programs can become huge selling points for homebuyers across Arizona, and Franca is well educated in where to find the best deals and spaces for those looking to live a greener life.


Franca and her family practice what they preach. “We do everyday things like recycling, I have my own vegetable garden, we have a solar hot-water heater even though our house was built in 1978. We are doing what we can to make our home more resource-efficient every day,” she said. For the family, it isn’t just about diversity, it is about improving everyday life with each and every step. “We can’t live in a bubble,” she explained. “This is how we grow and live. There is so much discrimination in the world, but when you teach and learn that we are just a small part of a much bigger picture, you learn to respect each other as you grow and develop as a whole in our ever-changing cultural package.” Gretchen Pahia has 15 years experience in both media and public relations and is an award-winning television news producer in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Portland. Gretchen is a native to Arizona, born and raised in Phoenix, and a graduate of Northern Arizona University. She lives in the Phoenix metro area with her husband, their two children and their dog. Read more green life articles at

Clockwise from top: Fann and Franca at a tea plantation in Taiwan; Franca with the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) in Geneva; Franca with children Alisa and Peter at the Great Wall of China in 1982; young Alisa at the end of school parade in Geneva.

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s we head into the holidays, many of us are overcome with the excitement of the season. We look forward to spending time together APRIL BRADHAM and sitting down for delicious family meals. We want to celebrate with our loved ones and enjoy the gratitude we feel. This feeling often comes with the desire to share this joy with others. We eagerly give gifts and share more time with those closest to us. But this desire to give and care for others doesn’t have to stop at family and friends. Taking care of our neighbors is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday season. There are many families in our community that struggle to make ends meet. They live in a balancing act of paying bills and providing basic needs, like food. In Arizona, 1 in 5 people and 1 in 4 children face this reality every day. Food insecurity exists in every county, and Arizona holds some of the highest rates of hunger in the U.S.

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Holidays bring new challenges for families that are struggling with the pressure to give children the best memories and share in the season’s festivities and traditions. This presents all of us the perfect opportunity to extend our desire to give to those that need it most in our community. And what better way than to help them get one thing all of us have in common: food. Food banks are at their busiest during the holiday season, helping to support our neighbors through the power of food. They work hard to ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy the festive time of the year without worrying about their children going to bed hungry. As part of this effort, our food banks in Arizona have been focused on also solving another problem: food waste. There is much work being done to make sure excess produce from around the state Food banks are providing more that is perfectly safe to eat is being given nutritious food to support families, to people in need, instead of ending up in making the holidays a little easier for them while minimizing the a landfill. This has resulted in food banks significant impact of food waste. providing more nutritious food to support


these families, making the holidays a little easier for them while minimizing the significant impact of food waste. These efforts, combined with generous food drives and volunteers, are creating healthy meals for families in need. But there is more work to be done, and everyone can help play a part. It will take millions of pounds of food and hours of preparation and coordination to make our hope of everyone sharing a meal with their loved ones this season a reality. Whether it is dropping canned food in a local food drive, giving an hour to build a food box, or giving a dollar to support redirecting produce to food banks, there is something everyone can do. Every dollar, every can, and every hour is a gift of food to someone in need. To find the closest food bank to you, or learn more about how you can help, visit April Bradham is the Director of Field Operations at the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which serves five regional food bank members and a network of nearly 1,200 food pantries and agencies. April is also an active member of the Maricopa County Food System Coalition. For more articles about giving back visit

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s a professional organizer, I am passionate about guiding and empowering people to organize and simplify their lives and surroundings. Helping clients get organized is a process and oftentimes goes far deeper than just eliminating JOJO CARAMELLO the physical clutter associated with simplifying. Clutter goes beyond the tangible things of which we have far too much. Clutter consists of having too much on our minds as well. An excess of “mind clutter” creates added stress, pressure and anxiety to our already busy lives. Like all forms of disorganization, mind clutter greatly affects our reality and sense of wellbeing. When working with clients, I find one of the greatest stumbling blocks before, during and after the organizing process is state of mind.

As with all forms of clutter, mind clutter spills into the lives of those we love and the people we come in contact with on a daily basis. Where is your mind clutter coming from? Whose voice is it attached to? Is it the voice of your seventh grade teacher who called you stupid in front of the entire class? Is it from peers who had no qualms about telling you how you could be pretty if you “just took care of yourself?” That voice may even be your own. Once you identify who that voice belongs to and where it comes from, you have the power to change it.

WHAT IS MIND CLUTTER? Mind clutter is holding on to the thoughts that create obstacles that get in the way of living the life you envision. Mind clutter consists of the negative, self-deprecating thoughts that support a belief system that keeps you stuck or repeating the same mistakes and behaviors. This prevents you from moving forward to create healthy new habits. Replacing mind clutter with positive self-talk propels you into the vision you have for yourself and the greatness you desire.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF MIND CLUTTER? One way to clear mind clutter is to write yourself positive affirmations on post-it notes and place them strategically around your home or office. Find affirmations or write your own that resonate with you and lift you up. For some, these affirmations and words of encouragement may be personal. Maybe you are not comfortable with others seeing them. In that case, tuck inspirational sayings in your sock drawer, desk drawer, medicine cabinet, purse or wallet. What is most important is that you see them every day.

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WHY DO WE HOLD ON TO MIND CLUTTER? When we continue with familiar habits, we feel comfortable and safe. Think of the negative challenges, habits and thoughts you battle with. What would your life be like if you defined your own success? For many, this can be scary territory. By clearing the negative self-defeating clutter of the mind, you can connect with your personal beliefs and let go of what others have imposed on you.


When clearing mind clutter, you need to be vigilant. Most negative self-talk has history, and it has been allowed to roost for far too long. Think of how it will feel when you let go of old thoughts and patterns and replace them with thoughts of love, enthusiasm and forgiveness for yourself as well as others. Are you constantly running late? Change your belief to “I always run early.” Do you put off paying your bills? Tell yourself “I pay all my bills on time.” Are you always tired? Flip that to “I have great energy!” No two thoughts can occupy your mind at the same time. Choose positive thoughts at every turn.

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What you tell yourself becomes your reality. If you dare, declare yourself amazing, talented, enthusiastic, healthy, happy, active, successful, beautiful, loveable! What is in your mind manifests into your reality. It takes practice and persistence, but the payoff is limitless! You can do this. You have what it takes because what it takes is already in you. As the holiday season is upon us, may you enjoy some peace of mind. Let go of the clutter that no longer serves you and show yourself and the world an accurate reflection of who you truly are. JoJo Caramello is a Life Transforming Professional Organizer and speaker living in Scottsdale. Originally from Boston, she has been a small business owner in Arizona since 2004. JoJo is equally committed to environmental sustainability and strives for zero landfill with every organizing job by repurposing, recycling and donating excess to local charities. You can reach JoJo at 480-421-8363 or Find more health & wellness articles at


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or the past several years, birth rates in the United States have been on the decline. Some point to financial reasons, others that people are choosing to have children later in life, and still others bring up the correlation between the rise in pet ownership and young people who are choosing pets over having children. I would put myself in the latter category. I am a self-professed fur parent, and my baby, a fiveyear-old black pug named Cooper, is the light of my life. I oftentimes put Cooper’s needs above my own, just as a mother would. I have no desire to raise human children, but I can’t imagine not coming home to my squishy-faced baby, who is always happy to see me (and who hardly ever talks back). According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA) 2015-2016 Pet Owners Survey, 79.7 million U.S. households own at least one pet. Currently, baby boomers account for 37 percent of pet owners, closely followed by the fastest emerging/growing segment, GenY/Millennial households. “Fur babies are just as important as human babies, and I would spare no expense to protect and care for mine,” said Danielle Coletto, owner of Events by Danielle and fur parent

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to nine-year-old Rocco. “Fur babies are more than pets, they are companions that give us unconditional love,” she continued. The pet industry is a multi-billion-dollar business. It is estimated that in 2015, $60 billion was spent not only on the purchase of pets, but on food, supplies, over-the-counter medications, vet care, and grooming and boarding services. Traveling with pets has also become much more mainstream, as 50 million Americans travel with their pets each year, and 80 percent of dog owners report purchasing a gift for their pet in the past year, according to the APPA Pet Owners Survey. “One of the main reasons we bought our motorhome was so that the pups were more comfortable on road trips,” said Derrick Mains, principal at LaunchFrog and fur parent of two, Mr. Copa and Lola. “Even though our dogs are spoiled, we try to teach them that not all dogs have it as good as they do,” he continued. “Every year, as we pull out the holiday decorations, we sit down as a family and explain that this is the season for giving. The dogs must go to their three massive toy bins and find donations for the less fortunate dogs of the world. If we don’t teach them charity, who will?” he quipped.


Kathy Maguire, NAR GREEN certified realtor and fur mother to dogs Brutus, Marty and Rocky, knows the value of a full house. “For the past 13 years, our home has been filled with the love and excitement that comes with providing a home for rescued dogs,” Maguire said. “My husband and I treat our dogs like members of our family, and this includes making sure they feel safe, are properly fed, exercised, and receive medical care.” When I was growing up, there didn’t seem to be as much preventive care for pets as there is today. We would take our dogs to the vet a few times per year, but never thought to have their teeth cleaned. Today, it is common for families to have pet insurance and to take their animals in for routine health exams. (Cooper sees the doctor more regularly than I do!) Pets have also become more socially accepted in recent years. Dog-friendly patios have increased in popularity, and some restaurants even provide treats or entire dog menus for furry friends. Other outings such as bringing your dog to a 5k run or to the baseball stadium have become common. In addition to special dog days, Chase Field recently built an entire seating area (equipped with indoor dog park) specifically to cater to fur parents who wish to bring their pups to the game regularly. Due to people’s affection for their fur babies, it is not uncommon to see dogs riding in carseats, strollers or

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or-profit companies are by definition profit-oriented, concerned with furthering their own interests rather than providing any public good. They aim solely to increase their revenues and line the pockets of their owners or shareholders. If any good does arise from a for-profit company, it is generally a result of external pressures such as the cost of carbon credits or an unintended positive externality. Or so one might think. The nonprofit B Lab is revolutionizing the for-profit model. B Lab is starting a movement to increase social and environmental responsibility of companies, providing a certification that shows that a corporation has qualities such as social and environmental performance, legal accountability and public transparency. The B Corp certification is based on standardized tests by an unaffiliated third party to certify companies meet rigorous standards. As our world changes and advances, with more people becoming socially and environmentally conscious by the day, organizations wish to portray a concerned outlook to society even if they are primarily motivated by profit. In this way, B Corps lead a global movement to change business into a force for good with more companies joining in at a constantly accelerating pace. Rather than competing solely to be “the best in the world,” these companies aim to be “the best for the world” as well, truly making them “benefit corporations.” B Lab conducts a B Impact Assessment upon a company’s request. B Lab not only rates each criterion but also gives a comparison with the average score for that category. As a result, the companies that fail to become B Corps have a landmark and can work toward achieving it in the future. Indeed, some companies like Sputnik Moment failed the report initially but managed to pass it later. Companies that pass the report can also gain from it, being able to see and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Arizona has a growing number of B Corps, such as the aforementioned Sputnik Moment. Some of them are based on these principles entirely, such as Green Ideas that implements

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sustainable building design and maintenance, UKonserve that produces reusable food storage, and Technicians for Sustainability that aims to make high-quality solar energy available to Southern Arizona. These organizations truly exemplify B Corps, as they are visibly “instruments of social change.” However, the companies that request an Impact Assessment do not necessarily have to be conducting activities related to preserving the environment or helping others. Rather, just having these aspects as a positive externality, such as by purchasing a green building powered by solar energy or giving their employees a good level of benefits, allows them to be classified under the B Corp label if they have done enough to “impact” others in a positive manner. Internal management can also provide benefits that allow companies to receive the certification: Goodmans Interior Structures, for example, has won the Phoenix Business Journal’s Best Place to Work six times and was the first company in Arizona to receive the CEO Cancer Gold Standard certification. Manzimvula Ventures, Inc. works to address sustainability and corporate responsibility in their clients. Sechler CPA PC is a completely virtual accounting firm with a low footprint that serves beneficial nonprofit organizations. As can be seen from these examples, the direct and indirect ways a company can benefit society are limitless. Many companies are moving away from the stigma of the “evil corporation” and proving their business is a force for good by earning a B Corp certification. At the time of this writing, there are over 1,000 certified B Corps in the world and 10 in Arizona. For more information, visit Bharat Venkatesh is a journalist living in Tempe, Arizona, who feels spreading awareness about the importance of sustainability should be a part of every journalist’s ethical goal to seek the truth and report it. Read more about corporate social responsibility at


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nternationally recognized as the Mother of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey has contributed extensively to the world of healing. Helping found the American Holistic Medical Association, the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine, and the Foundation for Living Medicine, Dr. Gladys has long been a pioneer in the field of natural medicine. She also helped create the first acupuncture symposium in the U.S. in 1972 at Stanford University. Dr. Gladys spent her childhood in the jungles of north India, where her parents were medical missionaries. Inspired by her parents, as early as age two she decided she wanted to be a doctor; several of her siblings and children have followed the same path. “It’s genetic. It’s kind of a family disease,” she joked. She moved to the U.S. when she was 15 and attended medical school in the Midwest. She met her husband in Ohio and they opened their own practice in her husband’s hometown, before moving to Arizona in 1955 and setting roots. Since then, she has traveled the world teaching and inspiring others. At 96 years young, Dr. Gladys currently practices and sees patients in Scottsdale at the Foundation for Living Medicine, which she created in 1989, formally called The Gladys Taylor McGarey Medical Foundation. The Foundation’s initial purpose was to bring together holistic and allopathic medicine through research and education. It now promotes physician training, mindfulness, and an approach to healing which encompasses the whole person spiritually, emotionally and physically.

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“I think that there’s a shift in our consciousness, in the consciousness of humanity, from the masculine face of medicine to the feminine face of medicine,” said Dr. Gladys. “The masculine face of medicine is a war machine. Everything that I was taught in medical school had to do with killing: you kill bacteria, you eradicate AIDS, you detonate diabetes,” she continued. When Dr. Gladys described Living Medicine, she explained that it is founded on what she calls “the Five L’s.” “The first,” she said, “is Life. If you’re not alive, then none of this counts anyway. The second is Love. You don’t get any real healing without love. The third is Laughter. You have to be able to laugh at things, otherwise the world just gets too heavy. The fourth is Labor. You have to be willing to work at it. And the fifth is Listening. We have to listen to ourselves. We have to Internationally recognized as the Mother of Holistic Medicine, Dr. Gladys Taylor McGarey has contributed extensively to the world of healing.


Dr. Gladys spent her childhood in the jungles of north India, where her parents were medical missionaries. Inspired by her parents, as early as age two she decided she wanted to be a doctor.

listen to the world around us.” In addition to the Five L’s, natural birthing is another passion for Dr. Gladys. Birth, she said, “has become so much of a process that we don’t think we have any control over it. We even talk about ‘delivering’ babies. You deliver pizza, you don’t deliver a baby,” she continued. She advocates passionately for conscious conception, conscious birthing, and bringing the power away from doctors and back to women during birth. In addition, another important aspect of Living Medicine is that it embraces pain, according to Dr. Gladys. “Pain is a messenger,” she said. “Without pain, you’re either unconscious or you’re dead. And yet, look at all the ads on TV. How many of them are telling you to get rid of pain? We need

to deal with pain, we need to work with it.” When asked of which accomplishment she’s most proud, Dr. Gladys answered, “My children.” In the same way that she carried out her family legacy in a unique way, Dr. Gladys’ six children have all paved their own paths to healing and medicine. “In spite of the fact that I was busy doing my work,” she said, “they’ve all been able to catch the flame and do it in their own way.” Looking forward, Dr. Gladys is excited to be working with Red Mountain Community College to create the first ever Center for Living Medicine in the coming years. There, she hopes to educate students on Living Medicine and begin implementing holistic practices. Dr. Gladys is also the author of five books: “Living Medicine,” “Born to Live,” “The Physician Within You,” “The World Needs Old Ladies,” and her latest, “Budhu’s Path to Enlightenment.” She has also received numerous awards and served on many boards and associations. For more information about Dr. Gladys and the Foundation for Living Medicine, visit Blake Hemmel is a journalism student at the Walter Cronkite School. He enjoys writing about climate, sustainability and the outdoors. For more articles about leadership visit

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n 1999, I joined a small cadre of drivers who signed a threeyear lease for a General Motors EV1, the first electric automobile of the modern age. I drove it as my sole personal vehicle for three years. I loved that it did not pollute and I could JOHN MARTINSON charge it at home, and although GM killed the EV1 and its development in 2001, all of us EV1 drivers knew it was just a matter of time before electric vehicles would go mainstream. In 2013, I purchased the first iteration of the Tesla Model S. Last April, I sold it and ordered a 2016 Model S 90D, with dual motors and Tesla’s Autopilot hardware. The car arrived in June just in time to do a road trip around the Four Corners with a friend, Stanton Perry. It was to be his first road trip in a Tesla. Our route took us from Phoenix to Prescott to Farmington (NM), Moab (UT), Denver (CO), Santa Fe (NM), and back to Phoenix. Once we left our cabin in Prescott, all electricity was free. Tesla road tripping only requires the driver to enter the destination on the onboard GPS system, then the car directs the driver to charging stations along the way.

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Tesla’s Superchargers are located in areas with clean restroom facilities and often restaurants. You simply pull up, plug in, and then wait for a smartphone app to notify you when your car is ready to go based on your itinerary. For our trip, we used Superchargers in Flagstaff (AZ), Holbrook (AZ), Gallup (NM), Moab (UT), Grand Junction (CO), Denver (CO), Colorado Springs (CO), Trinidad (CO) and Las Vegas (NM), and Destination Chargers at the Casa Blanca Inn in Farmington (NM) and the Don Gaspar Inn in Santa Fe (NM). We engaged Tesla’s Autopilot software on the Interstates. As long as you keep at least one hand on the wheel, the car maintains the set speed and adjusts to speed limit changes. The car steers by itself, changes lanes safely when you put your blinker on, and brakes to prevent collisions. Take both hands off the wheel, and Autopilot goes into what we called “Nanny Mode.” First, the driver’s screen flashes, and if you do not place your hand back on the wheel, the car slows down to about 35 MPH. Our best driving day was off the Interstates – the trip between Farmington (NM) and Moab (UT). The highlights included a mid-morning drive on U.S. 491 between Cortez and the Utah border – perfectly smooth rolling hills through mostly farmland, no traffic and ideal windows-down, roof-


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lthough Carmella Diamond Dodge and Cathy Bua grew up on opposite coasts – Carmella from New York and Cathy from California – they had something in common: a love for food. Both women come from large Italian families that believed dinnertime is a shared experience, a chance to unwind and catch up. Carmella first met Cathy 20 years ago when she would visit her store, Cathy’s Rum Cake Caterers, in Old Town Scottsdale. Cathy would always invite her in, and they would chat over a cup of coffee. Four years ago, the two

reconnected at a local fundraiser, and Cathy suggested they start cooking together. One night, while listening to Frank Sinatra and mulling over a hot cooktop, they formed the idea for Cooking with the Godmothers. THE COMARES In Italian, “comare” means godmother and describes a dear friend or a sharing person. Carmella and Cathy call themselves the godmothers because they want to pass down the traditions they learned in the kitchen.

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“I think it’s a passion we both have that is mostly lost,” Carmella said. “We thought, ‘How can we create this passion for people that want that?’ People want this for their families, and for themselves.” Cooking with the Godmothers is more than just a dinner party – it’s an experience. Carmella and Cathy come to your home, bringing their unique family recipes, and teach guests how to prepare a meal. Mothers and sons, spouses, girls’ night out, young mothers, and many more diverse groups have enjoyed Cooking with the Godmothers. They also cater luncheons, holiday parties, family reunions and more. On November 22, the Godmothers held an event at the Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents, where they taught young mothers how to cook several basic Italian recipes they can make quickly during the busy week. It was an inspiring event where the community came together to eat and give thanks, and the girls felt accomplished and proud of their new skills. In addition to teaching cooking skills and sharing recipes, the godmothers also like to showcase housewarming skills such as designing a centerpiece or setting a table. “We love to show people how to use what they have and create fun things,” said Cathy. At the event, the girls were shown how to easily set a holiday table. Dinner parties and family meals can seem rare these days, as most modern families don’t have time to eat together due to conflicting schedules, which makes a meal with no interruptions or distractions that much more special. “People get excited when they come over and know that you are happy to see them and this is your gift to them. Your gift is entertaining them and spending time together,” said Cathy. Carmella and Cathy continue to spread joy and encourage people not to fear cooking. “Whatever you do, [your guests] are coming to be there with you,” Cathy said. “And good food is good food, even if you just made a big pot of beans or a big pot of stew. Don’t ever be afraid of what you’re cooking. Don’t ever be afraid of entertaining.” If there’s one thing Carmella and Cathy hope guests take away from Cooking with the Godmothers, it’s to eat together and share the joy of cooking. “There’s something very special about breaking bread with somebody and eating with them, an intimacy that goes on that you cannot get anywhere else,” said Carmella. Cathy Bua is the founder of Cathy’s Rum Cake Caterers. For more, call Cathy at (480) 899-2933. Carmella Diamond Dodge is the founder of Carmella’s Savory Fare. To learn more, visit To participate in Cooking with the Godmothers, call (480) 899-2933, (480) 262-5220 or email For more on Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents, visit Stephanie Bray is an aspiring magazine writer. In May 2015, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism. Photography by Vince Alfaro. Read more articles on chefs at

Cathy Bua and Carmella Diamond Dodge.

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ecently, the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale announced that Chef Derek Biazo was hired as the new Chef de Cuisine at deseo restaurant, the resort’s AAA Four Diamond Nuevo Latino restaurant. A native of Arizona, Biazo MICHELLE TALSMA EVERSON brings years of experience in an array of diverse eateries to his new post – and he is a champion of ethical and sustainable practices as well. “We try to be a very sustainable kitchen,” Biazo said about deseo restaurant. “Scraps from vegetables go into stocks. We recycle plastic, glass, cardboard and paper here at the resort. Our beef is raised without antibiotics or growth hormones. They are on a natural diet known as the ‘Never Ever Diet.’ Our fish is either long line caught or sustainably farmed and organic.” Cooking has been a longtime passion for Biazo. He became enamored with fine dining as a teenager when he experienced French cuisine on a trip to Canada with his grandmother. “Just being exposed to such good food at a young age really kept me going,” Biazo said about his journey to become a chef. “When I was in Canada, I didn’t know what some of the food was but I was willing to try anything. And when I did I loved it. I used to watch all those shows when I was in elementary school like the ‘Original Iron Chef’ and ‘Great Chefs of the World.’ Then when I started receiving my first cookbooks as gifts, I was hooked.” At deseo, which is Spanish for “desire,” the focus is on Nuevo Latino cuisine. The menu features Latin American inspired dishes and drinks with an emphasis on enjoyment and relaxation.

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“Nuevo Latino is definitely part of our food here, but I think Modern Latin is really what best describes what we do here,” Biazo explained. “We like to take traditional flavors and preparations from all over Latin America and put our own modern and progressive culinary twist on it.” Part of deseo’s charm is the restaurant’s open kitchen and emphasis on fresh, healthy-when-possible ingredients. The restaurant’s commitment to healthy but tasty meals include local practices, Biazo emphasized. “We try to source as much of our products locally,” he noted. “This is tough sometimes here in Arizona. When we can’t get products in the state, we get items from nearby Mexico and California. Our suppliers are selected by myself personally.” Biazo’s extensive resume includes sous chef at Northern California’s Voignier, the Menlo Grill Bistro at the Stanford Park Hotel, and executive chef at the Bay Area’s famous Alexander’s Steakhouse. Chef Biazo has also held leadership roles in several popular local kitchens including elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Top of the Rock, and Alchemy. Biazo added that he’s excited to continue his journey as head chef at deseo – and that he’s grateful for his family’s support of his up-and-coming career. To learn more about the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and its deseo restaurant, visit Michelle Talsma Everson is a freelance writer, editor, public relations consultant and mom based in Phoenix. With degrees in both journalism and PR from Northern Arizona University, she writes for several Valley publications. Find out more at Read more articles on chefs at


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hroughout history, what we refer to as “the holidays” has transformed in many ways. Today, most holiday traditions have combined both old and new customs to create a time for all generations to enjoy. The Tongan people are one of the first Pacific Island nations ever recorded in history, dating back more than a thousand years. Tongans are unique in that they have never lost indigenous governance despite outside forces, so they stay very true to their traditional values. For the holidays, they gather for mass in the morning and afterward prepare and enjoy a great feast that lasts the entire day. For the Tongan people, they prefer the passing of food over the exchanging of gifts. Tongans believe that food brings people and families closer together than something wrapped in a box. Like the Tongan people, Native Americans believe that food and a feast are the best gifts to give. Although they did not traditionally participate in the holidays, they did have a mighty celebration around this time of year for the Winter Solstice. Before wintertime begins, a celebration to give thanks to the Earth and the gifts she gave to the people in the previous growing season must be had. They believe that if Mother Earth received a grand party, she would be kinder in winter and very giving in the next growing season. Today, Native American families will gather with their tribe to dance, sing, and pass stories around like their ancestors did. Dancing, singing and storytelling pass the time as the food is prepared. Like the Tongan people, Native Americans believe that being around family and sharing food and stories is the best way to spend any holiday.

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“It is really important that these ways never be lost,” said Looks for Buffalo, an Oglala Sioux spiritual leader, “And to this day we feed the elders, we feed the family on Christmas day, we honor Saint Nicholas. We explain to the little children that to receive a gift is to enjoy it, and when the enjoyment is gone, they are pass it on to the another child, so that they, too, can enjoy it. If a child gets a doll, that doll will change hands about eight times in a year, from one child to another.” Native American families gather with their tribe to dance, sing, and pass stories around (like the story of The Raven Dancer, pictured here). Dancing, singing and storytelling pass the time as the food is prepared.


Today, many modern holiday traditions still include family and feasts but also the giving and receiving of gifts. Families have also started new traditions by putting up decorations. Many decorate with wreaths, trees and lights, which have become festive. Decorating, baking treats and wrapping gifts together has become part of a new holiday tradition. The Tongan people are one of the first Pacific Island nations ever recorded in history, dating back more than a thousand years. They stay very true to their traditional values and believe that food brings people and families closer together.

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For the Native American and Tongan cultures, there remains a focus on the importance and value of keeping to the old traditions; heritage has a big part to play in holiday celebrations. The holidays are a time meant for being thankful and being with loved ones. People all over the globe celebrate this merry time in their own way. At the end of the day, we all give thanks for the times we have shared and will continue to share in the future. Shania Alba is a Native American broadcast student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She enjoys writing and reporting on the importance of heritage, plus other topics that will make an impact on her audience. Find more arts and entertainment articles at artsentertainment


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THIS MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED SIDE dish features simple ingredients that marry health with flavor. Local carrots are at their peak this time of year, and their beautiful purple and orange hues are natural anti-cancer anthocyanins and carotenoids. The sweetness of the roasted carrots is balanced by savory spices, making this a welcomed addition to the holiday table. INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, toasted and lightly crushed 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted and lightly crushed Leaves from two sprigs fresh thyme or generous pinch of dried thyme 1/2 tsp sea salt Ground black pepper, to taste 3 lbs. carrots, peeled and cut into index-finger-sized batons 1 Tbsp flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS: 3 Tbsp tahini 2/3 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 clove garlic, crushed

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper. 2. Combine honey, olive oil, coriander, cumin and thyme in a large bowl. Add salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Whisk together; it will be thick. 3. Add carrots. Mix until well coated. 4. Pour carrots onto prepared sheet pan. Arrange into a single layer. 5. Roast, stirring gently once or twice, until they are cooked through and glazed, about 30-40 minutes. OPTIONAL: 1. Combine tahini, yogurt, lemon juice and garlic in small bowl to make a topping sauce. 2. Whisk well. Season to taste with salt. Garnish carrots with sauce and parsley. 3. Serve carrots warm or at room temperature. Yields six servings.


THIS DELICIOUS COCKTAIL FROM True Food Kitchen is perfect for fall and winter! Enjoy it over ice or warmed up. To serve hot, heat juices and syrup on a stovetop, then add brandy to your favorite mug and top with the warm spice liquid. INGREDIENTS: 4 pieces pears 0.5 oz. lemon juice 0.5 oz. simple syrup 1.5 oz. apple juice 1.5 oz. mulled brandy, homemade or store-bought

2. Shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker, then strain over ice. 3. Garnish with a cinnamon-dusted lemon wheel, if desired

DIRECTIONS: 1. Muddle pear with simple syrup, lemon juice, apple juice and brandy.

DIRECTIONS: 1. Combine ingredients in air-tight canning jar and let rest for 12 hours.

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How to prepare mulled brandy: INGREDIENTS: 5 tsp mulling spice 1 liter brandy of your choice




BAKLAVA IS A TRADITIONAL Greek dessert eaten during the holidays. This baklava recipe from Fresko Mediterranean restaurant is a passed-down family recipe from Chef Kody Harris’ aunt. Try this recipe for yourself this holiday season or visit Fresko restaurant in Ahwatukee to get your Greek food fix. INGREDIENTS: For Syrup: 2 1/4 cups sugar 2 cups water 1 Tbsp lemon juice and zest 6 cloves, whole 1 cinnamon stick 1/4 cup honey For Nut Filling: 1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups almonds, finely chopped 1/2 cup sugar 2 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground 1/4 tsp cloves, ground 1/2 tsp nutmeg

For Phyllo Dough: 1 1/2 cups butter, clarified 36 (2 lbs) phyllo dough sheets DIRECTIONS: 1. In a saucepan, combine all syrup ingredients except lemon and honey. 2. Bring to boil for 20 minutes or once it reaches 224 degrees Fahrenheit. 3. Add lemon juice and honey, simmer five minutes. Remove from heat and cool. 4. In a bowl, mix all nut filling ingredients together and set aside. 5. Line pan with 12 sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup nut mixture. 6. Place two phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup nut mixture.

7. Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each with butter. 8. With a sharp knife cut all layers into diamond shaped pieces. 9. Bake at 300 degrees for 35 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake an additional 20 minutes. 10. Remove baklava from oven and while still hot spoon syrup evenly over entire baklava. 11. Keep and serve at room temperature. Yields 24 pieces.

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WHIP UP THIS SIMPLE and delicious appetizer consisting of sliced cucumber topped with a dollop of creamy pumpkin goodness this holiday season. Serve them to your family or guests and watch them disappear! INGREDIENTS: 1 organic hot house cucumber, sliced 1/2 can organic pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) 8 oz. container of organic cream cheese Black pepper

DIRECTIONS: 1. Mix cream cheese and pumpkin. 2. Place a dollop of mixture on cucumber slices. 3. Place on serving tray. 4. Garnish with black pepper. 5. Serve chilled. December 2016 | greenliving




DECEMBER 5 World Soil Day


12/1-15 Pita Jungle Empty Bowls Event

12/7 Seed Spot Demo Day

12/8 & 15 Phoestivus


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All metro Phoenix Pita Jungle Locations Pita Jungle will be holding the third annual Empty Bowls event to benefit Waste NOT, a local nonprofit that has been feeding the hungry in the Valley for over 25 years. Custom handcrafted artisan bowls made by Arizona Clay Association artists will be sold for $15.00 each. Each purchase also comes with a small order of hummus or a bowl of soup. Every dollar given to Waste NOT feeds six hungry people. Additionally, sales will help support the local artisans.

5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix Join Seed Spot for their annual Demo Day event, where community members come together to support social entrepreneurs who are doing positive things for the community while helping change the world. Watch as 14 different Social Ventures hit the stage and give a three-minute pitch for their social good startup. Admission is free, RSVP required.

December 3-31 SCHNEPF FARMS WINTER WONDERLAND AND ICE SKATING Noon-8:00 p.m. Schnepf Farms 24610 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek Celebrate the holidays at Schnepf Farms this December. Throughout the month, you can hop on a train through a musical lighted holiday wonderland every 30 minutes, test your ice-skating skills from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, and take hayrides, feed deer, and roast hot dogs and marshmallows around a bonfire. 42 greenliving | December 2016

December 8 & 15 PHOESTIVUS 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Phoenix Public Market 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix Get your holiday shopping done locally at Phoestivus, where over 130 local vendors will showcase a variety of locally grown food, hand-crafted gifts and jewelry in downtown Phoenix. Phoestivus also boasts the Phoestivus Pole, Pheats of Strength, the Phoestivus Ale (brewed by Phoenix Ale Brewery), Phoestivus Reindeer, and a hipster Santa. Admission is free.

December 10 GREEN LIVING MAGAZINE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Phoenix Marriot Tempe at the Buttes 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe Attend the Simple Solutions Summit and increase your knowledge and awareness about Arizona’s current air quality initiatives, education, energy, food, waste and water directives from our panel of local experts. Also enjoy 40 interactive booths, a kids’ zone, the Eco Tank competition and more! Tickets cost $25.00 each; $10.00 for students; $40.00 family pack (2 adults, kids are free).

December 14 GREEN LIVING DECEMBER LAUNCH PARTY 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Desert Rose Steakhouse 6729 N. 57th Dr., Glendale Join us at our December issue launch party for a night of fun and networking! Meet and mingle with like-minded people in the green industry, enter to win eco-friendly door prizes, and enjoy appetizers and drinks from local vendors. Donate to our 50/50 raffle benefiting Hope for Hunger nonprofit and bring your non-perishable food items to donate. Tickets cost $12.00 online, $15.00 at the door, or two for $20.00.


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12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Sedona Arts Center 15 Art Barn Rd., Sedona This fantastic fundraiser offers a beautiful selection of Loving Bowls for your purchasing pleasure, plus food and loads of fun. Admire over 1,000 bowls made by local potters and lovingly glazed in a variety of beautiful finishes. Bowls are $10.00 each and come with chili, bread and dessert. All proceeds benefit local nonprofits and the Arts & Education programs at the Sedona Arts Center.

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Red Rock State Park Center for Environmental Education 4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona Join knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on Sedona trails and discuss how the beautiful red rock formations developed over long periods of time. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker lasting between 2-2.5 hours. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. This hike is included with park admission: $7.00 per adult (14+) and $4.00 per child (7-13).

December 17 LAST-MINUTE NONPROFIT STOCKING-STUFFER BAZAAR 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Prescott Activity Center 824 E. Gurley St., Prescott More than 50 nonprofit organizations, clubs, schools, scout and service groups will offer high-quality, low-cost gifts, crafts, baked goods, raffle prizes and more. Santa will be there from noon to 2:00 p.m. with free gifts for children accompanied by an adult. Get your last-minute gifts, while supporting the agencies that do so much for our community. Admission is free. DECEMBER 11 International Mountain Day


December 7-9 VERDEXCHANGE ARIZONA CONFERENCE Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe Green Living Magazine is partnering with the VerdeXchange Arizona conference, which brings together top CEOs and thought leaders from around the globe. VerdeXchange Arizona was started as a community endeavor targeting CEOs and leaders of all disciplines covering state, regional, national and global interests. Tickets cost $795.00 for the 3-day conference.

December 9 ARIZONA FORWARD LUNCHEON 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix Join Arizona Forward for their 47th Annual Luncheon. The event will celebrate the organization’s history of environmental stewardship, project into the next decade and beyond, and recognize accomplishments. This year’s keynote speaker is Jake Wood, U.S. Marine veteran, CEO of Team Rubicon and author of “Take Command – Lessons in Leadership: How to be a First Responder in Business.”

December 14 GREEN CHAMBER LUNCH AND LEARN 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 2245 N. 12th St., Phoenix Want to learn more about green and sustainable business? Join the Arizona Green Chamber for their monthly Lunch and Learn, featuring Mr. Robert Blaney, district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration for the state of Arizona. In his remarks, Mr. Blaney will introduce the numerous programs his agency offers to help your business be successful. Tickets cost $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members and includes lunch. December 2016 | greenliving



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Old Town Bisbee Bisbee After 5 is a monthly artwalk that occurs on the Second Saturday of each month in Old Bisbee. Over 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late until 8:00 p.m. Artists’ receptions, live entertainment, special promotions and a free raffle are some of the many exciting activities.

5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Laura Tanzer’s Atalier 410 N. Toole Ave. #110, Tucson Join the monthly Sustainability Series, brought to you by Delectables Restaurant, Green Living magazine, Laura Tanzer,  Local First Arizona, and Mrs. Green’s World. The event includes experts in the community who share their thoughts and encourage discussion about a different topic each month. The goal of the series is to inform and empower guests on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle. This month’s topic is Sustainable Fashion. Admission is free. Refreshments provided.

10:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson Tour the grounds of Tucson Botanical Gardens for a tasting of their edible plants. Also enjoy the flavors of Café Botanica and learn from the chef, who will demonstrate how to prepare recipes using seasonal garden ingredients. This class is offered monthly to showcase the different edible plants available with the changing seasons. Tickets are $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.

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G R E E N CHAMPIONS Each month in our Green Champions section we feature three people – one each in northern, central and southern Arizona – who are making strides in the green community. For our December Unity issue, we featured those who are promoting equality and diversity in Arizona.


Patty Talahongva is a Hopi journalist from Sichomovi village located on First Mesa in northeastern Arizona. Her Hopi name is White Spider Girl and her clan is Corn. In her 30-year career, she has continued to cover and spread awareness about Native American arts, education, health, crime and politics. She is an active volunteer on both the local and national level. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Native American Youth, is a member of Unity: Journalists of Color, and is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association.


Angela Hughey founded the ONE Community with Sheri Owens in 2008. Angela has received recognition for her advocacy for the LGBTQ community, including receiving the HRC Individual Equality Award, becoming a 2012 Business Journal Diversity Champion, being inducted into the Echo Magazine and Phoenix College Alumni Hall of Fames, and even being named 2014 Woman of the Year by Echo Magazine. Her ONE Community is based on three basic principles: Diversity, Inclusion and Equality, and is a coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals that work to educate, empower and connect the LGBTQ and allied communities that support diversity. Angela, together with the ONE Community, also initiated a Unity Pledge in 2013, with thousands of organizations and businesses publicly supporting workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations by signing it.


Lea Márquez-Peterson serves as the President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as its affiliate chambers in Douglas, Nogales and Sierra Vista. As an entrepreneur working in Arizona for many years, Lea has also been appointed to the National Women’s Business Council by the Obama administration, in which position she served for three years; appointed to co-chair the Arizona Zanjeros by Governer Doug Ducey, which helped drive businesses by capitalizing on the state’s extraordinary assets; co-chaired the subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade; and held several other important positions. She has also won numerous awards. The Tuscon Hispanic Chamber itself, which serves the business community in the bilingual, bi-cultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border, was recognized as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2013 by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart Gathering with family and friends is certainly one of the best things about the holidays. Stress, on the other hand, is not. Need a quick, stress-free idea for an appetizer that’s also organic? Gather up the cheeseballs and spinach dip because we’ve got the “scoop” on crackers for entertaining! MARY’S GONE CRACKERS | THINS, ANCIENT SPICE HE SAID: Ancient—adjective; Belonging to the very distant past… which is where these crackers belong. First off, they have very little crack, just a slight crunch into a powdery texture. The dominant flavors are cumin, cinnamon, mesquite and turmeric. So, it pretty much tastes like a cinnamon taco that has been dropped in the dirt.

SHE SAID: If one could take all the flavors of Indian food and cram it into a gluten-free cracker, this would be it. I can’t say I loved it, but I’m sure there will be folks who do. It had a strong, complex and unique flavor, but I prefer my crackers and Tandoori chicken to be separate. I did like the soft bite that was similar to a thin cookie, however.

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DOCTOR KRACKER | PUMPKIN SEED CHEDDAR CRISPBREADS HE SAID: Now we’re talking! These whole-wheat crackers had crunch for days. The cheddar cheese was tasty but not abundant, and the pumpkin seeds added a nice nutty finish. They had enough flavor to be a stand-alone snack, but they’d go great with just about anything you want to put on top.

SHE SAID: These crackers are crunchy enough to hold up to even the heartiest of toppings. (Seriously, watch your dental fillings! Guess this doctor isn’t a dentist.) Their cheesy, toasty flavor is delicious alone, but they would pair well with Italian meat, cheese and sauce combinations.

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JOVIAL | SOURDOUGH EINKORN CRACKERS, ROSEMARY HE SAID: “Finkle is Einkorn! Einkorn is Finkle!” (If you have read more than one of my reviews, you know I can’t resist a good movie quote.) That aside, I really liked these sourdough Einkorn crackers. They had a nice salted sourdough flavor and good crunch. Not big enough to stack toppings on, but they’re a great size to dip or munch on their own.

SHE SAID: These delicious crackers are perfect for dipping or snacking by the handfuls. Even though the sourdough and rosemary flavors were very mild, the crispy texture will keep you coming back for more. With some spinachartichoke dip, I’d make a meal out of these.

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365 ORGANIC | GARLIC & HERB WATER CRACKERS HE SAID: Not much to write about with these water crackers. They were almost devoid of flavor other than a mild roasted garlic taste. Definitely not a snack cracker, but I could see them being a good base for some yummy cheese. Brie and apples anyone?

SHE SAID: Yum! Water crackers don’t sound very exciting, but these were packed with flavor. Even though they were thin and crispy, it seemed as though they were a bit “stale.” Maybe that’s what a water cracker should be? At any rate, they would be perfect with sliced cheese or a vegetable cream cheese spread.

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NATURAL NECTAR | WHOLE GRAIN, SUNFLOWER, SESAME, FLAX SEED CRISPBREAD HE SAID: Another foundation cracker without a whole lot of flavor. However, they’re the size of a graham cracker and a good place to start if you plan to make a Dagwood-style cracker sandwich. They pack a good crunch with a whole-wheat flavor and a slight sesame seed finish.

SHE SAID: Unsalted, stale, dog biscuit is what came to mind as I was crunching away on these. To be fair, I’ve never had a Scooby snack, but I can imagine these come close. It’s always nice to see simple ingredients and whole grains, but you better LOAD ‘em up with delicious toppings to make these edible.

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This stone drink dispenser from Funky Rock Designs will be a showstopper at your next holiday party. Made from cobbled granite hand-picked in Maine, the tap is made from stainless steel and includes a beach stone handle. The dispenser also comes in several color options. $135.00-$140.00 FUNKYROCKDESIGNS.COM


Lighten up your life with Kitras Art Glass tea light candle holders, available in various combinations of vibrant colors to suit different moods. Handcrafted from recycled glass, each one is unique and one of a kind. Whether it is the candle light at night or sunlight during the day, both form fascinating patterns refracted through the spiral disks. Perfect for the holiday table! $25.00 KITRAS.COM


Celebrate this holiday season with eco-friendly, handmade recycled wrapping paper. Favoring suppliers with a commitment to fair trade and environmental responsibility while supporting the paper makers’ creative processes, Paper Mojo has numerous collections of the finest decorative paper, including holiday designs. $1.50-$21.50 PAPERMOJO.COM



Let the sun light up your holiday nights this year with these environmentally friendly solar-powered home and garden holiday lighting sets from Solar Christmas Lights. Each set includes a solar panel that should be placed in direct sunlight for at least two hours per day. $19.95-$39.95 SOLARCHRISTMASLIGHTS.COM







Live green and indulge simultaneously with these handcrafted wooden cocktail and wine glasses from David Rasmussen Furniture Design. Not only do they have an FDA-approved finish that prevents flavor notes from being imparted to your drink, they also insulate to keep drinks cooler than an ordinary glass. $61.00 cocktail glass, $66.00 wine glass DAVIDRASMUSSENDESIGN.COM


These charming Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants (as they need no soil), set in various stunning crystals by HappyBrands, are the perfect gift for any occasion. They come with instructions for the plant’s care, information about the crystal and its healing properties, and a darling box for perfect gifting. Or, keep one for yourself! $15.00-$97.00 ETSY.COM/SHOP/HAPPYBRANDS Find more cool outrageous stuff at

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PLASTIC BAGS AND WRAPS take to the grocery store to be recycled

ELECTRONICS bring it to the next Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics event

TEXTILES AND CLOTHING donate to resale stores

To learn more about Phoenix recycling: or call 602-262-7251


CONTOUR on Campbell Ave is a unique collection of 111 luxury urban condo residences situated at the intersection of vibrant Phoenician life and culture. It offers advanced living in a place steeped in local history, a neighborhood with incredible character and a laid back vibe. / / /

Green Living December 2016  
Green Living December 2016