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Cover Feature

Sanctuary at Sedona

Indy and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is in another race—this time to tell people about the world’s fourth-leading cause of death: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Take a shamanistic spiritual journey of self-discovery and tune into nature in one of the most beautiful regions in the state.




On Your Side

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Get to know one of our local TV journalists: the stylish, award-winning, always-friendly Carey Peña.

A variety of special treats for that special someone.

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 30 LOCAL PROFILE: A Tender Touch: Tiffani Templeton and the Arizona Burn Center  31 DAYTRIPPERS & WEEKENDERS: Two Kinds of Fun to Rock Your World  32 ENTERTAINMENT: Title Statistics: A Smaller-Screen Compendium  34 ART & CULTURE: Nourishing the Arts Community  35 AZ FUN FACTS: Tom Mix: America’s First Superhero  36 GIVING BACK: P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.: Licking Childhood Reflux  37 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  38 MUSIC: Finish Off Winter with Some Music  39 TASTE OF THE VALLEY: Palm Court: Dining Royally  41 OUTDOOR ARIZONA: ‘Peak’ Your Interest: Trails for the Hardy (and Less So) Hiker  42 SPORTS: A Little Sports History


Cardiac care that’s beyond the expected

I live a healthy lifestyle and never thought I was at risk for a heart attack. But it happened to me. National guidelines say a hospital should be able to open a blocked artery within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival. For me, the John C. Lincoln team was able to do it in only 19 minutes. I’d say that’s delivering more than expected! Keith

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70 [ STYLE ]

47 J EWELS: How White is White? 70 S TYLE & BEAUTY: Pronounce

Your Style with an Accent: Making a Statement with Bold Accessories




Dating Coach



68 FLAVOR: Comfort con Gusto : Green Chile Tortilla Rolls


62 H  EALTH & FITNESS: Your Heart’s in It All the Way—But Are You Sacrificing It to the Job?

64 G  OLF: Different Situations: All


in the Address

65 GOLF SPOTLIGHT: Join the Club! (Clubs Not Mandatory)


[ BUZZ ]



Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions? Here Are Five We’ve Made.

50 AUTO TRENDS: Power to the

People: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

56 KNOW + TELL: The Dream and

the Hope: Black History Month

58 HIGHLIGHT: Caepe School

Journeys Program: Great Citizens Here and Abroad

58 HIGHLIGHT: Dress for Dinner: Two More Stores That Bring Out the Bon Vivant!

60 HOT LIST: Bubbling Under:

Hot Stuff That May Not Have Ignited Where You Live—Yet

66 TECHNOLOGY: The Intruder

Your Home Security System Can’t Detect 76 EVENT CALENDAR



[ people and places ]

 46 Homes for the Holidays  81 An Evening with Jason Reitman [ PAMPERED PETS ]

 72 ASK THE VET: What’s Causing My Pet’s Halitosis?  74 ADOPT-A-PET: Good Friends Who Need Great Homes!


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BEING THERE IS WHY I’M HERE Get the coverage, service, and discounts you deserve.


What wellknown figure, past or present, do you consider a personal inspiration?

Volume 6 / Issue 2

PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Adam Toren Matthew Toren

I admire John Steinbeck's ability to capture characters— their personalities, hopes, struggles, passions—with whom millions of readers have identified. His language resonated with his generation of Americans and continues to transcend time—a craft that I think is the heart of storytelling.

King David (Old Testament) and Peter (New Testament) from the Bible. They loved God tremendously, but messed up royally time and again; yet, God always brought them back to Him and into His good favor.

EDITORIAL Managing Editors Crystal Huckabay PAVLINA TOREN Editorial SUPERVISOR Cassaundra Brooks Copy Editor Kate Karp Food Editor Samantha Turner Editorial Interns Alana Stroud, Bill Raznik, Rachael Blume CONTRIBUTORS

LeAnne Bagnall, Scott Bohall, Gerald Calamia, Jaclyn Douma, Lea Friese-Haben, Jon Kenton, Carol La Valley, Kevin Madness, Ben Miles, TYSON QUALLS, Greg Rubenstein, Scott Sackett, Marshall Trimble PHOTOGRAPHERS Photographers Michelle Brodsky, Mark Susan, Caroline GODDARD ADVERTISING 602.828.0313 marketing director Eric Twohey Art Director/PRODUCTION vanessa FRYER CIRCULATION Distribution Manager Mark Lokeli 2009 Best of Business Award

Picasso; a revolutionary figure and entrepreneur who expressed his opinion without fear while defying the 'starving artist' stereotype.

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Correction Notice: In the December/January 2011 issue of NVM, Flavor writer Jaclyn Douma's name was misspelled, Art & Culture was written by Kevin Downey, and the Adopt-a-Pet photos were mistakenly from the previous issue. North Valley Magazine apologizes for these errors.

NORTH VALLEY MAGAZINE is published six times a year for distribution aimed at higher-income households in such areas as Anthem, Carefree, Cave Creek, Tramonto, North Scottsdale, Desert Ridge, DC Ranch, Grayhawk, Estancia, Desert Hills, Troon North, Desert Mountain, McDowell Mountain Ranch, and Arrowhead Ranch. You can also pick up North Valley Magazine at many businesses, including specialty shops, salons, spas, auto dealerships, libraries, children’s and women’s specialty shops, boutiques, restaurants, health clubs, hotels, medical offices, and many rack locations. Statements, opinions, and points of view expressed by the writers and advertisers are their own, and do not necessarily represent those of the publishers, editors or North Valley Magazine staff. Although North Valley Magazine has made every effort to authenticate all claims and guarantee offers by advertisers in the magazine, we cannot assume liability for any products or services advertised herein. No part of North Valley Magazine may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any editorial or advertising matter at any time. Postmaster: Please return all undeliverable copies to North Valley Magazine, 711 E. Carefree Hwy. Suite 205, Phoenix, AZ 85085. Yearly subscriptions available; six issues mailed directly to your mailbox for $19.95 per year (within the U.S.). All rights reserved. ®2010 North Valley Magazine. Printed in the USA.


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Growing with Our Readership

Adam Toren Publisher

is underway, and we’ve got some exciting changes in the making! Our new Web site is up and running, with an updated directory and full issues that can be viewed around the world! We appreciate those of you who are already taking notice of our magazine, writing in with such wonderful encouragements as “Recently, I stumbled over some buried treasure....Kudos to North Valley, a really ‘slick’ publication. I was impressed by the breadth and depth of its contents.”

The year 2011

This year, we’re incorporating some new sections in a revamped City Journal, now titled “Valley Scene.” Check out some Arizona sports history in Sports, a local restaurant in Taste of the Valley, an extended Entertainment column, some hiking spots in Outdoor Arizona, and some volunteer opportunities in an extended Giving Back section. It’s our inaugural People Issue, and we’re highlighting some locals who are beautiful in many aspects. You’ll have recognized our Cover Girl—Danica Patrick has dominated some of the toughest racetracks in the world in both the Indy and the NASCAR series, and now she is tackling an even bigger challenge: bringing awareness to the fourth-leading cause of death in the nation. Learn about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and a little more about Danica the person. Another face you might recognize is that of Carey Peña, a fashionable “3 on Your Side” reporter that is a real joy. Learn more about Peña in our special feature. Then flip to our piece on a shamanistic spiritual journey we took to the Sanctuary at Sedona. We still think of our stay as “exquisite.” For some style and beauty tips and merchandise suggestions, head to our new Style

and Beauty section. Get some entrepreneurial advice from those who know the business world in our new Entrepreneurship column. And get a glimpse at some great gift ideas in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. As always, we’ve packed in the stories, the tips, and the information you want to read! Until the spring. Cheers!

Matthew Toren Publisher

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Arizona Fun facts

Scott Sackett is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at the Rim Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between the two. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at Visit his Web site at

Greg Rubenstein is a freelance automotive journalist and deputy editor for, an autoenthusiast Web site. He has been writing about and racing cars for twenty-five years.

He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller, and is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture. marshall@

Adopt-a-pet ASK THE VET

Dr. Ed Cohen has been practicing companion animal veterinary medicine since graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. For the past five years, he has owned and operated Anthem Pet Medical Center. His areas of special interest are internal medicine, pain management, and adding holistic treatments to conventional medical approaches.


Julie Carlson is a freelance writer. She’s had articles published in the Town of Paradise Valley Independent as well as Phoenix and Desert Living magazines. Julie is also an aspiring screenwriter—her book review blog, “That’s Swell!” is part of her company, Reel Swell Productions. Julie is also a former police clerk with 11 years experience in law enforcement.

Michelle Brodsky is a Phoenix native whose passion for animals began at a very young age. Her talent for photography was not discovered until later on in her life. When not tending to her small zoo at home, she helps educate the minds of high school kids as an assistant teacher of photography.

Lea Friese-Haben is Arizona’s number-one dating expert. She is happily married to Cpt. Greg Haben of Southwest Airlines and has three children. Lea is a certified holistic practitioner and is a regular guest on channels 3, 10, 12, and 15.



Scott Bohall is the owner of Treasures Jewelers. The Treasures staff has won more design awards than any jeweler in Arizona. Scott is a past president and current board member of the Arizona Jewelers Association, travels the world to find gems, and speaks around the state on jewelry-related topics.

Jaclyn Douma and her husband have been Arizonans since 2007. She has worked in marketing and creative design as an author, mother, and wife. She loves trying out new recipes and restaurants. You can usually find her in the kitchen with her daughter on her hip and a spatula in her hand.

Giving Back


Freelance feature writer Carol La Valley missed being an Arizona native by six months. When she was growing up, the North Valley was where she and her family went to have picnics and ride dune buggies. She received the Outstanding Writing Award from the Arizona Newspapers Association and Arizona Press Women in 2007 and 2009.


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LeAnne Bagnall is a writer and editor from Los Angeles who specializes in arts and culture, health, and community-related topics.

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Small in stature, big in talent. And, big in heart. The beautiful Danica Patrick might be a fury on the racetrack, but off the track, she lives life at a slower pace. The relaxed, friendly woman who welcomed me into the richly appointed villa at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas was tremendously personable and anxious to bring awareness to the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For the past year, Patrick has been part of the DRIVE4COPD campaign, a group of professional entertainers and sports figures actively spreading the word on COPD and encouraging people to not disregard the symptoms, which are often written off as signs of age or other illnesses. COPD is a progressive disease that can take the form of emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Lung function decreases over time, and though COPD can be slowed down, it is irreversible. Danica Patrick the race car driver is impressive, with a professional resume that spans the Indy and NASCAR arenas across much of the world. Patrick boasts career

highlights like placing third in the Indy 500 and accomplishments to which other women—and men—in the racing world aspire. Danica Patrick the person is just as impressive, and we get a little glimpse into the life of this popular sports figure and the battle she is helping to wage against a silent killer that claims thousands of lives every year. North Valley Magazine: What motivated

you to begin competing in NASCAR?

Danica Patrick: Really, it was just my contract year, and I thought that the racing just looked really fun and something that I wanted to try and see if I could do. And so then the opportunity came, and a lot of the ability to do it really came from the relationship between GoDaddy and Junior Motorsports and Dale Jr. because they sponsored him the year before. So, it made the transition really easy because GoDaddy is a sponsor on my Indy car, and one of the things faced in racing is sponsors and competing sponsors and categories. And so it really made the

transition really easy, and I got to run the 7 car in both series—the Number 7 GoDaddy car—so it made sense. NVM: My favorite number. DP: Yeah. Lucky Number 7. NVM: What is next for you on the racing circuit? DP: Well there are two more races left this season. Then my schedule will look very similar next year, with a full Indy program with Andretti Autosport, and then it will be another part-time year in Nationwide that’s going to be twelve to fourteen races again next year. And then after that, I’ll have to make some decisions as to what I want to do. Indy car, NASCAR—I like both of them, but for different reasons. So when I make my decision, I’ll take into account all kinds of things—the Indy car schedule, the direction of the series itself, the team that I’m driving for. Everything, you know. They’re just different. They really are just different.

well, to be knowledgeable—to just do everything possible so that in the end, if it doesn’t work out, I don’t think to myself, “Well, if I’d just tried a little harder or prepared better, I could’ve been a better me.” But I don’t do that. I always try and make sure that I do everything possible to prepare for success. I know that sounds like such a cheesy sort of… sounds like a seminar, kind of, but. NVM: Some clichés are actually applicable. DP: Yeah. And they’re real. That’s why they

exist. So, prepare for success. Prepare to do the best you can so that when your preparation meets the opportunity, you know what to do and you’re ready. And then, once you’ve done that, what can you say past that? You can’t be mad at yourself, unless you just want to be mad at your abilities, which is, you know, a tough thing. And sometimes I can be mad at my abilities, wishing I was more superhuman and could do more.

NVM: How long have you been involved with GoDaddy? What upcoming projects are in the works? What has your experience been?

NVM: How do you balance the racing, the DRIVE4COPD campaign, and the other professional ventures with your personal life? DP: Well, this year is a much busier year for me than ever before, as I used to only do sixteen or seventeen races a year and I think thirty-one is how many I’ll have done this year. So it’s a much busier year. But my point is, it’s not fifty-two weeks and it’s not every day of the week, so you have a lot of other time other than just the racing. So it allows me to do things like this, and things for my


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sponsors, and other things. Time allows it. It’s nice that I have the ability and the opportunity. Some people don’t. I’m lucky like that. I have sponsors that want me to do things for them. And I have a platform [from which] I can do things like this and bring awareness to something that’s important. Not everyone has that ability. NVM: What is your personal philosophy of facing opposition not just on the racetrack but also in the media and in life in general? DP: Well, I just do everything I can to prepare

DP: [GoDaddy has] been a sponsor since 2007. They were associates, like a second sponsor. My primary back then was Motorola. So, for three years, they were an associate sponsor, and then when Motorola went away, there was an opportunity for them to step up, and I know that they had always wanted to. They’re a big, flashy company and I know that they had always wanted to be the primary if they could. Which is another great situation, and I’m lucky I have that. So, this year was the first year they were a primary for me, and like I said earlier, they’re primary on both Indy and the stock car. And what’s next? Super Bowl commercials. Super Bowl’s coming up quickly. As you know, with GoDaddy, you never know what they’re going to end up choosing, and then there’s always an approval process and everything. But they’re an incredibly successful company. It’s nice to be associated with success like that. With GoDaddy, it’s always new stuff— they’re always looking for interesting ways to draw people to the Web site. It was really cool—earlier in the year, they did a competition online where everybody sent in their own videos, their own commercials, and they chose winners and the winner

won like $100,000. It was really fun. Bob [Parsons], the owner, and I sat down, and we basically rated them all. And so, I was in on the choice. It was cool. NVM: What do you enjoy most about Scott-

sdale? What do you miss about it when you’re traveling?

DP: I’m from Illinois, and so the first thing

everyone would say—and especially at this time of the year—is just how wonderful it is outside. It’s always sunny. You can always bank on a good day. You can plan things. And when you live in the Midwest or Seattle or somewhere like that, you can’t plan on that kind of stuff because you’re not sure if it’s going to rain. It’s always beautiful here. There’s always something to do. It’s an outdoorsy kind of city with hiking and lots of trails. There are lots of great restaurants. It’s just a really good city. I really like it.

NVM: The media is great at creating images for high-profile sports and entertainment figures. How do you deal with that—how do you present yourself as Danica?

DP: I always try and make sure that I show people a little bit of my personality and be honest in my interviews. I live in a world where people have to find a way to relate to me and to cheer for me, and so it’s important for them to find some kind of common ground or interest they have in you. So, the best thing you can do is just show them a little bit of your personality every time and be honest and not cheesy and not cookie-cutter. You know, I have very short little snippets of time that people get to know me on TV, so I try to make the most of them.

Is there any thing about you that people might be surprised to know?


DP: I think people usually don’t…well, I think there’s a misconception that I’m really serious, or…angry or something. Because while I’m doing my job, I’m intense, and I’ve been known to get a little fiery at times. So people probably don’t really know that I’m pretty relaxed and I’m not very funny, but I try to be. People don’t really know that side of me. And people also don’t realize that I’m really feminine away from the

track, and girly. I like to go shopping and get pedicures and, you know, all kinds of stuff! I like to get dressed up. I like getting my hair and makeup done—all of that stuff. I do love sports, but I have two different sides to me, for sure. And usually, it’s an interview at the track and they’re asking me about racing. But I’m fortunate that I get the ability every now and again to show a different side to me. NVM: What began your interest in creating

awareness for COPD?

DP: My grandma had COPD. She passed away in her early sixties, and it’s really sad to see how much people really suffer with this disease. I get a lot of feedback from other people, too, about how sad it is to see their family members suffering at the end. And she was on oxygen twenty-four hours a day and she couldn’t even walk—she was in a wheelchair; and she lost so much weight. So, since [COPD] is the fourth-leading cause of death in this country, I think it deserves some attention, some awareness. It kills more people than breast cancer and diabetes together, which is pretty amazing. People don’t know that. Go to DR IV E4COPD.COM and take the five-question screener. That’s important. And have your friends and family do it. NVM : Did you approach the organization, or did they approach you? How did you become involved with DRIVE4COPD? DP: They approached me, and there was obviously that connection. They had a lot of motivation to bring awareness to this, and it was a perfect fit. NVM: Why do you think that COPD gets significantly less attention than some of the better-known diseases? DP: I think it’s because the symp-

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What you should know about COPD, according to Dr. Brian Carlin, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Drexel University School of Medicine. NVM: What are the top three symptoms that might indicate you have COPD? Dr. Brian Carlin: Shortness of breath (at rest or with exercise), cough (of any type), and sputum (mucus) production. NVM: What are the three main causes of COPD? BC: By far and away, the biggest cause of COPD is smoking. This is followed by environmental causes—inhaling toxins, wood-smoke inhalation—and a hereditary genetic abnormality, for example, alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency [a genetic disorder that affects pulmonary activity].

out of breath from those kinds of things. [Other symptoms include] coughing up phlegm. Also, I think there’s probably an [embarrassment] element to it, since a lot of it is caused by smoking—and it doesn’t take very much. I think being in your local bar as a 21-year-old can almost do the trick; but anything over 100 cigarettes—that’s not very much—can put you at risk. So there’s an element of it that’s self-induced, and that’s probably a little bit embarrassing. You know, cancer’s one thing—when you get a certain cancer and there’s presumably nothing you could have done or at least nothing obvious. So, like I said, the symptoms are not obvious enough. It’s not like you have a tumor growing out of your skin or anything like that. And awareness—just pure awareness—people just don’t know about the disease and don’t take their symptoms seriously. That’s my opinion. It might not be a medical answer. 24

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NVM: How important is it for people to get screened? How important is early diagnosis? DP: Very important, because the disease is progressive; so the longer it goes undiagnosed, the worse it gets. And if you continue with the same habits you do and don’t do anything about it, your lung function continues to get worse, and that’s irreversible. There’s no cure for this. It’s not reversible. But you can very much slow down the progression of it so that you can live a normal life. NVM: Talk a little about February’s sec-

ond annual DRIVE4COPD 300.

DP: It will again be at the International Raceway at Daytona, which has the biggest race of the year for NASCAR, the Daytona 500. It runs the day before the Daytona 500. And I’ll be in it again.

NVM: What can be done to help alleviate symptoms of or slow down the progress of COPD? BC: There are both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions. Various types of pharmacologic agents including inhaled long-acting beta agonist and anticholinergic medications have been shown to improve symptoms and help to slow the progression of COPD. In some patients, inhaled steroids have also been shown to be helpful to alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of COPD. There are also several nonpharmacologic interventions that have been shown to be beneficial for patients with COPD. Preventive measures such as good hand-washing techniques, avoidance of other people who are ill, and the routine use of vaccinations are important. Pulmonary rehabilitation is a very effective modality that has been shown to improve overall quality of life, reduce the level of shortness of breath, and improve exercise tolerance and capacity. NVM: What currently are the main points of research? BC: The main focus of the current research in COPD currently involves investigations regarding earlier detection of the illness [prior to when the patient develops symptoms], evaluating the genetic variability of developing the disease—for example, why do some people who smoke cigarettes develop COPD and some do not, and why is there a difference between men and women in regards to the illness?—and evaluating newer methods—medication and other—to help reduce the symptoms and slow the progression of the illness.

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Going Beyond the Form: Transformational Tourism at the Sanctuary at Sedona B y A d a m T o r e n a n d Matt h e w T o r e n • P h o t o s c o u r t e s y Sa n c t u a r y at S e d o n a

The farther away people live from Sedona,

the more fabulous are their ideas. We’ve heard everything from “We want to meditate by Bell Rock” to “Is it true that there have been unicorn sightings in Oak Creek Canyon?” Actually, Sedona lives up to its reputation—most of it, anyway—and we enjoyed experiencing it at the Sanctuary at Sedona, cradled by hills and acres and acres of natural forest land in Cornville, about three and a half miles south of Sedona. We’re still pretty naïve about things spiritual, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Dean Taraborelli, Sanctuary’s founder, described what we were about to immerse ourselves in as “transformational tourism.” Dean’s an energy medicine practitioner and spiritual teacher and has been initiated into the Native American shamanic tradition through the Four Winds, Healing the Light Body School in Park City, Utah, so we figured that whatever we were going

to see and whatever we were going to be transformed into was going to be based in nature. Driving up, we joked about whether it would upset our wives if we grew antlers. The dirt road up to the Sanctuary had been described to us as “rustic,” which we took to mean rocky and rough, but it was slow, steady, and scenic, and the Sanctuary itself was easy to find. There isn’t a lot of “civilization” around there, and the property site is quite large. We found ourselves among a cluster of clean-lined buildings that matched the quiet surroundings. Besides the main quarters, there was a meditation room built over a vortex; a large farm garden that feeds the guests and is overseen by Cynthia Mont’Ross, the Sanctuary’s biodynamic gardener (in a sentence, biodynamics is a method of gardening that incorporates and balances the entire farm—dirt, plants, animals, and all—into one self-sustaining whole); and a nine-circuit meditational lab-

yrinth, which we hoped to be able to walk during our two-day stay. The main rooms of the guest building looked and felt like—well, home, in earth tones set off by brightly colored accents. We felt even more at home when we were welcomed by Dean Taraborelli and his wife, Kelley Alexander. We expected people dressed in robes and beads, fixing you with a gaze that bores into your soul, but Dean and Kelley are two regular folks in pullovers and jeans who put us immediately at ease. No antlers for us. Dean and Kelley are tremendous hosts, passionate about guiding their guests through life enhancement. We checked into our rooms, which were cozy, clean, balanced, and very comfortable. They were also purposefully Spartan, with no television! (We had phones, though, and Wi-Fi was available.) Each room has its own name and is decorated with a unique mandala created FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


by local artists. Dean told us that mandalas are examples of transformational art rooted in Buddhist Tibet. They represent the universal cosmos and are used for meditation. The showers were amazing—all the water is “structured,” which is a process of clustering water molecules to achieve a pure state. It tasted great, too, and Matthew said that it gave him a feeling of being alive. Feeling clean and ready to reacquaint ourselves with ourselves, we headed downstairs for lunch. Meals were a culinary adventure. We sat family style at tables that accommodated ten diners each. The chefs sat with us and told us about each ingredient and its importance to the dish and health. No brown rice, and no bread with the consistency of soaked-and-dried cardboard; instead, Cynthia Mont’Ross doubled as Chef Moon, magically preparing such balanced, organic dishes as portobello mushroompurple kale Thai coconut curry, made with fresh Thai basil and lemongrass from The Sanctuary garden. Those mushrooms and their consistency would make any vegetarian think he or she were cheating. Adam was particularly fond of the raw raspberryfig-cashew cheesecake we had for dessert at dinner—who wouldn’t be? 26

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The Sanctuary’s specialized programs traditionally last a week and are tuned to the seeker’s needs and objectives. The Alchemist, for example, roots out pain from the past and transforms it to power and

wisdom; the Quantum Warrior works on the shadowy parts in ourselves that we’re not familiar with and acquaints us with who we really are. Body and spirit are nourished with nonchemical energy medicine, medi-

Bringing It All Back Home: Simple Suggestions from Sanctuary at Sedona’s ‘Chef Moon’ Sweet. And salty, savory, and overall serene. Chef Cynthia Mont’Ross is the Sanctuary’s biodynamic gardener and kitchen goddess. Her first name means “moon goddess” and, as such, she has a few backatcha reflections of how you can make your own way toward tranquility and relaxation with five simple foods. “These foods are things you can easily find at any local market, grocery store, or even grow yourself,” Chef Mont’Ross says.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile flowers, which originated in Egypt’s Nile River Valley, are particularly soothing and known for their properties that promote calm and relaxation and also relieve anxiety—no caffeine, of course. Chef Moon likes the freshly cut apple smell and the golden color that the flowers produce when steeped. She recommends sweetening it with honey, if at all.

Banana-Fig Pudding

tation, yoga and body work, and shamanic teachings. Dean compares shamans with quantum physicists; both see and understand connectedness of all life, although shamans take, as it were, a quantum leap into the spirit as well. We had only two days, so a schedule was made for us that included a well-rounded example of what we could use in our lives. Our activities included a Q& A session and a tour of the Sanctuary, a meditation class, massages, an energy session, yoga and stretching taught by a master yogi, a nighttime drum journey, and that labyrinth walk we wanted to take. And meals, of course. Despite the relatively brief time, the quality and nature of what we experienced took root. The meditation with Sarah McLean in the Meditation Room can be described only as total peace. Sarah is an amazing person who loves to share and teach. She left us with a great booklet called “Meditation for Inner Peace” and a CD simply titled Meditate, which we use almost daily. The massage with Deborah Burke went beyond rejuvenation. Her “energy balancing” abilities allowed us to reach levels of relaxation we’d never experienced, and there was a card reading that provided an interesting spiritual aspect. But that drum journey—it took place in the Meditation Room from 9–10 p.m., and it was a journey within the journey we’d em-

barked upon that morning. Dean led as we all lay on the floor. We were totally relaxed, covered in blankets up to our shoulders, as he told a story, using his drum to get us into an even deeper state of relaxation. We could visualize every concept in his story and traveled deeply into our own stories. We returned from our journey feeling curiously connected to our own thoughts and thinking clearly about our ideas. Thanks to the comfortable beds and the feeling of accomplishment, we fell immediately asleep in our room. We awakened to a delicious breakfast that included antimicrobial kombucha tea and freshly squeezed juices. After a personal offering, intention setting, and lunch, we left for home, bringing our experience with us. We were glad to have opened ourselves to new levels that we hadn’t experienced in the past. Every element that you would want in a mind, body, spirit, and soul experience was an integral part of our own experience— we’d call it a journey of superior cleansing of the mind and body. We feel like better people, and we want to pass that forward! The Sanctuary at Sedona is located at 2605 South Cactus Road, Cornville, AZ 86325. For information on The Sanctuary at Sedona and its specialized programs, history, philosophy, staff, accommodations, and directions, visit

A soothing, calming sweet treat high in minerals and potassium, banana-fig pudding is a sweet and soothing as well as nurturing and cleansing alternative. Making it is easy, and eating it will have you singing “Oh, bring me some figgy pudding” well into next Christmas. Put the following into a blender or food processor: four bananas; a handful of clean, soaked figs along with the water they soaked in; two tablespoons of ground flax; a pinch of ground nutmeg; and honey to taste. Combine all ingredients and blend until creamy. Serve chilled, sprinkled with shredded coconut.

Miso Soup

Miso paste is high in B12, probiotics, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is a great source of lactobacillus acidophilus. The broth made with it is Japan’s answer to chicken soup. Chef Moon recommends it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also whenever you feel under the weather with the flu or a tummy ache or need soothing in general. Rich in antioxidants, miso also helps control cellular damage. There are many traditional ways of preparing miso soup. Chef Moon likes to mix two tablespoons of miso with vegetable broth, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper in a cup of warm water. Drink up, it’s good for you!


Grabbing a handful of raw walnuts can be the perfect grounding during a busy day and a source of good energy at the same time. Walnuts are one of the best sources of stress-relieving nutrients; they’re rich in B-vitamins, zinc, and protein. Great snack for the office drawer!


Oh, we’ve saved the best for dessert. “Believe it or not, there is actually a good excuse for eating chocolate, under one condition: it needs to be dark and as high in cacao as possible,” Chef Moon says. Studies indicate that eating a small piece of a dark-chocolate candy bar each day can lower levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, norephinephrine, and epinephrine, which cause a person to feel nervous and anxious. Chef Moon says that chocolate also plays a role in controlling mood by altering the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.

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A Tender Touch:

Tiffani Templeton and the Arizona Burn Center B y J ulie C arlson

The Arizona Burn Center treats burns and wounds on the body, but you can look to Tiffani Templeton to extend treatment to a person as a whole. Templeton is one of the dedicated nurses at the Intensive Care Unit. “I’ve had people come up to me in public to tell me they remember my voice taking care of them for months,” she says. “I have a real distinct Southern accent.” Originally from Alabama, Templeton graduated from Auburn University. After moving to Arizona with her husband, she took a position as a travel nurse, visiting different hospitals throughout the Valley. One of those facilities was the Arizona Burn Center at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, where Templeton received an eight-week contract in 2007 that turned into a full-time job.

“I love the feeling you get when someone you are so worried about is not going to make it—then, over time, they get better and leave the hospital.” “I loved the people I worked with. The hospital is very friendly, and it felt like a second home to me. I didn’t want to leave,” she says of the high-paced center 30

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where nurses, doctors, and burn techs work as a team. Templeton proved she could handle a leadership role when she trained to be a fill-in charge nurse. When a position for a clinical resource leader (CRL) opened, up, Templeton applied and was hired. Her present role as CRL puts her in the forefront of managerial decisions; her duties include helping other nurses, handling problems, assisting in hiring, and taking disciplinary action where warranted. “Tiffani is like an Energizer bunny,” says Patricia Kardos, RN, who is Templeton’s manager. “Her enthusiasm and commitment are much appreciated by me and her peers.” The Arizona Burn Center is the second-busiest burn center in the United States, averaging about 1,000 patients a year from the surrounding states and Northern Mexico. The center was founded by Dr. MacDonald Wood in 1965 and has grown from a few beds to a 19-bed specialized facility, with more beds available on another floor. The center treats patients with all types of burns, from contact burns (touching the stove, walking on hot pavement during the summer, cooking spills), to flash and explosive burns (steam burns, candle fires, burning brush), and intentional burns. The center also treats people with wounds needing attention and care of damaged skin. There are cases of

desperation, sadness, and horror as well—burn injuries have been sustained by people who set fire to their homes in foreclosure, became involved in drug deals or relationships gone bad, made bad decisions while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or were suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative conditions of the brain. Advances have been made in removing dead tissue from a wound, treatments for infections, and nutritional support. “Many years ago, burn victims did not survive the injury, or if they did, the quality of life was significantly reduced,” Templeton says. “I love the feeling you get when someone you are so worried about is not going to make it—then, over time, they

get better and leave the hospital. Two years may go by, and one day, they walk back through the door to tell you how much they appreciate what you did for them.” Templeton does have a life outside her job. She focuses on projects at home and is an avid moviegoer, traveler, and caretaker of her three dogs and two ferrets. But her devotion and passion are centered on the Arizona Burn Center. “Tiffani is one of the most hardworking, dedicated nurses at the Arizona Burn Center,” says Dr. Daniel Caruso, the center’s director and surgery department chair. “She always carries a positive attitude, even when things are quite busy. I wish I had a hundred of her.”

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Two Kinds of Fun to Rock Your World B y C assaundra B rooks

Deer Valley Rock Art Center

A trip to Deer Valley Rock Art Center is a whole lot more than staring at a bunch of rocks. That’s because the center is not merely educational—it’s fun, too. And because its well-worn main building has begun a major face lift process, it’s safe to say it will only get cooler. Expect large-scale murals depicting the ancient people of Hedgpeth Hills, a new orientation theater, computers and Smart Boards, an interactive wall screen, and a Family Exploration Room funded by the Phoenix Suns Charities. The center, managed by the Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has a multifold purpose: preserve the Valley’s largest collection of Native American rock art (petroglyphs); educate the public on the culture and history of the Hedgpeth Hills area through museum exhibits and the Neil Nelson Memorial Heritage Garden; serve as a natural wildlife reserve; function as a research facility; and act as a repository for the American Rock Art Research Association library, collections, and archives. The center features over 1,500 Hohokam, Patayan, and archaic petroglyphs as well as a 47-acre nature preserve. Bring a sack lunch and picnic at outdoor tables or in the amphitheater. The petroglyph trail is handicap

accessible, tours are available in Spanish, and the facilities are available for rent for private events. Prices range from $2.50–$7. AAA members can take advantage of a 10-percent discount. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit dvrac.asu. edu for hours and additional information. Located at 3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85308. (623) 582-8007 CrackerJax

the adults in the family have a blast, too. Three eighteen-hole miniature-golf courses (one especially for the little ones) are a definite highlight. Then again, dad might appreciate the multilevel driving range best. Go-karts, bumper boats, an arcade complete with tickets and trinket prizes, a sand volleyball court, an eighteen-hole professional putting course, baseball and softball batting cages, water wars, and a new giant bungee dome keep the fun going for hours on end. Pay for the attractions you wish to enjoy or purchase wristbands to have a go at unlimited multiple rounds of selected rides and games. Take advantage of their $15 Tuesdays. Their restaurant offers complete catering services when you’ve worked up a sufficient appetite. With daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m. hours (and extended weekend hours) and the consistently advantageous Arizona weather, you can enjoy CrackerJax year round. Prices vary by activity. Visit for additional information. Located at 16001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. (480) 998-2800, or (480) 998-1700 for the golf range and pro shop.

CrackerJax is the fun little surprise at the bottom of the Northern Scottsdale box. The “family fun and sports park” description would seem to cater to the kids, but

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[11] Gnomeo and Juliet voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart Unknown Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Frank Langella, Aidan Quinn [25] Drive Angry Nicholas Cage, Amber Heard, Billy Burke


[4] The Adjustment Bureau Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Daniel Dae Kim

[11] Red Riding Hood Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Virginia Madsen

[18] Beastly Vanessa Hudgens, Mary Kate Olsen,

Neil Patrick Harris, Alex Pettyfer, Peter Krause The Lincoln Lawyer Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy

+ Television

Midseason Lineup: What’s New, What’s Moving, What’s Returning, and What’s Dead—a sampling. New The Cape (NBC) – Let’s hope this much-hyped series lives up to the buzz. Until The Event resumes in late February, it will take over Monday’s 9 p.m. time slot. This hour-long drama series will follow “an honest cop on a corrupt police force” (David Lyons) as he is framed for murder, presumed dead, forced into hiding, and assumes his son’s favorite comic book superhero identity to battle crime and reunite with his family. Also starring fan favorite Summer Glau (Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). On the Move Fringe (FOX) – New time slot: Fridays at 9/8 CT Because of powerhouse American Idol’s big move, Fringe was bumped to Fridays upon its post-holidayhiatus return last month. (And former lead-in Bones moved to its former slot, now behind AI.) Its new time slot is infamous: Firefly, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and, more recently, The Good Guys (RIP, you entertaining hour of hilarity) all died there. You can help Fringe avoid this fate. How? Watch! Why? (Warning: heavily biased gushing ahead) I generally don’t watch sci-fi shows, so the fact that this series has me wrapped around its figurative little finger says something. It’s absolutely brilliant. It’s also absolute torture of the slow, agonizing, painful, breathtaking, clever, maddening, unsettling, thrilling, and oh-so-satisfying kind. It’s fun, it’s horrifying, it’s hopeful, it’s mindboggling, it’s mysterious, it’s emotional, and it’s a darn good


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reason to suspend reality for an hour each week. Not to mention that the acting is among the best on television, which statement gives the actors far less praise than they deserve. A piece of advice: Start from the beginning and catch up. NBC’s Big Shakeup NBC just introduced a three-hour Thursday-night comedy block, which means 30 Rock (now in the 10 p.m. slot) is immediately preceded by Parks and Recreation at 9:30 p.m. Law & Order: SVU moved back to Wednesday nights at 10 p.m., and the newest L&O installment, Law & Order: Los Angeles, goes on hiatus as the show switches up its cast. Returning White Collar (USA) – Tuesdays 10/9 CT Matt Bomer and company return for the second half of this smooth, witty, and charming series’ sophomore season. Suave conman Neal Caffrey fights his criminal impulses to help his unlikely new partner, FBI Agent (of the White Collar division) Peter Burke (Tim DeKay)—a straight-arrow family man with a down-to-earth wife and a dedication to his work. Not that Caffrey has much choice in the matter. But the bromance is among the best on television, and Neal’s delightfully paranoid friend Mozzy and quest for the truth behind the mysterious music box make for an interesting dynamic. Dead Life is indeed unexpected, but then so can be death—as in the case of CW’s Life Unexpected. The public jury also returned an unfavorable verdict for The Whole Truth (ABC). But the grimmest tale is told on FX—Terriers was put down after one rather compelling 13-episode season. The raw, clever, well-scripted and well-acted series about two deeply flawed but wellintended private detectives in Ocean Beach could not, for whatever frustrating reason, garner the necessary ratings to get a second-season renewal.


Red Riding Hood Gnomeo and Juliet

+ Theater What happened to the Dodge Theater? It’s still there. It just goes by the name Comerica now, after its new owner.

+ Books

As to actual theater, head to the Herberger from February 17 through March 6 for a worldpremiere especially commissioned for Arizona Theatre Company. The official short-version synopsis for Ten Chimneys is as follows: Love, intrigue, romance, and suicide—and that’s just in the play they’re rehearsing. In the late 1930s, husband and wife Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, two of the most revered stars of the Broadway stage, decide to perform Chekhov’s masterpiece The Sea Gull. When a young actress named Uta Hagen arrives, a romantic triangle begins to mirror the events in Chekhov’s play about passion and art. The result is a sweet, sad, funny, and revealing look at the private lives of artists who are always on the stage.

Uta Hagen, mentioned in the Ten Chimneys synopsis above, was elected to the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981 and has produced a couple of highly recommended books for actors of all levels: Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor.

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Nourishing the Arts Community B y C assaundra B rooks

Food can be art—creative combinations, colorful ingredients, elaborate plating—and what an incredibly delicious art form it is! On Saturday, March 5, more than thirty Glendale restaurants will invade Murphy Park and tempt Valley residents with mouthwatering selections that represent Downtown Glendale dining at the inaugural TASTE Glendale Culinary Festival.

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cooking presentations by Le Cordon Bleu executive chefs, relax with jazz music, and enjoy many other types of entertainment. All other tickets are $25 and include beverages. Please note that this is a 21-and-older event. Bon apetit! Purchase tickets online at!

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Sonoran Arts League

North Valley Magazine is proud to help sponsor the festival, which is organized by the HDE Agency, the marketing firm that organized the Chandler festival of the same name. TASTE should help to boost the local economy, which depends on Valley residents spending their hard-earned dollars on local goods and services. TASTE participants include Bitzee Mama’s, Bueno Burger, Dillon’s, Fajardo’s Café, Famous Dave’s, Le Chalet, Let’s Do Dinner, Max’s, Ninfa’s, Rock Bottom Brewery, Rubio’s, Satara Thai Cuisine & Boutique Wine Lounge, The Melting Pot, Tuscan Oven, and Zendejas. More restaurants will be added to the roster in the weeks leading up to the event. For $50, foodies can take advantage of the VIP area, where they may dine with other select guests and celebrities, view private 34

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The northeast Desert Foothills region takes its arts community seriously. The Sonoran Arts League, which boasts more than 400 members, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that raises funds to “support community activities, award art-related scholarships via the Scholarship Fund, maintain League operations via the Endowment Fund, and build toward the creation of a permanent home for the League via the Building Fund.” You can spot Sonoran Arts League out and about in the community. League members put on painting, drawing, and sculpting demonstrations in local parks; stage art auctions; host art festivals; paint murals on buildings; organize the annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, where people get a

chance to peek at local artists’ studios; volunteer their time in schools and participate in demonstrations, mentoring, conducting field trips, and running workshops; operate a summer art studio for students in fields that include painting, photography, and printmaking; and put on a youth art exhibit to allow students to not only display their artwork but also to sell it. For all its work to enrich the community at large, the League also provides members with a host of benefits, not the least of which is a means of networking with other artists, and keeps members abreast of art-related news and opportunities. Other perks include several exhibitions every year, a jury program to recognize exceptional artists among the membership, monthly meetings and programs, mentoring, workshops, seminars, and more.

Upcoming Sonoran Arts League events include the tenth annual Festival of Fine Art at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek on the weekend of February 18–20. Read more about it in our Event Calendar! For more information, visit The League provides a number of ways for the community to get involved, whether it is through membership, donations, or volunteering. Call (480) 575-6624 or e-mail with questions.

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Tom Mix: America’s First Superhero B y M arshall T rimble , O fficial A rizona S tate H istorian

The 1920s was an age of superheroes: Babe

Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Red Grange, Gertrude Ederle, and Charles Lindbergh. But the greatest superstar of them all was Tom Mix. Tom Mix was the first superhero and was perfect for the times. Post-WWI audiences wanted to return to “normalcy,” a new word coined to mean “forget problems and escape to fantasy.” Mix’s movies were pure frolic and delight. He was the man in the white hat who rode into town and battled the bad guys. The films were loaded with fistfights, slapstick stunts, and pretty ladies, and to the relief of his adolescent fans, Mix seldom rode off into the sunset with any of them. He also led the “Shooting Stars” in marriages—five of them in all. One spouse took a shot at him but fortunately missed. Tom Mix was born in Mix Run, Penna., on Jan. 6, 1880. He headed out to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where he worked as a bartender and played semiprofessional football. The Miller Brothers saw him and hired him as a trick rider for their Wild West show. Hollywood discovered him after he was selected A ll-A round Cowboy at the Prescott Rodeo. By the 1920s, Mi x was mak ing $17,50 0 a week, spending much of it on a lavish Hollywood lifestyle. He eventually made 300 silent films and nine talkies. Mix was in his forties when he performed the stunts that made him famous. Every bone in his body had broken at one time or another. He was an action actor

He was the man in the white hat who rode into town and battled the bad guys.

who loved to make fun of his acting ability. Once, he asked a director, “Do you want expression number 1, 2 or 3?” Legend has it that the advent of talkies ended his career because he had a weak voice. Truth is, his voice was fine; he thought talkies would ruin his action films. Mix’s horse, Tony, was the only horse who starred in his own movie, Just Tony, in 1922, with Mix in a supporting role.

Tony leaped steep canyons, swam raging rivers, galloped through fire, and walked over to a table where he picked up Mix’s six-shooter and brought it to him. Tony, like Mix, had lots of onscreen flirtations, only his were with comely colts. An overeager agent embellished Mix’s biography, saying he was a Texas Ranger, was a U.S. Marshal, rode with Pancho Villa in Mexico, and fought in the Boxer Rebellion in China, the Boer War in Africa, and the Spanish American War. He’d done none of these, but he was one heck of

Every bone in his body had broken at one time or another. He was an action actor who loved to make fun of his acting ability. a rider, and he loved his horse more than anything. Once, Tony was nearly injured performing a stunt, and from then on, Tony had a double while Mix performed his stunts. It was the only time in Hollywood when the star’s horse had a double but the star didn’t. In 1929, the cowboy genre was declared dead. Charles Lindbergh was the new hero in town. Many experts predicted talkies would be the end of cowboy movie stars whose virtuous character was seen as oldfashioned. One critic wrote, “Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, and Ken Maynard had better switch to aeroplanes or retreat to the old actors home.” Mix was killed near Florence, Ariz., on Oct. 12, 1940, when his 1937 yellow Cord Phaeton convertible crashed. Too late, he saw barricades on a bridge detour. He swung into a wash, jolting the car and causing an aluminum suitcase to fly up from the back seat, breaking his neck. He got out, took one step and fell to the ground. Tony the wonder horse died two years later. He has been called a cowboy singer, a humorist, and a storyteller, and is Arizona’s official state historian, but Marshall Trimble’s most treasured title is teacher. He hopes people will realize the importance and fun involved in Arizona history and culture. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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actions, only one is an instinct beyond the first few weeks of life. “Breathing is the body’s number-one priority,” says Chris Linn, a founding mother and board chair of Parent Organized Partnerships Supporting Infants and Children Learning to Eat (P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.). Sucking and swallowing are both learned behaviors required for the intake of nourishment. When an infant or child stops eating and there is no intervention, that tiny human’s health will begin to fail. This is where P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. can assist families with support groups and referrals to physicians, therapists, and other professionals who understand the diseases that underpin the baby’s refusal to eat. Refusal to eat can stem from neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, cardiac issues, and recovering pulmonary efficiency after major surgeries. Birth to age three is the typical onset. Premature babies, such as Linn’s twins born at 25 weeks, are at a higher risk. Emile and Zachary were incubated on ventilators and feeding tubes for several months in the hospital. Emile had heart surgery, and Zachary was diagnosed as having Down’s syndrome. He was in and out of hospitals, with pulmonary sclerosis. At barely a year old, Zachary died. Through their grief, the family knew that the needs of Emile, still struggling with reflux, needed to be met. At 19 months, a gastronomy tube, also


known as a G-tube, was inserted through her abdomen to her stomach—an improvement, yet she was still vomiting up to five times a day. Parents might hear people dismiss their child’s eating problem with “You’re overreacting” and “Your child is just going through a phase.” Meanwhile the “failure to thrive” diagnosis is frightening. “When I started this journey I had no idea who could help me,” Linn says. “The field is underserved and misunderstood.” Shannon Goldwater’s triplets were being treated in the same Virginia hospital as Emile for reflux, aspiration, severe vomiting, and fundoplications (surgical procedure to correct problems with the lower esophageal sphincter). Goldwater suggested that Linn contact Dr. Paul Hyman, a pediatric gastroenterologist. Hyman prescribed a medication that worked and enrolled Emile in a feeding program. The 3-year-old went from being 100 percent tube fed to 25 percent. By age 5, the G-


Volunteer Opportunities There are plenty of opportunities around the Valley for you to volunteer for, to give back, to get involved. Here is a sampling for the months of February and March. What: 41st Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival When: March 11–13 Benefits: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Needs: 300+ volunteers for gates/admissions, food/beverages, kids’ area, and retail/information Requirements: All-day shifts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Lunch and T-shirts provided. Must attend one of two training sessions. Contact: Register online at Contact Maria Marshall at for information. Application: volunteer_form_artsfestival.php

tube accounted for five percent. Emile recently celebrated her sixth birthday and through early intervention programs was able to start school. Mealtime success equates with comfort from a child’s point of view. Imagine the extreme discomfort of repeated vomiting; know also that if it has always hurt the child to eat in the past, the will to try a bite of food can be an act of faith. Pediatric occupational therapist, author, educator, and P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. board advisor Marsha Dunn Klein offers tips to parents in several articles on the organization’s Web site: describe the properties of the food, describe your own interactions with the food, create a new way to try or interact with the food, and give choices and combinations. “What is getting in the way of their ability and natural desire to eat?” asks Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD, in her article “Finding an Appropriate Treatment Program for Children with Feeding Difficulties, A Guide for Parents.” “There are no easy answers. No single approach, medicine, surgery, formula, food, or utensil is going to be the magic cure-all, no matter how much we wish it were that simple.” Because the causes of an infant or child not

eating are so diverse, there are no hard statistics on how many children are afflicted, how many families experience the stress, and what a toll it takes on marriages. The good news stemming from the successes of Emile and other children is that P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E. is working with nationally recognized feeding experts to come up with best practices for these children. “There is not a lot of research on how to treat these children,” Linn says. “We need to start research projects and early identification screening tools. We need to help fund these doctors and professionals to help our children.” P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.’s parent support group meets monthly on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Easter Seals Southwest Human Development, 2850 North 24th St. in Phoenix. February 17, March 17, and April 20 are the upcoming dates. Call (602) 222-6222 or (800) 233-4658 for phone support. E-mail

Who: Maggie’s Place (provides houses of hospitality for expectant women who are alone or living on the streets) When: Feb. 1 to June 1 Where: 30th Street and Indian School Road Needs: Construction help, remodeling a building for coordinating office and Alumnae Mom Resource Center. Everything, including electrical, plumbing, flooring, drywall. Contact: Claire, at or Note: Help deep-clean house on first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon or with miscellaneous tasks Mon–Sat. from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prepare meals for moms or staff any day of the week. Learn about Maggie’s Place and all volunteer needs at orientation on Feb. 3 or March 3 at 7 p.m. (or first Thurs. of every month).

What: Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Faire Who: Irish Cultural Center When: Sat., March 12 Needs: Help with festivities, which include a parade, music, dancing, food, a kids’ area, and vendors. Help during festival hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or with setup or breakdown. Contact: E-mail

Who: Liberty Wildlife When: April–September; training begins in March Needs: 50–65 volunteers to help feed orphaned baby birds. Complete training provided, flexible schedules available. 18 years or older. Contact: Call Carol Suits at (480) 998-5550 (press option 2) or visit Note that many organizations and events have minimum-age requirements and may require background checks, training, orientations, etc. Please visit the Web sites and contact the organizations for details on all events before volunteering. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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Finish Off Winter with Some Music BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS

Arizona Music Fest

Arizona’s winter music festival is back for its twentieth year, with top artists from around the world. It’s a casual affair that brings together an elegant mix of music that includes Broadway, classical, and jazz. Robert Moody conducts the audience favorite Festival Orchestra with the world premiere of “Desert Transport,” an acoustic piece Photo courtesy Chris Thile composed by Mason Bates and Photo courtesy Paul Markow inspired by a helicopter ride over Arizona. ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra Also expect to see mandolinist Chris Thile The nonprofit ProMusica Arizona Chofrom the bluegrass combo Punch Brothers. rale and Orchestra (PMAZ) began in 2003 He will join the orchestra to perform “Manwith just seventeen singers. Today, the chodolin Concerto.” You might have seen Thile rale has expanded to more than fifty-five on Saturday Night Live or The Tonight Show members, with an orchestra of over fortywith Jay Leno. five musicians. Thanks to generous patron Another special performance takes place support and a number of fund-raising Feb. 8, when the Miami String Quartet perevents, PMAZ has been able to perform forms Haydn’s “String Quartet in D Major,” over f ifty concerts to purchase needed Vask’s “String Quartet #3,” and Schumann’s equipment and to continue to expand in “String Quartet in A Major.” the North Valley. On Feb. 13, 17-year-old prodigy Conrad ProMusica, under the leadership of Tao performs a program of classical hits and, founding artistic director Kevin Kozacek, perhaps, one of his own dazzling composihas several groups—an orchestra, a chotions. rale, a string ensemble, a youth ensemble, The grand finale brings several soloists and several adult small-group ensembles. and the Festival Orchestra to the stage for The groups cover multiple generations and Beethoven’s Symphony #9, which includes performance styles, offering something for the immortal “Ode to Joy.” every lover of music. Arizona MusicFest runs through Feb. 27. Visit their Web site for a complete and For a complete schedule that includes times, detailed list of events and performances for names, songs, and ticket prices, call (480) 4882011. Please note the official release for the 0806 or visit March event in the next column:

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Arizona Chorale and Orchestra, photo courtesy ProMusica

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‘Beethoven’s Fantasy’ Fri., March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Sat., March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 N. 60th St., Scottsdale March’s concert provides a great opportunity to enjoy Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert in musical works that celebrate life. Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a tremendous piece that showcases not only the chorale but also local pianist Karen Taylor in a concertolike opening that bursts open with song and lyrics of springtime’s optimism. Mozart’s Haffner Symphony was written to celebrate the ennoblement of a longtime family friend and patron. Schubert’s “Mirjam’s Siegesgesang” is the uplifting Old Testament song of victory that Miriam sang in celebration of the Hebrews’ successful freedom from Egyptian rule. Guest lyric soprano soloist Megan Weston from Manhattan graces our stage for this beautiful choral and orchestral piece.

Kevin Kozacek, photo courtesy ProMusica

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Palm Court: Dining Royally B Y J ulie C arlson

If you’re looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or want to reserve a business lunch or dinner, Palm Court, located at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, is the perfect place.

Located on the second floor, Palm Court has stunning décor and a quiet ambience. You’re treated like royalty by the friendly hostess upon arrival, and the spot-on waitstaff provides superb service. The internationally acclaimed restaurant provides an intimate setting with soft candlelight and also has a view of the golf course. One of my dining companions and I started off with a robust glass of claret wine from Francis Coppola ($11), which complemented the crispy and flaky lavosh with bleu cheese butter spread. The main menu entrées provided a number of succulent-sounding choices—crispy seared chicken breast, Dover sole amandine, aged Angus New York sirloin—but our waiter highly recom-

mended ordering from the chef ’s selection prepared by Chef Ray Anderson: soup du jour or salad and a choice of three entrées, with a glass of wine and a dessert for $38—a terrific idea at a great price. We all chose the soup du jour. which was a delicious creamy asparagus. For dinner, one of my friends and I chose the filet mignon medallions in a red wine sauce with potato towers. My other companion chose the pecan-encrusted pork medallions in a red wine sauce with potato puree. Along with our entrées, we were served a side of vegetable medley and warm dinner roll. For the wine ac-

companiment, we chose a house cabernet. The filet medallions were absolutely divine. I asked one friend what he thought of the pork and he replied, “It was too good to share.” For dessert, we chose the strawberries flambé served over ice cream in delicate liquor sauce, prepared tableside, and a flavorsome “old-fashioned” style bread pudding with a hint of apple and raisins. Both were heavenly. Palm Court is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A champagne brunch is available on Sundays. Regular entrée menu prices for dinner range from $25–$46. Call (480) 596-7520 or visit thescottsdaleresort. com/dining/dining_palmcourt.asp.

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‘Peak’ Your Interest: Trails for the Hardy (and Less So) Hiker BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS

The Arizona climate lends itself to plentiful outdoor play and sport year-round. The entire state is peppered with idyllic hiking trails of all varieties, levels, and terrain, but Valley residents don’t need to travel far to find some of the best. Breathe in fresh air, take in some pretty incredible views, avail yourself of the cooler weather, and get in a little exercise as well. Even better, you can bring some friends along for the fun. Camelback Mountain

This beautiful 2,706-foot icon, situated between Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, is a sight to behold from the ground, but the views from the top are even better. Opt for the moderate Cholla Trail or challenge yourself a bit more with Summit Trail (Echo Canyon). If you’re looking to take it a bit easier, enjoy a more leisurely stroll around Bobby’s Rock or Ramada Loop Trails. North Mountain

Phoenix’s North Mountain, part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, stands at 2,104 feet, with Shaw Butte topping out at 2,149 feet. The mountain offers a variety of trails that meet the wants of every hiker, from summit climbs to relatively flat meandering trails. If pressed for time, try something less lenghthy, like the short loop trail at Penny Howe Barrier-Free Nature Trail. To get the heart pumping a little more, opt for the Shaw Butte Trail. Piestewa Peak

Formerly known as Squaw Peak, this hiking favorite rises 2,610 feet above the Valley, with over a half million people hiking its Summit Trail each year. Its name was changed to honor Lori Piestewa, a local who died serving this nation in Iraq back in 2003. Stick around the base for some easy and moderate trails or hike a little higher for more of a challenge. South Mountain and the Superstition Mountains are also great options, though farther away. Whatever you choose, please follow park regulations, let someone know where you’ll be if you go the trail alone, and bring plenty of water—don’t let the cooler weather fool you! For details on locations, regulations, trails, and more for Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, check out and select “Hiking” under the “Outdoor Adventure” tab, where you'll find more great trails in the area. For North Mountain, try FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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A Little Sports History BY CASSAUNDRA BROOKS

Arizona probably can’t lay claim to infamous sports curses and centuries-old rivalries—not like certain East Coast teams, at least. But despite our relatively new sports history, we have some nationally competitive teams that have made that history rather exciting,

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Team History

Arizona may be the forty-eighth state, but it is home to the oldest continuously run professional football franchise in the United States: the Cardinals. The team was founded in 1898 and has been known as the Phoenix Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cardinals, Racine Cardinals, the Normals, and the Morgan Athletic Club. Color Change

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If you look at World Series shots from 2001 and you didn’t start following the champion Diamondbacks until a few years later, you might be a little confused. That’s because their uniforms ref lected their former colors: purple, copper, and turquoise. In 2007, the team introduced not only new uniforms but also new colors: “Sedona red” and black. The change was not wellreceived, as the former colors were more original and distinctive. Fans would also need to purchase new merchandise—so perhaps despite the negative reaction, it was a smart marketing move for a franchise that had struggled since its early-on World Series win. Venue Change

Team colors were not the only major change that the Arizona Diamondbacks underwent. Aside from the bulk of the World Series team being replaced or traded away within the few years following the championship, Bank One Ballpark, often referred to as “BOB,” got a new owner—and with it, a new name: Chase Field.

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As you likely recall, the Cardinals’ new home was a source of heated debate for quite some time, but they have finally settled into the Westgate community in Glendale at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Championship Games

Three years ago, Glendale welcomed a flood of football enthusiasts from across the country when Super Bowl XLII landed at University of Phoenix Stadium, giving our economy a needed boost. The New York Giants and New England Patriots left the snow behind and battled it out on the gridiron here in the milder desert, where the underdog Giants upset the Patriots’ perfect season. The fact that the National Anthem was sung by Glendale’s own American Idol—Jordin Sparks, daughter of former Giants defensive back Phillippi Sparks—was a sort of poetic justice. Back in 2001, Arizonans got to watch a team of baseball veterans (“for it’s root, root, root for the Diamondbacks!”) play World Series games on home soil and in the end defeat the well-established New York Yankees—during just its fourth year as an expansion team. Each January, the Fiesta Bowl adds to the college football frenzy with not only an exciting game—this year between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Connecticut Huskies—but also with a parade, cheerleading competition, and other exciting festivities. The Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, closed out last year with a victory for the Iowa Hawkeyes over the Missouri Tigers. Last month, the Auburn Tigers narrowly beat the Oregon State Ducks in an exciting Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. And this summer, we should have the privilege of seeing the annual MLB All-Star Game bring in loads of baseball fans to Phoenix. It’ll be the first time in its 82-year history that Phoenix will host the game.

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Are You Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions? Here Are Five We’ve Made. B y matthew toren and A dam T oren

You have a business that works, but can you make it better? As the year unfolds, you recall your first-of-the-year resolve to change things dramatically. And, by now, you may have slipped right back into the way things were before. The status quo always seems to be in place. You want to change but, more importantly, you need to change. Gone are the days when you could ride a good idea for a decade. You need to evolve as an entrepreneur. And, that needs to start now.

Take a Risk

Over the past two years, it may have felt that every business decision you made was a risk. Since the market was topsy-turvy and the stocks were diving, you might have felt that just being in business was success enough. It’s not. If you want to thrive in your market, no matter what it is, you need to step up, take a deep breath, and take a risk. You need to do something or say something that no one else has thought of. Or, you might want to do something so insane that people can’t help but talk to you. Risks are exactly why you became an entrepreneur. Stop playing things safe this year.

Be Ready for a Stormy Day

That said, having some funds saved up for a rainy day is a good idea, too. You want to take risks without having to resort to buying ramen noodles for your meals. Each time you get paid, pay your savings account first and then the rest of your bills. It’s going to seem like a lot at first, but once you see that nest egg grow


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and your blood pressure go down, you’ll realize just how important it is to stop spending it all today. You want to have a future, don’t you?

Know Your Market

If you don’t know your market by now, you need to start yesterday. Every person that comes to your Web site, your store, or your Facebook page needs to be someone you know. Even if you don’t know what his or her middle name is, you need to know each person’s hopes, dreams, education level, income, and other personal details. You need to know whom you’re trying to persuade to buy your products. If you don’t know the market you’re selling to, you may not be using the most effective sales tactics. For example, if you’re targeting a group that’s never on Facebook via a Facebook fan page, you’re not going to get a lot of return on that investment. Get to know your customers through surveys, market research, and talking to loyal customers.

Adapt, Adapt, Adapt

You can’t simply put something out into the market and expect it to be perfect forever.

You change, the market changes, and the world changes. For example, today, you can buy your books to read on an e-reader. This major format change means that you should sell any informational products in that ereader format, since that’s what customers will be looking for. Be aware of the changes in your market, adapt your services to them, and see what happens. You don’t have to change your entire business to stay effective. Look at what the market wants, what the market has, and how your business can stay caught up.

Spread Out

If the last few years have taught businesses anything, it’s that you need to spread out your marketing. You need to make sure that you’re not just advertising via mailing lists but also on Facebook, Twitter, and other networking sites. There are a number of ways you can post your information in all of these spots at the same time, so don’t think this is going to take up a lot of your time. That’s not an excuse, anyway. What you will want to do is to find as many social and business media markets as possible and make sure that your company message and brand are there. You can’t be singular minded anymore. 2011 looks to be a successful year for all of those who approach it with the right attitude. If you’re ready to say that you’ve had the most successful year of your entrepreneurial life, it’s time to stick to your resolutions. For once, and for always.


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How White is White? [ B y S cott B ohall ]

If you’ve ever looked for a paint color, you al-

ready know how many shades of white you can have. In metals, white is not really white—it is a variation of gray or silver. There is much confusion about the various white metals, primarily because most salespeople who sell jewelry don’t really understand what makes metal the color it is and how to care for it. Let’s explore the metals that come out of the ground white (silver color). Platinum is very rare and is also dense, so it feels heavy compared to other metals. It is generally used at 90 percent or 95 percent purity for jewelry setting, although some chain stores have used quantities of it that are as little as 50 percent pure. It is a good metal for holding gems, as it does not wear down as easily as some metals and prongs do not break off easily—they are more likely to bend or dent. It is a great metal for those with metal allergies. The downside of platinum is that it scratches easily and is not as easy to repair when gems are set, as the melting temperature is higher than gems can take. It is also expensive. Silver is not so rare and is much less expensive. Silver has been used all over the world for thousands of years for jewelry, both genuine and decorative. It is normally used 92.5 percent pure (sterling) and has become much more popular in the last few years because other metals have become very expensive. The positive of silver is color and cost; the downside is that the most common forms tarnish with exposure to heat, air, and moisture. Palladium is not used as often as many other white metals, but it offers some similarities to platinum. The color stays white, and it

feels a little heavier than white gold. It does not scratch as easy as platinum and does not wear down as fast as white gold. The downsides are that not many jewelers know how to work with palladium and that not all types of jewelry set in it are available. White gold does not come out of the ground white. Sorry, Mall Salesperson Who Told Me Her Company Owns the WhiteGold Mine—there is no such thing. All gold comes out of the ground yellow. When you mix gold with white metals such as silver, nickel and palladium, the white color overpowers the yellow and the entire metal changes color, much the way as how food coloring works. Most white gold requires a coating of a very expensive metal called rhodium to make it look more chrome finished. There are some white-gold mixes that do not require rhodium, mostly available in custom shops. This adds about $50 per ring to the cost, but saves on rhodium. Most jewelers either offer rhodium on-site or contract out someone. The better rhodium processes include a primer coating of palladium. Very few jewelers apply the palladium first, but that way is much better and lasts longer. Most earrings and pendants work great with rhodium; rings do not do as well because of wear on the bottom, and bracelets also don’t work well because of the hinges. If you don’t know jewelry, know a good jeweler. For best results in deciding which metals work for you, contact a jeweler who works with metals and makes jewelry. There are many opinions, but usually one option becomes clear as to which metal is best for you. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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3 Romance and Railroads All aboard the Chocolate Lovers’ Train for a romantic ride through Verde Canyon! Indulge in platters of decadent chocolate desserts as you take in the scenery from “Arizona’s longest-running nature show.” Verde Canyon Railroad runs this special February 9–14. (800) 823-0402 or

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4 DINNER DATE Our 2009 Readers’ Choice Restaurant Awards winner for Most Romantic is also 2010’s winner for Best Seafood. Dine on fresh seafood here in the desert at Ocean Prime. With a sleek and romantic vibe, a menu boasting a long list of savory selections, and great service from a knowledgeable staff, Ocean Prime in City North is a great choice for a Valentine’s Day dinner with that special someone. Hint: Finish things off with their homemade sorbet or ice cream! (480) 347-1313 or


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6 FAMILY ADDITION A furry little somebody is a popular gift that blesses both halves of the romantic whole. Canine and feline companions can complete a family, but be certain that both of you are ready for the commitment. If you are, adopting a pet is a great way to find that perfect personality that fits into your family unit. Check out our Adopt-a-Pet page or visit to find other furry faces up for adoption at Arizona Animal Welfare League.


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Power to the People: 2011 Ford Mustang GT [ B y G reg R ubenstein ]

In 1964, Ford rolled out its Mustang and set the automotive world on its collective ear with a distinctive new car that had sporting aspirations combined with stunning looks and a people’s-car price. For 2011, Ford’s engineers have created a modern expression of that original Mustang. But, with this revised GT, you get a car with loads of power plus a chassis and suspension capable of actually using all that vroom, all the while returning 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The 2011 Ford Mustang GT gets a new all-aluminum 5.0-liter engine that cranks out 412 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, which is more than enough to burn rubber as long as you desire. Keep in mind, though, that unlike Mustangs of yore, this GT is fitted with 225/40 performance rubber mounted on gorgeous 19-inch wheels, making them rather expensive smoke machines. Better to use them for sporty cornering and braking maneuvers, both of which this car can deliver. Not just a lunkhead with a big engine, the Mustang GT’s advanced power plant can return economy-car fuel mileage thanks to its use of modern technology. This includes 32 valves controlled by dual overhead camshafts


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with twin independent variable timing. Not too long ago, this technology was reserved for only the most exotic vehicles; now it’s here in a performance car for everyone. Ford didn’t stop with an overhaul of the Mustang GT engine. A slick six-speed manual offers close ratios and a quick, short throw from gear to gear. This is easily the best manual Ford’s offered in a Mustang GT. An automatic is available as well, also with six speeds. There’s a new electric power steering system that does away with the performancesapping hydraulic system found on most cars. Suspension tuning was also redone for 2011, tossing out noise and harshness while adding in sharper response. For the brakes, Ford turned to Brembo, a high-end aftermarket and racing brakes company, and loaded up the GT with 14-inch rotors from the Shelby GT500 plus handsome gray painted calipers that tuck in behind the stunning ten-spoke aluminum wheels. To accompany the mechanical updates, the Mustang GT strikes a new pose for 2011 that builds upon last year’s redesign, featuring new headlamps and lower fascia, fenders, and grille. Reinterpretation models are

sprouting from all the “domestic” manufacturers, and Ford does as good a job as anyone with this beauty of a Mustang GT. It’s both retro and modern, attracting attention for all the right reasons. Inside, this Mustang is light years from the original, offering soft plastics in many touch locations and a cockpit that’s well designed and executed. The instrument panel and console flow from one shape, while the armrests and seats get leather trim and highquality stitching. There’s a host of high-tech convenience features as well, including a driver’s message center in the instrument cluster, a backup camera, and integrated blind-spot mirrors. Ford’s SYNC voice-controlled communications and entertainment system is state of the art and an impressive feature in a nonluxury vehicle. The Mustang GT starts at $32,845. Our test vehicle included several options that included the Brembo brakes, electronics package, and HID headlamps, bringing the total to $39,680. There aren’t many competitors that bring this much to the table for less than $40,000, and this Mustang GT backs it all up with great looks and heritage in an allAmerican package.

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Carey Peña: On Our Side in Many Ways B y Ca s s a u n d r a B r o o k s • P h o t o s c o u r t e s y Ca r e y P e Ñ a

News isn’t always glamorous, but delivering

it certainly can be! Just look to 3TV’s Carey Peña, the hardworking Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and weekend anchor. She has helped to crack some big cases and uncover shocking truths, and has faithfully reported during some of the most momentous local and national events in recent history. And she always manages to look good doing it all. After putting herself through ASU’s renowned Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where she also worked as a news and sports reporter for ASU’s magazine show, Newswatch, during her senior year, she began her post-graduate career as an intern for Channel 3. Now, in 2011, she has become a more integral part of the 3TV family than ever, as an anchor for Sunday night’s Good Evening Arizona and 3TV News at 9 and also as a member of the news channel’s popular “3 on Your Side” unit, ferreting out scams and other misdeeds and, where possible, rendering justice to the victims. Perhaps most impressive is Peña’s ability to balance everything so well. Her work, both on camera and off, is taxing, but she manages to squeeze in a number of speaking engagements, charity work, and a constant stream of social networking. At home, she has a husband and two young twins born this past May—London Victoria and Julian Davis. Life certainly is never dull, but Peña wouldn’t enjoy it so much if it were. North Valley Magazine took a few minutes out of Peña’s schedule to get to know one of our state’s most recognizable news personalities.

North Valley Magazine: What news story

that you have covered (or uncovered!) has shocked you the most?

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said the case of the serial shooters; I covered that story extensively for many months. What would possess these guys to drive around the Valley randomly shooting at people and animals? It is impossible to understand.

But now when you ask me this question my mind goes to the horrible events in Tucson. The victims of this mass shooting range in age from 9 to 79–the bullets did not discriminate. Another shocking story that leaves us, once again, struggling to understand why.

NVM: What news story have you found to be the most uplifting? CP: Soldiers and marines coming home from war is, in my opinion, one of the most uplifting stories to cover. The moment they are reunited with family is emotional and beautiful. NVM: You’ve covered a variety of stories, unearthing information that has helped officials solve high-profile criminal cases and political scandals. You daily face stories that, potentially, are emotionally draining. How do you personally confront the challenges of the job?

way up in this newsroom. I appreciate working in such a spirited, supportive environment. NVM: You somehow manage to maintain active online social networking accounts and take on a number of speaking engagements in addition to all your work at the station. And, you have lovely young twins at home. How do you balance your career with your family life? CP: I just try to live in the moment. When

I’m at work, I focus on work. When I’m with my kids, I focus all of my love and attention on them.

“I just try to live in the moment. When I’m at work, I focus on work. When I’m with my kids, I focus all of my love and attention on them.” NVM: You are widely acknowledged as one of the most fashionable personalities on local television. Where does your fashion sense come from, and what do you like best about the concept of fashion?

CP: So much good can come out of telling stories. When you expose a wrongdoing and force accountability where there otherwise would be none or give a victim a platform that empowers them and hopefully helps them heal, it makes it all worthwhile. NVM: And what inspires you to keep dig-

ging and taking on these tough investigations?

CP: I work in a newsroom full of really great reporters. I think it’s in our nature to want to dig and find out the truth. Good journalism is all about getting to the heart of the matter—no matter how simple or complex a story might be. I’ve been blessed to work with a very talented team in our “3 On Your Side” unit. Whether we are working an investigation or getting someone’s money back after they’ve been scammed, it is inspiring to me because we are able to make a difference. That’s a good day’s work. NVM: You’ve moved from feature/fashion reporter and news writer to generalassignment news reporter, and now to news anchor and investigative reporter. What’s next for you? CP: As long as I continue to move forward—

to learn, get better, and grow—I will be happy. For me, the key is always having forward momentum.

NVM: What is your favorite part of work-

ing with the 3TV family?

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Fashion is a fantastic way to express yourself: how you are feeling, and what you want to portray to the world. I like to have some fun with my style, try new looks, and keep things interesting. For me right now, it’s all about the cool young designers like Rachel Roy, Phillip Lim, and Yigal Azrouel.


What is your favorite part of communicating with the public through various social-networking media? NVM:

CP: There is so much to love about social me-

dia! To narrow it down, I guess I’d say instant feedback and honesty. Sometimes brutal honesty, but I love that, too. You can’t live in a bubble and not care about what viewers have to say. Also, there’s such a broad of exchange of ideas through social media. I soak it all up.

NVM: What are your favorite nonwork activities? What do you like to do for fun in your alone time? What are your favorite family activities?

“Fashion is a fantastic way to express yourself: how you are feeling, and what you want to portray to the world. I like to have some fun with my style, try new looks, and keep things interesting.” CP: Well, I love to read, so I was excited to

find a Kindle under the Christmas tree. And I’m a magazine addict; I subscribe to everything from Elle Décor to Vogue to National Geographic. That’s about the extent of my sitting around, however. For the most part, I am on the go; doing Pilates or working out, spending quality time with friends, going to the movies, or making meals with my family. I’m part Greek, so Greek food is a favorite in my house. Whatever I’m doing, I try to enjoy it. Life is just too short not to make it matter.

NVM: How do you relax after a long day at work? CP: The most relaxing time of the day is when we put the twins to bed. We have the most beautiful classical music CD we play every night. NVM: What is the best method by which people can contact you or “3 on Your Side” with potential stories? CP: E-mail us at, or

you can always get me on Twitter. I like it when people pitch stories to me there because it’s short and sweet—you have to get to the point in 140 characters or less! If you are part of the Twitter movement, connect with me @careypena3tv. We leave you with a final thought from Peña’s Facebook page: “I’m interested in what you believe—not what you are told to believe. Have your own views, believe in yourself, speak your mind, be kind and respectful.” You can also network with Peña on Facebook at


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• know & Tell • The Dream, and the Hope: Black History Month By CASSAUNDRA BROOKS

The first African-Americans to serve in Congress took office during the Reconstruction Era that immediately followed the Civil War. Over twenty mixed-race blacks—some former slaves, others not—served until as late as 1901. The Compromise of 1877 began restoring the previously white absolute majority by imposing challenging voter registration rules, including the infamous Jim Crow laws created to keep black citizens from improving their lot in society. These laws stayed in place until the 1960s, when the Civil Rights Act was passed. Although very few African-Americans served in the first half of the twentieth century, the Civil Rights Act was the gradual beginning of the just practice of electing individuals based on merit rather than race.

Bessie Coleman (1893–1926) was the first licensed African-American pilot in the world. She received her aviation training in France.

Two inventions necessary to fire safety were created by AfricanAmericans. Thomas J. Martin patented a fire extinguisher in 1872. Six years later, Joseph Winters invented a fire escape ladder.

In 1987, neurosurgeon Ben Carson led the first successful operation to separate a pair of Siamese twin infants who were joined at the back of the head.


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 The United States banned the import of slaves in 1808, but the Emancipation Proclamation did not come until 1863, midway through the Civil War. Although Lincoln was first and foremost committed to restoring the union of the United States, he played a key role the abolition movement.

Thomas Jefferson, although himself a slave owner, included Britain’s

role in slavery in the list of colony grievances in an early draft of the Declaration of Independence. It was taken out in order that the document would be accepted.


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African-American to win a United States presidential election, but he was not the first to seek the office. Democrat Jesse Jackson (1984 and 1988), Republican Alan Keyes (1996 and 2000), and Democrat Al Sharpton (2004) are perhaps the best known, but Democratic candidate Shirley Chisholm, both AfricanAmerican and female, was the first, in 1972. Independent Lenora Fulani (1988 and 1992) and Democrat Carol Moseley Braun (2004) also sought the presidential nomination. None of their campaigns were successful in securing the nomination for their respective parties.

Handsome eminent actor Sidney Poitier

was not only the first African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category (for The Defiant Ones, in 1958) but he was also the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor (for Lilies of the Field, in 1963). In 2002, Poitier was awarded an Academy Honorary Award. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, for film in 2009.

Eighty-seven African-Americans have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration in the United States. Navy sailor Robert Augustus Sweeney is the only African-American to have been awarded two such medals, both for peacetime actions. He twice jumped overboard, once in 1881 and again in 1883, to save a shipmate’s life. Sadly, he died at the young age of 37.

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Great Citizens Here and Abroad [ By CASSAUNDRA BROOKS ]

The Caepe School has introduced to its curriculum

a new program that immerses itself in other cultures, figuratively and literally. Journeys Academy at The Caepe School helps students explore foreign countries as well as the origins of their various cultures through a two-part program, the first of which takes place right in the classroom and utilizes “great works of fiction, virtual tours of key locations, and cinematic masterpieces.” This year, students delve into classical Greece, the Roman Republic, the Roman Empire, Medieval Europe, and the Renaissance before taking off across the Atlantic for more tangible lessons. That brings us to the second part of the program, which sends students and selected community members abroad. The first group to benefit will be the ninth-grade class, which will jet to the Mediterranean paradise of Greece and the ideal European destination of Italy—two countries steeped in delicious cuisine and even richer history and culture. Led by the Casterbridge Travel Company, students will begin their twelve-day journey in Europe, hitting key destinations in Florence, Rome, Pompeii, and other exciting Italian locations. Students will visit Siena Duomo, Florence Duomo, the leaning tower of Pisa, and the Coliseum, among other sites, before making their way to Greece to explore beautiful, historic Athens and ancient Delphi. The Journeys Program is a welcome addition to Anthem, Ariz., giving students the opportunity to catch the traveling bug and enriching an already top-quality education.


Dress for Dinner: Two More Stores That Bring Out the Bon Vivant! [ By CASSAUNDRA BROOKS ]

The Shops at Norterra welcome two new shops: Olive Creations and West of Soho. The gourmets in your family will treasure a trip to Olive Creations. This little spot features forty-seven different flavors of extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. Choose from flavors that include violet balsamic and dark chocolate balsamic vinegars (mmmm!), natural butter-f lavored extravirgin, and wild mushroom and sage extravirgin olive oils. Olive Creations also sells a selection of gourmet mustards, pepper jellies, fruit butters, pastas, pizza dough mixes, dipping bowls, and many other fine comestibles. Check out their Web site for featured recipes.

For more information on The Caepe School and the Journeys Program, visit The Caepe School is located at 42212 N. 41st Dr. in Anthem. (623) 551-7808.

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we will be inundated for days with sappy love songs, an inordinate amount of public displays of affection, and rose-scented supermarkets. Sinatra’s “My Funny Valentine” is one of the most popular and famous songs from his era, and back on Season 6 of American Idol, third runner-up Melinda Doolittle brought the house down with a classy rendition that is still available on iTunes. Check it out on YouTube first, if you’d like, but you’ll want to add it to your playlist this month. San Diego’s Little Italy is lined with quaint restaurants and boutiques. Tucked away in an upstairs apartment is a nice little gallery with a friendly artist and an even friendlier golden retriever. The best word to describe Grant Pecoff’s original paintings is vibrant, with an eye-catching and unique color palette that is both bright and warm. There are several pleasing geographic settings from which to choose your own little slice of non-Arizonan paradise and add a little whimsy and cheer to your home or business. Check out his online gallery at You’ll recognize actress Elizabeth Reaser as Esme from the ongoing Twilight

film saga. You might also have seen her in the film The Family Stone or in an impressive guest role as a battered rape victim on the short-lived FOX series Standoff. One of her best roles, however, was in the touching little low-budget film Sweet Land (2005) in which she played a German woman who came to

America to marry an immigrant Norwegian farmer just after the end of WWI. Available on DVD and through sites like Netflix. Most people know Cape Cod’s reputation as an ideal East-Coast spring- and summer-vacation destination. What they may not know is that Cape Ann, not far from Boston in Northeastern Massachusetts, is also a quaint and beautiful destination ideal for a slightly quieter, less-crowded trip. It offers interesting seafaring history as well as some truly fantastic seafood dining. Try the long-established Gloucester House Restaurant on Seven Seas Wharf in Gloucester. Their baked seafood macaroni and cheese is heavenly. Sand castles, move over and make room for a more innovative sand-art form. You

may never have heard the name Kseniya Simonova, and you likely can’t pronounce it either. But this 25-year-old Ukranian beauty won Ukraine’s Got Talent in April of 2009 with a moving sand-animation demonstration that told the story of the WWII German invasion of Ukraine. Her hands deftly move sand across an illuminated surface to continuously create scene after transformed scene while an appropriate selection of music aids in the storytelling. Sand animation has been around for some time, but there are only a handful of truly accomplished sand artists worldwide. Check out http://tinyurl. com/27atwcb or plug in “sand animation” to find other intriguing examples of this ingenious art form. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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Press suit, wake up kids, make individual breakfasts, pack lunches, pack briefcase, take kids to school, meet deadlines, review sales goals, sign kids’ permission slips, take client calls, attend board meeting, attend son’s baseball game, take call from the boss, parent-teacher conference, make family dinner, read e-mail from frantic associate, help with homework, put kids to bed, schedule next Girl Scouts meeting, more e-mail…the modern mommy has an unprecedented schedule, with mind-boggling expectations and an endless whirlwind of thoughts, worries, and strain. No wonder studies are finding that more and more women are suffering from cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), generally considered to affect men more than women, are statistically reaching equal levels of risk between genders worldwide as the work force becomes more equa l ly proportionate. According to the latest Women’s Health St udy, work ing women with high job strain—time pressure, conflicts, a nd low dec isionmaking authority—have a 40 percent increased risk of CVDs or related events than do women with low job strain. Likewise, working women with active job strain—involving high-demand work and high level of authority—have a 60 percent increase of all heart-re-

lated events. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that CVDs are the world’s leading cause of death, with coronary artery disease being the most common and equally affecting men and women. In 2006, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that CVD was the United States’ leading cause of death, with half of them having occurred among women. In fact, CVD kills six times more women than does breast cancer every year. Why the great surge in CVDs among women? Hardworking women’s hearts might be in the right place, but they’re exposing them to greater risk. More than ever before, women are now more likely to be employed full time while also balancing a household and possibly caring for an elderly parent. Women are more likely to have coronary artery disease after menopause and to have diabetes at increasingly younger ages. Women are also less l i kely to repor t symptoms of CVD, compared to their ma le c o u nt e r p a r t s . This may be because women experience much different symptoms than men when it comes to cardiovascular events. Women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, back or jaw pain, or extreme fatigue—but, amazingly, no chest pain. These symptoms can easily be misdiagnosed as any of an array of medi-

cal conditions unrelated to the heart. This is also why “silent heart attacks” more often occur among women than men. Don’t forget to take note of the usual risk factors, including smoking, alcohol use, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and family history. Working women, do your heart some good. Take a little time each day (even as little as 10 minutes) to cope with your stress. Take a daily walk during work breaks with coworkers whom you can also confide in for support. Try stretching or meditating between your shifts. Prevent work-related activity, especially e-mail, from taking place in the home. Discuss your job-related stress with a doctor during any health assessment. In terms of lifestyle changes, undergo regular exercise, make healthy adjustments to your diet, and lose weight—the three best ways to maintain good HDL cholesterol, which protects cardiovascular health, and to eradicate bad LDL cholesterol, which increases CVD risk. Also, quit smoking completely and forever, decrease alcohol intake, and consider lipid-reducing medications. Create an effective plan that works toward your goals and learn it by heart. Your highpowered life depends on it. FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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Different Situations: All in the Address [ B y S cott S ackett • P hotos by C olleen M iniuk - S perry ]

In golf, there are many difficult shots you can be faced with, such as ball above your feet, ball below your feet, uphill lie, or downhill lie. What do you do differently if you are faced with one of these four situations? In approaching an uneven lie, there are many things that you need to take into consideration before striking the ball. The ball flight is going to react differently. Your address position and club selection are key to keeping the ball on the golf course.

REMEMBER: When approaching one of these four situations, the following rules apply to all four:

Take several practice swings to feel the situation. Use 75 percent of maximum effort in your tempo and rhythm. Use three-quarter length in your backswing.


Stand farther away from the ball. Keep your weight over the balls of your feet. Use less loft to reduce amount of curve on the ball. Aim slightly right of your target. Choke down slightly. BALL BELOW YOUR FEET

Stand closer to the ball. Keep weight back on the heels. Take more loft to reduce amount of slice on the ball. Aim slightly left of your target. Grip at the end of the club. Tilt from hips until the club reaches the ground. UPHILL LIE

Position ball forward in stance (higher foot). Tilt body to match the slope of the hill. Swing along the slope. Use less lofted club for lower trajectory. DOWNHILL LIE

Position ball back in your stance (higher foot). Tilt body to match slope of the hill. Swing along the slope. Use more lofted club for higher trajectory.

Following are some of the more common mistakes that I see people make on these situation shots. When the ball is above your feet, they don’t line up far enough to the right. This shot will tend to drift to the left. The same situation also occurs when the ball is below the feet. Golfers do not aim enough to the left at their address position. This ball will tend to drift to the right. Another very common mistake is that when the ball is on a downhill lie, golfers do not choose a club with enough loft. When you’re on a downhill lie, the club is “delofted,” depending on the amount of slope. An eight-iron in your stance could become a fouriron at impact. You need to take this into consideration.


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Scott Sackett is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher. Scott teaches at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He is also the director of instruction at The Rim Golf Club in Payson. He splits his time equally between both. To reach Scott, call him at (904) 838-2721 or e-mail him at Visit Scott's Web site at

Join the Club! (Clubs Not Mandatory) [ By CASSAUNDRA BROOKS ]

It’s time you took Scott’s golfing tips to the fair-

way! A perfectly lovely golfing destination awaits at Blackstone Country Club at Vistancia in Peoria. The private country club community features a lush golf course designed by Jim Engh, with a beautifully appointed Mediterranean-inspired Hacienda clubhouse that is both sophisticated and family friendly. Last year saw a restructuring of the Blackstone Country Club to “grow it and maintain its viability in the current economy.” It must have worked, because the club welcomed fifty new members in 2010. It helps that Blackstone tempts golfers and non-golfers alike. The club offers a junior golf program for the youngsters in addition to adult membership programs. For those not keen on the leisurely game, there’s also a special social membership that covers use of the clubhouse amenities and other facilities, while excluding golf. The clubhouse boasts a separate 3,000-square-foot fitness center, a dining room, a wine cellar, and a bar. The grounds feature four lighted tennis courts, three swimming pools, and additional dining destinations. Take advantage of family activities like pizza nights and kids’ camps or entertain the adults with monthly winemaker dinners. Join a group exercise class followed by a relaxing massage.

For those who like to take to the green, the emerald course is the jewel of the community. Twenty-five professionals maintain the awardwinning championship course year-round, meticulously grooming the smooth, rolling greens and even those pesky bunkers. Enjoy a game while taking in spectacular desert views or check out five major annual tournaments like the Men’s Wild Donkey Invitational. Because Blackstone Course superintendent Roger Brashear advocates sustainability, organic products are used in course upkeep. In fact, in 2009, the course was designated the tenth Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in Arizona for its commitment to environmental consciousness. An extension of the club’s environmental commitment is its sanctuary for wildlife like mule deer, wild donkeys, bobcats, birds, and other native fauna. You might take advantage of membership without purchasing any real estate in Vistancia, but joining the community may just be your best option, whether you want to downsize after the kids head to college, indulge your golf addiction, or simply desire a private community with advantages for raising the little

ones. The 570-acre gated community attracts families of all generations with its informal, laidback atmosphere, conveniences, and a beautiful setting. Custom homesites start in the low $100,000s; ready-made homes start in the low $300,000s. Certain memberships are included with real estate purchases. The Valley is rich in golf courses, and Blackstone at Vistancia offers up one of the best with an immaculately kept course. But there is more to this club than this time-honored game, and you don’t have to love golf to love membership here. For information on golf and social memberships, call (623) 707-8700. For real estate queries, call Vistancia Realty at (623) 476-2923 or visit the Web site at

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• Technology

The Intruder Your Home Security System Can’t Detect [ By Paul Woodford ]

We consider our home to be our personal

space: private from the outside world, secure, and safe. Regardless of our neighborhood or the type of home we live in, we lock our front doors and windows, close our blinds, and generally accept and appreciate the privacy of our homes. In fact, this privacy is so much a part of our culture that it’s guaranteed in Amendment IV of the Constitution of the United States. We may or may not have good relations with our neighbors or invite them to share our homes, but there is always a protocol and an expectation of courtesy and respect of one’s privacy. Why does that protocol so often get ignored when it comes to our Internet connections and our home networks? If you were to catch your neighbor peering through your window to watch your TV, you would likely shut your blinds in disgust. If your neighbor were rummaging through your mailbox in the morning before you had

a chance to check it, you might call the police. If your neighbor were taking your morning paper from your driveway and returning it to you the next day with all the best coupons cut and the crossword puzzle completed, you would complain. Why, then, is it so often considered acceptable to allow your neighbor to steal your Internet connection by logging into your unsecured wireless signal? Interestingly, it’s not even illegal in the United States under most circumstances. It may seem harmless enough, but there are real dangers with this type of activity. Many people may be blissfully unaware that this is happening to them, or they underestimate the risk. The dangers range from simply allowing someone to piggyback on a service that you pay for to a person with malicious intent using your Internet connection to surreptitiously cover their tracks while conducting nefarious activity. This could be anything from

illegal file sharing that slows your connection and risks legal action to sending threatening e-mails or transmitting and receiving contraband, leading investigators to your home as they search for the true criminal. A rogue user on your wireless network may also have direct access to private files on your computer and possess the ability to intercept and read your own network activity once they have wirelessly entered your home. It’s not just the people around us that may represent the danger. After all, many of us know our neighbors and trust them as we would close friends. The discomforting fact is that wireless networks can be intercepted and compromised by a person in a car with a laptop and even a few miles away with line of sight and an inexpensive or homemade highgain antenna. We need to lock our wireless networks just as we lock our front doors. Modern consumer wireless routers can be picked up at your local electronics retailer for around $50 to $150, depending on the model and features, or they may be provided as an option by your Internet service provider (ISP). Look for the Wi-Fi certification on the box and ask the retailer or your ISP about setting up wireless security. You will likely find that they offer service calls for a modest fee if you are uncomfortable doing it yourself. Most models offer an easy-to-use interface to enable Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or WPA2 security, and setup shouldn’t take more than a few minutes while following the included directions. It’s important to avoid older security protocols such as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) that are easy for hackers to crack and are typically found in router models more than five years old. If you have an older device that won’t work with WPA or WPA2 security, you should consider replacing it or ask your local retailer for a solution. Lock your doors, lock your Wi-Fi. The time you spend is a small price to pay for the protection and peace of mind. Paul Woodford is the CEO of Digital Planning. His main office is in Manorville, New York.


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Comfort con Gusto : Green Chile Tortilla Rolls [ B y J aclyn D ouma ]

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The holidays are over, and your family went back home weeks ago. As you put away one last

holiday ornament, you remember that the spring sunshine is right around the corner. Even though our Arizona winter is almost over, food will still have its comforts. You may think that you never want to see another casserole again after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, but the ease and success of placing a casserole dish in the oven and having savory rich goodness as the result keeps you searching for that next best recipe that will fill your stomach with comfort and warmth. Let’s set aside that traditional casserole of pasta and sauce or meat and potatoes and instead make ourselves a Mexican fiesta that will explode with flavor with each bite we take. These Green Chili Tortilla Rolls are as simple as a casserole gets and come out delicious every time. Paired with Spanish rice and corn, this recipe will have you craving it again. recipe info

Green Chili Tortilla Rolls

Recipe from Our First Year: Cost Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds by Jaclyn Douma Serves: 4–5


1 19-oz can green chili enchilada sauce ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon seasoning salt 1 16-oz can refried beans 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese 4 burrito-size flour tortillas Preheat oven to 350º F. Heat enchilada sauce, cayenne pepper, and seasoning salt in a sauce pan until simmering. At the same time, heat beans in a separate pan or microwave until hot. On a cutting board or plate, lay out one tortilla and lightly spread heated beans over tortilla. Sprinkle lightly with cheese and pour a couple of spoonfuls of sauce over tortilla.

Roll tortilla like a pinwheel or create a tubelike tortilla, then place in a greased 8" x 11" or 9" x 13" glass casserole dish. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Only use 2 cups of cheese for tortilla rolls. Once all four tortilla rolls are placed in the casserole dish, pour remaining sauce over top and sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Bake at 350º F for 15–20 minutes or until cheese is melted. You can also add shredded chicken or beef to the tortilla rolls for added flavor. Enjoy!

Jaclyn Douma is the author of the cookbook Our First Year: Cost-Effective Recipes from the Home of Newlyweds, which includes a version of this recipe. Get a sneak peak at the table of contents or purchase one for $22.95 at

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• style / beauty

Pronounce Your Style with an Accent: Making a Statement with Bold Accessories [ B y L e A nne B agnall ]

Accentuate any outfit with these two simple accessories and immediately stand out from the crowd. Home Decor and Accessories Isabelle's Fine Talavera, LLC Direct importers of authentic talavera from Puebla, Mexico. Whether decorating or renovating your home, office, or outdoor space, we offer the highest quality of certified talavera for all your needs.



Simple or extravagant, a pair of eye-catching heels puts a fine point on any type of outfit. Try these riveting recommendations that are sure to turn your style into a craft and turn heads as well

When it comes to style, your lips can do all the talking—without uttering a word. Follow these easy-to-do lipstick application steps for long-lasting, dazzling lips to perfect your sophisticated look: 1: As a base, let your foundation and powder set on your lips when applying your face makeup (opt for translucent powder to avoid excess oil). Dust off any excess powder.

Custom Furniture Homeland Furniture is a family-ownedand-operated business that is celebrating its one-year anniversary. We offer a focus on all furniture for your home, especially unique, locally made custom furniture. (623) 556-5265 Printing Master Printing Inc. We've been in business since 1979, and we specialize in personalized service, quality printing, competitive prices, and quick turnaround for all your printing needs. Call us today and inquire about our special for the week. (623) 742.6595 Painting Sunwest Painting Custom home and commercial painting company with 14 years experience, specializing in repainting interior and exterior of homes, staining doors, windows, refinishing cabinets, faux finish, and detail painting, delivering the quality finished product that builders and customers deserve. Call for a free estimate. (480) 274-6000 SUSTAINABLE LIVING Verda Tero Consulting LLC Because it's the right thing to do. Energyefficiency, solar and renewable resources, clean and healthy homes. I can guide you through your options with impartial and informed advice, and no sales pitch. (602) 633-4476 To have your service listed here, call (602) 828-0313 ext.1 or


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2: Outline your lips with lip liner a shade lighter than your intended lip color. Then, fill in your lips with the liner. 3: Gently pat on your lipstick. 4: Blot (for a wet look, don’t blot). Add lip gloss for an emblematic shine.



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lips to give you a smoldering, elegant look. Try MAC’s Stylishly Yours Lipstick in Cockney (L) for an ultraslick crimson luster and celebritylike refinement ($14.50). Or, Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 Lip Color in No. 1 Le Rouge can give you polished satiny red color and a succulent soft pout ($30).



Add a dash of color to complement your white dress or decorative couture and create allaround allure. Check out the sweet hues from Brian Atwood’s Drama, a closed-toe nude patent leather platform pump with contrast provided by a black 140-mm heel ($660). Or, Christian Louboutin’s peep-toe beige leather pump, 3 Fibbia, with three parallel buckle straps and a killer 120-mm steel stiletto ($895). And, Steve Madden’s Kattrina, a closed-toe red leather platform pump with 5.5-inch heel, embodies classic sex appeal and femininity ($99.95).

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Go ultraglam with these eye-candy textured heels that look good enough to eat. Check out Sergio Rossi’s Cachet, an off-white platform peep-toe pump with Karung embossed patent leather body and 10-cm heel ($695). Or, Brian Atwood’s must-have Maniac, a closedtoe platform pump in leopard cavallino with a black wooden 140-mm heel ($580). And, Valentino Garavani’s edgy new Rockstud, a black-laced d’Orsay pump with stacked 4-inch heel, varnished leather trim, and peep-toe bow adorned in pyramid studs ($995).

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• ask a vet

What’s Causing My Pet’s Halitosis? [ B y D r . E d C ohen , D V M ]

You’re sitting on your family room couch enjoying a TV show, and your much-loved family dog or cat joins you to get some affection. Normally, you’d be more than happy to oblige, but as your pet pants near your face or wants to give you a kiss, the horrible stench emanating from the animal’s mouth is so nasty that you push him or her away. Your dog or cat slinks off with somewhat hurt feelings, and you feel guilty for not interacting affectionately with your buddy. Sound familiar? Halitosis (bad breath) is very common in our pets. The underlying causes of halitosis can result in far more serious problems for your dogs or cats than the scenario described

above. So, how does halitosis develop, and what can be done about it? Dogs and cats will eat things that we ourselves would never consider consuming, such as their own or other animals’ feces (called coprophagy), garbage, and bugs and plants from the backyard. All of these items may cause a temporary halitosis lasting from a few minutes up to a few hours. Licking anal sac secretions from their rear end can cause a very pungent and foul-smelling halitosis for up to an hour. Some pet foods have a very strong odor and will cause bad breath for a short while. A number of potentially serious medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney failure can cause a sudden change in

your pet’s breath odor, and the consumption of certain poisons can have this effect as well. If your dog or cat has consistent bad breath, he or she may have periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is one of the most common medical conditions that veterinarians see on a daily basis. Untreated periodontal disease can adversely affect your pet in ways that range from bad breath to causing a substantially increased risk of developing heart, kidney, or liver disease. Eventually, your pet’s teeth may become so diseased that they rot, bleed, cause pain, and interfere with normal eating. Chronic pain from a diseased mouth can even adversely affect your pet’s personality and general behavior.

In this picture, the unfortunate pet has advanced periodontal disease. His mouth stinks, it’s likely painful, and he’s at an increased risk of heart, kidney, and liver problems. Teeth will likely need to be extracted, or a root-canal procedure will need to be done. Cost to perform these procedures will be much larger compared to the first example. Although regular veterinary assessment of your pet’s oral health and implementing appropriate care will do much more for your pets than just keeping their breath fresh, let’s not forget how nice it would be to have your pet snuggled beside you without being gassed out by bad breath. 72

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Let’s look at what periodontal disease looks like. This picture demonstrates a mild case of periodontal disease: the gum is red where it meets the tooth, and some tartar (firmly attached brown or tan material) is on some of the teeth. At this stage, no health complications are likely, and restoring the teeth and gums to excellent condition is relatively easy. Your veterinarian will employ special tools and techniques on your anesthetized pet to clean all surfaces of the teeth and restore the gums to optimal health. Beware of nonveterinarians claiming to be able to perform “anesthesiafree teeth cleaning.” This is not only against the law but is also a waste of time and money, as it is not possible to effectively and safely clean any pet’s teeth, especially under the gum line, without any anesthesia. Dental chews and tooth brushing are great but will not remove calculus—the incrustations on the teeth or gums—in the important periodontal pocket area under the gum line.

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• adopt-A-Pet

Good Friends Who Need Great Homes [ P hotos by M ichelle B rodsky ]

All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, and vaccines. Tillman is a 55-pound, 2-year-old American pit bull-terrier mix. He was found chained to a gate at the shelter on Veteran’s Day. He was very scared when he first came in but has come a long way. He still requires a family that can give him unconditional love and help him as he continues to come out of his shell. He seems to do well with most of the dogs he meets. He is best with junior high kids and up and is probably not good with cats. Tillman does so well in a home where he has other dogs around to help him adjust to life indoors, so right now he’s living in foster placement while waiting to find his forever home. If you are interested in meeting Tillman, please contact the shelter staff to set up an appointment. His adoption fee is $50.

Einstein is a 64-pound, 5-yearold Catahoula leopard mix. He is house trained and doesn’t chew or dig or bark excessively—he’s generally well behaved. He can sit and shake hands and is good on a leash. He likes dogs of all sizes and loves to cuddle. He is best with adults only and may be good with cats. His adoption fee is $50.


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they are respectful of her space. She does not like to be picked up. Her adoption fee is $50. Carrie is a declawed 5-year-old domestic medium-hair calico. Like many calicos, she can be a bit particular when it comes to t he nu mber of people paying attention to her. She loves to be petted only on her head and does not like to be picked up. She would be great for that person who is looking for an independent cat that does not monopolize their time. Her adoption fee is $50.

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Inara is a 2-year-old domestic shorthair brow n tabby. She prefers the company of adults and older children. While she likes attention from people, she also likes time to herself. Her adoption fee is $50.

Daphne is a declawed 11-year-old domestic shorthair. She loves treats and affection. She does not mind other cats as long as

 These pets may already be adopted. Please visit for a current listing of pets available for adoption at the Arizona Animal Welfare League. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered, are up-to-date on their shots, and will go home with a microchip inserted. The Arizona Animal Welfare League is open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. AAWL is located at 30 North 40th Place in Phoenix. For more information, call (602) 273-6852.

6-year-old Chihuahua mix. He has a grand persona lit y and a big heart. He is best with adults only and not good with cats. He also prefers people over dogs. His adoption fee is $50.

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• event calendar February 1–March 27

TWENTY-FIRST ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE CELEBRATION OF FINE ART This unique event gives you the opportunity to meet one hundred working artists, visit their studios, and watch them work on their craft. At Scottsdale Road and Loop 101. (480) 443-7695 or

February 9–14


Verde Canyon Railroad presents this special Valentine’s Day “romance and railroads” blend. Take in the beauty of the Verde Canyon along with the sweetness of a platter of decadent chocolate desserts. This special falls right in the middle of eagle-watch season—perhaps you’ll spot this emblematic creature that mates for life. (800) 823-0402 or

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February 20–27



Come rain or come shine, the Renaissance is taking over the desert for another year of costumed flamboyant fun. Enjoy a daylong feast, a jousting tournament, an outdoor circus, a medieval arts and crafts fair, and twelve 76

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Cluster events include junior showmanship demonstrations, health clinics, AKC educational information, and vendor booths of dog-related products. Familyfriendly and free! ($5 parking fee per vehicle.) March 4


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February 12–April 3

come together at Stagecoach Village in Cave Creek for a three-day art show and exhibit. Peruse a wide variety of art forms and purchase the pieces that catch your eye! (480) 575-6624 or

Head to Westworld in Scottsdale for the largest and most prestigious Arabian horse show in the world. For over a half-century since its origins, the show has featured nearly 2,400 horses and brings in top owners, trainers, and breeders from around the world for a chance at winning big money and awards. (480) 515-1500 or February 18–20


Nearly one hundred juried artists from around the nation

The best independent films from around the world find a screen at the SIFF. View features, shorts, documentaries, animated films, foreign films, and student films—more than 145 films in one week!—with filmmakers, celebrities, and fellow film buffs. (928) 282-1177 or March 3–7


Westworld opens to this five-day, all-breed, purebred dog show that represents over 177 canine breeds. Our best friends face challenges in conformation, obedience, and agility. Additional Fiesta

Head to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for a night of silverscreen songs. The Arizona Chamber Orchestra presents some “creative cinematic reinterpretations.” March 5


North Valley Magazine helps sponsor this tasty gourmet food and wine-tasting event that features Glendale’s finest in dining. More than thirty local restaurants will offer up mouthwatering selections from their menus at Murphy Park. Participants include Bueno Burger, Famous Dave’s, Ninfa’s, Rock Bottom Brewery, Satara Thai Cuisine, The Melting Pot, and Zendejas. For $50, foodies can rub elbows with the VIPs and enjoy some delicious bonus perks.

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The Irish Cultural Center once again presents its St. Patrick’s Day celebration with festivities that include a parade, music, bagpipers, dancing, crafts, food, a kids’ area, and vendors. March 18–19


ProMusica Arizona puts on a concert at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center with pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. Selections include Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy,” Mozart’s “Haffner Symphony,” and Shubert’s “Mirjam’s Siegesgesang.” Guest lyric soprano soloist Megan Weston from New York City and local pianist Karen Taylor will perform. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15 for students, $18 for seniors, and $20 for adults. Group rates and season tickets available. (623) 465-4650 or March 23–24


A taste of India! Prakash is one of the leading Bharata Natyam dancers. Get a glimpse of South India’s classical dance. March 30


This second annual culinary event benefits City of Hope, a research and treatment center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Sample local wines and food selections from local restaurants. SKYE, Zinc Bistro, BLT Steak, and more are participating. At The Promenade at Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Michele Shipitofsky at (602) 340-0342 or FEBRUARY | MARCH 2011 North Valley


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• Relationships

Ask the Dating Coach [ B y L ea F riese - H aben ]

Hi Everyone! I hope that 2011 has started out as a great year for you all! Recently, I have had a number of letters about LDRs (long-distance relationships). I am dedicating this column to those who are far away from the ones that they love. I hope that my tips will help those of you not fortunate enough to spend every day with your beloved. I wish you all peace, prosperity, happiness and, most of all, love.

I’ve Gotta Stay Strong… I’m a Soldier’s Wife Dear Lea,

I have been married to the most wonderful man for three years. We were high school sweethearts, and he joined the military after his company closed its doors. I miss him terribly, and this is the first time that we have been away from each other for more than a few days. I never envisioned myself as a military wife, and the days and nights are quite lonely. I cannot imagine life without my husband; we have been together for seven years total. He was recently deployed, and I find myself in tears often. I try to put up a brave front, but what can I do? Dear Hero’s Wife,

I understand how difficult this is for you. First, let me thank you and your husband for your great sacrifice for our country. I know that the separation is incredibly hard on you, but there are some things that you can do to help. I would also like you to remember that as much as you are sacrificing, your hubby is sacrificing so much more. The little things we take for granted such as showers, going to the grocery store, and going to family dinners are all only in his thoughts now. You can do some things that will make you both feel better. There are also support groups for military wives where you will make lifelong friends. Stay in constant contact with your hubby via Internet and e-mail. Take the time to make videos of you and your family that can be streamed online. Write letters often, and handwrite them to make them personal. Also take the time to send care packages. The little things you do will mean so much to your husband. Remember, it’s a temporary situation and his living conditions are incredibly hard, so go the extra mile to be loving and supporting. As hard as it is on you, it’s unimaginable for him. 78

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Taking a Remote Chance on Love Dear Coach Lea,

I have been dating a man who lives in Chicago for over a year. We see each other every month and make calls to each other daily. I still feel as if I am missing a lot. There are no concrete plans for marriage and moving in together, and I feel as if I am starting to miss out on life. Do longdistance relationships ever really work out? I love him desperately, but I am starting to feel lonely and to believe that we will never find a way to be together. If we had some kind of game plan, I might feel different. The problem is that our jobs keep us both where we are. It takes two incomes to make it these days, and neither of us is in a position in this economy to make the move. What should we do? I feel like we are stuck in a holding pattern. Dear Stuck,

You are only stuck if you choose to be. Long-distance relationships are difficult, and many don’t survive; however, the ones that do usually end up being lifelong relationships. Being away from someone you love is never easy, and it is usually difficult for both parties. Talk to your significant other about a game plan and about your frustrations. If he is unwilling to at least talk about some kind of agreement, then you probably are wasting your time. Get a game plan such as pooling together income tax refunds,

vacation funds, and so on. Decide which one of you can more feasibly pull up stakes and move. I don’t have much to go on—for example, does either of you have children to consider? If either of you does, then it would be more appropriate for the unencumbered partner to make the move. If both of you have children, it may never work. The key here is communication. The other thing that you need to consider is that if you do move, you will want to pick a new place together. Moving into someone else’s home can often make you feel like you are the one that has to make all of the sacrifices. Relocation relationships can work as long as you make decisions together and find a new place that you both love. Understand that leaving friends and family will be difficult for the one that is making the sacrifice, but good communication and a loving foundation can make the transition a successful one. Love is always worth it, and sometimes you have to go outside your own backyard. I do hope that you will keep me posted on your relationship. I wish you and your beloved the best of luck. Long-distance relationships have to be worked at and are hard at times. They can also be extremely rewarding if you are willing to put in the time and sacrifice. The most important thing is to give yourself a game plan so that you don’t feel as if you are sitting on the sidelines of life. If your partner is not willing to talk about it after a year, perhaps it is time to move on.

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