Category: Features

This I’ve Learned…

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg My husband parked our car under the portico of Fairwinds at La Reserve. I helped Joan, my 93 ½ year-old mother-in-law, exit from the back seat while my husband unloaded his mother’s collapsible, wheeled walker. Once we saw that Joan was steady on her feet we said our goodbyes. We watched…

Loving Care for the cat you leave behind

The tuxedo kitty, Dalyma, is available for adoption. She was taken in after her owner went into hospice. She’s eight years old, very petite and sweet. Like all our senior cats, she comes with lifetime veterinary care assistance. This means we cover the cost of an annual exam and vaccinations for life.

Rita Fletcher Your pampered feline pet—do you have a plan for continued care when you are no longer able? Think a shelter will? Most shelters won’t take cats due to overcrowding and constant cage placement for your companion is traumatic. Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, a nonprofit group, is a new concept you need to…

Calling all cat lovers

Winter or Haven?

Winter and Haven, pure white identical twins, were dumped at the shelter. Both were neglected. SOS Cat Rescue took them, gave them full medicals and nursed them to health. They’re 15 years old but healthy, loving and good with other cats. The Network will pay the adoption cost! Just like us, all they need is…

Artist of the Month: Vicki Cunningham

Vicki Cunningham’s mixed media, No Bull At Sunset; photo By J. Cohen and V. Cunningham

Vicki Cunningham Jacqueline Cohen Vicki Cunningham faces life’s challenges with undaunted spiritual strength and optimism. So, too, does her masterfully created artwork bristle with introspective stories and undeniable sophistication. The only child to Mardelle and Art Hoppe, Vicki was born in Tacoma, Washington, and raised in nearby Lakewood. Growing up, Vicki developed a life-long passion…

Looking for the perfect pup?

This very sweet and gentle Chihuahua is Sunny. She was a Pinal County Shelter rescue and came with a fractured pelvis, probably from being hit by a car, which is now fully healed without any intervention. Sunny is about 11 pounds, one year old, house trained and waiting to meet you!

To meet these pups or if you are looking for a specific breed, contact Leslie at rescuemelady@gmail.com and please, if you love your pet—plan for their future without you. Thousands of pets across the country will die today because their owners didn’t take the time to plan for their life.

Travel active

Susan Dawson-Cook Many people tell me their workouts were going great until they took an extended trip and fell out of the habit of regular exercise. If you want to return from your next vacation without losing conditioning or packing on additional pounds, all you need to do is plan ahead for activity and take…

One more surprise

Left to right: Joe and Jenny Rink; G. Aul and J. Marble, Microsoft Windows leaders

Mary Porter-Solberg When Jenny Rink was chosen as one of the 10 winners of Microsoft’s International Windows 10 Insider contest in late April, she spent three days at the international headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. After meeting with senior Windows leaders and touring the Microsoft campus, Jenny and the other winners kept in close…

Larry Kraber: resident square dance caller

Caller Larry Kraber with his wife Bonnie

Rita Fletcher SaddleBrooke residents have access to a professional square dance caller in Larry Kraber who has been calling for 24 years. Larry and his wife Bonnie have helmed the SaddleBrooke Squares dance club for 20 years. As part of the entertainment Larry called at the opening of the HOA 2 models, at the grand…

How does Your Garden Grow?

Louise Grabell Although there is lots of beautiful weather ahead, fall is upon us and it’s time to make those adjustments to your flowering beds you’ve been thinking about all summer. I gave up thinking about it and started a little notebook with all my ideas for the improvements I want to make. Most of…