Arizona's 5 C's

5 C’s, each of which played a critical role in Arizona’s rise: climate, cattle, copper, cotton, citrus and now the Cardinals. Last week I harvested our citrus trees, which prompted me to write about the history of and importance of citrus to Arizona. Enjoy! Tony de la Torre

The year they banned Christmas

Being expatriated Washingtonians, one small daily ritual my wife and I cherish is our morning cup of Starbucks.  It’s a small thing, but not. Somehow it rejuvenates us, and braces us.  Whatever the day will throw, we’re ready. But one recent day I looked up from my steaming morning mug to see Camille all teary-eyed. […]

As 2015 Ends

Saguaro Cactus

As I sit back to reflect on 2015, I am so grateful for all the people I have in my life. Its been quite a journey for me, full of ups and downs. I’ve seen lots of happiness, illness, deaths and life challenges. Thank you for the friendships, many of you have become like family to me. I have […]

December 31, 2015


As I watch the last sunset of 2015, it just feels appropriate to acknowledge all that we experienced in 2015.  The Good, the not so good, the in between and the stuff we never want to experience again. As we begin our clean slate of 2016, let us first be grateful for our clean slate, […]

Trick or Treat ?

It’s October already!  We slip into the month of pumpkins. Where I come from the leaves would be at peak turn, nights now crisp with a whiff of warming wood fires in the air.  Little goblins and goblinettes would be thinking already of Halloween costumes and candy stashes to come; moms baking cookies shaped like […]

Sun City Grand October 2015 Housing Report

Cimarron Golf Course in Sun City Grand, Surprise, AZ

Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona real estate market statistics for September 2015.

4th of July Safety Tips

Happy 4th of July

Fireworks, pet and heat safety tips for 4th of July.

Fireworks for the 4th!

Unite States flag

Looking for places to go, things to do, entertainment and fireworks displays this Independence Day? Look no further. Here are some activities in and around Phoenix this 4th of July weekend 2015.