Ubiquitous here in the southwest desert, the yucca is tough, utilitarian, and unique. Unfamiliar with the yucca? Meet this very fascinating spiny plant. Already a yucca aficionado? I promise you'll be surprised at some of these yucca facts!
You can use fruit and vegetable scraps you'd normally discard to grow healthy new plants. Consider reusing them to grow your own "zombie garden." It's easy to reuse plant and food waste!
Fresh eggs, cage-free, free-range, grade A, brown, white: What's the difference? Here's a primer on egg quality and how raising your own eggs—or buying locally from a farmer—can put a tastier egg on your table.
If you're in an area with an abundance of venomous snakes, a good snake pole is essential. Here's how to inexpensively build a reliable snake snare pole.
Your book is done. Congratulations! You've self-published it and now you're holding it proudly in your hands. Let's talk about arranging a successful book signing so you'll have the joy of seeing it in the hands of readers!
In the equine world, the humble, patient, long-eared donkey rarely gets the respect it deserves. It may not be as elegant as an Arabian or as popular a symbol of the American West as the Mustang, but it is every bit as fascinating. Read on for some of the reasons why!
The very elderly are prone to isolation, depression and underreported suicide. They may struggle with the need to remain relevant and necessary. Fortunately, many have found ways to stay engaged.
Sure, you love your friends and family. Heck, you might even love kids. But you don't necessarily love your friends' and family's kids. Here are ten easy ways to discourage them from visiting.
Bullies spring eternal. Long before the term "bullying" dominated headlines, school children and co-workers still suffered being "picked on" or ostracized. The bullies of my own youth taught me much.
Did you recently buy a McNab puppy? Congratulations! Here is a guide on what to look for based on my own experience with them. Be ready for what they throw at you!
Visitors to Arizona or long-time enthusiasts of desert life will exult equally in the plant collection and natural grandeur of the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum. Don't miss this serene, lovely paradise.
Oh, love. Great if you're in it; not so great if you aren't. Even worse if you aren't, but someone else is—and they're in love with you. Here's how to respond to avoid such problems in the future.
Beer: that cold one can do more for you than accompany your meal or your fishing trip. It's useful in some surprising ways, from kitchen to garden. Let's hear it for beer! Cheers!
The Arizona Peace Officer during territorial and early statehood days was all too often a pawn of the powerful companies and citizens rather than an agent of individual liberty.
Medieval Europeans had a worldview much more literal than ours. They saw the universe as more integrated than our own. This connectedness included the four humors and the physical world around us.
Congratulations! You're about to experience one of the most rewarding experiences of horse ownership: the arrival of your long-awaited foal. Here's what you should have on hand.
A part of the annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fair, the people of the Akimel O'Odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes welcome rodeo fans to the All-Indian rodeo in Sacaton. Community spirit meets rough stock!
Whether you're an Arizona native, a transplant or a visitor to our state, you're sure to enjoy an afternoon at the Arizona Desert Sonoran Museum. If you can't see it in person, here's a glimpse.
It's that time of year when we look forward to new life and a fresh surrounding. Give your barn and horse facility new life and a fresh look with a spring cleaning. Here's how!
If you love pumpkin, but can pass on the pie crust, this easy pumpkin custard will be your new favorite dessert! Not just for holidays, you'll want to serve it year-round. Try it for Thanksgiving!
From man's earliest use of language, birds have inspired imagery, slang, symbols and surnames. Explore feathered figures of speech and flights of fancy -- and learn the origins of some common names.
Although an enduring symbol of the American southwest, the roadrunner isn't as common as you might think. If you haven't had the good fortune to have one run across your path, here's an introduction.
Do you love flavored coffees, but not the expense? Tired of having eight bags of coffee so you can enjoy variety? Make your own! It's easy, affordable, and creative. Just brew it!
Shopping for cat furniture that will fit your cat's unique personality? Or that will fit that certain section of your room? Consider the modular Kittyscape, easily adapted to both your preferences!
Which is worse: a spelling error, or the act of publicly correcting it? One is a mistake of the head; the other, a mistake of the heart. To those good-hearted bad-spellers out there: write on!
Trying to add more fresh greens to your diet, but you don't care for the taste or the preparation required? Here's an amazing way to get your broccoli and spinach in a dessert-like smoothie!
Did you know that the McNab breed has very expressive ears? Here is an examination of the breed's various ear expressions and what they mean as observed by my own dog.
Anyone who has had an overdue mare can easily recognize these eight stages of foaling—in themselves, that is. After nearly a year of waiting for the foal's arrival, we do get a bit impatient!
Every place has its own texture. The desert's texture is rugged, gritty, oft forbidding, filled with spiny things, sandy soil, and evidence of what has once been -- and has long gone.
If you have dogs, dust, and dirt to contend with in your home or car, you're going to love the lightweight, easily adaptable Shark Lift-Around Canister vacuum. It's intuitive and intelligent!
Those who think of the desert as a hostile place, forbidding and drab, have never taken time to appreciate the cactus blooms in springtime. Those spiny plants safeguard most exquisite blooms.
There are hundreds of herbal teas available. Many are used for their healing properties and health benefits. Here are some you're likely to find at your local grocery store.
The internet has changed how we buy and sell horses. Online ads are a terrific way to sell your horse, but good pictures are essential. Here are some tips on getting the photos you need for your ad.
On a wet year, the desert unleashes an abundance of blooms from weeds and wildflowers. Flowers burst out in a profusion of color that many would never expect from a place misunderstood as barren.
Horse upkeep is expensive, and we have to be wise in our spending. Here are five products that are well worth the upfront expense for what they provide in convenience, future savings, or saved labor.
On a brief seven-mile stretch of a winding desert road, crosses draw your eye away from the mountain vistas and saguaro sentinels. They're a poignant tribute to motorists who died along the way.
I love Craigslist. What a concept: free ads you can use to make money from stuff you don't need. However, flaky Craigslist buyers can make you crazy! Here are some tips to keep you safe and sane.
New River, Arizona: it's not a town, but it has its own identity and plenty of character. It's a unique place with equally unique residents. Here's an introduction to this weird and wonderful place.
Times are hard. Jobs are precious. Here's how to keep yours. You can't prevent layoffs and closures, but you can do a lot to safeguard your own position within a company.
White tea, green tea, herb tea, chai: with all the "in" tea vying for attention, black tea is feeling a bit neglected. Let's refresh our memories (and our thirst) with this primer on black tea!
Horse owners everywhere are feeling the economic pinch. Costs associated with horse ownership have risen dramatically. Here are some budget-friendly tips to help you keep your barn in the black.
Rituals are a meaningful part of human behavior. They serve a variety of purposes, whether social or spiritual; shared, or deeply personal. Here are some reflections on ritual and mindfulness.
You only have ONE first date with that person who'll eventually be your soul mate. Don't waste it on the dull "dinner and a movie" routine. Let your awesomeness show through by choosing a first date that complements your personality. Ideas? Get 'em here.
Tempted to take your horse to a cattle sorting event–but concerned because he's never met a cow face to face? Here is a low-pressure, safe method to introduce your horse to cattle to ensure future sorting and penning fun.
Welcome to quirky, iconoclastic, weird and wonderful Cave Creek, Arizona -- where cowboys, artists, bikers, and authors roam. Still a small town, Cave Creek has a big heart and a bigger attitude. Here is your virtual tour.
When you first see a Papillon dog, you may dismiss them as fluffy little lightweights. Behind the scenes, Papillons rule the earth. Move over: Papillons pull the real strings around here.
You've never thought of potato salad as exciting. That's about to change. Steamed sweet potatoes re-invent the potato salad the same way fried sweet potatoes have re-invented the French fry. Go ahead ... make a batch. I'll show you how.
These aren't your ordinary Huevos Rancheros. They're made with precision and care. They're so amazing you'll be taking this recipe to your favorite hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant and saying, "Por favor! Make these for me!"
An introduction to the "Hadrurus Arizonensis," also known as the Arizona Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion. The largest species of scorpion in the United States, the Desert Hairy Scorpion is one of the least venomous. We consider ours a pet, not a pest.
Have you ever heard of a McNab stock dog (also known as a McNab Border Collie)? Here's your chance to meet a very special member of this very special breed. Meet my dog, Earl the McNab.
What do you call that in-between stage where you're too old to be hot and cute, and too young to be a sweet little old lady? Tweener! It's a life-stage that requires some adjustment. I'm not quite used to it yet. By the time I am, I'll be that cute old lady!
Kalamata olives ... avocado ... goat cheese. What a unique and wonderful way to start a wrap. Here's a veggie wrap you'll want to serve when you want to impress!