Tips, Info and Experiences for Arizona Living … Best on the planet

Why is everyone so busy?

The gadgets make everything easy and quick … Right? The adage “time is money” goes a long way toward explaining our business. And there’s another … “The job always fills the time available”. And if it doesn’t, we manage to change the job until it does … even with tech advances that should increase free … Continued

Is there a Peak Time of Day for Everything You Do?

When to do what! Students cramming in homework after dinner … Good or bad time for that? Researchers have found we retain information best when we read in the evening. In fact, science seems to have identified optimal times for everything from working out, to looking for an apartment, to reading tweets—not to be confused … Continued

8 Easy Energy-Saving Tips

Running an energy-efficient home doesn’t necessarily entail buying expensive solar panels or wind generators. Neither does it mean you have to wear your outdoor clothes inside in winter to stop shivering, or a swim suite in summer! Here are 8 useful tips. Laundry: Wait until you have a full load of laundry and run the … Continued

Education System Evaluation

Education system evaluation … How to measure the ROI … return on investment. It’s been a few years, but a process was devised to measure the effectiveness of the larger school systems across the USA, and some Arizona schools measure rather well. The Washington, D.C., Center for American Progress identified eight Arizona school districts, Chandler, Dysart, … Continued

Retire to metro Phoenix? Good idea!

Retired Couple

Most financial publications will include a “Top Ten Best Places to Retire” article every few years. I’ve never seen any metro area community included on one of these lists. Considering the substantial in-migration the area has had for many decades, those “journalists” would seem be all be missing something. Yes, I live in Phoenix, and entirely … Continued

Tortilla Flat

Tortilla Flat is, literally, a “wide spot in the road”, yet it’s been on every AZ map I’ve seen for 60 years. Originally it was a “change station”.  Mules pulling construction materials up the road to build Roosevelt dam were switched for a fresh team. Now it’s a general store and a saloon, i.e., a … Continued

Sun City Evolution

A front-page article in the AZ Republic from a few years back documents the ongoing Sun City Evolution, the significant “shifts” in this concept-originating community. But I believe “transition” may be more descriptive than “evolution” of what’s going on there. We have managed a good many purchase and sale transactions over the years in Sun City and there seems to be a very significant difference these days … Continued

Barrio Cafe … G-R-E-A-T Place

First, the bottom line … the Barrio Cafe … at 2814 N 16th Street toward downtown Phoenix … is near the top of the list of any place we have EVER eaten …this is true for every meal we have eaten there on about a half-dozen visits … THE BEST – EVERY TIME. We know that the above opinion … Continued

Community Profile – Scottsdale

Scottsdale Arizona – A city with “vision and attitude” Founded in 1888 by US Army Chaplain Winfield Scott to support a collection of cattle ranches, Scottsdale has become, perhaps, the most “cosmopolitan” community in Arizona. It now covers 185 square miles, being 30 miles in length north-south, and is home to about 250,000 citizens. Scottsdale … Continued