Lifestyles Writing

Spirit of the Senses: Conversations for the curious

Spirit of the Senses has been bringing people together for stimulating conversation for more than 30 years. Founder Thomas Houlon and his wife Patty Barnes describe their conversations as arts, science and cultural salons. "We provide a means to exchange ideas, question opinions, wonder about new possibilities, learn about our world, and appreciate the visual and performing arts," explains Houlon.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation: Nicole and Billy Cundiff take making a difference personally

Nicole and Billy Cundiff had, for the most part, a sort of charmed life. He with an HFL career and she as a lawyer, following in her father's footsteps. Life changed dramatically in September 2007 when Nicole's mother, Colleen Drury, was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer. That terminal diagnosis, which ended in Drury's death in February 2013, would have left some people broken. Not the Cundiffs. Instead, it motivated them to share Drury's passion for life, to make the world aware of ovarian cancer, and to help find an early diagnosis screening test for the deadly disease by creating Colleen's Dream Foundation.

Blake Van Es: It’s all about the kids

Blake Van Es has, in a way, come full circle. She was born and raised in Phoenix, moved to San Diego for high school, and made her way back to Arizona for college, where she attended the University of Arizona. Little did she know, when she returned to San Diego after college to sell advertisements for a local radio station, that she would find the love of her life and eventually find her way home to Arizona.

Inspired Design: Creating spaces with heart

When you walk in the door at the facility on North 91st Place in Chandler, you can usually hear the sounds of kids laughing and sometimes music filters out into the lobby and down the halls. You could be in any school in the Valley—except you'll soon notice that the kids (and adults) attending classes and workshops all have one unique characteristic—they're all visually impaired. Welcome to the East Valley campus of Foundation for Blind Children (FBC).