• A 2nd Act: Food Is Love

    Barro’s Pizza gives back, one slice at a time “We’re Italian, and food is love!” Gina Barro said enthusiastically. From its roots in Italy with Grandmother Angelina to the 40 locations spread across Arizona today, award-winning Barro’s...

    • Posted 2 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: A Clown’s Legacy

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona supports children’s journeys to wellness. The May 9, 1971, Arizona Republic classified read, “One bedroom, furnished, air-conditioned, pool, carpet. 501 E. Roanoke Avenue.” The small complex in central...

    • Posted 3 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: Life Reboot

    Control Alt Delete resets the lives of domestic violence survivors Laura Pahules was frustrated. She had been working on the elements to launch her nonprofit but was struggling with a name. And then it happened: Her laptop...

    • Posted 4 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: Home (State) Improvement

    Flinn Foundation advances Arizona, and never forgets the fun “What comes next?” Tammy McLeod pondered this question posed by a friend one day at lunch. She had enjoyed her work as an executive with Arizona Public Service...

    • Posted 6 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: Putting Down Roots

    Pro athlete teaches others to weed it and reap Becoming a professional athlete requires many skills, beyond the obvious physical abilities. Dedication, drive, endurance and courage are also crucial to an athlete’s success. Those same skills help...

    • Posted 8 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: Singing On

    There were many times in Herbert Washington’s childhood when things didn’t fall his way. He never met his father or older brother. His mother had schizophrenia. At 7, he was taken out of South Phoenix by child...

    • Posted 9 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: Together We Can Make Something

    Thoughtful, committed citizens changing the world “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” When she said them decades ago, anthropologistMargaret Mead could...

    • Posted 12 months ago
  • A 2nd Act: The Power of Canine Love

    Unconditional and Incredible             For better or worse … but no dogs. That was the promise Marika Meeks made her husband, Brian, when they married. The Indiana couple went on to have two daughters, become partners in...

    • Posted 1 year ago
  • A 2nd Act: Miracles From the Street

    A saint, a statue and a mission             Brent Downs knew the Bible stories from his Southern Baptist upbringing. He knew that Joseph was the father of Jesus and that the Bible paints him as a man...

    • Posted 1 year ago
  • A 2nd Act: Queen of Arizona Hearts

    Baseball, gum and a sunny hill By Judy Pearson The “czar of chewing gum” already owned four palatial homes. But he was building something special on the 100-foot-high la Colina Solana, a sunny hill above his Arizona...

    • Posted 1 year ago