A 2nd Act


     
  • A 2nd Act: Abilities, Not Disabilities

    Pursuing a life of good works from a wheelchair is an inspiring second act. Creating a second second act from a wheelchair is above and beyond. But then, Jamie Heckerman is an above-and-beyond kind of woman. She...

    • Posted April 29, 2021
  • 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 February 25, 2021
  • 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 January 28, 2021
  • 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 December 29, 2020
  • 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 October 29, 2020
  • 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 August 27, 2020
  • 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 August 4, 2020
  • 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 May 7, 2020
  • 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 April 2, 2020
  • 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 March 5, 2020