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  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Embrace opportunities as they present themselves to you.

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Accept the summer heat, and you'll enjoy it so much more.

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  • Alexis Powers For the Arizona Daily Star

Helping others turns out to be the best part of the job.

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  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Alexis Powers looks back on cherished memories as a teen in New York.

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

It's important to live an honest life, and others will appreciate it.

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Alexis Powers: Money really can't buy happiness.

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Animals are smarter than we give them credit for

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

My good friend Jane McCutchen, who also happens to be a wonderful photographer, emailed me about an incident that happened with her cat. Since…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

If someone had told me I’d move to Tucson and be surrounded by wild animals, I’d have figured they were nuts.

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H. Jackson Brown Jr. is famous for his quotes. One of them, “When there is a hill to climb, don’t think waiting will make it smaller,” caused …

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

On a recent morning when it was mind-blowingly windy, I was the lone soul out walking my dogs. Usually there are several folks around, so I ha…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

The night my mother left for the hospital, I was playing mahjong with three friends. Interrupting our game, my mom whispered to me, “Your fath…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

His kind blue eyes looked into mine. In a gentle voice, my doctor said, “May want to lose a few pounds, but take small steps.” A couple of day…

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A good friend of mine recently used the word “faboo” in an email.

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Since I’ve lived in Tucson, keeping flowers alive has been one of my biggest challenges. Four sets of bougainvillea have perished, in addition…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

In Camelot they loved the merry month of May. But here in Tucson we frolic in the month of February. Snow, wind and ice are strangers here — a…

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Deciding to throw myself a birthday party at the Chantilly Tea Room turned out to be an excellent idea. People have been so kind to me since I…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Recently I came across a quote by Aldous Huxley: “Experience is not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” This stru…

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As my birthday approaches, I note another year has gone by. Not only do I miss the energy of my youth, I long for high heels, dancing the nigh…

  • Alexis Powers Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Once upon a time there were three little girls growing up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. All through school, Sandra, Carol and I hung ou…