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  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Little dog has a big presence at jewelry store.

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

My father, Simon Igelski Russek, must have had a premonition that his was not to be a long life. One day, out of the blue, when I was about 9 …

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

I don’t know if the term “bicyclist’s high” exists, but what I do know is that once I’ve built up a little momentum on my vintage Triumph bicy…

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

My valentine to Barack and Michelle Obama has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with admiration for them as a couple. Since I’m…

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

During some of our crisp January afternoons, I’ve been enjoying a steaming cup of peppermint tea al fresco at the neighborhood coffeehouse. Ta…

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Where do you go to get away from it all — where you can infuse a little tranquility into your stressful holiday schedule? Perhaps it’s at the …

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Halloween has been over just a few short weeks, but the merriment continues with December holidays, which are getting a November jump-start th…

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Back in the dinosaur days when the school year started after Labor Day and ended around Memorial Day, a joke circulated among faculty members …

  • Barbara Russek Special to the Arizona Daily Star

I have many great memories of the time I spent in Pacific Grove, Calif., this past summer:

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

One of my favorite things to do while spending time in a new town is to take a long, leisurely walk, meandering along city streets, delighting…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

In one of my favorite "Seinfeld" episodes, Jerry shows Elaine the label maker he has just received as a thank-you gift from their mutual frien…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Do you ever wonder who would buy any of those obsolescent VHS movies donated to thrift stores? I can name at least one person: me. I add them …

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Dog days of summer here in the Old Pueblo have hit with a vengeance. As if part of some masochistic ritual, we obsessively listen to the daily…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Choosing a restaurant reminds me of the first few lines of the old Girl Scout song: make new friends but keep the old. New friends (i.e., plac…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Many of us look forward to this Sunday as a day to celebrate Mother and honor connection. For others, however, it's a day to accept Mother as …

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

I'm an arts-and-crafts-fair junkie. But at the most recent fair I attended, I got something much more valuable than a piece of pottery or turq…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Tucson is still healing from the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting and one of the lingering topics is: Is there anything we can do to help prevent a…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Growing up in the Midwest I always thought of early February as a rather blah time for my birthday. It was just another gray day in the middle…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

I got a few shivers while watching President Obama's second inauguration, but they had nothing to do with the weather - it was a beautiful day…

  • Opinion by Barbara Russek Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Santa's back at the North Pole with an empty sleigh. Gifts have been used, enjoyed, or maybe exchanged. Wrapping paper and ribbon have been to…