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  • Kelley Helfand Special to the Arizona Daily Star

I recently went bankrupt, but it wasn’t as bad as you might think.

  • By Kelley Helfand Special to the Arizona Daily Star

When the holidays or my sons’ birthdays roll around, my parents, looking for gift ideas, ask me, “What are they interested in right now?” The …

  • Kelley Helfand Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Twice per school year at Manzanita Elementary School the Family Faculty Organization, or FFO — which is similar to a PTA — puts on a book fair…

  • Kelley Helfand Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Because of the Sept. 1 kindergarten cutoff date where I grew up, and because my birthday is in early September, I was the first of my high sch…

  • By Kelley Helfand Special to the Arizona Daily Star

For many years, I was a “city girl.” I lived in Chicago — not “Chicagoland” or any of the suburbs that are miles and miles from the city.

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Shortly after our family moved to the Foothills, we heard friends and acquaintances talk about Coronado, Calif. People raved about it. They to…

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Sometimes I go to the grocery store and feel like there is nothing suitable to buy. There are so many books and schools of thought regarding w…

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  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

A series of humorous commercials for Dos Equis beer features a character touted as "The Most Interesting Man in the World." The Man is shown i…

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

In my last column, in late December, I wrote about our family's desire to find a consistent volunteer opportunity for the four of us. We have …

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

'Tis the season of giving, and volunteer opportunities abound. Preston's and Griffin's elementary school has a holiday project in which food, …

  • COURTESY OF KELLEY HELFAND

A draft of a speech with Franklin Delano Roosevelt's edits is on display at a Pearl Harbor museum.

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

A week before the Catalina Foothills School District fall break, I emailed Preston's and Griffin's teachers to let them know that the boys wou…

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

As summer winds down, here are a few topics that have come to mind lately.

  • COURTESY OF KELLEY HELFAND

Avid reader Preston Helfand, 8, doesn't leave home without two books - his current read and a backup in case he finishes it.

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Our son, Preston, who is 8, can't get enough of books. He loves to read. He won't leave home without a book in his hands. Actually, he takes t…

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

I feel like March is giving Christmastime a run for its money as the most wonderful time of the year.

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Today I'd like to share some thoughts I've had on music, the Tucson Lifestyle "Best of the City" article and the passing of author Jeffrey Zaslow.

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is enjoying the lights. I grew up in Kansas City, Mo., and a very important holiday tradition t…

  • Opinion by Kelley Helfand Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Over the last year or so, as we sit down to dinner, our family has gotten into the habit of sharing something aloud that we are thankful for. …