Hot Temperatures — Cool Wine!

Living in the desert in the winter with temperatures that can range from night time lows of 32 degrees to day time highs of 65 degrees, quickly makes you the envy of all of your “Back East” relatives, friends and co-workers.  And rightfully so!  While they’re shoveling snow — we’re shoveling sunshine!

But it’s that other time of the year where no one envies you and one that nobody really talks about — the sweltering heat waves of the summer!

I remember my first summer in the desert – June 1981.  The local news meteorologist reported the weather every night at 10, usually pointing out that the current temperatures would be coming in at about 104 degrees.  Seriously?  The sun’s been down for hours — how could it still be that hot?  Disbelieving, I would open my front door only to feel like I just opened my oven and my eyelashes were being singed!  (I never doubted a meteorologist again.)

The past ten days in Arizona has pushed even the hardiest of us!  Check  this out:

Phoenix Temps June 2016
Phoenix Temps June 2016

Yes, you are reading last Sunday’s temperature high right — 118 degrees — officially.  Unofficially, it was registering 123.7 degrees on my patio and several moments later, it raised to 124 degrees!  OK, that’s totally frying, right?

So, in looking for a way to beat the heat, I decided that a trip to the wine store was in order (this time to Total Wine) and I found a lovely bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio that kept me cool and happy!

Bella Sera Pinot Grigio
Bella Sera Pinot Grigio

For all my fellow Grigio lovers — try it!  It was one of those wines that after the first sip, you say to yourself, “Wait!  What is this again?”  Yes, it was that good!

So, while we’re out here still shoveling sunshine, know that I, for one, am staying cool with “Bella Sera” … making it one “beautiful evening,” indeed!


Honoring Great Dads!

This goes out as a heartfelt thank you to all of you Dads out there that have always “been there” for their children and who do, have, and continue to, love them unconditionally.

In both my mother’s and father’s side of the family — and in my husband’s family — I have seen many, many examples of fathers who truly take pride in their children.  It is so wonderful.  And Dads — you can see your impact — every time that child lights up with a smile and sends it your way!  You earned that!

And with my Forever Friends — I remember their Dads as if it were yesterday: George Buscaglia, Jim Cavalieri and Mike Bauer.  Three great men who loved their daughters with all their hearts — I saw that so many times with them.

On this day, I miss my wonderful father-in-law, too, who always endearingly called me “Little Lady.”

Most of all — I miss my Dad — a guy who never was to busy to listen (even if it was stuff he could care less about) and who was there for every step of the way in my life.  All I had to do was turn around.

So, this post is dedicated to all these great men — and to my Dad, of which there could never be another like him.  Happy Father’s Day, Dad — until we meet again …

Robert H. Blunt July 1921 - January 2005
Robert H. Blunt
July 1921 – January 2005


It’s About Equality — And It’s About Leadership

Women, rejoice!  We now have a woman as the Democratic Nominee for the Presidency.  Whether or not you support Hillary Clinton, really isn’t the point here.  We all know she has supporters, and she has detractors.

What IS the point is that, finally, America has demonstrated that the right person to be the President of the United States, is the most qualified person to hold that office.

Why has it taken America so long to see the light?  Look at Britain:  Margaret Thatcher served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990; Indira Gandhi served as Prime Minister of India from 1980 to 1984; and Golda Meir served as Minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974.

If other countries broke this barrier as long as 47 years ago, what is it that has held us back?

CNN recently ran an article entitled, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” ( in which 13 prominent women commented on Hillary Clinton achieving this historic event.  While all of the women had interesting insights, Sahar Aziz, associate professor at Texas A&M School of Law (teaching national security and Middle East law), perhaps shed the most light on this subject:

All too often I and my female colleagues in the legal profession have experienced the harmful effects of gender stereotypes.  Having a strong personality,, taking the lead, and offering constructive criticism makes us abrasive, unprofessional, or worse. 

Meanwhile, our male colleagues with similar personality traits are recognized as leaders and rewarded accordingly.  Indeed, men are disproportionately over-represented in leadership positions as managing partners, judges and law school deans.

To be sure, just having a woman as president is not good enough to advance women’s equality.  America needs a woman who is not ashamed of her strength of personality and confidently takes on the reins of leadership.”

Having worked within the legal profession for 48 years, I feel eminently qualified to comment on Ms. Aziz’s viewpoint — I believe she has cut to the very heart of the matter.

Women can, are and always have been, able to take on the “reins of leadership.”  Women should not be held back by their accomplishments; rather celebrated for what the can and do bring to the table.

At the end of the day, it is the male culture that needs to reshape its paradigm and refocus their sights … without feeling uncomfortably threatened in the process.

If elected, Hillary will clearly make this America’s “litmus test” … one with one decisive factor.

And I am betting that she is most able — and most qualified — to grab those leadership reins and continue to make America the greatest place on the planet to live.