Mary McGrath and her Mother

The Comfort of a Dog: An Unexpected Gift from My Mother

My mother died yesterday. The five stages of grief have not hit me yet, but I know they are coming. No one can prepare you for the death of a parent, especially your mother. It is a personal journey we all have to endure. I spent the past 24 hours in a whirlwind of emotions

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Holly on the floor

IF CATS COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?

So many of my friends are dealing with the empty nest syndrome. You know, the kids leave, and then you wonder if you have anything in common with your spouse anymore. Sound familiar? We have three cats, and I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with this. What would it be called anyway? Empty

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Holly Eying the Cat Box

Cat Box Chronicles

For those of you with multiple cats, cat box decorum can be a daunting task. I find it endlessly fascinating for some reason. Maybe I need to get a life, or perhaps pose the question on Facebook. We have several cat boxes available for our three cats, but for some reason, our cats seem to

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Cats on the bed

Cats in the bedroom-What’s an owner to do?

We have three cats in our household. Since I like animals better than people, if I had my way, I’d probably have about 12-15 of them, assuming someone else managed the cat box and kibble chores, so I could kick-back and just enjoy the zoo of activity. But that’s not going to happen. I’m in

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Wild Card Wine Selection

The pairing of friends with gifts of wine and food

What wine does a wine connoisseur buy for a friend as a special gift or a celebration with friends and family? That was the question we would answer when each member of the Wine Review Council brought one of their favorite wines to share along with a pairing of a favorite food a couple of

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Pointe-Hilton-Tapatio-Vina-Maquis

Capturing the Magic of Chilean Wines with Thoughtful Food Pairings

The iconic Different Pointe of View Restaurant sits on the Tapatio Cliffs above downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Besides offering spectacular sunset dinners, an acclaimed wine list and birds-eye views of the city lights, the Executive Chef combines all three into a monthly chef-led dinner with guest winemakers from around the world. Recently I was invited to

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