Articles and Essays

Here are a few samples of my nonfiction writing for commercial and literary magazines.

I have written more than a thousand newspaper and magazine articles over the years, writing under my maiden name of Rohlk and under my previous married name of Pfeiffer.  Here are a few of the selected articles I have written, grouped by type.  Some of the links are clickable, though the majority my clips were lost in the move from Arizona to Colorado.

 

Writing on Writing

“The Roots of Memoir,” “The Narrative Impulse,” “The Memoir Craze,” Keep it Real: Everything You Need to Know about Researching and Writing Creative Nonfiction, editors Lee Gutkind and Hattie Fletcher, W.W. Norton & Company, NY, 2008.

“The History of Memoir” and “The Narrative Impulse,” A Million Little Choices: The ABCs of CNF, Issue 29, 2006.

“Childish Things,” Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts, editors Bee Lavender and Maia Rossini, Softskull Press, Brooklyn, NY, November 2004, pp 72-77.

 

Business & Technology

“Cleaning Their Way to the Top,” Black Enterprise, New York, NY, October 2000, pp 44, 46.

“The Next Superhighway,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, October 2000, pp 77-78.

“ITS in Phoenix Shines Bright,” ITS World, Des Plaines, IL, November/December 1999, pp 20-23.

“Growth Curb? Growth Debate Heads to Ballots,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, May/June 2000,  pp 203-205.

“Staying Afloat: Strategies for Surviving a Cash Flow Crisis,” Black Enterprise, New York, NY, May 2000, pp 50.

“Building Strength: Setting the foundation for Arizona building scene,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January/February 2000, pp 157-160.

“Borrowing Wisely: Tips on Securing Loans from Family and Friends,” Black Enterprise, New York, NY, February 2000, pp 62, 64.

“Making a Fresh Start,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwatukee, AZ, January 2000, pp 28-29.

“Lines in the Sand: Future Growth at Turning Point,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ,   October/November 1999, pp 140-147.

“Extended Stay: Arizona Resort Products React to Demand,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, September/October 1999, pp 136-141.

“Road Race: East Valley Speeds Freeway Construction,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, July/August 1999, pp 188-191.

“Fiddlesticks: Family Ties,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, May/June 1999, pp 94.

“A Good Schtick,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, May/June 1999, pp 97.

“Exponential Growth,” Arizona Business Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, May/June 1999, pp 97.

“Internships Get High Marks,” Incentive Magazine, New York, NY, December 1998, pp 79-80.

“Iowa Office Supply,” Iowa Commerce Magazine, Des Moines, IA, September 1990, pp 8-10.

“Risky Business: Owners Turn to Family, Credit Cards,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, November 27, 1998, pp 42B.

“SBA Loans: Couple Finds More Money Available,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, November 27, 1998, pp 35B.

“The Next Step: Graduating To Traditional Lenders,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, November 27, 1998, pp 45B.

“Planning Software Puts CEO Ahead of Schedule,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, October 30, 1998.

“Advanced Digital Unveils 3 New Wireless Systems” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, October 30, 1998, pp 50.

“Sunquest Outlook Bright,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, October 30, 1998.

“Women Increase Earnings With Education,” Arizona Women’s News, Phoenix, AZ, September 1998, pp 1, 11.

“Women’s Web Magazine Now Online,” Feminist Voices, Madison, WI, July 5-September 6, 1996.

“Carter to Iowans: Persian Gulf is Teaching U.S. Lessons Too Late,” Associated Press, Des Moines, IA, September 1990.

“Walesa Urges Students to Do Business in Poland,” Associated Press, Des Moines, IA, November 1988.

 

History

“Iowa’s Radio Homemakers,” Iowa Woman, literary magazine, Iowa City, IA, Autumn 1992, pp 18-21.

 

Travel & Food

“Pueblo Grande Museum Attests to Ancient Ingenuity and the Worth of Water,” Arizona Highways, Phoenix, AZ,  October 2004, pp 45-47.

“Going Up: Young Rock Climbers Face Their Fears,” Arizona Highways, Phoenix, AZ, April 2003, pp 40-43.

“No One Wants a Cure for Red Rock Fever Caught on a Sedona Sojourn,” Arizona Highways, Phoenix, AZ,  June 2001, pp 46-48.

“Call of the Wild: Wife Answers Verde River Trip,” The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, AZ, March 25, 2001.

“Sailing, Sailing: Boaters Take to Lake Pleasant,” Arizona Highways, Phoenix, AZ, June 2000, pp 40-43.

“Desert Soothers: 7 area spas offer luxurious treatments found only in Arizona,” Valley Guide Quarterly, Phoenix, AZ, Spring 2003, pp 38-42.

“Sushi on Shea: Heavenly Bounty,” Scottsdale Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, March/April 2002, pp 80.

“RigaTony’s: That’s Amore,” East Valley Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, March/April 2002, pp 44.

“Sailor’s Delight: Salt Cellar Restaurant,” Scottsdale Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, January/February 2002, pp 88.

“RA: A Rare Treat,” East Valley Magazine, Scottsdale, AZ, January/February 2002, pp 36.

“Communique,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, August 2000, pp 28.

“Anchorage Around the Clock,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, July 2000, pp 16-18.

“Savoring Seattle: Finding the Flavors of the Pacific City,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, May 2000, pp 13-15.

“Communique,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, April 2000, pp 30.

“Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Desert Dream,” Arizona Highroads, Phoenix, AZ, March/April 2000, pp 28-29.

“Communique,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, March 2000, pp 36.

“What’s New,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, March 2000, pp 44.

“On the Menu,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, March 2000, pp 46.

“Just Desserts,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, February 2000, pp 38.

“What’s New,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, February 2000, pp 34.

“What’s New,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January 2000, pp 32.

“World’s Fare,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January 2000, pp 80-85.

“Glass Act,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, December 1999, pp 24.

“Petrified National Forest,” Arizona Foothills Magazine, Ahwatukee, AZ, August 1999, pp 20.

 

Art and Architecture

“Reception Décor Know-How,” Tucson Bride & Groom, Tucson, AZ, Winter/Spring 2004.

“La Grande Orange: Here Comes the Neighborhood,” Arizona Food & Lifestyles, Phoenix, AZ, April/May 2003, pp 20-22.

“A Love-ly Work of Art, PHOENIX Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, February 2003, pp 25.

“The Lights of His Life,” PHOENIX Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, December 2002, pp 19.

“Creative Outlets: Do-It-Yourself Shops Bring Out the Artist Within,” Valley Guide Quarterly, Phoenix AZ, Winter 2001, pp 112-116.

“Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse: A Modern Beacon of Justice,” Arizona Attorney, Phoenix, AZ, October 2000, pp 32-34.

“Torch Song: Find glass art in Greater Phoenix-area museums, galleries & studios,” Valley Guide Quarterly, Phoenix, AZ, Summer 2000, pp 47-51.

“Arcology Professor,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, June 2000, pp 80-81.

“Museum Hopping,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, April 2000, pp 32.

“Bold Strokes: More and More Women Are Climbing the Boardroom Walls,” Working Woman, New York, NY, February 2000, pp 17.

“Artist’s Portrait,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, February 2000, 26.

“From Talavera to Tarahumara: A Shopper’s Guide to Mexican Pottery,” Valley Guide Quarterly, Phoenix, AZ, Winter 2000, pp 88-93.

“Swing Fling,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January 2000, pp 30.

“Artful Attraction,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January 2000, pp 34.

“Chinese Cultural Center: People Love It or Hate It,” The Business Journal, Phoenix, AZ, November 13, 1999.

“Swing Fling,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, September 1999, pp 38-40.

“Desert Stadium’s Retractable Roof Calls for Massive Cooling System,” Indoor Comfort News, Glendale, CA, October 1998, pp 1-4.

 

Health and Fitness

“Teaching Yoga in San Quentin,” Thunderbird Alumni Magazine, Glendale, AZ, Fall 2007

“New Blastocyst Procedure Improves Pregnancy Odds for Some Couples with Infertility Concerns”

In Our Care, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ, Winter/Spring 2000.

“Kathy Anderson: The Emily Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwatukee, AZ, October 1999.

“Whittaker Breaks Barriers to the Top of the World,” Sweat Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, November 1998.

“Beating Burnout When the Golden Years Become Tarnished,” Get Up & Go, Phoenix, AZ, November 1998.

“Beating Job Burnout,” Incentive Magazine, New York, NY, November 1998, pp 121-122.

“Susan Sontag: When Evil is Attached to Illness,” The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA, April 4, 1990.

 

Personality Profiles

“Alumni in Action,” e-Thunder, Fall 2007

“Deans of Distinction,” Arizona Attorney, Phoenix, AZ, May 2001, pp 30-33.

“The Scent of One Woman,” America West Airlines Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, October 2000, pp 20.

“Ken White: Executive Director, The Arizona Humane Society,” Arizona Foothills, December 1999, pp 24-25.

“Dedicated Volunteers at McDowell Sonoran Land Trust,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwatukee, AZ, November 1999.

“Arizona ‘Giant’ Leaves Big Legacy,” Community College Times, Washington, D.C., May 18, 1999.

“The Adventurous Career of Tom Whittaker,” Careers and the Disabled, Mellville, NY, March 1999, pp 28-29.

“Maya Angelou Believes in the Promise of Rainbows,” The Costco Connection, Issaquah, WA, December 1997, pp 51.

“Trickstoesse Sind Kein Trick,” European Billiard News, St. Johann, Austria, Fall 1992, pp 66-68.

“Equal Education for All? Author and educator Jonathan Kozol says poor students get a poor education,” Beyond Behavior, Storm Lake, IA, 1990, pp. 6-8.

“Author Tells Struggle of America’s Poor,” The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA, November 8, 1990.

“Richard Leakey Takes Giant Step to Save Elephants,” The Des Moines Register, November 6, 1990.

“Schafly, Weddington, Debate in Storm Lake,” The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA, March 1, 1990.

“For Study of Race, All-White School Calls on an Actress,” The New York Times, January 1, 1990.

 

General Interest

“Let’s Rock,” Arizona Living, Tucson, AZ, Spring 2004.

“Isn’t It Romantic?” Phoenix Bride & Groom, Phoenix, AZ, Summer/Fall 2003, pp 58-61.

“Home Cookin’ Without the Fuss,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, January 2001, pp 52.

“Loopy Pilots,” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, AZ, March 2000, pp 39.

“Be Jeweled, Be Dazzled,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwautkee, AZ, December 1999, pp 60-62.

“Enviro-Friendly Homes: It’s Getting Easy to Be Green,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwatukee, AZ, September 1999, pp A48-A49.

“High-Tech Homes,” Arizona Foothills, Ahwatukee, AZ, September 1999, pp A36-A37.

“Sedona Conference Ponders Technology Gains,” Community College Times, Washington, D.C., May 4, 1999.

 

Book Reviews

The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hamelyn, translated by Marvin Lowenthal, New York: Schocken Books, 1977, in The Woman’s Voice, Kent, OH, December 1994, pp 18.

Marjorie Holmes, various works, in Iowa Woman, literary magazine, Iowa City, IA, Autumn 1992, pp 45-47.

 

Newsletter Articles (Selected)

“Ivins Speaks for Freedom,” Typewriter, Arizona Press Women, Phoenix, AZ, March 1999, pp 1.

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