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Updated Jun 28, 2012 - 7:44 am

Why there's no such thing as 'having it all' -- and there never will be

This article -- Why is 'having it all' just a women's issue? -- is getting a ton of buzz.

For good reason.

My first thought was, "Who asked you?"

I realize that Ann Marie Slaughter has acheived a large measure of professional and personal success, by most people's stadards.

But in the article, she writes that a friend of hers implored her "not to write" a column about how women can't have it all. She thought maybe too many women would believe her and stop trying.

"Having it all" is perhaps the most personal sentiment we can feel as humans -- it is a feeeling that resides in our hearts and souls next to gratitude and inner happiness, and dare I say, peace.

For some women, having it all means having a solid marriage, healthy children and a garden in the back yard.

For others it means a high-powered career and influential circle of friends.

Still others want a combination of the two.

And the feeling that cannot possibly "have it all" because of the natural limits put on us by our everyday circumstances is most certainly not limited to those of the female persuasion.

In the end, perhaps it is as Ellen Goodman said, we can all have everything, just not at the same time.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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