The Beach Boys Embrace ‘The Good Life’ in Arizona

Below-zero temperatures in Iowa and the Beach Boys’ music don’t necessarily go hand in hand. But lead singer Mike Love is holed up in his hotel room to escape the cold before heading to a university ballroom where The Beach Boys were set to perform.

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Humperdinck Celebrates Romance in Chandler

Happily married for 50 years and a purveyor of romantic songs, Engelbert Humperdinck knows full well the meaning of Valentine’s Day.

The Lost Art of Customer Service

Our fridge went rogue the other day.

The 1924 Phoenician

I have a Phoenix Union High School yearbook, “The Phoenician,” from 1924 that belongs to a mystery person. It’s a tan book with an orange spine that I taped together wanting to keep it in intact for the owner or owner’s family. There is no name on it to identify if this person is a student or faculty member. However, I believe from the few quotes inside the front and back pages, this book once belonged to a student.

Entrepreneur Designs Family Board Game

About 10 years ago, Scottsdale resident and businessman Steven Lazar got fed up with the disconnect of modern families: the daughter texting, the son playing video games, the dad watching sports on TV and the wife on the phone chatting with her neighbor.

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Zoppé circus comes to Reid Park’s big top

Zoppé, the Italian family circus, has been dazzling audiences for about 170 years and will come to Reid Park Friday, Jan. 9, through Sunday, Jan. 11.

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The Duttons’ Shows are a Family Affair

Ben Dutton understands the importance of family.

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Ask Gabby Gayle

Advice Column for the Over 50 Crowd

My Curmuddy Awards for 2014

To those of you waiting breathlessly, here are my annual Curmuddy Awards, presenting ugly mud-pie statuettes to those deserving wretches for wacky, wicked and witless conduct in 2014.

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Sitka by the Sea

God’s Country on Alaska’s Inside Passages

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Medley Hasn’t Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ for Arizona

At 74 years old and his humor intact, pop legend Bill Medley says his career with the Righteous Brothers and as a solo act reads like a “bad movie.”

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Getting the Message

Getting the message didn’t used to be so maddening. My irritation isn’t over the technology of voice mail, it’s with the human side of the equation, those voices that speak so rapidly, so inarticulately on recorded telephone messages that they might as well be leaving an encoded transmission from Mars.

Boyle to Make Arizona Debut

Affable and laidback, Scottish singer Susan Boyle likes to poke fun of Arizona—and herself—while talking about her debut U.S. tour, which comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, Oct. 17.

Journey to the Bottom of the Globe

As a travel journalist, I am constantly asked for my favorite travel experiences. The list is endless, but there is one destination that seems to raise the most eyebrows...

The Big Stretch

—for many of us, there’s still one inevitable certainty: Exercise begins at 50.