Ever the Optimist: Lisa Dahl opens her second Pisa Lisa

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Acclaimed chef Lisa Dahl is ever the optimist — even when it came to opening her second Pisa Lisa in the Village of Oak Creek in July.  “I didn’t like the idea of opening the slowest month of the year, but, in a way, it’s a godsend,” Dahl says. “The busiest month […]


The Real Beav: Rick Connelly inspired his sitcom-writing dad’s scripts

By Jimmy Magahern In “Bel-Air,” the hit 2022 reboot of the ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the comedy is reimagined as a gritty drama, recasting once beloved characters as deeply flawed individuals and replacing the reliable comic relief of the Carlton Dance with a recurring “Scarface” snort from the beleaguered Banks son. Now […]


Hospice Is Hope: ‘Dementia Moments’ teach high schoolers compassion

By Lin Sue Flood Hospice of the Valley Arcadia High School teacher Darcy Brodison knows the best way to drive a lesson home is to touch a student’s heart. So she decided to immerse her class in a unique experience called “Dementia Moments” that demonstrates what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  […]


Sprucing Up the Menu: Chef was The Living Room’s missing ingredient

By Alex Gallagher When Tom Kaufman opened The Living Room at DC Ranch in 2014, he knew his business would be different from other wine bars/restaurants in the Valley. He decorated his dining room with plush seating, offered myriad wine options, and utilized every inch he could of a kitchen he describes as being smaller […]


Gadget Gossip: These products address menopause, back pain and more

By Annika Tomlin Welcome back to Gadget Gossip! Here we introduce readers to gizmos that can make life just a little easier — and healthier. Have an idea? Email editor@lovinlifeafter50.com. Revelry Perimenopause and menopause are uncomfortable, let’s face it. Lilach Mazor Power created her company Revelry with business partner Stef Swiergol to offer a three-product […]


The American Dream: Musical brings audiences to their feet

By Eryka Forquer The ideal of the American dream is brought to life in scenes from “On Your Feet!” as Gloria Estefan works to make an impact on the music industry as a Cuban immigrant. Phoenix Theatre Company Associate Producing Director Pasha Yamotahari says the musical celebrates immigrants’ influence on other cultures. “Whether you’re living […]


The Healthy Geezer: Stomach discomfort can be serious

By Fred Cicetti Q: I get a lot of stomachaches. Do you have any tips to prevent them? A: If you are having recurring abdominal pain, you should see a doctor immediately. This kind of discomfort can be a symptom of a serious ailment. However, if you’re talking about the kind of stomachaches we all […]


Devil’s in the Details: Dave McKay is back, sharing his wisdom

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-base coach Dave McKay is known for his meticulous strategies and analyses. His efforts are appreciated, and they were missed during the 2021 season after he fell, broke a rib and lacerated his spleen in a fall. The 72-year-old beloved McKay was surprised by the response to his injury. “I […]


A Show for All Ages: Broadway’s ‘The Lion King’ comes to ASU Gammage

By Abi Celaya Darian Sanders and Michelle Scalpone are obsessed with “The Lion King.” They call the musical — which comes to ASU Gammage from Tuesday, July 5, to Sunday, July 31 — beautiful, stunning, and a story for all ages. “I have been obsessed with big cats and lions my entire life,” says Sanders, […]


Ask Marisa: It’s never too late to start over

By Marisa Peer Dear Marisa: I am 56 and after my children flew the nest and left for college last year, my partner of 30 years and I split up. We realized that even though we still have love for one another, we had only stayed together for the sake of the children and have […]


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