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Basking in the Tuscan Sun

CORTONA, Italy (AP) — After my breast cancer diagnosis and as I was going through what would be more than a year of treatments that included chemotherapy and radiation, I vowed I would return to Italy. Both sets of my grandparents emigrated from there, and I always turned to Italy as a source ...

Can Pinterest succeed as the ‘un’-social network?

NEW YORK (AP) — If Instagram is the dream vacation you'll never go on and Facebook is Thanksgiving with too many relatives arguing over politics, Pinterest is sitting on the couch by yourself, watching a home-improvement show and absent-mindedly flipping through an old issue of Gourmet ...

Rembrandt’s Night Watch to get restoration in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Rembrandt van Rijn's Golden Age masterpiece The Night Watch is getting a makeover. Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum announced that it will restore its most famous painting, starting next year in a project that will be open to the public and viewable online. Rijksmusem General ...

Ancient mariners: Greek navy offers taste of life in galleys

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For a NATO-member warship, Greece's Olympias is pretty unusual. It's got a zero carbon footprint, no whale-zapping sonar and an antiquated propulsion system. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the ...

Leaving no stone unturned for painted rocks

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A little over a year ago, my twin sister and I celebrated our birthday with a hike, and it was so much fun we vowed to spend time outdoors together every month for the following year. We failed miserably, but when we recently squeezed in what ended up being our ...

Kindness is Contagious: Follow your heart in tricky situations

People often ask me about maintaining their safety while pursuing a brave and kind life. How do we know if we’re supposed to give a homeless person money, or stop to help the car on the side of the road? My answer might sound flippant, but I mean it sincerely: follow your heart. If your ...

When visiting Mom’s house, prepare for prehistoric appliances

The minute I saw the TV, I knew we were in trouble. My mother has upgraded almost every television in her large bed-and-breakfast with modern flat-screens, save this one bedroom. The room — located in the back of the house, decorated with oil paintings of pheasants and outfitted with ...

Market forces put America’s recycling industry … in the dumps

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — America's recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the ...

How running races with Dad keeps me motivated

CHICAGO (AP) — About a year and half ago, my dad and I began running races together. It started because I had hit a running drought. After years of running every day, my drive had waned. Running was getting boring, repetitive, so I took a break. After a while, though, I missed how good it ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness often finds us where we are wounded

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Oh yay! I get to go to the hospital!” Other than the occasional pregnant lady, I doubt it. I imagine, like me, you’re glad you have access to quality medical care, but hope you don’t have to use it very often. However, many times we find the ...

Minding Our Elders: Care home not delivering adequate intellectual stimulation

Dear Carol: My wife’s in a wheelchair because of an accident that she had 10 years ago. I’ve gladly taken care of her, but now she needs an increasing amount of care that I can no longer provide. We found her a place in a large, once-private house that has been converted into a group home, ...

Gettin’ the band back together for one more road trip

At first blush, I was a bit suspicious of her. She seemed so young and tan in her white summer dress, so sharp and confident, so talented with her office decorated as creatively and tastefully as you’d expect from an HGTV decorator. We started just a week apart in the same office, where ...

Hike, drive or ride to New England summits for foliage

For an ever-changing perspective on the fall foliage, try viewing the colors from a higher elevation by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift up one of New England's mountains. The foliage starts to turn orange, deep red and gold first in the mountains and other colder spots. The color emerges ...

Shh! Introverts share travel survival secrets

Travel can be busy, noisy and crowded — a potentially daunting environment for anyone. But if you're an introvert, it can drain your internal battery. Studies and experts suggest this personality type processes social stimuli differently from extroverts, who don't mind frequent ...

Zero Waste households winnow their trash down to almost nil

Less may be more, but zero is the best of all — at least where contributing to landfills is concerned. A small but growing number of households are joining what has become a bona fide movement: Zero Waste. While their goal of producing no trash at all may remain elusive, some Zero Wasters ...

Creating the perfect kitchen island

Interior designer Abbe Fenimore knew that adding a kitchen island was one of the most important decisions she'd make in remodeling her 1940s-era home in Dallas. A well-designed kitchen island can offer storage space, a work surface, comfortable seating — even a cooktop or spare sink. But ...

Heavy metal in the kitchen

Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, has tended in recent years to be used most visibly by either pro chefs or campers. Now it's trending again in this fall's kitchenware product previews. Options range from basic skillets to grill pans to pots both diminutive (for sauces) and ...

Kindness is Contagious: Slow down to give and receive kindness

Are you on the treadmill? Do you wake up each day knowing there are more things to be done than could actually be accomplished? Does it feel like everyone needs a piece of you? When I begin to feel that way, I know it’s time to close my eyes. With my eyes closed and my body focused on ...