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Retail curtails my workout at the mall

When choosing an exercise buddy, it is essential that you select someone entertaining, motivating and – most importantly – aligned to your own personal belief system about exercise. For instance, when I last had an exercise buddy (in 2005, to be exact), I was careful to recruit a ...

Make your own frost-free versions for home decor

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Living in a state where it can snow anytime between October and April, I don't often wish snow would stick around even longer. But I can't deny that it can be pretty, so I decided to test a few ways of making long-lasting faux snowballs to decorate my home for the ...

Colorado program connects senior pets with senior citizens

CRAWFORD, Colo. (AP) — Bette Cyr reached a point in her life when she realized she knew more people who had died than were still living on this Earth. Loneliness set in, and she found herself trying to coax a neighborhood cat that hung out behind her studio home to love her, without any ...

This image released by Netflix shows Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in "Marvel's The Punisher," one of the many series based on comic books, currently streaming on Netflix. (Jessica Miglio/Netflix via AP)

Comic-book heroes flock to TV, but why are they so popular?

NEW YORK (AP) — When "Marvel's The Punisher" debuted on Netflix last month, it was greeted with great interest and high anticipation. But it arrived as just one of many comic-book adaptations. "The Punisher" is only the latest in a flood now comprising some 28 shows across nine broadcast, ...

This image released by Hulu shows Elisabeth Moss as Offred in a scene from, "The Handmaid's Tale." Moss portrays one of the few remaining fertile women in the cruel futuristic dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society where human rights are trampled and this special caste of women is forced into sexual servitude in a desperate attempt to repopulate a ravaged world. (George Kraychyk/Hulu via AP)

Loads of TV shows were great in 2017; here are the 10 best

NEW YORK (AP) — So-called "Peak TV" remains the blessing and the curse for viewers in 2017, with the tally of scripted series now totaling some 500. Where to begin saluting all the great shows? Here are 10 to salute, recall fondly and, for viewers who missed any of them, catch up ...

HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: Learning to love what you didn’t know you did

LOS ANGELES — This year, my husband and I decided to purchase a “living” Christmas tree. Did you feel that? That was my entire, Midwest family rolling their eyes in unison. We wanted a living tree as it felt like the responsible thing to do because, you know, global warming. Plus, we ...

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS: Kindness is found in giving to others

My friend, Tania, has been going through a whirlwind year of transition. One year ago, she sold her dream house, the one she had designed, built and lovingly decorated eight years prior. She and her husband felt a call on their lives to downsize. Even with two kids still in the house, they ...

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website. The ship was just launched off the coast of Trieste, Italy, and is heading to Miami for a Dec. 21 christening before starting sailings to the Caribbean. It features an ...

More brides leaving matchy-matchy bridal parties behind

NEW YORK (AP) — Alison Kelly felt she had enough on her plate dealing with her own wedding gown and all the details of her mountain getaway nuptials without micromanaging how her bridal party would dress. So instead, she asked her maid of honor — her sister — and the rest of her bridal ...

For wedding favors, personalize, localize, do it yourself

Once, the little gifts that couples gave out to wedding guests were as elegantly predictable as just about every other aspect of a traditional wedding. A little bud vase printed with the happy couple's names, perhaps. Or a tiny faux-Lenox picture frame inscribed with the date. Somewhere along ...

Giving the gift of memory: 2 easy DIY projects

For elderly people struggling with memory loss, one of the toughest things can be forgetting the details of their own lives. What must it be like when you struggle to recall something you were sure you'd never forget — the name of an old friend, perhaps, or a favorite city where you once ...

This image released by NBC shows singer Gwen Stefani in her Christmas special, "Gwen Stefani's You Make it Feel Like Christmas," airing Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Deck the TV schedule with Rudolph, Stefani and ‘Love’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Welcome back, Donner and Blitzen! And thanks for bringing along Gwen Stefani, Tariji P. Henson and "Love Actually" to a holiday TV lineup that mixes the familiar and the fresh. We want "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "It's a Wonderful Life" again, for the pleasure ...

This Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, photo shows the Apple TV streaming device, on display in New York. Though an iPhone isn’t required, Apple TV will be most useful with one. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Gift Guide: Choosing a streaming device without overpaying

NEW YORK (AP) — Why watch video on a phone or a tablet when you can get a device for as little as $30 to stream shows on a big-screen TV? Apple, Google, Amazon and Roku are all competing to be your gateway to online video. Which device you need will largely depend on what services you watch ...

KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS: Stop wondering – your kindness does matter

Does what I do matter? Have you ever thought that to yourself? Perhaps you’ve been in the checkout lane when the cashier asks if you’d like to donate a dollar to end world hunger. Or maybe you’ve dropped off old towels and blankets so they could be sent to some area of devastation ...

Awake with appreciation: Life’s ‘close calls’ open our eyes

Broken friendships. Shattered love stories. Unexpected heart attacks. Fatal car accidents. Mass shootings. Just a few of life’s tragedies that leave us fighting for the next inhale to grasp clarity and keep our head above water. For some, the pain is vivid — adulterous emails, diagnosis ...

Skift CEO Rafat Ali on travel in the age of ‘permanxiety’

NEW YORK (AP) — Travel involves a lot of conflicting emotions. You're excited about your trip, looking forward to relaxing, reconnecting with loved ones or sightseeing. Then there's the other side of travel: going through security, presenting your papers, being searched, hoping you ...

Pantone picks deep purple ‘Ultra Violet’ as color of year

NEW YORK (AP) — What we have here in 2017 is a heap of chaos and disruption. What we need in 2018? The Pantone Color Institute thinks whatever that might be will come in the deep purple hue of "Ultra Violet," its color of the year revealed Thursday. The color wasn't chosen because it's ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Metallics for the holidays and all winter

By MELISSA RAYWORTH Associated Press Writer Holiday decorating is all about adding a bit of cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the recent popularity of all things metallic. With winter's shortage of daylight, the sheen of metallic furnishings, fabric and decorative pieces can add a ...

This Nov. 27, 2017 photo shows a collectible figure of the character Eleven from the Netflix series, "Stranger Things." (AP Photo/Lynn Elber)

‘Stranger Things’? No, just thoughtful gifts for TV addicts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Give the binge-watching a rest, please, and play thoughtful Santa for the fellow TV addicts in your life. Peak TV makes peak gift-giving easy. Whether inspired by newcomers including "Stranger Things" and "This Is Us" or golden oldie "The Twilight Zone," possibilities ...

Chef David Lebovitz's book "L'appart, The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home," from Crown, is photographed in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. If you ever dreamed of having an apartment in Paris, this book is required reading. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The 2017 Gift Guide from the chef behind The American Table

This holiday season's gift guide contains a book by a real-life hero chef who built an empire by valuing his busboys, a set of nifty ceramic stoneware oyster shells, atasty tequila and "the last knife you ever buy." BOOKS FOR THE COOK WHO LIKES TO READ "L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters ...