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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 ...

Homegrown Hollywood: Nesting instincts are a privilege, not a burden

Last week, I convinced my husband, Jason, that we needed to replace all of the furniture in our living room. The week before, I took out every book on our floor-to-ceiling bookshelf and dusted it. Last month, I emptied out my office and donated half of everything to Goodwill. I believe this ...

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the weeklong journey. The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six to eight artists, architects, designers and other creative people to ...

SpaceX’s 1st traveler is moonstruck Japanese fashion tycoon

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese billionaire who Tesla chief Elon Musk says plans to blast off on the first-ever private commercial space trip aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket often makes headlines in Japan. The SpaceX mission, set for takeoff in 2023, is just the latest exploit in tycoon Yusaku ...

Making, drinking arak a source of national pride in Lebanon

TAANAYEL, Lebanon (AP) — Every part of Lebanon's national drink, arak, is infused with tradition — from distilling the aniseed-tinged liquor to the ritual of mixing it at the table, when the transparent liquid suddenly turns milky white as water is added. Arak is a staple of big Sunday ...

‘Silly old bear’: New exhibition celebrates Winnie-the-Pooh

BOSTON (AP) — When people care too much, Winnie-the-Pooh argues it's just love. That bit of time-tested wisdom is as relevant today as it was nearly a century ago, when the beloved teddy bear and main character in A.A. Milne's children's books series first appeared in print. Now Pooh and ...

Plants, but no pants: Florida man gardens in the nude

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Being in touch with nature is one thing. But gardening au naturel is quite another for some neighbors of a Florida man who's been doing yard work in the nude. The miffed residents tell news outlets they've called the Martin County Sheriff's Office, but the man continues ...