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Greensboro mansion of ‘Hoarders’ fame enters new chapter

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Spend a couple of nights — or more — in one of North Carolina's grandest Tudor Revival-style homes. Explore 31 rooms occupied in the early 1930s by Julian Price, who at the time was the head of the state's largest corporation. Enjoy cooking meals in its new ...

Nebraska farmer sculpts animals, insects out of scrap metal

LOOMIS, Neb. (AP) — A giant spider, large enough for a grown man to walk beneath, looms near Martin Freed's home. Spiders, a praying mantis and other bugs are scattered along a half-mile stretch of road in Loomis. While the giant insects may appear to be characters in a science fiction ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness is a healing balm

My friend lost her dad just days after Christmas. I’ve never been in a situation where I needed to console a friend after a parent’s death, so I was on new ground. Am I talking too much or too little? Am I loving her in the way she needs to be loved or in the way I would want to be ...

Wedding registries expand to adventures, charities and more

When Lila Chess and Aron Kandel were planning their January 2018 wedding, the New York City couple was wary of acquiring too much stuff. They lived in a small apartment with limited storage. Lila opted not to have a shower in order to keep gifts at a minimum. But the couple knew that friends ...

Hometown Hollywood: More than a birth story

Last month, I had a baby. I wrote that sentence in three seconds, but it took years to make it true. Our son, Arlo Byron, arrived early after I was diagnosed with preeclampsia. That diagnosis turned into the doctor trying to induce me for 33 hours, which turned into a cesarean section. It ...

A painter at the wedding can capture a scene in a unique way

Katie Curry wanted a sentimental wedding keepsake that depicted the joyous moments after her ceremony as she and her husband, John, walked back down the aisle on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. What she didn’t want was a portrait that included the backs of the guests’ heads. She ...

A foster-based rescue group lets the dogs out for puppy yoga

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — It's one thing to roll out your mat and do Downward Dog. It's another to pull off the iconic yoga posture with actual doggies down at your feet. One stretches your spine. The other tickles your toes. Together, it's called puppy yoga, and it's as adorable as it ...

Kooiker-huh? An intro to Westminster dog show’s new breeds

NEW YORK (AP) — Two new breeds. Sixteen new syllables. The grand basset griffon Vendeen and the Nederlandse kooikerhondje make their debuts at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show next month, each getting a nationally televised turn among the more than 190 breeds on the green carpet at the ...

4 tips on teaching emotional, social skills through craft

Teaching kids social and emotional skills is getting renewed attention, and arts and crafts are a good way to do that, at home as well as at school. "Anxiety and depression are on the rise for young people," says Melissa Schlinger, a vice president at the Chicago-based Collaborative for ...

Have you ‘hygged’ your home today? Practicing the Danish art of relaxation

Those crazy Danes. They seem to have it all figured out. One of the greatest foods in the world — the Danish — is named after them. They give moms and dads a combined total of 52 WEEKS of maternity leave. They invented Legos, and they eat an average of 42 sausages a year. No wonder they ...

Kindness helps us embrace humanity

Have you tired of your New Year’s resolution yet? Maybe you hoped to avoid the feeling of failure by not declaring one. That’s sort of the route I take. While I’m not big into resolutions, I did set an intention for 2019. I learned this practice from some friends who come up with a ...

Seeking the mystery of vortexes in Sedona, Arizona

SEDONA, Ariz. (AP) — I suppose I shouldn't have taken the parking attendant's advice so literally. "You'll know it when you feel it," he had told me when I asked where I'd find the vortex. I had traveled to Sedona for a weekend to see if I would experience what many visitors come here to ...

No money to travel? Find places to stay for next to nothing

Credit card rewards can be your ticket — literally your plane ticket — to a dream destination. But even if you've earned what you need to get to where you're going, the accommodations could be a different story. What do you do if you don't have enough points or miles left for ...

Making your own home-cleaning products? Some pro tips

To reduce waste and avoid unnecessary plastic bottles and chemicals — and to save money — many people are opting to make cleaning products from scratch at home. You can find an abundance of recipes for household cleaning products online, along with reusable glass spray bottles designed to ...

KITCHEN SMARTS: 6 supermarket shortcuts that save time later

If you’ve had one of those days, and you find yourself glancing at the clock only to discover that it’s already 5 p.m. (What!?) and dinner is not simmering cheerfully on the stove, then you may feel like you have limited options. Yes, there is the frozen meal or take-out route. And sure, ...

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

When was the last time scrolling through Instagram made you feel better? If you’re like me, the puppy photos on your feed momentarily boost your mood, but the parade of carefully selected and artfully edited experiences leaves you feeling depleted. How can these people afford to travel to ...

You never know when you might catch kindness

I know kindness is contagious because I’ve witnessed it in action time and time again. Hundreds of stories from readers like you have solidified my belief that kindness goes around and comes around much more frequently than we could imagine. Sometimes, we do an act of kindness that prompts ...

Why your New Year’s resolution may have floundered

By the time you read this, you will probably have given up on your New Year’s resolution. I hate saying that out loud. Please know that this isn’t because I don’t believe in you. It’s just that reality is stacked against us. Despite all the hype, the average New Year’s resolution ...