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Terracotta makes a color comeback

There was a time not that long ago when designers were tearing out anything terracotta-colored, whether it was tile, painted walls or upholstered furniture. A darling hue of the ‘80s, the brownish orange — evocative of terracotta earthenware — was considered dowdy and done. But like so ...

Creative spaces are often works in progress

How do you create a space conducive to creative thinking? A number of recent books explore the working environments of creative people in search of hints and inspiration. “They’re not highly produced spaces. They are spaces that reflect the real lives of people,” says Ted Vadakan, ...

Back to school fashions

As the father of a teenage daughter – and unannounced to her –I am stepping in and making commentary on current fashion. Oh my! From the first day that she arrived home from the hospital as a baby, I tried to impress upon her my understanding of a lady’s wardrobe and the essence it ...

MindingOurElders: Staff use of pet names for mother annoys caregiving daughter

Dear Carol: My mom, who’d been healthy all her life, recently suffered a stroke which requires the skilled care available in a nursing home. Her overall care seems good, but I’m irritated by how they address mom because some of the aides call her “Dear” or even “Hon.” I know that ...

The Postscript: Not Popular

I was not popular in high school. Everyone says this. I now realize that no one – not even the most popular person in high school – self-identifies as popular. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook friend requests from people I scarcely knew in high school. I have a 40th class ...

Kindness is Contagious: Who knew Laffy Taffy could spread kindness?

Every time I see banana-flavored Laffy Taffy, I feel a little tug on my heart. It’s especially prominent now that my family has moved from Ohio to South Dakota. I left a dear friend in Ohio named Liz. Liz was my son Charlie’s third grade teacher and I spent a lot of time in her classroom. ...

Emotional highs, lows mark hiker’s record-setting project

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — While setting a speed record for New Hampshire hiking, Philip Carcia was sometimes struck with a sort of reverse déjà vu. Halfway through a hike, he’d question whether he had completed an earlier one on his list. “I’d get fanatical about checking that I had been ...

‘Chernobyl’ miniseries sends curious tourists to Lithuania

VISAGINAS, Lithuania (AP) — An HBO miniseries featuring Soviet-era nuclear nightmares has sparked global interest in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and boosted tourism in Lithuania. The Baltic country, which served as the filming location for “Chernobyl,” has become a destination of ...

US airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines' profits all year. The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. ...

Kids are more vulnerable to farm stress than we may think

As a former farm kid, I can vouch for the fact that it’s hard to find a better place to grow up. Fresh air. Nature. Access to puppies, chickens, horses and calves. Tom Sawyer-scale adventures right out your front door as you foraged for chokecherries, discovered the latest batch of kittens ...

The Postscript : Second Sunset

I spent the last couple weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were eight and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is a result. But I’ve never seen any truth to ...

Plant lovers find each other at swaps, online or in person

Plant lovers have long gotten together to trade seeds and growing advice, and the latest generation is following suit with modern plant swaps. The swaps (sometimes called plant exchanges) for amateur horticulturalists are popping up in homes, parking lots, trendy gardening stores and online. ...

Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe

Hopefully, I’ve caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe. Wait! Don’t stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps because they had to do it when they were young) makes too many adults give up gardening altogether. ...

‘Plant influencers’ offer decor tips for fall houseplants

Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal color. Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron’s cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a touch of the outdoors inside. And of course, the poinsettia’s red and green foliage is a popular choice ...

Let’s Cook: Reconnecting a friendship

Some hearts yearn to always move on and rarely remember the past, and some merely travel on the road of day-to-day experience. But the road that I like to travel on is the one zigzagging back and forth between present day and the past. Since moving back to Minot, I have had the opportunity to ...

Some common garden plants might help keep bugs away

If mosquitoes, gnats, black flies and no-see-ums are driving you buggy, then consider cozying up to some lavender, marigolds or basil. Scientists question their overall effectiveness, but many fragrant ornamental flowers and herbs grown around the home have properties that can repel ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness fuels a little girl’s run

My daughter Jordan’s love for running began when she was in about second grade. She would lace up her little shoes and run around the block — twice. At one point she convinced me to drive her to Scheels, a sporting goods store, to buy a special water container that she could wear on her ...