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The Postscript: Made to Last

She wore it for one day in 1919 and it looked as if it was sewn with this in mind. My grandma’s wedding dress was more than a little worse for wear. It had been folded up in a small box and kept safe by my cousin, Jill. (How Jill ended up with it, I do not know.) I’m guessing the dress ...

Summertime ‘main dishes’ on farm were hearty, simple and filling

In the farm world, there is no “summer food.” I don’t remember our family’s daily entrees changing much between seasons, probably because good, basic, filling food was needed year-round. There were no lettuce wraps or charred shrimp-and-leek skewers when you were feeding a family of ...

Discontinued cars offer value but should you buy?

For 2019, it’s the end of the line for some notable Ford and General Motors sedans. And as a result, dealers will be slashing prices to try to move these discontinued models out of their inventory. Savvy consumers can take advantage and get one of these overlooked cars at significant ...

How to take delivery of a new vehicle at home

Here’s a car-buying pro tip that may help shave serious time and negotiation stress from the average purchase process: Ask the dealership to deliver the new vehicle to your home. Taking delivery of a car can be done without ever setting foot on the dealership’s lot. The industry term for a ...

Edmunds weighs pros and cons of in-car personal assistants

In the near future, get ready to do a lot more talking to your car. Smartphone personal assistants, such as Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, can be used for a variety of tasks. And thanks to greater availability of the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone ...

Can you own an electric car without a home charger?

A popular selling point for electric vehicles is the notion that you never have to stop for gas. Your “gas station” is in your garage — simply plug in your vehicle to charge it overnight. But what if you live in an apartment? Or park somewhere without a plug? How practical is it to own ...

Kindness is Contagious: Free phone line spreads message of kindness

Friends are great. They pull us out of our comfort zones and can rope us into almost anything — especially things we wouldn’t be brave enough to do on our own. My friends routinely talk me into joining book clubs, Bible studies and 5K races. I’ve even had friends try to teach me to cook ...

AstroBob: Why the Milky Way looks cockeyed in the sky

A reader asked a great question the other day about whether the Andromeda Galaxy is north of the band of the Milky Way or south. Remember that when we look at the band, we’re looking directly into the plane of the galaxy, neither above nor below. From mid-northern latitudes, the galaxy ...

The Postscript: Dusty Surprises

The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with later,” a pile which—mysteriously—did not ...

‘Summer kitchen’ is where our most ambitious dishes began

“Summer kitchen.” It sounds so lyrical, conjuring up images of 19th-century farmhouses, big, stone fireplaces and just-plucked wildflowers arranged in glass jars and perched on the window sill next to fresh-baked pies. Our household had a summer kitchen, but it was anything but ...

Stocking up for school can be eco-friendly AND economical

Earth-friendly school supplies might sound expensive, but you can be gentle with the planet and respectful of your wallet. Start by widening your idea of what’s “green.” LOOK FOR FREEBIES FIRST Using what you already have is the ultimate environmentally friendly move and fits with a ...

What to do when back to school bites you in the budget

The start of a new school year can be hard on the budget. There are costs you might expect (replacing worn-out binders, outgrown clothes, an outdated laptop) and ones you don’t (a budding interest in a travel sport, say, or a fundraiser or birthday cupcakes). “Parents think they’re going ...

Getting ready for high school: gear and strategies

Up through eighth grade, preparing for school is largely a question of checking off items from a recommended list of supplies. Preparing for high school? That’s something different that takes a little more thought and a lot more involvement by your teenager. “High school is about setting ...

Let’s Cook: Colorful costumes and Fruit Pizza pizzazz

What less charm the Magic City would have without Minot State University Summer Theatre. It would be like a candelabra without candles, a clock with hands, a fork without a knife, a teapot without a cup, salt without pepper, and a wardrobe without its drawers. Lucky for us, all of these ...

Hometown Hollywood: Being a parent means watching our kids crawl away

My son and I have the same shoes. Matching clothes was something I swore I’d never do with a baby — but then again, there are lots of things I swore I’d never do, like marry a Buddhist, get acupuncture and have a child who I’d raise in one of the biggest cities in the United ...

The Postscript: The Wren House

Nobody was using the old wren house. My grandfather built it. Grandpa started building birdhouses when he retired from milking cows and his second oldest son took over. That son, my mother’s brother, is now 87 and retired 20 years ago. It’s a pretty old birdhouse. “My dad never built ...

MURPHY: Pictures of what I can’t recall

A few months ago, I was on a nine-hour flight overseas. I eventually had to turn around and fly back home, obviously, which meant I spent eighteen boring hours confined to an area no bigger than a cardboard box. I had a single goal for the flight. I would clear out all the “extra” photos ...