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Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return

For most of us, the clickety clack of a manual typewriter or the gentler tapping of the IBM Selectric are but memories, or something seen only in movies. But at the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness treats strangers as friends

When I was in college, I worked at a place called The Bridge Bar. It was appropriately named since it was indeed tucked next to a big bridge in a tiny town of about 200. Being on the river, we had lots of boaters each summer, but my favorite customers came in on Sunday afternoons. They ...

The Postscript: Anniversary Toast

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time. Whenever I try to buy a card for my mom or dad, I have a heck of a hard time. I almost bought a “blank inside” card because there wasn’t anything ...

The best parenting advice you can get until something better comes along…

I’ve been asked to speak to various groups and organizations before, varying from retired teachers to service clubs and church groups. But the most unusual request I ever received was to speak to a parenting class. I found this odd, as I am not a parent. What I know about parenting would ...

Oahu’s Kailua beach named best in the US by ‘Dr. Beach’

KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual ...

4 beach vacations that maximize your points and miles

Many travelers who squirrel away travel rewards are saving for an oceanfront vacation, paid for with points instead of cash. To make the most of your rewards, start by looking for the highest-value hotel redemptions, then check award flights. Here are four beach destinations where you could ...

4 ways to be a good traveler in the age of overtourism

In Paris, the Louvre Museum closed for a day this week because workers said the crowds were too big to handle. In the Himalayas, climbers at Mount Everest are concerned that the peak has gotten too crowded, contributing to the highest death toll in years. In cities and destinations around the ...

Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Looking to give an economic boost to rural parts of New England, one group is turning to mountain bikers for help. The new initiative called the Borderlands covers 250 miles of trails in seven areas of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and also takes riders to Quebec. ...

The Postscript: Happy Anniversary

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly ...

Edmunds picks best convertibles for 2019

Summer is just around the corner, and that means it will soon be warm enough to visit a few dealerships and test-drive the new convertibles you’ve been eyeing all winter. But which one to buy? Should you get a lithe, two-seat roadster or a roomy luxury convertible? To help you out, Edmunds ...

Car buyers’ best cost-saving move: shop for a loan first

With the cost to own a new vehicle rising, it’s more important than ever to consider what you’ll pay for a car loan and to shop for the best interest rate. The average new car loan interest rate reached 5.5% in 2018, up about one percentage point from the previous year, according to Ben ...

Let’s Cook: A mystery recipe

Much has been said about the power of the internet and the ease to find recipes. But nothing compares to finding a lone, discarded recipe in a shoe box, at rummage sale, or even in the glove compartment of a car. These seemingly low-key counterparts have a rich past. Their appeal comes from the ...

Car payment trouble? How to turn it around

Your monthly car payment is not only a ticket to freedom, letting you enjoy summer road trips, but also a lifeline that gets the kids to school and you to work. But if it consumes too much of your budget, your ticket to ride could turn into a ticket to financial trouble. More than 7 million ...

Edmunds: Carmakers reel in free maintenance plans

A number of automakers have offered free maintenance programs for over a decade as a way to sweeten the deal on a car lease or purchase. But in recent years, automakers have begun to reel in their plans by shortening the term, reducing the scope of coverage, or eliminating them altogether. In ...

The Postscript: Coconut Head

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.” As I wrote about in my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I lived in Lagos, Nigeria, for almost four years, and I met Ayo there. Ayo is a very smart woman and a voracious reader and she is full of good advice. ...

From alpha to zzz’s, dogs make strange bedfellows

“My little dog: A heartbeat at my feet.” — Edith Wharton. When it comes to pet ownership, there are two distinct schools of thought on sleeping arrangements. One is that the only furry things allowed in the bed are husbands, while dogs should be appropriately and sanitarily confined to ...