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ASK A DESIGNER: Choosing the right rug for the room

A warm, cozy rug can make a room look and feel more appealing on even the chilliest fall night. And the right rug can be a source of comfort year-round. "They're also great in the summer, if you think about it, because your shoes are off, you're in your shorts, the house is air conditioned," ...

The Postscript: Blessings in disguise

They say that blessings come in disguise. If so, my blessings are poorly disguised. They show up wearing false noses and funny eyeglasses and are instantly recognizable unless I am being completely thick-headed-and it is astonishing how often I am. I had a really bad year a few years back ...

What can we do to help kids handle the unique stresses of farm life?

Most adults can hardly fathom the stress of being a teen today. With one social media post, your position in the volatile food chain of high school status could change. With college tuition soaring, you feel constant pressure to ace your college admission tests. Your still-maturing teen brain ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness helps bravery kick in

Bravery is such a slippery concept. Sometimes we think we have tons of it, and then we face a chance to flex and instead we back down. Other times we are sure we can’t possibly be brave enough to face a situation until we have to actually walk through it. And then we do. I saw my kids ...

5 ways the right lighting can elevate your home

When you shop for a new sofa or another piece of furniture, it’s not hard to envision how it might look in your living room. And if you’re considering a new wall color, you can test pretty simply with swatches. But shopping for lighting can be more complicated. It’s easy fall in ...

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. ...

Edmunds: Labor Day sales less impressive than years past

In the car business, Labor Day is more than just the end of the summer selling season. It signals the beginning of what many bargain hunters eagerly await: the end-of-model-year clearance. In the eyes of these shoppers, the Labor Day holiday weekend sales time equals big-time savings. But as ...

VEEDER: The extraordinary one

There are secrets out here in these prairies and Badlands that not many have explored. Not far off the beaten path, these secrets are quiet and hidden and full of magic that only a watchful eye can detect. And the ones who do, the ones who look for it, these are the special ones. The ...

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 ...