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Wide open spaces

Configuring doorways, floor plans, and installing fixtures with total accessibility in mind

Subscriber onlyClassical French author Francois de La Rochefoucauld held that, "The only thing constant in life is change." Sometimes change happens suddenly and forcefully, like a lightning strike, and sometimes it creeps in gradually over the course of time. By incorporating the principles of universal design, your house can adapt to meet your needs, whatever changes life throws at you. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ Our city recently removed the Bradford pear trees that had been planted in sidewalk openings in the downtown area. The trees outgrew the space and damaged store canopies, and the fruit made a mess. Do you have any suggestions for good street trees that won't break up the sidewalk, cause minimal mess and don't grow so big they damage buildings and store canopies? Continue reading...

Personal Space

Subscriber onlyKaren Moustafa Leonard Where I live: I live with my husband, John, in Otter Township near East End in Saline County. We chose this area because all the houses have very large lots. Continue reading...

Breaking Ground

Subscriber onlyMARCH In early February we were skating on to spring and then -- zap -- winter returned with a vengeance. Precipitation and record low temperatures have sent many plants back into dormancy. We went from lovely camellias and flowering quince to brown blooms and a few damaged leaves on young rose sprouts. Continue reading...

Tools & toys

Subscriber onlyCreosote Buster Firelog What’s to love: Only needed once per fireplace season to help prevent chimney fires. Continue reading...

Pause, give thanks for Stephens clan's generosity

Subscriber onlyDear Otus, Will the Stephens family not rest until absolutely everything in central Arkansas is named after them? I just read where they brokered a deal that'll move the Arkansas Arts Center from MacArthur Park to a new facility in North Little Rock with their name on it. But how will that affect the maritime museum on the riverfront? Continue reading...

CAR TALK

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAR TALK: On Friday, I heard a horrible grinding coming from the right rear wheel of my 2000 Subaru Impreza, along with a feeling of a flat tire. At the time, I was going 65 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike. It wasn't a flat; it appeared as if the top of the wheel was leaning in toward the car. After being towed to a nearby shop, I was told that the wheel bearing needed to be replaced; however, only a month and a half earlier, I thought it had been replaced! When my car was inspected, my local service center said the right rear wheel bearing needed to be replaced in order to pass. Nearly $400 and, supposedly, a new wheel bearing later, they gave me an inspection sticker. When I told the New Jersey service center about this, they said it absolutely could not have been replaced, because the rust buildup shows it has never been opened. Continue reading...

Proper application key to organic fertilizer

Subscriber onlyOrganic and synthetic fertilizers are the most common way to add nutrients to the soil, but animal manure is good, too, if you can find and transport it. Continue reading...

The seven principles

Subscriber onlyThe Seven Principles of Universal Design were compiled in 1997 by The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University. The principles are: Continue reading...

Pros build, design 'lifelong' housing

Subscriber onlyAARP partnered with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to develop the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) program, which trains architects, home builders, designers, remodelers and related professionals how to design and build attractive, barrier-free living spaces. Continue reading...

Hybrid tea rose shines brightly as garden superstar

Subscriber onlyLong-stemmed roses typically aren't delivered by the box or vase to Jean Hunner's Mission Viejo, Calif., home on Valentine's Day. If she's lucky, they come straight from her front yard. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: I make Heloise Trail Mix and save a lot of money, as well as use up the last of certain foods. Nuts and dried fruit are the base, then I add whatever may be in the kitchen. Some commercial mixes can be healthy, some not so healthy (lots of candy, other sweets or salt) and very expensive. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. The only thing better than attracting opportunities is recognizing the ones that have been there all along. Your eyes will open to life's intense beauty as you seize the resources and talents you've been given and turn them into something that helps and delights those around you. Love is on your side. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why should I follow the Ten Commandments? Maybe they were useful thousands of years ago, but we live in a different world now, and we need to come up with our own rules for living. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: History

Subscriber only1. What did Winston Churchill call "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma"? Continue reading...

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