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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I thought getting divorced would make me happy and solve all my problems, but I was wrong. No one told me how hard it is to be a single mother. I hope you'll warn people not to think that divorce is the solution to all their problems, because it isn't. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: Every few years, I run a column devoted to "restroom etiquette," so here we go. This topic seems to really hit a nerve! The last time I ran this, the discussion was "Does the toilet paper go out and over, so the tissue is hanging there for you to grab? Or do you place the roll on the holder with the tissue in the back?" My, oh my, the email and letters that came in almost overwhelmed my office. Continue reading...

Kindest cut

No need to trim pruning season delayed by bad weather

Subscriber onlyMost gardeners know that mid- to late February is the pruning season for fruit trees and many summer-flowering and evergreen shrubs, including roses and blueberries. But this year, the weather has not been too conducive to yard work. Continue reading...

Lewd and vulgar are in the eyes of the beholder

Subscriber onlyDear Otus, My family and I drove to Bentonville last Saturday to see the famed Swedish/American artist Tomte Nisse's giant gnome sculpture Nakna Tradgardstomte that's on permanent loan from the Edward James Foundation. Continue reading...

Pencil cactus needs little care

Subscriber onlyTake note, fiddle-leaf fig lovers: The pencil cactus is the new cool houseplant on the block. Continue reading...

Author proves he does know beans about old legumes

Subscriber onlyAt an excavation site in Kentucky, beans found in an old American Indian dump site were dated to 1,000 years old. These were cut-short beans, one of the dominant types grown by farmers in the Southern Appalachians. Continue reading...

Car Talk

Subscriber onlyDEAR CAR TALK: My husband always talks about how taking a long vacation by car puts too much wear and tear on a car. He thinks renting a car (at least $25 per day in our area) makes better financial sense. I think that is crazy. What are cars for if not to drive and enjoy? The type of trip I am talking about is from Dallas all the way up the coast of California and back, over about three weeks. Who is right here? Continue reading...

Ask the Expert

Subscriber onlyThrough the years, I have become more and more frugal and am always looking for ways to pinch pennies. I am familiar with the more commonly known ways of saving energy inside my home, such as adjusting the heat and air-conditioning thermostat when we are away. I am wondering if there are other ways to save, specifically with my interior lighting, that I might be overlooking. Continue reading...

IN THE GARDEN

Subscriber onlyQ My purple shamrock looks healthy but has gotten leggy and thin. It probably needs repotting. My mother-in-law had it for many years before it passed to my daughter, now deceased. It is sentimental to me. Could you advise me on caring for it? Continue reading...

Personal Space

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Tools & Toys

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Horoscopes by Holiday

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. What you're looking for will be less important than the journey. As soon as you win at one game, you'll be on to the next. Power players will teach you the ropes in May. June will bring a windfall. Visitors will spice up your June. September is a magical month when improbable things will happen for you. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Literature

Subscriber only1. In the fairy tale, what does Jack exchange for magic beans? Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I got caught in a little lie the other day, and finally I've had to face the fact that lying has become almost a habit with me. I've always excused it, I guess, but I know I can't do that any longer. How can I conquer this? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR READERS: We know walking is a wonderful way to get exercise, as well as fresh air. Walking with someone else can make it pleasurable. If you take a daily stroll, do be careful if you are walking near traffic. Here are some potential lifesaving hints you need to know. I've added a few Heloise hints so you come home safely: Continue reading...