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Networx: Sanding a deck

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:03:19 +0000

Spring has sprung and with it, a whole new lineup of household chores. Even if you dread the infamous "honey-do" list, there’s a sweet side to it, though. Home maintenance in May paves the way to outdoor fun when summer comes (yippee!). With that worthy goal in mind, here’s our guide to sanding your deck.When to sand your deckFor best results, sand your deck every 1-2 years. QUICK TEST: Not sure if you need to sand this spring? Try this quick test. Sprinkle the [...]

Susan Sparks: Don’t postpone joy

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:48:15 +0000

To paraphrase Erma Bombeck, think of all the women on the Titanic, who, on that fateful night, said no to dessert.OK, so we may not be on the Titanic. But sometimes life can make us feel like we are sinking, whether it’s under the weight of stress, work demands, family issues, medical problems or difficult people. It’s easy in these times of crisis to forget dessert. To put it another way, it’s easy to postpone joy. We often think: [...]

Lost in Suburbia: Closet case

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:59:13 +0000

Not too long ago, if you said you had a room the size of a closet, it meant the space was probably pretty darn small. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to have a closet the size of a living room, with more sliding drawers, revolving racks and custom shoe trees than Barney’s or Bloomies or Kim Kardashian. So nowadays, if you tell someone you have a room the size of a closet, the room could very well be large enough to seat an elephant, comfortably. [...]

Book Notes: Take dysfunction and add a dose of Alaska winter

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:39:21 +0000

“The Great Alone” By Kristin Hannah. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2018. $28.99. 440 pages.No one really knows how they’ll perform until they’re tested. You can load up the backpack, for example, you can buy a good pair of boots and you can hike into the wilderness, but until you’ve left the roads and malls and Wi-Fi behind, you won’t understand isolation. And you won’t know what isolation can do to you. [...]

Stay Tuned: A-Rod scores with ‘Back in the Game’

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:29:17 +0000

In the TV tradition of not reinventing the wheel, CNBC has turned to sports for its latest reality TV series, “Back in the Game,” which takes “The Profit” and applies its financial lessons to struggling retired athletes. The formula is familiar, but host Alex Rodriguez makes it appealing. Rodriguez’s job is to help professional athletes regain their financial stability and the self-esteem many of them lost when their seemingly endless [...]

Dave Ramsey: Laptop dilemma

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:14:54 +0000

Dear Dave,My husband and I are just starting Baby Step 1 of your plan. Prior to this, we told my two nephews we would buy them laptop computers for college. They don’t get a lot of encouragement or support from their immediate family, so we try to help them when we can. Should we go ahead and honor this commitment, postpone getting our starter emergency fund in place, and possibly take on a little more debt, or bow out of the agreement?— LisaDear Lisa, [...]

Dr. Elaine Heffner: Separation strategies

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:48:53 +0000

Young children dropped off at preschool by their parents often demonstrate various ways of handling initial anxiety about separation. In a recent observation, two little girls arriving at different times each carried a pocketbook. One of the girls also had a doll on her other arm. Although both of the children joined the group in a circle on the floor seemingly without difficulty, it was clear in both instances that they were holding on protectively to their possessions. [...]

Shayne Looper: Mistaking a caricature for the real thing

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:34:22 +0000

Political cartoonists must love President Donald Trump: He is so easy to caricature. It only takes a few swipes of the pencil, the outline of a hairstyle, and everyone knows they are looking at Donald Trump.Of course, every president gets caricatured. President Barack Obama was pictured with a prominent brow and gigantic ears, while Presdient George W. Bush was sketched with close-set eyes and jumbo ears. President Bill Clinton’s nose was oversized, President Jimmy [...]

The Mom Stop: Pursuit of perfect party ends

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:12:19 +0000

I was browsing Pinterest on my phone last week, feeling a slight twinge of guilt that I hadn’t planned on doing tri-colored aqua rice crispy treats or pretzel sticks dipped in aqua-colored almond bark, rolled in matching sugar crystals for either of my daughters’ upcoming birthdays.I’m sure my soon-to-be 3-year-old would have loved it if we had hired someone to dress up as “Elsa” and come to her birthday party, but I hope she’ll be just [...]

Furnish your backyard for summer relaxation

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:08:59 +0000

Spruce up the backyard this Spring, then chillax and enjoy the fruits (and maybe even vegetables) of your labor. We have ideas for great gear to help you relax in your own lovely yard.

Grammar Guy: A bold punctuation prediction for 2018

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:28:20 +0000

Welcome to the golden age of outrage. If you’re just finishing a three-year social media cleanse, I’ve got some bad news for you: People are ticked off.People are royally ticked about pretty much everything: guns, kneeling, not kneeling, walls, refugees, Starbucks (in general), and anything that remotely resembles a political stance. And, if you’re not outraged about any or all of the above, there’s an outrage for that, too.Because of [...]

Travel: Hoover Dam has style

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:19:14 +0000

HOOVER DAM — The huge engineering projects of the 1930s, designed to tame the American West for human benefit, might have suffered an excess of hubris. But they certainly had style.Hoover Dam was built to turn the Colorado River into a source of water and electricity and make the desert bloom — and was designed to be a thing of beauty.The artistry of the dam, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, is apparent even from a distance. Some visitors might [...]

Looking Up: Watch the sky turn around Polaris

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:16:25 +0000

Like a turning wheel, the great celestial dome rotates over our heads every day and night. In fact it rotates under our feet too but there’s a planet forever blocking our view (the one you’re standing on, the Earth).Only the astronauts have had a sense of the starry scape in the form of a great sphere, with oneself floating in the middle. Trying to fathom the cosmos, mankind has gradually gained some sense of perspective, with an understanding that is only liable to be [...]

Ticket to Write: History of Boulder City lives on

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:27:08 +0000

BOULDER CITY, Nevada — The workers who built the mighty Hoover Dam needed a place to live. And so Boulder City was born.The dam was finished more than 80 years ago, but the pretty town lives on, retaining more than a few reminders of its historic past.The town was built beginning in 1931 to house the workers building the dam. The planned community offered lots of open, public spaces that remain to this day.Of course, the federal government and [...]

Treatment overkill: Older americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:01:00 +0000

When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease.She urged her father to pop the pills as well: “Dad, you should be on these vitamins, because every cardiologist is taking them or putting their patients on (them),” recalled Gulati, now chief of cardiology for the University of Arizona [...]

Suzette Martinez Standring: First confession leads to new secret

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:33:49 +0000

My Catholic first Communion was circa 1962. I was 7-years-old, but my first confession was the stepping stone, which brings back dress rehearsals and the sins of omission. We second-graders had to cleanse our souls through confession before receiving the Body of Christ at Communion. Easing one’s conscience officially would happen in the confessional, a somewhat spooky-looking structure to my 7-year-old eyes. The confessional is like three small closets pressed [...]

The Farr Side: Radio should embrace Braxton’s return

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:18:56 +0000

We’ve all heard those heartfelt songs about heartbreak. It’s nothing new for an artist to communicate troubled relationships through song.Artists like Adele, Beyonce and Taylor Swift have built entire albums around their troubled relationships. The latest to do so is R&B singer Toni Braxton. Her latest album, “Sex & Cigarettes,” is available now.“Sex & Cigarettes” is Braxton’s ninth studio album overall [...]

Networx: Roof restoration at a reasonable price

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:08:12 +0000

What’s the home improvement work you dread most? Anything to do with roofing is probably right up there at the top of the list. Almost all homeowners see roof replacement as a necessary evil — noisy, messy, and expensive. And while roof repair will take care of leaks and similar problems for the short term, how long will it actually help?An alternative is roof restoration. Roof restoration is the process of renewing and coating your roof so that it will protect your [...]

Today’s Workout: Crisscross hop squat gets you jumping

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:04:43 +0000

Spring has definitely sprung. The days are getting longer and the weather's almost perfect.You may have a skip in your step and whether it's motivated by bathing suit season or just feeling the warm sun on your skin, you have extra energy to burn.Our move today is a crisscross hop squat. It's a perfect combination move to get the heart pumping. This move will work your inner and outer thighs, glutes, quads and hamstrings. It also doubles as a cardio workout.Begin [...]

Jennie Geisler: Learned a lot from layer cake

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:35:02 +0000

Now I know why God made cake mixes. And bakeries and bakers. And why no one says “It’s as easy as cake.” They say “piece of cake,” yes, because it is indeed easy to hack off a hunk of someone’s hard work and dismember it with a fork.But having made this from-scratch Black Forest Cake (and fail-safe Butterscotch Bundt as a hedge against disaster), I can tell you I had a twinge of horror watching it be dismantled, even for a photograph, [...]