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Amaryllis is one of the easiest plants to grow: if you buy this bulb, it will bloom and look magnificent. more
Once the vegetable garden is cleaned out and various other items stored away for the season, I enjoy the sense of being gathered in and ready for winter. more
“Violent Night” is a pretty silly idea, but when filmmakers approach such a silly idea with this much gusto and Christmas spirit, you can get a pretty fun movie out of it. more

Are you merely surviving life or are you thriving in life? One of the definitions of surviving is “continuing to exist”. more
This is the third installment of a series. Well, we are almost to the closing table! A few more terms, and a few more steps, and then the biggest purchase of your lifetime is all yours! more
I firmly believe that a man/woman relationship in which they spend all waking hours together would be a difficult one to maintain. I’ve heard of them but wonder. more
Ultimately forgettable but otherwise perfectly fine, Disney’s “Strange World” will take you on a ride that you’re better off waiting for at home. more
It’s that time of year when everyone has gift giving on their minds. Stores are filled with shoppers looking for that perfect gift. more
On January 26, 1837, the United States admitted Michigan to the union as its 26th state. Eleven years later, the incorporation of the city of Lansing occurred. more
Around this year’s Thanksgiving holiday, I’m going to suggest that we Americans give thanks for the Social Security program. more
Politics are interesting to follow and watch – in the same macabre fashion as looking at a car accident as you pass by. You know it’s not a good scene but you just can’t help yourself. more
Nobody wants to lose their independence, and losing the ability to drive can be one of the most painful adjustments older people are forced to make if the situation isn’t handled sensitively. more
Starting Jan. 1, Medicare Part D drug plans cannot charge you more than $35 for a one-month supply of the covered insulin you take. more
The holidays are upon us and potted plants make perfect gifts. They can also serve as decorations around the home while bringing good cheer. more
These local pets are looking for a home. more
What to pack? That was the question I faced recently as my next-younger sister and I prepared for a three-day bus trip to Pennsylvania. more
If you like tense, character-based thrillers with a healthy dollop of dark comedy, order up a helping of “The Menu” and dig in to a real treat. more
During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, the worldwide slowdown in factory production, pollution and travel had an amazing effect on cities around the world. more
If you’re growing fig trees where temperatures drop below freezing for extended periods, then an ounce of protection can be worth a pound (or more!) of figs. more
Way back in the 1980s, I had the dream job of health and fitness editor at the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. more
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