Family & Home

Everyday Cheapskate: The Pay-as-You-Go Route to Higher Education

Dear Mary: How can a person finance her education without taking out loans? I need to get a master’s degree, as I have hit a ceiling, but I don’t have $40,000 and don’t want to take out loans. Will schools offering graduate programs allow me…

What the Big Print Giveth the Small Print Taketh Away

Have you ever wondered how retailers can possibly afford to offer the no-interest, no-payments, no-money-down kind of deals you see advertised? That was the subject of a question I received recently. Dear Mary: There are several appliance, electronics, and furniture stores in our area that…

How to Rebloom Your Poinsettia

Q: We kept our poinsettia from last Christmas, and it has done well over the summer. We want it to bloom again for Christmas, but we can’t find the clipping of the newspaper article you wrote about what to do. So, what do we do?…

Tricks for Growing Bulbs

Q: I saw tulip and daffodil bulbs for sale at the store. I remember my mom having tulips, but she also had problems growing them, as I recall. I would like to plant some, but I don’t want problems. Any tricks for growing them? A:…

How to Create a Cozy Corner

Today’s breaking news and headlines are enough to give anyone agita. In today’s hectic world, we all need a place to relax and unwind. A way to counteract the outside world, whether at home or in the office, is to create what I call a…

Three Reasons Not to Toilet Train Your Cat

Q: I’m thinking about teaching Cameo, my newly adopted young calico cat, to use the toilet instead of a litter box. Are most people successful at toilet training their cats? A: I don’t recommend toilet training cats for three reasons. First, my mom told me…

Retroculture: Looking to the Past for Cultural Revival

When the internet made it onto the consumer market, William Lind said he wouldn’t use it. Lind was working for a U.S. senator when the office brought in computers with internet, and these clunky early machines seemed far from efficient. He declined to use one…

Treat Her Like a Lady: Let’s Bring Back Chivalry

You’ve finished a lovely dinner together, enjoyed a bottle of wine, and now you’re walking through the restaurant’s parking lot with your date, Maggie, who last week won her black belt in karate. Suddenly a big man, cursing, clearly intoxicated, and fist raised, lurches toward…

Insights From a Homeschooled Homeschooler

As many parents navigate their new roles as homeschoolers this year, they may find themselves battling self-doubt and worry. The road less traveled is rarely an easy one. Who better to seek wisdom from than The Homeschool Expert, Anne Crossman. A former homeschool student, Crossman…

Dear June: How to Set Boundaries in a Wise Manner

Dear June, I don’t think I am good at setting boundaries for myself. Not having boundaries has resulted in problems like over-scheduling, having too many relationships I can’t do justice to, and taking on more jobs than I can actually do because I can’t say…

6 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

The world is complicated. In your day-to-day life, you may not have much control over the things of the world, but you do have a say in your day-to-day. 0…

Here’s How: Build Your Own Garage Door for an Odd-Sized Garage

Dear James: I had a detached garage built with a somewhat rustic exterior decor and blew past my budget. I plan to make a sandwich-design garage myself. Is this a good DIY choice? —Michael T. Dear Michael: You can save a lot of money building…

A Greener View: Tree Drought

Q: It seems like everyone got a bunch of rain in the past couple of weeks except for us. We have not had a measurable rain in three weeks. Several of our trees are dropping leaves. They are turning yellow and falling off six weeks…

Four-Year-Old Raises $12,000 to Feed the Hungry by Re-creating Classic Movie Scenes

A father-daughter duo in Connecticut are passing the time in lockdown by bringing their favorite movies to life, and they’re feeding thousands of people across the country while doing it. Dan Presser and his 4-year-old daughter, Madison, started re-creating famous scenes from classic movies like…

Ed McGlasson: Fixing Our Culture Starts With Fathers

You need to look no further than the family to understand why our culture is falling apart, or why identity politics has reached a fever pitch. “The root of the problem that we have in our culture right now is we have so many people…

Hard Work and Dirty Jobs Afford Plenty of Opportunity

Jacob Nohai sits in a machine all day long and moves dirt. “Which is exactly what I want to do,” he says. “I love it.” Nohai is a heavy equipment operator and works at a company that’s just invested in a sand and gravel yard;…

When Friends’ Viewpoints Upset You

Dear June, I find myself upset and frightened by friends who view the world and the election in an opposite way to me. What are some polite words to say that will deflect arguments, remind us that we care about each other, and encourage each…

Curriculum and Beyond

If you’re a homeschooler who has spent any time online looking for curriculum resources and tools, you’ve likely come across the company Timberdoodle. This family-owned and -operated purveyor of resources offers pre-assembled curriculum kits along with a la carte offerings for homeschooling families. I asked…

Acing the SAT

Shaan Patel attended what he called “the worst public school district in the nation,” but went on to earn a perfect score on the SAT and a deal with billionaire Mark Cuban on television’s “Shark Tank,” in spite of less advantageous beginnings.  I asked Shaan…

Is There Much Difference Between Real Cedar Shingles and Shakes?

Dear James: My roof and wood siding should be replaced soon. Cedar shingle or shake siding and roofing would be my preferred option. Is there a real difference between shingles and shakes? —Barry L. Dear Barry: Cedar is an excellent choice for a durable and…

Growing Pumpkins

Q: My pumpkins have turned orange, and it is still two months until Halloween. What do I do now? A: If the last few inches of the stem next to the pumpkin have turned brown, it is best to harvest it. If it is still…

How to Make Old Tarnished Brass Bathroom Fixtures Look Like New

Dear James: My master bathroom has some beautiful antique brass fixtures that have gotten tarnished over the years. What is the best way to clean them and maintain them tarnish-free? —Shari R. Dear Shari: Hopefully, you will be able to clean all of them because…

Home Decor: Tips for a Fall Facelift

As we leave behind the hotter-than-hot summer days and begin to feel the ever-so-subtle cooling breezes, many of us are left with the desire to mark the change of seasons (even where there are none). Homeowners can mark the passage of time by giving their…

Everyday Cheapskate: 9 Ways Hydrogen Peroxide Can Make Your Life Easier

Hydrogen peroxide is as harmless as it is powerful, and it’s so much more than just a household cleaner. It is nontoxic, safe, really cheap, and available in any grocery or drug store in a 3 percent dilution. It’s a wonderful cleaning product, first-aid product,…

18 Fabulous Fall Finds for Your Home

There’s no better time than now to up your fall decor game. Spanning a range of colors, textures, and shapes, these items are the best must-haves for this fall season. Knock on Wood Wood is one of the biggest trends this fall. Incorporate elements made…

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