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posted: 09/13/2014 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Your electrified gizmo has finally given up the ghost. What do you do with that 20-year-old toaster, that ancient clock radio, that 1,200-watt hair dryer, that Tandy 100 laptop computer on the closet shelf so old it’s grown mold, that 27-inch cathode ray tube TV that seems like it weighs three tons?

In the garden

posted: 09/13/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Q When is a good time to plant blueberry bushes? We thought we might plant a few on the side of the house. There isn't room for more than three. Are miniature ones available?

Ask the Expert

posted: 09/13/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

I am preparing to move to another city due to my job and will be temporarily moving from my house to an apartment until I buy a new house. In the interim, I'll need to store some of my possessions in a mini storage unit. What tips can you give me regarding this?

Personal Space

posted: 09/13/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

Kathy House Where I live: I live in the Heatherbrae neighborhood in west Little Rock off Cantrell Road with my husband, Buddy. We built this house more than 20 years ago.

Tools and Toys

posted: 09/13/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Bottle Bright What's to love: Finally, a way to remove that dark coffee stain from a travel mug.

Otus the Head Cat: Reports of Pinnacle eruption greatly exaggerated

posted: 09/13/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, You can't imagine the panic that set in last week when word spread that there was going to be an imminent volcanic eruption of Pinnacle Mountain. Half my friends evacuated down the road to Malvern. I had always thought that Pinnacle was nonvolcanic. Can you fill us in? -- James Gregory, Benton


posted: 09/13/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

DEAR TOM AND RAY: Remember those Datsun mini-trucks that used to be around? Where did that class of trucks go? It seems like all you can get now is a full-size F-150 or similar. Is there anything like those old Japanese mini-trucks still on the market, or should I start shopping for a classic El Camino?

Wildlife can co-exist with garden

posted: 09/13/2014 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.

To toss or recycle?

posted: 09/13/2014 1:51 a.m. Discuss

What you can safely throw away: Toaster

Decorating: Cost not first concern

posted: 09/13/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to decorating one's home, it isn't about how much money you spend, but about creating an appealing environment that reflects your personality and how you live. While heading to the nearest boutique or big box store can be an exhilarating thrill, before you pull out that credit card, consider the more economical approach of shopping your house.

Helpful Hints

posted: 09/13/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I am getting a kitten and wondered if you have any hints for litter-box training?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 09/13/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You have special skills and extra creativity to apply to daily living this month. Next month you'll start with a fresh set of rules. At the start of 2015, you may feel like you don't know which way to go.

On Christianity

posted: 09/13/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Is it wrong to be ambitious and want to get ahead in your career? I have to admit I've always had a strong desire to be successful, and I really work at it. But maybe I'm wrong, and Jesus doesn't want us to be successful.

Super Quiz: Events of Sept. 13

posted: 09/13/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

1. 1814: He composed a poem that became the U.S. national anthem.

Upscale campfires

posted: 09/06/2014 2:05 a.m. Comment 1

Fire pits are hot, hot, hot in the realm of outdoor living spaces. The trendy burning rings or squares of fire have become elements of gracious living that spark camaraderie among family and friends. Today's quest for fire finds people gathering around flames dancing in concrete pots, metal bowls and circular stone edifices on their patios and in their yards.


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