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Feathered exterminators

posted: 07/25/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

My mother had a thing for guinea hens. These odd-looking African birds with their beautiful gray bodies, spotted feathers and curious white turkey-like heads were the only ones in our neighborhood. Maybe Mom was way ahead of her time, because guineas are renowned tick eaters and thus a valuable protection against Lyme disease in humans and pets. These noisy birds may be the salvation of your home or homestead, too.

Personal Space

posted: 07/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Vanessa Norton McKuin Where I live: In the Central High neighborhood of Little Rock.


posted: 07/25/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some weeping willow trees. What is the proper way to trim back these trees so that my flower beds underneath can get proper sunshine?

Ask the Expert

posted: 07/25/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

I have several antiques in my home -- some that were passed down through my family and others that I've bought through the years. I have a little bit of everything, from wooden and upholstered furniture to textiles, paintings, and items made of porcelain, glass and metal. What are some of the basic guidelines for protecting these unique and often difficult-to-replace objects? I live with them and enjoy them every day.

Tools and Toys

posted: 07/25/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Swiss Diamond Kitchen Tool Set What's to love: These staple kitchen tools are designed with raised heads and balanced stands to keep them from touching countertops. Less mess!

Otus the Head Cat: Kids should watch TV, and the earlier the better

posted: 07/25/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, Am I being a bad mother by allowing our 4-year-old to watch TV? I mean, isn't SpongeBob educational? Sometimes I just need to take a break, but I don't want to warp him.

Car Talk

posted: 07/25/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I have a 2001 Subaru Forester with a manual transmission and about 210,000 miles on it. This morning I started the car, and as I loaded in some things, the car died and lurched a bit. I restarted it. It starts without a problem when the clutch is in and the shifter is in neutral. But as soon as I start to let off the clutch, the idling becomes slow, the car shakes in rhythm with the idling, and as soon as the clutch is all the way out, the car dies. The car ran fine yesterday. What are the potential culprits of this problem? What would related repairs be likely to cost? I plan to buy a new vehicle soon, and I don't know if it's worth it to get this car repaired. Thanks.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I wish parents/employers would teach kids/employees to count back change. I think it would be a good lesson and habit to get into.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. The days will progress, and yet you will not get older. You are so strongly engaged in life that you reverse the aging process. As for your work, the rhythm changes in September and thoroughness matters most. You'll be more productive at a slower pace. In 2016, you'll be supported in ways you expect and in ways you don't.

On Christianity

posted: 07/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Comments 2

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know you Christians talk a lot about being saved, but what do you think you're being saved from? The Christians I know seem to have just as many problems and failures as the rest of us.

Super Quiz: "R" People

posted: 07/25/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. Author of the Harry Potter novels

HomeStyle: In praise of guinea hens

posted: 07/24/2015 11:23 a.m. Discuss

My mother had a thing for guinea hens, writes Maureen Gilmer in HomeStyle.

Bloomin' attractions

posted: 07/18/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Plant pollination is pretty important to humans. An estimated one-third of humanity's food depends on pollination. It ensures that we have fruits and vegetables to eat, coffee to drink, chocolate to nibble on and tequila for margaritas.

Personal Space

posted: 07/18/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Judy Baker Goss Where I live: Little Rock's Pulaski Heights neighborhood.


posted: 07/18/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a marigold that came back from a 2014 planting. We both know that marigolds are annuals. This single marigold plant is 18 inches wide and 18 inches tall. I have never seen a marigold grow to this size, and it is covered with buds along with many flowers. Amazing!




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