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Landscape luminaries

updated: 07/26/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Landscape lighting has changed a lot over the last 25 years. Just ask Larry Ward of Lights Plus Electric in Little Rock.


posted: 07/26/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q What's your opinion on ostrich fern as a garden plant in central Arkansas? Some people tell me that it is too warm and humid in the summer for it to be easily grown here.

Personal Space

posted: 07/26/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Kathy Webb Where I live: I live in the Plaza Heights neighborhood of Little Rock with Maggie, my mixed-breed rescued dog, and cats Carl and Dash, who were rescued from a trailer park during Hurricane Katrina.


posted: 07/26/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

I will have some vacation time to take this summer and I would like to spend it painting a couple of rooms in my house to freshen them up and create a new look. Besides the traditional roller painting method, what are some of my other options for applying new color to these interior walls and ceilings?

Tools & toys

posted: 07/26/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Weather@Home Bluetooth Thermometer What’s to love: Current data on temperatures and humidity levels inside and outside your home can be accessed on your smart device through a Bluetooth connection.

Otus the Head Cat: Parlous thugs won't flee Lake Ouachita lockup

posted: 07/26/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, What's up with the new signs around Island 49? They say "No trespassing after 9/1/14." Our Kayak Klub picnics out there all the time.


posted: 07/26/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

DEAR TOM AND RAY: We have a 2005 Toyota Sienna with 52,500 miles on it (I don't get out much, I know). I drive like an old lady, and it's been a pretty low-maintenance vehicle until recently. During its last checkup, we were told that it needs a new front differential seal, new rack-and-pinion assembly, new timing belt/water pump, new transmission pan gasket and new rear shocks, all to the tune of $4,800. We still have two kids living at home, and a third who frequently accompanies us on vacation trips. My husband drives a Prius, and we both like it.

Self-installation: What a bright idea

updated: 07/26/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Landscape lighting has become easier for the average do-it-yourselfer in recent years, thanks in large part to the advent of low-voltage and LED lights. These lights allow homeowners and landscapers to install outdoor lighting without the fear of electrocution. They also allow more lights to be placed on a single transformer without blowing a breaker or compromising light quality.

Budget decor expert to sign books, instruct

posted: 07/26/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

When she was young, Desha Peacock and her mother would ride through the tree-lined streets of Little Rock's historic districts admiring the charming houses. The author of Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford: The Sweet Spot Guide to Home Decor ($19.95, Skyhorse Publishing) credits those rides -- "filled with hope and yearning" -- with starting her on the path to finding a her own "sweet spot."

Little leaks can drain pocketbook

posted: 07/26/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

I always dreamed of the self-sufficiency of a well, and when I bought my remote house in the Sierra Nevada the wish came true. That is, until I returned from a trip to find the well had inexplicably quit.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/26/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I noticed that recently you published hints about ladder safety. They were good, but you've omitted one of the biggest dangers: ladder contact with overhead (or any) electric wires. A person could die in a heartbeat if contacting wires with a ladder. Most people never look at the top of their ladder while raising it. Please, everyone, check the area you are working in so you do not become a needless statistic.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/26/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Benevolent forces are on your side. Give up your resistance and dive into love in August, and then sit back and enjoy the onslaught of good fortune.

On Christianity

posted: 07/26/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've always been an optimistic person, believing we can solve our differences and create a better, more peaceful world. But frankly it has been harder for me to think this way recently. Will we ever see true world peace?

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 07/26/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

1. This soap advertised "It floats."

HomeStyle: Light up the night

posted: 07/25/2014 11:08 a.m. Discuss

Landscape lighting, once expensive and rare, is surging in popularity thanks to LED technology, writes Tracy M. Rogers in Saturday’s HomeStyle section.


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