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Backyard balm

posted: 11/28/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Jan Cassell looks over her backyard pond, an 8,000-gallon paradise for some three dozen fish, countless frogs, toads, dragonflies -- and her.

Ask the Expert

posted: 11/28/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

With the holidays approaching, I worry about crimes involving my vehicle and at my home. What are some ways I can help protect myself from theft?

Tools & toys

posted: 11/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

What’s to love: A quick fix for repairing nonworking strings of incandescent Christmas lights by finding and replacing the bad bulb.

Personal Space

posted: 11/28/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Where I live: Crystal Valley/Otter Creek neighborhood of Little Rock with my husband, Ronald Jenkins Jr., and our two daughters, Savannah and Alexandria.


posted: 11/28/2015 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Q I have a small backyard garden and plant broccoli and cabbage every spring and fall. I have done this for many years, but this past spring only a few plants headed. This fall, they are big and beautiful plants, but no heads. What am I doing wrong or what is happening?

Otus the Head Cat: '96 report on piranha scare worth remembering

posted: 11/28/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Note: While Otus is on vacation, we're reprinting his most honored columns from his 35 years of service with the newspaper. This column, first published Feb. 3, 1996, won the prestigious 1996 Henry Clemens Prize for American Humor, the 1997 William Thurber Humor Award, and runner-up for the 1996 Vance Randolph Memorial Society Literary Award for Lying to Strangers.


posted: 11/28/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I wanted to follow up on a call I heard recently on your NPR radio show. A caller getting ready to replace a Honda Civic wanted to know if she needed all-wheel drive for driving in the snow. You suggested a Subaru. I had a Honda Civic (that I loved!), but just sold it and bought a Subaru Forester because my husband and I just moved to Montana and are afraid to drive in the snow.

Super Quiz: Ear Quiz

posted: 11/28/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

1. Who said, "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears"?

Helpful Hints

posted: 11/28/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: My husband's workshop has no plumbing, and therefore no running water for hand-washing. I fill an empty liquid laundry-detergent jug with water and place it next to a roll of paper towels. The spout allows easy access. It's great for camping, too.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 11/28/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. New and mysterious friends decorate your life, and it will take most of 2016 to get to know them better. A contract in January will bring in more money for you and yours. February will feature a passionate challenge. You won't be judged on how successful you are but how well you empathize.

On Christianity

posted: 11/28/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Why do we only celebrate Thanksgiving once a year? I think we ought to be thankful all the time, don't you?

Style: Landscaping a pond naturally

posted: 11/27/2015 11:12 a.m. Discuss

Jan Cassell looks over her backyard pond, an 8,000-gallon paradise for some three dozen fish, countless frogs, toads, dragonflies — and her.

Review: Trumbo

posted: 11/27/2015 4 a.m. Discuss

Fear makes human beings do pretty horrific things, when it comes down to it. It makes us irrational, closed-minded and selfish, and brings out the worst in our species, like a terrarium filled with water bugs, each one crawling over the one below it in order to escape. It's what dictators have used for millennia to keep their subjects in line, what empires have provided in return for its subjects' unquestioned loyalty, and what terrorists use to exhort their message.

Review: Victor Frankenstein

posted: 11/27/2015 4 a.m. Comments 2

There are certain stories that exist within the sphere of public consciousness. Whether they come from Aesop or a novel, they have transcended their origins and become a part of culture's shared mythology. These fables persist because they resonate on some basic level with the anxieties inherent to the human condition and are constantly reinterpreted in order to extract some new meaning from them.


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