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Mason jars pack a variety of uses today

posted: 07/22/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to the classic Mason jar, there's just no putting a lid on the endless ways this vintage vessel is being put to use lately.

Shakespeare Folio tours U.S. in 2016

posted: 07/22/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

In the canon of Western literature, William Shakespeare's First Folio is "the jewel of our house." Published by the playwright's colleagues in 1623, just a few years after his death, this extraordinary book contains 36 plays and is the sole source for such immortal works as Macbeth, The Tempest and As You Like It. Without First Folio, our theater, our culture, our very language would be incalculably impoverished.

What's in a Dame: So sorry nature, I can't take your call

posted: 07/22/2014 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Some Chicago union workers have their knickers in a twist over bathroom breaks.

Listen Up: Harris avoids coarse in Hedwig soundtrack

posted: 07/22/2014 1:57 a.m. Discuss

B Original Broadway Cast Hedwig and the Angry Inch Atlantic Neil Patrick Harris returned to Broadway in dramatic fashion as the star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a revival of a 1998 Off-Broadway rock musical.

The TV Column: Syfy's Face Off puts on a new face with Season 7

posted: 07/22/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Almost everybody has a guilty pleasure reality show.

Tell Me About It: Son can't force mom to pick

posted: 07/22/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I have two grown sons, 34 and 31, both responsible, hardworking guys. The older is married with a 3 1/2-year-old. The younger has never married but has two children, 2 and 6 months. They both live nearby and I have a good relationship with both and I adore all of my grandkids. I host most of the family functions and have a pool they all like to use.

How do nudists feel about 'naked reality show' trend?

posted: 07/22/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

You know how it goes with reality TV. Once an idea starts working, everyone else wants a piece of the action -- that's why we have so many shows about storage locker auctions.

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/22/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: In a recent column, a reader mentioned a closed-captioning feature, and you commented, "Some TVs do not have this feature."

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/22/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll gain rapport with people who are very different from you and win new customers and fans. This translates into money in the bank in August and a vastly expanding network throughout your solar year.

On Christianity

posted: 07/22/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I can't help my feelings of jealousy, although I've tried. For example, if I see my husband talking with another woman, I'm always afraid they'll get too friendly. He gets upset at me for this, but he just doesn't understand my feelings.

Super Quiz: Bays, bights, estuaries and gulfs

posted: 07/22/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

1. The world's second largest bay

Dreaded big snakes aren’t trying to bite us all to death

posted: 07/21/2014 2:54 a.m. Comments 2

It's watch-your-step time once again in Arkansas, where the poisonous serpents are slithering about from border to border.

Birds find island as waypoint to Brazil

posted: 07/21/2014 2:53 a.m. Discuss

A hilltop that became an island when Lake Ouachita was created in the 1950s is ... let's say "popular" with purple martins.

Happy Trails: East Summit Trail Pinnacle Mountain State Park

posted: 07/21/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

East Summit Trail Pinnacle Mountain State Park Location: Trailhead parking is on Pinnacle Valley Road 0.52 mile southeast of Arkansas 300.

New look is taken at merit of practice

posted: 07/21/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

The 8-year-old juggling a soccer ball and the 48-year-old jogging by, with Japanese lessons ringing from her earbuds, have something fundamental in common: At some level, both are wondering whether their investment of time and effort is worth it.

Walk begins in heat, ends with pizza, ice cream

posted: 07/21/2014 2:41 a.m. Discuss

When things heat up, life slows down. But the heat of summer shouldn't be an excuse for people to vegetate indoors.

Slim Pickings

posted: 07/21/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

WHAT: Near East Multigrain Chips

Martin grabs its meals on the fly

posted: 07/21/2014 2:36 a.m. Discuss

Smaller than an American robin, bigger than a tree swallow, the purple martin is the largest swallow in North America.

MASTER CLASS: Squats are smart place to start resistance training

posted: 07/21/2014 2:35 a.m. Discuss

The traditional barbell squat is a fantastic exercise, but many find the sensation of a barbell on the upper back uncomfortable. Even with padding on the bar, loading the top of the spine with weight certainly adds pressure to the vertebrae.

Dog snakebite calls for quick treatment

posted: 07/21/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

A routine walk on a sunny day went south recently when man and his best friend encountered a snake and the dog didn't react as expected.

Super Quiz: Food

posted: 07/21/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: Food

Helpful Hints

posted: 07/21/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Here is this week's Sound Off, about buffet lines:

On Christianity

posted: 07/21/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: You preachers are always saying we need to change our behavior and become better people, but I don't agree. I think we need to learn to accept ourselves just as we are, and quit feeling guilty over our shortcomings. We'll never be perfect anyway, so why worry about it?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 07/21/2014 2:31 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You have a secret weapon for bringing interesting people and circumstances into your world. It's your attitude. It will bring you money in August.

Southern spotlight

posted: 07/20/2014 2:34 a.m. Discuss

One thousand four hundred, give or take a few.

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