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A place for Orthodox Jews

posted: 01/20/2018 2:27 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Faith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 01/20/2018 2:27 a.m. Discuss

First Sikh named attorney general

Arkansas author, psalmist touring state with books

posted: 01/20/2018 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Poet, essayist and translator J. Chester Johnson knows his way around a psalm.

On Religion: Wise words from Oprah, the pope of the 'Nones'

posted: 01/20/2018 2:26 a.m. Discuss

No one has to tell Marcia Nelson about America's rising number of "nones" -- people claiming zero ties to a religious tradition -- because she meets them day after day while working as a hospital chaplain in Chicago.

Gazans bombarded by prayers from activists’ speakers

posted: 01/20/2018 2:25 a.m. Discuss

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- In recent weeks, Gaza residents have been jolted awake in the dead of night to a raucous mixture of Quranic phrases, Islamic supplications and prayers delivered by loudspeakers to their doorsteps.

Calendar of cleanliness

posted: 01/20/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Prevention is the best medicine with your house, as well as your body. "We go for our annual checkups to our doctor and dentist, so why not do it for our home?" says Mike Holmes, host of HGTV's Holmes on Homes.

Treasure Hunt

posted: 01/20/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELAINE AND JOE: I have a painting with a lot of character that hangs in my office. The painting is 4-by-2 feet with a 3-inch gold colored wooden frame. It is a lighted black velvet painting signed with the name "Ashbrook" in the lower left corner. I would like to know about the artist and where the painting originated. Also, the year it was done and the story about its creation. Most people do not like it, but it has been a good conversation piece.

Tools & toys

posted: 01/20/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

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Personal Space

posted: 01/20/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Becky Pittman

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 01/20/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Q I have some yucca plants that are about 8 or 9 years old. I took them out of a pile of dirt, rocks and trash pushed up with a dozer preparing ground for our house and yard. Some are tall enough that they're beginning to fall over. Should I cut them back? If so, in what season? How short? How long will it take them to produce blooms after they are cut back? Blooms are attacked by some insect each year. They destroy the blooms pretty quickly. One year I succeeded in avoiding most by spraying an insecticide when I noticed small black bugs. This picture [reader submitted photo] is my attempt to photograph that bug. I think the little black bug is the problem. Earlier I thought it was a larger bug that swarms the blooms before they begin to die. County agent told me the larger bugs are assassin bugs and I should leave them alone -- they're my friends. Do you have any suggestions to protect the blooms?

OTUS THE HEAD CAT: Don't fret, Gen. Lee has 'National Chess Day'

posted: 01/20/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, I'm all confused as to how we're supposed to celebrate the King/Lee holiday this year. I know state employees took off last Monday to celebrate King, but what about those who want to celebrate Lee?

Car Talk

posted: 01/20/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I have a 2016 Volvo XC60. When going to start the car yesterday, a "low coolant, stop engine" warning came on the dash. I opened the hood and checked, and indeed the coolant level was about an inch below the "MIN" line. We filled the coolant, and the warning on the dashboard went away. But now I am concerned that there is a coolant leak somewhere, even though I haven't noticed any puddles under my car. The car is under warranty, and when I called the dealer, he seemed unconcerned. He said this is something that's expected and happens in the fall because of the change in temperature, and also because the coolant sensor is really high in the reservoir, so it thinks the coolant is low when it really isn't very low. He said to just top it off and not worry about it. Is there really a phenomenon of coolant "contracting" in cold weather that would explain the low level of coolant that I clearly saw? I have never experienced this with any other car, and I am finding it hard to believe. What do you think?

Tray chic: Cut clutter, make a display, tell a story

posted: 01/20/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

At its heart, good design is all about telling our stories. My favorite spaces are those that wrap me up in the world of the people who live there. The furniture and accents we select for our homes work together to give glimpses of who we are and what we hold dear.

AT HOME: Is your home hiding treasures or hoarding trash?

posted: 01/20/2018 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Excuses, excuses. Every time the subject of downsizing comes up in a conversation, and with me that's often, the other person has a rash of reasons for dodging the task. This person invariably starts by saying, "I really need to clear out my... (fill in the blank, house, attic, storage unit, basement, parent's house, garage, all the above), but ..." and you know the rest.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 01/20/2018 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I borrowed a friend's hedge trimmer and, unfortunately, I broke it. So I bought him a new one. Must I tell my friend when I give it to him that it's not the same hedge trimmer he lent me? I'm embarrassed about this and would prefer that my friend not know how stupid I was.

Super Quiz: Events of the 21st Century

posted: 01/20/2018 1:46 a.m. Discuss

1. Invasion and overthrow of the Taliban government: 2001

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/20/2018 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: I noticed dog food specifically formulated for Chihuahuas at my pet store. Are these foods better for my Chihuahua, or is this a marketing gimmick?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/20/2018 1:42 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Rest assured: Your optimism is not only firmly rooted in what's possible for you; your best-case scenario is practically a blueprint for exactly what will happen. If you mainly stick to the plan, you'll be golden. March will bring a new mode of transportation or a far-off destination. Your family will grow in October.

On Christianity

posted: 01/20/2018 1:42 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Some friends and I were talking about God the other day, and we decided to ask you a question: Is there anything that God can't do? I said He couldn't tell a lie, but someone else said that since God is all-powerful, He can do anything He wants to -- even tell a lie. Who is right?

DEAR ABBY: Dating starts to cause cracks in circle of three best friends

posted: 01/20/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I'm 18 and was best friends with "Sam" for two years until we started dating 10 months ago. It has been so much fun. He is the first person I have truly loved.

Local notes

posted: 01/20/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

Congregation Etz Chaim in Bentonville, meets at Waterway, 4074 S.W. H St., celebrates Shabbat Shirah, the sabbath of song, with a special music service at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Cantor Sam Radwine leads the service, and Krysta Mays provides keybord music.

NW Personal Space

posted: 01/20/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

Karen Wagaman

FAITH MATTERS: Big deal birthday

posted: 01/20/2018 1 a.m. Discuss

I turned 43 years old last week.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Phantom Thread' actor, director create meticulous story of man obsessed with his work

posted: 01/19/2018 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Both filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson and (retired) actor Daniel Day-Lewis are nothing if not incorruptibly meticulous. Their previous union gave us There Will Be Blood, with all of its talk about taking others' milkshakes, which bore the honed craft of two artists at the full peak of their powers. Anderson's films have always been crafted in this careful manner, even his early breakout hit, Boogie Nights, which helmed a chaotic time with particularly prescient mechanics.

Digital Review: The Revival

posted: 01/19/2018 1:47 a.m. Discuss

The Revival, directed by immensely capable Hot Springs native Jennifer Gerber, at first seems as comfortable as the pattern and texture of a well-worn flannel shirt. The characters are everyday sorts, agreeable but not breathtakingly beautiful. The semi-rural settings are familiar in a slightly run-down sort of way. The dialogue sounds like the exchanges that actual people might use to communicate.

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