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A distinctive turn

posted: 01/31/2015 2:13 a.m. Discuss

A new doorknob is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add a bright spot in place of the ordinary.

Car Talk

posted: 01/31/2015 2:12 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: My 15-year-old son replaced the bulb for my rear turn signal on my 2011 Buick Enclave. He researched it on the Internet, completed it in a timely manner and cleaned up after himself. He wants to be paid $35 for this work. His father, an economist, thinks he needs to justify this fee. I think this is a good question for you. And by the way, what would you charge to replace this bulb?

Energy-efficient appliances, LED lights add kitchen flair

posted: 01/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

If you are dreaming of a new kitchen, you have probably spent time online looking at the latest design ideas. Sites such as Pinterest and Houzz are wonderful for gathering ideas, discovering color trends and creating a wish book of ideas. But a well-designed kitchen goes far beyond the color of cabinets and layout.

'V' in HVAC is piece required to save lives

posted: 01/31/2015 2:11 a.m. Discuss

When writing answers to readers or reports for clients, I often abbreviate the term for heating, venting and air conditioning down to HVAC. But it appears most people only think of the heating or the air conditioning portion of the reports and ignore venting, the most important part of an HVAC technician's job.

Completely different twist

posted: 01/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Some doorknobs turn, and some are just screwy:

Germs, doorknob go hand-in-hand

posted: 01/31/2015 2:10 a.m. Discuss

A dirty secret about the doorknob: It's apt to be one of the icky-germiest objects in the house.

Rising to the challenge

posted: 01/31/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

These days in addition to hours filled with prayer and contemplation, members of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity in Berryville also spend time mixing, baking and packing baked goods to ship around the country.

Home will transition to serve single mothers

posted: 01/31/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

This month the Promise House Maternity Home in Little Rock welcomed its 215th baby. Since its start in 1991, this program of Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries has helped hundreds of unwed pregnant teens and preteens. But with the arrival of the last baby, the ministry will have a new mission -- serving adult single mothers and their children.

Don't lay down a lot of cash to accent bed

posted: 01/31/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

The master bedroom is a place for privacy, tranquility and relaxation. For many, the master bedroom is also a place where they may choose to splurge, perhaps on sumptuous bedding or the handcrafted bed they have always wanted. But the reality is, you don't have to break the bank to create an appealing bedroom.

On Religion: Media need to recognize religion's role in world

posted: 01/31/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

For more than a century, Western diplomats and scholars were sure of one thing -- that religion's role in world affairs would decline as humanity evolved toward a future rooted in logic and science.

Pope's plan to canonize California missionary draws fire

posted: 01/31/2015 2:04 a.m. Discuss

For generations, fourth-graders in California's schools, often with a parent's touch, have built models of church missions out of poster board or sugar cubes to celebrate the Rev. Junipero Serra and the religious communities he established along the West Coast in the late 1700s.

Ask the Expert

posted: 01/31/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Is it important for me to check the grading around the perimeter of my home and if so, why?

Church to end fast, just in time for Super Bowl

posted: 01/31/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Members of in Sherwood will end a 21-day fast on Sunday, just in time for their Super Bowl party. The annual fast has been done for about four years as a way to draw closer to God, said Scott Harness, senior pastor.


posted: 01/31/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT The St. Luke’s Festival of the Senses concert series will present a performance by soprano Christine Westhoff and organist Tim Allen at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock. (501) 753-4281.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 01/31/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

Priest bans altar girls, says boys can’t keep up SAN FRANCISCO — A Roman Catholic church in San Francisco has become one of a handful around the country to prohibit girls from being altar servers, a decision that has disturbed some parishioners.


posted: 01/31/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently saw an article about using the granules that are in baby diapers mixed with potting soil. This is supposed to hold more moisture in the soil in potted plants. I didn't know how environmentally sound this was. Just knew you were the person to ask.

Tools and Toys

posted: 01/31/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Chic Shelf Paper

Personal Space

posted: 01/31/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Stephanie Jackson

Dear Abby: Couple kisses and makes up, but family tension remains

posted: 01/31/2015 1:52 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: A few years ago, my husband and I had problems. Our marriage was going downhill, but we have recently managed to work things out. My problem is, I sounded off to my mother, who had never held him in very high esteem to begin with. She told me she never wanted to see him again.

Helpful Hints

posted: 01/31/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Winter is a good time to clean out stuff that we all have. Here are a few Heloise hints to jettison junk. My "two minutes or 120 seconds" plan is all it takes. Every day, focus on one task for two-minute intervals of time. Keep going if you are "on a roll," but just get started!

Super Quiz: Two

posted: 01/31/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: 2

On Christianity

posted: 01/31/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did religion come from? I'm not sure I even believe in God, and even if I did, I don't know which religion I'd choose.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 01/31/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. If life is a party, you're the "it" guest this year. February is a whirl of fun. After March's call to clear out negativity and dysfunction, you'll work on the fundamental building blocks of good living again in May. July and August are focused on a moneymaking venture with a stellar chance of success if you don't give up.

Us against the World

posted: 01/31/2015 1 a.m. Discuss

Sunday, the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. Undoubtedly, in an attempt to motivate their teams, both head coaches will employ a tried-and-true method in their pregame speeches -- "Us against the world."


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