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Tell Me About It: Pre-holiday split sad but fair

posted: 12/21/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: My girlfriend and I have been together for a year, and, as time goes on, I'm developing more and more questions about whether we're a good fit. The bottom line is that we're very different personalities, and I'm not sure she's the one for me. She, on the other hand, seems completely committed, and we haven't yet spoken about my increasing doubts.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/21/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. There's a different kind of life on the horizon, a chance for you to be more of who you really are inside. The next six weeks bring exploration and a sense of breaking free from limitations.

California Danish

posted: 12/21/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

As a Southern California native with a Danish dad and the tongue-twisting Danish name "Solvej," I've always been asked, somewhat cheekily, "Hey! Do you know the town Solvang?"

Parisian Christmas a gift long recalled

posted: 12/21/2014 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Paris celebrates Christmas with its typical urban flair: extravagant lighting, yummy window displays and ice skating in the heart of the city. If you go, here are 10 ways to have a "Joyeux Noel" in the City of Light ... without breaking the bank.

American will sink $2 billion into updates

posted: 12/21/2014 2:01 a.m. Discuss

American Airlines says it will spend more than $2 billion to make its planes more pleasant for passengers, the latest salvo in a competition among carriers to attract high-paying frequent fliers.

'Nashville Cats' exhibit set

posted: 12/21/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

=While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late '60s and early '70s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record.

CONSUMER TRAVEL: Gifts for traveling in style

posted: 12/21/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Presumably, some folks on your holiday gift list are travelers. Equally likely, you want to come up with a gift that they would really like.

Challenge blasts past goal

posted: 12/21/2014 1:35 a.m. Discuss

O Night Divine, the Mercy Health Foundation Charity Ball on Dec. 6, saw some 1,400 supporters gather at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers for the 21st annual event.

Tuning in to CAROLS

posted: 12/20/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

Carols are a familiar part of worship services during Advent and Christmas, and many of the most beloved Christmas carols have ancient origins or roots in other countries.

'Blue Christmas' services provide comfort

posted: 12/20/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

For those grieving the death of a loved one or struggling through divorce or job loss, Christmas can be a difficult time. Some churches in Arkansas are offering special worship services for those who find the season less than jolly.

On Religion: Hanukkah, Christmas symbols create minefield

posted: 12/20/2014 2:48 a.m. Discuss

Anyone passing the Hoffman home in the Cincinnati suburbs during the holidays will see festive blue and white lights and an inflatable bear in the front yard -- a bear wearing a Santa cap and holding a candy cane.

Religion Calendar

posted: 12/20/2014 2:47 a.m. Discuss

MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT Asbury United Methodist Church, 1700 Napa Valley Drive, will have music featuring violinist Magdalena Ryszkowski during the 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. traditional services Sunday. The handbell choir will perform carols at the 10:45 contemporary service.

Religion News Briefs

posted: 12/20/2014 2:46 a.m. Discuss

Vatican will open papal farm to public CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — Pope Francis is welcoming the public to see the working farm at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence south of Rome.

Communities of Faith

posted: 12/20/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Concert to feature Jazz Collective FAYETTEVILLE — The Fayetteville Jazz Collective Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. today at Clapp Auditorium at Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center, 150 NW. Skyline Drive.

Spreading cheer

posted: 12/20/2014 1:54 a.m. Discuss

The red poinsettia is a star among the plants of Christmas, but for blooms that can come back year after year, consider the holiday cactus.

In the garden

posted: 12/20/2014 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Q I got two poinsettias the day after Thanksgiving, and I don't think they are going to make it until Christmas. The leaves are all curling and dropping. The only thing left on one is the red part. Help! Is there anything I can do to save them?

Personal Space

posted: 12/20/2014 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Guy Bell Where I live: I live in a cozy little home in west Little Rock with my wife, Mary, and our dog, Rufus (who looks like a cross between Benji and a dust mop).

Ask the Expert

posted: 12/20/2014 1:49 a.m. Discuss

In addition to the obvious fire safety precautions that need to be taken when I use my fireplace, what other less obvious fire hazards lurk in my home?

Tools and Toys

posted: 12/20/2014 1:48 a.m. Discuss

SpongeBath What's to love: a clean sponge.

Otus the Head Cat: Popular song tells only half the saga of Rudolph

posted: 12/20/2014 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, Please, oh, please, oh pretty, pretty please rerun your annual column about Rudolph the red-nosed caribou. It's my favorite one all year. -- Virginia O'Hanlon, Grubbs

Car Talk

posted: 12/20/2014 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: Back in the old days (i.e. 1964), we used to think that if you had a low or dead battery, it would charge faster if the engine was running faster. So we would drive it in a lower gear at high rpms, thinking we were helping the battery charge faster. Was that true then? Is it true now? Was it ever true?

Set up winter buffet feast for birds

posted: 12/20/2014 1:45 a.m. Discuss

By now, you've likely noticed, not all birds head south for the winter. Some hardy souls stay put, toughing out these cold, gray months of the year, while making them a bit brighter for the rest of us. Laying out a buffet for winter birds provides gardeners another form of winter interest and flags your garden as a welcome place for feathered friends.

Flora, glass, metal, unorthodox colors gild holiday tables

posted: 12/20/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Are you setting a holiday tabletop this year?

Yucca variety fits many landscapes

posted: 12/20/2014 1:44 a.m. Discuss

This is typically the time of the year I might tout hollies, conifers or even poinsettias, but as I was walking around a dark and dreary, rainy garden today it was a cluster of Color Guard yuccas that stood as beacons of welcoming color. If you are not familiar with Color Guard, it is the best selection of the native Yucca filamentosa.

Helpful Hints

posted: 12/20/2014 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: A few months ago, I spoke at the sisterhood luncheon at Agudas Achim Synagogue in San Antonio. Proceeds from the event went to the Humane Society, where we adopted our new dog last year. Champagne was just the right dog to help mend our hearts after having to send Cabbie to doggie Valhalla just a month before. My husband and I learned through the years that our home is not complete without a furry, funny, cold-nosed cuddle charmer to share our space.

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