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DEAR HELOISE: I enjoy reading your column very much. Many good hints.

I have several family pictures in all sorts of frames and sizes. I want to put them on a wall in the guest bedroom, where they can be seen. Is there a way to do this? Thank you.

-- Reader in Troy, Ohio

DEAR READER: You can put up two or three picture shelves on a wall and display your photos. This way you can change out photos whenever you want.

You could also arrange them in a cluster on one wall. Lay the photos on a bed sheet before hanging so you can see how it will look on the wall. Try for a sense of balance. You can mix various frame styles and they'll look nice together.

DEAR HELOISE: I saw, yet again, in your column for people to hang up on scammers. Why not recommend we don't answer unidentified numbers? We do that, and if it is a legitimate call, they will leave a message. We simply don't answer any unidentified numbers.

-- Marie, via email

DEAR READER: Many scammers are "spoofing" to disguise their identity. They can use a number that you know, such as one from a son, daughter or friend. However, you are correct about not answering unidentified numbers. And never answer any questions about personal information.

DEAR HELOISE: Yes, dog walkers should pick up after the dog. But, more to the point, why do dog walkers assume they have some inherent right to trespass on your front yard?

-- M.D., via email

DEAR READER: Dog walkers need to pick up after their dogs.

• It keeps our communities sanitary.

• Dog feces is not fertilizer.

• It contains pollutants and bacteria that can be harmful to people and pets.

• In many communities, you are required by law to pick up after your pet.

DEAR HELOISE: We have three nightlights in our home to guide us through the house in the event that we have to use the bathroom, etc.

Living in a rural area, if there's a power failure, it's very dark. Solution: We bring in the three outside decorative solar lamps and place one in each bathroom and one in the kitchen. Problem solved.

-- Leo L., Greenville, N.H.

DEAR READER: That's an excellent idea and a handy way to get double use out of your solar lamps.

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email


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