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Our readers love to travel, especially now that we feel a little safer. If you've been on a vacation lately, we'd love to see a photo. Send one in and you may be featured, too. 

Seeking relief from the claustrophobic feeling of working from home in a small house with her husband and daughters during the pandemic, Lauren Greenwood discovered a spacious two-story plantation-style home like she had always dreamed of owning. Located on 10 acres in St. Peters, it was jus…

You may think yourself a fine culinary artist because you make great boxed mac n’ cheese but what if I told you  that you have no idea how to make pasta correctly. You’re adding the pasta to the pot at the wrong time AND you’re dumping all the pasta water. Yair Ben-Dor has more.

As “green” cleaning becomes increasingly popular, more and more eco-friendly products are lining the shelves at retailers. Not only are they better for the environment, but cleaning products sans harsh chemicals and fragrances are also safer to use around children and pets, as well as anyone in your household with sensitive skin (or a sensitive sniffer).

The 2023 housing market may not be great for either buyers or sellers. But for current homeowners hoping to play both roles, it could be the right time. When entering the housing market, current homeowners have to consider twice the (often conflicting) circumstances — they are the seller, trying to get the best price for their...

The three walls surrounding a bathtub take a lot of abuse, especially if the bathroom serves a house of family members who bathe daily. Those conditions call for a hard-working, durable wall surface with the ability to withstand the moisture and continued use. Solid Surface is a manufactured material, made of acrylic resin, polyester resin or a combination of the...

Today's giant airlines — as well as many smaller ones — make their business on connections. The pervasive "hub and spoke" route system means you can fly from almost anywhere in the U.S. to almost anywhere else with one stop-and-connection at a hub. My home airport, Medford, Oregon, is typical. If I want to fly to, say, New York, there won't be a nonstop within my lifetime. But I can get from Medford to New York with one stop/connection on four different airlines: Alaska via Seattle, American via Phoenix, Delta via Salt Lake City or Seattle, and United via Denver, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

For most, Positano is simply the most romantic and chic stop on Italy’s Amalfi Coast. South of Naples, the famous coast is blessed with beaches, sunshine, and picturesque towns spilling down steep hillsides. Many who visit Positano want only to shop and lay on the beach. But the tour guide in me simply must put a little historic and cultural meat on your visit.

Steven Krueger stars opposite Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis in the Showtime series “Yellowjackets.” “I play coach Ben Scott, who’s the assistant soccer coach,” the actor said. “When our plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness on the way to the national championships, I wind up being the only adult and one of only a few males who are stranded with a group of high school girls. Add to that a traumatic leg amputation in the aftermath of the crash and a deeply-held personal secret and it makes for a very dynamic character. I'm incredibly lucky to be part of such a rich and complex story. It's been the most challenging and most rewarding role of my career so far.” Though he’s technically based out of Sarasota, Florida, the actor said that over the past two and a half years, he has lived in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Santa Fe, as well as in Florida. “I have my car and a storage unit and not a whole lot else at the moment,” said Krueger. “It has been fun and liberating to realize I can get by with so few actual belongings.”

Our readers love to travel, especially now that we feel a little safer. If you've been on a vacation lately, we'd love to see a photo. Send one in and you may be featured, too. 

Although it can be a messy venture, teaching your children to cook is absolutely worth the time. Along with helping them develop skills in the kitchen, cooking can also teach reading, math, science and problem-solving.

Wyoming has pushed to the front of efforts to prohibit the most common type of abortion, with the nation's first explicit ban on abortion pills. In many states women can now get abortion pills prescribed online and delivered to be taken at home. Increased availability has helped pill abortions now account for more than half of abortions in the U.S. Many states effectively ban abortion pills by prohibiting abortion, but none had taken direct aim at them before Wyoming. The bill passed alongside a new, sweeping abortion ban and observers say both measures are likely to be challenged in court.

Health experts proposed detailed plans for a gradual end to anti-virus controls, but the Chinese government rebuffed them and dropped restrictions in December with no preparations to cope with the chaotic aftermath, The Associated Press has found. Over a year ago, scientists called on authorities to begin preparations for reopening. But Beijing took none of the steps experts said were needed before dropping controls. Millions of older people weren’t vaccinated, and hospitals weren’t reinforced for a possible surge in cases. Experts and scientific models estimate China’s lack of preparation led to hundreds of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided.


Spring gardening is an exercise in patience. The longer hours of daylight might have you itching to start gardening. But hold off on clearing away last year's leaves and stalks. Doing your spring cleanup too early removes beneficial insects that are sheltering there. Without them, there's less food for birds and fewer flowers and vegetables later. Many experts recommend removing plant matter only after several days of 50-plus-degree temperatures. Also beware of mulching too early as it can inhibit plant growth. And premature fertilizing can hurt the lawn and the environment. But there is one gardening task that's perfectly suited for early spring. Now's a great time to repot houseplants. The longer days are stimulating them to resume actively growing.

Actor Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in court in the Utah ski town of Park City where she is accused in a lawsuit of crashing into a skier during a 2016 family ski vacation, leaving him with brain damage and four broken ribs. Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson is suing the actor-turned-lifestyle influencer. He has accused her of skiing out of control at Deer Valley Resort. Paltrow has countered that Sanderson was actually the culprit in the collision, is overstating his injuries, and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth. The trial began Tuesday and is slated to last longer than a week.

Jaap van Zweden will conduct Mahler’s Second Symphony in his farewell concerts as the New York Philharmonic’s music director from June 6-8, 2024, ending a season that will spotlight the 100th anniversary of the orchestra’s Young People’s Concerts. Van Zweden succeeded Alan Gilbert as music director in the 2018-19 season and announced in September 2021 that the 2023-24 season will be his last. Gustavo Dudamel will take over but will not start until 2026-27. Starting its second season in the rebuilt David Geffen Hall, the orchestra will open its season Sept. 27.

TikTok has rolled out updated rules and standards for content and its CEO warned against a possible U.S. ban on the video sharing app as he prepares to face Congress. It's part of a counteroffensive against Western pressure on the Chinese-owned company over cybersecurity and misinformation concerns. TikTok's CEO said Tuesday that the hearing “comes at a pivotal moment” for the company after lawmakers introduced measures that would expand the Biden administration’s authority to enact a U.S. ban on the app. TikTok also rolled out updated rules and standards for content and users in a reorganized set of community guidelines that include eight principles to guide content moderation decisions.

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