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ASK A DESIGNER: Bold color on kitchen cabinets is a thing

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. Homeowners craving a burst of color have generally been advised to bring it in through easily changeable items like curtains or seat cushions. But home-design TV shows and blogs ...

Fall’s a great season to create a ‘cabinet of curiosities’

Digging around in a favorite flea market a couple of years ago, I found a handmade, compartmentalized box that someone had lovingly crafted from wood, probably 100 years ago. It looked like it could have been a tool kit, fishing tackle box or something a builder would use. Undeterred by the ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Ask me anything

From cars that reek of stale cigarette smoke to tile grout to robot floor mops, I get questions of every kind from my awesome readers. I love the challenge! So, please, keep those cards and letters coming! Dear Mary: I love my Eufy Robovac II. With an entire house of wood plank tile, it has ...

Life at 20-something: How to live in the present when anxiety creeps in

Silent sirens sound in our heads. We deny it for days, not wanting to admit our ridiculous reaction to changing plans. But eventually our internet search history unveils our true feelings – a nearly chest-collapsing weight that prompts the question “How can I live in the present?” With ...

Sometimes we’re a little too camera-ready

A photo used to be an event. You planned for it. (“Remember to bring Dad’s Instamatic. Is there much film left? Did you bring new flashcubes?”) You worked for it. (“Now I will drive this single roll of film to the drug store, then wait patiently for a week until it is developed. ...

Congratulations! Here’s a gift. But first, a timeshare pitch

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — I had filled out a form to win a Whole Foods gift certificate. Instead I got a phone call from "Hannah" at FantaSea Resorts congratulating me on winning a travel package. My gift sounded promising: Four airline tickets worth up to $4,500, a weekend at an East ...

Traveling with just one of your kids can forge bonds

Something wonderful happened when Lauren Asnis took her younger son, Danny, to Philadelphia for a weekend trip. Beyond visiting the Liberty Bell and devouring some tasty cheesesteaks, mother and son really got to talk and listen to each other. They bonded over the adventure of exploring a new ...

In this July 22, 2017, photo, people wait to load animals onto the Rescue Express bus at the first stop in San Fernando, Calif. For almost three years, Rescue Express, a Eugene-based organization headquartered on a farm off McBeth Road, has functioned as an escape vehicle for cats and dogs that had been living in overcrowded California shelters, where they were under threat of being euthanized for lack of space to keep them. (August Frank/The Register-Guard via AP)

Organization expands its efforts to save shelter pet in West

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Jasper, a large snow-white American Husky, jumped into the arms of animal rescuer Shafali Grewal, who said she wished she could keep him. They stood beside the Rescue Express bus, which was parked outside Almost Home Pet Boarding in San Fernando, California. Grewal petted ...

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Ask me anything

I have a friend who lives alone and considers himself single. But nothing could be further from the truth. He has four cats, or as I call them, The Four Shedders. Max solved his cat hair problem by replacing all of the carpet in his house with laminate flooring and a robot vacuum. Fortunately ...

Bygone staples and technology of the 1970s

It wasn’t so long ago. Nope. It wasn’t as long as you might think that we did things that seem completely alien to today’s kids. Think about it: Just a couple of decades ago we clipped items out of newspapers, practiced our cursive writing and called telephone operators for the correct ...

The Moody Blooms: Dark florals move from runway to rooms

We know that what brews in fashion percolates into decor. This fall, it's floral prints loaded with depth and drama. Anna Sui's fall 2017 show was replete with deep, moody florals on velvet, silk and chiffon. Recent collections from Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu have also ...

Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to first US dark sky reserve

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States would fill a chunk of the state's sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust ...

Contemplating a ski trip this winter? Book now for best deal

(AP) — Are you contemplating a ski trip this winter? It might be hard to wrap your head around the concept of snow if you're still mourning summer's passing or trying to make vacation plans for fall amid foliage forecasts and hurricane news. But the best deals for ski vacations are offered ...

Exhibit allows virtual ‘interviews’ with Holocaust survivors

NEW YORK (AP) — What was it like in a Nazi concentration camp? How did you survive? How has it affected your life since? Technology is allowing people to ask these questions and many more in virtual interviews with actual Holocaust survivors, preparing for a day when the estimated 100,000 ...

Websites for travelers who need info on hurricane regions

Tourism is a top industry in many destinations that have been hit by hurricanes this season. For travelers looking to plan or confirm trips to Florida or the Caribbean, it can be hard to figure out what's happening on the ground. Impact on individual destinations has varied widely. Places that ...

Review: iTunes video upgrade makes the new Apple TV worth it

NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem odd to review the new Apple TV streaming device — one specifically designed to display super-sharp video known as 4K — without actually owning a 4K TV. But in a way, that's the point. Most people still don't have 4K TVs, so the new Apple TV model doesn't ...

Nest Labs adds doorbell that can recognize familiar faces

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Home device maker Nest Labs is adding Google's facial recognition technology to a camera-equipped doorbell and rolling out a security system in an attempt to end its history of losses. The products announced Wednesday expand upon the internet-connected thermostats, ...

Review: Apple Watch goes solo, but don’t dump your phone yet

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — A chief gripe with Apple Watch is that it requires you to keep an iPhone with you for most tasks. The inclusion of GPS last year helped on runs and bike rides, but you're still missing calls and messages without the phone nearby. A new model with its own ...

This image released by NBC shows, from left, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally in "Will & Grace," premiering Sept.
 28, on NBC. (Chris Haston/NBC via AP)

Can broadcast’s new fall programs really be called ‘new’?

NEW YORK (AP) — Once upon a time, the fall rollout from the Big Three broadcast networks was as eagerly awaited as those shiny new models from the Big Three automakers, unveiled with great fanfare in dealer showrooms. The TV "season" today is a seamless year-round cycle with dozens of ...

HOMEGROWN HOLLYWOOD: Why we shouldn’t wait for sickness to slow us down

LOS ANGELES — Last week I was sick. I had the kind of cough that makes people scoot their chairs a few inches away and look at you with a mix of pity and disgust — like I was a poor Victorian woman dying of consumption. My husband, Jason, claims the only time I’m ever truly honest ...