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Home Bound

The willow tree in the backyard is the only marker remaining that my former house once stood on the site. Without it, I couldn’t...

Ageless Living

I don’t get the appeal of adults-only residential communities. No offense. But why, when you’re 55-plus, would you want to squeeze any more youth from...

The Sounds of Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim’s musicals are like Chekhov’s plays: Sometimes, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Infused with irony, longing, and dark comedy, his...

Autumn Sips

  Irish Coffee 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 jigger Irish whiskey (1-1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) Heavy cream, slightly...

Staying Current

When you plug in a new appliance, dial up the air, or switch on a reading lamp, you likely don’t give much thought to...

Watch Your Waste

Saving money on energy bills is more important than ever. First, the economy has us all looking for ways to save money. And second, we...

Fly Away Home

Unwelcome nocturnal visitors can drive anyone batty

 Water Torture

When Robert Frost wrote the lines “Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice,” the gloomy poet must have been...

Home Eco-nomicsd

True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home, by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin (National Geographic Society, $19.95), offers...

Garden-patch Organics

1. Treat soil as a living thing. Loosen it to allow air and water to flow. Feed it with compost. 2. Act rather than shop....

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