Lifestyle Columns

Faith Forum: What is your favorite way to connect with God through nature?

The Rev. Pam Morrison, addiction recovery minister, The Healing House, Kansas City:To describe one way that I feel close to God through nature is too limiting.One of my favorite songs is the “Canticle of the Sun.” It points at the problem of choosing. The lyrics include, “The heavens are ...

Garden Calendar: Is it too early to plant tomatoes?

The question about when to plant tomatoes is long debated between gardeners, and I consider it to be one of the top five gardening questions for this area.The answer varies depending on your soil type, exactly where you live, microclimates, and what kind of protection you are willing to give ...

‘Independent Lens’ documents excitement surrounding electric cars

“Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) airs “Revenge of the Electric Car.” Director Chris Paine made quite a splash back in 2006 with “Who Killed the Electric Car?” That film showed how hopes were dashed by a vast conspiracy among oil companies and compliant ...

Fix-It Chick: Use less plastic

According to the EPA, in 2010 the United States produced over 32 million tons of plastic in the form of packaging, containers and durable goods. In that same year, the U.S. generated 31 million tons of plastic waste, of which only 8 percent was recovered for recycling. Here are some simple ...

River City Jules: Brace yourselves for this tale

Watching my oldest daughter reclined comfortably in the orthodontist’s chair, excited to finally have her braces removed, brought back so many memories.Like my daughter, I started my freshman year of high school with braces. Unlike my daughter, I also sported a home perm that left me looking ...

Lawrence Laundry: Add a touch of green to your closet

Where to shopHere are some of my favorite places to shop secondhand: Wild Man Vintage, 939 Mass.: The weirdest clothes. The best boots. The biggest supply of neat T-shirts. Arizona Trading Company, 736 Mass.: The best sunglasses, which are ironically not used. Huge selection. Locust Street ...

Bite Sighs: Pattycakes, pattycakes for baker’s little man

Our little boy turns 4 this month, and he’s a huge fan of all things orange. He loves his orange plate, his orange sippy (full of orange juice), and his orange … oranges. It seemed like a logical move to create an orange cookie for his birthday.Dried “cranbabies,” as Junior calls them, ...

Faith Forum: What is the most important message to take away from Passover?

Rabbi Neal Schuster, senior Jewish educator, KU Hillel, 722 N.H.:Passover has just ended, which makes this week’s question of what message we can “take away” from Passover, even more fitting. As the festival fades in the rear-view mirror of our holiday calendar, we can remember that the ...

Behind the Lens: Final thoughts on the Final Four

The NCAA Tournament, and more specifically the Final Four, can be regimented to the point of peculiarity. There are rules to follow, places you can go, places you can’t and plenty of people who are paid to make sure you know the difference. They even regulate what cups you can drink out of ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Texting can be a pain in the neck

Attention soon-to-be-graduates and displaced boomers looking for a new career:The jobs of the future aren’t in plastics. They aren’t in law, rocket science or even Botox. If you want a vocation that will be both lucrative and personally rewarding for decades to come, think chiropractic.How ...

Garden Calendar: Wisteria provides late spring color

Just as the lilac blossoms (and questions about them) fade, the brilliant purple and white panicles of wisteria come along to delight their owners and passers-by. Wisteria is a woody vine whose flowers hang in clusters that reach 12 to 18 inches long on some varieties. They are often seen ...

Endless love for Lionel Richie tonight

What year is it? On “Mad Men,” it’s 1966. “Magic City” has just welcomed New Year’s Day, 1959. But out here in the “real” world, 1984 is breaking out all over. And I’m not just talking about a new album from Madonna.“Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC) repeats a ...

David Letterman celebrates milestone

David Letterman celebrates his 65th birthday today. For those who can recall Letterman’s early years as a goofy, youngish guy in a sport coat, that milestone may come as something of a shock. He’s been a part of late-night TV for 30 years.‘‘Late Night With David Letterman” debuted on ...

Smut talk not exclusive to the men

You can’t spell “ABC” without the “B’’ word. The Disney-owned network has fallen in love with the vulgar term, hinting at it in the title of the “GCB” and returning to form with “Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” (8:30 p.m., ABC).If last summer’s hit ...

Everyday Life: A permeable line

The past few weeks have been even more difficult to comprehend than usual. First, an American soldier allegedly murdered 16 Afghans — 11 in one family, 9 of them children — shooting, stabbing and burning them. Then, in the French city of Toulouse, Mohammed Merah murdered three French ...

River City Jules: Tree brings razzing, not pizzazz

My dear and loving husband possesses many great qualities. He knows how to take his own shirts to the dry cleaner and instilled a love of a wide variety of heavy metal bands in our children early on. He is kind, understanding, forgiving, and, in spite of the following story, which he finally ...

Fix-It Chick: Lay a stone or brick patio for entertaining

Laying a stone or brick patio is hard work, but with a strong back and a good level, you can have the patio of your dreams.Step 1: Draw up the plan on paper and calculate material needs. Start small; patios can be added to over time.Step 2: Use nylon string and wooden stakes to mark out the ...

Remnant Rehab: Save a sentimental T-shirt as a pillow

We all have loads of T-shirts, don’t we? A lot of them commemorate certain events, so we don’t always want to let them go. I have a few I keep though rarely wear — one from my high school swim team, another from my time at the University Daily Kansan.I also have some hand-me-downs: a ...

Delicious/Nutritious: Easter leftovers

Have a dozen or more hard-boiled eggs in the fridge now that Easter is over? Megan and Sarah have some suggestions to use them up.DeliciousI am a nut for holidays. As a kid, I would start bugging my mom to get out the Halloween decorations shortly after school started. I was the queen of the ...