Lifestyle Columns

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 ...

Behind the Lens: How photographers can be in 5 places at once

Last week my office was at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.Just 50 feet from the dome’s temporary basketball court, Journal-World photographer Nick Krug and I set up shop in a cold, drafty room to cover the Final Four. This became our workspace for about eight hours each of our ...

Garden Calendar: New life for lilacs that have lost vigor

The common lilac, Syringa vulgaris, may be one of the most recognizable harbingers of spring in northeast Kansas. The shrub’s soft purple panicles emit a fragrance often emulated but rarely equaled, and they are often planted solely for the enjoyment of their spring blossoms.Despite being ...

PBS examines Grand Coulee Dam

History is never really water under the bridge. Or over the dam. “American Experience: Grand Coulee Dam” (7 p.m., PBS) recalls 80-year-old conflicts and controversies that seem contemporary. What is the government’s role in stimulating the economy? What right does Washington, D.C., have ...

Go Green: Kitchen invaders part of the family

“May I have your attention please,” I recently shouted at the ants running a stack of dirty plates on the off chance that they had ears. “The cafeteria will be closing in five minutes. Please feel free to ask for any last-minute assistance you may need.” I heard a variation of this over ...

River City Jules: An enjoyable season

October 14, 2011. A leather-clad coach Bill Self rode into Late Night at the Phog, center court in Allen Fieldhouse, on a custom-designed motorcycle to usher in a new season of Kansas basketball. He made two things very clear that night. One, I should immediately invest in a pair of leather ...

Fix-It Chick: Amending lawns with lime or sulfur

Growing a thick and luscious lawn can be a bit of a balancing act. Typical tall fescues and other turf type grasses grow best in pH neutral soils. On a scale of 1 to 14, a pH of 6.5 – 7.0 is the proper level for a healthy lawn. If a lawn is out of balance, adding soil amendments in early or ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Win or lose, watching the game a good time

Filing this column at my Thursday afternoon deadline, I don’t know whether you’ll be reading it today on a “thrill-of-victory” high or an “agony-of-defeat” low. It doesn’t matter. This one isn’t about wins and losses. It’s not about end results. It’s about the process.When I ...

Behind the Lens: A photographer’s notes from the postgame scrum

If you had the chance to catch the postgame celebration following the Jayhawks’ 80-67 victory over North Carolina, you probably saw the team pour onto the floor in celebration after the buzzer. If you were seated at a downtown bar in Lawrence, you may have missed the trophy hoisting and net ...

Faith Forum: Does God have a sense of humor?

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, Chabad Jewish Center, 1203 W. 19th St.:Of course He has a sense of humor, as the verse clearly says in Psalms: “He who sits in the Heavens laughs.” In fact, to prove it to us, He created the duck-billed platypus. And to those still in doubt — He created man.One of ...

Garden Calendar: High tunnels gain popularity for season extension

Weather is one of the biggest challenges Kansas farmers face, but a simple structure known as a high tunnel can help producers control it just a little bit. High tunnels are sometimes called hoophouses or unheated greenhouses, and are temporary plastic-covered structures typically used for ...

River City Jules: Family gets into the act

All of our kids have pulled me out of my comfort zone at one point or another, from providing free driver’s ed to house-training a puppy to taking — and, I might add, passing — the Cub Scout swim test.But this time it was Caroline who managed to extract me from my happy place and onto the ...

Fix-It Chick: How to test your soil

Soil testingDouglas County’s extension office is at the fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St. The office can be reached at 843-7058 or dg@ksre.ksu.edu.Whether you are trying to grow vegetables, flowers or grass, testing the soil’s pH can make both your thumb and your yard a little greener. ...