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Double Take: Introducing a new perspective
May 12, 2015
Dr. Wes chooses a new co-author: Bishop Seabury senior Gabe Magee, who answers one of the Challenge Questions posed by Dr. Wes.
Fix-It Chick: Is FiberFix better than duct tape?
May 10, 2015
Duct tape and bailing wire have long been the go-to products to fix just about anything. But there is another product on the market that is likely to give these old standards a run for their money: FiberFix.
Summer Travel Preview: Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Park
May 10, 2015
About 60 miles southeast of Lawrence, near Louisburg, is a small zoo — the Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory and Education Park — that specializes in endangered and threatened wild cats. The animals run the gamut from man-eating lions to obscure, smaller species the size of a large dog. The zoo offers affordable guided tours.
SUMMER TRAVEL PREVIEW: Central Kansas
May 10, 2015
Home to two of the Kansas Sampler Foundation’s original Eight Wonders of Kansas, Hutchinson has some rare — and random — museum collections to visit. But if moon rocks and salt crystals aren’t your thing, the town offers adventures for land lovers as well.
Kansas City Connection: Eating recommendations for moms (and everyone else)
May 9, 2015
Recommending a few Kansas City eating spots moms would like.
Lawrence moms pass on musical gifts to kids
May 9, 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating three local mothers with musical talents — and the kids who have followed in their footsteps.
Garden Variety: Growing sunflowers in the Sunflower State
May 9, 2015
Wild native sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are unrivaled in beauty when they bloom in late summer and fall, and they are easy to grow in the home garden or landscape.
Pill-taking can be less yucky for kids, study review finds
May 7, 2015
Many sick kids can’t or won’t swallow pills — and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.
Style Scout: Kerry Thomas
May 6, 2015
Fashion influences: I started dressing more weird when I met Goldie.
Style Scout: Goldie Schmiedler
May 6, 2015
What’s your spirit animal? I discovered it’s a pink parakeet from this one assignment we had in art class.
Lawrence Libations: Draft Brew at Alchemy Coffee and Bake House
May 6, 2015
How does a glass of cold-press coffee come to look like (and sort of taste like) a pint of Guinness? That’s the question we hoped to answer in this week’s Lawrence Libations.
Double Take: Same-sex dating for teens has own set of rules
May 5, 2015
Dr. Wes says the growing fluidity in dating practice should not change how parents welcome their children’s romantic interests into the home. Partners should still be judged on character and substance and not on gender or sexual identity.
Fix-It Chick: Install an electrical USB outlet
May 3, 2015
With a dramatic upswing in the use of USB ports for charging devices such as cell phones and mp3 players, replacing a standard outlet with an electrical plug that includes USB ports makes a lot of sense. Multiport outlets are available in various configurations. They can be a bit pricy, but electrical USB ports save time, reduce frustration, and eliminate potential fire hazards caused by improper use of multiple adapters in a single outlet.
Behind the Lens: Journal-World drone could offer a different perspective
May 3, 2015
Recently, editors at the Lawrence Journal-World approached the photo department about incorporating video and still photographs shot from a drone into our reportage. Initially, the idea was met with some hesitation, in part because of the potential costs. But speaking at least for myself, I also was a bit nervous about crashing the thing and getting blamed for trashing a piece of expensive equipment.
Garden Variety: Creating amazing containers
May 2, 2015
Container plantings offer an opportunity to wow visitors, brighten up the porch or patio, and provide spring-fall color to the landscape. Creating these amazing displays them is simpler than it sounds – just follow a few simple tips to get gorgeous flower combinations for any setting.
Style Scout: Erin Dvorak
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? (Laughs) I look like Lindsay Lohan from the “Parent Trap” time period.
Style Scout: Jesse Waugh
April 30, 2015
Whom do people say you look like? Every other guy with a beard.
Off the Beaten Plate: Strange Chicken at Jade Garden
April 29, 2015
At a place where you can dine on such Chinese delicacies as “pork blood with innards” and “spicy intestine with tofu,” we have to admit that we were expecting something a little more, well, weird, when we ordered up a plate of Jade Garden’s “Strange Chicken” earlier this week.
Double Take: The lost art of dating lots of people, part two
April 28, 2015
Last week Kyra and I revealed our shocking magic cure to stuck-in-a-rut, ill-defined teen and young adult dating. We suggested people actually date, maybe up to twenty-five different people per year. This week, I’ll tell you why.
Fix-It Chick: How to eradicate pine sawflies
April 26, 2015
If your pine tree is suddenly infested with a black-headed, Medusa-like worm, fear not — chances are the tree is simply hosting a colony of European Pine Sawfly larvae.