Fix-It Chick: Install insulated chimney pipe
November 19, 2014
Heating with wood can be very rewarding. When a properly lined chimney is not an option, a wood-burning stove can be installed with Class A insulated stainless steel stove pipe. These few simple steps will help you understand the limits and possibilities of insulated stove pipe installation.
Double Take: Love and ADHD can be a rewarding mix
November 17, 2014
Learning how to love someone with ADHD can be perplexing, but it can also be rewarding and fun. The secret is learning when to tolerate and ignore and when to push for accountability.
Local religious leaders begin new organization focusing on local justice issues
November 17, 2014
Religious leaders in Lawrence have founded a new organization tasked with addressing local justice issues.
Kansas City Connection: How to spend the holidays in KC
November 16, 2014
The holiday season is upon us, and as is always the case, there’s lots to do in Kansas City between now and New Year’s. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights.
Off the Beaten Plate: The Blissful Swiss at Eats
November 14, 2014
Looking to dabble in a little food espionage? The Blissful Swiss at Eats is essentially a Reuben sandwich masquerading as a hot dog, and a tasty one at that. It’s missing the rye bread (who eats a hot dog on rye?) and of course, the corned beef, but still calls to mind the classic sandwich.
Beyond turkey: Ideas for an alternative Thanksgiving menu
November 12, 2014
While most folks still enjoy a classic Thanksgiving meal, many others will want to try something new this holiday season.
Style Scout: Kristina Eronat
November 12, 2014
Describe your style: I used to be … L.A. goth punk [and] a professional model in L.A. for like 10 years — and now I’m probably just a little witchy bohemian-ness.
Style Scout: Timothy Harper Dingus
November 12, 2014
Tell us a secret: Fitting through a tennis racket is a lot easier than you think it is.
Fashion Column Twins: The adaptable, essential leather jacket
November 12, 2014
Leather is one of our favorite pieces to pull out this time of year, and a leather jacket is a fall must-have.
Cooking from Scratch: Time for citrus tea
November 12, 2014
As scarlet leaves fall to the frosty, gray branches of November, my favorite comforts become knitting and tea. They’re simple treats, but, with winter beginning to hint at its coming, their importance to my morale is hard to overstate.
Fix-It Chick: Properly vent a natural gas water heater
November 12, 2014
Chances of carbon monoxide poisoning rise during the winter months when a home is sealed tight. Checking and correcting a natural gas water heater vent is a simple step toward preventing the back draft of fumes into your home.
Garden Variety: Burn local firewood before spring
November 12, 2014
Fall’s cooler weather means area residents are picking up bundles of firewood for their stoves, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, chimineas and even a little late season camping. There are a couple of things to look for to ensure that the firewood you are purchasing is pest-free.
Megan on the Move: The price of relationship trust
November 12, 2014
Call me old fashioned, but I think one main secret to a long and stable marriage is sharing a bank account.
Delicious/Nutritious: The magical, misunderstood spaghetti squash
November 12, 2014
Spaghetti squash is a magical vegetable, able to go from a hard-fleshed beast to a light pile of noodles in just under an hour. Plus 100 grams of spaghetti squash has just 31 calories. So, if you like warm pasta dishes as the weather gets cooler, try subbing in this squash and spending your pasta calories elsewhere.
Double Take: Selfies don’t always convey the right message
November 10, 2014
When it comes to selfies, some teens don’t shape their message to say what they really mean. Others say exactly what they mean, before having considered its impact. Either way, as a society we haven’t done a very good job helping kids learn to use their fabulous media.
Behind the Lens: Bad weather can make for good photos
November 9, 2014
I’ve been scanning old negatives and slides lately, and I’ve noticed how weather, specifically inclement weather, is an important element in many images.
Kansas City Connection: Make an escape plan to see some art
November 9, 2014
Kansas City this week provides an escape for any Kansans tired of being chided for the cultural philistinism of their democratically elected leaders.
Fix-It Chick: 11 steps to get your home ready for winter
November 5, 2014
Some things are worth repeating. Here is a checklist of things to do each year to prepare your home for the winter.
Lawrence Libations: Bourbon Hot Cocoa at Milton’s Café
November 5, 2014
Now that fall has officially hit its stride, the winter months aren’t far off. It may be time, then — for those of you who like to break out the twinkle lights and holiday jams before Thanksgiving — to once again enjoy that favorite wintertime drink, hot chocolate. It’s a treat that’s often tied to childhood memories, but the folks at Milton’s Café are shaking things up a bit with an adults-only version spiked with bourbon.
On the Cheap: Deals on denim
November 5, 2014
Most women I know love to wear jeans, but hate to shop for them. And looking at the price tag of name brand jeans only adds insult to injury. Some pairs cost more than $100. I recently went jeans shopping and have some tips to make the experience more affordable.