Lifestyle Columns

Healthy Outlook: I tried a home-delivery meal service; here’s how it went

I’ve spiraled beyond being a fan of convenience. Quick, easy solutions have become a necessity in my life. That’s why the idea of delicious prepared meals delivered to my front door was so appealing to me. First, I’m not an excellent cook. I get by, but, for the most part, I can’t ...

Healthy Outlook: Lawrence eye doctor wants to start World Sight Day trend

Dr. Scott Hickman has traveled the world helping people see, and now he has a new idea to help those in need in the town where he was born and raised. Hickman, an ophthalmologist, is hoping to start a trend in his profession, both locally and nationally. He’s set aside Thursday, Oct. 11, to ...

Healthy Outlook: CBD products could help treat what ails you

It’s not a big surprise anymore for Brandon Zoeller when customers return to his store without the walkers or knee braces they used in their first visits — but he said it’s still one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Zoeller and his wife, Heather, opened the doors of their ...

Go, See, Do | Well-known author appearance; car show; downtown block party

A leading voice on socio-economics and class will soon come to Lawrence to share some knowledge of growing up poor in Kansas. Sarah Smarsh, a freelance journalist who has reported for several media outlets, has experienced a meteoric rise recently, becoming a proud voice for America’s ...

Healthy Outlook: Ketamine a new depression treatment option in Lawrence

For those who have battled depression, finding a treatment option that actually works can be life-changing. That makes it all the more difficult when symptoms begin to creep back in. Lawrence psychiatrist Dr. Hiten Soni has experienced this firsthand. He’s familiar with patients’ tiresome ...

Garden Variety: Add structure to landscape, garden during fall season

Patios, walls, raised garden beds, walkways and other structures within the landscape and garden provide space to enjoy the yard and move easily within it, improve aesthetics and create more favorable growing environments for plants. These structures are often referred to as hardscape. Fall is ...

Fix-it Chick: Keys to stripping wallpaper without leaving giant mess

Removing old wallpaper can dramatically improve the look and feel of any room. With the right tools and some hot water, stripping wallpaper can be a fun and rewarding project. Step 1: Peeling wallpaper is messy. Move furniture to the center of the room and cover it with dropcloths. Take down ...

Healthy Outlook: Pets can benefit our health

It never ceases to amaze me to see pet lovers’ reactions when their beloved furballs come up in conversation. Even the toughest facades tend to crumble — at least a little bit — at the mere mention of the loving counterparts that make so many of us whole. But besides the hugs, kisses, ...

Healthy Outlook: Fall runners’ guide 2018

It’s almost fall, if you can believe that, which means here in Lawrence we can eventually expect a nice week or so between the 90-degree days and the first freeze. Hopefully, some of these events fall within that week. There are a lot of runs and races planned in the coming months — some ...

Healthy Outlook: Physician offers telemedicine services in new Lawrence clinic

The future of medicine is here and now. More specifically, it’s at a new clinic near 25th and Iowa streets. Dr. Fatima Khan has spent the last five years working with Veterans Affairs, and she recently decided to open a private practice in Lawrence. However, the care she provides won’t be ...

Healthy Outlook: Bert Nash CEO hopes to contract company for staff survey

The leader of Lawrence’s community mental health center would like to bring in a company to conduct an external evaluation or survey of staff. Amid some elevated concerns about public perception after seven specialized therapists resigned en masse, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center ...

Healthy Outlook: Get R&R in nature with this area trail guide

Sometimes, you just need to get away. Any longtime Lawrence folk can tell you that although this town may not have quite the hustle and bustle of a big city, life can get hectic here in suburbia. If you’re experiencing a Thoreau-esque transcendental itch and need to escape into nature for a ...

Garden Variety: Even in droughts, watering should be deep yet infrequent

Plants wilt when they need water, but they also wilt when they have too much. The former is more likely in the Lawrence area right now, especially with recent high temperatures and the ongoing severe drought in much of northeast Kansas. But, despite the heat and drought, if you are dragging the ...

Fix-It Chick: Replace wax ring around toilet bowl if water, smell starts to seep

If water is seeping out from beneath the toilet bowl or there is a faint smell of sewer gas in the bathroom, it is definitely time to replace the toilet bowl wax ring. Step 1: Remove the tank lid and place it in a safe spot. Lay a few towels on the floor to set the toilet on once it has been ...

Healthy Outlook: Health planning underway, plus news and notes

Story updated 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 There’s just so much going on that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one column unless I gave it a terribly generic headline. Among topics we’ll get to today are broccoli in your convenience stores (maybe), signs coming to the Lawrence ...

Garden Variety: Stinkbugs damage plants, remain pesky for gardeners

Stinkbugs are dime-sized, shield-shaped, green and brown insects that damage fruits, vegetables and other desirable plants when they feed on them. The insects are prevalent in gardens right now in northeastern Kansas and will be around until freezing temperatures arrive. Damage to fruits, ...

Fix-It Chick: Save money on watering garden by installing rain barrel

Keeping a garden watered can be expensive. Assuming it will rain at some point in time, installing a rain barrel is a great way to save money. For every inch of rainfall, a roof collects approximately .56 inches of rain per square foot of surface area. That means a 1,000-square-foot roof can ...