Lifestyle Columns

Fix-It Chick: How to wash a car

Washing a car may sound like child’s play, but here are a few pointers to help avoid telltale signs of a novice wash job. Start with a good-quality car wash mitt. Unlike old T-shirts, towels and rags, mitts hold lots of water and help pull dirt away from the car surface, reducing the risk of ...

Bite Sighs: Great-grandmother’s catastrophe cake

Even the best chefs have their off days, so an amateur like me shouldn’t be too shocked to have a baking session worthy of the Marquis de Sade now and then. Because of such a session, I’m no longer on speaking terms with prunes. It’s my great-grandma’s fault, really. It all started when ...

Lawrence Laundry: Maxi dresses a summer statement

Imagine wearing a blanket at all times. That’s it: just the softest blanket you could ever touch. Instead of it keeping you warm, though, it keeps you cool. It’s made out of the breeziest fabric known to man. In fact, it’s so breezy, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. So I ...

Garden Calendar: Black walnuts, forestry research topics of upcoming workshop

Although a single black walnut tree in an urban yard might seem to have little value for anyone but the squirrels, black walnuts are valuable for both lumber and nut production when properly managed.To share information about black walnut production, the Kansas Chapter of the Walnut Council is ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Logic doesn’t apply to luggage

“Everyone over there wears the same stuff we wear over here,” my husband said. It was his umpteenth attempt to curb my annual pre-vacation shopping spree. “Google pictures from over there and look at what people are wearing,” he continued. “They’re exactly like us.”“That’s not ...

Behind the Lens: When it comes to a camera’s sensor size, bigger usually better

Many decisions go into purchasing a digital camera. The physical size, shape, color and zooming capabilities may be a few of your determining factors. If you’re concerned about image quality, then you want to compare sensor sizes. The sensor in a digital camera is made up of thousands to ...

Faith Forum: What advice do you have for this year’s high school graduates?

The Rev. Glenn Fletcher, pastor of student ministries, Christ Community Church, 1100 Kasold Drive:Intrepid graduate,Well done, you have earned the right to celebrate this momentous achievement. You have passed the education of your youth. The next chapter awaits, standing ready to push you to ...

Bourdain right on the money about Deen

Tonight’s offerings should have some home chefs screaming at the screen. And I’m not just talking about another helping of Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” (7 p.m., Fox).“Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC) ends its second season of celebrity genealogical sleuthing as ...

Shows get a half-life

On television, as in life, May is a season of renewal. Or cancellation. Or a promise of a half-hearted, tentative renewal that feels a little bit like a death sentence. Ah, May.Earlier this month, in a generous act mixed with respect and pity, Fox announced that its cult sci-fi series ...

Suburbs pose threat to koala

An engaging combination of the smart, the poignant and the cute, the “Nature” presentation “Cracking the Koala Code” (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) should not be missed.Until now, my sole source of information about koalas was the old commercials for Australia’s Qantas airline. A ...

Lawrence Laundry: Mix it up with sunglasses this summer

I’m in a perpetual game of hide-and-seek with my sunglasses. One day, I’m at Arizona Trading Company trying to find a replacement pair for the ones that have been missing for a week, and the next day, I’m choosing which shades to wear out of a mound of sunglasses that seemed to have ...

Delicious/Nutritious: When life gives you lemons

This month, our Go! chefs have come up with several variations on lemons — a meal, a snack and a drink. What more could you ask?DeliciousI’m married to Mr. Meat and Potatoes. That means that our dinners have some required components, the main one being meat. So on the rare occasion I have a ...

Everyday Life: Goodbye, Anne

On April 1, I was sitting in a meeting of Zen teachers in Rhode Island (yes, Zen teachers have meetings) with several folks patched in by speakerphone (yes, it felt antediluvian, but Skype is unreliable). At the end of the meeting, one of the people patching in, Anne Rudloe from Panacea, Fla., ...

Fix-It Chick: Grow microgreens

Planting a tray or two of microgreens is an easy foray into gardening and a fun way to get a fix of fresh veggies before seasonal crops come to fruition.Step 1: Choose a selection of seeds including greens, lettuces and herbs. Traditional microgreens started out as mixes of arugula, basil, ...

River City Jules: A case of mistaken identity

It all started when I caught a glimpse of my friend, Mark, in a commercial for the Shoot-a-Brew on the Food Network series “Invention Hunters.” Excited to see the invention is making its way to our DVR (at 8 tonight on the Food Network), I texted Mark and a few other friends to share the ...

‘Smash’ ends without bang

“Smash” (9 p.m.), NBC’s ambitious and highly promoted musical drama, wraps up tonight. It’s taken a whole season to build up the kind of soap-opera froth it should have generated in the early going.Much of the problem with “Smash” is not just its deliberate pace, but that many of ...

Garden Calendar: Irises colorful, easy to grow

Irises are an old standby for any Kansas gardener, and it just so happens the flowers are available at a farm northeast of Lawrence in rural Leavenworth County. Meri and David O’Hare, the owners of Just “Sew” Happens farm, have more than 200 colors of irises for sale as tubers or for ...

Faith Forum: What does the Bible teach us about motherhood?

Dana Ortiz, executive director of Lawrence Family Promise:The Scriptures are an enormous resource for all of life, but speaking as a mom who has two teenage daughters, and as the director of Lawrence Family Promise, where I work with families and moms every day, I have to say it is the complete ...

Behind the Lens: Camera tempts subjects to break the fourth wall

In news-gathering situations, most photographers make a conscious effort not to allow their presence to influence the events around them. But the fact is, the possibility of publicity has an effect on people and often causes them to act differently when they know the camera is around or, worse, ...

‘Common Law’ follows USA playbook

Take the buddy-cop “bromance” genre, add a few too-cute gimmicks and you have “Common Law” (9 p.m., USA).Travis (Michael Ealy) and Wes (Warren Kole) may look like models, but they’re really homicide detectives. And they must be really good detectives, because their tough-as-nails ...