Lifestyle Columns

‘Locked Up’ more dumb dude routine

Is tonight’s “celebrity” edition of “Locked Up Abroad” (9 p.m., National Geographic) a cautionary tale? Or a comedy? It’s hard to turn a series all but based on “Midnight Express” into a sitcom. But it’s not impossible.Tonight’s tale is narrated and re-enacted by its ...

‘L.A. Complex’ acknowledges poverty

Attractive strivers hang out poolside at a rundown Hollywood motel while awaiting their big break in the new series “The L.A. Complex” (8 p.m., CW). Don’t worry. It’s not located on Melrose Place. “The Lux” motel is located in a much more down-market neighborhood.‘‘The L.A. ...

Lawrence Laundry: City has its own code of modesty

I am of the opinion that Lawrence, Kan., is the greatest place on earth.I’m not sure how it happened — whether God intended for our city to be the mecca of the Midwest, or we took it upon ourselves to make this little corner of the world so alive and interesting. Either way, this ...

River City Jules: Kitty commode

When our kids first came home from our neighbors’ house talking about our neighbors’ new cat, my husband and I were confused.“They are training the cat to do WHAT?” we asked in disbelief.“They aren’t using a litter box,” the kids insisted. “They’re teaching the cat to use the ...

Fix-It Chick: Install a wooden handrail

Installing a wooden hand rail is a simple way to make any set of stairs a little bit safer for everyone.Step 1: Determine the best length for the handrail by measuring the distance from the bottom step to the top step. Purchase a railing section somewhat longer than the desired length.Step 2: ...

Remnant Rehab: Try a flirty bubble hem dress for prom

There are two occasions that almost any woman encounters requiring expensive dresses — weddings and prom.Even if it’s not your wedding, you’ll need a dress. If you’re a bridesmaid, in most cases it ends up being an expensive dress that you’re unlikely to wear again. No matter what the ...

Behind the Lens: Robinson’s reaction sums up KU defeat

I’ll offer one more story on our recent photo coverage of the Kansas University men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament. After KU made the Final Four, photo coverage of each game had less to do with shooting numerous action photos and more to do with capturing key plays and player ...

Faith Forum: What is your favorite way to connect with God through nature?

The Rev. Pam Morrison, addiction recovery minister, The Healing House, Kansas City:To describe one way that I feel close to God through nature is too limiting.One of my favorite songs is the “Canticle of the Sun.” It points at the problem of choosing. The lyrics include, “The heavens are ...

Garden Calendar: Is it too early to plant tomatoes?

The question about when to plant tomatoes is long debated between gardeners, and I consider it to be one of the top five gardening questions for this area.The answer varies depending on your soil type, exactly where you live, microclimates, and what kind of protection you are willing to give ...

‘Independent Lens’ documents excitement surrounding electric cars

“Independent Lens” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) airs “Revenge of the Electric Car.” Director Chris Paine made quite a splash back in 2006 with “Who Killed the Electric Car?” That film showed how hopes were dashed by a vast conspiracy among oil companies and compliant ...

Fix-It Chick: Use less plastic

According to the EPA, in 2010 the United States produced over 32 million tons of plastic in the form of packaging, containers and durable goods. In that same year, the U.S. generated 31 million tons of plastic waste, of which only 8 percent was recovered for recycling. Here are some simple ...

River City Jules: Brace yourselves for this tale

Watching my oldest daughter reclined comfortably in the orthodontist’s chair, excited to finally have her braces removed, brought back so many memories.Like my daughter, I started my freshman year of high school with braces. Unlike my daughter, I also sported a home perm that left me looking ...

Lawrence Laundry: Add a touch of green to your closet

Where to shopHere are some of my favorite places to shop secondhand: Wild Man Vintage, 939 Mass.: The weirdest clothes. The best boots. The biggest supply of neat T-shirts. Arizona Trading Company, 736 Mass.: The best sunglasses, which are ironically not used. Huge selection. Locust Street ...

Bite Sighs: Pattycakes, pattycakes for baker’s little man

Our little boy turns 4 this month, and he’s a huge fan of all things orange. He loves his orange plate, his orange sippy (full of orange juice), and his orange … oranges. It seemed like a logical move to create an orange cookie for his birthday.Dried “cranbabies,” as Junior calls them, ...

Faith Forum: What is the most important message to take away from Passover?

Rabbi Neal Schuster, senior Jewish educator, KU Hillel, 722 N.H.:Passover has just ended, which makes this week’s question of what message we can “take away” from Passover, even more fitting. As the festival fades in the rear-view mirror of our holiday calendar, we can remember that the ...

Behind the Lens: Final thoughts on the Final Four

The NCAA Tournament, and more specifically the Final Four, can be regimented to the point of peculiarity. There are rules to follow, places you can go, places you can’t and plenty of people who are paid to make sure you know the difference. They even regulate what cups you can drink out of ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Texting can be a pain in the neck

Attention soon-to-be-graduates and displaced boomers looking for a new career:The jobs of the future aren’t in plastics. They aren’t in law, rocket science or even Botox. If you want a vocation that will be both lucrative and personally rewarding for decades to come, think chiropractic.How ...

Garden Calendar: Wisteria provides late spring color

Just as the lilac blossoms (and questions about them) fade, the brilliant purple and white panicles of wisteria come along to delight their owners and passers-by. Wisteria is a woody vine whose flowers hang in clusters that reach 12 to 18 inches long on some varieties. They are often seen ...

Endless love for Lionel Richie tonight

What year is it? On “Mad Men,” it’s 1966. “Magic City” has just welcomed New Year’s Day, 1959. But out here in the “real” world, 1984 is breaking out all over. And I’m not just talking about a new album from Madonna.“Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC) repeats a ...

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 ...