Lifestyle Columns

Everyday Life: Kumaré!

The unexpectedly sweet documentary “Kumaré” starts out with a Borat-type premise: a young American man of Indian ancestry pretends to be a guru. As the movie develops, the young man begins to care about his followers, giving them some basic self-help advice and teaching that each is ...

Lawrence Laundry: Guide to business casual

While the term “business casual” seems to be as relative and cerebral as a theory of Einstein’s, choosing appropriate outfits becomes even more complicated in the summer. Outside, the temperature is hitting record highs, while the office is consistently 5 degrees below comfortable. Over ...

Garden Calendar: Squash bugs make annual return

Even the best gardeners are plagued with hard-to-control pests, and squash bugs are an insect that come back to battle every year. Demonstration gardensButternut squash are nearly ready for harvest in the Douglas County Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens, 2110 Harper St. Master Gardeners are ...

Behind the Lens: Stuck in a photo rut

Several readers have commented to me before that they can often pick with a great success rate which Journal-World photographer shot a particular photo on a given day without looking at the credit. It’s true; quite a many distinguishable differences exist from one photographer to the next, ...

Style Scout: Christina Smith

Name: Christina SmithAge: 26Relationship status: Married-ishHometown: LawrenceTime in Lawrence: Four yearsOccupation: EducatorDream job: I do it. What were you doing when scouted? Watching a Hula-Hooper Describe your style: Casual hipFashion trends you love: I’m not up on fashion.Fashion ...

Style Scout: Jimmy Calderon

Name: Jimmy CalderonAge: 44Relationship status: Married with an awesome sonHometown: LawrenceTime in Lawrence: Been here since ’85. Moved away just enough to miss it. Occupation: Spanish translatorDream job: A good, cushy acting role in a TV seriesWhat were you doing when scouted? Reciting ...

Go Green: Special tape on windows can help reduce bird strikes

You’ve probably heard it — the sickening thud of a bird against a window. You may also have seen the ghost print of spread wings, a few feathers sticking to the glass, a stunned bird in a nearby tree trying to shake it off,or a dead bird below. Annually, 1 million birds die as a result of ...

Style for the Ages: Summer shoes for men

We’re now in full swing of yet another (surprise) hot, muggy Kansas summer — that time when heat waves ripple off the blacktop and central air becomes your refuge. Unfortunately, the heat’s not going away anytime soon, but neither should your classic, practical style. Over the next few ...

River City Jules: Wedding bells toll

My friend C.J. had the perfect proposal planned for his girlfriend, Michelle. Moved by the beauty of Christmas Eve Mass, Michelle would be a holiday vision as they exchanged gifts under the tree. First she would open the outfit he had carefully selected followed by a sparkling engagement ring ...

Fix-It Chick: We all scream for homemade ice cream

There is little that tastes better in the heat of the summer than a scoop of ice cold ice cream. Making homemade ice cream, although time-consuming, is a fun, easy way to make a delicious treat.Step 1: Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and chill all of the ingredients in the ...

Garden Calendar: Rot prevalent on tomatoes and squash

Master gardener training classSpaces are still available in the Fall 2012 Master Gardener training class, which runs Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 21 to Nov. 13.Contact us at 843-7058 for more information or check out our website at douglascountymastergardeners.org.Blossom end rot might be ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Filling the empty nest with puppy love

Boomerang Child No. 2 hurled herself out of our home and into her own place last week, ushering in a new era I’ve dubbed “Empty Nest, Part 3.” I know, it’s not very creative. But “Naked Days and Naked Nights” sounded unseemly, not to mention misleading. (Confession: I stole the ...

Faith Forum: Is it OK to skip church while away from home on summer vacation?

The Rev. Tom Brady, senior pastor, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.:Sure. I don’t believe that God keeps a scorecard on each one of us. So we don’t get extra “points” for attending church while on vacation, and we don’t lose points for not attending. God wants us to enjoy life ...

Behind the Lens: Vertical photos endangered, but still ideal for certain shots

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m vertically challenged. No, it’s not my height that concerns me. It’s more my lack of attention to shooting vertical photographs. But I’m not alone. Cameras are designed for holding in a horizontal position. Rotating for verticals can be awkward. Even our eyes ...

River City Jules: Van excavation

Apparently I had not cleaned out my car since September.I remember thinking I would pull out the vacuum over Thanksgiving. And again having the same thought after Christmas.Then we had that one snow, and I decided to wait until winter was over. Then March Madness rolled around, and I figured ...

Fix-It Chick: Replumb a door

A properly hung door stays shut when you want it shut and open when you want it open. If you have a door that continually defies your wishes, chances are the door is out of alignment. Multiple unaligned doors in any home may indicate a more serious problem. For minor alignment issues, ...

Lawrence Laundry: KC fashion show is redeeming

Look for profiles of the Lawrence designers who were featured in the 12th annual West 18th Street Fashion Show in the Pulse section July 15.A few weekends ago, I walked into a well-dressed, hat-wearing crowd of Kansas City folk preparing to feast their eyes upon 18 local fashion designers’ ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Designs to see Queen Lizzie royally sunk

The old man and I just returned from a two-week trip to the motherlands of our ancestors: England, Ireland and, of course, Scotland. By sheer happenstance, our visit started in London on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th Jubilee Pageant. When I discovered this, I was elated. A lifelong ...

Faith Forum: Is it wrong to enjoy violent movies, books and video games?

The Rev. Matt Cox, pastor, EastLake Community Church, 2734 La. (South Junior High):I am an avid gamer and love a good movie. Unfortunately it’s common for Christians to get dogmatic about entertainment, making broad brushstrokes about what types of movies you can or can’t watch. Two issues: ...

Garden Calendar: There’s still time to start a garden

Container gardeningSome good vegetable varieties for containers:• Beans: Blue Lake, Kentucky Wonder, Fortex• Cucumber: Bush Whopper, Salad Bush, Patio Pickle, Spacemaster, Bush Champion• Eggplant: Fairy Tale, Bambino, most standard varieties• Muskmelon: Minnesota Midget, Sweet ‘n ...