Lifestyle Columns

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 ...

Behind the Lens: Subject-driven photo projects unique, interesting

As a newspaper photographer, my subject matter is often assignment-driven and specific. I might go to the park for a feature photograph or head to the pool for a portrait of two swimmers. While these can be interesting and rewarding to document, I, like many photographers, also enjoy pursuing ...

Bite Sighs: Three-in-one apple cake

I really like cake mixes. They’re stable and extremely versatile. Imagine my delight when I discovered Anne Byrn and her Cake Mix Doctor series. She takes an ordinary box of mix and turns it into a gourmet dessert with a flick of her blender.In my opinion, one of Miz Anne’s best recipes is ...

River City Jules: The Male Midlife Crisis

“Every man will go through a midlife crisis. They either bring home a new car or a new woman,” I clearly remember my grandmother, Mama, telling me throughout most of my adult life. “Boy, was I happy when your grandfather came home in a red sports car!”I, too, breathed a sigh of relief ...

Fix-It Chick: Correct an uncooperative door

If you have a door that opens or shuts on its own, it could be a poltergeist, but more likely the house has settled and the door frame is no longer square. The correct way to fix the problem is to remove the door and all of its trim and then plumb up the frame. There are a few easier options ...

Lawrence Laundry: Garage sale season

It’s summertime in Lawrence and prime season for one of my favorite Saturday activities: garage sales. While it’s a bit risky to venture into a sale of someone else’s unwanted goods trying to find a specific item, garage sales have often surprised me with the amount of amazing stuff I can ...

Garden Calendar: Summer perfect time to get a taste of nearby wineries

This summer is the perfect time to check out the growing selection of local wineries — with great vineyard views, cozy tasting rooms and opportunities to listen to music while responsibly enjoying a little liquid refreshment. If you are a wine drinker, you might notice that Kansas wines have ...

Behind the Lens: Dear Lawrence Project redux

Click here to submit your photos to the Dear Lawrence project.Not so fast if you were thinking about putting away that shoebox of old photos. In light of the response we received from readers and the popularity of the Dear Lawrence Project, we’ve decided to bring it back for another ...

River City Jules: Ground rules for crowd-surfing

My husband might not be as young as he was 20 years ago, and his tolerance for warm beer, deafening music and standing in one place for a long period of time may have diminished some, but at heart he is the same hard-rocking, head-banging, concert-going guy I fell in love with during the final ...

Fix-It Chick: Remove a T-post 3 ways

Metal T-posts are by far the easiest way to install a fence, but removing the post can be problematic. T-posts get their name from two winged edges located at the base of the post, forming an upside down T. Once driven in to the ground, the T portion keeps the post from twisting or toppling ...

Remnant Rehab: Make your own lawn game

I was looking for a game to make for a recent backyard party. What I wanted to make was skee ball, but after coming up with a couple of sketches, it seemed like it would be too much sawing for my skill level.I searched online and found that ThisOldHouse.com had many tutorials for DIY yard games ...

Delicious/Nutritious: Varied berry options

Strawberries are in season, and the official snack of Wimbledon tennis tournament spectators (with cream, of course). Regardless of whether you’re a tennis fan, you’re in for a treat with these strawberry recipes.DeliciousMr. Meat and Potatoes isn’t a big fan of strawberries. I don’t ...

Everyday Life: You must wake up from this dream

Let’s talk about George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch guy in Florida who gunned down Trayvon Martin, the kid who was armed with a bag of Skittles, a can of iced tea, and a cellphone. There are a lot of takes on this story: Florida’s gun laws; racism (or not); critiques of the local ...