Lifestyle Columns

Lawrence Laundry: Summer wedding style

There are certain stages in life during which all your friends have these grand ideas to move to big cities or to get married or to have babies. At this point in time, it seems that all my friends have hit the “get married” stage. And while I’m still a little shaken up from nearly ...

Garden Calendar: Lavender farm making purple waves

At Washington Creek Lavender, cresting the hill to a field of lavender stems swaying in the breeze feels more like visiting the Mediterranean than a farm in southern Douglas County. I was already of fan of this aromatic herb, but I have a new respect for lavender after visiting with farm owners ...

Faith Forum: What are the best biblical lessons about being a good father?

Barry Watts, associate pastor of Lawrence Heights Christian Church, 2321 Peterson Road:The greatest lesson is love. It is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The love spoken ...

Behind the Lens: Circling your subjects can lead to better photos

When I offer instruction to people on how to take better photographs, I usually lean on my list of 10 or so visual devices. These include techniques adaptable to every camera and photographer and include things like the use of dominant foregrounds and contributing backgrounds, juxtaposition, ...

Go Green: Pressure cooker a worthwhile investment

This is what I remembered about the pressure cooker: I remembered the hissing dial on top, its menacing rattle. I remember my mother warning my sisters and me not to go anywhere near it or we would make the top blow off and scald ourselves beyond recognition. Several years ago during Nancy ...

Mind Matters: Program ‘life GPS’ to know when you’re off track

While driving, if we make a turn that takes us in the wrong direction, our GPS reminds us with the words, “You are now off track.” After one of these events, we were musing how nice it would be if we had a GPS for our lives — maybe a software program that you input your life destination, ...

Fix-It Chick: Repair a leaky hose end

Whether you grow grass, garden or just like to run through the sprinkler every now and then, chances are you will encounter a leaky garden hose end at some point in your life. A quick trip to your local hardware store can save the leaky hose and your money in one fell swoop.Step 1: If the ...

River City Jules: Life mirrors ‘Hunger Games’

At the urging of my husband, I recently caught up with America and read Suzanne Collins’s “Hunger Games” series. Like a citizen to the reaping, I approached the first book with trepidation. My husband and kids had zipped through them without any problem, but everyone else I knew used ...

Style Off the Cuff: Thrifting For Guys

As I got into the clothing industry, both as a consumer and on the retail and manufacturing sides, it took a serious toll on my finances. I am very interested in quality-fitting and quality-made (particularly USA-made) clothing that is going to last a long time. There are plenty of retailers ...

Garden Calendar: 10 reasons to join Master Gardeners

Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners are accepting applications for this fall’s training class, and area residents are invited to join the community service/education organization. Here are some reasons you might want to become a Master Gardener: Reason 10: Learning new lingo and ...

Boomer Girl Diary: Married to a stubborn Boy Scout

I married a Boy Scout.I don’t mean that figuratively, as in an honest, loyal and trustworthy guy who assists old ladies in crossing the street — although he is certainly all of those things. My spouse is a real Boy Scout — an Eagle Scout, to be exact — who lives and dies by the Boy ...

Faith Forum: What are your favorite religious activities to do over the summer?

The Rev. Paul Gray, senior pastor, New Life in Christ, 619 Vt.:I’m thrilled to say that I have no favorite “religious activities” any time of year! Religion, as I understand it, is any effort to gain or maintain favor with God by my efforts. I hope I never participate in another ...

Behind the Lens: Phone apps don’t lessen journalistic credibility

For anyone who thought the whole funky, camera app craze was just a fad, the April sale of Instagram to Facebook for about a billion smackaroos may suggest otherwise. Plenty have scoffed at the validity of images produced from apps like Instagram or Hipstamatic both as art but also as ethical ...

CBS unleashes summer schedule

In network television, CBS is the top dog. But with “Dogs in the City” (7 p.m., TV-PG), it’s borrowing a series idea from “The Dog Whisperer,” a show that has migrated from National Geographic to Nat Geo Wild. That only goes to prove that in television, sometimes it’s the tail that ...

Fix-It Chick: Remove a stubborn screw

Back in the good old days, it was common practice to coat the threads of a screw with a little beeswax before installing it to facilitate the screw’s removal at a later date.Then and now, with or without beeswax, screws get stuck, and it often takes ingenuity as well as elbow grease to get ...

Remnant Rehab: Cheaply frame fabric art

I love going to estate sales. Not only are there interesting finds and great deals, but often you get a glimpse of the person’s personality and interests by what they’ve accumulated.At an estate sale in Topeka, I found some paintings on fabric that I thought were interesting enough to take ...

As I See Fit: Jump into water workouts

'Tis the season. With Memorial Day upon us, I think we can all safely assume that a last sudden arctic blast will not be hitting us this year. We can pack up our winter clothing and officially make the switch to tank tops and flip-flops. Yes, it’s time. It’s time to welcome the summer ...

River City Jules: Looking back on Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called “Decoration Day” (not for its three-day furniture sales but for the decoration of soldiers’ graves), traces its roots back to May 1, 1865, shortly after the end of the Civil War and Lincoln’s subsequent assassination, when recently freed slaves in South ...

Garden Calendar: Manure use may pose problems in the garden

Experienced gardeners and farmers know that healthy soil is the key to healthy plants, and one way to improve soil health is to add nutrient-rich organic matter. One favorite and highly sought-after source of organic matter is animal manure, but if you use it you need to ask questions about it ...