Lifestyle Columns

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 ...

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 ...