We all know what to do when life gives you lemons. (I’ll give you a hint: it involves lemonade.) But sometimes life really rears back and lets us have it, and it seems like that’s what is going on in the world this week. We’ve got the coronavirus lurking around out there, the economy is tank…

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There’s nothing like settling down to and getting lost in a movie to take our minds off troubled times. And with cinemas everywhere closing for now, and much of the citizenry hunkering in their homes, the assignment that came my way was to suggest ways to see movies, then recommend which one…

Let’s face it, there are only so many days of Netflix, Hulu or YouTube videos a person can absorb before their eyes begin assuming an oblong configuration. So here are 10 simple low-tech activities for singles, couples or families looking for ways to survive the weeks ahead of home confineme…

For a long time, I was a dedicated slow cooker fan, which worked well when my kids were little and I could dump everything in the pot in the morning and then pull it out ready to go at dinner time. But once the kids left the nest and I was just cooking for two, it seemed like a good time to …

Last year, two robins built their nest in the Aspen tree in front of our house. I named them Fred and Ethel. Ethel, it appeared, was in charge. Fred helped. But, as with most females, the nest was hers. Fred brought twigs and did his best, but Ethel corrected his mistakes, laid her eggs and …

I am impressed when before giving an injection a doctor says, “This will pinch” or “This may feel cold,” when about to put an instrument of some sort on your body. Pediatricians vary in the way they approach children about these things.

I found this recipe on the Old El Paso website and tweaked it because that’s part of the fun of cooking. This is a super easy version of chicken tacos. If you don’t care for hot and spicy food, use regular or even mild taco seasoning and use plain petite diced tomatoes instead of the Rotel.

Reader Question: We are looking to buy our first home. We have seen a house we like, but it needs much work. The house has been neglected but has a solid structure. We have a down payment and good credit. Twenty-percent down at our price point, but not enough cash to make the down payment an…

Dust! We can’t live with it or without it. We wipe it off, vacuum it up and try not to breathe it. Yet it carries our rain, allows for colorful sunsets and sunrises and puts smoke in our chimneys. Dust also is all over the universe and gives us the wonder of zodiacal light in our late winter…

As more communities deal with outbreaks of COVID-19, those at risk are being advised to stay home and stock up to protect themselves.But experts say the need to hunker down does not mean people shouldn’t reach out to help.[gh:style].embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25…

It’s rare to find an omnivore who doesn’t appreciate chicken. America’s most popular meat is poised to oust pork as the world’s favorite animal protein. When that preference is combined with the the fact that human beings also love our foods breaded and crispy, we can begin to understand why…

Anthony, New Mexico, is a mere crow’s flight from El Paso, Texas, my point of origin. Anthony is where my group from the Society of American Travel Writers stopped to enjoy a meaty and chili-spice-centric luncheon on a ranch known for its pecan orchard. Our adventure was billed as Borderland…

Cape May, New Jersey, is the oldest seashore resort town in the U.S. and one of the most beautiful places to spend a weekend, summer vacation or getaway.

In NO way were granite countertops a contender for my last kitchen remodel. Quartz countertops were what I had my heart set on, and the only choice in the matter was what color and design of this then-brand-new engineered stone I was going to use.But that was then. This is now.Now I’m in a n…

You can learn volumes about your father just by climbing into the seat of Old Dad’s pickup and conducting a thorough examination of the truck’s contents, if you are brave enough.

On Aug. 9 of last year, Donald Trump tweeted, “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie co…

Spring has sprung, the days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and the flowers are opening. As a child, I remember early spring as being a riot of color and the air being filled with the sound of birds singing louder as they returned after a cold winter. The air also had a dif…

When I lived in the suburbs, I used to keep a dozen reusable grocery bags in my car to replace the disposable plastic bags they used at the stores. Naturally, I would always forget to take them in, and then I’d have to make a mad dash to my car to get my bags, mid check-out, while a line of …

Once my kids became teenagers, I didn’t get many chances to sniff babies anymore. For anyone who has ever had kids, you know what I’m talking about. Before kids start smelling like peanut butter and dirt, they smell really good. Just like bubbles and sunshine. Not right after they have spit …

We are drowning in bad news. The coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread. Many corporations are instructing employees to work remotely from home. Colleges are shifting to online classes. The NBA has suspended its season. March Madness will be played without fans in the seats. From one cas…

The spread of the global pandemic to our shores has confronted us once again with the need as parents to help our children understand and deal with a looming threat, one that impacts on all our lives. In this instance, the unseen threat may impose restrictions on children’s activities and be…

Our shoulders help define our upper body’s structure. Strength and tone in our upper body are not only pleasing to the eye, but, oh, so functional as well. Strong shoulders and back help hold us up straight, guard against injury, and aid in other muscle group training as well.

Reader Question: We bought a house and were two days from closing escrow. The seller could not produce the necessary documents to close. The seller now wants to back out of the contract. Can they force us to release them from the contract and return our earnest money? We want the house, plus…

I’d wager that most of you have not seen “King Kong” on a big screen. I mean a big screen in a movie theater, not in your living room. And I don’t mean the hokey 1976 Dino De Laurentiis remake, or Peter Jackson’s overlong 2005 remake. I mean the original 1933 masterpiece, that combined actio…

In “The Way Back,” Ben Affleck, no stranger to rehab and relapse, plays a high school basketball coach battling alcoholism. The character mirrors the actor’s own struggles so much that it’s hard to see where Ben Affleck ends and Jack Cunningham begins. The movie is better off because of that…

Full moon is this Monday, March 9. As we gaze upon our faithful natural satellite, its orbital routine we have known since man or woman first paid attention to the night sky, we might feel reassured that our home, the Earth, has its one companion, traveling with us on our perpetual journey a…

According to the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, there are currently around 380,000 church congregations in the United States. Christianity Today’s Rebecca Randall reports that number was higher in 2006, with approximately 414,000 congregations. From 2006 to 2012, an estimated …

Although it seems we are in unprecedented times, looking to the past can help give us direction and understanding on how to move forward. From revolts against the king to shocking crimes to deadly plagues, history is full of lessons to learn from. Here are a few history podcasts to listen to…