November 14, 2017 RSS feed / Home & Family

Efforts aim to limit the spread of fire ants

They sting, damage crops and wildlife, and are extending their range in the United States.  Imported fire ants are unwelcome guests here, and careless plant shipping helps them spread.  A colony was discovered this spring in palm trees sent More...

Flavorful pan-roasted Brussels sprouts

Cooking on Deadline:

Brussels sprouts lovers, you are in for a treat: a side dish that will threaten to steal center stage.  More...

Six months in: An update on Dustin’s transition home

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Six months ago, my husband, Dustin, retired from the military. More...

New doorbells have lots of bells and whistles

Right at Home:

Before electricity, doorbells rang via a complex rigging of mechanical pulleys. Visitors pulled a rope or turned a key-like affair — think Downton Abbey’s elaborate system to summon staff, but on a smaller scale for the masses. More...

Home buying

Taking the purchase plunge young: 20-somethings weigh in

Buying a home can be daunting, especially if you’re young. Twenty-somethings (many of them new to saving and some carrying student loan debt) can be intimidated by the sheer amount of money and paperwork involved in home buying. More...

The parts of Maine that made us stay

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

Last month I found a photo that brought back a rush of memories and validated our long-ago decision to stay in Maine to raise our children. More...

Looks like a pumpkin? Call it a pumpkin

Friends have complimented me on my pumpkins, but are these things I’ve grown really pumpkins? Sure, they are round and orange and fluted. More...

Helpful tips for replacing pizza, movie night with family fitness dates

sweat together

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Old-world charm in European cities?

Cereal cafes serving Lucky Charms, other favorites

BARCELONA, Spain Travelers wandering the streets of European capitals in search of old-world charm might just as likely stumble upon a bowl of Lucky Charms. More...

Flexible frittata is a thick, satisfying omelet

What to do on a busy weeknight when you poke your head into the fridge and discover a variety of souvenirs left over from previous meals — including veggies, protein and starch? More...

Politicization of military leads to good questions

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

When military issues are politicized on the left and the right, being a military family sometimes feels akin to being a child caught between divorced parents.  More...

Smartweed is a weed even if it’s pretty

I paused my shoveling of horse manure the other day to rest my eyes on a most attractive plant growing at the edge of the pile. More...

Kitchen cabinets become bold

Ask a Designer:

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. More...

Daffodil drifts can be ‘golden roads’ for drive-by viewing

Volunteers in a small New York community are planting massive drifts of daffodils this fall to paint their springtime roadsides golden. More...

Hey kids, these things never, ever happened

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

As my family has grown up in recent years, and especially as my oldest sons have become teenagers, I’ve wondered how the kids’ childhoods will be remembered through their individual lenses of perception and memory.  More...

Ona Judge: The slave who ran away from George Washington

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. Stepping off a boat in a New Hampshire port in 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge was on the run from the family of President George Washington. More...

Gardening series looks at pot

They’ve written guides about growing fruit, vegetables, houseplants and more. Now, the authors of a popular gardening series have set their sights on something a little different.  More...

For foster parents of disabled children, money stays tight

PHILADELPHIA   Like most parents trying to make ends meet, Vivian Shine-King needs to get creative sometimes. More...

Headlines showing the difficulty of parenthood

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

It’s hard to be a parent, especially in today’s world. More...

Cooking on deadline: Linguine with lemon, feta and basil

This is one of those super-fast pastas that you will be happy to add to your repertoire, especially now when many of us are getting swallowed up into back-to-school schedules.  You’ll even have time to make a green salad while the water c More...