Oscar is a scaredy-cat when it comes to flying

NEW YORK Oscar is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi, along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede. But there’s one aspect of modern life Oscar doesn’t like: flying. More...

Reality check on buying habits thanks to Tiffany’s

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

After years of Dustin groaning about my stash of knitting supplies and yarn (and my habit of buying new shoes once a year), I had an opportunity to show him that it could be worse. You could call this priming. I call it making conversation.  More...

For more spring flowers, multiply bulbs before planting

Wait! Before you put those tulip, daffodil, crocus and hyacinth bulbs in the ground, do you want to multiply them? Sure, they’ll multiply by themselves, but you can speed up the process. Bulb or corm? More...

Why should summer have all the leafy fun? Try a winter salad

Summer may officially be the season of green salads, but wintertime versions have advantages that make them worth exploring. More...

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

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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...