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This photo provided by West Elm shows throw blankets for fall.  If you're looking for an easy, low-commitment and cozy way to change the look of your home for fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets. (West Elm via AP)

It’s a wrap: decorating with throws and blankets

Thursday, September 3, 2015

If you’re not up for big projects like repainting the walls or adding insulation to the attic this fall, consider stocking up on throw blankets for an easy, low-commitment way to change the look of your rooms — and keep cozy. Whether turned out in luxurious cashmere or a soft synthetic, a throw is a snuggly alternative to zipping up another sweatshirt or cranking up the thermostat when the temperature dips. “People just love that soft, extra-cozy feeling to wrap up in them,” said Jami Supsic, style director for Country Living magazine. “Nothing would be better on a winter night than having a chunky throw …

Surrounded by beauty: Belchertown artist’s yard is filled with gardens of all kinds

Thursday, September 3, 2015

From the beginning, when she built her contemporary house in Belchertown 17 years ago, Karen Chrisman knew she wanted to surround her home with gardens. “I had the plan in my head, I knew what it would look like and it is pretty close,” she said in a recent interview. Her gardens were …

Get Growing: Time to bring the houseplants back inside

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September is the month for new beginnings. Even though it may be 90 degrees this week, fall is in the air and it’s time to prepare houseplants for the journey inside. It’s important to bring them indoors in September before there is any need to turn on the furnace. They need to acclimate …

Civil rights activist Amelia Boynton Robinson dies at 104

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for …

John Engel: A family makes room for different ways to replenish

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nothing like beach says summer. Sun, sand and surf equal fun, for many. Beaches, in my experience are usually crowded, surrounded by development — ranging from the ticky-tacky to the clamor of outlet malls — and bland, leaving me subdued. I prefer mountains and forests — preferably together …

Living with Children: Over-indulged 5-year-old needs ‘Vitamin N’

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A father tells me that he tries to give his son, age five and an only child, everything he wants because he wants his son to be happy. But he’s not. He’s petulant, moody, often sullen and is having problems getting along with other children. Furthermore, he doesn’t …

Balancing Act: Can these dolls help solve the STEM problem for girls?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BC-SELF-FAM-LIFE-BALANCE:TB - lifestyle (950 words),1012 Balancing Act: Can these dolls help solve the STEM problem for girls? (Editor’s note: This story is being resent to correct title of university in lead sentence.) By Heidi Stevens Chicago Tribune (TNS) When Isaac Larian was a civil engineering student at California …

Ex-etiquette: Keep or leave husband who lied bigtime about his finances?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BC-FAM-EXETIQUETTE:MCT - lifestyle (550 words),0635 Ex-etiquette: Keep or leave husband who lied bigtime about his finances? By Jann Blackstone Tribune News Service (TNS) Q. After being married for a year I found out my husband was further in debt than he confided prior to our marriage. I now …

It is poor who suffer when water is scarce

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Drought shaming could become a popular pastime in California’s driest summer. Egregious water wasters, especially the ones with massive lawns and high public profiles, are getting called out by reporters and humbled on social media. There’s something to be said for bringing the heedless well-to-do low, but make …

Tantrum proof: How to raise children who don’t feel entitled

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

No one wants to be the parent of a child going viral in a video, screaming in a restaurant or throwing a tantrum in the cereal aisle. So how can parents form a foundation that fights back against …

Not crying in Calif. over spilled water

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES — On a recent sweltering Saturday afternoon, I submerged my guilt and filled the bathtub halfway for my 3-year-old twins to play in. It was their first bath in months. The early childhood rituals of spiky-haired …

Liftoff

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Summer brings the World Series of Poker — and with it tens of thousands of poker players from all over the world — to Las Vegas. The mix of players and styles can produce the sort of crazy …