delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:18:46 +0000 Wine Talk: New Souverain maintains value legacy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 10:20:05 +0000 By Robert Whitley Creators Syndicate If money were no object, a top-notch Barolo or perhaps a grand cru Burgundy would do nicely as my house wine. That's not very realistic, however, because I, like most everyone else, have a limited budget for wine. Thus my never-ending search for value wines that deliver outstanding quality at a modest price.
Value is relative, of course. I was recently impressed with the 2010 Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County [...]]]>
Cards-N-Time Games: Athens and Stockholm Olympics Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:07:38 +0000 By Bob Allison Looking Up: 'Spring star' to briefly vanish Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Peter Becker More Content Now Keep an eye out for Regulus and don't be surprised of one night this month it briefly disappears.
Stars normally don't just "go out" suddenly, but for a certain area of the Northeast U.S., [...]]]>
Health Watch: Plank like a pro Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Have you ever tried planking on top of a fridge? How about on a desk, a train or on top of a billboard sign? No? But you might have laughed at those crazy viral photos of planking in unique places. Although their form isn't quite up to par, these plank daredevils are onto something — a plank is truly one of the best core exercises ever. No need to do endless crunches or break out expensive equipment: planking is an easy, all-terrain, effective exercise.
Planking offers a [...]]]>
Stay fit for the rest of your life Thu, 06 Mar 2014 22:08:58 +0000 By Reggie Grovey Religion News: Vatican leads world in wine consumption Thu, 06 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Residents of tiny Vatican City consume more wine than any other country in the world.
According to statistics released by California's Wine Institute, residents drink 74 liters of wine per person a year, which is double the per-capita consumption of Italy as a whole. A standard bottle of wine is .75 liters.
That's double the amount of wine that's consumed in France or Italy and triple the amount drunk in the United Kingdom.
Some of that wine consumption is related [...]]]>
Peter Chianca: Daughter's first show conjures ghosts of rock concerts past Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:02:42 +0000 By Peter Chianca More Content Now Somewhere among the screaming crowd whose pale [...]]]> In Good Faith: Lent Madness: The saintly smackdown! Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:27:34 +0000 By the Rev. Tim Schenck More Content Now Yet true engagement of Lent transcends the stereotypes -- it's not about subsisting on twigs or walking around looking dour or practicing self-flagellation. Lent needn't be all doom and gloom. Lent is, [...]]]> 5 Things to Do This Weekend (March 7-9) Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 1. The big movies opening this weekend are "300: Rise of an Empire," an R action movie that is a sequel of sorts to the bloody "300'; and a film at the opposite end of the spectrum, the gentle PG "Mr. Peabody & Sherman," an animated tale about the titular characters.
2. This weekend is American Crossword Puzzle Weekend. It's a time to do some crosswords again - or for the first time. Check out your newspaper for the daily crossword, or head [...]]]>
Dear Monty: Utility bill increase squeezes tenants Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Richard Montgomery More Content Now Lost in Suburbia: Hair of the dog that smelled bad Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Tracy Beckerman More Content Now "No, sorry," she replied. "I have to take Tyra for a wash, cut and blowout."
If I hadn't known this person very well, I would have assumed she was talking about her daughter or mother.
But she was not.
She was talking about her dog.
I had forgotten that Tyra had a standing appointment at the poodle parlor every four weeks to get groomed. She had her own stylist who understood all the nuances of Tyra's coat, [...]]]>
Dave Ramsey: Can gambling be considered entertainment spending? Wed, 05 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dave Ramsey More Content Now How do you feel about gambling at a casino, as long as you limit your spending and don't expect to win big money?
Dear Brian,
I don't really have a moral problem with it, but I don't understand the concept. Call me crazy, but I do not get a thrill from losing money I've worked hard to earn. That's not my idea of entertainment.
When someone tells me they gamble for fun or recreation, my first thought is they're delusional enough to believe that they'll actually [...]]]>
Dr. Murray Feingold: Don’t be alarmed by the numbers Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:59:41 +0000 By Dr. Murray Feingold More Content Now But before you consider this information to be factual and reliable, it's important to determine how these figures were ascertained.
For example, the reason for the increase in the number of people being [...]]]>
Suzette Martinez Standring: Matthew McConaughey - gratitude reciprocates Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:25:13 +0000 By Suzette Martinez Standring More Content Now When I was a little girl, my mother used to say, "Always thank God for everything. Otherwise, he'll get tired of giving you things." One might say, "Well, that's not very sincere." Like a tyke on training wheels, I was learning not to fall down, and "you [...]]]> Kent Bush: Christian rock much better now Tue, 04 Mar 2014 09:38:16 +0000 By Kent Bush More Content Now Back in my day, we had to walk uphill in the snow both ways just to find decent Christian music to listen to. Well, it didn't always snow, but finding good music with a positive message was an uphill climb.
I remember having to special order Christian music I discovered on my own from the local Christian bookstore that carried about 20 cassette tapes in inventory at any given time.
If you have never gone on Youtube and searched for [...]]]>
Dr. Elaine Heffner: The changed goal of parenting Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 By Dr. Elaine Heffner More Content Now A major change has been that of women's roles, which has changed both child-rearing [...]]]> Food for Thought: Wine and food: Making a perfect match Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 If you've ever stood before an aisle of wine completely baffled by what to serve at your next dinner party, you aren't alone. Whether red or white, dry or sweet, the options can be overwhelming.
Two wine experts from The Art Institutes system of schools have teamed up to help you navigate the wine aisle like a pro.
"It's no longer necessary for wine to be just for special occasions," says Chef T. Stella Bernard, certified wine professional and an instructor for The Art [...]]]>
Family Time: Tips for interpreting nutrition facts labels Tue, 04 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 Take a trip to the grocery store and you'll encounter miles of aisles stocked with thousands of food products. Every product has a story to tell or better yet, sell. Information printed on packages is helpful but it's often confusing and even a bit misleading.
While lists of ingredients and the nutrition facts panel are there to help shoppers choose foods to fit their nutritional needs, it's not always easy to interpret. Learning how to decode the jumble of numbers and [...]]]>
Home Help: Four quick color tips to awaken your home Mon, 03 Mar 2014 12:28:11 +0000 Looking to make a big impact in your kitchen on a small budget? A new color can awaken your kitchen to make it the center for all to gather. Try different hues, with a mix of decorative and functional kitchen items such as serving bowls, platters and pitchers.
If your dining furniture is looking a bit outdated, consider painting it. Chairs, tables, sideboards, buffets and more can be revitalized in just one weekend. Be sure to properly prep your project so it withstands [...]]]>
Get A Life: It’s about meaning, not perfection Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:17:34 +0000 By Loretta LaRoche More Content Now Now believe me when I tell you that I think that there is merit in some of the aforementioned. I have been an avid [...]]]> delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:18:46 +0000 Dear Michael: Ready to date again? Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:39:00 +0000 By Michael Serode More Content Now My friend has been a widow for over a year. She seems so lonely, and I'd really like to see her be happy again. How soon can she start dating? She is in her late 60s, but still very active and beautiful. How young is too young for a new beau? I want to start talking to her about it, but I figured I would ask you about it first.
Second Time Around
Dear Miss Second Time,
I think that since it has been a year it would be acceptable for her to start dating [...]]]>
A League of Her Own: Time waits for no one Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:04:31 +0000 By Heather Gillis Harris More Content Now Watching my children grow up could possibly be the hardest change for me to accept.
I fully admit when they were first born I couldn't wait for them to be able to do things for themselves — to eat, walk, talk or use the bathroom without my help.
My exhaustion as a young, inexperienced parent caused me to wish time away.
When you are in the thick of it, you don't always appreciate [...]]]>
Shayne Looper: The prophet of the fall of Christendom Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:01:06 +0000 By Shayne Looper More Content Now The church's moral authority has diminished. People are not turning to the church to ask what is right, they are turning to the courts to ask what is [...]]]> Family Matters: Toss out the guilt with the rest of the trash Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:12:09 +0000 By Diana Boggia More Content Now Even if you are a seasoned parent with a large family, the needs of each child vary, and therefore your response to the challenge will vary.
To be most effective, you've got to be on your A game at all times, with expectations clearly defined, consequences for both wonderful and worrisome behavior at the ready, and a great, big bag available to carry parental guilt.
Hopefully, you are able to throw out [...]]]>
Gary Brown: The calm that comes with forgetfulness Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:10:04 +0000 By Gary Brown My delay in remembering made unsurprising sense to me, in a confirming sort of way. The column, you see, concerned forgetting things.
I fear sometimes that I'm becoming my mother.
The chance that I could be following in her mental [...]]]>
Get A Life: The problem with the Biebers of the world Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:56:00 +0000 By Loretta LaRoche My question is has it always been this way, or is it possible that our culture paves the way for individuals to become famous and rich without the foundation to support their success? Yes, [...]]]> On Computers: Delete never deletes; you need a disk washer for that Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:17:40 +0000 More Content Now
When you give a used phone, tablet or computer to somebody, it's not enough to delete all of your data files. The word "deleting" is one of the great misnomers of computing.
When you delete a file, all you do is change its entry name on the hard drive. It could be as simple as turning the first bit of the file upside down. That makes the data invisible, but it is still there. There are programs that restore the entry with a mouse click, and the deleted [...]]]>
After-Work Gourmet: Current events can be a culinary adventure Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:16:00 +0000 By Lisa Messinger Creators Syndicate Why not stir that up with a bit of delicious food history, as well? One thing people with curious palates soon find out is that they can learn the history, culture, politics and other characteristics of a place through its food, whether the destination is as close as another part of your own state or as [...]]]> Ask Angie: How do I find a trustworthy energy auditor? Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:15:05 +0000 Dear Debra: An audit can be a great first step to reducing energy costs, provided you don't end up paying for unnecessary options.
Also called a home energy assessment, an energy audit is a room-by-room review of how efficiently your home uses energy. You can do a rudimentary assessment yourself simply by going [...]]]>
Dr. Murray Feingold: Medical scribes free up physicians Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:49:34 +0000 By Dr. Murray Feingold More Content Now How does the information for the electronic records get into the computer? In many instances, doctors are inputting the data while they are seeing the patient. And while they are doing that, they are spending less time relating to the patient. As a result, patients are not [...]]]> Jim Hillibish: Mountain moonshine suddenly respectable Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:04:36 +0000 By Jim Hillibish More Content Now In the interest of tax revenues, 46 states relaxed their liquor laws. The result was moonshine suddenly became street legal - even in grocery stores.
Moonshine. That backwoods elixir of 100-proof grain alcohol, that premiere American instrument of tax evasion, that white lightning that almost caused a civil war in 1791 in western Pennsylvania - the Whiskey Tax Rebellion.
In five years since the Recession of ‘08, legal ‘shine has [...]]]>
Dr. Murray Feingold: Child’s allowance could serve as teaching moment Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:37:16 +0000 By Dr. Murray Feingold More Content Now Many questions are raised about allowances. Should a child have an allowance in the first place? If so, when should it be started and how much should it be? Should the allowance be associated with the [...]]]>