Leisure & Lifestyle

Wed
29
Apr

Cheryl Blackford fulfills her dream with ‘Hungry Coyote’

Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)
Writer Cheryl Blackford of North Oaks awaits the May 1 publication of “Hungry Coyote,” her children’s picture book about a year in the life of an urban coyote. (courtesy Jessie DeCorsey)

North Oaks author's book to be released May 1

On one of her many walks through the woods near her North Oaks home, author Cheryl Blackford saw a "lone coyote trotting across the frozen lake" and wondered how it lived successfully so close to an urban area.

Blackford says she walks outside almost every day, regardless of the weather. It's her thinking time for writing stories, including imagining the setting for her newly published children's picture book, "Hungry Coyote," a story about a year in the life of an urban coyote.

Tue
28
Apr

84-year-old Roseville conductor brings world-class touch to community orchestra

Maestro Henry Smith, conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, digitally composes a score inside his home office in Roseville. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
Maestro Henry Smith, conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, digitally composes a score inside his home office in Roseville. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)

In the midst of the Cold War, Henry Charles Smith packed up his trombone and went on tour of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations with the Philadelphia Orchestra.  

Mon
27
Apr

The new squeeze: water heater size

A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.
A new water heater for under 55 gallons — a typical size for single-famly homes — will get bigger without an increase in capacity. That’s due to the extra insulation federal regulations demand. —Information from American Water Heater.

It’s a problem many homeowners won’t run into for a while, but when they do, they may find themselves between a basement floor and a hard place.

Mon
27
Apr

Saving energy means saving money

Month after month, one of the best ways to save money is by conserving energy and making your home more energy efficient. 

Tue
14
Apr

Use color to create space, calm

The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)
The office needs to be a place away from distractions—but folks who multi-task may still need a window on their world. This home office meets both needs, with a view of family activity but an uncluttered, unfussy treatment with taupe and white. It’s visually calm, making it that much easier to concentrate on the task at hand. (National Association of Remodelers)

It’s no surprise homeowners are turning to soothing grays, beiges and other “retreating colors” for bedrooms.

Mon
06
Apr

Tips for tracing your family’s past

Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.
Learning about your ancestry can be a fun, and sometimes challenging, adventure.

Were your ancestors humble farmers or wealthy nobility? Did they travel to find their fortune or have they always lived close to your current home? Exploring your genealogy can be fascinating.

Tue
03
Mar

Anatomy of a tax scam: a number, a threat, a payoff

It comes out of the blue: a voice on the phone telling you owe the IRS money.

If you pick up the phone with a live operator or are so flustered you call a number left on voicemail, you may find yourself talking to:

Mon
09
Feb

Think home upgrades are out of reach? Think again!

Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)
Programs that help seniors keep their homes upgraded and safe are available in Dakota County. (submitted photo)

Thanks to volunteers and nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities, seniors who can no longer get up on ladders, get down to repair damaged floors or afford to pay for the repairs needed to help keep them in their homes have a helping han

Thu
08
Jan

‘When should I retire?’ and other questions

Jim Czechowicz and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security public affairs specialists in the Twin Cities, offer the following questions they’ve received lately and the answers they offer.

Tue
30
Dec

An unexpected gift that keeps on giving for years to come

Was there ever a gift under the tree that you thought was going to be one thing, and it turned out to be something entirely different?
It might have been an item that wasn't even on your Santa list, and when you opened it you were initially disappointed, but you came to appreciate it over time.
Perhaps it was more useful than you ever imagined. Maybe it even became one of your most treasured possessions. Or maybe it was an unexpected event, that provided fond memories for years to come.

 

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