Leisure & Lifestyle

Wed
30
Apr

Five quick fixes for big improvements around your home

When it comes to home improvement, you don’t need to do a complete overhaul to make a big impact. A “less is more” approach may serve you better, experts say.
“Sometimes quick fixes are the ones you need most,” says Lou Manfredini, host of “HouseSmarts TV” and home improvement contributor on NBC’s “The Today Show.”

Fri
25
Apr

From global events to local treasures, history has a home in Kansas City


The Kansas City National World War I Museum is housed in the Liberty Memorial.

When co-workers asked me why I was going to Kansas City -- as if it were merely flyover country -- I said there is much to see and I’d tell them after my trip. While some seemed skeptical, one piped up that the World War l museum was the best military museum he’d ever seen.

Thu
24
Apr

‘Robot! Robot!’ Make way -- the future’s coming through


Robotics teams have team colors, referees in striped shirts, cheerleaders, mascots and their own devoted fan sections. (photos by Linda Baumeister and Holly Wenzel)

Make no mistake: these kids could hot-wire your car, hack its computer system, weld on enough hardware to make it do somersaults and secure corporate financing for the project in the time it takes you to parallel park it.
And then they’d put it on their college application forms.
Because the skills robotics students have learned -- from computer coding to negotiation, welding to presentation skills -- can power some pretty bright futures.

Tue
22
Apr

“Pea Soup and Tomatoes”


The title of “Pea Soup and Tomatoes” comes from the words of Scott’s parents. Before the storm, her mother said the sky looked like “pea soup,” while her father said it looked like a tornado was coming. The then two-year-old Scott misheard “tornado” as “tomato.” (submitted photos)

St. Anthony author brings tornado history to life
On May 6, 1965, six of the most violent tornadoes in Minnesota history swept across the Twin Cities area. Throughout the course of “The Longest Night,” as the event came to be called, the tornado outbreak killed thirteen people, injured nearly 700 and caused millions of dollars in damages across the seven-county metro area.

Fri
18
Apr

Why invest in insulation during a renovation?

When it comes to enhancing the value and comfort of a home, most homeowners will opt to address the cosmetic features of a home when completing a renovation project. Yet, it’s often the things that homeowners don’t consider that can have the biggest impact on the value of a home.

Fri
18
Apr

The best home improvement for less than $5,000

Curious which home improvement costs less than $5,000, delivers the highest return on investment and has the maximum impact on curb appeal?
According to the latest studies, the answer is a new garage door.

Thu
17
Apr

Why a wood deck is one of the best investments a homeowner can make


Adding a deck will increase a home’s livable space and boost the property’s value as well. (Submitted photo)

As the seasons turn, more homeowners look for projects that not only make their homes more livable, but also offer great return on investment.

Thu
17
Apr

Is your garage door ready to roll? Survey casts doubts


Don’t get stuck! To make sure a garage door operates properly, homeowners should consider regular maintenance. Some tasks are do-it-yourself, but others are best left to qualified professionals. (Submitted photo)

Does your garage door creak, squeak or groan when you open or close it? If so, that isn’t a good sign. But noticing this is the first step to fixing what could become a major home repair issue.

Tue
15
Apr

Learning to take my time in Azerbaijan


New Year’s Tree in Yevlakh. Santa Claus comes to Azerbaijan on New Year’s Eve! (photos by Rebecca Rowe)

Dear friends and family: I thought I would take the opportunity and send a quick update regarding my wellbeing. Everything is fine.
I had a bout of mononucleosis from late November through December which limited my levels of energy, but, of course, I persevered. The persistent feeling of having been hit by a bus and constantly needing sleep was – as those of you who know me can imagine – both unfamiliar and unwelcome. I’m glad that my health is much improved now.

Sat
12
Apr

The extraordinary world of Mr. Selfridge and his fabulous store


Selfridges department store dominates Oxford Street in London, just as it has for over 100 years. (Pamela O’Meara/Review)

Little did I know when I started watching “Mr. Selfridge” on PBS’ Masterpiece Theater last year that the go-getter who opened a shocking new store in the heart of London in 1909 was the same person who first modernized and popularized Marshall Field’s in the heart of Chicago. I often shopped at Field’s as a high school and college student.

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