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5 benefits of not having a smartphone

5 benefits of not having a smartphone

A few months ago I finally joined the world of smartphone users. I had become the family phone recycler — taking ownership of old phones when others decided to upgrade. And though I cannot say that I wasn’t excited to trash my old duct-taped, recycled phone, there are a few things I miss about its simplicity.
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Posted: May 23, 9:39 a.m.
Top remodeling projects that impact appraisals

Top remodeling projects that impact appraisals

Last week we started our discussion about home remodeling to positively impact home values and appraisals. We discussed how an appraiser and the bank look at the nuts and bolts of your house and how potential buyers look at your house by the feel, function and finishes. A successful remodeling project requires careful planning to find the perfect balance to appeal to both audiences.
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Posted: May 23, 5:29 a.m.


What is in the painting?

There is a painting hanging on the wall of the non-denominational chapel at the juvenile jail. Al Rounds is the painter. It hangs above and behind the piano. How long it has held that spot on the wall is unknown to any of the current volunteers.
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Posted: May 20, 7:49 p.m.
Book review: 'Epitaph' examines the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Book review: 'Epitaph' examines the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

"EPITAPH: A Novel of the O.K. Corral," by Mary Doria Russell, Ecco, $27.99, 581 pages (f)
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Posted: May 18, 7:39 p.m.
My best friend has never said a word to me

My best friend has never said a word to me

I’ve known Daisy for five years, and she has taught me lessons about loyalty, happiness, friendship and love that I’ll never forget.
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Posted: May 18, 7:09 p.m.
How to make remodeling a smart investment

How to make remodeling a smart investment

Many people think that the main job of an architect is to make a house look good. While that is certainly one goal of a residential remodeling project, there are others of equal or even greater importance. The way a house flows and circulates is critical to how it feels and functions. How a house functions determines the ultimate success of a project. As the old adage says, “Pretty is as pretty does.”
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Posted: May 16, 7:40 a.m.
First warm-blooded fish identified by researchers

First warm-blooded fish identified by researchers

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Despite living deep in cold water, the opah can keep itself warm.
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Posted: May 16, 7:40 a.m.
Scientists grow dinosaur snouts on chickens

Scientists grow dinosaur snouts on chickens

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — In a move that sounds like it came straight out of “Jurassic Park”, scientists recently transformed chicken beaks into dinosaur-like snouts.
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Posted: May 14, 11:29 a.m.
5 ways to make your mornings rock

5 ways to make your mornings rock

If your mornings are at all similar to mine, they look a little something like this: ensuring the kids wake up on time, getting dressed, making sure the dog gets fed and let out, making breakfast and lunch (bonus points if it's nutritional), convincing the 3-year-old to actually eat breakfast, and then brushing, braiding, combing and curling hair, locating homework, back-packs, socks and shoes, then sending kids off with a prayer and a peck on the cheek -- all before 8:15 a.m.
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Posted: May 12, 8:39 a.m.
Why I could do without Mother's Day

Why I could do without Mother's Day

First and foremost, this article is not about motherhood, it’s about Mother’s Day.
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Posted: May 10, 10:09 a.m.
Stories of survival: Tales of extreme struggle continue to captivate

Stories of survival: Tales of extreme struggle continue to captivate

As a child, Laurence Gonzalez cut his teeth on the survival stories of his father.
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Posted: May 8, 9:50 a.m.
Wiring your brain for happiness

Wiring your brain for happiness

Springtime always brings a lift to our spirits, but if that isn’t enough to drag you out of the doldrums, keep reading. Even if you’re over-the-moon happy it may be worth your while, since we can never have too much happiness.
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Posted: May 7, 9:59 a.m.
Top 10 cities for selfie-takers

Top 10 cities for selfie-takers

“First, let me take a selfie.”
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Posted: May 4, 11:29 p.m.
Book review: 'Natural Born Heroes' is a fast-paced, enlightening tale of everyday heroes

Book review: 'Natural Born Heroes' is a fast-paced, enlightening tale of everyday heroes

"NATURAL BORN HEROES: How a Daring Band of Misfits Mastered the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance," by Christopher McDougall, Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 352 pages (nf)
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Posted: May 4, 12:09 p.m.

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