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Posted Jun 25, 2016 at 7:28 AM

I have been writing for Gatehouse Media and its affiliate newspapers for over 11 years now. I love being outdoors doing things like gardening, birdwatching, hiking, and observing nature. I have been gardening since I was knee-high to a grasshopper and most of what I know, I learned from my parents. I have also picked up a few things along the way. Like most hobbies, there are tools that can help make the job easier. I thought I would share some of what I have learned in this second,...

Updated Jun 22, 2016 at 10:36 AM

Home improvement can be a complicated business, especially if you are getting extensive remodeling or major plumbing or electrical work (such as whole-house re-piping or rewiring) done. Writing a clear, comprehensive contract with your contractor is...

Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 2:53 PM

American parents can now add another stark financial figure to their calculations: Each lost year of employment could cost a family more than three times a parent's annual salary.

Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Want to save your aching back from double digging or rototilling in the garden? Kevin Marini has a plan for you. Although it's not as simple as just sticking a plant in untouched earth, it's fairly simple and doesn't involve backbreaking labor.

Posted Jun 18, 2016 at 6:43 AM

Free Energy! Did I get your attention? Free energy. Its available now, in fact, it’s been around since the beginning of time. Free energy is available every day the sun is shining. If you wash your clothes you can easily take...

Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 11:02 PM

On May 16, Sterling Plaza Senior Living Apartments at 2855 S. Harvard Ave. in Independence held a community garden dedication (sponsored by the Kansas City Community Gardens organization). The garden was built in the spring of 2015 by...

Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 2:12 PM

Far less staged than Facebook or Instagram, Snapchat offers a spontaneous, informal and intimate setting for designers to connect in real time with their followers and fans, providing an unfiltered (selfie lenses excluded) look into their everyday...

Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 1:45 PM

If you’re looking for your first apartment — whether on your own or shared with a roommate — you’re probably eager and excited, daydreaming about the freedom. Here are seven common first-time renter mistakes you could make...

Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Petunias produce pretty summer flowers, and the native Carolina wild petunia is no exception. The petunia blooms May through September, with each flower lasting only a day but followed by other blooms in quick succession. As the flowers fade, seeds...

Posted Jun 11, 2016 at 6:49 AM

I have lived with pets my whole life and cannot imagine living without a dog, cat, bird, or some other furred, feathered, scaled, or quilled animal. Every pet I have ever owned has been a stray. That would include every dog, cat, snake, bird...

Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 2:22 PM

If your budget is slim (or you simply don't use your kitchen that much), there are only a handful of pots and pans you have to get to complete virtually any recipe.

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