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She turned an empty LA lot into a gorgeous mini flower farm as a 'win-win'

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LOS ANGELES — Kathleen Ferguson grabbed a pair of pruning shears from a mailbox nailed to a garden bed and leaned down to cut bunches of Orlaya grandiflora on the flower-filled hillside.

"This property has a pulse," she said as she placed the white lace flowers into a bucket of water. "The wildlife is incredible here. I've caught bees napping...Read more

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On Gardening: It's the Year of the Hosta, so let the beauty commence

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The National Garden Bureau designated 2024 as the Year of the Hosta, but I would dare say that once you start growing hostas, every year thereafter will be a cause of celebration. It is a job well done, however, that the National Garden Bureau made this declaration as there will always be gardeners, both young and old, who need to experience the...Read more

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Ask Anna: My boyfriend almost had a threesome -- now I'm questioning everything

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Dear Anna,

Hello, I recently discovered that, while we were on a break, my boyfriend had conversations with a gay man who offered him a threesome with him and some hot chick. I also know my boyfriend is into pre-op trans women but has never slept with one. So he says, at least.

I don't know what to do with this information and I'm overwhelmed ...Read more

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Erika Ettin: There's no substitute for time

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In a world of instant gratification and constantly wondering “What’s next?” I’m not surprised someone sent this question to me the other day.

In fact, most days I get questions from people asking why a relationship ended when it did and wondering if they could have prevented the time and the heartbreak. Often, the answer is no.

...Read more

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Column: California settled no-fault divorce decades ago. Why is it back in the news?

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Ugly? You have no idea.

Every nasty little private thing a marriage could churn up, every infidelity, every insult and threat, every drunken episode and squandered paycheck, every crying child — there they all were, spilled out from a witness stand in a courtroom.

Then and only then, after wife or husband had exhausted the litany of the ...Read more

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Students say they've found an 'eco-friendly' way to trap and kill Japanese beetles

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Aditya Prabhu loved eating the peaches off the tree in the backyard of his mom's house.

The only problem was the plant produced only a few fruits a year because Japanese beetles in the hundreds would eat at the leaves, depleting the plant's energy to make peaches.

"The tree would be completely covered by the Japanese beetles ...Read more

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The Kid Whisperer: How to deal with behavior issues on the school bus

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Dear Kid Whisperer,

I am an elementary school administrator. I have five to 10 students who cause major problems on one bus almost every day. We’ve tried suspensions. I’ve tried yelling. I’m out of ideas because I’m not on the bus with them. Is there anything I can do?

Answer: First, you can’t make this bus driver’s job a great job...Read more

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Ex-etiquette: Exes deserve to grieve

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Q. My children’s father died last week. We have been divorced for 13 years. He was 57 and his death was completely unexpected. I am surprised how hard I am taking it. We had both moved on to happy relationships but remained congenial for the kids. I am surprised how his passing has affected me. I’m not sure how I should be feeling or what to...Read more

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Lori Borgman: I broke my own rule

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I broke my own rule and took my husband to Costco to do some heavy lifting. It was a big package trip: toilet paper, paper towels, coffee in cannisters the size of bank vaults and chicken breasts requiring a forklift.

As we pulled into the parking lot, I calmly said, "When you throw cookies into a grocery cart at Kroger, it's maybe $4. When you...Read more

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Jerry Zezima: No pane, no gain

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I do windows. They’re a pain in the neck, especially if I stick my neck out the window to clean a pane, but spring has sprung and, even though I am no spring chicken, I have to spring into action to do the spring cleaning that gives me a window into my life as a suburban homeowner.

I am supposed to do the windows every spring, but if memory ...Read more

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Goodbye, Amy! Hello, Eric! Baltimore native R. Eric Thomas to write new advice column

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When the Baltimore-born writer R. Eric Thomas begins his new job July 1, he won’t be the only Black person to pen a mainstream advice column, and he won’t be the first gay man. But the 43-year-old Thomas suspects he might be the answer to a future trivia question:

“I’m probably the first nationally syndicated advice columnist to come ...Read more

'Ask Amy' says goodbye, making way for new advice columnist, R. Eric Thomas

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Don’t get it twisted. Longtime syndicated Tribune advice columnist Amy Dickinson is not retiring. She’s leaving “Ask Amy,” the writing gig that she’s had for 21 years, on her own terms and with her own “steam.”

Although doing the job she calls “amazing” was not physically taxing — she admits to working on it while in bed on ...Read more

Goodbye, Amy! Hello, Eric! Baltimore native R. Eric Thomas to write new advice column

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When the Baltimore-born writer R. Eric Thomas begins his new job July 1, he won’t be the only Black person to pen a mainstream advice column, and he won’t be the first gay man. But the 43-year-old Thomas suspects he might be the answer to a future trivia question:

“I’m probably the first nationally syndicated advice columnist to come ...Read more

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A rare songbird's epic journey from the edge of extinction back to the LA River

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LOS ANGELES — As visitors to a bustling park in northeast Los Angeles shot hoops, scrambled up play equipment and lounged in manicured grass, an endangered songbird covertly — but not quietly — did his part to stave off extinction.

The least Bell’s vireo, a small, mostly gray songbird, was on the verge of nesting in Rio de Los ...Read more

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Heidi Stevens: What a night of watching kids' dreams come true at Wrigley Field reminds me about humanity

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Every year the Chicago Public League hosts the city championship baseball game at one of Chicago’s Major League Baseball parks, alternating years between Guaranteed Rate (home of the Chicago White Sox) and Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs.)

Meaning every year, two Chicago Public Schools teams — and their families, and their friends, ...Read more

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Trees, not asphalt: The $1 billion effort to build 'cooler' California school playgrounds

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — As summer approaches and temperatures soar, one of the most dangerous places for Bay Area students might actually be the playground.

On a hot, sunny day, the asphalt on school playgrounds can reach 149 F, while a rubber mat can reach 165 F, according to UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation. That’s hot enough to cause a ...Read more

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Ask Anna: Does uncircumcised sex affect female pleasure?

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Dear Anna,

I've been in a relationship with my boyfriend for a few months now, and our sex life is generally fantastic. He’s uncircumcised, however, and sometimes sex can be a bit painful. Is it possible his uncircumcised status has anything to do with it? — Puzzled

Dear Puzzled,

Pain and discomfort during sex are never fun, so it’s ...Read more

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On Gardening: This hydrangea is a Fairytrail come true

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Boy, have I got a fairytrail for you gardeners about an incredible new hydrangea. That sounds so funny and you are probably thinking a horticulturist is about to tell you a tall tale about a hydrangea that doesn’t exist. This column however, is about an award-winning hydrangea that does exist and it is called Fairytrail Bride. If you decide to...Read more

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Veterans return to help a couple that helped them heal

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They came to split and stack wood, to weed the garden and wrangle goats, a simple way to give thanks to a couple that gave them hope again.

Todd Gladfelter watched the workers, mostly men who served in the military and suffered afterward, from his wheelchair on a Sunday afternoon in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Gladfelter, 63, had slipped ...Read more

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Hive mind: Still the place to find your honey? Bumble bungles ad campaign

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In case you don’t know, Bumble is a dating app founded in 2014 by Whitney Wolfe Herd, who was also a co-founder of Tinder. Over the years, it’s been known for its unique approach to online dating, especially with regards to how women interact with potential matches. One of the most distinct features of Bumble is that it requires women to ...Read more