National budget 6.2.10
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WAKE UP CALL! Divorce a hot topic
JEAN HODGES: What reader callouts have worked for you?
HOME IMPROVEMENTS: Our summer guide has tips on stylish and energy-saving window treatments, costs involved in pool installation, ways to keep your garage clean and safe, and more.
READER CALLOUT: What's your favorite ice cream spot?
WEEKLY NASCAR PAGE: Who's next for the Hall of Fame?
HOME HELP: Tile trends for the kitchen, bathroom -- Weekly home and garden rail, with benefits of using ceramic tile, tips on hanging art, how to take advantage of daylight, and more.
GREEN THUMBS UP: The bountiful blooms of June -- During the early weeks of June, our perennial borders attain their ultimate splendor as multitudes of showy colorful blossoms paint the landscape with cheerful abandon. By Suzanne Mahler.
WEEDS: Making the most of what’s there: Using weeds and other natural gifts in the garden - Make the most of what nature gives you, and you can’t go wrong. This simple approach to gardening has yielded beautiful results for Carol Baker, whose yard has become well-known as a colorful cornerstone to the town. By Shanna Shipman.
BAD-MOOD FOODS: Researchers studying importance of diet, mental health - The relationship between diet and physical health is clearly understood, but the relationship between diet and mental health is an emerging science - one Brandon Carpenter wishes he'd understood years ago. By Clare Howard.
SILLYBANDZ: Silicone bracelets the hottest thing in class -- Fifth-grader Paige Mooney arrived at school Thursday with 51 SillyBandz nearly covering her lower arm. It’s a kid thing, collecting these silicone, rubber band-like bracelets in the shapes of, well, you name it. Animals, western figures and rock music, to name a few. By Diana Rossetti of The Repository.
*To localize: Have any schools in your community banned Silly Bandz or other brands of these bracelets?*
CONTINUING EDUCATION: Retired principal still teaching -- through new cookbook -- Like many home cooks, Deidre Zobrist saved recipes from magazines, newspapers, friends and relatives for years. When she retired in 2006, she had time to deal with all of those recipes. She told her son, Doug, that she would make a cookbook of her favorite recipes so he would always have them. And she has. By Kathryn Rem of The State Journal-Register.
THE BEER NUT: Summertime beers to enjoy -- During the hot summers, breweries bring out their summer seasonals. But not all beers suitable for summer are actually summer seasonals -- some are year-round beers. By Norman Miller of The MetroWest Daily News.
TRAVEL: Take a walk on the chocolate side in St. Lucia -- Aside from the beauty of the hummingbirds and multi-colored bougainvillea in St. Lucia, there’s a hidden gem within this land. The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation in Soufriere is a cocoa bean plantation that supplies Hershey’s with 95 percent of its beans to make chocolate. By Charlene Peters of the Marblehead Reporter.
PHYSICIAN FOCUS: Diabetes is the silent epidemic -- Despite our medical knowledge and prowess, we're in the midst of a silent epidemic that shows no signs of easing. Indeed, it shows every indication of increasing. Diabetes affects an estimated 24 million adults and children in America.
BETSY WADLAND: Head-to-toe health -- A whole list of unpleasant maladies, from eczema, blisters, fungus, cuts and even sunburn, can put a damper on this otherwise carefree time of year. There are a number of things you can do to keep your feet feeling and looking great.
DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: Take care of your future; create a living will -- When you are young you think you will live forever. You usually don't think about dying or the manner in which you will die. Then, before you know it, you are not as young anymore. Living wills are important in implementing a person's wishes concerning their end-of-life care.
DAN MAC ALPINE: Father of the bride -- Being the father of the bride is a lot like being the king in chess: Everyone runs around pretending you’re important, but you’re really one of the weakest pieces on the board.
LOST IN SUBURBIA: The case of the missing Hamiltons - One morning after I dropped the kids off at school, I decided to stop off at our local coffee shop on the way home and treat myself to a cup of Joe. I don’t usually do this because, as I have mentioned many times before, I often drive in my bathrobe and everyone in my town hits the local coffee shop in the morning, and there is really no reason to confirm the fact that I drive in my bathrobe by walking into the local coffee shop in it.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions: Celebrate National Doughnut Day, catch “Marmaduke” and other new movies, observe World Environment Day, watch some world-class sporting events and observe D-Day.
PETER CHIANCA: What I learned from ‘American Idol’ - I’ve spent the last eight years systematically avoiding “American Idol,” which is not something that’s easy to do. It’s like avoiding obesity, or Regis Philbin — you’ve got to work at it.
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Al Gore's divorce
GRANLUND CARTOON: On Israel's fatal raid of a Gaza aid flotilla
GRANLUND CARTOON: On the NBA finals
MICHELLE TEHEUX: How fast they grow up ... and graduate - When you want to write about your youngest child’s graduation from high school, it’s hard to avoid certain clichés such as (A) How are you going to deal with the imminent empty nest thing that seemed so far away 17 years ago? and (B) How did that kid grow up so fast?
JERRY MOORE: All journalists make mistakes - NBC anchor Ann Curry's mishap during a commencement speech May 22 serves as a reminder that all journalists have a Wheaton College moment sometime during their careers.
DAVE RAMSEY: Should wife go back to school while we’re getting out of debt? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on getting new debt through schooling, summer work for college students and investing.
ANNE MAZAR: Oil, wind and self-reflection -- Americans use an inordinate amount of energy to fuel their lifestyles. Just in the month of April, we learned all too clearly the repercussions.