Life

Common Threads

Celebrate You

Tomorrow is my daughter’s birthday and it’s the first time in several years that we won’t be able to celebrate…

Common Threads

Don’t Be Afraid to Give Honest Feedback

We have become so afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, that we have lost the ability to provide honest feedback.  Sadly…

Hobbies

Better Jigsaw Puzzling

Jigsaw puzzles are a fun and healthy hobby. Here’s what you need to know to get started, where to get your supplies and more.

Pets

What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Cat

If you’re thinking of adopting a cat, cat-behavior expert Jackson Galaxy has answers to all of your questions.

Seasonings & Spices

Unusual Spices and Spice Blends to Make Your Dishes Sing with Flavor

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, step aside. These unusual spices and chef-level spice blends make your dishes sing with less toiling in the kitchen.

Common Threads

Make New Friends But Keep the Old

I made a new friend this week. Well kinda.  While out walking Meeker, our dog, I met a couple walking…

Vehicles

Exciting New Electric Vehicles for 2021

Here are three exciting EVs that are eligible for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credit—one with Tesla-like performance, one upscale interior, one economy.

Common Threads

Lessons From the Road

A little planning and a little spontaneity can bring even more joy to your road trip adventures. Lessons from our recent adventure.

Garden

How to Keep Small, Furry Nibblers Out of Your Garden

Here is an arsenal of ideas to keep small, nibbling, destructive mammals—squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks (aka groundhogs) and rabbits—from destroying your precious vegetables....

Travel

The Three Ways to Obtain Dual Citizenship

Dual citizenship can help you get into countries you can’t get into and has many other benefits.

Common Threads

Hostile Work Environments

The world is reopening. It’s up to you to embrace and enjoy it, or risk perpetuating the fear, paranoia and misery of the past year. I choose enjoy!

Common Threads

Live and Let Live

In the name of tolerance and inclusion we have become a society of division and intolerance. We should all simply be people. Fascinating, unique, complicated, incredible people.

Kitchen

Great New Gadgets to Improve Your Life

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show included items that can improve your kitchen, your health, your safety and your life.

Cleaning

Spring Cleaning? Don’t Miss These 9 Overlooked Spots Where Dirt & Germs Hide

Common spring cleaning tasks such as washing windows, changing bedding and organizing closets are important. Here are 9 overlooked spots where dirt, germs and bacteria hide.

Skin & Nails

You’re Showering Wrong

Overbathing strips away the protective skin layer that keeps out irritants and keeps in moisture. Here, the right way to bathe—and the right products to keep skin soft and ageles...