Here’s a plan to get through hair sytlist’s smokescreen

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

What a smoky quandary I’m in.

Recently, I had to find a new hair stylist; my previous favorite one here in town moved to Charlotte with her family. I heard tons of great recommendations on this new stylist and I have loved the styles/cuts that she has given to a number of my friends and now to me.

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Group friend hogs the conversation? Try these ideas

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

I am writing to you for a group of friends.

We usually don’t have a problem with letting people talk about themselves, to an extent, as many people often love to do this. What we are having trouble with is the one lady who seems to turn every single topic into something that pertains to her, her family, her health, her success, et al.

This is not new behavior, but it seems to have gained momentum. It is absolutely getting on our nerves.

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Making sure your pet is a cancer survivor

When a family member is sick, the whole family is affected. And when the family member happens to be the family pet, it is not much easier.

Like humans, pets can suffer everything from common colds to cancer. You know when your pet has the sniffles, but how would you know that your pet has cancer, and how would you treat it?

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Help your pets enjoy growing older

web-pet-graphicRecent headlines about Guinness World Records naming a new “World’s Oldest Cat” has sparked some questions about the longevity of pets.

A 26-year-old feline named Corduroy was named the current record holder. Corduroy was born Aug. 1, 1989. and grew up on a farm in Oregon.

The oldest cat ever recorded was a 38-year-cat named Creme Puff (Aug. 3, 1967-Aug. 6, 2005), according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records.

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Sometimes we need a system to make our own comfort

Contributor photo of Geri L. Welker
Geri L. Welker

Remember life when you were a child? The wonder of awakening each morning in your warm cozy bed to the smell of frying bacon. There across the room, your clothes all perfectly matched up and laid out.

Someone made sure you brushed your teeth, tied your shoes and smoothed down that wild bedhead hair (yes, with the approved method of saliva on their palm prior to smoothing your fly away hair). They collected all of the things you would need for your day and drove you to wherever you needed to be at the appropriate time.

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Roasting pork tenderloin with my friend, Betty Crocker

Richard Garkalns
Richard Garkalns

When my mother learned to cook, on a wood stove, most recipes were handed down from one generation to the next. And most recipes were not written down, but were stored in the cook’s brain.

If I had to do that, there would not be a column because I can’t  cook without a recipe. Well, that is not exactly true, I do make a mean egg omelet from memory.

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John Pugh, we’re going to miss you

Larry Penkava
Larry Penkava

I knew John Pugh before he was a legend.

John died Sept. 10, 32 days from his 102nd birthday.

I grew up in the community where John had established an Esso service station and a heating oil distributorship. He was a self-made man, working a full-time job in a textile factory while building up his business.

John Pugh
John Pugh

I had known of him from early in my life but got to really know him as a young husband and father. In 1976, I was living in Greensboro when I took a job in Asheboro, near where I grew up. I knew that, with a family, I had to find a place to live close to my work.

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Sun Yat Sen Park and Gardens: Mental tonic in the big city

Portrait photo of Susan and Jerry Wong
Susan and Jerry Wong

Jerry and I always enjoy our visits to hip downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, but sometimes the oppressive gray skies looming over traffic-crowded streets cast our spirits down a bit.

The perfect tonic is for us to take a relaxed afternoon stroll through the perfect replica of a Ming Dynasty scholar’s garden in bustling Chinatown.

High-rise apartments tower in the background, but once you enter this classical Chinese garden, all is serene.

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‘Out of Africa’ and other places

Bette Burgess
Bette Burgess

I love watching movies. The first movie my brother and I saw was in the living room of our adopted parents’ home. I was around 5 and my brother was 3.

Our Dad pulled up the white screen with tiny white beads on it. The projector was brown and got very hot if it ran for too long. The film was in reels and about the size of a saucer. They were housed in a thin, square, cardboard box with a picture and a name on the front of the cover.

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GRETA’S TIPS: You need leadership … and meeting agendas

Portrait photo of Greta Lint
Greta Lint

GRETA’S TIP: Let’s talk leadership. It’s a buzz word that never seems to go away. We hear about it on the news, at the water fountain, in the bathroom, at the supper table and in the bedroom.

I think we all agree there are different levels of leadership, some good, some bad.

Recently, I felt like I was on the set of the TV show, “Big Bang Theory.” I was at a meeting were attendees were all computer geeks. The non-profit has been around for 5 years, but some members complained because of the lack of membership and income growth.  I could quickly see why.

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