Living

Health & Fitness

USDA asks, 'What's your eating style?'

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion introduces the “MyPlate, MyWins” video series that shows how small changes to what you eat and drink add up. Whether at home or on-the-go, MyPlate can help you find a h

Living

Here's what you can do to save water in your home

Water efficiency is the smart use of resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps you can take around the house, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Much of your indoor water use probably occurs in the bathroom.

Travel

Best way to see Niagara Falls is up close

Niagara Falls is nature at its mightiest. More than just a look at a waterfall, a visit is a full vacation surrounded by the natural beauty of the area and the luxury that has drawn tourists from around the world.

Travel

The world's most beautiful boulevards find favor with 'flaneurs'

When my architect friend Westley visits Paris, he doesn't dawdle in the Louvre or climb the Eiffel Tower. Instead, he goes for a stroll. "I want to experience the city like the locals do," he once told me. "The idea of crowding around the Mona Lisa with a scrum of tourists just doesn't interest me." In other words, Westley is a boulevardier, a "flaneur," that great French word derived from the Old Norse verb "flana" or "to wander with no purpose."

Travel

12 days to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt

Let's hope the "mummy's curse" isn't real. Because I'm sweatily crouching through a claustrophobic 125-foot-long tunnel inside Egypt's iconic Great Pyramid on my climb to its 4,500-year-old royal burial chamber. Dangling from my necklace is an amulet charm – the protective Eye of Horus – because you can't be too sure in this myth-mesmerizing land of powerhouse pharaohs and ominous gods.

Home & Garden

Get ahead of the summer heat with an air conditioner tune-up

With summer's higher temperatures just around the corner, now is the ideal time to schedule an air conditioning tune-up. Early air conditioner maintenance can prevent many small problems from becoming bigger, more expensive problems in the long run. Furthermore, scheduling your air conditioner checkup now will save you the long waits and higher prices that come with peak season heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) repair visits.

Top 5 metropolitan areas with highest poverty growth in U.S.

Four of the top 5 metro areas that saw the biggest jump in poverty from 2010-2016 are in the western United States. The most recent ALICE report for Pierce County found a total of 42 percent of households living at the poverty level.
David Caraccio