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Home & Garden

On Gardening: 2019 the year of the salvia equates to the year of the hummingbird

The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2019 as The Year of the Salvia. I would be the first to proclaim a hearty AMEN! Then I started thinking that for The Garden Guy every year is the year of the salvia. Then I went into despair thinking what if I had a year without salvia? It would be like the old "Hee Haw" TV show song, "Gloom Despair and Agony on Me, Deep Dark Depression Excessive Misery."

Living

The risk of e-cigarettes for young people

This video from the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General advises parents to "Know the Risks," and highlights how e-cigarettes have the potential to cause lasting harm to the health of young users, especially their brain development.

Travel

In the depths of winter, Thunder Bay, Ontario, is a sleeping giant

In late January, as the polar vortex of 2019 gripped the Midwest, my group of friends were enjoying some rest and relaxation at a resort on Minnesota's icy North Shore. After checkout, one sensible couple fled to balmy Austin, Texas, for the second half of their vacation. But my companion and I pushed 100 miles farther north – to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Home & Garden

So you’ve Marie Kondo’d your closet. Now: How to take care of the clothes you have left?

A few weeks ago, inspired by watching all those people getting cheerfully tidied up on Netflix, I Marie Kondo'd my closet. (Yes, it's a verb.) All my clothes were taken out and piled on the bed in a soft, haphazard mountain – it looked as if a small and very dark-color-favoring boutique exploded – and only those that sparked joy, to use Kondo's term, got returned to the closet. I hope the Goodwill shoppers in North Seattle are enjoying my '90s Elaine Benes blazers (which I of course, as Kondo advises, thanked for their service).

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: 7 tips for spring home selling

With the winter thaw comes the red-hot spring selling season. When it comes to properly preparing a property to sell, many experts argue that successful home staging is the key to the most lucrative sale in the shortest amount of time. Stumped as to where to begin to get your home sale ready? Here are seven expert home staging selling tips.

Spring starts the sneezing season in the Northwest. Here’s why

Tree, grass and weed pollens effect allergies in the spring and summer in the Northwest. Rain can reduce the pollen count and so can living in a city. This video includes some simple tips to make the sneezing season more bearable.