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Centenarian: Grace Ellen Tucker Libby

Mon., Jan. 9, 2017

Grace Ellen Tucker Libby
Grace Ellen Tucker Libby Grace Ellen Tucker Libby will celebrate her 100th birthday on Jan. 9. She was born Jan. 9, 1917 in Saco, Montana. She currently calls Spokane home and has lived in Eastern Washington for 90 years.

Some changes in addressing invitations make good sense

Mon., Jan. 9, 2017

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Almost all of the examples I now see on how to address invitations are totally different from what I was taught in school many years ago. Have the rules changed, or are young people these days making up their own etiquette rules? I was taught that for a married couple, the correct address would be “Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Jones” and “Mr. and Mrs. Patrick White,” not “Mr. Ben and Mrs. Elizabeth Jones” and “Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Taylor White.” I was also taught that the male’s name came first on the envelope.

Golden Globes sing for ‘La La Land,’ but Trump has spotlight

Sun., Jan. 8, 2017, 11:16 p.m.

This image released by NBC shows the cast and crew of “La La Land,” winner of the award for best motion picture musical or comedy in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday,. (Paul Drinkwater / Associated Press)
“La La Land” steamrolled, “Moonlight” swooped in at the last minute and Meryl Streep offered an impassioned rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump at a Golden Globes that pivoted between heartfelt moments of protest and old-fashioned song and dance Damien Chazelle’s bright-hued Los Angeles musical “La La Land” dominated the Beverly Hills, California, ceremony with seven awards – a Golden Globes record – including best motion picture, comedy or musical, further cementing its Oscar favorite status.

Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s TV picks for Jan. 8-14

Sun., Jan. 8, 2017

Jimmy Fallon, host of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards, walks the red carpet after helping to roll it out during Golden Globe Awards Preview Day at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017. (Associated Press)
DON’T MISS: The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards – It might not be Hollywood’s most prestigious trophy bash, but this celebration of the year’s best movies and TV shows is usually the most fun. Why? Because booze flows freely and the stars tend to be in a chill-out kind of mood, which leads to entertaining speeches and off-the-cuff hilarity. Ushering viewers through it all will be first-time host Jimmy Fallon. 5 p.m., Sunday, NBC. Other bets:

Best way to ask something is to ask it

Sun., Jan. 8, 2017

Dear Carolyn: What is the best way to ask your boyfriend if he is ready for marriage, or an idea of when it will happen? I have been dating my boyfriend over eight years, ever since we met in college, and I want him to be my husband. When we have spoken about this topic (periodically, most recently six months to a year ago), I leave the conversation feeling like I am not getting the direct answers I need. It seems like engagement and marriage are not a high priority for him right now while they are for me, and this leaves me feeling insecure. I am uncertain of what to do if he does not reciprocate the feeling to be engaged soon. – E.

Building a decorative stone patio to last

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 4 p.m.

The patio and sidewalks at the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, Calif., are paved with decorative stones. (Tim Carter)
DEAR TIM: On vacation in Southern California, I visited Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. There I saw the most unusual patio and sidewalk paving. Never before had I seen such beauty; I thought it was fake. Different small stones of different colors and shapes were combined to create a gorgeous pattern. How can I duplicate this, or at least get close to what I saw? I intend to do this myself. What needs to be done to ensure all the hard work doesn’t fall apart, crack or otherwise deteriorate? Where I live we get freezing weather, unlike sunny Southern California. – Mary S., St. Paul, Minn. DEAR MARY: I’ve built lots of patios in my life. Many years ago built a medium-sized decorative stone-encrusted fishpond for my wife at our second home.

Ed Sheeran is ‘absolutely buzzing’ to be back

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, 3 p.m.

After spending much of 2016 out of the spotlight, Ed Sheeran is back, releasing two songs on Thursday, “Shape of You” “Castle on the Hill.” (Rich Fury / Invision/AP)
Ed Sheeran’s absence last year – following the huge success of his 2014 album, “x” – cleared a lane for the ascent of Shawn Mendes, an avowed Sheeran nut who satisfied many fans’ need for an earnest folk-pop guy strumming his pain with his fingers.

Golden Globes preview: Out with the snark, in with the Hollywood hokum

Sat., Jan. 7, 2017, noon

Michelle Williams, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from “Manchester By the Sea.” (Roadside Attractions)
Other than a level of obsequiousness unseen in the last seven years with hosts Gervais and the beloved tag team of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who once joked that George Clooney would rather “float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his age”), what else can we expect from this year’s Golden Globes? Five burning questions and their answers.

Six mistakes you might be making in hanging or cleaning your art

Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Whether your gallery wall contains rare French lithographs or drawings by your children, you should do your best to protect what you have chosen to display. Often we hang things up quickly when we move in, not taking into consideration factors that may damage art over the long term, such as exposing it to sunlight or direct heat from a radiator or HVAC vent.

PBS explores 1980 nuclear threat triggered by socket wrench

Fri., Jan. 6, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Using decades-old U.S. Air Force training footage, re-enactments and drone-shot video from a mothballed silo, director Robert Kenner recalls the tense 10 hours in 1980 when the United States faced a nuclear threat of its own making after an airman performing maintenance on a Titan II missile dropped a 9-pound socket 70 feet, ripping a hole in a fuel tank and leading to an explosion that propelled a 9-megaton warhead out of the ground. His documentary, “Command and Control,” airs Tuesday on PBS as part of its American Experience series.

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