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SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 4 P.M.

American Life in Poetry: ‘Just Red’ by Anya Krugovoy Silver

There are times when a single word in a poem is so perfect a choice that it pops like a firecracker, and I’ll let you guess which word did that for me. A hint: it’s a modifier. The poem is by Anya Krugovoy Silver, who lives in Georgia, from her new book, “From Nothing,” from LSU Press.

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This granite top is doomed for failure the moment someone decides to sit on it, unless a support is put underneath it. (Linda Hewing)

SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016, 3 P.M.

Granite countertop span needs support

DEAR TIM: My husband and I are just about at the end of an arduous and stressful kitchen remodel. Originally, in the planning phase, the general contractor said we didn’t need a support under a long peninsula countertop made with solid granite. Now the field construction manager feels very uncomfortable with the 50 inches of unsupported granite that spans between a cabinet and two decorative posts at the end of the peninsula. I like the clean look we have now with no supports. How would you solve this problem? – Linda H., Broomfield, Colo. DEAR LINDA: We can solve your conundrum and keep everyone happy. But, as with most things, there’s going to have to be some compromise.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

After the holidays: a great time to rethink your decor

The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have empty space and breathing room. There’s something about the quiet weeks after New Year’s that can be perfect for rethinking basics like the location of living room furniture or whether bookshelves should be reorganized.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2016

The Slice: Breaking it down by the numbers

Here are some year-end Slice stats (figures do not include The Slice Blog). Number of times lentils were mentioned in The Slice in 2016: 9 Number of times marmots were mentioned: 22 Number of times cats were mentioned: 79 Number ...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016

Flowers lie on a T-shirt signed by fans at a makeshift memorial for musician Prince outside the Apollo Theater in New York on April 22. The singer died at age 57. (Andres Kudacki / AP)

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 7 P.M.

With the loss of its celebrities, Gen X ponders mortality

Carrie Fisher and Florence Henderson – and other icons of Generation X’s youth – are now gone, stolen by the cruel thief that is 2016. The year has left the generation born between the mid-1960s and the early 1980s wallowing in memories and contemplating its own mortality.

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Carrie Fisher kisses her mother, Debbie Reynolds, on Sept. 10, 2011, as they arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press photos)

FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2016, 4 P.M.

Column: The tragedy of losing Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher one day apart

The image is almost too much to take in, at the very end of a year hellbent on heartbreak and grief. As the news spread on social media Wednesday of Debbie Reynolds’ death at 84, one day after the death of her 60-year-old actress and author daughter, Carrie Fisher, a particular moment of brilliant symbolism captured by photographer Lawrence Schiller backstage at the Riviera Hotel showroom in Las Vegas, one night in 1963, was shared and reshared alike.

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