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No pictures, please: BJ Novak back with new kids book

Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 9:15 a.m.

BJ Novak, the former co-star of “The Office,” will release his second children’s book in 2017. Parents all over the country can yell “Ba-Doooongy-FACE” with glee. (John Shearer / John Shearer/Invision/AP)
B.J. Novak is following up his beloved, all-words “The Book with No Pictures” with “The Alphabet Book with No Pictures,” Penguin Young Readers told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The new work, which Penguin calls a “non-traditional” approach to teaching kids about language, is scheduled for publication next September.

4 things depression-symptom checklists don’t tell you

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 5 p.m.

Let’s just get this out of the way up top: I have depression. That doesn’t mean that I’m weeping inconsolably as I write this. Or that I need an emergency visit from Clarence Odbody, AS2. And it doesn’t mean that I’m just a sad guy.

House call: Protein from a variety of source is the key to good nutrition

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 10 a.m.

Proteins are chains of amino acids and are integral parts of all the tissues in our bodies such as muscle, skin, and connective tissues. Enzymes, which manage our biology within every single cell in our bodies and in our digestion, are made of proteins too. It is why they are called the building blocks of life.

Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey joining forces for 2017 tour

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, 8:31 a.m.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are joining forces for the All The Hits Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on March 15. (Joel Ryan / Invision/AP)
NEW YORK – Get ready to party all night long with Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. The singers announced Monday they are joining forces for the All The Hits Tour, which kicks off in Baltimore on March 15. The tour will hit Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on April 27 and Key Arena in Seattle on April 28.

Request not to attend a party deserves a dis-invitation

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I received an invitation to attend a Christmas party from an old college friend. He sent it via social media and I accepted via social media. Also attending the party will be a few other old friends I hardly ever see. I had been looking forward to it. About a month ago, I received the following message, also via social media, from an old acquaintance who is closer to the host and the other guests than I am:

Saturday matinees inspired Sam Elliott to become an actor

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

Sam Elliott, seen here in a scene from “The Hero,” is also featured in the Netflix series “The Ranch.” (Beth Dubber / AP)
Sam Elliott is instantly recognizable – it’s part of the reason he’s been working in Hollywood for nearly five decades with almost 100 roles. He’s been on countless TV series, including the original “Mission: Impossible,” “Justified” and his current part as Beau in the Netflix series “The Ranch,” which has been renewed for a second season (the second part of Season 1 is streaming).

Step counts could be worth cash

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

Brett Broviak, a manager of respiratory and sleep services at IU Health North Hospital, shows off his Fitbit fitness tracker Feb. 29 on the hospital’s campus in Carmel, Ind. (AJ Mast / Associated Press)
Like many people recently, I have bought a Fitbit and am now motivated to reach 10,000 steps a day (which, ahem, is not the same as saying I will always attain that goal). However, I’m not the only one who might be interested in how many steps I take – my doctor and insurance company would surely appreciate knowing that as well.

The Slice: When everything’s a Red Ryder BB gun

Mon., Dec. 12, 2016, midnight

I don’t have ready access to young children to whom I might offer the classic Christmas gift warning – “You’ll shoot your eye out.” As I’m sure parents and grandparents can imagine, this leaves a void in my celebration of the season.

Take advantage of holiday visits to record family history

Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, 9 a.m.

Beryl and Leonard Pielli laugh while they look over the early drafts and final copies of the book they wrote about Beryl's family, the Bells of Wilbur, Washington. It was a labor of love for the two, who used many sources to tell the family's story. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Spend some holiday time recording family stories, as festivities bring far-flung generations together. That’s the advice of Beryl Pielli, of Newport, who years ago taped interviews with her mother, Alice Pruett Bell, about life in the farming town of Wilbur, Washington.

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