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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016



MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

Social isolation may worsen breast cancer prospects

Patients with early breast cancer who are socially isolated have a higher risk of dying from their disease, a new study suggests. Women with fewer social ties – to friends, family, community and religious groups, as well as spouses or romantic partners – were 43 percent more likely to see their breast cancer return, 64 percent more likely to die from breast cancer and 69 percent more likely to die from any cause, according to a study recently published in the journal Cancer.

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MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

The Slice: Hanging out with stylish rodents

Most of us are familiar with Rat Pack style. You know, the well-dressed booze-and-cigarettes Las Vegas demeanor of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others. (Yes, I know they inherited the label from several older performers.) You might also recall that ...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016



SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

American Life in Poetry: That New

A while back we published a column in which I talked about my delight in the many names of kinds of apples, and mentioned Louise Bogan’s marvelous midcentury poem “The Crossed Apple.” Here’s yet another fine apple-name poem for my collection, by Susan Rothbard, who lives in New Jersey.

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See that angled board nailed to the vertical wall studs? It’s a temporary diagonal wall brace used to stabilize the framing while the house is built. (Tim Carter)

SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Ask the Builder: Diagonal bracing keeps walls from falling down

DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran diagonally from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner of the wall. I don’t see how the builder is going to install drywall over this. What’s it for, and is it important? I was tempted to remove it thinking that the carpenters made a mistake. Would you install this board as you build a new home? – Dan V., Austin, Texas DEAR DAN: I want to congratulate you on checking on the progress of your new home each day. That’s a smart idea. By doing this you can catch errors and omissions in the construction process. Taking photos, thousands of them, is also very smart. Even if you have no idea what you’re taking a photo of, do it nonetheless. These photos can be very handy down the road if someone needs to look at how your home was put together.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 25, 2016

Family gift delivered upon burned bridge

Dear Carolyn: My husband and I just received a package that’s likely to be a Christmas gift from my brother and sister-in-law. They have been harshly critical of me over the past two years when I was doing the lion’s share of long-distance care for Mom. Very little assistance from them, but scathing insults and criticism. I don’t want their gift and don’t plan to send them one. Should I put it back in the mail marked “Return to sender”? I don’t really feel like pretending to be friendly. – Bridge Burned

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2016





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Jim Kershner

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Coloring pages

Coloring pages

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ClarksvilleMel McCuddin: The Art of Darkness

Inside a downtown gallery maybe two decades ago – that’s where I first got McCuddined. I recall strolling through the vast array of art when one canvas stopped me cold. ...