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Holiday gifts for hosts, homebodies and everybody else

Encourage the dessert-maker in your life to swirl up some goodies. The hint is a pairing of a Soapstone Ice Cream Scoop and Hot and Cold Soapstone Handheld Bowls ($85 for both, uncommongoods.com). (Uncommon Goods / Uncommon Goods)
For people who love, love, love to nest and entertain, a gift for the home is always a win. You know the type: a homebody who loves to organize, a newlywed in a new house, a consummate party planner. You doubtlessly have someone in your life like this, so we’ve compiled an expansive list of ideas for you to choose from. If you can’t find something here, then your gift recipient really is the mythical person-who-has-everything.

Neil Diamond to celebrate career with world tour

Neil Diamond performs at the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in New York. He’ll kick off a new tour in April. (Diane Bondareff / AP)
NEW YORK – Neil Diamond took “Song Sung Blue” to the top of the charts, and now he promises to leave “no song unsung” when he takes the stage next year for a world tour. The 75-year-old singer-songwriter promises to play the highlights of his discography on his upcoming “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” – including songs he wrote for the 1960s TV rock band The Monkees.

How Jimmy Stewart’s war service affected ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

James Stewart, center, is reunited with his wife, Donna Reed, left, and children during the last scene of Frank Capra's 1946 classic, "It's A Wonderful Life." (AP)
As we stare headlong into the approaching holiday season, the 1946 James Stewart classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” is making its annual television appearances. It was the first movie Stewart made when he returned home after serving as a pilot in World War II, an experience that left him adrift and not without psychological fallout.

Book Review: ‘Moonglow’ by Michael Chabon

This book cover image released by Harper shows, "Moonglow," a novel by Michael Chabon. (Harper via AP) ORG XMIT: NYET201 (AP)
In his latest novel, “Moonglow,” author and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon aims for the moon and successfully touches down on the lunar surface after a journey that leaps across the decades, the story spanning South Philadelphia in the 1930s, Europe ravaged by World War II and the post-war America of the space program before retirement to South Florida. The story is told through memories passed down to Mike, the narrator, by his mother’s father. Suffering from bone cancer and high on painkillers, Mike’s grandfather reveals “a record of his misadventures, his ambiguous luck, his feats and failures of timing and nerve.”

Parents concerned about baby sleeping on stomach

Dear Readers: Welcome to the launch of a new column – “Ask the Doctors.” Together with a colleague, we take over for “Ask Doctor K,” in which Dr. Anthony Komaroff dispensed timely advice and guidance to readers. We plan to continue in this same tradition by offering answers to your questions about health and wellness. “We” are Dr. Eve Glazier and Dr. Elizabeth Ko, internists and primary care physicians at UCLA Health. Our specialty is internal medicine, with a focus on the management and prevention of chronic disease. We share this column on alternating days with our colleague, Dr. Robert Ashley, whose introduction will be published Tuesday.

Wanting a furry friend

Dear Annie: We had to put our dog down after 14 wonderful years. I loved the dog. He would ride in the car with me. We would walk all over, play fetch in the house and just hang out. He was a great companion. My wife refuses to consider another dog. We are 60 and have a nice home and yard. She doesn’t want the “inconvenience” of being tied down when we want to travel. We have had house sitters stay at the house, which requires a lot of prep. I am willing to board the dog or see whether friends would let the dog stay at their house.

Review: ‘Eight Days a Week’ a spirited look at the Fab Four

Ron Howard's documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week" takes us back to the band's touring days in the early 1960s. (Apple Corps / Abramorama)
Ron Howard’s documentary “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” takes us back to 1963, when the guys were just a cheeky quartet from Liverpool who saw their sudden stardom as a game. With an array of archival footage and a little context, the movie offers a vivid slice of history to modern viewers and a dose of nostalgia to those who were there.

YWCA sculpture a symbol of new beginnings

Spokane artist Ildikó Kalapács (File The Spokesman-Review)
Debra Garrett, a longtime YWCA supporter, wanted a piece of art to honor people who fall victim to domestic violence. She turned to Ildikó Kalapács to bring her vision to life.

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