DEAR AMY: After my daughter was born, I fought for custody for four years. I was living with my parents during that time. My daughter stayed with my mom during the day while I worked because I could not afford child care and lawyer fees. Eventually I was granted full custody.
Chuck Stanford, lama emeritus, Rime Buddhist Center: The term "mindfulness" has significance in Buddhism but has also become a popular topic in psychological circles, as evidenced by the number of non-Buddhist articles and workshops on this topic.
How many times per day do you reach for a glass? Consider how drinking glasses, in various states of fullness, tend to scatter themselves about the house, forgotten until dish time. Or how one of the first questions we ask guests is, "Can I get you something to drink?" The utility of a glass is obvious, which explains why a well-designed version - simple, functional, durable - quickly becomes a conversation piece.
Food processors are essential kitchen equipment to some cooks, but for others they are heavy, hard-to-clean albatrosses. They have long offered relief from endless chopping, but newer models are repositioning the machines as multipurpose meal-prep helpers, adding more features that take the processor beyond chopping and slicing.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I can't decide if it's because of the costumes, the candy or the opportunity for a little trick or two. Most likely it's the combination of all three. This year I decided to focus less on the tricks and more on the treats.
For the past 15 years, I have lived in a studio apartment - well, three different studio apartments, to be exact. While I would love to say that nesting in a small space has taught me how to be a minimalist, anyone who has seen the stacks of shoeboxes in my closet or the piles of cooking magazines in my living room knows I would be telling a gigantic lie. I like things and have accumulated a lot of stuff, yet my studio feels roomy, comfortable and, most importantly, like home. You can take a small space and make it your own as well - it just requires a little savvy and know-how. Here are 10 simple ways to maximize space in your studio apartment.
Whether you're growing a fall food garden or tending your backyard tropicals, frost changes everything. When it arrives, and how cold those first early mornings are, dictate how long plants will survive outdoors. First frost is a figment of the early morning, and the coldest point is always that hour just before dawn when the freeze comes.
Even though the nights are shorter and the air is cooler, it doesn't mean you can't continue to enjoy the outdoors. Many people's favorite season is fall. One of the best ways to continue to enjoy your outdoor environment is to think of a way to incorporate an outdoor experience such as a fire pit, outdoor lounge or other entertaining environment such as an outdoor kitchen.
There are some things in life you just never outgrow. Or, at least, I hope I never do. Like the fun of sitting around a roaring fire on a crisp fall night, roasting marshmallows, then smashing them between a slab of chocolate and graham crackers to make ooey-gooey s'mores. My inner child is always looking for an opportunity to come out and play, so Dan and I decided to welcome October by having our friend Zakk and his kids, Abigail, Charlotte and Ollie, to Innisfree to romp around the lake, build a fire and ... you guessed it ... roast s'mores.