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Family

Babies by the book

My wife, Elaina, loves babies. She loves to have them, to hold them, to nurse, and to stroll them. She knows everything there is to know about kids, it seems to me, including the best brands of strollers, baby wraps and baby and kid fashion, as well as a number of other topics about which I remain blissfully ignorant.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: How to pick the perfect wildflowers for your garden

Whenever you disturb a lot of ground, there's an opportunity to sow wildflowers for beauty and erosion control. Flowers such as the red European corn poppy made the battlefields bloom bright red after the World War I armistice to germinate in a single massive display. The ground, pocked with excavated trenches, bomb craters and vehicle tracks allowed so much dormant seed to sprout that it became a symbol of veteran sacrifice. When your yard or property is torn up for any reason, that's the ideal time to sow not just for a spring flower show, but to help stabilize the soil against erosion by rain and runoff.

Videos

Penn State freshman improvises 'If I Ain’t Got You'

Penn State freshman Emmanuel Houndo improvises Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” on Jan. 9 at Simmons Dormitory.
Penn State freshman improvises 'If I Ain’t Got You' 3:47

Penn State freshman improvises 'If I Ain’t Got You'

Malcolm Morrison gives a tour of his Aero Commander U9 1:03

Malcolm Morrison gives a tour of his Aero Commander U9

Richard Sleigh performs 1:44

Richard Sleigh performs "Honeydripper"

How to carve your pumpkin safely 1:00

How to carve your pumpkin safely