Learning to drive a stick shift may require a shift in teachers

Car Talk

Dear Car Talk: My husband has a 2012 Ford Focus with a manual transmission. I have tried to drive this car, but not only am I not very good at it, he has no patience for me driving it (or learning to get better at it). Every time I stall or screech or hit the engine too hard, a part […]

Strange BUT TRUE

• At the height of their fashion craze in the 1580s and ‘90s, neck ruffs could include up to 6 yards of starched-stiff material with up to 600 pleats, supported by a wire, wooden frame or board. • In 2017, while on a plane, a woman used her sleeping husband’s thumb to unlock his phone, thereby discovering he was cheating […]

SOAP updates

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL — Paris explained to Carter why she kissed him the night before. Brooke woke up mortified and plagued with guilt about what she’d done. Ridge grilled Brooke about Deacon’s presence on New Year’s Eve. Brooke fought the urge to drink while deciding whether to cover up or tell the truth. Sheila paid a visit to […]

Looking out for number 1

Senior News

Depending on where you live, you might be required to delay surgery because the hospital is full of COVID patients. That’s the news that’s spreading around the country. It gets worse. If you have an emergency, the ambulance might be a long time in coming because they don’t have enough EMTs, or they might have to come from an adjacent […]

Top ten movies

1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (PG-13) Tom Holland, Zendaya 2. Sing 2 (PG) animated 3. The Matrix Resurrections (R) Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss 4. The King’s Man (R) Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton 5. American Underdog (PG) Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin 6. West Side Story (PG-13) Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler 7. A Journal for Jordan (PG-13) Michael B. Jordan, Chante Adams […]

Moments in time

• On Jan. 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three “mermaids” and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” They were in reality manatees. Mythical mermaids have existed in seafaring cultures since the time of the ancient Greeks. • On Jan. 6, 1759, a 26-year-old George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis. Historical […]

Now here’s a tip!

• Generally, for every degree you lower your thermostat during heating season, you reduce your energy costs by 3%. • Just in time for soup season (and my new year’s resolutions), here’s a great fat swap: Drain and rinse 2 cups of white beans and puree with a cup of no-sodium vegetable broth. You can use this as a thickener […]

Bible trivia

1. Is the book of Psalms in the Old testament or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Chronicles 26, at what age did Uzziah become king of Jerusalem? 16, 30, 65, 99 3. In Genesis 4, who did God ask, “Why is thy countenance fallen?” Eve, Ahaz, Cain, Esau 4. Which prophet saw the Lord’s angel riding on a […]


Trivia test

1. GEOGRAPHY: Which Russian city used to be called Leningrad? 2. SCIENCE: What is the coldest city in the northern hemisphere? 3. LANGUAGE: What does the Latin phrase “persona non grata” mean? 4. U.S. STATES: Which state’s flag is the only one currently that is two-sided? 5. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What was the first animal to appear on a U.S. coin? […]

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