Overspending can be an underappreciated problem

Some situations require taking a hard line.

Today in History

Today is Monday, Jan. 14, the 14th day of 2019. There are 351 days left in the year.

Doug Beyerlein with his dog, Tuolumne, descend a stairway at Forest Park in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Step on up: Getting fit on Snohomish County’s public stairways

In “stair seeking,” you search for public stairways and climb them. The fitness benefits are enormous.

Doug Beyerlein with his dog, Tuolumne, descend a stairway at Forest Park in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

This Edmonds author’s teen vampire books are ‘Twilight’ good

Writing under a pseudonym, Jennifer Bardsley is making a name for herself in the YA book world.

A family game of Monopoly is equal parts joy and frustration

Toys R Us is dead, but don’t worry — America’s favorite board game is alive and well.

Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Tracy Weber: 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 17, Edmonds Bookshop, 111 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Weber’s new book, “Murder Likes It Hot,” is the sixth… Continue reading

In Tessa Hadley’s new novel, death mixes everybody’s lives up

“Late in the Day” is about the persistence of life, the agonizing but clarifying effect of loss.

  • Jan 13, 2019

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

GET OUT Skagit Eagle Festival: The month-long celebration is held during eagle-watching season in nearby Skagit County. Events and activities take place in Concrete, Rockport… Continue reading

Study: Children and teens overdiagnosed with ADHD in the US

While 11 percent of kids 4-17 are diagosed, only 5 percent actually have attention problems.

Rami Malek as rock icon Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody." (Nick Delaney/Twentieth Century Fox/TNS)

True or false: Biopics like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ are accurate

The film about the band Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury moves the timing of Mercury’s HIV diagnosis.

  • Jan 13, 2019
Rami Malek as rock icon Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody." (Nick Delaney/Twentieth Century Fox/TNS)

Turn your back yard into a bird habitat in the name of science

Also, tell the Historic Everett Theatre who you’d like it to book in 2019.

What movies like ‘A Star Is Born’ gets wrong about pop music

These films recycle notions that an artist’s authenticity is jeopardized by a top-down mentality.

  • Jan 13, 2019

What’s new for travelers in Spain and Portugal for 2019

It’s important to travel with the latest information to get the most out of your experience.

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

An oceanfront score for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

The contemporary-style home is found within Montage, a resort community.

Antique bright cobalt blue-blown sugar bowl sold for $2,300

The lid’s finial is shaped like an acorn, but the best clue to its age is the engraving “A.G. 1780.”

Documentary puts new attention on R. Kelly sex allegations

Kelly’s daughter speaks out on Instagram, shows support for his accusers

  • Jan 12, 2019

Great Plant Pick: Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph,’ golden lodgepole pine

This golden lodgepole pine sports intense golden-yellow foliage in the winter.

Sparks fly as a student welds a bench seat during the Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool in 2017 at Stanwood High School. This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 26. (Herald file)

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Meet the crow expert: John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, will speak at the Snohomish Garden Club’s Jan. 14… Continue reading

Sparks fly as a student welds a bench seat during the Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool in 2017 at Stanwood High School. This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 26. (Herald file)

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

With each smart device in your home, companies are able to gather details about your daily life.