This paper clip features a bronze skull and bones, making it ready for Halloween any time of the year. Is it a modern-day memento mori or a sly comment on the tedium of paperwork?

Morbid paper-pushers would appreciate this spooky gadget

The bronze paper clip adorned with a skill sold for $625 at an antiques auction.

This paper clip features a bronze skull and bones, making it ready for Halloween any time of the year. Is it a modern-day memento mori or a sly comment on the tedium of paperwork?
Frank_Riff_Magenta: Handyman Riff Raff (Kendall Collins), mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Josiah Miller) and crazed domestic Magenta (Lauren Hayes) host unsuspecting guests in “The Rocky Horror Show,” playing October 21-November 6 at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville. (Kenny Randall)

Music, theater and more: “Rocky Horror” opens in Marysville.

MUSIC Billy Ocean: The British recording artist, a major hitmaker in the 1970 and ’80s, is set to perform 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the… Continue reading

Frank_Riff_Magenta: Handyman Riff Raff (Kendall Collins), mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Josiah Miller) and crazed domestic Magenta (Lauren Hayes) host unsuspecting guests in “The Rocky Horror Show,” playing October 21-November 6 at the Red Curtain Arts Center in Marysville. (Kenny Randall)

Helping children cope with the pain of divorce

What splitting couples can do to make the transition more comfortable for their kids.

2022 Toyota Tundra iForce Max Capstone (Toyota)

2022 Toyota Tundra iForce Max Capstone

Full-size trucks are becoming a new luxury category.

  • Oct 19, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
2022 Toyota Tundra iForce Max Capstone (Toyota)
Casey Burr is the owner of Hive Jive, a new Oak Harbor business that sells local vendors’ goods, along with the honey he makes. (Rachel Rosen / Whidbey News-Times)

Beekeeper’s new shop is all the buzz on Whidbey Island

Casey Burr, owner of Hive Jive, opened a new shop for local vendors in downtown Oak Harbor.

Casey Burr is the owner of Hive Jive, a new Oak Harbor business that sells local vendors’ goods, along with the honey he makes. (Rachel Rosen / Whidbey News-Times)
Mr. Bone Jangles holds his scythe Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Halloween hunk: Meet Mr. Bone Jangles, the hottest guy in Lake Stevens

The sought-after 12-foot skeleton, Skelly, has lit up social media since 2020. In Lake Stevens, spooky season started in June.

Mr. Bone Jangles holds his scythe Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The 2022 Lexus LX 600 luxury SUV has a 409-horsepower V6 engine and 8,000-pound towing capacity. (Lexus)

2022 LX 600 full-size SUV is the newest Lexus luxury flagship

It has more power, better fuel economy and a wider selection of models than the previous titleholder.

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 luxury SUV has a 409-horsepower V6 engine and 8,000-pound towing capacity. (Lexus)
The glory of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is more enlightening when you understand the story behind its construction.

Rick Steves’ tips for appreciating great art — at home and abroad

A favorite teaching trick of mine, in my work as a tour guide in Europe, is to build a Gothic cathedral out of tourists. It… Continue reading

The glory of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris is more enlightening when you understand the story behind its construction.

American Airlines cancels flight and charges an extra $1,147

When American Airlines cancels the last leg of Sandy Burchett’s flight, it offers to cover the cost of her next flight. So what’s with the $1,147 charge on her credit card?

  • Oct 16, 2022
  • By Wire Service
A 1934 Seagrave fire engine sits in Ipswich, Mass. where it first entered service (Photo courtesy of James Sullivan)

Brier teacher restores 1934 fire truck, returns it to New England

A teacher at Brier Terrace Middle School rebuilt it as a learning aid for his students. Now it’s going home to Massachusetts.

  • Oct 16, 2022
  • By Wire Service
  • Brier
A 1934 Seagrave fire engine sits in Ipswich, Mass. where it first entered service (Photo courtesy of James Sullivan)
Caption: Give yourself a long lead time and an ample budget if your goal is an air-conditioned summer.

Installing central air conditioning takes money and patience

But it’ll be worth every penny the next time a heat dome descends over Snohomish County.

Caption: Give yourself a long lead time and an ample budget if your goal is an air-conditioned summer.
Bears greet each other on Chichagof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Elleana Elliott)

Photos from the island of bears

Meet a Southeast Alaska woman whose passion is photographing the giant coastal black bears that thrive near — and in — her small town.

  • Oct 16, 2022
  • By Vivian Faith Prescott For The Juneau Empire
  • Photography
Bears greet each other on Chichagof Island. (Courtesy Photo / Elleana Elliott)

2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback XSE

Hatchbacks are all about versatility and fun.

  • Oct 15, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
2023 Honda HR-V EX-L (Honda)

2023 Honda HR-V EX-L

The 2023 Honda HR-V has reached its second generation.

  • Oct 14, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
2023 Honda HR-V EX-L (Honda)
Stanwood High School teacher Lianna Neyens, 43, was a contestant on “The Price is Right." (Submitted photo)

Brand! New! Car! Stanwood teacher scores on ‘The Price is Right’

Lianna Neyens uses the game as a tool with her personal finance students. And it paid off for her in Hollywood.

Stanwood High School teacher Lianna Neyens, 43, was a contestant on “The Price is Right." (Submitted photo)
mixed pansies in garden

Endless summer: Out with the geraniums, in with the pansies

Change out those summer annuals to bring a fresh look to your garden — and maybe a sense of relief that the season is finally changing.

mixed pansies in garden
Acer palmatum ‘Viridis,’ commonly called green laceleaf Japanese maple. Great Plant Picks

Great Plant Pick: Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’

This captivating dwarf Japanese maple boasts bright green, lacey foliage and strongly cascading branches.

  • Oct 14, 2022
Acer palmatum ‘Viridis,’ commonly called green laceleaf Japanese maple. Great Plant Picks
Photo Caption: Can you resist anything but temptation? Buyers couldn't resist this Royal Bayreuth pitcher with a devil and playing cards.

(c) 2022 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.

The devil made somebody pay $250 for this novelty pitcher

The Royal Bayreuth item recalls bygone times when religious authorities deemed playing cards as sinful.

Photo Caption: Can you resist anything but temptation? Buyers couldn't resist this Royal Bayreuth pitcher with a devil and playing cards.

(c) 2022 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.
Darlingside is scheduled to perform Oct. 20 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Indie Film Lab)

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Darlingside, which has been compared with David Crosby and the Byrds, performs Oct. 20 in Edmonds.

Darlingside is scheduled to perform Oct. 20 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. (Indie Film Lab)
2022 Infiniti QX55 Essentials AWD (Infiniti)

2022 Infiniti QX55 Essentials AWD

The QX55 slathers on comfort and convenience features to keep everyone happy.

  • Oct 12, 2022
  • By Larry Lark
  • Cars
2022 Infiniti QX55 Essentials AWD (Infiniti)