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Caption: If you can get past the itchiness factor, wool garments warm you up and last a lifetime. (Jennifer Bardsley)

In praise of wool, the fiber that saved this California girl

It may itch, but you can’t beat a wool sweater for warmth. And it’ll last a lifetime.

 

Is your partner grumpy? Here are some antidotes to consider

No. 1: Wait until your grump is in a good mood to talk to them about their grumpiness.

 

Schwab: Finding graditude, inspiration from father I never knew

I followed the career path of my father who died before my birth, work that now might have saved him.

 

Festive Christmas wreath of fresh natural spruce branches with red holly berries isolated on white background. New Year. Top view. Traditional decoration for Xmas holiday.

Get in the holiday swing of things — make a wreath

Area garden centers have the greenery and equipment so you can make a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home.

Festive Christmas wreath of fresh natural spruce branches with red holly berries isolated on white background. New Year. Top view. Traditional decoration for Xmas holiday.

Weather, rain, geraniums: A gardener gives thanks

Take a minute and reflect on what you are grateful for in your garden, and then share the gratitude with your fellow gardeners.

Harrop: Are racial, gender ‘firsts’ for electeds still a thing?

The voters don’t seem to care. Can we stick to issues and qualifications rather than quotas?

Burke: A challenge, but cast about for what you’re thankful for

Yes, the election results were mixed, but better than expected. Which may describe our lives, too.

Saunders: Battle over competence among Senate Republicans

Ideologues want to criticize McConnell, but the leader knew candidate quality was a problem for the GOP.

Caption: Curbside delivery at Kindred Kitchen in Everett made cooking dinner a whole lot easier. (Jennifer Bardsley)

A quick trip to Everett helps put dinner on the table

Kindred Kitchen on Broadway offers delicious, affordable meal kits — supporting a local humanitarian cause.

Caption: Curbside delivery at Kindred Kitchen in Everett made cooking dinner a whole lot easier. (Jennifer Bardsley)

May everyone around your table have peace this Thanksgiving

It’s not uncommon for the holiday season to be a complex mixture of sweet and salty flavors. But ultimately, it’s all about love.

Harrop: Trump now caught in ‘American Carnage’ of his own making

After endorsing lackluster candidates who lost last week, Trump’s old lines have lost their impact.

Schwab: Democracy’s work not done but there’s reason for hope

An absent red wave and losses by election deniers might mean more voters understood the stakes.

Saunders: Biden — and Trump — should take a pass on running in ‘24

Age is just a number, but numbers that neither should ignore are poll numbers and election results.

Harrop: Even if crime easing, officials must take it seriously

Prosecutors and others who downplay ‘less serious’ crimes do citizens and themselves no favors.

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

It’s time for a little winter cleanup in the garden

Here are a few tips to help your garden survive winter and come back in spring stronger than ever.

Pile of fall leaves with fan rake on lawn

Schwab: Retired surgeon looks at what’s changed, kept in the OR

Saving his cutting remarks on the election, Sid offers thoughts on his career in general surgery.

Burke: What to expect if you’re expecting Republicans to win

If we take the GOP at its word, here’s the list of atrocities we can expect if control of Congress flips.

Saunders: Early voting leaves voters at mercy of breaking news

A lot can happen in four weeks. You could be voting without the benefit of information in the final days.

Four ways to help you beat the winter blues

Standard time resumes today (Nov. 6). Get ready for night to fall before you leave the office.

A Bloodgood Japanese maple in fall, with a wisteria in the background. (Sunnyside Nursery)

Decidedly deciduous: Creating year-round interest in the garden

Up your fall gardening game with Japanese maples, hydrangeas and countless more deciduous trees and shrubs.

A Bloodgood Japanese maple in fall, with a wisteria in the background. (Sunnyside Nursery)