Energy Saving

Save Energy, Save Money With Today’s Manufactured Homes

PHOENIX, ARIZONA — In these economic times, the decision to purchase a home has become a very serious consideration, with cost of ownership in both the short and long term being in the forefront of the buyer’s mind. One of the most important factors consumers should consider when buying a home is its energy efficiency rating, as this can add up to substantial savings over the life of the home. Today’s energy efficient manufactured home is no different from any other home, except it has been built off-site, usually in a controlled factory environment, using the latest in energy efficient technologies. Coupled with a lower cost per square foot as compared to site-built homes, today’s manufactured home is a smart investment for today’s savvy homebuyers. read more »


Secret Missions for Obama’s New First Dog

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA — With every wag of its tail the First Dog will accomplish secret missions for dogs everywhere. The White House dog will teach the Obama children and their counterparts in homes across America about compassion, responsibility, and respect for animals while providing plenty of photo-perfect fun and stress relief. But the dog has already sparked controversy and hope among people who passionately care about animals. Allen and Linda Anderson, best-selling authors of Angel Dogs with a Mission (New World Library, 2008), say, “The Obama dog will fulfill its missions as the nation’s doggie trendsetter with every choice the family makes for their new pet.” read more »


To boost test scores, schools clamor for a horseman’s advice

On a ranch of willows and wild grass outside Sacramento, the cowboy cooed to his tawny mustang. Then he led Little Buck through basic commands — back up, step forward — and rewarded him with a biscuit.

Dennis Parker is a part-Cherokee trainer in rural Zamora, Calif., who sports a silver ponytail beneath his cowboy hat. But his recent demonstration was aimed at training a different breed grappling with far bigger tasks: educators under mounting pressure to raise students’ standardized test scores. read more »

Interior Design

Cappellini hits sweet spot with Candy table, Lace lamp

Giulio Cappellini No, it’s not some Don Draper-devised take on Rodin’s “The Thinker” staged with midcentury modern accent tables. This is Giulio Cappellini, artistic director of Cappellini, the Italian furniture manufacturer known for more than 30 years for discovering talent and producing works by designers such as Jasper Morrison, Marcel Wanders and the Bouroullec and Campana brothers. read more »

Home and Family

Caravan & Motorhome Crime: Don’t Become a Victim this Holiday Season

 NORTH NEWBALD, YORKSHIRE — The purchase of a caravan or motorhome could quite possibly be for some, the most expensive purchase to be made within their lifetime other than their home. This winter, Discover Leisure are making it their mission to raise awareness of caravan and motorhome safety and security to ensure not only your purchase makes it through the harsh winter conditions, but also keeping your pride and joy secure from theft. read more »


Colorado shootings: Parents need to talk to their kids about it

We can imagine our kids in that theater, no?

“The Dark Knight Rises” was a giddily anticipated PG-13 spectacle. By definition, the opening night in Aurora, Colo., was filled with typical American teens.

Most of our older kids can also probably imagine themselves inside what became a death trap.

That’s why talking to children about what happened is so important, experts say.

“You do, as a parent, have responsibility to talk to them about it,” said Paul Coleman, a New York-based therapist and author of several books on anxiety, trauma and communicating with children, including “How To Say It to Your Child When Bad Things Happen,” (Prentice Hall, 2002)
People bow in a moment of silence requested by President Obama for the victims of the Colorado shootings at an event in Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday. (Kevin Lamarque – Reuters)
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L.A. architect’s mission: Build a better animal shelter

South L.A. Animal Care Center Gallery When Rania Alomar was hired to design a new animal shelter for the city of Los Angeles, the architect was given specific instructions: Create a temporary home for animals that increases their comfort, and by virtue of the shelter’s design, makes people want to adopt a pet. read more »

Home Improvement

Keep Cool Without Using Air Conditioning

From Wired How-To Wiki

Anyone who lives in a temperate climate knows at least a half-dozen ways to keep cool when the mercury starts rising. A new pair of sandals, an icy margarita, meeting your friends at the pool — there are a lot of great ways to lower your body temperature. But we consider these just a starting point. You can’t always dip out of work and lounge in a beach chair whenever you get a little sweaty, so we’ve gathered a few methods that will help you lower your energy bill and save the planet. read more »

Home and Family

Travel-Friendly Gadgets for Kids

Need to keep your kids entertained on the road? Don’t forget to pack some of these great gadgets on your next trip.

Traveling with kids can be rough. Long car rides and flights can be a testament to your patience if your child starts getting bored. Thankfully, technology has created dozens of gadgets to satisfy children of all ages.

We surveyed employees with sons, daughters, nieces, and nephews to see what kind of tech keeps the kids occupied while traveling. This set of gadgets — and the thousands of apps you can download for them — will surely keep your children from asking the inevitable question: “Are we there yet?” read more »


Is Marissa Mayer doing parents any favors?

Though Marissa Mayer, the pregnant 37-year-old executive newly named CEO of Yahoo, became an instant pioneer to many working women this week, she has also come under attack in some quarters for saying she plans to take barely a wisp of maternity leave.

She told Fortune soon after she revealed publicly that she is due in early October that “my maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it.”
Marissa Mayer (Noah Berger – Reuters)
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