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By now we are all familiar with the drill: frequent hand washing (especially soap and water); social distancing (6 feet); no handshaking, fist bumps, high-fives or hugs—elbow bumps only; self-quarantine with any kind of cold symptoms; cancel cruise plans for at least a month or two; and try …
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To satisfy the frequent requests I receive about apps for the iPhone, I’ve listed the most popular—and useful—ones available. While many may not interest you, go through the list and choose those you can use. 

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The deadline was looming and she knew the competition would be formidable, but at the last minute and on the spur of the moment, Diane Hooper bravely submitted her landscape image, hoping for any kind of recognition. Imagine her excitement, or shock as she put it, upon learning she won Grand…

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I am at home, with my wife Kathy, following national guidelines for coronavirus social distancing. Kathy is careworn to have me home habitually. Having canceled the Wine Group this month to sidestep a group tasting and not violate health recommendations, my article will revisit wine encounte…

It was a chamber of commerce approved blue-bird weekend! The snow was plentiful! The conditions were perfect for the “Southern Boys” of Troop 20 to earn their Snow Sports Merit Badge at the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, N.C.

‘The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch’

There is nothing I like better than planning and experiencing a vacation. I can spend hours researching lodging options, top sights and the flight with the fewest layovers. Lately, however, one of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing food and cooking somewhere new. With the interne…

Some things I just don’t understand. Well, many things, actually. For instance, why do I have brown age spots all over my face? Why do my shoulders hurt? Why is my right big toe always swollen and painful? And, why, for Pete’s sake, are some people immune to old age altogether? We know who t…

The number is staggering. In less than one human lifetime, 2.9 billion breeding birds have been lost from the continental United States and Canada. That is more than one in four birds that have disappeared from our shores, forests, wetlands, grasslands, deserts and neighborhoods. This can be…

Where you live makes a difference when it comes to good health. Some places promote wellness by expanding access to nutritious food and recreational facilities. Others strive to keep healthcare costs affordable for everyone or keep parks clean and well-maintained.

You love them both—your pets and houseplants—but it can be challenging to safely raise them together in the same house.  Reduce the risk by selecting pet-safe plants and safely managing houseplant pest problems.

Dixon Bradshaw presents an eclectic assortment of new books and book news on the Books pages of Smoke Signals" News section. We offer these three books as an appetizer of sorts with the lure of a full course of Book News and New Books in the June issue of Smoke Signals.
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