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Dear Annie

Dear Annie: Am I turning into a curmudgeon as I get older, or are couples today way more comfortable being physical in public? I recently went to a concert with my husband, something I’d been looking forward to for weeks. But I couldn’t concentrate on what was happening on the stage. ...

Gilded Age gardens sparkle with renewed attention, respect

The period Mark Twain dubbed “the Gilded Age” was one of extreme wealth and ostentation, of robber barons amassing great fortunes, of glaring chasms between rich and poor. It was also a time when some of the nation’s grandest gardens were constructed. “These were incredibly ...

Right at home: New ways to use old rugs

As part of the red-hot globalism trend, “tribal style” — exotic, eclectic and influenced by travel — has spread from fashion to home decor. There’s a caravan of interesting furniture and accessories that work in any space, from the sleek and contemporary to the simple and ...

Cooking on a deadline

I have a recipe for a potato gratin in my last cookbook, “Dinner Solved!”, that I firmly stand by. Here is another that I firmly stand by. And I plan to come up with more such recipes to firmly stand by because I am committed to reminding all of us why gratins are one of the best things ...

Publishers Weekly best-selling books

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders (Random House) 2. “Norse Mythology” by Neil Gaiman (W.W.Norton) 3. “Echoes in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin’s) 4. “Heartbreak Hotel” by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine) 5. “Never Never” by James ...

Dresses that tell a story: Princess Diana’s life in fashion

LONDON — The dresses tell the story of a life cut short: first the frilly debutante frocks Princess Diana wore before she married Prince Charles, then the elaborate gowns that stunned the world, and finally the power suits she favored shortly before her death. It’s been 20 years since ...

Bridge results

Following are the highest-scoring players in the area bridge games reported to the Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Bridgae Club Feb. 13 — Judy Stein and Ann Day, 43; Sally Manning and Kay Dando, 41, Amy Pitou and Ann Collins, 39; Sue Pierce and Mary Ann Churba, 37; Joyce Morgan and David Winters, ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My friend “Janice” and I met in college and were bridesmaids in each other’s wedding. We live down the street from each other, and our kids play together. Until recently, she’d been about 30 pounds overweight ever since I met her. She would always talk about losing those ...

Gucci presents otherworldly fall-winter collection in Milan

MILAN — Milan fashion designers launched six days of fall-winter fashion previews Wednesday, as the long-accepted runway format undergoes challenges like never before. Brands like Gucci and Bottega Veneta sat out last month’s menswear previews to combine their efforts this round, while ...

Lifestyle briefs

Presbyterian Home to hold Mardi Gras celebration Presbyterian Home at Williamsport, 810 Louisa St., will hold a Mardi Gras celebration from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28. There will be entertainment by “Yodi Yoder” Juke Box Jazz and light refreshments and tours will be available before and ...

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Billions of Bricks’ By Kurt Cyrus Two, four, six. Look at all the bricks! Grab a hard hat and all your tools, and get ready for a construction adventure in counting! This clever, rhyming picture book leads readers through a day in the life of a construction crew building with bricks. ...

Friends Bookstore: A ‘best-kept secret’

February is National Library Lovers’ Month. The month provides a good opportunity for the community to appreciate the services, outreach and collections of the James V. Brown Library. However, patrons of the Friends Bookstore often say that it is “the best-kept secret in the Library,” ...

Gentle German shepherd therapy dog has calming effect

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A rescue dog with a special gift for calming children has become one of the favorite staff members at Hamilton Center Child and Adult Services. Hawkeye, a 3-year-old white German Shepherd, seems to make friends wherever he goes in the building — among the staff as well ...

Lifestyle briefs

MONTOURSVILLE — The Montoursville Garden Club will hold a meeting at 1 p.m. March 2 at the Montoursville Presbyterian Church, 900 Elm St. Sinclair Adams, trial director of the Pennsylvania State Trial Flower Gardens at the Southeast Agricultural Research ane Extension Center, in Manheim, ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: In December, I went to a holiday house party, and most of the people in the crowd were my old friends from college (class of 1979). I hadn’t seen some of these people in 25 years or more. The hostess pulled out her giant photo album, and there they were, several pictures of my ...

GourmetGents

Granola ranks among my very favorite foods, to the degree that (like Biscoff cookie spread) I’m better off not even keeping any in the house lest I simply devour it by the bagful. Crunchy-sweet-salty is totally my jam, and the typical inclusion of nuts and berries also is right up my alley. ...

Go for the king of English street food: fish and chips

Thanks to our global food community, we have more opportunities than ever to sample cuisines from the farthest corners of the world. Even in America’s smallest towns, food lovers are exploring traditional Indian, Ethiopian, or Spanish tapas restaurants, and we’re constantly on the hunt for ...

Michelin Guide misguided as local cafe gets star in error

BOURGES, France (AP) — It’s a case of culinary mistaken identity. The Michelin Guide has accidently awarded one of its coveted stars to a lowly local cafe that shares its name with a gastronomic restaurant 150 kilometers (93 miles) away. In the annual restaurant list unveiled Feb. 9, ...

YWCA Cuisine & A Cause set for April 2

The YWCA Northcentral PA is thrilled to announce its third biennial Cuisine & A Cause set for 1 p.m. April 2 at at the Holiday Inn. There is space for 18 eateries to compete in the categories of appetizer, salad, soup or chili, entree, dessert and this year’s one-time-only specialty ...