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We put 16 mosquito repellents to the test — see what worked, what left us itchy

We tried 16 bug repellents in the woods near our house on our body and on fruit to see which ones worked best.


Pediatricians should ask parents about guns at home, study recommends

Pediatricians should ask parents about guns at home, study recommends

Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study that will be in the July issue of “Pediatrics” and its recommendations in response to the study. The “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States” is the largest study to look at the number of gun-related injuries and deaths in children and adolescents. It looked at numbers from National Vital Statistics System...
Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

GARDENING Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens Take a stroll through almost any Central Texas garden and chances are you’ll come upon at least one type of salvia. Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, and is also commonly referred to as sage. All sages are salvias; those used for medicinal purposes or as culinary herbs are generally called sages and the name...
Austin-based Waldo Photos uses facial recognition to sort camp photos

Austin-based Waldo Photos uses facial recognition to sort camp photos

Each July, when I send my kids to a three-week camp near Waco, I become a bit crazy. I log into the camp’s photo site daily and begin searching like mad for proof of life. On days when there might be a happy, smiling photo of one of them, I’m over the moon. On days when I can’t find them anywhere, I’m in the depths of depression and worry. Are they having a good time? Are they...
BREAKING: Puppy rescued from extreme heat in locked car must go back to owner, Manor court says

BREAKING: Puppy rescued from extreme heat in locked car must go back to owner, Manor court says

An 8-week-old puppy that was rescued from extreme heat in a locked car last weekend will be returned to its owner, the Manor Municipal Court ruled Thursday. Manor police, which charged the puppy’s owner with animal cruelty, had hoped to win custody of the dog, named Annabelle, so that they could hand her over to an animal shelter. “The Manor Police Department is extremely saddened and...
“Fixer Upper” Clint Harp and wife Kelly get own HGTV show “Wood Work”

“Fixer Upper” Clint Harp and wife Kelly get own HGTV show “Wood Work”

A lot is going on in the world of the “Fixer Upper” stars. Wednesday we learned that show hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines are starting their own restaurant. They are turning Elite Cafe into The Magnolia Table by the end of the year. Joanna Gaines has also started her own wallpaper line among other endorsements. Now we learn from the Waco Herald Tribune that “Fixer Upper&rdquo...
Austin360 arts list, June 23-29

Austin360 arts list, June 23-29

Theater & dance “Around the World in 80 Days.” Penfold Theatre’s free summer theater returns with this twist on the Jules Verne novel and centers on a mathematically savvy woman in Victorian England who bets that she can circumnavigate the world in 80 days. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Round Rock Amphitheater, 301 W. Bagdad Ave., Round Rock. penfoldtheatre.org. &ldquo...
Austin360 recreation list, June 23-29

Austin360 recreation list, June 23-29

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays,...
Show from ‘Hamilton’ creator takes Zach Theatre to new ‘Heights’

Show from ‘Hamilton’ creator takes Zach Theatre to new ‘Heights’

Before the award-winning pop culture phenomenon that is “Hamilton,” writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda had already taken the Broadway world by storm with his first Tony-winning musical, “In the Heights.” With music and lyrics by Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the show tells the story of a group of diverse, multicultural neighbors living and working on the...
GARDEN: How can you get rid of mosquitoes in the yard? Try these tips

GARDEN: How can you get rid of mosquitoes in the yard? Try these tips

Recently, we tested which insect repellents work best in our scientific test, but what about just getting them out of your yard? Ryan Larsen, a civil engineer at storm water management company NDS Inc., calls himself Dr. Drainage and has these recommendations: 1. Eliminate standing water around your home. Keep gutters clear of debris; check at least once a week for any discarded cans, buckets, pots...
HOME: New upscale flooring store A Modern Step opens in Hyde Park

HOME: New upscale flooring store A Modern Step opens in Hyde Park

Austinites Kacey Samiee and Aaron Lindsey have opened A Modern Step, an upscale for-appointment-only flooring store. It carries only lines that are ecologically sensitive, including Scandinavian hardware Junckers, Karelia, Kahrs and WoodLife, and North American lines Appalachian Flooring, Kentwood/Metropolitan, Eco-Timber and Valencia Hardwoods. It also features reclaimed wood from barns, vineyards...
HOME: Marie Kondo turns “Tidying Up” into manga graphic novel

HOME: Marie Kondo turns “Tidying Up” into manga graphic novel

Home organization guru Marie Kondo, who appeared at South by Southwest in March, has taught us to consider if something “sparks joy” when we think about whether to keep it, toss it or donate it. Now she’s turned “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” into a graphic novel with illustration by Yuko Uramoto in “The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story...
GARDENING: Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

GARDENING: Consider the heat-loving salvia for summer gardens

Take a stroll through almost any Central Texas garden and chances are you’ll come upon at least one type of salvia. Salvia is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, and is also commonly referred to as sage. All sages are salvias; those used for medicinal purposes or as culinary herbs are generally called sages and the name salvia is generally associated with the ornamental plants. At...
Austin recovers one of its identities in Rosedale

Austin recovers one of its identities in Rosedale

As they had done countless times before, the friends convened one morning at the Rosedale School on West 49th Street. Forrest Preece, John Akin and Richard “Dick” Peterson’s roots plunge deep into this Austin neighborhood of cottages, shops, parks, medical offices and, increasingly, more upscale homes. Strung along two angled terraces above the Shoal Creek canyon, Rosedale is one...
Mike Pence got a puppy for Father's Day; meet Harley

Mike Pence got a puppy for Father's Day; meet Harley

Vice President Mike Pence got quite the Father’s Day surprise this weekend. The second lady and daughters presented the vice president with a puppy named Harley. The family also adopted a gray tabby kitten named Hazel. The Pences spent the weekend in Indianapolis and brought their new pets to Washington, D.C. for the first time when the family returned to the vice president’s residence...
Kitten shortage in Northeast leads shelter to fly 40 to New York

Kitten shortage in Northeast leads shelter to fly 40 to New York

A kitten shortage at animal shelters in the Northeast is prompting the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League to fly 40 felines to Long Island on a donated private plane this week. Peggy Adams, a non-kill shelter, has become overcrowded with cats and kittens in the midst of South Florida’s kitten season, said Rich Anderson, its chief executive. At last count, it had 800 kittens at its site in...
Couple mourns dog that drowned at pet resort

Couple mourns dog that drowned at pet resort

The Spott’s made it clear that Matilda could not swim. However, two hours after dropping off the 6-year-old bulldog Saturday, pet resort owners were calling to let the family know Matilda had drowned. “She was just the most well-mannered dog in the world,” Deanna Spott told KSAZ. “And to think that this is how her last moments were, at an unfamiliar place with no one helping...
Jeanette Nassour left $4 million to Austin arts and other efforts

Jeanette Nassour left $4 million to Austin arts and other efforts

The late Jeanette Nassour, who owned the Cadeau gift shop on the Drag with her husband, Ferris Nassour, left more than $4 million in her will to arts, faith and education groups, almost all in Austin. She died on June 30, 2016. The biggest beneficiary was Austin Opera, which received almost $1.7 million, according to Cindy Stone, her close friend and executor. “Jeanette taught me never to stop...
84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

84 Great Danes rescued from suspected puppy mill

More than 80 Great Danes were rescued from a suspected puppy mill in New Hampshire on Friday, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Wolfeboro police served a warrant on a local property where they found 84 dogs being housed in “unsafe and unsanitary conditions.” All the dogs were confiscated from the property. Police say they had received a number of complaints...
When in Round Rock, plunge in

When in Round Rock, plunge in

Lindsey Zimmerman isn’t so sure about this. She peers over the edge of the 12-foot-tall platform she’s standing on and down to the expansive turquoise lagoon below. “How do you do it?” Lindsey, 8, yells to her big sister on the other side of the pool. “Just jump!” 10-year-old Kylee yells back. Sigh. Sisters. It’s Thursday afternoon and the doors have just...
Public invited to help determine future of Seaholm intake building

Public invited to help determine future of Seaholm intake building

Want a say in what becomes of the old Seaholm water intake structure? The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are funding a study to help decide what to do with the old art deco building and some surrounding parkland next to the river downtown. They’re working in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. “It has such opportunity to become a transformational...
WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

WATCH: Kitten rescued after getting stuck in Tesla bumper

A curious kitten became trapped inside the bumper of a Tesla, prompting the need of a Tesla Service representative to perform a rescue operation. A Tesla owner who goes by the username S U on YouTube said he discovered a kitten trapped in his Model X Saturday morning. The video clip shows a kitten desperately crying, and the owner determined that the kitten was stuck in the bumper. Tesla Service was...
Put science, art and movies on your family to-do list, June 18-24

Put science, art and movies on your family to-do list, June 18-24

Events Rhythm on Stage. Take center stage and learn how to dance with Ballet Austin instructors. The popular summer series is kicking off with a lesson about Bollywood dance. RSVP ahead of time. 7 p.m. doors Thursday. The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. thelongcenter.org/event/rhythm-on-stage. Woodland Faerie Trail. See fairy houses on this trail. Through July 30. Free with admission...
How not to die when it’s 100 degrees in Austin

How not to die when it’s 100 degrees in Austin

Temperatures in Austin are creeping closer and closer to 100 degrees, and we know what you’re thinking: “How am I going to survive another summer of this?” Well, we’ve got some advice. First of all, you’re going to need to submerge yourself in a body of water. We’ve put together a definitive guide to all of Central Texas swimming holes, because Barton...
Boy, 9, denied service animal at school

Boy, 9, denied service animal at school

Daniel Riley was born with type 1 diabetes.  He doesn’t let it slow him down, though.   While Riley, 9, plays sports and leads a normal boy’s life, he has to check his blood sugar periodically to ensure he does not suffer diabetic ketoacidosis, which occurs if his body does not make enough insulin. It nearly killed him when he was 2 years old. With the help of Sundance, a Golden...
Alligator captured after killing dog

Alligator captured after killing dog

An alligator that attacked and killed a pet dog was captured Thursday.  Russell “The Snake Chaser” Cavender snared the estimated 10-foot gator in a pond at Blackmoor Golf Course, according to WMBF.  Cavender shared an image of his catch, as well as a message to pet owners: “Keep them on a leash, people!”
FREE CATS: Austin’s animal shelter waives adoption fees for cats, kittens this weekend

FREE CATS: Austin’s animal shelter waives adoption fees for cats, kittens this weekend

Maybe this is the weekend to make Dad a cat person for Father’s Day. The Austin Animal Center said Friday that the facility’s cat cages are full and that the center was waiving adoption fees on all cats and kittens through Monday. The center, which is caring for 600 cats and kittens, said more than 300 are available for adoption. The rest are in foster homes or receiving medical care...
FATHER’S DAY: Need last minute gift? Hiatus Spa + Retreat has specials

FATHER’S DAY: Need last minute gift? Hiatus Spa + Retreat has specials

If you’ve messed up and don’t yet have a plan for Father’s Day on Sunday, Hiatus Spa + Retreat offers these specials for him: The Gentleman’s Retreat includes a 90-minute massage and scalp treatment. $165. Dad’s Essentials includes his choice of two services, either a massage, facial, body glow, body wrap or a mani-pedi. $189. The Frosty Mug Retreat gives him a full-body...
UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home

UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home

UPDATE: Maddie, the terminally ill dog, has found a forever home! According to Texas Humane Heroes, she was adopted by the “perfect family” on Saturday, June 17. “I haven't had a chance to speak with the family, but I'm hoping they will continue her bucket list and even add to it,” said Christine Rankin with Texas Humane Heroes. “They received a gift...
It’s National Flip Flop Day. What does Joanna Gaines wear?

It’s National Flip Flop Day. What does Joanna Gaines wear?

In honor of National Flip Flop Day today, we thought we’d take a look at what a notable Texan as been wearing. Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” has been seen wearing a pair of Hari Mari tan and yellow Lakes flip flops on the show. Hari Mari is a Texas company founded in 2012 that also gives back part of its sales to kids fighting cancer, including here in Austin. You...
Thank you, invisible Dad

Thank you, invisible Dad

Dear Dad: Too bad you were invisible. But if it weren’t for you, our entire family would be invisible too. You were almost always out of the picture. Still, you captured precious glimpses of our lives. With gratitude for your invisible presence, Your loving son If I could send that letter today, I would. Sadly, that opportunity has passed, so to invisible dads everywhere: This thank you is for...
12 lessons dads give children that serve them for a lifetime

12 lessons dads give children that serve them for a lifetime

“Being a Dad Is Weird.” That’s the title of Ben Falcone’s new book. You know Falcone as Melissa McCarthy’s husband and the air marshal in “Bridesmaids.” In the book ($25.99, Dey Street), Falcone looks back at his own childhood and reflects on how it’s made him the father he is today. It’s hilarious and heartwarming. It got me thinking about our...
Finding our oneness with God in welcoming the refugees

Finding our oneness with God in welcoming the refugees

Every week, I have the great pleasure of welcoming refugees. It began long before I arrived at Central Presbyterian Church, yet I am fortunate to reap the rewards of my predecessor, who invited Interfaith Action of Central Texas to teach refugees English as a Second Language in the classrooms of our church. I have had the privilege of being an observer to this ESL program and have met many wonderful...
Rhythm on Stage, Steve Earle and more events offering free summer fun

Rhythm on Stage, Steve Earle and more events offering free summer fun

Sunday The Hartman Foundation’s “Concerts in the Park.” Each weekend in the summer, a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the Hartman Park, located on the front lawn of the Long Center, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. This weekend’s ensemble is brass. 7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 27, no performance...
Austin enthusiasts all aboard the garden train in their yards

Austin enthusiasts all aboard the garden train in their yards

An orange refrigerator freight car is stopped on the tracks alongside a platform; a man wearing a hat leans way over. In the background, there appear to be mountains underneath white clouds and blue sky. Nearby is what seems to be an exceptionally tall tree trunk. It all looks so real, except perhaps the single leaf that spans across two railroad ties. This could be one of numerous train cars of the...
Austin man attacked while filming neighbor’s unleashed dog

Austin man attacked while filming neighbor’s unleashed dog

A man was attacked while filming his neighbor’s dog roaming illegally without a leash when the dog owner’s boyfriend lunged at him with a knife Thursday morning in Austin, an arrest affidavit said. Matthew Wheeler, 25, was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The neighbor also filmed Wheeler attacking him, the affidavit said. Police...
35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

Staff at the Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital say they’ve seen a lot, but Symba is a first. The 35-pound orange tabby cat is drawing lots of attention on social media. Symba is six years old, sweet, mellow and available for adoption, according to Humane Rescue Alliance officials. They posted photos of the portly feline on their social media pages on Thursday. The cat will...
Note to self: What I wish I’d known about parenting 10 years ago

Note to self: What I wish I’d known about parenting 10 years ago

We have self-driving cars, voice-activated robots who can order you clothes and apps that can help you find fish in a lake (amazing!). Isn’t it only a matter of time, so to speak, until someone figures out time travel correspondence? In August, it’ll be 10 years since my older daughter, Lilly, was born. It’s made me all kinds of nostalgic, and while I’m not sure I’d do...
Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

Snapchat introduces location-sharing with Snap Map

Snapchat is introducing a new way to locate your friends with the Snap Map.  The social media platform announced the news this week, revealing that the location-sharing feature will allow friends to find each other or anyone in the world using its map.  “We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure...
America’s 10 biggest and brightest Fourth of July fireworks shows

America’s 10 biggest and brightest Fourth of July fireworks shows

There’s nothing quite like watching fireworks boom among the stars after a day of barbecue and pool time with loved ones in red-white-and-blue gear. If you’re making Fourth of July plans with friends or family this Independence Day, why not head out to some of the country’s biggest and baddest fireworks displays to commemorate the patriotic occasion? Here are 10 of the country&rsquo...
Here’s what Take Your Dog to Work Day looks like in Austin

Here’s what Take Your Dog to Work Day looks like in Austin

It’s Friday. And the first weekend of summer. But you still needed one more thing to distract you at work. Luckily it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Austin businesses were not about to miss out on the petting. Here’s a look at what Take Your Dog to Work Day is looking like in the city:
Austin’s indie wrestling boom means big spectacles and big business

Austin’s indie wrestling boom means big spectacles and big business

Sweat-soaked shirts cling to the backs of more than a dozen exhausted men and women. They are wrestlers in training who have spent their Wednesday night pinballing between the ropes of a square wrestling ring inside an industrial warehouse in Pflugerville. Over and over, they rustle and tumble and throw each other down, their arms whacking the mat or an opponent’s back to emphasize the impact...
Kelley Blue Book’s 10 coolest cars under $25,000

Kelley Blue Book’s 10 coolest cars under $25,000

Cool is in the eye of the beholder, but some cars are unquestionably cooler than most. Each of the following cars is among the most fun, stylish and/or gutsiest cars available for less than $25,000 according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. A mix of retro-Euro style and tightly wound performance, the Fiat 500 Abarth is the most affordable car on this list with a starting Kelley Blue Book Fair...
You can buy this Waco ‘Fixer Upper’ house for $1 million

You can buy this Waco ‘Fixer Upper’ house for $1 million

Is that spare million dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Are you a fan of “Fixer Upper”? Well, here’s the home for you: a "vintage tiny house” that appeared in season three of the extremely popular HGTV show. It’s only 1,050 square feet with one bedroom and one bathroom, but it’s got a hefty price tag: $1 million. That’s a big increase from its original...
Texas student recreates family photos with her Chihuahua — your move, Austin dog people

Texas student recreates family photos with her Chihuahua — your move, Austin dog people

Look, we know Austin is full of dog lovers. Very serious, somewhat exhausting dog lovers. This Waxahatchie student might, just might, have all of you beat. As she told the Houston Chronicle, Marissa Hooper, a 21-year-old Sam Houston State University student, did what one does when it is summer -- she and her sister methodically recreated family photos in her parents home with similar photos...
Texas woman undergoes 8 plastic surgeries to look like Melania Trump

Texas woman undergoes 8 plastic surgeries to look like Melania Trump

A Houston-area woman is undergoing the “Melania Makeover” — eight plastic surgeries that she hopes will make her look more like first lady Melania Trump.  According to the Houston Chronicle, Claudia Sierra of Cypress wanted “to feel like the first lady that I know I am inside,” she said. She had eight surgeries scheduled for Tuesday, including ...
Best Texas books to read in June 2017

Best Texas books to read in June 2017

We’ve learned more about the Nueces River, Texas birding, a standout West Texas Congressman, the King Ranch and Texas swimming holes. “The Nueces River: Rio Escondido.” Margie Crisp with artwork by William B. Montgomery. Texas A&M Press. Much admired Texas artist and naturalist Margie Crisp made quite a splash with her award-winning “River of Contrasts: The Texas Colorado...
Texas State freshman’s mom makes some new, buff pals at her daughter’s orientation

Texas State freshman’s mom makes some new, buff pals at her daughter’s orientation

As first reported by the fine people at Mashable, a Texas State University freshman’s mother made some interesting new friends after dropping her kid off. According to the Twitter feed of one Avery Leilani of Houston, her mom started hanging out with a few members of the football team. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p dir="ltr"...
This video perfectly captures summer in Austin

This video perfectly captures summer in Austin

You’ve seen Austin. You’ve seen Austin from a drone. But you probably haven’t seen a video that makes you want to backflip into a body of water as badly as this video does. At first glance, the video looks like your average “let’s fly over Austin” drone footage — but then we get to the Barton Creek Greenbelt and hang on, let me grab my swimsuit because...
How to make a small apartment seem bigger

How to make a small apartment seem bigger

When it comes to apartment-style living, maximizing space is often key. Depending on the size of your urban environment, furniture placement can especially be a challenge. From furniture size to colors and even materials, here are some tips you can follow to create an oasis in your urban environment. DO: Use light or neutral colors. Light colors will automatically help open up a space. Create a floor...
Vase was likely mass produced in 1940s

Vase was likely mass produced in 1940s

Dear Helaine and Joe: This pretty little vase was my mother’s, but I wonder if it was first her mother’s. Most of the things my mother had were midcentury modern, but this little vase stands out as being different. It is 5 1/2 inches tall and 5 inches across. It has a delicate white flower on the front with green leaves with some gold. There is some damage to one of the petals. The bottom...
When downsizing means an upgrade

When downsizing means an upgrade

It started as a whim. My cousin Anne, who is a designer at Nell Hill’s, has three daughters who would soon be out of the nest. Why not sell their larger family home and downsize into a fixer-upper she could renovate? “It sounded so fun,” Anne remembers with an eye roll. “Looking at pictures and finding what you want is fun. But living through it isn’t as much fun,&rdquo...
A redesigned 500-square-foot rowhouse strives to make less more

A redesigned 500-square-foot rowhouse strives to make less more

BALTIMORE — Tiny homes are giving new meaning to the phrase “less is more.” The less square footage, the fewer things you own, says Greg Cantori, a volunteer tiny-house consultant for Baltimore nonprofit Civic Works. The fewer things you own, the less “junk purchases” you make. And fewer such purchases free up time and money. “We spend so much time buying, moving...
Fennel, queen of arid herb gardens

Fennel, queen of arid herb gardens

It’s said that fennel was old when Troy was new. The big bold Mediterranean herb has its roots in the ancient world, and yet is now as commonplace as any other potentially invasive plant in parts of California. Fennel loves the mild West Coast climate, and where other escapees fail during extended drought, it thrives as it has since long before the pharaohs. Although fennel is a culinary herb...
Heron Hall: one of the greenest buildings ever, and home

Heron Hall: one of the greenest buildings ever, and home

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — The first sign was tangible: “Lot for sale,” it read, all nonchalantly, in handwritten letters — as if this weren’t the site of a zillion future superlatives. Architect Jason F. McLennan notices signs. This time, he and his family were in the market for a promising lot on Bainbridge Island; had been for a couple of years. And this lot, so close...
Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 18

Today’s birthdays - Sunday, June 18

Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is 80. Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock is 78. Rock singer-composer-musician Sir Paul McCartney is 75. Actress Constance McCashin is 70. Actress Linda Thorson is 70. Rock musician John Evans is 69. Former Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., is 67. Actress Isabella Rossellini is 65. Actress Carol Kane is 65. Actor Brian Benben is 61. Actress Andrea...

Today’s horoscopes - Sunday, June 18

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you go above and beyond anything asked of you, you will achieve it. Then you will be expected to achieve it regularly. Think carefully before you show off, as it might turn you into an indentured servant. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Not everyone is going to like the way you show up and declare yourself and make room to be you. If you have a few dissenters, it’s in...

Dear Abby - Sunday, June 18

Dear Abby: I’ve never written to you before, but I’m having a disagreement with my husband. We are taking our daughter out of state to drop her off at college in August. Our twin 15-year-old boys will be starting high school at the same time. My husband thinks we can leave them home alone together for the five days and four nights we’ll be gone; I feel we should arrange to have them...
These TV dads taught us a lot about being a great (or really bad) dad

These TV dads taught us a lot about being a great (or really bad) dad

We love our TV dads. They reflect all the great things about our own dads, as well as give us a fantasy of things we wish our very human dads could be for us. They make us laugh; they make us cry. Some of them even give us a lesson in what not to be as a dad. Today, on this Father’s Day, we give you lessons some very memorable TV dads have taught us. Didn’t include your favorite TV dad?...
Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

Beat the heat with the Austin summer movie guide

The heat is officially here, so let us celebrate the one thing that unites all Americans during the punishing summer: Seeing movies with air conditioning (or outside after the sun goes down).   Here we go: Looking for the new, new thing? Here are 40 movies opening this summer. Celebrate the brand new beauty that is the Austin Film Society Cinema. Their current slate ...
5 hotel pools in Austin with passes or free hours for locals to have fun in the sun

5 hotel pools in Austin with passes or free hours for locals to have fun in the sun

Bad news: Austin in the month of June has proved to be an unusually steamy city of high temperatures. Good news: A handful of Austin’s hotel pools are accessible for locals and not just guests to cool down in — and, in some cases, they are free for all of us. Although some hotels, like Hotel San Jose on South Congress and Hotel Van Zandt on Rainey Street, offer locals...
FREEDOM DAY: The history of Juneteenth in Texas

FREEDOM DAY: The history of Juneteenth in Texas

 The history of Juneteeth (aka Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) is tied up with Texas history and American history. The story is likely well known to Texans: On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army, issues General Order 3 after marching into Galveston. Emancipation arrived two months after the end of the Civil War. “The people are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation...
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