In recent years, brown anything in a living space was considered by some arbiters of decor as drab and outdated. But this fall the hue is back in favor, in part because of the unsettled, anxious state of the world.

2020 Mission Impawsible Fun Run: Silver Paws inspires others through animal assisted activity and therapy programs. Silver Paws is hosting a virtual 5K/10K fun run/walk Saturday through Oct. 10. This virtual event offers prizes for those who choose to run or walk with pets from any location …

LINCOLN, Neb. — When Hasan Khalil, a 34-year-old from northern Iraq, first saw pigeons flying around the Syrian refugee camp where he spent the majority of his childhood, he never could have imagined that he would later develop a passion for training the birds.

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Longview pet rescue organizations have an immediate need for volunteers to foster dogs and cats due to an increase in strays and pet surrenders. Volunteers are trained and most expenses are covered. Fostering can last from a few weeks to a few months. For information, email info@LongviewPets…

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KALISPELL, Mont. — A few years after Michael Sisson retired from a career as a metal fabricator that spanned more than two decades, he started getting bored. So in the spring of 2019, he bought a welder.

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House of Hope, 3011 W. Marshall Ave., Longview, has an urgent need for 1 case each of non-powdered latex serving gloves and disposable serving polyethylene gloves, disinfectant cleaners, canned fruit, creamed soups (mushroom, celery, and chicken), frozen vegetables of all types, fresh fruits…

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“A Gift that Keeps on Giving” Cookbook Fundraiser: now through Wednesday; The House of Hope cookbook “Classy Cookin’ Southern Style” has 190 pages of recipes, including a helpful hint section in the back, for $15. Cookbooks can be purchased at the House of Hope, 3011 W. Marshall Ave., in Lon…

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Weary of puzzles and streaming, I posted on a neighborhood forum in the early pandemic: Anyone have an extra telescope? I’d grown up stargazing with my dad, but it was years since I’d devoted any real time to it. Now, amid a stifling lockdown, I felt drawn into the nighttime quiet.

On paper at least, the American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, should be poised to move into its second century as a major player in the green world, an organization with a compelling mission and a rosy future.

QUESTION: Back in the ‘50s, I know there was a black dentist who had an office here, if you’re going south on Green Street, just south of the railroad track, named Dr. Brown. I don’t know what his first name was, but I do know he was here in the mid- to early ‘50s. I was trying to find out f…

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WARSAW, Poland — A new statue that depicts the late pope, St. John Paul II, throwing a rock into red water has provoked debate in his native Poland and revived memories of a 1999 Italian sculpture that showed him crushed under a rock, to which the new work was intended as a counter-statement.

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Do you ever get “hung up” on something, like a song in your mind that won’t quit playing (always one you don’t like), a particular food you must have (so much you will go out in the night to buy them somewhere — peanut M&Ms for me) or some info that you will not rest until you find out a…

I have struggled to understand America’s love affair with quinoa. Sure, it’s packed with protein, about eight grams per cup, and it’s quick-cooking, which is always a bonus. But the flavor? I find it dusty and dull, a far cry from the floral overtones of, say, jasmine rice. It also may as we…

These are not typical flapjacks with bits of apple and carrot mixed in for seasoning. Here, the produce leads the way with mounds of shredded green apple and carrot bound into tender, lightly browned skillet cakes with just enough egg and whole grain flour to hold them together in pancake form.

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During the pandemic, parents have lots on their minds, but car seats may not be at the top of the list. Most parents think they are using their car seat correctly, but unfortunately, most car seats are used incorrectly.

Blood donors needed: The Carter BloodCare Donor Center, 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 112, in Longview, has been remodeled to better serve donors’ social distancing needs. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9…

I have been a frequent visitor to my dentist’s office since it reopened after lockdowns during the initial stages of the pandemic. First came a cracked tooth, then a cracked filling. Both were painful enough to wake me up at night.

DALLAS — In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, communities across the country have discovered a powerful resource that has stepped forward to make a difference: America’s teenagers.

Longview pet rescue organizations have an immediate need for volunteers to foster dogs and cats due to an increase in strays and pet surrenders. Volunteers are trained and most expenses are covered. Fostering can last from a few weeks to a few months. For information, email info@LongviewPets…

House of Hope, 3011 W. Marshall Ave., Longview, needs diced tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, Pam oil spray, creamed soups (celery, mushroom, and chicken), buttermilk, self-rising flour, vanilla pudding, dry packaged noodles (egg and elbow), cooking oil, corn dogs, pizza, and fish fillets. For the B…

“A Gift that Keeps on Giving” Cookbook Fundraiser: now through Sept. 30; The House of Hope cookbook “Classy Cookin’ Southern Style” has 190 pages of recipes, including a helpful hint section in the back, for $15. Cookbooks can be purchased at the House of Hope, 3011 W. Marshall Ave., in Long…