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Teen-age boy reading a book near a lit, heavily decorated Christmas tree.

A good Christmas read. (Photo: Flickr/stuartpilbrow)

What is my 'Night Before Christmas' from 1938 worth?

December 06, 2012

Q: I was left a copy of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore from my late uncle. It was published by Rand McNally in 1939, illustrated by Clarence Biers. Copyright is 1938, but the edition says 1939. The book is in fair to good condition; is there any value to this...

Pumpkin pie

Home-made pie that travels by plane will make a memorable Thanksgiving. (Photo: Flickr/Browniesfordinner)

Can I take a Thanksgiving pie on an airplane?

Q: May I take a Thanksgiving pie in a plastic carrier on an airplane? More specifically, will it go through security without issue?

A: You will be able to bring your pie. It will go through the X-ray machine and be subject to explosive screening.  This means it may be...

Backyard wooden shed covered in snow.

(Photo: Flickr/Mr. Thomas)

If I leave bleach outdoors in winter, will it freeze?

November 12, 2012

Q: Does bleach freeze if left outside during cold winters, and if so, around what temperature does it freeze?

A: Yes, bleach does freeze. There are various concentrations of bleach, and each will respond at a different temperature.

The chlorine content of the...

Smiling young woman talking on the telephone.

It helps to smile when you talk. (Photo: Flickr/Justin Baeder)

Best ways to prepare for a phone job interview

Q: What is the best way to prepare for a phone interview?

A: Before starting your phone interview you will want to prepare enough time in a quiet, private location. You should print off your resume and keep it beside you as a reference for any question you are asked....

Closeup of eyes with yellowish eyeballs (contact lenses)

Scary looking, but scarier for your eyes. (Photo: Flickr/Arun Kamaraj)

Are Halloween contact lenses OK for one-time use?

Q: Are cosmetic contact lenses safe to wear for people who wear glasses? I was looking to wear them as a one-time use for Halloween. My concern is that I wear prescription glasses and I have never worn contacts of any type. I have gone several hours without my glasses, but I am a little...

Girl's cupped hands holding a bunch of jelly beans.

How to get kids to eat less Halloween candy

By Tom Musbach on October 02, 2012

For most children, collecting candy by the bagful is one of the biggest treats about Halloween. For parents, the biggest trick is getting kids to eat as little of that candy as possible.

“Candy has never been good for kids," said Dr. Jody Navitsky, a physician on JustAnswer. "But now in...

Woman in nursing home smiling and sitting with another at a table.

(Photo: Flickr/robinsan)

Tips to land a job working with senior citizens

Q: I like working with senior citizens in a relaxed atmosphere like a nursing home. Are there any classes I should take to give me the upper hand in getting a job?

A: There are many different avenues to help you be better suited for a career working with the elderly. I...

Cherry tomato plant with tomatoes, drying leaves.

(Photo: Flickr/Emilian Robert Vicol)

How to save a tomato plant with browning leaves

September 07, 2012

Q: I think I have over-fed my tomato plant with too much nitrogen. The leaves are browning and falling off. What can I do to reverse this?

A: I never use chemical fertilizer for that reason, you never get that kind of problems with organic matter. A good trick to get just...

Grandfather with his arm around grandmother.

(Photo: Flickr/J.Nathan Matias)

Tips for locating ancestors in Germany

September 06, 2012

Q: I continue to hit stone walls in trying to locate my maternal grandfather's home in Germany, and I don't speak German. He emigrated from Bremerhaven, Germany, and arrived in New Orleans via the "United States" on Nov. 12, 1844. The ship's manifest lists his occupation as "blacksmith...

Wrapped wedding gifts of various sizes.

Gifts that come with a condition? (Photo: Flickr/Stephen Butler)

Marriage lasts weeks; should wedding gifts go back?

By Tom Musbach on September 04, 2012

Though your list of friends may not include Kim Kardashian or Dennis Rodman, you may know somebody whose marriage lasted for only a month or two. Would you expect your wedding gifts back?

This etiquette question is perfect for September, which happens to be National Courtesy Month. But...

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