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COUNTRY LIVING: Tips on starting a family quilting tradition, how to make soap, and advice on closing up a cabin or lake house for the winter.

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FALL BOOMERS: DIY tips on refinishing furniture, Canadian travel ideas and recipes to make a weekday morning breakfast for two special.

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HOME HELP: Trees and shrubs -- weekly Home Help with items how to care for trees and shrubs, Walmart's new online video streaming service, how to treat evergreens and more. By GHNS

HUMIDITY: How humidity can damage your home - Humidity doesn’t just make you uncomfortable. It also causes problems and health hazards at every level of the home. Here is a bottom-to-top summary of some of the dangers of high humidity, and some solutions for each problem. By Steve Graham,

LOST IN SUBURBIA: Wake up and smell the diaper - As I was waiting on line for coffee one morning, the smells of something cinnamon-y, something cappuccino-y, and something hot chocolate-y all wafted toward me. But just as I inhaled deeply, something distinctly diaper-y joined the aroma party. By Tracy Beckerman, GHNS columnist.

BRATWURST: Meat market gets creative with bratwurst flavors  -- The best-selling bratwurst at Jones Boys Market in Ashland, Ill., is the apple brat. “We use an applesauce mixture of spices that gives it a unique flavor,” said Dan Jones, who sells the store’s frozen brats. Kathryn Rem/ State Journal-Register (Ill.)

COOKING CLAMS: Clams can be simple or complex  -- Shylicia Heyward, a student at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, won first prize for Marinated Clams and Pork Wonton Tacos. The highly seasoned dish included hoisin sauce, cilantro, shallots, garlic, ginger, sesame seed oil, cumin and cinnamon. Jody Feinberg/ The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)
* Callout idea: Send us your favorite clam recipes.

BRAINY FOODS: Sara Lopinski: Boost your brainpower with the right food   -- Fish is a well-known brain food providing omega-3 fats needed for brain function and development. These fats are associated with less dementia and stroke risk along with possible enhanced memory. Eat 2 fish servings weekly for the best results. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

KIDS' EYE EXAMS: Dr. Jonathan Ottino: Early detection is key to children’s vision -- An eye exam is much more thorough than a screening common to schools. Screenings may miss 60 percent of children's vision problems. With 85 percent of a child's learning being sight related, detecting vision problems early is essential. Be Healthy Springfield (Ill.)

LIMITING FRUCTOSE: Joan Endyke: Limit your intake of high-fructose corn syrup -- Limiting products with high-fructose corn syrup is a good idea, but don’t single out that one sweetener. It is important to limit all added sugars. The Patriot Ledger (Mass.)

MARRIAGE: Dan Seaborn: When marriage feels like you are running against the wind -- The irony is that somehow all these mechanical troubles have led to a breakdown in your marriage relationship. Have you had those days and weeks where you feel like you are running against the wind? Dan Seaborn is a non-denominational Christian Evangelist and a published author of such books as "The Necessary Nine." The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)
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5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: This week’s suggestions include watching “The Smurfs,” celebrating NASA’s birthday, observing National Lasagna Day and more.
* Localization: Swap out any of these items for big local events and ask readers to send in their favorite lasagna and/or cheesecake recipes.

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GRANLUND CARTOON: Captain America Obama. By Dave Granlund, GHNS cartoonist.

BRITT CARTOON: What Republicans think of compromise. By Chris Britt, Springfield, Ill.

EDITORIAL: Will the adults please rescue America? - The jockeying between the parties of the kind seen Monday night between President Obama and House Speaker Boehner is no doubt fun and fascinating for hardcore political junkies. But for the average American citizen who sees the country going to hell in a handbasket and himself in the crossfire, not so much. By Peoria, Ill.

DAN MAC ALPINE: Time to stop living an economic fairy tale - The theory sounded good: Cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and they would have more money to spend. The wealthy then would spend that extra money, fuel the economy, we’d all get richer and all the economic activity would increase tax revenues to cover the tax cuts. That’s been the basic economic philosophy guiding this country since Ronald Reagan became president — or most of my adult life. By Dan Mac Alpine, Ipswich, Mass.

MICHELLE TEHEUX: Drug testing welfare recipients is invasion of privacy -- I’ve never been asked by any employer to prove I’m not a drug user, and for that I’m grateful. I hope I’m never so desperate for a job that I must go through that degrading process. I don’t think anyone should, with the possible exception of those whose jobs involve some form of public safety. Pekin Daily Times (Ill.)

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DAVE RAMSEY: Is downsizing the answer? - Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on downsizing your home, refinancing and broker diversity. By Dave Ramsey, GHNS columnist.

MAKING CENTS: Planning your nest egg drawdown - A lot of attention has been given to how to invest your retirement assets prior to retirement. Relatively little attention has been given to the best way to draw down that income when the day comes that you are no longer earning a steady paycheck. By John P. Napolitano, The Patriot Ledger.

CHECKOUT LANE: There are several ways to keep mosquitoes at bay - Homeowners and the outdoorsy can keep the occasionally dangerous mosquitoes at bay with sprays and candles - or go in for the kill with pesticides. By Alex Spanko, The Patriot Ledger
* Localization tip: Talk to local pest experts and swap out/add their quotes and tips. Also add any local West Nile information.

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DIAMOND DIRT: Insert hatred for the Chicago Cubs here - Why would anyone want to waste their time cheering on the Chicago Cubs? There's no hope for them at all. By Dominic Genetti, Hannibal, Mo.

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