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Plumber: Mirror, mirror on the bathroom wall

Q: Dear Ed: I plan to do a bathroom upgrade, not a full remodel job. Presently, I don't have a medicine cabinet and just want to replace the old mirror with a new trendy mirror. Since you're usually up to date on bathroom technology, can you please make some modern mirror suggestions for my bathroom?

Home & Garden

Style at Home: An Independence Day to remember

Sometimes it's not us who achieve our life dreams, it's our descendants. In my case, it was my granddaughter Maeve, and the dream was to win the Fourth of July pageant. Growing up in a small town in Kansas in the 1960s, the holiday was a huge deal. One year, our swimming pool had an Independence Day swimsuit contest. I was about 5 years old, and set my sights on winning that pageant.

Travel

In the Brainerd Lakes area, alone and loving it

I have just returned from a trip to the Brainerd Lakes area, where I kayaked solo on a lake, hiked along a path (just me and the ticks), and ate dinner with magazines and my smartphone. Around me, families and couples chatted and laughed.

Home & Garden

Ask Angie's List: Do I need a real estate agent?

Buying or selling a home can be a daunting task. But doing so without a real estate agent can be even more so. After all, the job of a real estate agent is to cover the many details involved to ensure you're getting the best possible outcome in your new home purchase or home sale.

Home & Garden

Budgeting for three common remodeling projects

It's easy to imagine the end result of a remodeling project – an updated spa bathroom, an open-concept kitchen with new cabinets and countertops or a basement converted into a convenient guest apartment. But it's harder to imagine just what these renovations will cost – and even more so, how far your own budget will take you. Here's a look at what you can achieve with modest, average and luxury budgets for three common remodeling projects, according to data from HomeAdvisor's True Cost Guide.

Travel

Universal Studios: New 'Cinematic Celebration' to cap off park nights

Universal Studios is revamping its approach to its nighttime spectaculars, a move that changes where visitors watch, slows down the pacing of its film clips and busts its Harry Potter-ness out of the Wizarding World. The result will be "Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration," scheduled to debut sometime this summer.

Travel

Give me a decaf mocca frapaccino – and hold the fish

A prudent first consideration when trying to understand Seattle is that it is not Athens, Rome or, for that matter, Stratford-upon-Avon. The seed of Western Civilization was planted in classical Athens, blew westward on a storm toward ancient Rome, was miraculously grafted onto stronger roots during the Renaissance in Florence and Siena and, one thing following another, kept going until it hit Seattle, where it stopped, the broad Pacific being too great a barrier for its further transit. Instead, Asian culture came east, and although Seattle remains heavily European in population and influence, it doesn't completely fit a classical definition of what is Western; in fact, it doesn't quite fit any classical definition. It is, in a word, "whatever," in the very contemporary use of that word to mean, "If that works for you, I'm OK with it."

Fly high above Pageo Lavender Farm in Turlock

Watch drone video from Pageo Lavender Farm on Golf Link Road in Turlock. The lavender harvest starts at the end of May and lasts into the early summer, according to co-owner George Kapor.