There’s a Hallmark movie where the male romantic lead, a civil engineer — an unswashbuckling profession if ever there was one — confesses that what he really wanted to be when he grew up was a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Another admits …

June is the month for brides, and what millennial brides are up to is online dress shopping. The latest industry innovation in wedding gowns — an institution that moves glacially slow — it remains to be seen how well laptops and lace fare.

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Memorial Day is a time when we honor our fallen soldiers, and it appears the military is the only one who knows how to put on a proper funeral anymore. Like weddings and other life markers, funerals have fallen prey to a DIY demographic who don’t …

Heretofore, society has mainly concerned itself with one’s personality and decorum in public. Since Louis XIV noticed his nobles stepped on the grass at Versailles during his annual summer celebrations and posted small “etiquettes,” or little sign…

Spring begins Wednesday. It is a time for gardens. Wildlife gardening is where you purposefully try to attract small creatures, birds and insects to your property through a “planned wilderness” approach. You provide foliage, nuts, berries, cover a…

Currently at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the exhibit "Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex" reveals how New Orleanians Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick use photography for social engagement. The exhibition focuses on the…

When I’m working, I sometimes get greeted with, “Oh, you’re the photographer.” The gasp of horror from photographers everywhere aside, I’m not and never will be. I simply take pictures. There’s a huge difference.

This is the Chinese Year of the Pig. Bear in mind the Chinese have a very different attitude toward the animals symbolizing their zodiac than we do. They believe the events of the year are affected by 12-year cycles, which ancient astrologers thou…

As is the custom, Americans honor their military who serve on Veterans Day. Established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson to commemorate the end of WWI — formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 — it was original…

As society delves deeper and deeper into the authenticity of its trappings, there is no end to what it must do to live responsibly. Chefs tout farm-to-table, many can name the chickens who laid the eggs for their omelets, and every fish must be su…

Long considered the ultimate accessory, cars are integral to the American image. Vehicles quit being solely utilitarian ages ago, and anyone who doubts the automobile’s contribution to one’s personal style need only contemplate the difference betw…

Regardless of America’s fondness for football, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S., according to CBS News, and has tripled its popularity in the past decade. A favorite among the East Coast society set since the late 1800s, lacrosse …

Gentlemen, an age of #MeToo has understandably left you in the lurch. The caveman approach no longer stands you in good stead but instead carries with it real consequences. Although Facebook has made it easier to meet women, it’s also lowered the …

Recently the term “act like a lady” has reared its repressive Victorian head in the news. A Houston middle school was forced to take down its banner, “The more you act like a lady, the more he’ll treat you like a gentleman,” and a female crime rep…

I recently received video of a chef’s birthday party for his small daughter, a simple backyard masterpiece of cake and ice cream. "Happy Birthday" was sung by the parents and a few neighbor kids, after which there were sprinklers and a plastic wad…