Linda Ann Nickerson

Linda Ann Nickerson

Linda Ann Nickerson brings decades of reporting and a globally minded Midwestern perspective to a host of topics, balancing human interest with history, hard facts and often humor.
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  • Diets Didn't Work, but I Dropped 10 Pounds for Keeps
    I’m a diet dropout, but I still dropped 10 pounds and a dress size. I’m tucking in blouses and shirts and picking pretty belt buckles. How did that happen? I skipped the diet plans and hit the bricks.
  • Eight Ways to Make a Puppy Bed Without Buying One
    Tuck the pup in without spending a fortune. Consider these eight ways to make a puppy bed with items you already own, instead of buying one at the pet supply shop.
  • 8 Sleep Tips for Cold and Flu Sufferers
    How can you stave off the sniffles, stuffy head, hacking cough, and overnight aches to sleep off a bad cold or the flu? Here are eight ways to make the most of the worst nights with the flu or a nasty cold. Put symptoms to bed, so you can rest.
  • 50 Month-long Holidays in November
    November has All Saints’ Day, Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and a host of other familiar holidays. But did you know the 11th month boasts tons of extended fests as well?
  • 6 Happy Holiday Gifts for Cat Lovers in 2013
    Is there a cat lover on Santa’s list this year? What are the hottest holiday gifts for feline aficionados? The holiday season is ready to pounce. Here’s a half dozen happy holiday gifts for pet owners with cats.
  • 95 Month-long Holidays in October
    Welcome, October! This autumn month brings Columbus Day, Oktoberfest, Sweetest Day, and Halloween. But did you know the 10th month of the year boasts tons of extended fests as well?
  • 35 Favorite Nelson Mandela Quotations
    Nelson Mandela, the1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who became South Africa’s first black President in 1994, has been celebrated as a champion of anti-apartheid and world peace. What popular quotations are attributed to Nelson Mandela?
  • Skin Cancer Surgery Turned This Sun Worshipper into an SPF Fan
    I survived skin cancer, but it scarred me for life. I had the Mohs micrographic surgery for deep-tissue basal cell carcinoma. Yeah, that'll leave a mark.
  • Flats May Be Stylish Shoes, but I'm Flat-Out Leaving Them
    In footwear for females, flats are the fad, except for me. I’m getting a shoe-vorce, citing irreconcilable differences, I’m tossing at least three pairs of flat shoes into the clothing donation bag. I’m flat-out leaving my flats for six reasons.
  • Super Bowl XLVII Word Scramble for Football Fan Parties
    Super Bowl Sunday gives sports fans an opportunity to gather for the NFL’s biggest football game. Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this year? Try this Super Bowl XLVII word scramble game for a great icebreaker.
  • Easy Holiday Recipe: Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
    Gingerbread cookies are a holiday favorite for kids of all ages – even grownups. These zesty cookies are ideal for rolling and cutting into a multitude of festive shapes. Gingerbread men, toys, holiday trees, and even ponies are fun to decorate and share.
  • 25 Favorite Quotations on Perseverance
    What do marathon runners, cross-country cyclists, novelists, and inventors have in common? Perseverance is the key to these and other long-haul endeavors. Here are 25 top quotations on this admirable character quality.
  • Black Friday Shopping Hours to Draw Early-bird Bargain-hunters
    Black Friday bargain hunters race for shopping malls and big-box retailers on the day after Thanksgiving, and plenty of stores open early to offer special deals. Here are the starting times for Black Friday sales by 80 top retailers nationwide.
  • 10 ways to sabotage your career online
    Networking is king in today’s career planning and job hunting. Still, a casual comment can wreak havoc on one’s working status and future employability. What are the most off-putting posts an intentional careerist should avoid?
  • 10 tips for dog park etiquette
    Dogs need frequent outdoor exercise. Pet parks offer such options. Still, free play includes certain courtesy guidelines for dogs and their handlers. What etiquette expectations come into play at dog parks? Consider these 10 tips for dog park politeness.
  • 10 ways to stop your dog from begging at the table
    Does your dog beg for handouts while you eat your own meal? Begging dogs quickly become pests to family members and guests. How can you teach your dog not to beg at the table? Try these 10 training tactics.
  • 5 tips for worry-free renting with pets
    Landlords and leases need not spell losses for pet lovers interested in renting with pets. What can pet owners do to accommodate animal friends and building management? Here are five strategies for successful rental arrangements for animal lovers.
  • 10 things to shoot with a cell phone for savings and security
    Someone stole my purse, and I experienced the nightmare of reconstructing my life on paper. This identity crisis taught me to prepare for such a possibility. Enter the smart phone, a convenient record-keeping device.
  • 3 of my happiest moments with my cat
    An abandoned barn kitty has grown into a force of nature in our home, bringing humor and heartwarming memories. What are the happiest moments I’ve shared with my cat?
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  • 10 tips for terrific wedding toasts
    Toastmasters know the secrets to offering witty words at weddings and other salutatory events. We have all cringed at inappropriate remarks too. These 10 pointers can keep you out of hot water, as you raise your glass to recognize the guests of honor.
  • 10 tips for college and university campus visits
    Prospective students visit college and university campuses to check out educational options. What strategic steps can potential applicants take to make the most of campus visits? These 10 tips can help folks maximize college and university excursions.
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  • Olympic Equestrian Sport: 15 Dressage Terms to Know
    What key terms should audiences understand about Olympic-level dressage? In Olympic and top competitions, riders and horses perform at the Grand Prix level. Here are 15 key words dressage spectators need to know.
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  • Olympic Equestrian Sport: Defining Eventing
    As the Olympic equestrian cross-country course is constructed for the multi-day eventing competition, with horses and riders gearing up for the outing, spectators may wonder about this high-speed and multi-disciplinary horseback challenge.
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  • Olympic Equestrian Sport: Defining Show Jumping
    Olympic show jumping is intriguing and aesthetically pleasing to watch. Audiences and TV viewers enjoy seeing riders sending their horses flying over colorful fences inside the impeccably groomed equestrian arena. Here’s a peek at Olympic show jumping.
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  • Olympic Equestrian Sport: Defining Dressage
    Olympic dressage has nothing to do with fashion and everything to do with athleticism and finesse. As the world’s top dressage competitors prepare for the Summer Olympic Games, onlookers may ask about this intriguing equestrian discipline.
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  • Celebrities Waxing Eloquent at 2012 Commencement Ceremonies
    Institutions of higher education invite authors, business leaders, politicians, popular performers and other notables to participate as commencement speakers on graduation day. Here’s a lineup of nearly 150 top luminaries for 2012 graduations.
  • 10 Fun Ways to Pick a Kentucky Derby Horse Without Knowing Racing
    How can you pick a Kentucky Derby horse? Derby Day is all about fun for everyone, from dyed-in-the-wool racing fans to celebrity fashion plates. For those who wish to take it lightly, here are 10 fun ways to choose a Derby bet.
  • Kentucky Derby 138 Post Positions Revealed
    Twenty Thoroughbreds are set to line up for the 138th Kentucky Derby. Here’s the full lineup of three-year-olds for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. The listing includes the Derby racehorses' pedigrees, owners, trainers and assigned jockeys.
  • Post Positions Listed for Kentucky Oaks 138
    A full field of fillies is ready to run in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks, racing in front of a pinked-out crowd on the first Friday in May at Kentucky’s Churchill Downs Racetrack. Here’s the full lineup for the 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks.
  • 2012 Kentucky Derby Prep Races Enter Final Stretch
    Which horses will enter the paddock at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day? Top prospects are emerging, as Derby prep races continue. The latest winner was Hero of Order, finishing first in the Louisiana Derby on April 1.
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  • Guinness Lucky Irish Pie
    Simple to make, but filled with traditional Irish ingredients, Guinness Lucky Irish Pie adds a pot of gold of value to a St. Patrick’s Day repast. Here’s how to make it, using a recipe handed down for generations on the Irish side of my family.
  • 10 Ways to Enjoy Animals Without Actually Owning a Pet
    Pets are precious, but owning an animal is usually a lifetime commitment – at least for the life of the animal. What if you’re not ready to take that step? Here are 10 ways to spend time with creatures without signing up for a permanent pet relationship.
  • Houston's Haven Restaurant Stung by Beehive Bandits
    Texas chef and restaurateur Randy Evans has a bee in his bonnet, although the bees in his private restaurant garden are gone. Thieves made off with Haven Restaurant’s 500-pound beehive last weekend. What's the buzz on the missing hive?
  • 6 smart steps for turning down a job offer
    Suppose you’re one of the lucky job seekers, landing two job offers. What’s the right way to decline one opportunity without burning future networking bridges? Six simple steps can keep you on-track, as you turn down one offer to accept the job you want.
  • After-Birth Abortion Claim Points Instead to Pre-Birth Humanity
    The ever-heated abortion debate brings out the beast in both sides. Occasionally, key quotes from one side may actually advance the cause of the other, as the latest controversy suggests. Maybe this one just makes the issues more obvious.
  • First Person: Sticking to My Grocery Budget Amid Rising Food Prices
    Costs are climbing, especially for food and essential family items. What can we do to survive price increases, but still keep our cupboards amply supplied? As a parent, I’ve six simple steps to help to keep grocery spending in check each week.
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  • Book Review: Bubba to the Rescue
    Arabian Horses are occasionally tagged stereotypically as fiery, but these intelligent, highly trainable equines may also demonstrate excellent athleticism and loyalty, as author Jennifer Walker portrays in her latest Green Meadow book. Here’s a review.
  • Former Murdoch CEO Rebecca Brooks’ Horsegate Mount was No Hack
    To an equestrian, hacking refers to casual horseback riding. But to Great Britain’s Rebecca Brooks, saddled with controversy in the Horsegate scandal, the term now carries broader meaning.
  • Nine Manners Musts for Dog-friendly Restaurant Guests
    Pet-friendly dining is popular in many cities, particularly in warm-weather months, as food may be served outdoors. What rules of etiquette apply to dining with dogs? Here are nine manners musts for guests at dog-friendly restaurants.
  • 12 Packing Tips for Camping with Your Dog
    What equipment, supplies, and other items should dog owners grab to ensure their pets are safe, healthy and happy while camping? Here are a dozen tips to help canines and their human companions enjoy the great outdoors, even overnight.
  • Ace: An extraordinary pet that made a spectacle out of me
    Folks claim that their dogs or cats are smart, and maybe they are. Pet hero stories warm our hearts, as we hear of dramatic rescues and human lives saved by animals. My pet hero story is not exactly a near-death experience, but it might as well have been.
  • Could the Million Mustache March Give a Leg Up to a GAMS Act?
    Blame it on the American Mustache Institute, whose hirsute heralds spent much of February 20 on Capitol Hill, twirling their mustaches and urging legislators to endorse a new tax act. Ladies! Are you ready for equal time?
  • Early Kentucky Derby Prospects Emerging in Prep Races
    The Kentucky Derby field is shaping up with prep races underway and just 10 weeks to go until the 138th Run for the Roses. Who are the current top contenders for 2012’s first Triple Crown race?
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  • Who Are the 2012 Celebrity Apprentice Contestants?
    When Donald Trump’s “The Celebrity Appearance” opens for business on NBC TV on February 19, what headliners will enter the picture? What charities will the 18 contestants play to benefit? Here’s the 2012 lineup for “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
  • 5 steps for safer dog walks
    Dog walking offers great exercise for pet owners and their furry friends, but a simple stroll can be pleasant or perilous. Scary street crossings, stranger dangers, and pugnacious pooches can ruin a sweet stroll. What steps can make dog walking safer?
  • Using Illinois Strip Club Tax to Aid Rape Victims Fits the Bill
    A controversial bill faces the Illinois Senate, which may require X-rated facility operators to pay a new surtax on patrons, with proceeds aiding sex crime victims. Well, it’s about time!
  • 7 ways to be a good friend on and off the job
    How many real friends do you have at work? Don’t answer that. What’s the secret to forming solid friendships? The recipe for friendship is no mystery. It relies on basic relationship skills. Seven steps can make you a good friend at work and play.
  • Chicago Suburb’s Nix of House Church Seems Selective Enforcement
    This isn’t mainland China, Indonesia, or parts of Eastern Europe, where churchgoers grow accustomed to religious persecution. A tiny suburban Chicago congregation faces shutdown, as local lawmakers reject the church’s request to meet in a private home.
  • 10 tips for dog park safety
    Local dog parks offer recreation and socialization for canines and their owners. Although most dogs play pleasantly, a pet park can quickly turn dangerous for humans and hounds. Here are 10 basic tips for safer dog park trips.
  • Rose color meanings can trip you up at work
    Flower lovers enjoy sending and receiving roses for holidays and special occasions, but what do all the different colors of roses suggest to those receiving them? Each tint carries its own significance. What does each popular rose color mean?
  • Sizing Up Contested Greenwich Park, London' 2012 Equestrian Olympic Venue
    With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games fast approaching, the host city is prepping for action. London’s Greenwich Park has been transformed into a lavish equestrian facility that appears anything but temporary, although it is. Take a look.
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  • Judge's Denial of Student's Grammy Probation Recess Shows Values
    As an Illinois judge stood her ground February 6, refusing to grant a rich kid on probation permission to attend the Grammy Awards, parents everywhere likely applauded. Firm authoritarian boundaries seem harder to come by these days.
  • Google Doodle Adds Dickens to Literary Lauding Line of Logos
    Google honors Victorian literary giant Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday with a whimsical logo on February 7. Paging through Google Doodle history, we find the search engine has highlighted many famous authors. Take a look.
  • Super Bowl XLVI Word Scramble for Football Fan Parties
    Super Bowl Sunday gives athletes and athletic supporters an opportunity to gather for the NFL’s biggest football game. Are you hosting or attending a Super Bowl party this year? Try this Super Bowl XLVI word scramble game for a great icebreaker.
  • Pet training: 10 ways to keep your dog from digging
    Dogs dig digging. We love our dogs, but the digging send humans howling. How can you stop your dog from destroying your yard by digging? Try these 10 tips to keep your Weimaraner, Westie or Wolfhound from wrecking your yard.
  • Could Colorado’s Animal Abuse Registry Killing Lead to Violence?
    Colorado legislators may value cost savings over preventing animal abuse, or at least over alerting residents about those who have harmed God’s creatures.
  • 10 great ways to beat the winter blues
    How can you battle the winter blues and stay upbeat until spring finally appears? Here are 10 constructive ways to keep spirits, bodies and attitudes lighter while warmer seasons tarry.
  • Crazy Canines: Five Reasons Dogs Chase Their Tails
    Why do dogs run in circles and chase their own tails? This dizzying behavior makes dog lovers curious. Tail chasing is a common habit for dogs, even if it confounds humans. At least five causes may lead canines to trail their own tails.
  • A Parent Puzzles at 12 Planking Alternatives
    Planking isn’t the first fad to come and go. In fact, it’s not nearly the funniest or cleverest. Take a look at a dozen forms of planking. What’s next? A parent has to ask.
  • NY Racing Board Sticks Trainer with Verbal Abuse Fine
    Thoroughbred horse racing trainer Diane Balsamo is $500 poorer. The New York Racing and Wagering Board unanimously upheld a fine imposed for a temper flare in 2011, in which she supposedly snapped at the Belmont Park track vet and disrupted drug testing.
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  • 11-year-old Michigan Kid Left Alone for Two Weeks Raises Questions
    Where does the buck stop, when an 11-year-old child is forgotten at home for two weeks, while her mom sits in jail? The 19,000-plus residents of Wayne, Michigan, are asking this very question. Perhaps we all are.
  • 10 tips for preparing for a mammogram
    Early detection saves lives, when it comes to many kinds of cancers. What can you do to make your breast x-rays as easy as possible.
  • Chicago Heart Grows: Proposed Free Car Tags for Purple Heart Vets
    Maybe big-city politics aren’t always just the stuff of scandals, even in the Windy City. Chicago’s city clerk and two aldermen are proposing to waive vehicle sticker fees for local American veterans who have received Purple Hearts. Well, finally!
  • 5 reasons your dog barks ... and probably should
    Neighbors may tag him a nuisance, but a barking dog is not always a bad thing. Often, canine vocalization is quite normal, or even helpful. Each breed has its own bark. Why do dogs bark?
  • Has the Flu Fizzled in the U.S.?
    Here we are in mid-January, with winter winds blowing by and snow piling up in many regions of the United States. Where’s the dreaded winter flu, and how can you claim sick leave now?
  • Horse of the Year Havre De Grace Completes Trio of Top Girls
    Havre de Grace, translated “Haven of Grace,” zoomed to the top of the Thoroughbred horse racing world for 2011, winning the Horse of the Year Eclipse Award.
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  • Steffen Peters Wins Record Third USEF Equestrian of the Year Title
    Dressage star Steffen Peters earned top honors in American equestrian sports, winning the USEF Equestrian of the Year title for the third time. The 47-year-old German-born Californian won the same USEF honors in 2008 and 2009.
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  • 10 tips for bathing your own dog
    Dirty dogs need baths, but this process can be pricey. Professional pet grooming can cost anywhere from $30 to $60 more per visit. How can you give your own dog a bath? Here are 10 steps to help you bathe your own pet.
  • Rahab's wonder: Our pet adoption tale
    Rahab simply showed up one day, but the lovely Golden Retriever quickly became the Catalog Dog, or just what we might have ordered. We like to say this cherished canine was dropped off straight from Heaven for our family. Maybe she was.
  • Business card etiquette: 10 tips for recipients
    How many business cards do you actually keep, out of the many you collect each week? What’s the proper protocol for dealing with the bounty of business cards we seem to collect? Here are 10 tips I try to use when folks hand me their professional cards.
  • Should you pay when friends offer sports or theater tickets?
    Season pass holders and theater patrons often pass along tickets, even at the last minute, if they have extras or cannot attend. What can you say, when you receive a ticket offer or invitation? Here are four ways a budget-minded person might respond.
  • 21 Olympic Equestrian Teams Lined Up so Far for London 2012
    With fewer than 200 days remaining, 21 of the world’s nations have already qualified as entries in equestrian sports for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. The final list will be announced after March 1.
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  • 12 ways to live more deliberately in the coming year
    Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Don’t worry. They were made to be broken. But a fresh calendar offers us the opportunity to pick areas for more purposeful living. I’ve picked 12 ways I want to live more intentionally this year. Who’s in?
  • 'X Factor' Could Grab 'Idol' Emcee Seacrest for a Song ... Or $15 Million
    Hey, Simon Cowell! Are you listening? Fox says Ryan Seacrest’s costly contract as the popular emcee of “American Idol” is coming to an end and may not be matched again. Could Seacrest replace Steve Jones on “X Factor”?
  • 7 Human Manners Musts for Approaching Service Animals
    What is a service animal? A service animal is trained to offer special assistance to an individual living with a disability. How ought we to interact with these creatures? These seven etiquette tips can guide us, when we see service animals out and about.
  • 25 Top Worst Christmas Songs Ever – so Far
    Christmas tunes may delight us … or cause us to cringe. Amid all the Christmas spirit, a few harmonic heartbreaks and melodic mishaps seem to creep through every year. Here are my top 25 worst Christmas song choices.
  • 10 tips for taking a family road trip with your dog
    Packing up the family for a cross-country jaunt? Dog-loving families often take canine companions on vacations and long-distance visits. What pointers are most important for those who transport pups? Here are 10 considerations family road trips with dogs.
  • 10 thrifty and terrific New Year’s Eve party decorations
    How can you deck the halls for a festive and glitzy New Year’s Eve shindig without spending a king’s fortune on supplies? Try these 10 thrifty tips for your December 31 blast.
  • 10 nifty ways to wrap holiday presents without boxes or gift bags
    Last-minute gift wrapping leaves Christmas shoppers a-whirl. Odd-shaped gifts are challenging to wrap without boxes or bags. What’s a gift wrapper to do? Here are 10 creative ways to package holiday gifts, often using items you may already have.
  • Expect to Spend $1,800 on Your Christmas Puppy
    Paws down, a puppy is the classic Christmas surprise for children. What does a puppy cost to buy, and what does it cost to keep the young dog? Here are some of the estimated expenses a new puppy owner should anticipate.
  • 10 spots to hang Christmas stockings in a home with no fireplace
    How can you hang up Christmas stockings, if your home has no mantle? Here are 10 spots you can put stockings, where Santa Claus is sure to spot them.
  • Five Actresses We'd Love to See Playing Mrs. Santa Claus
    Mrs. Santa Claus is the force behind the jolly holiday hero known as St. Nick or Kris Kringle, It takes a special woman to play this popular persona effectively. Here are our top favorites (listed alphabetically) for a Mrs. Claus casting call.
  • Shopping Guide: Five Fun & Furry Animal Hats Under $25
    Fun and furry animal prints are turning up all over this winter. Here are five of our favorites. Tie one on just for fun, and laugh out loud at the winter chill.
  • 10 Steps to Take when You Find a Lost Dog
    A confused and tag-less Australian Cattle Dog showed up on our lawn not long ago. With a few simple steps and some good fortune, we reunited the errant pup with his anxious owner in under an hour. What can you do, if a lost dog crosses your path?
  • Christmas Traditions: Will St. Nick Come to Your House December 6?
    Christmas may be coming on December 24, but St. Nick comes a lot earlier in many homes. What is St. Nick's Day, and why is it celebrated on December 6?
  • Holiday Crafting: Make a Christmas Tree from an Old Paperback Book
    Do you love Christmas crafts? Are you a book lover? If you answered “Yes” to both, you’ll love this creative holiday project. Kids of all ages can participate in making festive home-crafted Christmas tree gifts and decorations from old soft-covered books.
  • Five Ways to Deal with a Snoring Dog
    .Does your dog snore? Usually, snoring does not harm a dog, although it may impact the sleep of those around him. As a loving pet owner, how can you keep your dog from snoring and keeping you awake? Try these five pointers to silence a snoring pooch.
  • First Person: Controlling My Urge to Overspend
    What’s the secret to smart spending? I’ve found a simple strategy: trimming temptations to purchase extra stuff. Take a look at these 10 ways I keep spending in check, while keeping multitudinous marketers at bay.
  • 10 most offensive things I've seen folks do on airplanes
    What’s the most repulsive thing you’ve seen a fellow passenger do on a plane? I’m no world traveler, but I’ve seen hosts of disgusting deeds on airplanes. Here are the top 10 most offensive practices fellow travelers have done in the air.
  • Halloween costumes for grownups: What's your get-up to go?
    Trick or treat! It's almost Halloween. Have you chosen a costume? Made up your masquerade?
  • National Greasy Food Day: Who's biting into a bazillion calorie burger today?
    Fast food's calling! It's National Greasy Food Day in the United States on October 25 th .
  • Facebook etiquette: Is it rude to reveal loved ones' health concerns?
    Facebook and other social networking sites allow us to interact candidly with family, friends and others. We can even share intimate details of a loved one’s medical condition. What etiquette rules apply to posting others’ news of sickness, surgery or injury?
  • Down-under Wonder Horse Black Caviar Can’t Be Beat at 15-0
    Australia’s 2001 Horse of the Year, super turf sprinter Black Caviar leapt into the record books October 21, winning the Schweppes Stakes and beating Phar Lap’s longstanding 14-0 racing record with her 15th win in a row.
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  • Five Pretty Patent Leather Peep-Toe Shoes Under $70
    You don’t have to be a tap dancer or a high roller to kick up your heels in perky patent leather shoes this season. Take a peek at these five fashionable feminine footwear picks, all priced under $70, with peep-toe flair to show off a pretty pedicure.
  • Pet Owners: Six Essentials to Leave with Dog Sitters
    Pet sitters can be lifesavers, both literally and theoretically. Ask any traveling dog owner that’s ever left her prized pet home with a visiting caretaker. Be sure to leave these six important items with your dog sitter.
  • 5 key questions to ask your new vet
    Caring pet owners come up with countless questions for their veterinarians, particularly when visiting new animal doctors for the first time. Here are five questions you should definitely ask your new vet, whether you have a cat, a dog, or even an exotic pet.
  • 5 tips for choosing the perfect pet for your family
    What is the best pet for your pack? Our family has taken in a veritable menagerie of pets over the years. Before obtaining a pet, check out these five tips for pet selection, presented by this pet-friendly acronym: “LEASH.”
  • World Clydesdale Show Rumbles into Wisconsin October 20-23
    Thundering hoof beats are descending upon Wisconsin’s capital city for the World Clydesdale Show, beginning October 20. Some 600 Clydesdale draft horses are expected to participate in the global equestrian extravaganza, which runs through October 23.
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  • News Flash! Hot Flash! October 18 is World Menopause Day
    The 18th of October is World Menopause Day, an annual occasion for focusing on mature female health.
  • Cupcake-Tossing Woman's Domestic Battery Charges Sound Half-Baked
    Sometimes a little batter at home can lead to domestic battery charges. Dawn Montesdeoca was arrested after apparently tossing cupcakes at her husband during a spat in their Chicago kitchen. Domestic violence is serious, do cupcakes count?
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