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App review: StoryCorps makes capturing and sharing family stories a breeze

Parents need to know that the StoryCorps app is a platform for planning, conducting, and sharing oral history interviews that can be cataloged in the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is broadcast weekly on NPR and is available as a podcast. Through the app, listeners can hear featured stories that have been curated or listen to any stories created by other users and shared in a social media-style feed. The terms of use specify that users should be 18 or that those over 13 but under 18 have a parent's permission, but it's definitely possible for kids under 13 to operate the app successfully. Teens can create and record interviews but not share them publicly. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Family

Game review: Run your own racing team in 'Motorsport Manager'

Parents need to know that "Motorsport Manager" is a strategic simulation game in which players have to manage aspects of a racing team. There's no sex, violence, or profanity, save for one use of the word "ass." While drivers occasionally talk about enjoying an alcoholic beverage, they're never shown drinking.

Family

Social Security: Retirement planning

It's 2017, and that means you might be one more year closer to retirement. Whether you're at your very first job or wrapping up a successful career, there are always new things to learn about when it comes to saving for the future. So why not make retirement planning part of your New Year's resolution!

Home & Garden

A distinctive home showcases collections with meaningful connections

HUNTS POINT, Wash. - At first glance, even from a distance, Mark and Daryl Russinovich's distinctive Hunts Point home expresses artful design: Dark steel joins sturdy stone, muted stucco and etched matte glass in a strikingly contemporary interpretation of midcentury-modern architecture, horizontal planes tossing straight-edged shadows beneath the relaxed branches of longstanding trees.

Home & Garden

La Casa del Camino's surf rooms

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - La Casa del Camino in Laguna Beach has maintained the old-world charm that drew Hollywood celebrities looking for a beachfront retreat in the 1930s. The Spanish Mediterranean exterior, with cream-colored stucco walls and red tile roof, fronts South Coast Highway. Inside, the cozy fireplace, large wooden ceiling beams and old-fashioned chandeliers bring visitors back to 1929, when the hotel designed by city councilman and artist William W. Riddell opened.

Home & Garden

Design Recipes: A case for neutrals

Beige doesn't have to be boring. In fact, neutral color palettes can create the perfect foundation for a bold color palette. One of the reasons why neutral is so appealing is the colors blend well with other colors. Like a blank canvas, working with a neutral color palette will allow you to build a color story.

Home & Garden

10 home decor trends to try in 2017, according to experts

While some interior designers like Nate Berkus famously steer clear of trends when decorating, we still love to report on trends like we would baseball scores - much to the fascination of industry insiders and homeowners alike. But why are trends so fascinating to us? Perhaps it's caused by a fear of getting left behind by choosing a dark glossy floor for our next renovations when the trends are actually shifting toward light colors and matte shades. Or maybe it's because everything that's once new ends up feeling old - and conversely, everything that's old feels new again. So we turn to the designers and makers at the cutting edge of innovation to inspire us and make our tired decor choices feel new again.

Books

Book review: 'Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,' exuberant bio celebrates art and creative freedom

Parents need to know that "Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat" is a bio of Basquiat, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of a Haitian dad and Puerto Rican mom. By his 20s he was an art star, hanging with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Madonna. He played hard and died young of a drug overdose, information that's dealt with in an Author's Note. The bio emphasizes the support Basquiat got from his mom, as well as the challenges he faced, including his mom's mental illness. The book's written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe ("In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers"), who understands the challenges. His own dad, John Steptoe, was an award-winning illustrator who died young, and his mom suffered from mental illness. Steptoe illustrates the book in his own vibrant style, incorporating trademark elements of Basquiat's art, and his empathy shines through.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: How to pick the perfect wildflowers for your garden

Whenever you disturb a lot of ground, there's an opportunity to sow wildflowers for beauty and erosion control. Flowers such as the red European corn poppy made the battlefields bloom bright red after the World War I armistice to germinate in a single massive display. The ground, pocked with excavated trenches, bomb craters and vehicle tracks allowed so much dormant seed to sprout that it became a symbol of veteran sacrifice. When your yard or property is torn up for any reason, that's the ideal time to sow not just for a spring flower show, but to help stabilize the soil against erosion by rain and runoff.

Family

Babies by the book

My wife, Elaina, loves babies. She loves to have them, to hold them, to nurse, and to stroll them. She knows everything there is to know about kids, it seems to me, including the best brands of strollers, baby wraps and baby and kid fashion, as well as a number of other topics about which I remain blissfully ignorant.

Videos

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Holiday decorations contribute to hundreds of home fires every year. Here are some tips from Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department in Idaho to keep your home safe this holiday season.
Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department
How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude 2:00

Thanksgiving dinner table: food and gratitude

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely 1:14

Frying turkeys: how to do it safely

Cold Beer, hot food and plaid skirts return to the Grand Strand as Tilted Kilt opens its new location in Myrtle Beach SC 1:26

Cold Beer, hot food and plaid skirts return to the Grand Strand as Tilted Kilt opens its new location in Myrtle Beach SC