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Ask Angie's List: Is hiring a holiday decorator worth the cost?

The holidays are officially upon us. And with all the shopping, cooking and socializing that come with the season, many people are struggling to find the time and energy to get everything done – including their holiday decorating. But is it worth it to hand over the reins and hire a professional to take care of the holiday decorating for you? For many homeowners, the answer is yes.

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Yardsmart: Take a hint from the Twentynine Palms Weed Show and bring dried plants back into art

I discovered the true meaning of sustainability at this year's fall Twentynine Palms Weed Show. It's a little known 70-year-old tradition held in a remote town deep in California's Mojave Desert. This is the little known Oasis of Mara, now the hamlet of Twentynine Palms, an hour northeast of Palm Springs. It's a short jump to the Marine Base, which wasn't there when the show started. It was founded much earlier, by convalescents from WWI mustard gas who took the long trip on dirt roads to the isolated area with air ideal for healing ravaged lungs. Pasadena physician Dr. Luckie treated fathers, sons and brothers for mustard gas after the war and insisted they all move to the therapeutic climate.

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An addition brings a Seattle home out in the open

Navajo the cat has not fully adjusted to his new home. You would think enough time has passed – his human family (Nick Abbott; Ali Milne; and their college-graduate son, Joe) moved to this lovely bluff setting five years ago – but perhaps not quite enough distance.

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