Category: Lifestyle

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Who owns the market, after all?

Question: “Greetings! I always enjoy your column and now I have my own grammar question for you. The Carmel Farmers’ Market staff has been having a lively discussion about the correct punctuation for the...

John Mikesell

Column: Behavior modifier for itchy dogs

Five things to do when your dog chews, licks, or scratches: 1) Bring your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup. Nothing you do to address the dog’s behavior will be of much use...

Barcelona’s Park Güell is the site of several Gaudi works, including this house, undulating benches and a Barcelona must-see, the mosaic salamander. (Photo by Lana Bandy)

Column: Gaudi in Barcelona

Commentary by Lana Bandy In a city where there’s a gorgeous building on every street, one Barcelona architect has captured the attention of visitors from all over the world. Antoni Gaudi’s whimsical work is...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: How shall we slay thee?

“Why does the media keep using the word ‘slain?’ Why are they sensationalizing this story? It was just an accident!” Admittedly these questions weren’t really posed to me, but I’ve decided to co-opt them...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Free rein or free reign?

Question: “Dear Grammar Guy: I got burned the other day trying to use the expression ‘free reign’ – or, rather, ‘free rein,’ as one of my friends snidely pointed out. Which is the correct...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Talking about yourself

I was recently tasked with giving an impromptu lesson on pronouns, and I thought that you, my dear readers, should enjoy the benefits of my grammatical ranting. The topic of the day: Reflexive pronouns;...

aris’ Ladurée sells macarons that are as tasty as they are colorful.

Holy crêpe: A colorful city of sweets

Commentary by Lana Bandy For many, one of the small pleasures of travel is experiencing new cuisines. For those with a sweet tooth, Paris should be a destination of choice. Two of Paris’ favorite...

Cropped Fischer, Jordan

Column: Grammar mix-up in the key of ‘D’

Do you know the difference between “discreet” and “discrete?” What about “defuse” and “diffuse?” “Dual” and “duel?” Hopefully after today, the answer to all three questions will be a resounding, “Yes!” Let’s start with...

PETS-Mikesell

Column: Factors that influence a lost dog

This is the beginning of the holiday season. Kids are going back to school and there is a lot of hustle and bustle. There is a chance your dog may be a little nervous...