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Q: I've been on many dates with a genuinely good man who doesn't have a car. He has a driver's license, but he firmly believes that walking, biking, or taking the bus is better for his health and the environment. I've had to drive myself to every one of the dates, and while I don't mind driving so far, I'm afraid this will get old quickly. What if he expects me to do all …

Tahmina Rehman is used to thinking in terms of basic comforts. Food. Friendship. And conversation. Such age-old comforts can bring people together in the worst of times, she believes. And four years ago, she saw conversation as a way to ease the tensions that came from a shocking tragedy. In 2009, 37-year-old Aasiya Hassan of Orchard Park was stabbed and decapitated by he…

Even though we have weeks more time in the garden - with wonderful September weather and kids-free time for some - the passing of Labor Day has a benchmark feeling. So let's not resist; let's ask ourselves what could have gone better, what has satisfied us and what has not, and what we might do now to make 2013 a better year in our gardens and landscapes.Heat, freezes, dro…

It seems as if everyone I've been talking to since Labor Day weekend has been 1) shopping for fall clothes, 2) shuffling around clothes in their closets, or 3) laundering at least some of their summer staples one final time for the season. Even though this week has been hot and humid, a change of wardrobe is in the works - even if it's too soon to pull on a wool jacket and…

NEW YORK - Fashion insiders pride themselves on being ahead of their time, and, with the start of New York Fashion Week on Thursday, they began previewing the outfits that will land in stores and in magazines for the spring season. More than 100 previews are on the calendar here for retailers, editors and stylists over the next seven days, before this crowd heads for Londo…

By now, it probably seems like everyone you know is on Facebook. And statistically, that's almost accurate: Nearly one-seventh of the world's population is represented on the social networking site, which was launched only eight years ago. But until recently, Facebook kept itself closed to one significant audience: children ages 12 and under. Earlier this year, Facebook ma…

The last place I planned to end up while on vacation was at a scrapbooking shop in the little town near our cottage rental.As I glossed over the papers, glitters, templates and mysterious little tools, my craft-loving cousin found herself in scrapbooking heaven.But I am a patient person and soon began chatting with the woman in the shop, telling her where we were from, com…

So you think you know ballet flats. And wedges. And boat shoes. And, for that matter, sneakers. Well, shoe-makers are having some fun with you this fall. Studs and bows, shine and glitter and animal prints aplenty may just kick shoes to the top of your must-have list. These fresh styles combined with back-to-school shopping trips and Labor Day weekend sales have shoe depar…

It seemed like a sick joke.No, we wouldn't have to worry anymore about unnecessary AM and FM duplication of NPR programming on Buffalo airwaves - WBFO-FM and WNED-AM. Why? WNED-AM is being sold for $875,000 to Colorado's Crawford Broadcasting, a self-proclaimed Christian radio company.Go to the Crawford Radio website and you find this description of the origin of editorial…

It's a sight gag you've seen David Letterman, in balmier days, pull off a million times. He'll be doing some bit on his show with mock danger involved -- some experiment by kid scientists, say, or feeding an animal you wouldn't want crawling around your bedroom. And then, suddenly, with a blood-curdling shriek, he'll pull his hand back or pretend to hold some body pa…

Ingrid Bergman refused to cap her teeth or pluck her eyebrows to satisfy studio heads, but when it came to her craft, she didn't hesitate to chop her hair to play Maria in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Ava Gardner rebuffed requests to fill in a facial dimple with plastic surgery. Sophia Loren gave a firm "no" when she was told to get a nose job after her first screen test.…

Our year of firsts turned into our year of lasts this week, as kindergarten drew to a close. The first bus ride, the first day of school, the first cafeteria lunch, the first show-and-tell, the first field trip . . . they all are memories now. Our 6-year-old -- now seasoned at these things -- today begins her first official summer vacation. "Mom, yesterday was our la…

SELECTED ESSAYS By JOHN BERGER PANTHEON 588 PAGES, $35 THE SHAPE OF A POCKET By JOHN BERGER PANTHEON 264 PAGES, $24 "When my father died recently," wrote John Berger in the 1972 essay "Drawn to That Moment," "I did several drawings of him in his coffin, drawings of his face and head." He then immediately tells us an anecdote about the listless life d…