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Downsizing to functional beauty

When Michael Weiner and Kathy Davis-Weiner decided to downsize from a 4,300-square-foot Lake Oswego home to a 1,972-square-foot urban condo, they had an unusual quandary. It wasn’t that they wouldn’t have room when their children visited with their families. “We have occasional visits from our four kids and two grandkids, who live in four different…

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Fall planting brings spring flowers

Shorten the winter season with the help of spring-flowering bulbs that you plant in fall. These beauties often provide the first bit of color and fragrance each year. Look for new and unique ways to incorporate bulbs into your landscape. Create a seasonal water feature with a river of blue scillas and grape hyacinths meandering…

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Ask Helen

Grieving and gratitude both deserve handwritten notes A Nosh of Jewish Wisdom: Don’t argue with people you do not respect. Dear Helen: My father-in-law died very unexpectedly. It was a huge loss to everyone. I went to help for a week and while I was there, my boss’s mother died. She was a matriarch just…

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Tel Aviv University Research Finds Personality Traits Affect Home-buying Decisions

Distributed by American Friends of Tel Aviv University Do you consider yourself a conscientious person? Then sign up for a fixed-rate mortgage. Neurotic? You’ll probably opt for home ownership over renting. According to a new study published in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, personality traits are strong indicators of real-estate decisions. The research,…

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All about cottages, Israeli-style

When we first moved to Israel in the summer of 1997, it took awhile before I got used to referring to where I live as a “house.” We had made aliyah from Miami, and there we clearly had your standard-definition house: a large unattached structure with spacious front and backyards. In Givat Ze’ev, we moved in…

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Ask Helen

Treat online friends like real people Dear Helen: I recently discovered online bridge. At any hour of the day or night there are 10,000 active tables. A randomly assigned partner complimented my playing. We had compatible values of fun and fast play. I gave her my cell, so we could text to set up games….

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