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Is Your House Haunted: Do You Really Want To Know?
by Marjorie Dorfman

What are some of the classic signs of a haunting? Are you sure you really want to know? Read on, if you dare.

Spring Cleaning Tips: Should You or Shouldn’t You?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Spring cleaning is a necessary evil even you don’t feel like it. If you wait too long you will be into summer and then the mood is gone (and even if it isn’t, it’s just too hot.) Read on therefore, and get up and be counted or cleaned, or something like that.

The History of Cutlery: A Past Shiny and Neat
by Marjorie Dorfman

When did table manners develop? What type of cutlery was used when the world was young? Read on for some "sharp" details.

Irons: In the Fire And Other Places
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who invented the iron and why? How has it changed down through the years? Inquiring minds want to know and you should too! Read on if you dare.

Gift Wrapping: An Art Form With Some Dos and Don’ts
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you get frazzled when you look at all those newly bought gifts you now have to wrap and make look attractive? Don’t you have enough things to do without worrying about scissors and tags and ribbons and how things look? Well, don’t fret. Here are some handy tips about gift-wrapping that just might make your busy life a little bit easier. Then again, they may not. Read on if you dare.

Candles in The Wind, Home And Other Places: Wherever Did They Come From?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Who were the first people to use candles and what were they like? How has their production and use changed over the years? Read on for some enlightenment.

The Roomba, The Scooba And The Santa Maria…Cha Cha Cha
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are you aware of AWARE? Check out this new home robot intelligence system that will end the drudgery of housework!

Feng Shui: Not Such Hooey
by Marjorie Dorfman

What is Feng Shui and what does it want from the Western world? Is it an elusive and profound truth or just a passing fad? Read on for some Eastern revelations, if you dare.

Tips For Toy Safety
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are some toys safe while others aren't? What can you do to ensure your child's safety at all costs? Read on for some light-hearted but sobering thoughts on the issue.

The Kitchen Sink: Wherever Did It Come From?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where did the first kitchen sink come from and how were dishes and underwear washed before? Read on for some truth, if you can take it.

The History of the Refrigerator: The Cold Truth and Hard Facts
by Marjorie Dorfman

How did people chill their food before the days of the modern day refrigerator? Why were some of the earlier ones very dangerous? Read on for some cold answers and some that may be just a bit luke warm.

The Stove: Wherever Did it Come From?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Where did the stove actually come from and who were the first to use it? Searing issues to be addressed below, if you dare.

Exotic Flowers For Your Home: Birds from Paradise and Other Places
by Marjorie Dorfman

What makes exotic flowers so special and how can one learn to use them to enhance any home decor? Read on for some answers, exotic and otherwise.

The Attic: As Bad As The Basement, Only Higher
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why is the attic the place where everything unwanted or unused seems to end up? What can be done about its ability to keep us all a bit disorganized? Read on for some answers, that is, if you can find some space.

The Garbage Disposal: What Else Can It Do?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why is the garbage disposal so popular today? Where did it come from and what did people do before to get rid of their garbage? Read on for some smelly revelations.

The BathTub: Archimedes, Eureka, The Bath And Beyond
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are bathtub rings related to hobbits and the Lord of The Rings? Who had the first one and why? These and other issues will be addressed below. Arm yourself with soap and a sponge before you read on.

Overdecorating: How Many Flamingoes in Santa Suits Swinging from our Chandeliers Do We Really Need?
by Marjorie Dorfman

How much is too much when it comes to Christmas decorations? Why don't people who seem perfectly normal during the rest of the year know when to stop in the name of good taste? Read on for some answers, tasteless though they may be.

The Parlor’s Coolest Trick: Its Very Own Vanishing Act
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why did the parlor disappear from modern day homes? Does it live today in the land of vanished rooms, things and people, like Judge Crater, Atlantis and those ships and planes from the Bermuda Triangle? Read on for some commentary and a laugh or two.

Cleaning The House: A Study in Procrastination
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you want to move to another house when it comes time to clean the one you live in? Are you one of those who puts off cleaning until the last possible moment? If you are, tune in here for a little help, but alas, no personal maid for thee.

La Toilette: A Tasteful, Delicate and Polite Historical Study
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why are toilets such a shameful subject? Why do we almost never say the word when it is exactly that which we are referring to? Learn to be proud. Read on for an interesting historical perspective on one of everyone’s most necessary "things."

Living With Animals: A Wonderful Madness
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are there more animals in your house than people? Do you ever wonder just exactly how that happened? Well, read on for an understanding of the attraction between owners and their pets. If your cat's available, have him or her read along with you.

Some Assembly Required: Take This Flap And Shove It
by Marjorie Dorfman

Are the tools in your house as familiar to you as alien beings from another planet? Do you look at them and wonder why they are here only to make your non-mechanical life more miserable than it already is? Well, read on for some consolation and a chuckle or two as well.

Wall Space: Where Is It And Why Can’t I Find Any?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Do you buy artwork without knowing where you will put it? Are you in the dark as to why there’s no room for even one more thing upon your walls, even though your house is a reasonable size? Yes? Well, fear not. Read on for some advice about wall space, self control, a new perspective and a few laughs as well.

Windows: Panes in The Butt
by Marjorie Dorfman

Have you ever wondered why windows are always so difficult to clean? Can you see through yours to the town or street below? If you can, you are lucky and too clean for words: if you can’t, read on for some tips, information and advice that no one requested in the first place.

Don’t Go In the Basement Or Even Near the Door
by Marjorie Dorfman

When you think about your basement, do creepy crawlies come to mind? Are you ashamed of all the broken, dirty, discarded things you keep throwing down there? Do you keep the door locked for fear the white glove test might one day be performed by a relative or friend who is determined to rid the world of dust and clutter? Well, read on for a few insights and a laugh or two.

Hideaway Beds: Push Here and Disappear
by Marjorie Dorfman

Did you ever wonder where on earth wall beds came from or why many of them are mysteriously named after some man named Murphy? Is he related to the person who started Murphy's law or was he from the other side of the family? Whatever the story, read on for some info and a laugh or two as well.

Vacuuming: A Lost Art That Should Stay That Way

Did you ever wonder where your vacuum cleaner came from and why it does what it does? Well, wonder no more and read on for some information, a bit of history and a few smiles, too!

Clutter: A House Multiplied Against Itself Cannot Divide, Much Less Stand

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by all the clutter that resides in your home and doesn't even pay rent? Do you dare to face it head on (if you can find your head) and alter the power that disposophobia (not being able to throw things out) has upon you? Read on for some courage and a laugh or two.

Houseguests From Hell And How To Send Them Back

Do you find yourself with houseguests you can't seem to get rid of? Maybe you are treating them a bit too kindly. Read on for some tips and a chuckle or two.

Houseplants Are More Than Just Green Things

Do plants croak and die before your very eyes? Are you convinced that none can ever live in your presence? Well, read on for some help and a few laughs as well.

Cleaning Out the Refrigerator: A Different Horror Story

Why do we always put off cleaning out the refrigerator? Learn how to deal with food that's left over from the Jurrasic Period in your house. At least develop the right attitude and smile!

Owning Your Own Home: A Rags to Rags Tale

Can anyone ever really afford to buy their own home? Read on to find paradise anywhere your heart is.

Cleaning Out the Closets: A Perennial Trip through the Abyss which is my House

How can you tell the seasons have changed? Just check your closets and know it's time to shift things around. Read on for some clues and hopefully a laugh or two.

Your Own Home Repairs: Do You Dare?

Do you think you can save money by fixing things around the house yourself? lf you can, more power to you. If you can't, join the unhandy club and read on.



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