Some members of the Central Texas Travel Club recently visited the historic Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa, across the street from Hot Springs National Park and Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs, Ark. The group toured Hot Springs National Park and the nearby P. Allen Smith Moss Mountain Farm. Pic…

Dear Heloise: A man approached me at the park and wanted to take a picture of my dog. I thought that was weird, and I told him no. Good thing, because my address and phone number are on the tags on my dog’s collar.

Dear Annie: I enjoy going out to eat. Of course, during the past year or so, it has been a rare treat. Lately, our state has opened greater access to dining out.

Rex and Marie Karl of Holland celebrated their 65th anniversary on May 29 with a surprise party and dinner at the Karl Family Fryers Creek Retreat in Temple hosted by their children.

About 40 people from throughout the city spent a chunk of last weekend assisting neighbors in need of a helping hand.

Many years ago in the rural South a group met one summer evening to pray and worship God. When the singing ended and the preacher stood to share, a torrential thunderstorm broke, interrupting the service.

Dear Annie: I am a man in my late 50s. Until recently, I was in a long-distance relationship with a woman — let’s call her “Maria” — who lives about a thousand miles away from me. Last month, out of the blue, she accused me of cheating on her with her cousin, who lives about 45 minutes away …

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing this guy for almost a year now. We practically live together, in fact. At first, to be honest, we just “hooked up” for, as he put it, “pleasure.” But over the course of about three months of these hookups, our relationship got a little more serious, and now, almo…

A perfectly grilled steak requires more time and finesse than we can afford most weeknights. Our solution: sirloin tips cut into quick-cooking chunks. The smaller pieces make it easy to add flavor with a gingery marinade

Dear Heloise: If there is one dish my husband and sons dearly love it’s meatloaf. I got tired of adding just breadcrumbs and instead thought I’d sort of jazz up my menu by adding some instant mashed potatoes. I’ve also tried cheese flavored crackers and even dry oatmeal on a couple other occ…

Sometimes the key to easy, flavorful weeknight cooking is looking at dishes in a different way. Risotto, for instance. In typical recipes, chicken broth is added to rice in stages, requiring constant stirring that knocks loose starches that combine with butter and broth to create a creamy sauce.

Dear Annie: For years, I have tried to have a relationship with my two daughters-in-law, and at some point, I finally gave up. Now, when we get together, the family gatherings are not horrible. But at best, they are superficial.

Terry Colli and three other residents of the John Knox Village senior community got a trip via computer to the International Space Station in the kickoff to a Stanford University study on whether virtual reality can improve the emotional well-being of older people.