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10 books that 10 critics loved this year

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“When Women Were Dragons,” by Kelly Barnhill. (Doubleday, $28.)

Win big by swapping Santa’s cookies for Rice Krispies

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On Nov. 15, Rice Krispies announced a new sweepstakes event — the “#SantaWantsRiceKrispiesEntry.” The brand is offering 25 families up to $2,000 to put toward their holiday wish lists.

Gretchen’s table: Chili Oil Wontons

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Raking leaves isn’t the only thing I view with trepidation in fall. I also dread the cooldown that comes with the change of season, because turning on the heat in my drafty old house is not an inexpensive proposition.

Ex-etiquette: Talk to friend about relationship behavior

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Q. My best friend and her partner just broke up and I’m doing my best to not take sides, but it’s difficult. I probably know more than I should and although I want to be supportive, I’m pretty disgusted by my friend’s behavior. She wasn’t really fooling around, but she got caught up in a flirtation that split them up. Now I don’t know what to say to her when she whines about the breakup. I feel like it was her fault. What’s good ex-etiquette?

Answer Angel: Surprising must-haves for pocket or purse?

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Dear Answer Angel Ellen: This subject came up over dinner last night at a pizza restaurant with friends. One of us said she had a friend who always carried a container of crushed red pepper she loves which she found on a trip to Italy. She claimed it was different (and better than) the popular U.S. brands like McCormick, etc. So this made the rest of us wonder what other people always carry in their purse or pocket that you might not expect. If you pose the question to your readers, I bet you’ll get some quirky answers.

Diabetes Quick Fix: Vietnamese Crab Soup

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This soup is filled with the fragrant flavors of Southeast Asia. As with most Asian dishes, it takes a little longer to prepare the ingredients, but then it takes less than 10 minutes to cook.

How to spend your FSA money before it expires at the end of the...

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A fitness tracker, gym membership, ergonomic chair, an air conditioner — if you didn’t know your FSA or HSA may cover these items, you may not be getting the biggest bang for your buck out of these popular health care savings accounts.

Strategies to break the heart disease and diabetes link

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Heart disease remains a leading cause of death around the world. And diabetes is one of the risk factors for heart disease. Diabetes is a growing global health concern, with more than 422 million people living with this metabolic disorder — the majority of those with Type 2 diabetes.

Featured events coming up in the Lima region

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Christmas Tree Festival

Consumer Health: Treating COPD

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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a leading cause of disability and death in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association. More than 12.5 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have the disease without knowing it.