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CNET: Best smart home locks of 2017

If keeping your home secure but also adding some 21st century functionality while cutting down the number of keys on your keychain are all important to you, maybe it's time to check out a smart lock. These four home security systems will keep things locked up tight and allow you to control who gets in for not much more than a standard lock. These are four that CNET rated highest.

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This is the art you should buy, based on your personality)

Tell me who you are, and I will tell you what art to buy. People often get nervous when buying art: "Will it match my decor? Will I like it over time? Is this an artist worth investing in?" We say: Throw all those questions out the window – it's time to focus on your personality instead. The wonderful thing about art is you get to reflect a piece of your personality on your wall through a beautiful photograph or a vibrant print. No matter what your interests or character traits, there is an artist out there who perfectly represents who you are.

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Yardsmart: How to grow your own native oak trees

The end of summer begins the season of acorn gathering in California. It was once so important to Native Americans the whole year pivoted around the gathering and processing of these nuts. Gathering isn't just scooping acorns into a basket, it is the tedious inspection of the ground for only the most perfect ones. The rest were left for wildlife and to regenerate the trees.

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Plumber: Looking into a glass sink

Q: Dear Ed: I'm planning a very special guest bathroom (powder room) for our home. Since it is a small space, I want it to appear open and bright. I'm looking to install a glass sink with backlighting. Can you give me some of your famous Ed tips for choosing a glass sink?

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On Gardening: Giant milkweed, consider the possibilities

The phone rang, and a gardener in tearful hysteria was there pleading for me to take her monarch caterpillars as she was totally out of milkweed leaves. At the time we had quite a few plants representing several species, both native and imports. I was shocked however when she brought me a box with 100 plus caterpillars. I went out to the garden and started dispersing caterpillars, one for a small plant two or three for larger plants. Deep down I knew full well we would soon be in trouble. In other words, I would run out of milkweed leaves too.

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Log houses aren't the only relics here

Hard by a 230-year-old log house, seven barred rock hens nibble on leaves that Keith Kaiser pokes through a fence. Ox eye sunflower is not their normal feed, but they don't seem to mind. The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden has lots more growing nearby.

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Yardsmart: How to dry late summer leaves, flowers

Drying the late summer leaves and flowers for winter use was a skill used by rural women all over America. Before refrigerated florists, getting any flowers in winter was impossible. The way they got around it was to dry all they could in late summer. Knowing what to pick and what colors share greatest longevity were time-learned skills passed down from mother to daughter. Your herbs, both perennial and annual, have lots of growth, so there are opportunities to add fragrance and flavoring to your flower drying efforts as well.

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