Hanging pictures for maximum impact

Dear Heloise: I enjoy reading your column very much. Many good hints.

I have several family pictures in all sorts of frames and sizes. I want to put them on a wall in the guest bedroom, where they can be seen. Is there a way to do this? Thank you. — Reader in Troy, Ohio

Reader in Troy, you can put up two or three picture shelves on a wall and display your photos. This way you can change out photos whenever you want.

You could also arrange them in a cluster on one wall. Lay the photos on a bed sheet before hanging so you can see how it will look on the wall. Try for a sense of balance. You can mix various frame styles and they’ll look nice together. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I saw, yet again, in your column for people to hang up on scammers. Why not recommend we don’t answer unidentified numbers? We do that, and if it is a legitimate call, they will leave a message. We simply don’t answer any unidentified numbers. –Marie, via email

Marie, many scammers are “spoofing” to disguise their identity. They may use a number that you know, such as one from a son, daughter or friend. However, you are correct about not answering unidentified numbers. And never answer any questions about personal information. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Yes, dog walkers should pick up after the dog. But, more to the point, why do dog walkers assume they have some inherent right to trespass on your front yard? — M.D., via email

M.D., dog walkers need to pick up after their dogs.

* It keeps our communities sanitary.

* Dog feces is NOT fertilizer.

* It contains pollutants and bacteria that can be harmful to people and pets.

* In many communities, you are required by law to pick up after your pet.


Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Heloise@Heloise.com. Letters won’t be answered personally.


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