The Maui News - - OPINION -

DEAR HELOISE: I know we live in a tech-savvy world, but mo­bile phones can eas­ily get lost or stolen. I went to an en­graver and had a small plaque en­graved with “Re­ward $50. Call . . .” and my phone num­ber at my of­fice. I then glued it to my phone case. I could al­ways re­place the phone, but not the pic­tures, con­tacts and other info on my phone.

— Rita H. in San Fran­cisco RITA, I LIKE that idea. A re­ward is a nice way to say, “Thank you.”

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: Please let your read­ers know that if they are go­ing to clean their com­puter screens, to use a damp — not wet — mi­crofiber cloth that won’t scratch the sur­face. Do not spray a liq­uid onto the screen, but rather onto the cloth. In be­tween a damp wipe, clean dust off the screen with a chalk­board eraser. Use com­pressed air on the key­board.

— Brian K., Ni­a­gara Falls, N.Y. DEAR HELOISE: With my 79th birth­day com­ing soon, I think about things I wish I had done. For those still young, here is a sug­ges­tion: Keep a di­ary. It will be an in­ter­est­ing read for your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. While you still have time, spend much of it with your loved ones. I wish I could go back in time and tell cer­tain peo­ple how much they meant to me.

— Doug J., Wat­son, La. DEAR HELOISE: I have four chil­dren, one of whom has Down syn­drome. If I’ve learned any­thing over the years, it’s that all chil­dren, and es­pe­cially chil­dren with spe­cial needs, should have rou­tine in their lives. We es­tab­lished a sys­tem of get­ting our kids up in the morn­ing by hav­ing a clock ra­dio play up­beat mu­sic. A sched­ule is posted on the bath­room wall and on our re­frig­er­a­tor to help them re­mem­ber what to do and when to do it. Since they’re all rather young, this helps them get or­ga­nized, get dressed and get ready to catch the school bus on time.

— Mavis D., Orange, Calif. DEAR HELOISE: I painted the discs around the key slots in my door locks with fin­ger­nail pol­ish. Makes them much eas­ier to see, whether day or night. — J.M.C., via email J.M.C., NOW THAT’S a good idea!

— Heloise DEAR HELOISE: The pluses and mi­nuses for bat­ter­ies on a de­vice can be hard to see. When putting bat­ter­ies into de­vices (flash­lights, re­mote con­trols, etc.), put the flat end of the bat­tery against the spring.

— Mary H., Ar­ling­ton, Va. DEAR HELOISE: We have been in­vited to a birth­day party for a 3year-old, and on the in­vi­ta­tion was printed “No gifts, house too lit­tle, too many toys. Please, gift cards or monies.” What do you say?

— Alice, via e-mail ALICE, I THINK a gift card to a chil­dren’s cloth­ing store or some­where else would be OK.

— Heloise SEND A GREAT HINT TO: Heloise

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San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5000 Fax: (210) HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com

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