Dear Heloise: Is there a difference between NONSTOP AND DIRECT FLIGHTS? I am trying to book a flight and am a little confused. -- Tanya in Texas

There is a BIG difference between nonstop and direct flights.

Direct flights sound like they go DIRECTLY to your destination, but they do not! They can have any number of stops, but you do not change planes.

Nonstop flights are just that. There are no stops between your departure city and your destination city. Hope this helps when making your travel plans! -- Heloise

P.S.: A travel hint from a longtime road warrior: Never take the last flight out! If there is a weather delay or mechanical problem, you’re stuck.



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Dear Heloise: At the end of a holiday season, I make a list of things I need to replenish — for example, wrapping paper, ribbon and gift tags. I take my list the next time I go shopping and try to purchase everything I need during the after-holiday sales.

If I am unable to purchase something, I make a new list and place it on my calendar for November of next year. -- C.C. in New York


Dear Heloise: I am writing in response to your follow-up column on mystery bleach spots on towels. I had this problem as well and discovered that it was from my teenager’s acne face cleanser. I recently bought some new towels and noticed that some had a label on them claiming that they will not bleach out from benzoyl peroxide, so it must be a fairly common problem. -- Mary A. in Centerville, Ohio

Mary, this is very interesting, and you are right! Some manufacturers are now producing towels that are supposed to be benzoyl-peroxide-proof or -resistant. If bleach spots are a problem in your household, try looking for these kinds of towels. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: While driving back and forth between two cities, I found a new way to stay alert. I carry my lunch with me, thus I have a blue ice pack. I take off my left shoe and sock, and put the ice pack on the floor. When I get a little droopy, I press my foot on the ice pack. I also have one for my face. Works great! -- Sharon P., via e-mail

We love your hint in Heloise Central, as long as the ice pack doesn’t slip and cause a wreck. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Have you ever wondered what is the best way to clip your fingernails? Many people use curved clippers and trim in a single clip. This can damage the nails, because it flattens them out, which can cause cracking.

The best way is to use straight clippers and trim the nails in several (three to seven) small clips, working from the outside in. When done, just smooth out using a nail file. -- Heloise

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