Dear Heloise: Magazine articles and news reports of the OCEANIC ZONE of massive plastic trash and the effects on animals and people who depend on the water are heartbreaking.

I keep rubber gloves and a bucket that once held dog food as my recycle bin in the trunk of my car. When I stop somewhere like a carwash, park or store and see discarded recyclable products, such as bottles, cans and shopping bags, I collect them, take them home and add them to my recycling. If the object appears dubious, it is left alone.

It is a small attempt in a journey of years and miles to try to correct the damage and associated consequences of years. Mother Nature has been kind; the favor must be reciprocated before it is too late. -- Margarette in Texas

Small good deeds add up! Thank you for your effort. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Patricia Wilson of Bristol, N.H., sent a photo of her cat, Rascal. Rascal came to Patricia from the local Humane Society and is 3 years old. He dressed up for Halloween, and his photo was so cute, I just had to share it!

Patricia says: “Rascal has a big heart and loves everyone. He is the mascot for the complex I live in.”

To see Rascal all dressed up, visit my Web site,, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have some chairs that have fabric seats. They are stained and look terrible, but I want to keep them in my office area. They didn’t look very good when I cleaned them. So, I thought, why not just cover the stained areas with seat cushions?

You can buy them at any discount store. I found some that matched my decor, and they easily attached to the chair. -- Janice R., El Paso, Tex.

Everyone has stains that require work to remove. I have compiled a pamphlet with many of my favorite cleaning solutions. It breaks down which cleaners work best for which stain, and also what they are made from. To receive a copy of this great pamphlet, please send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stains, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. There are cleaning solutions that should not be mixed together. One very important hint is to NEVER mix chlorine bleach and ammonia. This actually can be lethal if the fumes are strong enough and enough are inhaled. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I’ve read in your column to take a photo of the parking spot when at a stadium or airport parking. You also should take a photo of the view from your car. For example, at the Los Angeles International Airport, when I see that the picture has the control tower behind and to the left of the dome, I know my car is opposite: in front of and to the right. -- Brian in California

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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