Dear Heloise: A friend of mine recently had a death in her family. Many relatives and friends left Mass cards and remembrance cards at the funeral home. Unfortunately, most of the cards had only the person’s name. My friend said she had to spend several hours LOOKING UP NAMES AND ADDRESSES on her computer. My hint is, please, friends and relatives, put your address on the cards. They are supposed to be acknowledged with a thank-you note. It’s just a simple thing, but it’s more helpful than you can imagine. -- A Friend of the Family, via e-mail

Your hint will help a lot of people. Also, please put a last name down — you’d be amazed how many Tom and Sues or Bill and Janes there are! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Linda Little sent a photo of her schnauzer, Doc, posing by the water. Doc looks just like my little schnauzer Cabbie, whom I love dearly. To see Doc’s portrait, visit my Web site at and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My daughter isn’t very fond of having to tie her tennis shoes. Seems she is always in a hurry. So instead of purchasing costly locking-type shoestrings, which make tie shoes into slip-ons, I recently purchased a handful of “cord locks” on the Internet.

They are very inexpensive, a few cents each. These things will look familiar, and they are so easy to use. Just lace the shoe as usual, and slide a cord lock on the ends of both sides of the laces. From there, tie a small knot at the end of the laces, and use the cord lock to slide the laces tighter or looser. It works great and is a great way to make all tie tennis shoes into “slip-ons”! -- Susan in Ohio


Dear Heloise: My hearing aids have a vent hole, which accumulates wax from wearing. The tool that I was given to clear it out is a thin, plastic, wirelike device that never has been sufficient.

One day, I bought some brushes sold for cleaning braces in a person’s mouth. The small, round brush is the perfect length and width to clear out the vent hole. They usually are made of a soft plastic, are washable and are inexpensive. I hope this can help some of your readers! -- A.S. in San Antonio


Dear Heloise: I read your column in the (Greenville, Tex.) Herald-Banner, and finally have a hint to send in.

My co-worker just asked me if I have one of those itty-bitty screwdrivers for eyeglass frames. I checked, but all I had was a seam ripper. She tried it out of desperation, and lo and behold, it worked! Thanks for all the awesome hints you and your readers share! -- Sharon D. in New Orleans

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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