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Hours before I began to write this column, I was backing my car into a parking spot at church. Just ahead of me was an older garage on the church campus that was being remodeled. New vinyl siding is being installed, and my guess is all of the trim is going to be wrapped in pre-painted aluminum coil stock.

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Days ago, I was in the basement of an old house with my son. We were looking at the boiler, the structure and the foundation walls. He’s about to become a first-time property owner. For the past four years he’s been renting a loft apartment, saving so he can make a sizable down payment.

Q: I had a home inspection done about two months ago when I was purchasing my home. Once I moved in, I noticed a small room with a concrete floor and a water heater. The floor has a long crack running the length of the room. Also, the threshold has multiple pieces of concrete chipped out. All of this was not in the report. I called the inspector and sent him photos. The inspector was very apologetic and took the blame. The inspector said the room was filled with boxes and household goods when he went to inspect. He should have at least seen the chipped concrete. What recourse should I have?

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This inspirational story is based on James’ charity foundation, which motivates children to reach for the stars and “strive for greatness.” This rhyming narrative, with art by Nina Mata, encourages kids to dream big and that they can achieve goals with hard work.

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Tornado recovery requires a lot of coordination to get residents back into the safety and security of their homes. The same is true for the COVID-19 pandemic, columnists Craig Knutson and Teresa Meinders Burkett say.

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This oft-overlooked comedy follows four 20-something London Muslim women who form a punk band. They bicker and have all kinds of life and faith issues, but their devotion to each other adds a touching foundation to the punchlines.

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