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Brake for baby boomers

posted: 08/16/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Dolores Munson, 85, got tired last winter of waiting behind a police car that had made a traffic stop about a mile from her home. She swerved into the next lane to pass, but couldn't help looking to see who had gotten in trouble. "I was nosy," the woman says. Distracted, Munson slammed into the front of the police car hard enough to break an axle on her white Volkswagen Passat. The cruiser was unharmed.

Issues with child's teacher? Get to the bottom of it fast

posted: 08/16/2017 1:47 a.m. Discuss

As you get to know more about your student's teachers this year, some will immediately stand out, and others may raise a flag of concern. Particularly, in a sometimes difficult subject such as math, parents can be on high alert.

SHARON RANDALL: Penguins or bats? Surprises all around

posted: 08/16/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Bats over penguins -- that's how I describe things that defy expectations and leave me drop-jawed in surprise.

Parenting: Law can't take parents' place of authority to say 'no'

posted: 08/16/2017 1:45 a.m. Discuss

When I was a child, a popular comic strip was There Oughta Be a Law. It ran in the newspaper that came to our doorstep every morning and was one of the first things I went to when it was my turn to get ink all over my fingers. I later realized that at one level the cartoonist was satirizing people who hold to great faith in the ability of government to solve all manner of social problems.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/16/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: As a matter of principle, I believe it's wrong to tip on the tax on a meal. The restaurant isn't going to give that portion of the tip to the government, not that I'd want them to. Instead, I tip 20 percent on the pre-tax amount -- that is, on the charge for the food and drink. Is there anything wrong with this? Some friends seem to think so. By the way, where I live, the sales tax is almost 10 percent.

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 08/16/2017 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q I have been married to my husband for 30 years. We have raised a family and are very happy. His ex-wife -- they had no kids together -- lived on the other side of the country until her husband of 35 years became terminally ill and she decided to move "closer to family." She moved a mile from our home and just showed up one day acting like she was our best friend. Sometimes I will come home from work to find her sitting in my backyard, alone, relaxing, or she will stop by to take pictures of the house. Last week she openly reminisced about her wedding day to my husband like it was yesterday and offered to give open house tours when we are not home. I think this is very weird, and I'm worried about her. What's good ex-etiquette?

Family: Driving while aging — when to give up the keys?

posted: 08/15/2017 11:36 a.m. Discuss

Joan Smeraski’s 85-year-old mother, Dolores Munson of Stratford, N.J., still drives — even after a recent run-in with a police car. Munson’s favorite ice cream is about 18 miles away. She says it’s a “straight run.”

Millennial women finding roadblocks remain on road to success

posted: 08/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

When Courtney Winfrey, 30, graduated in 2009, she knew she might not get a dream job right away.

Pet Vet

posted: 08/09/2017 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Brandon has been taking care of Herbie for seven years. Herbie, a box turtle, was a lost soul that Brandon found walking in the street when he was 11 years old and has been part of Brandon's life ever since. He lives outdoors in the spring, summer and early fall, and spends the winters indoors in a heated terrarium.

SHARON RANDALL: Treasured places feel like home, heal heart

posted: 08/09/2017 2:09 a.m. Discuss

There are places on Earth that we connect with the same way we connect with people.

Parenting: Potty training takes instruction, not negotiation

posted: 08/09/2017 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Q Our twin girls will be 3 in a few months. Our pediatrician recommended that we start toilet training at 32 months, which we did. After several months and lots of gnashing of teeth, one of the girls finally got it. The other one seems completely oblivious to our efforts. This has become very frustrating for us and I'm afraid we're showing some anger at this point. The pediatrician says we should put her back in diapers until she's 3 and then start over. What do you think?

Millennials opting to reveal splits online

posted: 08/09/2017 2:07 a.m. Comment 1

It's not unusual to see engagement announcements, wedding announcements and we've-got-a-baby-on-the-way announcements while scrolling Facebook timelines.

MONEY MANNERS

posted: 08/09/2017 2:06 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: I recently ran for a seat on the school board in the suburban community in which I live. I've accepted the fact that I lost. But what continues to bug me is that my father, a widower, failed to contribute to my campaign fund, even though he knew how much the election meant to me (it's my first) and even though he's not short on money. Am I wrong to feel this way?

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 08/09/2017 2:05 a.m. Discuss

This is an updated version of a column that ran in 2004.

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