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Kids on a plane!

posted: 04/15/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

For people whose blood pressure spikes when they read the words "kids" and "plane" in the same sentence, as you just did (sorry about that), there is potentially calming news.

Creature Feature

posted: 04/15/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

My dog Baxter died a couple of weeks ago. He was acting sluggish and had lost his appetite, so I took him to his veterinarian about six weeks ago and the vet told me he was eaten up with cancer. I am completely devastated and can't stop thinking about him. I miss him every day. People tell me getting another dog right away will make the pain go away. I don't think so. Some people don't understand that Baxter was a real family member. He wasn't "just a dog," like one person told me. I don't have a question but just want to know how long this pain lasts and how I can get through it.

Sharon Randall: Invitation declined stirs self reflection

posted: 04/15/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

A funny thing happened to me recently. You probably wouldn't give it a second thought, but I can't stop thinking about it.

Parenting: It's a fact: Today's parents ignore the experts

posted: 04/15/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

One of the signs of these confused and confusing times we live in is that facts don't matter. What matters are feelings and opinions, which are often confused and confusing. According to another author friend, this is the primary feature of post-post-modernity.

Money Manners

posted: 04/15/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My best friend "Chelsea" always seems to be in a financial hole, so she always expects me to pay her way whenever we do things together. I want to be generous, but I'm not exactly rich myself, and I can't keep this up. If I don't pay for Chelsea, though, she acts hurt or asks if I'm angry at her. Plus our friends seem to think I'm being cheap if I don't pick up the tab for Chelsea's martinis or whatever. How do I get out of this situation?

Ex-Etiquette

posted: 04/15/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently broke up with a guy I lived with for four years. I stayed in the house because my grandmother left it to me, and he moved in with a friend. We live in a very small town, and I wish he would move, but he says he won't, so I'm stuck seeing him everywhere. The biggest problem is that his new girlfriend says nasty things about me, and when we see each other at parties, she congregates in the corner making snide remarks. (We are still friends with the same friends, and so we occasionally see each other at social events.) I hate it. How can I get her to stop?

Family: Flying with kids

posted: 04/14/2015 11 a.m. Discuss

If your blood pressure spikes when you think about the words “kids” and “plane” in the same sentence, as you just did (sorry about that), then this story may have a calming effect.

Two Mommies, two viewpoints

posted: 04/08/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, stirring debate over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries at the center of community battles over placement of the book in the children's stacks.

Creature Feature

posted: 04/08/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

I adopted a beautiful black Lab mix from the animal shelter. I want to post photos of her on Facebook and my blog. But she looks like a blob in my pics. I have trouble getting her eyes to show up. Any ideas on how to get nice pictures of my girl?

Sharon Randall: In wake of winter ... 'Life persists'

posted: 04/08/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

For me, two of the loveliest words in the English language are "Life persists."

Parenting: Parenting books propel vicious circle of stress

posted: 04/08/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

I've asked the men in several recent audiences to raise hands if they believe moms stress out concerning their children at least five times more than dads. All the men's hands went up to general laughter.

Money Manners

posted: 04/08/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Recently I helped my elderly, childless aunt sell her home, move into a retirement community and buy an annuity that will provide her with a steady income for the rest of her life. Now my cousin "Travis," who, like me, will receive half of my aunt's estate when she dies, is demanding a detailed accounting of these transactions. Must I give him one? Travis doesn't know an annuity from an anniversary, but that won't stop him from aggressively challenging every document I show him and, while not understanding a thing, believing that I've somehow profited from the transactions, which I haven't. On the other hand, half of my aunt's money is going to be his one day, so I can see why he feels entitled to an accounting.

Ex-etiquette

posted: 04/08/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Q Six months ago, I married a man who shares equal custody of his two children with their mother. I am happy to say I get along well with the kids, and they love me to go to their recitals, open house and parent-teacher conferences. I have read your column for years, so their dad and I are always careful to tell their mother in advance when I will be attending. She still gets very angry and has told us on many occasions that she does not think it appropriate that I attend. Do we go at her pace or at the kids' pace? What's good ex-etiquette?

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