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Mourning has broken

posted: 03/25/2015 2:02 a.m. Discuss

Facing a death, and the subsequent funeral, people cope in different ways. Some stay strong in the midst of chaos. Others shut down and go within.

Creature Feature

posted: 03/25/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

It really bothers me that my cat Winston kills birds sometimes when he's outside. It's not because he's hungry. He doesn't eat them, but just leaves them on the porch for me to find. I put a bell on his collar and I have raised the bird feeder so he can't get to it, but that hasn't stopped the killing. What else can I do?

Sharon Randall: Life lived with love a true gift

posted: 03/25/2015 2 a.m. Discuss

Memorial services are not my idea of a good time. But a life well lived is cause to celebrate.

Parenting: Imaginary friends, tall tales are to be celebrated

posted: 03/25/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Today's parents tend to worry about all manner of things that deserve not even second thoughts. Imaginary friends, for example. I've been asked many times by mothers if they should worry that their preschoolers have imaginary friends that they seem to think and, in some cases, even insist are real.


posted: 03/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My wife thinks my ex-wife is dead, but in fact my ex is still alive. I only told my wife she was dead because when we began dating, "Nicole" was extremely jealous that I'd been married before. The problem is, I owe my ex $1,000, and she's tracked me down and is asking for the money (I moved away after we divorced). I can afford to pay her now, but there's no way I can take that kind of money out of our savings account without Nicole noticing. What should I do?


posted: 03/25/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Q I recently got divorced and my ex-wife has custody of our three children. I remarried a woman who has custody of her three children. Living with the three stepchildren has been a difficult transition. It has been difficult for me to deal with fathering my biological children at a distance. They do come over every other weekend, and my wife has her children on the same schedule so we can blend the children together.

COMMENTARY: Bringing up a bookworm

posted: 03/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons.

Creature feature

posted: 03/18/2015 1:49 a.m. Discuss

I love my dog, but hate how he smells when he’s been outside in the rain for a few minutes. What causes the odor and what can I do about it?

Sharon Randall: Birthday unwraps the gift of hope

posted: 03/18/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

My post office box for reader mail held a card telling me to call at the window. Never a good sign.

Parenting: 4-year-old's bedtime fears fixable, with patience

posted: 03/18/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Q About six months ago, our 4-year-old daughter began complaining of being afraid to be alone at bedtime. Upon questioning, she told us she was afraid of monsters in her closet and under her bed. We were unable to convince her otherwise. In fact, the more we talked to her, the more her fears grew, to the point where she was becoming nearly hysterical at bedtime. As a result, I began staying with her until she fell asleep. The problem is that she wants to talk and doesn't end up falling asleep until 10 or 11 o'clock. I should mention that she gives us no other problems and is a happy little girl at preschool. Does this indicate some deep-seated insecurity or is she, as a therapist friend suggested, just being manipulative? In any case, your advice would be appreciated.


posted: 03/18/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Who pays for the ticket when you're with a friend who's pulled over for speeding -- just him, or both of you? My friend is furious because I won't pay for half of the speeding ticket he got when he was driving us to a movie. It's true that we were late, and it's also true that I never urged him to slow down. But I never encouraged him to speed up, either, and I definitely never encouraged him to break the law. Who's right?


posted: 03/18/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Q My husband resents that I expect his son who visits on breaks and in the summer to pull his weight around the house just like my kids, who live here full time. I recently asked my stepson, age 14, to wash his towels after he showers. He throws them in the corner of the bathroom and they sit there for days. His father overheard me and reprimanded me for asking his son to do chores while he’s visiting us. This doesn’t sound right to me. What’s good ex-etiquette?


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