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World Cup, Ebola lead list of popular Facebook topics

posted: 12/16/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin Williams, to name a few.

Tell Me About It: 'I'm dating' is TMI for sons

posted: 12/16/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a widow with two boys, ages 8 and 10. My husband died 10 months ago after a long illness. I started dating about five months ago, a fact I have not shared with my in-laws or children. A counselor advised that if I meet someone special, I should wait six months to introduce him to the boys.

Entertainment Notes

posted: 12/16/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Super Quiz: TV's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

posted: 12/16/2014 2:13 a.m. Discuss

Super Quiz: TV's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Firms add seasonal scents, flavors to boost sales pizazz

posted: 12/16/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Lisa Hanock-Jasie turns into a coffee fiend during the holidays, mainly because she loves the peppermint lattes.

Helpful Hints

posted: 12/16/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Here is an easy last-minute gift: All you need is a roll of pretty packing tape and lots of loose change. Unroll the tape little by little. Stick the coins on the tape at intervals, then roll the tape up in different directions so it looks like a rock. My grandchildren love taking it apart to see how much money they will get.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 12/16/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Through the next six weeks, you approach your work like a craftsman, and in February, you blossom into an artist. March brings the opportunity to reconnect with a past love or with a friend who will make your future brighter. There's wonderful news for your family in June, and it will benefit you personally, too. Aquarius and Pisces people adore you.

On Christianity

posted: 12/16/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Our son is coming home from college this Christmas, and we're kind of dreading it. He's let us know he no longer believes in God and has no intention of going to church with us. We don't want to spend the holidays arguing, but how should we react?

Helpful Hints

posted: 12/15/2014 2:07 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Here is this week's Sound Off:

Caged bird in song

posted: 12/14/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Maya Angelou, the most famous former resident of the Lafayette County town of Stamps, overcame a troubled childhood and forged a career that culminated in her delivery of her poem, "On the Pulse of Morning," at the first inauguration of another famous Arkansan -- President Bill Clinton.

Spin Cycle: Snake act too much to swallow

posted: 12/14/2014 2:21 a.m. Discuss

Paul Rosolie: Snake expert? Or snake oil salesman?

On Books: A bird, a Ford, a Bellow, a bear, a Crane

posted: 12/14/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

"What are you reading?" is a loaded question, especially when posed to someone who writes about books. The truth is I read a little of maybe a dozen books a week, but only write about those I finish -- or nearly finish. There's no way to stay current as a literary critic; there's simply too much coming at you all the time to apprehend more than a small fraction of the fusillade.

Commentary: Is technology outdating the memory?

posted: 12/14/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Two people walk into a seminar: One takes photos, video and an audio recording of the presentation, the other takes hand-written notes. Which person will better recall the information?

The TV Column: Syfy's Ascension is a 6-hour soap opera thriller in space

posted: 12/14/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Are you burned out from the incessant Christmas specials? Syfy has you covered.

LET'S TALK: Playing into the hands of Facebook game requests

posted: 12/14/2014 2:15 a.m. Discuss

So I see where British lawmaker Nigel Mills got into trouble when photographs were taken of him ...

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