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PARENTING: Dumb is the parent whose kid has a smartphone

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Q Our 12-year-old has a smartphone. I know you don't approve, but all -- and I do mean all -- of his friends have them and texting is how they communicate. I don't think, under the circumstances, making him be the odd man out socially is a good idea. So our question: Do we have a right to monitor his phone communications? Some of the parents do, while others don't, feeling that doing so indicates a lack of trust. What do you think?

DEAR ABBY: Unaffectionate husband is not likely to change

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DEAR ABBY: I knew my husband for two years before we married four years ago. My problem is we are no longer intimate -- not even hugs or kisses. For the first two years we did have sex, but the only affection I get now is a kiss on my forehead or my hand.

FRONT BURNER: Cinnamon sirloin, vegetables sizzle

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Growing up, whenever my family went out to eat at a steakhouse (usually Bonanza or Western Sizzlin') I always ordered the steak tips with peppers and onions. When my plate arrived, I'd carefully scoop off the peppers and onions and place them on my mother's plate.

Cool idea: With no-cook desserts, forget about getting hot under the collar

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Summer sweets are full of cooling options: ice cream, popsicles, sno-cones. But some occasions call for a dessert to savor, not slurp.

Gadgets & Gizmos

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Has this ever happened to you?

Cooking for two: Slather salsa verde on roasted eggplant

posted: 06/29/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Eggplant steaks: You cut the eggplant in half lengthwise, roast with garlicky oil and serve with salsa verde and yogurt. Any recipe that includes a green sauce like this one catches our fancy. (It's the Italian variety that's heavy on herbs, not the Mexican one based on tomatillos, although that one is good, too.)

Two-pea Asian salad ready in a snap; fine warm, chilled

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Culinarian James Beard was an early fan of the sugar snap pea.

7day menu planner

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SUNDAY: Fire up the grill for your grilled chicken. Add this light and summery Bacon and Basil Pasta Salad (see recipe), a Boston lettuce salad and crusty rolls. Buy a chocolate layer cake for dessert.

Uncorked: Wine cocktails fit for a festive toast

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I'm always looking for unique ideas when it comes to entertaining and July Fourth is one of my favorite holidays for getting together with family and friends. Of course, anyone coming to any of my soirees will find wine on the menu, but this year I thought refreshing and patriotic wine cocktails would make a fun addition to the festivities.

Food Bucks plan (mostly) adds up as pitched

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Bob Barnhill, owner of Barnhill Orchards near Lonoke, sifts through a handful of silver and gold $2 tokens. On this Sunday morning at Bernice Garden Farmers Market in downtown Little Rock, Barnhill and his granddaughter have sold $40 worth of produce to shoppers who collect federal food assistance. As part of a new program called Double Up Food Bucks, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers can use up to $20 in SNAP money and receive a matching amount to spend on produce at participating farmers markets.

Idea Alley: Slake chocoholics with Ganache Pie

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Recipes that appear in Idea Alley have not been tested by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Suffering in silence

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Not here.


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Here's a grab bag of pet information to ponder as you relax and retreat from the summer heat.

SHARON RANDALL: Dogs can teach us so much about love

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Sometimes the best gift is something you never wanted.


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DEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: A young man noticed that the car in my driveway had a "For Sale" sign on it, and he offered me 100 hours of labor in exchange for my vehicle. I said OK. "Zach's" been working down the hours, and everything's going fine. Recently, though, he's been bringing a helper with him, and now I'm unsure about where things stand between us. Do I count the helper's hours toward the 100 hours Zach agreed to work, or should Zach work the 100 hours himself and pay his helper as he sees fit? And is this my decision or his?


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Q I have been divorced for about two years, and I share custody of my three kids: ages 8, 12 and 17. My ex has a very strong personality and I am often intimidated into silence when he's around. When we were together he was rarely home. I did everything. All of a sudden, he's "Father of the Year" with creative energy to spare and I feel overwhelmed and inadequate. So, after almost 20 years, I have decided to abandon my soccer mom role, sell the minivan and let him take over. I want to be a great mom, but I feel like I'm tripping over myself. I'm worried I'm letting the kids down, which overwhelms me even more. I don't know what to do. What's good ex-etiquette?

Helpful Hints

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DEAR HELOISE: I hated the directions for cooking gravy mixes, starting in cold water and constantly stirring until done. Now, for a 1-cup package, I put 3/4 cup water in a pan to boil. Meanwhile, I dissolve the mix in 1/4 cup cold water, add this to the boiling water and stir constantly. The gravy is done in less than a minute.

Horoscopes by Holiday

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Happy birthday. While there are those around you who endeavor to get rich and gather honors, your aim is to do good and be useful. Your modest goals will bring results. Unencumbered by the warped perspective of ambition, you'll be attractive and have your choice of company all year.

On Christianity

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DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I've heard a lot about asteroids that might hit the earth, or new diseases that could destroy all life, or new weapons of war, and I can't help but be worried about the future. Is this the way the world is going to come to an end?

Super Quiz: Americana: "I"

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1. In what film is the line "I coulda been a contender"?

JULY CALENDAR: Star-spangled barbecue

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July is set to explode with Independence Day celebrations, fireworks, fireflies, bang-up days and flashy nights. These are the dog days of summer, often the year's hottest, but nothing that a water balloon can't fix.

The TV Column: Zoo returns; mediocre Summer premieres

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It's summertime and the livin' is ... horrifying.

LISTEN UP: Brandy Clark has Big Day; k.d. lang's trio scores high

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A Brandy Clark Big Day in a Small Town

James scoring in TV, films too

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The city of Cleveland rightfully lost its mind when basketball superstar and MVP LeBron James helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA championship over the Golden State Warriors. You know who else is probably pretty excited about the victory? CNBC executives.

Artbeat: 'Delta' winner makes history

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When Little Rock architectural photographer Tim Hursley won the Grand Award at this year's 58th annual "Delta Exhibition" at the Arkansas Arts Center, he made history.





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