MASTER CLASS: Ramp up your exertions Matt Parrott offers strategies for finishing a 12-week conditioning program on a high note. ASK THE VET: Protect pet ferrets from covid-19 Ferrets can catch the virus from their owners, and develop cough and fever. There have been no reports of people catching the virus from ferrets. For teens and older, ‘Spiritfarer’ lets you befriend and serve stranded souls In this sensitive video game, you are a girl who becomes a ferrymaster for the deceased in a fantastical world, guiding spirits to the afterlife. Sign up for ADG Families updates Receive ADG Families updates directly to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter. 7-Day Menu Planner This week's worth of budget-conscious menus for the family starts with grilled flatiron steaks. Junior Memo Build your memory skills by uncovering the matching picture cards. Junior Sliding Puzzle Slide the puzzle pieces around to reveal the image. Jumble for Kids Unscramble the letters to spell real words and use those words to solve the Jumble for Kids. Study the picture for a hint. You can color the picture, too. New series tracks how the pandemic is affecting Arkansas schools Two newsrooms join forces in reporting what is going on with covid-19 and Arkansas schools. Check out the podcast. 11-year-old brings koalas into focus on Netflix Izzy Bee stars in the new Netflix series "Izzy's Koala World," which follows the pre-teen Australian as she helps her veterinarian mom and cares for marsupials. Stung by a bee, this child developed business acumen Fifteen-year-old Mikaila Ulmer's memoir tells middle-schoolers how and why she became the CEO of a bigtime beverage business and founder of a charitable foundation. Pediatricians say flu shots are especially necessary this year Here’s expert advice on when to get kids their flu shots. Internet access is a test for the whole state education system Online education relies on three primary technologies: the home device, its internet connection, and the program that communicates from student to teacher and vice versa. Arkansas school districts report deficits in all three areas. ARKANSAS SIGHTSEEING: Louisiana Purchase State Park Looking for a weekend drive to give the kids a sense of state history? This swampy park could be just the ticket. What to do when ‘Sadness Is at Your Door’ A calm, quiet book about sadness offers comfort for adults and a useful lesson in self-care for kids. 'Fall Guys' is a wacky, silly game with loads of fun Games such as "Fortnite" and "PUBG" might have popularized the battle royale genre, but it has been perfected by the beautifully silly "Fall Guys: The Ultimate Knockout." Science for kids: Fireflies delight us with 'living lights' A chemical reaction gives fireflies their magical glow. People still need boundaries, even when we’re all stuck inside together When pandemic-related shutdowns started, people rushed to rescue loved ones. Five months later, relationships are fraying. Cooped-up couples fighting about politics For many couples, fighting about politics has become more common. How to tell your kids what the pandemic has done to family finances Parents can try to hide fears about having enough money for rent and food, but children’s eyes and ears are sharp. How to protect children’s eyes during remote learning More time in front of screens — for school or for fun and connection — can result in eye strain, fatigue and headaches. Experts offer simple ways for parents to protect children's eyes. Opinion/Review: Mulan While many have expressed disgust at Disney Plus charging subscribers an additional $29.99 to watch "Mulan," the film itself is worthy of its heroic protagonist. REVIEW: Energetic 'Battletoads' update has some warts "Battletoads" (2020) looks like a playable cartoon in the style of "Ren and Stimpy" or the "Fairly OddParents." Couple survives his off-putting introductory line "The very first thing that he said to me was, 'Hi, my name's Will. What grade are you in?'" Ashley says. "I really didn't like him." Kids can make these yummy treats Banana Pretzel Pops can be put together in a few minutes with just a handful of ingredients. The best part? The stick is edible, too! 7-Day Menu Planner Budget-conscious menus don't have to be boring. Here's a week's worth of fresh ideas for the family. Girl Scout uniform gets an update A vest designed for the modern Girl Scout must have pockets, and those pockets must be large enough to fit the largest model of the iPhone. MASTER CLASS: Move past this summer’s lethargy with a 12-week plan No one would blame a person for letting go of health and fitness goals in 2020, given the circumstances. But fall is a perfect opportunity to recommit to your fitness for the next 12 weeks. MASTER CLASS: Single Leg Superman is a super tough balance-builder for sitters For weeks 5-8 of your 12-week "goodbye, foul summer" get-in-shape program, this exercise challenges the core and back while working the shoulders. MASTER CLASS: Good Morning Squat Combo gets fibers firing Most people understand that a proper warmup can make or break an exercise session. Most people know there's more to it than 5 minutes on a cardio machine. And yet, most people don’t do a proper warmup. ‘Rain Before Rainbows’ available as free download In this pretty picture book, we follow a girl and her magical fox as they travel from bad times to wonderful times, following the promise of a rainbow. Weddings 2020: The anxiety of being invited The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many people look at wedding invitations. Kids’ decor doesn’t have to be childish or garish Decorating a child's room? Here are some tips for creating a space that will celebrate your child, grow with them and reflect the style you've established in the rest of your home. Woman creates life-sized Monopoly game board What game would your kids like to see take over your backyard? GAME ON: Turn-based 'Battle Brothers' is rewardingly difficult Leading a mercenary crew is a risky job, but for the few who survive, glory and honor await. Also, the guys are weird little chessmen-like dudes. ASK THE VET: Bread dough is a no-no for the doggo Is raw bread dough safe for dogs? The short answer? No. The long answer? Really not. Frank made the mistake of introducing Kay to Ed Kay Funkhouser's friend, Frank, asked her to call when she got a phone installed in her college dorm at the beginning of the year, and she did. But Ed Hicks answered the phone. He asked her for a date. Deadline approaches for Arkansas Grown school garden contest The seventh annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year Contest will showcase schools that have developed gardens to support innovative, hands-on learning. RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: They dressed up to get married Waylon Corley had gone to school in Glen Rose with Jennifer Elmore since kindergarten but one day in fifth grade he could have sworn a light shone down on her and he realized he was in love. IDEAS: Time is ripe to donate to local schools or volunteer Families who have figured out their schooling situation can offer a helping hand, either through donations or volunteering, to families still struggling. Here are some ideas. READ TO ME: A glowing tale for middle-schoolers Everything a landmark middle-school story can be — inspired, inspiring, humorous — "A Wish in the Dark" is a story that whispers, "You are important. Everyone is important." Birthdays are still a chance to shower a child with love I grew up in a family that observed birthdays with only a cake. No cards. No presents. No parties. Just “Happy birthday, pass me a hunk of that cake.” That cake mattered. ASK THE VET: Lepto lurks in innocent looking puddles Is it OK to let a dog drink from puddles? Short answer: no. How to gather together socially and safely Although sitting at home with a bottle of sanitizer is safer, it is possible to entertain. To avoid sharing more than your hospitality, here are expert tips for hosting a safer get-together: Movies for discriminating future adults Here's a list of kid-friendly films that parents also can enjoy if they're coerced into sitting on the couch with their teeming offspring. Healthy dogs can have dry, warm noses Veterinarian Lee Pickett explains why, often, a healthy dog's nose isn’t cold and wet. READ TO ME: This animal doctor never sleeps Here’s a snappy, amusing and informative picture book about animals for ages 4 to 8. Early Access version of 'Ooblets' game is cute but needs work Your main goal in "Ooblets" is to catch Ooblets — tiny monsters that roam the world in cute herds. Easy, fancy, fruit-based ice pops Juice or iced tea, fresh or frozen fruit are all you need. But you could add milk, chocolate or even the last of the bourbon. Non-alcoholic ice pops are a good kiddie cooking project, too. Drift gently along the high seas with your ‘Raft,’ your pals — and sharks Here to trigger everyone's thalassophobia, or fear of the sea, is the open-water survival and crafting video game "Raft." A paleontologist’s guide to your dinosaur-obsessed kid A lot of kids fall in love with dinosaurs, and the romance goes extinct somewhere in adolescence. It doesn't have to. It could evolve. Meet the new Muppets, more like the old Muppets "Muppets Now," a six-episode series, is Disney's attempt to re-endow the Muppets with their goofy, "The Muppet Show" manners and interests. Smart financial moves when you have more time than money Creating a family budget is about finding money to spend on things you care about and cutting ruthlessly on things you don't. A backyard pool would feel pretty good right about now Not one of those blowup kiddie pools or cheap plastic ones that your dog would love, but a real, above-ground pool large enough for the entire family. READ TO ME: Grumpy bear doesn’t enjoy rain — or sun This picture book presents a chance to get kids thinking about the power of attitude and the wisdom of paying attention to other people. Little Rock artists create company whose comic books are sold at Walmart "Bass Reeves," "Norah's Saga," "The Futurists" and "Red Rooster" are the four debut titles from Allegiance Arts & Entertainment. Some colleges penalize current students who skip a year Taking a year off after you've been enrolled in college is not “a gap year.” It's a “stopout.” Parents are drinking more during the pandemic Alcohol sales surged across the country between February and April, and people who didn't formerly drink to excess reported drinking more. OPINION: Girls on the Run inspires joy, health, confidence Jessica Wurst, Girls on The Run of Northwest Arkansas event planner, talks about her organization. 7-Day Menu Planner This week's worth of menus for the budget-conscious family opens with an easy-to-prep ham that shows up again later in totally different meals. How pediatricians are talking to their kids about covid-19 How will children make sense of the times we are living through? How can parents help them form — and understand — the narrative, even when they themselves feel worried, overwhelmed and unsure? ARKANSAS SIGHTSEEING: 'Benton Mural' shows early history of Saline County The earliest Europeans known to have set foot in present-day Arkansas are depicted in downtown Benton's huge outdoor mural. GAME ON: Nostalgia can't carry 'Might & Magic: Chess Royale' This game is easy to pick up and play, but it doesn't take too long to start noticing some serious flaws. The first is microtransactions. READ TO ME: Entomologists rallied to defend The Bug Girl from the anti-bug bullies in first grade This happens to be a true story about a little girl whose passion for insects made her famous — for being a little girl with a passion for insects. And who was bullied. Is blowing out the candles on cake hazardous? Visualize a gathering of loved ones, hovering shoulder-to-shoulder, cheering as someone forcibly exhales a blast of aerosolized germs across the surface of a communal dessert. “Townscaper”: Pretty villages, cities, castles pop-pop-pop into existence Not so much a video game as a digital toy, “Townscaper” lets you create fanciful floating buildings, from sheds to villas and whole villages. Dogs are not safe in the bed of a pickup truck The safest way for a dog to ride in a pickup is buckled into a seatbelt harness in the cab. Take a knee to lift this shoulder exercise into a different realm The cool part about this exercise is that the half-kneeling position will feel really different, a little unstable at first. But over time you master that feeling. Baby names must not be too weird, says world Around the world, parents have plenty of freedom in naming their kids, but lots of limits do exist. READ TO ME: It's amazing what you can do with a jar These 40 projects use Mason jars as beakers and cylinders, but also as planters, terrariums, prisms, composters, birdfeeders and vacuum chambers. LR and partners continue grab-and-go meals program The grab-and-go meal program that has been feeding children and some elderly people continues. An interactive map of meal site locations at littlerock.gov/covid19 includes sites outside the city in Pulaski County. Pokémon Go, Pokémon stay: Popular mobile game adapts to the pandemic When gatherings could prove disastrously hazardous to public health, and the act of wandering your city is discouraged, how does a game based on those mechanics survive? It evolves. Kids in psychiatric facility seek pen pals to lift spirits Methodist Family Health is looking for pen and prayer pals to lift the spirits of children and teenagers who are cooped up at the facility during the covid-19 pandemic. Freedom from fear As FDR suggested, we should fear the power of fear itself. Here, professionals suggest steps parents and kids can take to build an empowering sense of security. Kids who did: Jane Goodall, 86, still fighting for a better world Jane Goodall was a 10-year-old with a dream. A dating site brought them together Amy Grant and Joe Lee were worlds apart when they first met. History lessons await those who travel the Arkansas Civil Rights Trail Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, closed for three months due to covid-19, is a riveting stop among the three dozen locations on the city's Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail. Peacock begins streaming with paid or free subscriptions Disney+, Apple+ and HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and others, including, as of Wednesday, Peacock. Here are highlights of what the newcomer is offering. You could be pandemic pen pals with a goat in Pennsylvania Sanctuaries will also read letters from children to Ronnie the steer, Chester the steer and Rosie the chick. Family karaoke night creates blast-from-the-past happiness Some families do crafts and take bike rides. We bring out the amp and microphone and for a few hours, we croon our multiple cares away. Cool science for kids: Beetles that blast foes with boiling-hot chemicals With 1.7 million known species of insects to consider, the bombardier beetle might not be the world's most interesting insect. But it is very interesting. READ TO ME: This little mess-making cat is actually too cute Live in a house with a cat, a child and a member of the prey species routinely eaten by cats and you do not want a book that pretends there's no harm in a sweet little cat. READ TO ME: Time to celebrate National Regular Average Ordinary Day A boy learns the value of having nothing special to do in this energetic picture book. Teenage sisters’ anti-plastic campaign grows up with them Melati was 12 and Isabel was 10 when they began a drive to ban plastic bags on Bali. Mosaic Templars Center asks Black Arkansans to share their pandemic experiences Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock is asking Black Arkansans to contribute to "COVID in Black," a history project documenting how the pandemic affects their daily life. Cats cannot live on tuna alone Tuna is too low in vitamins E, K and the B vitamins that cats require in large amounts. Tuna is low in calcium, too. ASK THE VET: Munching mushrooms in the yard could kill your dog Animal poison control specialists are receiving twice as many calls about mushroom poisoning this year as last. ASK THE VET: Animal eye doctors can treat cataracts Cataracts in pets can have several causes but often are treatable, like human cataracts are. ASK THE VET: Fireworks and storms terrify some dogs Here are some ideas for helping a dog endure the panic caused by storms and fireworks. Tempting travel options come with risk We’re all making choices about our pandemic behavior while under the influence of other people’s choices, and every couple of days lately, someone I know says they’ve decided to take a trip. Arkansas guidelines for nursing home visits Some residential care facilities will reopen to visitors July 1. No visitors are allowed at places where a worker has tested positive in the past 28 days. What the data shows about youth suicide Increased suicides among young people have spurred stronger prevention efforts throughout the state, including educating Arkansans to recognize problems and working to remove stigmas surrounding mental health. Arkansas ranks 5th in children’s gun-death rate The newspaper begins a series looking at what the data show about unnatural deaths among children in the state. Granny’s games are blasts from the past Jacks, marbles, Annie-Annie-Over and Lemonade kept future grandparents hopping. Bring out your marbles, Grandpa Grandparents could teach the children of the pandemic a thing or two about having fun when you all your extracurricular activities are unavailable. 10 questions to ask your grandparents If you are lucky enough to have living grandparents — or great-aunts and -uncles, elderly parents, even elderly friends — you have exclusive access to living history. Minecraft’s new spinoff is a fun dungeon crawler An official spinoff of "Minecraft," the world's best-selling video game (with more than 200 million copies sold and 120 million active players), "Minecraft Dungeons" is already starting to top best-seller charts. Not a lot of schooling got done during the 1918 flu pandemic If your school closed because of the novel coronavirus, you have something in common with kids growing up 100 years ago. READ TO ME: Antiracist Baby is a best-seller This board book is marketed as being right for adults "who may feel hesitant or unprepared to have conversations about race and racism." CDC posts tips for minimizing everyday virus risk The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published new guidelines for limiting the spread of covid-19 at home and away. Squint and you might see a silver lining behind having less cash If you're having to scale back on discretionary spending — whether that's shopping, travel or something else entirely — here's how to give up that financial habit without feeling deprived. Cardstacker shares tips for building towering stacks of cards Bryan Berg began stacking cards when he was about 8 years old. Today he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest playing card structure and the tallest house of cards. Teaching teens to drive poses a challenge during the pandemic Teenagers are still eager to hit the road, and it’s still possible to teach them to drive. Trying times move people to get their affairs in order To many, estate planning may sound grandiose, suitable only for sizable estates and vast assets. In reality, the process is applicable to almost anyone, including those at or near the federal poverty level. CDC clarifies surface safety advice After widespread reports that the CDC was telling people to stop worrying about catching covid-19 from surfaces like doorknobs and groceries, the agency issued a news release to clarify that such indirect contact remains a risk. Arkansas officials: Stay up to date on vaccinations Child vaccination rates have dropped since covid-19 tightened its grip on Arkansas two months ago, prompting concerns of outbreaks of some preventable diseases. MASTER CLASS: How to avoid delayed onset muscle soreness Delayed onset muscle soreness is the worst. Here are tips for avoiding it. MASTER CLASS: Experience gives us tools to resist time’s incremental larcenies After 30, adults begin to lose 3% to 5% of their muscle mass every decade. This slow decline in musculature leads to weakness and reduced mobility over time. MASTER CLASS: Quadruped Raise works for almost all fitness levels This exercise could be a fun challenge for parents and kids, because most parents won't have an edge. MASTER CLASS: Your stance changes the muscles taxed by squats Certified personal trainer Eric Godwin can do these two-stance squat raises, and so can Pinky the clay guy. Garage Sale Race is a fun way to start making that home gym You can add a home gym to the garage and still have room for cars. But first, someone has to clean the garage. MASTER CLASS: Take it outside for more peace per workout Lifting heavy stuff will always be cool. Especially if you do it in the woods. Playing in the sprinklers makes a cool workout The first step toward family-friendly fitness time is finding something that everyone can do. A girl, her dad, a fishing pole and Porch Dips Matt Parrott came up with this arm-strengthening idea while talking about fishing with his daughter on their porch. MASTER CLASS: Feel less alone, work out more often There are ways to bring social engagement into a socially distanced workout. MASTER CLASS: Play like you did when you were a kid This week's activity not only provides the gift of exercise, but it is also a great way to interact with the family. MASTER CLASS: It's like your driveway was built for this workout It's not hard to transform a driveway from a utilitarian necessity to an exercise playground. Treat your dog to a race, and you win a workout The Treat Race combines two things most dogs love, snacking and being outdoors. Kids run faster when they think about ninjas Fitness guru Matt Parrott offers another backyard workout idea to burn off children’s excess energy. Box Hop Race gets kids exercising (parents too) Here’s a present for parents who might be running out of at-home workout ideas, a routine that's perfect for a parent and child. Older kids will put a parent through a real workout Challenge your parent or older sib to a front yard ball race. Want to keep kids active? Make it like playtime How do parents encourage young people to be more active without making activity another draining chore? Exercise scientists and coaches have suggestions. Tenting in the old backyard Our kids are going to have the weirdest memories of this time, and, ideally, some of them will be beautiful. Or at least comedic. This is where backyard camping comes in. Party out front! Ideas for joyful birthday celebrations With a little creativity, parties in isolation might be the ones kids remember as the best they ever had. Here are a few ideas. Online extracurriculars keep kids baking, dancing and learning Instead of chauffeuring kids to and from activities, parents need only power up the computer or tablet and log in. Cooped-up crafts! Fun projects can keep kids entertained with their own creativity Children who can’t leave the yard soon decide to be happy. Art projects can help. Not just any art projects will do, however. Soapy math adds some STEAM to playtime Here are simple and fun experiments involving math and soap — with helpful videos. Soapy videos about washing hands Here are videos about the importance of using soap to wash our hands. Kids can have fun with these brainy home crafts and science projects Here are some STEAM-related projects that kids won't immediately recognize as "educational." Make a home for teeny succulents In this project suitable for children in kindergarten and older, a glass jelly jar is upcycled into a quiet bit of home decor. One, two, make your own kazoo Making your own kazoo is as easy as one, two, three. Grow your own salt Making a small salt farm and harvesting the salt crystals is an easy science project for elementary school kids. Forks and spoons that say 'clunk' can also ring like chimes These simple but surprising activities can start young scientists thinking about how sound travels. These apps let you make comics even if you aren't an artist Drawing comics can entice children into creative writing. Here's a guide to apps for making digital comics on a "screen" or a plain old piece of paper. Help Mom manage her to-do list with a handy organizer Mother’s Day is Sunday! A handmade, custom clipboard would help Mom manage her ever-changing to-do list. It’s kind to prepare dogs for their post-pandemic lifestyle Owners can do several things now to lessen the stress dogs will undergo when they return to their regular office. ASK THE VET: Indoor cats need rabies vaccination The cat is the domestic animal that most often tests positive for rabies in the U.S.; the bat is the most commonly infected wildlife species, and even indoor cats meet up with bats. Cat-safe plants for indoor decor Veterinarians recommend houseplants that won’t make cats sick. ASK THE VET: Cats drool, but sometimes drooling is a symptom Many cats drool while purring, and some cats drool when they're stressed. Drooling can be a sign of serious health trouble. Dogs do not understand scolding Yelling at a dog after he's raided the trash only confuses him — he has no idea why this crazy human is shouting at him — and that makes him fear you. VIDEO: Cats eat grass because they like it; but some grass harms cats As carnivores, cats eat herbivores like mice and voles. Since these herbivores eat grass, the free-roaming cat ingests some vegetables when he eats his prey. Advice for covid-positive pet owners Should a pet owner who tests positive for the novel coronavirus have family pets tested too? ASK THE VET: Distract and redirect a dog that marks furniture The most common negative behavior exhibited by unneutered — what veterinarians call "intact" — dogs is marking. ASK THE VET: Don't allow dogs to swim in green water A pond or creek that suddenly turns green could harbor bacteria deadly to dogs. ASK THE VET: Cats’ compulsive disorder is treatable Like humans with OCD, cats can develop "compulsive disorder," or CD. The word "obsessive" isn’t used because it refers to thought patterns we can't objectively evaluate in cats. ASK THE VET: Second-hand smoke sickens cats Is a veterinarian who advises a cat's owner to stop smoking overstepping his expertise? ASK THE VET: Leave baby bunnies in the nest Would wild baby bunnies that appear to be abandoned make good family pets? ASK THE VET: What to do when the puppy gets skunked Commercial de-skunking products are safe for puppies, or you could try these home remedies. “Mira Does Her Part’ Three mothers who met while their kids attended a Little Rock elementary school wrote this book to answer children’s questions and inspire them during the pandemic. This free digital book answers kids’ questions about covid-19 A new, free, digital picture book will help adults struggling to answer children’s repeated questions about why the world has turned upside down. READ TO ME: Teddy bears go through a lot in this violent, dark fantasy The best middle-school books can move adults as readily as they will affect a child. This is not one of those books. The day all the street signs quit work In this charming picture book, street signs get tired of being taken for granted. Mermaids of the landlocked sort collide in this book In this graceful new picture book with chapters, an independent little girl befriends a rude old woman staying at the Mermaid Hotel. READ TO ME: Brick by brick, this father builds a city With collage illustrations and collage-like prose in English and Spanish, this is a portrait of an immigrant boy's love for his hardworking father. READ TO ME: ‘The Stray’ is a keeper A family out for a stroll happens across a lost little lifeform in a wrecked flying saucer. He or it has jagged teeth and wiry whiskers and eyeballs on eye stalks, but also a curly tail and four dog-like legs. READ TO ME: Reassurance for kids who live in storm country This children’s picture book delivers reassurance, and even though the scenery presents an ocean town, it's appropriate for children who live in landlocked, storm-thrashed places like Arkansas. Yawns are coming, and they are cute In this new picture book, the Yawns catch the kids, the kids don't catch the yawns. READ TO ME: A picture book for kids curious about Mars This is not a bedtime story, at least not the first time you share it with a child. It's brainy. It stimulates thought. Chemist's book has 25 kid-friendly science projects Designed for for children ages 8 to 12, the experiments rely on common products including dish soap and baking soda, with a dash of glitter thrown into the “puffy slime” formula. READ TO ME: Now more than ever, these animals need to apologize In this unexpectedly timely book, little animals say mean, mean things that do not represent their true feelings for each other. A book for Momma What to give the mother who has had everything already? How about a book about her life and family history? Clever Hans amazed the world just by being himself ... a horse This lively picture book about a horse that seemed to be a genius will worry and then please young scientists while also satisfying kids who want to believe in a talking horse. Kinder, gentler billy goats dare to cross the bridge These billy goats are not so Gruff that they can't make friends with a hungry troll. Mom of 8 named Mother of the Year Naomi Meeks, adoptive mother to eight children ... all of whom are under 10 years old ... has been busy during the pandemic. Arkansas moms’ advice: Be gentle, be patient In honor of Mother's Day, we checked in with some Northwest Arkansas-area moms to find out how life during a pandemic is going for them. 7-Day Menu Planner This week’s worth of menus for budget-conscious families begins with an oven-ready chicken. 7-Day Menu Planner Planning the week’s menus saves a family money and encourages good nutrition. 7-Day Menu Planner A week's worth of quick, healthful meals for budget-minded families. Eat to conceive? Diet’s a big player in early pregnancy In the Nurses' Health Study II, researchers found that nearly half the cases of infertility associated with ovulation disorders could be traced to poor diets. The Great Pause lays bare family fault lines and foundations Will the end of pandemic sequester bring more divorces or healthier family ties? Butler Center asks Arkansans to share their covid-19 stories and photos The CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is collecting personal stories and images that show how Arkansans are spending their days during the covid-19 pandemic. Socially isolating dad, mom and kids clean up the river in their own backyard Michael and Tonya Sacomani and their teenage boys are staying active by pulling litter out of the Saline River, which runs past their backyard. ARKANSAS SIGHTSEEING: Touring museums with virtual touch Here are some museums in the Natural State that offer online visits of one kind or another. Here’s one-stop shopping for the in-state virtual tourist The website of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism is a clearinghouse for virtual visits to an assortment of attractions in the Natural State. Small precautions allay fears about fabric, hair, mail, shoes, experts say Infectious disease experts, aerosol scientists and microbiologists answer questions about the risks of tracking the virus home during essential trips outside and from deliveries. UAMS updates postpartum policy Women who give birth at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences can now each have one visitor stay on the postpartum unit for two days, provided the visitor does not leave the hospital. What to do when you can’t pay your bills If you're in a situation where you can't pay all your bills, or likely to be there soon, you might have some options to limit the damage to your finances. RIGHT TIME RIGHT PLACE: Study hall led girl to study future beau The only thing Wilma Williams was interested in learning more about as she sat in study hall during her junior year of high school was Gene Weston. The friends who were sure they’d hit it off were correct They married on Dec. 13, 2014, because the date uses sequential numbers. "It's 12-13-14," she says. "I thought, 'I'll never forget that.'" She looked past truck to hitch her wagon to him He didn't make the best first impression. Love fell upon him, whether she sat or was pulled Amail Chudy and Ann Shaw agree that they met when she sat in his lap. Almost 70 years after the fact, they don't agree on how she got there. Right Time Right Place: He changed her mind by shaving his beard Lesley Peters didn't like the way Tony Cooper was "trying to date his way through a whole sorority system." She didn't like his beard, either, and she more or less told him so. With their big anniversary plan out, this couple did something bigger Goodbye, three whole weeks cycling through Spain and driving around Portugal. Hello, Plan B. This 'bad boy' was husband material all along Pamela Price thought Bill Lafferty was a bad boy who might be fun to hang around with for a while. She quickly discovered he only looked the part; he was actually good husband material. He had his eye on her starting in seventh grade Alfred Warren first saw Roz Mosley at a track meet when they were in seventh grade. It was the right place, but not yet the right time. New PBS series features superhero kid with autism The PBS Kids' animated series Hero Elementary, which premiered Monday on AETN, is set inside a grade school where a diverse group of four superhero students is learning to master their special powers. REVIEW: Scoob! For all of its flaws, it's obvious the PG-rated Scoob! was made with love. Home Movies Capsule reviews of recently available movies include several rated PG and PG-13 Opinion: Saving Sonic is not a disaster Sonic the Hedgehog director Jeff Fowler and his collaborators somehow have managed to create a watchable movie from a videogame. Girl power Little Rock has its own Little Big Shot. Seven-year-old Vivian Lord will appear on the NBC show to explain how she asked toy makers to add women to their line of Army men. Review/Opinion: Trolls World Tour The first Trolls proved "cute" can only carry a movie so far. So it’s good Queen Poppy and Branch now have to go somewhere.