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Some Oscar-worthy films are OK for the whole family

Subscriber onlyDuring recent years, R-rated films such as Spotlight, Birdman, 12 Years a Slave and Argo have won Academy Awards for Best Picture. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyDogs and cats may not always be the best of friends, but having both in your home or on your farm can successfully keep mice and other "pest rodents" away, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher says in an article at ScienceDaily.com. Continue reading...

Birthday's best gift is one more year lived

Subscriber onlyFrom the end of December to mid-February, 10 of the 16 members of our big, blended family celebrated a birthday. Continue reading...

Oh, come on! High school nap club? Good grief!

Subscriber onlyThere must be some relationship between aging and the "You've got to be kidding me!" response -- if I am any indication, that is. What was once occasional has become almost daily. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE AND LEONARD: My husband and I purchased a round-trip plane ticket for our daughter's boyfriend, who lives in Europe, so he could join us here for Christmas. Unfortunately, a flight cancellation en route left him stranded in a connecting city for 12 hours. "Francois" had a huge hassle getting booked on another flight, an uncomfortable overnight at the airport and then a painfully early departure the next day. The airline, we've now learned, will be rebating $500 of the ticket price to compensate for the canceled flight. The question is: To whom should the money go? Since we paid for the ticket, we think it belongs to us. But since our daughter's boyfriend put up with the inconvenience that, in his words, "earned the rebate," he thinks it should go to him. Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My husband's ex will not allow their 2-year-old child to meet me because, she says, the child is too young. She thinks it will confuse the child, and she will not know who her mother is. According to their court order, my husband is supposed to have equal custody, but since I moved in and we got married, his ex will only let him see their daughter for the day, and she is not allowed to come to our home if I am there. What's good ex-etiquette? Continue reading...

Resolution reboot

10 easy ways to restart your resolve and get the new year back on track

Subscriber onlyIt happens every year. Continue reading...

Creature Feature

Subscriber onlyI want to take my 6-month-old puppy to a puppy day care. What do I need to know when I'm trying to pick one? Continue reading...

New baby has hearts in toehold from start

Subscriber onlyThey say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so I wanted to make the best of it. Continue reading...

After the rage, kids are happier smartphone-free

Subscriber onlyAs regular readers of this column already know, I am completely, 100 percent opposed to children, including teenagers still living at home, being in possession of smartphones. No parent has ever been able to give me a logical reason why a minor should enjoy such a privilege, if "enjoy" is even the proper word. Continue reading...

Carefully preserve digital photographs

Subscriber onlyDo you like to gather around when family is together and look back through the old photo albums documenting childhood days? The corners of the books are frayed and the white pages have turned a shade between yellow and brown, but inside those pages exist the precious records of family life. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: Last fall, a friend who'd recently been to India learned I'd be going there in March, and gave me the 2,670 Indian rupees she'd returned with, including five 500-rupee notes. In doing so, she said: "Maybe you can use these. I can't." Although she didn't ask for anything in return, I gave her $40, which is what the rupees were worth at the time. However, a few weeks later, in a surprise move, the Indian government "demonetized" 500-rupee notes, meaning the currency I gave her $40 for will be worth about $2.50 when I get to India. I don't know if my friend knows about the demonetization. Should I mention it to her and suggest that we split the loss? Also, if she does know that the 500-rupee notes are now worthless, shouldn't she be offering to return what I paid her? Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My ex and I were married for 14 years before he told me he was gay. I had no idea and I was severely shaken -- not because he was gay -- but because I knew that meant the end of our life as we knew it. Valentine's Day was our anniversary. We are still quite good friends, albeit bittersweet at times, and I like his partner very much. They do everything they can do to keep me in the loop and co-parent with a vengeance. But, each time Valentine's Day rolls around I feel such a sense of loss, and I feel terrible that my children's parents had to break up. Can you suggest a few tips to deal with this situation? Some tips to help my kids? Continue reading...