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A mom’s wait lasts to infinity

Subscriber onlyThe message was brief. I read it twice: “Hey, Mom, can I come see you guys this weekend?” I wrote back, “Yippee!” Then I called the boy to get the plan. He had stuff to do before leaving town, he said, but hoped to make it in time for dinner. Continue reading...

Torturing animals is not normal boy behavior

Subscriber onlyQ My 18-year-old son and a younger friend recently found some mice and decided to dispose of them. Continue reading...

MONEY MANNERS

Subscriber onlyDEAR JEANNE & LEONARD: My cousin “Sam” refuses to return something that rightfully belongs to my family. When I visited him recently, I noticed a nicely bound collection of baseball cards that he had out. Sam said our grandfather had given the cards to Sam’s father, who’d in turn given them to Sam. Since I knew my father (now deceased) collected baseball cards as a kid, I asked if the cards might originally have been Dad’s. Continue reading...

EX-ETIQUETTE

Subscriber onlyQ My boyfriend of two years and I broke up for a short while, but we have reconciled and I moved back in about two months ago. His ex-wife, who is constantly causing trouble with the kids, continues to ask him out for coffee, for dinner, to join her skiing. Continue reading...

HELPFUL HINTS

DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I heat up a frozen meal in the microwave, one of the last directions is to allow the food to “stand in the microwave” for a few minutes before removing. Why is this? Continue reading...

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. Because you’re open-minded and guided by intuition, you’ll experience a change you didn’t anticipate or even want, and yet it will improve your life in many ways. Continue reading...

ON CHRISTIANITY

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I’ve always been puzzled by a prayer of Jesus’ just before His arrest. From what I’ve heard, it almost sounds like He didn’t want to die, and was even asking God to stop what was about to happen. Is this true? — A.McC. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Secret

Subscriber only1. The largest American retailer of lingerie 2. Title of a book that claims that plants may be sentient 3. A Beatles seven-word song title that ends in “Secret” 4. An American teen drama TV series Continue reading...

Think you know all about robins? Think again.

Becoming expert at bird identification requires years of study and experience, but pretty much anybody can recognize a robin, writes Jerry Butler in Family. Continue reading...

Cooking with wine

There are countless rules surrounding wine, but one of wine columnist Lorri Hambuchen’s least favorites is the old-fashioned guidance, “Always cook with the same wine you will be drinking.” Continue reading...

Holy diploma, Batman - a college degree?

Comic books take giant leap from fandom to course study at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia

Subscriber onlyARKADELPHIA — Batman goes back to the Batcave, Superman to his Fortress of Solitude, and comics scholarship finds a haven at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. Continue reading...

You prefer men hairy or bare-y?

Subscriber onlyMust. Lose. Mustache. Continue reading...

Cirque in step with Michael Jackson

Subscriber onlyHarvey “Moon” Donnelly managed to turn something he was good at into a pretty good paying gig. Continue reading...

Briton’s ties to Arkansas impetus for kids concert

Subscriber onlyIn 1945, when Caroline Pugh was a child in England, a friend of her parents wrote a piece of music that he “affectionately inscribed ‘To the children of John and Jean Maud: Humphrey, Pamela, Caroline and Virginia, for their edification and entertainment.’” Continue reading...

MTV gets adults’ attention with Awkward series

Subscriber onlyMTV? Is there anything worth watching on MTV? Continue reading...