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Adopting a child your decision, not your skeptical parents'

DEAR CAROLYN: I'm a 45-year-old single woman who is financially secure and a self-described introvert. Years ago, I moved miles away from my parents. My parents' positive qualities far outweigh their negative ones, but lately I feel increasingly upset about our seemingly happy family. Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: I use sweet pickle relish and mayonnaise for an economical tartar sauce, and make cocktail sauce from ketchup and horseradish. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. Following your exceptional radar for all things good for you will lead to a healthy, happy year. The counterbalance will come in the form of a mischievous character, who adds some spice and temptation to your days when you need the excitement. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Chocolate

1. The heated beverage cocoa is also known by this name. Continue reading...

DEAR ABBY: Widow returns to the dating pool and finds troubled water

DEAR ABBY: I was widowed seven years ago. When my husband died, I thought it was the end of my suffering. It had been a mentally and physically abusive marriage for 30 years. We were complete opposites and were always financially stressed. Continue reading...

School news

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Handling separation anxiety and depression

Parents are their children’s life lines; get counseling

Subscriber onlyQ My ex and I split up about a year and a half ago. I have read that kids do better when both parents are active in their lives, and their mother and I are doing our best, but I'm afraid my kids have separation anxiety. Two days before they're scheduled to go back to their mother's they get very clingy. But, to make matters worse, I think I'm showing signs of depression. I have no interest in doing any of the things I used to do and sometimes I'm so exhausted I can barely move. What can I do to help my family, and myself, cope with the adjustment? Continue reading...

Older than my old man

Hammers, angels, advice passed from father to son

Subscriber onlyEvery father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice. Continue reading...

Group aims for advocacy

Subscriber onlyTwo events this month will benefit Restoration Village: The "Restoring Hope Barn Bash" on Aug. 17 at the Coughlin barn in Bentonville, and the third annual "Aim for Advocacy" sporting clays fundraiser Aug. 18 at Spring Valley Anglers Rod & Gun Club in Gravette will benefit Restoration Village. Continue reading...

Walk the walk - Rotary honors lifelong public servant

Subscriber onlyIn his political career, Dick Barclay had a reputation for reaching across the aisle to build consensus -- almost a job requirement when he was an upstart young Republican elected to finish a respected Democrat's term. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1976 through 1992, working with the diametrically opposed Bill Clinton and Frank White -- then Clinton again -- finally joining Mike Huckabee's team when he was governor. Continue reading...

Caught on camera

The Cloud is watching

Subscriber onlyMy friend Shannon and I recently went shopping for swimsuits at a clearance sale. Swimsuit shopping is a team sport in which you need a partner willing to grab a different size for you when you're in the dressing room, someone who will tell you the brutal truth when a swimsuit is not doing you any favors, and someone who will commiserate about the fact that trying on swimsuits is like the root canal of shopping. Continue reading...

People and Places

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Dog days: All-American hot dog has roots in Austria, Germany and Italy

Subscriber onlyHot dogs tend to fall into two camps: kid food and street food. Continue reading...

Cookbook's notes tell woman's story

Subscriber onlyCookbooks tell stories. Especially old ones. I learned a long time ago to look for the dirty pages. That's where you'll find the best recipes. Those splattered or even gritty pages usually contain the recipes the owner made again and again. Continue reading...

Reading Nook

Subscriber onlyFounding editor of Serious Eats' drinks section, Maggie Hoffman knows a thing or two about building a home bar. In her book, The One Bottle Cocktail (Ten Speed Press, $22), she effectively tells you to stick to just that: One bottle, whether it be gin or bourbon or agave spirits. "None of these drinks require bitters, vermouth or liqueurs," she writes in her introduction. "There's no amaro, no aperitif wine, no absinthe. Just one bottle of booze -- which you might already have in your liquor cabinet or on your mantel -- and ingredients you can find at your favorite grocery store." Continue reading...