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Charity wants donors to knit and purl for animal shelters

By Pam Murphy
Maggie Franz has a big dream for shelter dogs. “I’ve been looking for something that pulls at my heartstrings, something that I’m passionate enough about ...

Hax: Dad changes mind, meaning siblings get bigger portion of estate

By Carolyn Hax
Dear Carolyn: My 88-year-old father recently informed me that he’s decided to change his will. I have four sisters and brothers, and three have taken out loans against their share of any inheritance — significant loans, like in the ...

How to dine out with kids

By St. Louis Post-dispatch
Dining out with babies and young children is an evergreen topic, awaiting each new outrageous anecdote to surface again. Parents, you needn’t avoid all restaurants until your children are old enough to demand that their chicken be free-range and their ...

Ex-etiquette: Remarried mom doesn’t want Thanksgiving with ex

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: I’ve been divorced for five years. I have two children and two bonus children from my previous marriage. They are all adults, and three of the four are married with children. I remarried last year. We ...

Study: Men might be more helpful  to women in heels

By The Washington Post
You probably already know that women in high heels are generally perceived as more attractive than their ballet-flat-wearing counterparts. But according to a French study, women who choose high heels might be more likely to get a helping hand, too ...

The Word Guy: In formal prose, rely on ‘pleaded,’ not ‘pled’

By Rob Kyff
Question: I recently read an article in my daily newspaper about a court defendant who “pleaded” guilty to a crime. I have always thought the past tense is “pled.” Which is correct, or are both of them acceptable? — ...

Hax: Pal doesn’t like baby’s name but keeps mum

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: When 15-year friends ask for my opinion on the baby name they’re “considering,” do they really want to hear my opinion, or do they just want validation for the name they’ve ...

Graffiti-style art creates image for XFactory businesses in Point Breeze

By Rachel Weaver
A quick look at the massive mural spanning the length of a multi-use building in Point Breeze shows a few familiar faces. Cartoon characters hang ...

Coping with Kids: Bib Clips help catch drips

By Tribune-Review
These simple and clever clips are a step up from those we find at the dentist’s office. Baby Buddy Bib Clips attach to paper or cloth napkins to create a bib whereever you are. These handy little items fit easily ...

Living with Children: Parental hovering delays kids’ adulthood

By John Rosemond
Why are young adult children emancipating so much later than they did in 1970, when the average age of male emancipation (independent living, paying one’s own bills) was 21? Why do significant numbers of college professors and employers complain ...

How to create a winning team — at home or work

By Tribune News Service
Have you ever felt your family is more disconnected than united? And, does your workplace family feel more like a group of competitors — even backstabbers? Oftentimes, members of any group start to play against each other. The tension rises as ...

How to achieve your dreams

By Tribune News Service
When it comes to achieving your dreams, what’s stopping you? Don’t let a bad experience or person keep you from fulfilling your heart’s desire. There are millions of other reasons why people don’t take their shot at happiness. Here are ...

Hax: Now that Dad’s less busy, reader hopes to get to know him

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: My father is a well-known physician in a highly specialized field. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, he wasn’t around much because of the demands of his work. I was ...

Harlequins rugby youth programs a win-win for players, mentors

By Rachel Weaver
Davon Dixon was 13, growing up in Garfield and just trying to stay out of trouble when he saw a flier for a youth rugby ...

Hax: Save your sanity by rejecting isolation and making human contact

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: Can having a desk job where you literally spend all day staring at a screen, and 95 percent of the interaction you have with people is through email and IM, make ...

The Word Guy: That nasty ‘so’ and ‘so’ opens sentences

By Rob Kyff
So ... a lot of people are starting their sentences with annoying, useless words and phrases. I mean, my readers are starting to notice. Look, it’s rampant. David Howe of Avon, Conn., wonders about the “so”ing together of sentences, as ...

Is your dog dealing with anxiety?

By Andrea Lamping
You know that feeling — when you are almost late for work and you are driving behind a car going half the speed limit, for ...

Older adults finding a home on Facebook, other networking sites

By Kellie B. Gormly
Janet Stacy, 71, smiles as she holds her iPad, types in some data, and sees an image of her house, courtesy of Google Maps. “When my ...

Sotheby’s auction of ‘Bunny’ Mellon’s artwork in NYC garners $158.7M

By Natasha Lindstrom
NEW YORK — More than three dozen masterworks amassed over a lifetime by reclusive billionaire Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon generated auction sales totaling $158.7 million ...

Coping with kids: Books help child to overcome bullying

By Tribune-Review
Looking for stories to help a child overcome bullying? Here are six new and classic books about kids who deal with being different. “Absolutely Almost,” by Lisa Graff, for ages 8 to 12. Ten-year-old Albie gets teased by his classmates ...