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Sense of mastery over tasks, calming hobbies can alleviate child's anxiety

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My second-grader has terrible anxiety. We had her screened by a doctor, and she has started ...

Providence skyline blinks nightly to cheer sick kids

For one sparkling minute each night, skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, a yacht club and police cruisers send a blinking goodnight message to sick kids inside a ...

I can't get over my 16-year-old cat's death

Question: My cat died about six months ago, and I still am not over it. I had her for 16 years, and I just feel ...

Husband steps over line by controlling how wife grieves

101 years ago this week: The D.H. Lawrence novel "The Rainbow" was published in London by Methuen & Co. ...

Coping with Kids: No more boring lunchboxes, bags

Lunchboxes and backpacks can be pretty boring — but they don't have to be. Here are a few of our favorite ways to add some ...

Disobedience requires 'The Godfather' principle

Question: Over the past year or so, our 5-year-old has developed an extreme fear of going to the doctor or dentist. This came on suddenly, ...

Ask Mr. Dad: Lightening the load of kids' backpacks

D ear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son's backpack weighs a ton (actually, 25 pounds, but it feels like a ton), and I'm afraid he's going ...

Hax: Father-in-law's will reveals uncomfortable information

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn:When we read my father-in-law's will a few weeks ago, we learned he left a sum ...

7 ways to survive wedding guest expenses

Wedding industry experts offer the following tips for people who are spending loads of money when friends and relatives get hitched. Buy the gift early. ...

Hax: Create space from helicopter family

Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: How do I deal with an extremely judgmental helicopter family? I am living in another country ...

'Quiz'otic quest of word knowledge starts here

Bob Barton of Farmington, Conn., has kindly sent me a list of frequently confused words compiled during his 30-year editing career. I've incorporated some from ...

Head-shaving event supports kids with cancer, St. Baldrick's charity

Glenn Rengers needs a haircut — badly. His locks have been growing out of control for months, the messier the better. He's been doing this to be ...

Cul-de-sac streets create Pittsburgh's hidden neighborhoods

One of the delights of walking in Pittsburgh is the surprise of encountering a hidden or unexpected neighborhood. There are examples in most parts of ...

Coping with Kids: Summer's close got you down?

When the weather is see-sawing back and forth between too hot and too stormy, here are some fun toys that work well indoors or out. ...

McElhinny: A lot has changed since last the Jolly Roger rose

They tempted us. They drew us in. They got close. But a late season slump has dropped us in the standings and have fans already ...

Dargate manager says he still enjoys the thrill of the chase

Time to fall back on the autumn auction calendar and meet one of the people behind the sales at Dargate Auction Galleries. Dargate Auction ...

Hax: Don't close off communication when you feel hurt

Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: You have written that "silent treatment ... is abuse." But what if you're angry and/or hurt ...

Leechburg goes pink for breast-cancer support

Leechburg's Pink Day has raised more than $18,000 in its first four years, and community support continues to grow. The fifth annual festival is Sept. 17 ...

Hax: Don't make suicide painful for widow

Adapted from a recent online discussion: Hi, Carolyn: When our neighbor moved in just over a year ago, she introduced herself and mentioned that ...

Wheels come off 'you're welcome' wagon

When you say "Thank you" to someone these days, which response are you least likely to receive? "No worries." "No problem." "My pleasure." "You're welcome." ...