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Annual Alle-Kiski-Connie Rivers Sojourn takes paddlers on adventure

By Ed Phillipps 9:55 a.m.
With the thaw of spring finally here, nature is beckoning. For anyone interested in a fun outdoor adventure, the Alle-Kiski-Connie Rivers Sojourn has you covered. ...

Ex-etiquette: Plan child exchanges so ex can avoid new boyfriend

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: My ex and I live an hour away from each other. We’ve been broken-up for two months, and we are attempting to share our 3-year-old daughter. My ex doesn’t want my new boyfriend at the exchanges — we ...

Hax: Woman’s wedding quandary is only a symptom of a sick relationship

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: I RSVP’d with my plus-one for a wedding that is tomorrow. My live-in boyfriend stormed out last night in a fit of rage (not uncommon behavior for him, unfortunately), so now ...

How to help your child be a good conversationalist

By The Washington Post
There is hope for intelligent, thoughtful, and — dare I say it? — interesting conversations with our children. The key is teaching our children what makes a good conversationalist. Here are ways we can help: Talk to your children. If ...

How couples can pick their battles

By The Atlanta Journal-constitution
If you’re in a relationship you’re bound to disagree with your partner from time to time. Should you load the dishwasher from front to back or back to front? Should the toilet paper be hung over or under? Should you ...

Assemble in Garfield takes hands-on approach to learning

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Twelve-year-old Ashanti Anderson likes to make things. “I love to see something come to life as I imagined and envisioned it to be and not ...

Mull these matters of usage and mongooses

By Rob Kyff
Welcome to The One-Minute Grammager: straightforward answers to 10 usage questions in just 60 seconds. • Is it “nerve-wracking” or “nerve-racking”? The latter. “Wrack” means “to completely destroy,” as in “wrack and ruin.” “Rack” means “to torture, torment,” as in ...

Hax: Aunt’s benevolence puts her on hook for equal generosity for other kids

By Carolyn Hax
Hi, Carolyn: My sister has four school-age children, and my nieces and nephews have, quite frankly, had to do without. My oldest niece has started a running program, helping her get out some of her anger from her parents’ divorce ...

Deer Lakes students plan brunch to fund class simulators

By Debbie Black
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Greiner and the six other girls in her child-development class at Deer Lakes High School plan to find out what pregnancy feels like ...

Coping with kids: Chalk, bunny toy help make spring clean, colorful

By Tribune-Review
Now that spring has arrived, let’s brighten the world inside and out. 3D Sidewalk Chalk: The folks at Thames & Kosmos can’t help themselves: They include a really fun, educational component in everything they make. Their new 3D Sidewalk Chalk ...

Living with Children: Key to obedience is parent’s attitude of authority

By John Rosemond
Question: Why is it that no consequence seems to work for long, if at all, with my very strong-willed 7-year-old daughter? I have tried everything I’ve ever heard or read about to deal with her constant disobedience and disrespect. Some ...

Hax: Don’t avoid sister who hurt you; confront her and state your grievance

By Carolyn Hax
Hi, Carolyn: Two weeks ago, my sister and brother-in-law said some horrible things about childless people — apparently forgetting that my husband and I, who have no children, were in the room. Collective jaws dropped. My husband and I excused ...

Ex-etiquette: Grandma favors her ‘own’ grandkids

By Jann Blackstone
Q uestion: When my husband and I married, we created a huge bonusfamily —  with six children, all younger than 16. I had four; he had two. I share custody with my ex; my husband has sole custody of his, ...

How to organize the kitchen

By The Associated Press
If you’ve lived with your kitchen for a while, chances are, you’ve got drawers full of stuff you rarely use and cupboards you just hate. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a well-organized kitchen that makes food preparation a pleasure? ...

How to easily clean house from top to bottom

By Angie's List
Not everyone has the time or energy to scrub their house from top to bottom. For those who need to abbreviate this seasonal ritual, housecleaners say the following areas are the most essential: Baseboards. To clean your baseboards, first vacuum ...

The Word Guy: Confusing headlines provoke ‘after’thoughts

By Rob Kyff
Question: Lately, I’ve been annoyed by the misuse of “ after ” in news headlines, e.g., “Seven hurt after lightning strike” and “House demolished after two-alarm fire.” The accompanying news stories made it clear that the lightning did, indeed, hurt ...

Hax: Woman who feels overwhelmed wonders where she took a wrong turn

By Carolyn Hax
Adapted from a recent online discussion: Dear Carolyn: How do I stop feeling so ... small? I feel like I’m failing some “grown-up” test, overwhelmed with the children, aging parents, sick husband, workplace stress (I think I work ...

Coping with kids: Children can have year-round adventure cooking

By Tribune-Review
Barton Seaver is an explorer, but he doesn’t spend his time climbing mountains. As a chef, he has traveled the world as a food explorer. Seaver joined forces with National Geographic to share his knowledge, and last fall published “National ...

Living with Children: Don’t try to jump-start academic success

By John Rosemond
One of the signs of these confused and confusing times we live in is that facts don’t matter. What matters are feelings and opinions, which are often confused and confusing. According to another author friend, this is the primary ...

Like the players, baseball vendors have training rituals of their own

By Rex Rutkoski
Game time is near. Deep in the bowels of PNC Park, the final preparation is almost complete as the men adjust their knee braces, slide on ...